Human Design
with Christie Inge

I’m a 5/2 Splenic Projector. 

I make Human Design simple, practical, and magical. 

Human Design Gates Meanings Library

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In Human Design, there are 64 gates that can potentially be defined in your bodygraph and these gates represent archetypal energy that all humans carry. The gates, and their meanings, originated from the 64 Hexagrams of the Chinese I Ching.

 The Mechanics of the Human Design Gates

 The Human Design Gates correspond to just under six astrological degrees and the exact degree determines the line the gate is in. Each of the six lines is just under astrological degree.

 At any given time, each of the 13 placements in Human Design is “transiting” a gate and your chart is a snapshot of those transits at the time of your birth.

 With 64 gates having 6 lines each, there are 384 possibilities for each placement in the chart.

human design gates example chart
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For example, in the chart above, the conscious sun (the top placement in the black column) is in Gate 26.2.

At the time of their birth, the sun was transiting Sagitarrius at 18* 1′ and that corresponds to gate 26 line 2.

The relevance of gates in the Human Design chart.

Each gate in the chart represents archetypal energy that all humans carry and all gates exist on a spectrum.

The gates you have defined in your chart are the gates that you incarnated to embody consistently in this lifetime. And the gates that are undefined in your chart are the gates you incarnated to embody occasionally to develop wisdom and discernment.

The exact placement in your chart will determine the role that a gates archetype will play in your life.

For example, if a gate is in your incarnation cross, it will play a significant role in your purpose in life. But if it is defined in one of the outer planets (like Pluto), it will play a more significant role in unwinding generational and collective patterns. (I’m planning to write a full post about planets soon.)

But, no matter if or where a gate is defined in your chart, its gifts of it are available to you at all times and can help you navigate life in both practical and magical ways.

They can help you “raise your frequency” with specific practices and tools unique to that archetype.

I cover the exact practices for all four gates of your incarnation cross in the Human Design Map.

The “right time” to focus on learning the gates in your chart

It is often said that you “should” focus on your strategy and authority when you are first starting out.

I personally don’t see Human Design that way and think you should start at whatever points gets you experimenting instead of just learning. That is the whole purpose of the Human Design Map that I make – I want to provide so much detailed information that the only left to do is actually experiment.

Besides that, the gates are actually the energetic underpinning of your strategy and authority.

Strategy is determined by your Human Design type. Your type is determined by your center definition and the connection between the throat and the four motors.

And authority is determined by center definition within a hierarchal structure. For example, anyone with a defined solar plexus will have an emotional authority, even if their spleen is defined.

Center definition is determined by channel definition.

And channels are created when each gate of the channel is defined in one of the placements.

So, you can’t get strategy and authority without gates. If you are most drawn to the gates and lines, start there.

In fact, the original Human Design transmission didn’t even include type, strategy, or authority (among other things). It only focused on centers, channels, and gates.

I personally find that the nuances of the gates can really bring your chart into practical focus because each gate has a frequency spectrum that is easy to spot once you know what you are looking for. And as a 5/2 profile, I am all about the practical application of the whole chart.

So, all that to say, there is no dogma here. If you are drawn to understanding your gates, do that. Just don’t get lost in a learning rabbit hole and really look at it as opportunities for experimentation and healing.

The Most Important Gates in the Chart

The most important gates of anyone’s chart are the gates of their incarnation cross because it represents the life purpose.

In my post on the incarnation cross, I explain the significance of the conscious sun, conscious earth, unconscious sun, and unconscious heart. And you can and use this library of gates to help you understand the gates that are in yours.

When you are ready for a deep dive on the gates of your incarnation cross, I do that in the Human Design Map.

Human Design Gates + Archetypal Meanings Library

Each of the gates is a spectrum of energy that determines the way we think, feel, and behave in our lives. They are archetypal and hold all of the vibrational codes for what it means to be Human.

Please note the gates posts are a work in progress. I will be done writing all of them soon. In the meantime, you can sign up for my Human Design Gates Cheatsheet if you’d like a brief summary of each.

