The official name for Human Design Gate 8 is The Gate of Contribution. But I call it The Rebel with a Cause because its primary action is to make a contribution in the world by being one’s authentic self.
About Human Design Gate 8 – Gene Key 8
Archetypal Name: The Rebel with a Cause
In Action: make a contribution by being radically authentic
Keywords: contribution, authenticity, and self-expression
Official Gate Name: Contribution
Human Design Definition: The basic worth realized in contributing individual efforts to group goals.
Core Theme: Unique self expression.
Bodygraph Center: Throat center and connects to the G center via human design gate 1.
Tropical Sign: Taurus/Gemini
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The Energy Spectrum of Human Design Gate 8
All energy in the Human Design chart exists on a spectrum of potential.
On the “positive” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 8 is the energy for authenticity and self expression. Gate 8 makes the most difference in the world by staying true to itself and empowering others to do the same.
On the “negative” end of the spectrum, Human Design Gate 8 is the energy for worrying about how individual expressions will impact relationships. It can feel purposeless under the weight of external conditioning and pressure.
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 8 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 8 is to question EVERYTHING you’ve been taught about life, success, and, most importantly, Love. Decide for yourself if your beliefs serve your Creative Contribution.
My personal contemplation of Human Design Gate 8 (Gene Key 8)
I have gate 8 in my Unconscious Jupiter. And, true to the nature of the unconscious side of the chart, Gate 8 has been a really powerful gateway into shadow for me.
On the conscious side, Jupiter reveals the way we meet our needs for expansion, abundance, prosperity, miracles, and healing. And on the unconscious side, it reveals the primary shadows and blocks to meeting those needs.
So, my conscious Jupiter is in Human Design Gate 20, which is all about being present in the now, contemplation, and expressing it’s knowing when it arises. And when it knows, Gate 20 can be a powerful force of transformation for others.
So, I create abundance, healing, and miracles in my life by being in the present moment, by making space for contemplation, and by sharing what I know when I know it.
With Gate 8 in my unconscious Jupiter, my biggest “block” to stepping into that source of abundance is misdirected rebellion and inauthenticity.
The more I can transform rebellion into authenticity, the more present I am in my life. The more present I am, sharing what I know when I know it, the more abundance I create.
For me, this has really come into focus in the last few years.
I can’t say for sure what the exact catalyst was but I do know that I’ve reached a point in my life where being inauthentic creates so much bitterness for me that I just can’t do it anymore.
I lived most of my life as a people pleaser. And, in the bitterness of that, I’d rebel against anything and everything. If there was a rule, I was going to break it. I became a rebel without a cause.
What I have come to understand is that rebellion for rebellion’s sake isn’t actually rebellion; it’s cowardice.
It doesn’t lead to more authenticity, it leads to less.
It wastes a metric fuck ton of energy. And it leaves very little energy for discovering what is actually authentic, what my cause really is, and where that rebel energy can be channeled into something truly worthwhile.
And, it fills my present moment with defensiveness, victim consciousness, and existential anguish.
In those triggered states, I don’t actually have access to the inner wisdom (through Human Design Gate 57) that allows my Gate 20 to be present and speak the truth of its knowing.
This awareness, of course, was a bitter pill to swallow. No pun intended.
I am so grateful to come into this understanding of the Gate 8 “negative” frequency in my life.
I can’t say, with any kind of integrity, that I am never rebellious for rebellion’s sake. As with anything, it heals and transforms in layers.
But when I notice those feelings of “fuck the man” I use it as a way to get curious. I can notice how it pulls me out of the present moment and has me searching the past for someone to blame. And I can redirect my focus to what is actually true for me, what is genuinely authentic, and how stepping into that is the only thing to focus on.
And each time, it brings me back into the now. Back into the present. Back into what is real. Back into where my authentic abundance truly is.
Now it’s your turn to contemplate Gate 8
When you stand in the truth that the gifts of gate 8 are always available to you (whether it’s defined in your chart or not)…
What is your relationship with being authentic?
Do you believe that the greatest contribution you could ever make is being yourself?
Do you ever rebel for rebellion’s sake? Why is that? How might you channel that energy into something that is worth rebelling against?
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 8.