13 Gate of the Listener

13 Gate of the Listener

Feb 2, 2023

Today the Sun moved into the Gate 13, the gate of the Listener. This is the energy of receiving, the gift of presence. Here to deeply take in & reflect on other’s stories. The beginning and end of our experiential cycles.

From our Identity G to Throat Center

Coming from the Identity G Center—center for love, self, identity and direction. The 13 Gate of Listener is here to receive, to listen to people’s stories and to record history.

It reaches towards the Throat—hub for expression, manifestation and transformation. Where the 33 Gate of Privacy is here to reflect + alchemize said stories, to share the lessons from the past.

Together they form the 13-33 Channel of the Prodigal.

This energy is about presence, listening with your whole being. Taking in, recording history in order to alchemize the lessons + wisdom for the future of the collective. To receive and contemplate;  a container to take in stories. It’s pointing towards Gate 33, the gate of Privacy which is located in the Throat Center and carries the voice of “I remember”. It’s where Gate 13 gets to release what they’ve heard and taken in.

The 13 without gate 33, may not always have the energy to reflect, process the stories and insights they’re received. They might end up holding onto secrets, feeling resentful and heavy by the weight of them or too attached with no proper outlet.

Collective Sensing Circuit & Projected

It is here to learn from the past. Being in the Sensing Circuit, this is about reflecting on the emotional depth our experiences.

If you have this gate, you might notice people often being TMI around you, strangers sharing their life story when you’ve just met, being privy to secrets and good at keeping them. People feel comfortable, pulled & even compelled to share when they’re in this gate’s aura.

Yet, this is a projected energy. Recognition and invitation is an important part of the process.

Shadow Expressions

While you have the capacity to hold other’s stories and might be fascinated by them, check in to see if you have the capacity for it.

In the shadow expressions, the 13 might feel exhausted and bitter about having to listen to others but not having others to hold space for them. Not being recognized or even seen. Nor having proper boundaries or on the opposite side, being reactive to everything you’re taking in and dismissing others.


Wisdom of Gate of the Listener

“Listening is entirely different from hearing. Hearing refers to the acoustic absorption of auditory information, whereas listening is something that can only be done with your whole being. […] Listening is also highly linked to the way in which you process your life experiences on an emotional level.”—Richard Rudd

The wisdom of Gate 13, is learning to simply listen and to hold space for one another.

It’s healing and a necessary part of the human experience to have a safe space, a container to share our joy, our lessons, our losses and pain. To be understood with empathy and compassion, to be seen without judgement. Remember, this is the center for love as well.

In learning about our past, we pave the way for a better future; this is not about coming up with solutions though, this is about embracing the insights of the depths of our emotional journeys.

But just because you have the capacity to hold what you hear, doesn’t mean you’re here to listen to everyone/anyone. Or that you’re meant to bottle it all up. We all need each other.

Who are the people who hold space for you? Who can you soundboard as you go through your own process?


Lesson from Gate 13

The lesson from Gate 13 is that our stories have power and they’re here to be shared with the right people/outlet + when the time is right.

This is projected energy after all. Learning to discern who can receive or who to share with is crucial and viceversa, when to listen + hold space

Boundaries are important no matter what design you are. But specially if you carry gate 13. Find ways to check in. How can you ground yourself, safely release the stories, the secrets that make their way to you?

Find outlets to move this energy. There are so many creative ways to do so, find what you’re feeling pulled to explore. So you can hold and move this energy without being heavily affected or defined by them (e.g gate 13 + undefined solar plexus holding on to other’s emotions + traumas)

I see this energy often expressed through professions such as historians, therapists, storytellers, comedians, social commentators, documentary filmmaking, photography etc.


Gate 13 Keynotes

Share your reflections:

Do you have Gate 13 active? Would love to hear your reflections, share below!

I have gate 33 and my husband has the 13, early in our relationship I would find myself reflecting and telling him things I’ve never told or admitted to anyone . And viceversa, him having a space to release what he’s been holding. This is one of the electromagnetics that defines our throat centers

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  1. Alex McCombie says:

    Hi Jes, reading this has absolutely blown my mind!! I have gate 13.3 conscious moon and am interviewing women who were beatniks and hippies and writing songs that tell their tales – they are all about peace, love, freedom, and adventure. I feel that I’m documenting their lives, this history, and that the songs are secret lessons/activations. I’ve been putting emotions into poems/songs my whole life, since my parents divorced (open solar plexus, undefined throat) I now understand they are not my emotions but i am channeling them from other people… I dont have the 33 defined but my 6-year old daughter does – i had my spiritual awakening 2 years ago, and the first song came through straight after the activation (I’d interviewed my mum who was a hippy for a radio documentary I made years before). My moon in my astro chart is 15 Aquarius, 12th house, which is one of the Gates of Avatar… wow thank you for this post!!

    • Jessica Lock says:

      Wow Alex. Such beautiful insights 🥺. Isn’t it so validating to how things have been falling into place? Thank you so much for sharing and for telling the tales of others <3

  2. Aimee says:

    I have Gate 13 and I can’t even go to a grocery store without a stranger feeling a connection with me and telling me their stories. I have made new friends with people sitting next to me on planes, new Facebook friends during 1-hour flights. It’s like I’m a magnet for people who need to heal. I’ve always said people can sense that I’m a safe space.

    • Jessica Lock says:

      So cool, love these kind of unexpected friendships! Hope you’re taking good care of yourself too <3

  3. Divjot says:

    I have gate 13 and this is so true, everyone is always telling me their secrets or life stories and I love it! A lot of people have mentioned to me that I am a very good listener and they feel safe telling me secrets they haven’t told anyone else.
    I want to soon create a podcast where I can interview people and hear there life stories while travelling so this makes a lot of sense!

    • Jessica Lock says:

      Yes!! You are a vessel for stories (as long as you have the capacity or in a space to receive them). What a wonderful gift you’ll be creating through your podcast! So exciting!

  4. Ham says:

    I have 13 (unconscious earth) and 33 (unconscious Saturn) and I do not like stories that much. I do not like to listen to stories that drag along too long. I generally don’t like to share stories either.
    What is up with that?
    Do I have to start liking stories and storytelling???

    Btw- I have been reading your blog for like 2 hours lol love it and it’s written in a way that is easy to understand!

    • Jessica Lock says:

      Thank you so much for sharing that!!! Just because you have this channel it does not automatically mean you want to listen to everyone’s stories or always want to share about them. Because 1, boundaries are important. Specially when you don’t have the capacity or interest to listen to others, you don’t have to “receive them” or feel force to “share” when there’s no energy or pull.

      Because the way this energy moves through you might look different (as it should) depending on other parts of your design. This might pop up in the most subtle of ways.

      For example, I’ve noticed the way my 33 moves, it’s really through retreat + self reflection process. I don’t know when it wants to share but sometimes it might be triggered in a conversation, inspired by external factors. But that doesn’t mean I’ll share with anyone at anytime. If I haven’t had the space to retreat and process then I won’t have the capacity or motivation to share if that makes sense. Before my saturn return, a lot of how this energy moved was through writing in an anonymous tumblr blog with photos I’ve taken as an example of expression.

      I’m curious about other parts of your design because that could definitely influence it (If you’re open to sharing of course 😉) Off the top of my head: being a split definition, Manifestor, carrying a 1st or 5th line etc could influence your openness too sharing and how you connect with others.

      And yay, so glad you’ve been enjoying this blog so far! Means a lot to know this little carefully curated corner of the internet can support others as well!