Use this library to find the gates you are interested in:

1

The
Divine
Creative

connects with natural creative cycles

2

The
Receptive
Feminine

remains receptive the abundance of life

3

The
Sacred
Fool

playfully creates order out of chaos

4

The
Forgiveness
Doctor

harnesses the healing power of forgiveness

5

The
Time
Alchemist

creates healthy habits, rhythms, and rituals

6

The
Peace
Maker

uses conflict as a gateway to peace

7

The
Shephard

stays true to the highest vision for the collective

8

The
Rebel With
A Cause

makes a contribution by being radically authentic

9

The
Details
Whiz

stays focused on the details that really matter

10

The
Self Love
North Star

lives as an example of radical self loves

11

The
Idea
Factory

uses its imagination to the fullest capacity

12

The
Fine
Artist

expresses emotions through poetry and art

13

The
Sounding
Board

holds space and listens with empathy

14

The
Prosperity
Lumen

follows their dreams to create true prosperity

15

The
Wild
Heart

marches to the beat of it’s own drum

16

The
Mastery
Maven

devotes itself to the mastery of it’s craft

17

The
Powerful
Opinion

creates solutions with well informed opinions

18

The
Wholeness
Doctor

sees wholeness and healing potential

19

The
Sensitive
Soul

stays sensitive to the needs of itself and others

20

The
Voice Of
Alchemy

remains present to speak truth in the now

21

The
Resource
Manager

understands, values, and respects all resources

22

The
Graceful
Gaze

offers itself and others the gift of Grace

23

The
Alchemical
Wordsmith

communicates radical ideas that transform

24

The
Silent
Mystic

creates transformation through silence

25

The
Loving
Soul

loves itself, others, and life without conditions

26

The
Sacred
Salesperson

believes in a brighter future for everyone

27

The
Empowered
Caretaker

cares for others from abundant overflow

28

The
Darkness
Whisperer

faces the darkness of life with courage

29

The
Faithful
Devotee

cultivates devotion to the things that matter

30

The
Deep
Feeler

revels in the intensity of desire and emotion

31

The
Natural
Leader

reverently leads others into a fair and just vision 

32

The
Change
Oracle

leads successful community change

33

The
Contemplative
Witness

contemplates and shares lessons from the past

34

The
Sovereign
One

harnesses power for the good of the collective

35

The
Hungry
Heart

seeks adventure, and emotional experiences

36

The
Compassionate
Sage

cultivates compassion for itself and others

37

The
Boundaries
Master

maintains clear and strong boundaries

38

The
Purposeful
Fighter

fights for the things that really matter

39

The
Sacred
Provocateur

provokes others to step into self-responsibility

40

The
Liberated
Servant

balances service with personal needs

41

The
Patient
Dreamer

honors it’s hopes and dreams with patience

42

The
Celebration
Doula

finishes and celebrates accomplishments

43

The
Listener
Within

listens to it’s own internal wisdom

44

The
Pattern
Interrupter

practices forgiveness and learning from mistakes

45

The
Money
Stewward

distributes material resources with integrity and equity

46

The
Ecstatic
One

enjoys being an embodied human being

47

The
A-Ha Moment
Master

trusts that the a-ha moment is on it’s way

48

The
Wisdom
Well

explores the depth of life with curiosity

49

The
Revolution
Ringleader

leads revolution by living its principles

50

The
Tuning
Fork

transforms groups by living its values

51

The
Thunder
Bolt

awakens through shock and radical faith in life

52

The
Still
Mountain

takes actions when the timing is right

53

The
Spark of
Alchemy

sees all of life as an opportunity to grow

54

The
Prosperity
Seeker

creates prosperity as a path to enlightenment

55

The
Abundant
Spirit

uses abundant faith to fuel creativity

56

The
Wandering
Storyteller

tells stories from its many adventures

57

The
Lucid
Intuitive

creates clarity by trusting its intuitve knowing

58

The
Joy
Junkie

consciously cultivates joy as a path to growth

59

The
Intimacy
Catalyst

creates intimacy through honesty and vulnerability

60

The
Embodied
Magician

uses creativity to overcome obstacles

61

The
Divine
Door

revels in the Divine Mystery of life

62

The
Esoteric
Translator

busts myths with clear communication

63

The
Discerning
Questioner

uses doubt as a gateway into possibilities

64

The
Imagination
Station

uses imagination and creativity to transcend confusion

Please note the gates posts are a work in progress. I will be done writing all of them soon. In the meantime, you can sign up for my Human Design Gates Cheatsheet if you’d like a brief summary of each.

Go ahead and bookmark this page to refer to as you learn about the different meanings of the gates in your Human Design Chart. And when you are ready for a deep dive on all four gates on your Incarnation Cross, order your Human Design Map.