Jan 23, 2024
What started as a mini exercise to write and deepen my understanding of the Human Design gates through the Solar Transits became one of the most fulfilling, fun and challenging year long projects in 2023. Here’s a recap on what gates are and a glossary to easily reference the 64 gates.
The gates in Human Design come from the Chinese I’Ching, also known as the Book of Change. They are considered the doors of each energetic center, allowing energy to move in and out. There are 64 gates in total (also known as hexagrams) and 6 lines per hexagram.
When two gates connect, they form a channel. Allowing energy to flow between the two centers they connect directly to. Each channel have a generated, projected or manifested nature as well.
You’ll notice that each of your gates have a decimal number next to it. For instance my Personality Sun is 48.4. The decimal number after the gate means my 48 is activated in the 4th line. This little detail means my 48.4 is experienced and expressed differently than someone’s 48.1.
The planet in which each gate is activated also influences it’s expression as well. Here’s a keynote for each planet’s theme:
There are also a lot more gates to explore, some astrologers like to dive into the Chiron, Lilith, Ascendant, Descendant, Mid heaven gates etc. I believe Genetic Matrix’s paid Pro option offer’s these views as well.
In addition, which side your gate is activated can make a difference too. Either on your conscious (personality side), unconscious (body side) or both. You can have multiple gates activations on different planets, lines and body or personality side!
A hanging gate is a gate you have active, but not connected to another gate (so it’s not part of a channel). Your active gate can be hanging in a defined or undefined center.
A bridge gate, is the gate that would connect to your hanging gate and complete a channel.
For example, if you look at my chart above, my Gate 12 is hanging in an undefined throat. The bridge gate for the 12 would be Gate 22. It’s what will enable my 12 to connect to my Solar Plexus.
So where does the Gene Keys come in? The Gene Keys are the contemplations of the I’Ching by Richard Rudd, a former student of Ra Uru Hu. While the Gene Keys can be seen as a whole other sub-system in itself, I often include these references for each gate because they show the energetic frequencies of how these energies can move between the shadow expressions to their gifts and siddhi’s. It helps in understanding and grounding these abstract and at times complex concepts.
At any given time, we’re influenced by a stream of neutrino carrying information from the planets around us. When I started writing about the transits, I focused specifically on the movement of the Sun’s gate. When you take a look at the Rave Mandala, you’ll see the order from which these gates move. Starting with Gate 41.
Now each planet cycles each gate with a different duration. It takes the Sun 1 year to go through the 64 gates while it takes the moon roughly 28 days to cycle through the 64 gates.
Some planets might have a different orbit, going clock wise instead (someone who is more familiar with astrological placements, please correct me if I’m wrong!)
You can find the full version of the organizational charts here.
Remember to take into consideration the other parts of your design! While we focus on one specific portion or area, you are a combination of all your moving parts AND conditioning. You’re not just one gate, one type or channel. You’re dynamic, alive and holistic. Your experiences, the stories you hold matter as well.
How you experience your design is unique to you. Each gate, center, channel is flavouring each other along the influence of our environment, the transits and people in our lives. Take what works and permission to release what doesn’t. This system is evolving along with us, let it be a tool that supports your process and not another box to fit yourself into.
If you want to quick visual reference for all the gates, channels, circuitry, centers. Check out this digital reference guide right here.
For just the organizational charts like the sample above, check out the Cheat Sheets here
I’ve gotten a few messages and requests on putting all the gates into one offering (coming soon!) or even a custom guide (figuring out the logistics so it can still be personal and curated to you and not just all the gates slapped together because nuance matters!)
If you’re looking for some support in synthesizing all the elements in your chart, you can check out my current offerings here.