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Human Design Gate 48 – Gene Key 48 – The Wisdom Well

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The official name for Human Design Gate 48 is The Gate of Depth. But I call it The Wisdom Well because its primary action is to discover the hidden layers and realms of what it means to be human. 

About Human Design Gate 48 – Gene Key 48

Archetype Name: The Wisdom Well

In Action: to explore the depth of life with curiosity

Keywords: being wise, having depth, embodiment, and understanding being human

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Official Gate Name: Depth

Human Design Definition: The necessary and qualitative foundation that is a prerequisite to establish the common good. 

Core Theme: Fear of inadequacy. 

Bodygraph Center: Spleen center and connects to the Throat center via human design gate 16

Tropical Sign: Libra

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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 48

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

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 48 is the energy for discovering the hidden layers and realms of what it means to be human. Gate 48 understands that you don’t become wise through education. You become wise through embodiment. With this understanding, it is empowered to explore the depths of life with curiosity and humility.

On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 48 is the energy for pursuing knowledge and education as a way to buffer from emotions. It can lead to over-preparing, overplanning, and feeling inadequate in what you know. At its worst, it can abuse positions of power where others are looking to you for depth of wisdom. 

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 48 with a number of boundaries, practices, and tools. 

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

The most important thing to raise the frequency of gate 48 is to take really good care of your physical body with proper hydration, adequate nourishing food, rest, and sex. And give yourself full permission to go into the depths of learning. But be mindful that your drive to “go deep” can sometimes manifest as wanting to learn more before getting started with your dreams. This can oftentimes really be just the fear of inadequacy rather than a true lack of depth.

My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 48 (Gene Key 48)

As I mentioned in my post about human design gate 18, I have gate 48 is my conscious Pluto, which is conjunct with my conscious sun (human design gate 57). 

I also have human design gate 16 (in my conscious moon) which means I have the full channel of the wavelength, sometimes called the channel of talent. 

On the conscious side, Pluto is the place where we go through a rebirth in our lives. It takes us into the deepest shadows of our psyche and brings us out the other side with a new sense of integrity and wholeness. 

When pluto is conjunct the sun, it brings a whole new level of intensity to the (astrology) chart. It creates a drive for “truth”, depth, inner transformation, and self-realization that is unrelenting. 

And anytime we have a full channel, our energy body has an “easier” time with balancing the energies on each side of the channel. 

How all of this plays out for me has been quite interesting to explore, especially when I consider my experience with learning (and teaching) Human Design. 

Other than the Western Esoteric Qabalah Magick, Human Design is the only system that has held my interest enough to go deep. And, quite honestly, had it not been for my study of Qabalah, I probably would not have become interested in Human Design. 

I knew about Human Design long before I gave it any real energy. At first, my Aries Rising was quite offended that I needed to wait for anything. 

But, after years of studing energy healing, magick, and Qabalah + a metric fuck ton of magickal synchronicities, I found my way back to Human Design.  

The connection between the flow of the bodygraph and the Kabbalah (Qabalah) Tree of Life hit me like a lightning bolt. I saw the Human Design Chart in a whole new way. 

Because of my understanding of the 32 paths of Qabalah, I thought, yep, that is how energy flows in the energy body. 

And, as I started to study Human Design, I started to see how truly practical it is when it is broken down into understandable parts. 

And true to my pluto (48) conjunct sun (57), as I’ve gotten deeper and deeper into the Qabalah and Human Design, I’ve been able to step into a deeper sense of self-realization. Something I deeply, deeply crave. 

As a projector type, I have often been very bitter about seeing others so much more clearly than I can see myself. 

Studying these systems has helped me heal some of that bitterness. 

As I write this, I can see that a big part of the bitterness is how quickly and easily I can “go deep” with another person but how deep I seemingly “have to go” for my own self-understanding. 

When I have an invitation, I can get to the heart of the matter really fast. I can see what is aligned and what isn’t. I can guide like nobody else. 

With myself, though, I’ve spent countless hours in both study and practice. I’ve invested thousands upon thousands of dollars in coaches, healers, and trainings. I’ve journaled, blogged, and sounded bored until the cows come home. 

I have, of course, used all of the knowledge I’ve gathered to fulfill my karmic role. I’ve helped countless others clean up their karma. 

But, all of it has been driven by my own intense quest of self-realization. And, I suppose my fear of inadequacy; the fear that my self-understanding is not enough.

I don’t want to use this awareness as a weapon against myself and my path. I do ultimately trust that all of this awareness is happening for my awakening (human design gate 51). But, in this very moment, it does feel like a bitter pill to swallow. 

My prayer is to trust that my self-knowledge is enough. And that I am mindful of when I’m “going deep” as a way to remedy my fears of inadequacy versus when I’m going there from a place of true projector curiosity, fascination, and interest. 

And so it is. 

*Sidenote: Kabbalah, Qabalah, and Cabalah are all based on the Tree of Life and I use them interchangeably to honor the various paths. 

Kabbalah is the original system from the Jewish tradition, Qabalah is the Western Esoteric (aka Hermetic) path often called Ceremonial Magick or High Magick, and the Cabbala is a christian mystic path. Both Qabalah and Cabbala are rooted in Kabbalah. 

All of these are spiritual paths that lead to what is called Enlightenment, Moksha, Self-Realization, a United Will, Completing The Great Work, Oneness, I AM Consciousness, Crystalline Consciousness, Christ Consciousness, and likely many others that I am either forgetting or just not aware of. 

The rivers are different but the water is the same. (says Human Design Gate 61). 

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 48

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 48 are always available to you (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…

What areas of your life do you like to “go deep” on? 

Are they serving your fears of inadequacy or true curiosity and interest? 

Are you holding yourself back because you think you aren’t ready or not enough? 

What would you do if you knew that your depth of knowledge, wherever it is, is already enough to start?

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 48.

And, if you have gate 48 in your Human Design Incarnation Cross, be sure to check out the Human Design Map where I go super deep (no pun intended!) into each gate of your cross.

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