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Human Design Gate 42 – Gene Key 42 – The Celebration Doula

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The official name for Human Design Gate 42 is The Gate of Growth. But I call it The Celebration Doula because its primary action is to bring projects, dreams, and goals into their full potential. 

About Human Design Gate 42 – Gene Key 42

Archetype Name: The Celebration Doula

In Action: finish things and celebrate accomplishments

Keywords: celebration, closing loops, and seeing things through

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Official Gate Name: Growth

Human Design Definition: The expansion of the resources which maximizes the development of full potential. 

Core Theme: Closing cycles and bringing things to an end. 

Bodygraph Center: Sacral center and connects to the Root center via human design gate 53

Tropical Sign: Aries

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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 42

All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 42 is the energy for seeing things through to the end and celebrating accomplishments. Gate 42 believes that the future is bright with possibilities and uses that belief as fuel for bringing projects, dreams, and goals into their full potential. 

On the other end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 42 is the energy for unhealthy attachment, repeating the same patterns over and over again, and trying to control how things end through rebellion or self-sabotage (especially in relationships or in business).

If you don’t like the results that the “negative” side of the spectrum is creating in your life, you can raise the frequency of Gate 42 with a number of boundaries, practices, and tools. 

(I cover the practices for the gates of your incarnation cross in the Human Design Map.) 

But, the most important thing to raise the frequency of gate 42 is to celebrate all of life and be mindful to start projects that you have the energy to see to fruition. 

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 42 (Gene Key 42)

I don’t have gate 42 defined in my chart but I do have gate 53 (the other side) defined and it seems like I’ve been trying to solve the “never finish what I start” problem. 

I am really good at starting things. Like, really, really good.

And my defined head and ajna always have ideas about new things to start. LOL. 

But finishing is a whole other story. And it has been a source of deep shame for me for most of my life. 

Learning more about my chart – being non-sacral, undefined root, hanging 53 –  helped me see that I’m not “meant to” finish everything. 

With this awareness, I started to notice how many “open loops” I had in my life. I looked at my art projects, household plans and projects, appointments and people who wanted to connect, my business, my dreams and goals, and even some relationships that really needed “closure.” 

As I took in all of these “open loops” I could clearly see that I was putting WAY TOO MUCH on my plate. Like, way too much. I had so much “to do” that it would take lifetimes to finish it all. 

At first, this awareness was really depressing. I think with my undefined will, I was believing that I had something to prove and used my to-do as a way to do that. 

Slowly, though, I started to get really clear on which projects were actually worth putting energy into finishing. And which ones weren’t. 

My “plate” started to get clearer and clearer. And with that open space, I was able to start paying more attention to how many loops I was opening in the first place. 

This was where the real revelation came! I started asking myself two questions:

  • Do I have the energy to see this through? 
  • Will I be kind to myself if I don’t finish? 

This leads, of course, to a deeper sense of self-compassion (human design gate 36). But, on a more practical level, I was able to be more discerning about the kinds of things I was actually starting. 

For example, my husband and I LOVE to go thrifting and antiquing. 

Our home décor has a bohemian meets farmhouse meets mystical sigil magic vibe. I love the alchemy of taking something old and giving it a new purpose (human design gate 28). 

Antiques often fit the vibe 💯. 

And, I usually have at least one decorating project going on at all times. 

At one time, we’d go antique hunting every single week. 

We’d come home with a haul of stuff and we’d pile it on the dining room table. 

I wouldn’t have the energy to process it all and it would just sit there all week. Then, on the next weekend, we’d go out again and come home with more stuff. 

As I really paid attention to this “open loops” thing, it became abundantly clear that the antique/thrifting was contributing to the “not finishing” thing in a BIG way. 

With every purchase, I was creating a new open loop that would need to be closed. 

Each item needed to be physically and energetically cleaned, it needed a home, and if it was part of a bigger project, may need other work as well. And after that initial “processing” it would need to be cleaned on a regular basis. 

So, I made a new rule:

If the last trip’s “stuff” isn’t processed, we don’t go on another trip. 

And now, before we buy something, I am really honest with myself about that item’s fate and how it will weigh on my energy. 

Do I have an immediate need/project for the item? Am I OK with it just going in the stash? How many home decor loops do I have open? And the most magical question of all…can I just admire the item without actually buying it? 

These days, we rarely have stuff on the dining room table anymore, we buy way less stuff to start with, and I’m more intentional about my mindset going into a thrift/antique store. 

All of this was a great lesson for me. I’ve started to be more mindful in every area of my life and the loops I have open. 

I’ve streamlined my business. I only sell one thing (the Human Design Map) and I focus my marketing on one project at a time. 

I’ve made peace with having a limited number of close relationships. 

And I try to finish one decorating project before starting new ones. Honestly, that one is the hardest. 

But, I imagine, since gate 42 is the theme of my second Saturn return (in just over a decade from now), I’ll continue to gather wisdom about the balance between starting things and finishing them. And we’ll see what happens with the decorating projects. 

I’m not making any promises, though. LOL. 

Either way, I’m not going to be an asshole to myself about any of it. I will offer myself compassion (human design gate 36) and grace (human design gate 22). 


Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 42

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 42 are always available to you (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…

Do you consistently finish what you start? Why or why not? 

How do you know when you have the energy to finish something versus when you don’t?

What if you told yourself the truth about your capacity to start and finish things?

Are you willing to offer yourself compassion and grace for your unfinished projects?

I encourage you to take some time with these questions. Take them out into your world and let their answers reveal themselves to you. Intend for deeper levels of clarity about gate 42

And, if you have gate 42 in your Human Design Incarnation Cross, be sure to check out the Human Design Map where I go super deep into each gate of your cross.

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