Diving Into My Human Design

I’ve been excited lately because I’m learning about Human Design Systems and I want to share with you.

If you’re someone that thinks astrology and all that woo woo stuff is just a bunch of baloney, then you should probably stop reading now. This post isn’t for you.  But if you have an open mind and a curious nature, I encourage you to read on. If you’ve spent any time looking into your astrology charts, I think you’ll find Human Design intriguing as it stems from an analysis of your birth chart.

The goal of Human Design is to give you the tools to better understand yourself and improve the ease and flow of your decision making. I’ve always been interested in self-development and learning more about what makes me and everyone else tick, so when a discussion about Human Design came up in a group coaching program I participate in, I had to know more. 

I’m still a newbie, but I’d like to share with you what I’ve been learning as it pertains to my Human Design chart or BodyGraph and give you some resources as a starting point for your exploration.


Four Types of Human Design.

Here are the four types of human designs with a little description of each.

Human Design Manifestors are about nine percent of the population. Their strategy is to inform before they act to find peace and avoid anger. They have a closed and repelling aura and are here to understand their impact on others.

Human Design Generators (including Manifesting Generators) are the dominant Type on the planet with nearly 70% of the population. They are the driving life force of the planet. Their strategy is to respond, and through their response to find satisfaction and avoid frustration. They have an open and enveloping aura and need to learn about themselves.

Human Design Projectors are around 20% of the population. Their strategy is to wait for the Invitation to find success and avoid bitterness. They have a focused and absorbing aura and need to learn about and understand the other.

Human Design Reflectors are without definition and are just over one percent of the population. Their strategy is to wait for a full cycle of the moon before making decisions to find clarity, leading to a life of more surprise and less disappointment. They have a resistant and sampling aura and are learning to reflect rather than identify.

Source:  jovianarchives.com

I’m a Generator, and I have to say I was a little disappointed to find out that I was part of the big majority. Frankly, I was hoping my BodyGraph would reveal some exotic characteristics that were rare and valuable. Ego was clearly at work here!

Of the four types, the Generator is inward-looking, and the other three are outward focused. Inward strikes a chord with me. I have always been more interested in what’s going on inside, how we think, how we feel, what motivates us, what scares us.  People who know me say I spend a lot of time, maybe too much time, inside my head. I guess now I can say that’s the way I’m supposed to work and blame it on my Human Design. 


Human Design Strategy

Strategy in Human Design shows us the best strategies for living life aligned with our design type, which is supposed to make decisions, and life, so much easier.

It seems Generators have strong creative energy, but unlike Manifestors who jump right in creating things, Generators work best when they wait and respond to ideas, questions, and situations that come to them, rather than initiating on their own. The best strategy for Generators is to wait to respond.

At first, I was puzzled.  It felt wrong.  I consider myself a Type A Doer.  I don’t just sit around and wait for things to happen. That didn’t fit my image of myself.  But then, perhaps my image of myself isn’t the right image for myself.

More reading and this is what I discovered.  Waiting to respond doesn’t mean sitting around idly twiddling your thumbs.  You can be investigating, learning new things, and developing your thoughts and opinions.  But waiting to respond does mean exercising patience when deciding whether and when to initiate an action, or launch into creating something.  Generators must wait for the response that comes from their Sacral Center.  Is the response an uh-huh (Yep) , or an uh-uh (Nope).  Once you learn to hear it, making good decisions happens more often, and with more ease.  More about this later in Authority Types.


Authority Types, The Body’s Language, and Profiles.

Once you’ve determined your design type and your strategy, you can dive into the authorities, profiles, gates, and channels that taken together make up each unique individual. I’m not going into all these details in this post. I will leave those to you to discover if you’re so inclined. However, there are two more things that I’d like to briefly discuss, Authorities and Profiles.  These, along with type and strategy, are big elements of your Human Design.

There are seven authority types in Human Design. These explain how our body communicates with us, providing us with decision making guidance. Using your Authority Type’s preferred decision-making style helps ensure you make better decisions that are more in flow.

Inner Authority Types:

  • Sacral – Waiting to Respond
  • Emotional/Solar Plexus – Feel it, Wait for Calm/Clarity, Then Act
  • Splenic – Intuition, Excited and Nervous, or Excited and Fearful
  • Ego/Heart – Exclusive to Manifestors and Projectors, Rare, Correct Use of Willpower,
  • Self/Identity/G – Focuses on the Frequency of the Voice, Talking it Out

Outer Authority Types:

  • Environment – Exclusive to Projectors
  • Moon/Lunar – Exclusive to Reflectors
Source:  humandesignhawaii.com

It seems that one of the ways Generators with Sacral Authority (me) determine the rightness of a decision, is by responding to the natural “uh-huh” and “uh-uh” sounds that bubble up for them. It signifies whether energy exists to accomplish what is being considered. Unfortunately, I don’t always listen to the Yep or Nope. I allow circumstances or people to sway me into doing something that I often regret. I guess I need to give more credence to those Yeps and Nopes. 

