Human Design Gate 49 – Gene Key 49 – The Revolution Ringleader

Written by Christie Inge, 5/2 Splenic Projector, born in the LAX of the Clarion 2 (57/51. 62/61) and creator of the Human Design Map

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The official name for Human Design Gate 49 is The Gate of Principles. But I call it The Revolution Ringleader because its primary action is to take the lead and move people through rocky times. 

About Human Design Gate 49 – Gene Key 49

Archetype Name: The Revolution Ringleader

In Action: leads revolutions by living your principles

Keywords: transformation, being a leader in relationships, and being revolutionary

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Official Gate Name: Principles

Human Design Definition: Ideally the transformation of forms based on the highest principles and not simply for power. 

Core Theme: Fear of Nature.

Bodygraph Center: Emotional Solar Plexus center and connects to the Root center via human design gate 19

Tropical Sign: Aquarius

(Want all of the correspondences and keynotes for the gates of your incarnation cross? The Human Design Map is for you.)

The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 49

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

On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 49 is the energy for leading people through rocky times. Gate 49 deeply understands that flow is the natural state of all energy – especially emotional energy – energy is meant to move at the right timing. The 49 has an emotional sense of when it’s time for a change, a renewal, and even a revolution. 

On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 49 is the energy for believing that there is a right way and a wrong way to do life. This causes the 49 to become rigid and  “settle for nothing less” than perfect. From this place, it is common for the 49 to ruthlessly cut people out of their lives when they don’t live up to their perfect standards. 

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 49 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 49 is to create plenty of time and space for emotional processing and to practice compassion for yourself and others. 

My Personal Experience with Human Design Gate 49 (Gene Key 49)

Gate 49 (line 5) is in my unconscious moon, and…it’s been a journey. 😉

Our moon placements reveal how we relate to ourselves, our emotions, our intuition, and our inner wisdom. 

The unconscious (red) side of the chart is symbolic of the parts of ourselves that we hide, reject, or banish in an attempt to be accepted by others (aka shadow parts). Besides the metric fuck ton of energy it takes to keep these parts of ourselves hidden, our shadows are actually the energies we need to harness to have a full expression on the conscious (black) side of the chart. 

In other words, if we maintain a “low” frequency on the unconscious side, the same will be true on the conscious side.  

And despite what you’ve been told about your shadows, the answer isn’t to get rid of those parts; it is to love, value, and embrace them as essential parts of your higher purpose. 

This is precisely what I’ve been doing with gate 49 in my unconscious moon.

(I’ll teach you “how” to love, value, and embrace your shadows inside the Human Design Map Portal.)

Some of the shadow words that could describe gate 49 are stubborn, intolerant, and rebellious. It is often referred to as “the murderer” or “the butcher” because it has a sharp knife and isn’t afraid to use it. 

By doing my own shadow integration work, I have no shame in saying that I’ve been known to cut people out of my life due to my intolerance of their so-called imperfections. And I’ve ruthlessly burned bridges more times than I can count. 

About a decade ago, I even concluded that my “toxic trait” was running when relationships got hard. It became a weapon I used against myself and a way to stay stuck in my “not good enough” story. 

Somewhere along the way, I had picked up the (completely misguided) idea that a “truly healed person” would stay, no matter what. And with every relationship I ended, I hated myself more and more. 

I thought that to grow and be an “evolved” person, I needed to learn how to stay, even when I was treated like hot garbage. I believed my role was to be a one-way emotional dumping ground. And that I should take it when people are utterly incapable of owning their projections. 

And “God” knows I tried. But I would inevitably reach my breaking point, and my spleen would scream a firey NO. 

Things came to a head when I spontaneously ended two significant relationships in less than a year. 

The first was long overdue. It had always felt tough to stand up for myself and be clear about my boundaries. One day, I knew that it was time to end things for my emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

The second hit harder because it happened very suddenly. It turned out that they weren’t being authentic in our relationship. I was hard on myself about not seeing through their inauthenticity; it opened old wounds around self-trust. And I felt ashamed that it was “yet another” relationship I no longer wanted to be in. 

As I contemplated gate 49 in my unconscious moon, though, I realized that the problem wasn’t that I “always ran” when things got hard in a relationship. 

The problem was that I was hard on myself for having boundaries, clear needs, and a spleen with no fucks left to give. 

And while that energy was often expressed through stubbornness, intolerance, and rebellion, at the end of the day, it was me standing up for myself and my principles. I’m leading a revolution of authenticity, which can be messy AF. 

And here is the key:

When I don’t…

…stand up for myself 

…honor my boundaries

…show up authentically

I lose the connection I have with myself. My emotions get the best of me because I’m ignoring them. My intuitive spleen must ROAR because I’m not heeding the whispers. 

By loving and owning this energy, my “running” instinct becomes a signal that something is off in my inner world. When I want to cut a bitch, it lets me know that I have needs, values, and boundaries that need tending. 

With that awareness, I can take a step back, tune in, and see what is most authentic. By doing that, stubbornness, intolerance, and rebellion transform into wisdom, discernment, and revolution. 

I’ve let go of the idea that staying in relationships that aren’t healthy is a badge of honor. Staying or going doesn’t prove anything, and I’ve forgiven myself for believing it does.  

What I understand now is that being honest with ourselves is what matters most. Because that is the ONLY place we can be honest with others. 

You can only stand in your Truth – about your needs, values, and boundaries – if you don’t know your Truth. 

That kind of self-leadership will lead to a revolution of authenticity in our relationships. 

And I’m glad to be doing my part. Even if it looks like a hot fucking mess sometimes. 

If you want to join me in the revolution by becoming a master at transforming your shadows into light, that is precisely what we’ll do inside the Human Design Map + Portal. I’ll see you there. 

Affirmations for Human Design Gate 49

Using your Human Design to create affirmations is a powerful way to activate the full potential of your chart. Here are some affirmations for Gate 49:

I take the lead during rocky times.

I am a revolutionary.

My principles lead the way.

Inside your Human Design Map, you’ll get a full list of empowering beliefs for your type + strategy, authority, profile, and all four gates of your incarnation cross and show you how to go from affirmation to full-on embodiment. In the meantime, be sure to also check out my post on how to make Human Design affirmations work.

Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 49

When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 49 are available to you, no matter whether it is defined in your chart…

What is your experience with leading emotional revolution in your life? 

What is your relationship to having compassion for people who aren’t perfect? 

Are you comfortable being an emotional leader? 

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 49

And, if you have gate 49 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. 

There is so much more where that came from:

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