Did Human Design (HD) cross your path, was your curiosity sparked, but do you find yourself a little lost on where to start with ALL the information? Then this post is here to help. I feel you though! When HD found me, I felt quite overwhelmed and thought I had to know every little detail of my design before experiencing the benefits. I can confirm; this is NOT true. So here’s a little guidance on where to start.
First things first
If you’re a complete newbie and don’t know anything about Human Design, I recommend to read this post. There’s plenty of simple background information on what the system is all about. In short, the system shows you your unique energy dynamics and gives you a “user manual” for living as yourself. Wait what?! Yup, there’s finally a manual for us humans as well. Isn’t that cool! 🤩
The manual shows you how you are designed to navigate and engage with the world around you. Plus it gives language to the skills & talents you’re here to share with the world. Moreover it helps you understand where you are likely to be influenced by your environment. And lastly it shows you how your inner guidance system works and, even more important, how to make decisions that are correct for you.
The main benefit Human Design gives you is that it helps you understand yourself on a deep level. It will strengthen your connection with yourself and allows you to live as your authentic self.
You must be curious by now, am I right? Let’s dive in!
Step 1: find your personal blueprint
Before you dive into all the information of your user manual, you need to find your own unique blueprint (called the bodygraph in HD). To create you unique blueprint, you need you date 📆, exact time 🕐 and place of birth 📍
Click the button below to find your own bodygraph.
Your bodygraph will look like the example below. But not exactly the same, cause every chart is unique on a detailed level. Just like every person is unique. Your chart shows you this unique, very impressive and colorful blueprint. As you can see, there’s a lot going on in the chart. You see 9 centers, 64 gates, 32 channels, new terms like Type, Strategy, Profile, Authority, Definition, Not-Self Theme, Incarnation cross, and not to mention the red and the black. Did anyone say overwhelm? Yes, it’s a lot. That’s why you want to start with the basics. I’ll discuss those in the next steps below the chart.
Step 2: understand your Type & Strategy
When you’ve looked up your own design, it’s time to decipher it a little bit. You can do this by starting with understanding your aura Type & Strategy. In total there are 4 auric Types & Strategies. They kinda go hand in hand because each Strategy is linked to a specific Type. So for example if you’re a Manifestor by Type, your Strategy automatically is To Inform. A little side note; if your chart says “Manifesting Generator” (MG) as a Type, than you’re a little hybrid between a Generator and a Manifestor BUT your aura still works the same as that of a Generator and thus you have the same Strategy. And when I talk about aura, I just mean the energetic field around you so it’s nothing to woo-woo. 🔮 Even though you might not be able to see it (or maybe you do), doesn’t mean it’s not there. Anyway, back to the Types.
The different ones are summed up below. In brackets the percentage of the total population for each type is shown.
Type > Strategy
💥 Manifestors (8%) > To Inform (& Initiate) 📣
🌟 Generators & Manifesting Generators (69%) > To Respond 🧲
🔦 Projectors (22%) > To Wait for the Invitation 👀
🧚♀️ Reflectors (1%) > To Wait a Lunar Cycle 🌙
In a nutshell you can see your Type as the role you play this lifetime and your Strategy as the way you best navigate & interact with life.
Step 3: get to know your Authority
The 3rd thing you could learn about is your Authority. This is your inner guidance system that you can trust no matter what when it comes to making decisions in your life. Authority is not fixed to Type, except for Sacral Authority. If this is yours, then you’re automatically a Generator or MG by Type.
Human Design distinguishes 7 different kind of Authorities and here they are.
Emotional (feeling) 🌊
Sacral (lower belly / gut feeling)🔥
Splenic (intuition / instinct) ⚠️
Ego (heart) 💖
Environmental (sounding board) 🏞
Lunar (lunar cycle) 🌓
If you’ve been paying attention, you might have thought “hey, but where’s my ratio /mind?” 🤯 Well, it’s not here to make decisions. Your mind is great for analyzing, thinking, researching, problem solving etc. But that’s about it. It’s here as an outer authority for others, like I’m using mine to write this blog post. To share my perspective, knowledge etc. But when it comes to making decisions for myself, about whether or not to write it for example, my body is actually in charge (whether my mind like it or not 😅 ).
Now you probably think “this is all great, but what does it actually MEAN to be this Type, have this Strategy and use this Authority?” I totally feel you! That’s why I’ve put it all together in a personal roadmap per Type. You learn more about what it means to be your Type, Strategy & Authority in real life. Expect some memes to support the language 😉 (It’s just 3 emails btw, nothing spammy). 💌
Step 4: learn about your Signature Theme
Every Type has it’s own Signature Theme, which is something you can use as an anchor to notice if you’re living in alignment with your design. Your Not-Self Theme on the other hand, shows you that you’re out of alignment somewhere. In my experience so far, your Not-Self Theme is not something you need to “get rid off”, it might always be there in the background. You can look at it as your personal alert system. ⚠️
The different Themes per Type are summed up below.
Manifestors > Peace
Manifesting Generators > Peace & Satisfaction
Generators > Satisfaction
Projectors > Success
Reflectors > Surprise
Manifestors > Anger
Manifesting Generators > Anger & Frustration
Generators > Frustration
Projectors > Bitterness
Reflectors > Disappointment
Now of course we can all experience these independent of what Type you are. But they’re great anchors for you to check in with every day. Also, I could have gone all out on the emoji’s here but I deliberately didn’t. 😎 Because it’s all about how YOU experience this theme. How does it play out in YOUR life? If you’re a Generator, when do you honestly feel satisfied? Projectors, when do you feel successful?
Step 5: start experimenting with Strategy & Authority
The final step is all about putting things into practice. Because even though it’s important to understand your Type, Strategy & Authority and what they mean, it’s all useless if you don’t find it out for yourself. Then it’s just knowledge and I have to be straight here, it’s not going to help you 🤷♀️ You see, the whole thing about Human Design is that it’s an experiment. So you can discover what it means to live as your true self. It’s not about me or anyone else telling you who you are, only you know that! And if you’re like most people, you’ve been conditioned to live as your Not-Self and have adapted a mechanism to live life to cope and survive.
I invite, encourage & ask you to see what happens when you start to apply your S&A in your every day life. It might be uncomfortable at first (all change is), but see for yourself how your life plays out if you do. And don’t be hard on yourself along the way, it’s not about “doing it perfectly” or achieving something. It’s about what you learn along the way. And that might inspire others as well. ✨
So yeah, start with the basics. And if you feel drawn to the knowledge and wanna deep dive, by all means please do! (Google is your friend) I’m just saying you don’t need ALL the details to use your energy the right way, live in alignment and trust yourself. You can start today!
Wanna dive deeper into your own design?
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