I hadn’t realized it before, but I often make little noises when I am listening to someone or contemplating an action.  It’s a habit I’ve tried to break since little grunts of uh-huh, or uh-uh, aren’t exactly acceptable in polite company.  Guess I’ll have to work on an acceptable way of incorporating those sounds into my decision process.

Sometimes it’s an “Mmm, Not Sure” which means to put it on the shelf and let the idea ripen until it becomes a clear Yep or a Nope. Patience is required because sometimes it takes a long time to ripen.   Patience is something I’m not so good at, so I’ll have to work on this one.

I firmly believe we all have a gut reaction to things, but we often disregard those feelings. They just get lost in the noise of our chattering monkey mind. It takes time to quiet that noisy monkey and start hearing and trusting our gut. I’ll be working on that too.

The trick for Generators is to know whether they’re initiating or responding.  Apparently the questions I need to ask myself when I’m considering initiating action are:

  • Am I responding to a need 
  • Am I filling a void
  • Am I answering a question
Source: interiorcreature.com


Your profile combination explains how you operate in the world. There are six profile elements. Your profile is a combination of two of these elements based on the position of the sun in your personality and design sides of your BodyGraph.

Profile Elements:

  • Line 1 – Investigator
  • Line 2 – Hermit
  • Line 3 – Martyr
  • Line 4 – Opportunist
  • Line 5 – Heretic
  • Line 6 – Role Model

The first number of a profile is about the conscious aspect of your personality, and the second number is about your unconscious design or body intelligence.  I have a 3/5 Profile.

My conscious personality is a 3, the martyr. Trial and error is the way of the martyr.  We love learning by discovery, and are good at adaptation. We’re here to bump around in life and try things, testing them to discover what works and what doesn’t, and then we’re supposed to tell the world about it.

This trial and error approach to learning, when misunderstood and unsupported in a young child, can make their errors feel like failures with all the sting and stigma that society heaps on failures. Unsupported, a young child quickly learns that success is all that matters and soon stops trying new things and concentrates only on what they do well. 

That pretty much sums up my childhood. I did not have support for my trial and error nature. That took a toll on my natural curiosity and stunted the development of my self-esteem and confidence. It has taken me a lifetime to recognize that and begin to undo that conditioning. It’s something that I started before I discovered Human Design and it’s still a work in progress. 

I’m now a staunch supporter of “failure isn’t failure; it’s a learning experience.” I strive for this attitude in my life today, and I encourage and support my clients to do the same.

My design side is a line 5, the heretic.  It scared me a bit when this came up. A heretic is someone that is at odds with the norm.  A heretic rails against the status quo.  Wow!  I certainly don’t see myself as a rabble-rouser or an activist. 

After I took a breath, I did more investigating.  A line 5 is also about thinking outside the box, challenging traditional values that no longer work.  A line 5 is a catalyst for change and is here to make an impact.

OK, that sounds more like me. That is what’s behind the concept of Midlife Rewritten – coaching women as they rewrite how they live in midlife.  I champion questioning the status quo of the dutiful wife, mother, employee who gives to everyone and save nothing for themselves.  I advocate for change that helps women see themselves clearly, and perhaps for the first time own their strengths and confidently take responsibility for their lives.

Yes, I can accept the martyr/heretic profile, and I’m willing to let it shape my life, rather than resisting its influence.


So What Does All This Mean

Truthfully, I’m not sure what all this means for me, yet. I’ve learned some things about my design that resonate with me, and some that I’m not so sure about. Clearly I’ve got a lot more to learn, but that’s ok, because I love learning new things. I’ve had my BodyGraph analyzed once, and I’ve scheduled another analysis with a different reader.  I’m interested in whether there are components that are subject to interpretation, or if the analysis will be the same regardless of who does it.  I’ll update you once I’ve had a chance to digest any new information.

I don’t know about you, but if I can find a tool that will help me be in flow and make decision making more natural and accurate, then I’m willing to give it a try.  Will you join me.  We can explore together. 

Let me know in the comments if you’ve had experience with your own Human Design or if this post has piqued your interest and you want to do some exploring on your own. 


Human Design Resources

Two places you can get your free BodyGraph.    You’ll need your birth date, birth time, and birth location for the most accurate graph.




Here’s a good place to start exploring your Human Design.





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