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Lesson 1- Let's Start Simple

So, you may have heard about Human Design and thought, "What the heck is that?" Well, let me break it down for you.

Human Design is this really cool and fascinating system that combines astrology, the I Ching, Kabbalah, and the Chakra system to create a chart that represents your unique energy blueprint. Think of it like a map of who you are and how you interact with the world around you.

Now, I know that already these terms might sound super complex and overwhelming, but that's where I come in. I have a gift for simplifying complex things (if I do say so myself!), and I've been learning, practicing and living my Human Design for almost two years now. I'm so excited to share what I've learned with you all and to learn more together. Ra, the creator of Human Design has said in many of his works, this information needs to be available for humanity to strive, especially come 2027. He said, learn it, understand it, teach it and live it and that's what I'm doing.

"Discover the simplicity and magic of Human Design with Laurie Alfano, a seasoned astrologer and a 4/6 ego authority manifestor. Laurie's deep understanding of astrology and her gift for simplifying complex concepts make her the perfect guide on your Human Design journey. After five years as a professional astrologer, Laurie was called to explore Human Design, and she's been studying, practicing, and living it for almost two years. With a passion for sharing her knowledge, Laurie is dedicated to making this transformative information accessible to all. As Ra, the creator of Human Design, emphasized the importance of this wisdom for humanity's growth, Laurie is committed to learning, understanding, teaching, and living Human Design. Join Laurie on this exciting adventure as she empowers you to embrace your unique design and create a life of authenticity and fulfillment. Together, let's unlock the profound wisdom of Human Design and thrive in alignment with our true selves."

Let's start with the types in Human Design.

Understanding your type is a key step in unlocking your true potential. Each type has its own unique qualities and ways of operating in the world. There are five main types: Manifestor, Generator, Manifesting Generator, Projector, and Reflector.

Manifestors are the initiators, with a natural ability to bring ideas into action.

Generators are the doers, designed to have sustainable energy and thrive in work that aligns with their passions.

Manifesting Generators have qualities of both Manifestors and Generators, with a faster and more non-linear approach to life.

Projectors are the guides, gifted in seeing the potentials and talents of others and offering insightful guidance.

Reflectors are the rarest type, reflecting the energy of their surroundings and serving as mirrors of the collective.

Each type has its own unique strategy for making decisions and navigating life. Understanding your type provides a valuable foundation for embracing your authentic nature and living in alignment with your design.

Want to know more about YOU and your Human Design Chart? Check out this FREE AI Bot where you can get your chart and ask questions about it too. Have fun!

Time to dive into this fascinating subject and discover our unique energy blueprints together!

Human Design is a system that combines astrology, the I Ching, Kabbalah, and the Chakra system to create a unique chart that represents your unique energetic blueprint.

What is an energetic Blueprint?

The energetic blueprint suggests that each person has a unique energetic makeup that influences their decision-making, relationships, and overall life journey.

The energetic blueprint is determined by the positions of the planets at the time of an individual's birth. It is a combination of the positions of the planets at that specific moment, including both the pre-birth date (around 88 days prior to birth) and the actual birth date. These planetary positions form the foundation of the human design chart, which is a graphical representation of the individual's unique energy configuration. These positions are then translated into a human design chart, which provides insights into their psychological, emotional, and energetic characteristics.

The blueprint consists of various elements, including energy centers (such as the Head Center, Ajna Center, and Solar Plexus Center), channels (which connect centers and carry energy), and gates (which represent specific energetic qualities or themes). The interplay and configuration of these elements in an individual's chart shape their strengths, challenges, and potential areas of growth.

In Human Design, there's something fascinating about the numbers displayed on each side of the chart. If you take a look at the first two numbers at the top, they hold significance in determining a person's life path. For instance, let's say you have 49.6 and 4.6 on the left side, and 23.4 and 43.4 on the right side. When you combine these numbers, you'll find that your life path number is 4/6. Always look here first to determine the chart holders path.

The chart is made up of a body graph, which has nine energy centers and 36 channels that connect them. Each center and channel is associated with a specific quality of energy that affects how you experience the world around you. Imagine the Human Design chart as a vehicle, and you're the passenger on this incredible journey called life. The chart's formation, known as the body graph, serves as the vehicle that carries you through your experiences.

In this analogy, the body graph consists of different parts, like energy centers and channels, which are like the engine, wheels, and other components of a vehicle. Each of these parts has its specific function and plays a role in how your energy flows and operates.

Just as a vehicle needs fuel to run, your body graph relies on cosmic energies and planetary positions at the time of your birth to create your unique design. It's like your personal energetic GPS, guiding you through life and shaping your individual experiences.

Meanwhile, your human mind and consciousness are the passengers in this vehicle. They observe, interpret, and interact with the world based on the information provided by the body graph. It's like having a built-in navigation system that helps you understand yourself and navigate through the twists and turns of life.

By exploring your Human Design chart, you gain insights into how your energetic vehicle operates. You discover your strengths, challenges, and potentials. It's an opportunity to understand yourself at a deeper level and make choices that align with your authentic nature.


In a Human Design chart, you'll see nine centers represented by geometric shapes, with each center either colored in or white. The colored-in centers are defined, meaning you consistently have access to that energy, while the white centers are undefined, meaning you're more open to outside influences in those areas.

The colored-in centers in your chart indicate the aspects of your energetic blueprint that are inherent and consistent within you. They represent the qualities, traits, and energies that you naturally possess and express. These defined centers reflect your strengths, talents, and areas where you have a consistent flow of energy.

On the other hand, the white centers in your chart indicate areas where you are more open to outside influences and conditioning. They represent aspects of yourself that are more malleable and adaptable, as they can be influenced by the people and environment around you. The openness of these centers can make you sensitive to the energies of others and allow you to connect and empathize with different perspectives.

The conditioning you receive from external sources such as parents, teachers, society, and culture can influence how you express and experience the energies of your white centers. It can shape your beliefs, behaviors, and decision-making processes. It's important to recognize that decisions made from conditioned patterns may not always align with your true desires and authentic self.

By understanding which centers are colored in (defined) and which are white (undefined) in your chart, you can gain insight into your inherent strengths and areas where you may be more susceptible to conditioning. This self-awareness allows you to differentiate between conditioned responses and what truly resonates with your authentic desires, enabling you to make decisions that align with your true nature.

The numbers within the circles in the Human Design chart are called the hexagrams. Each hexagram consists of a six-line arrangement, and they are derived from the I Ching, an ancient Chinese divination text.

In Human Design, the hexagrams are assigned to the gates within the centers. Each gate is associated with a specific hexagram, which represents a unique energetic expression or archetype.

In Human Design, the numbers within the circles (hexagrams) in the chart are always in the same position in every individual's chart. These numbers represent specific gates and their corresponding hexagrams, which remain consistent across all charts. The placement of the gates and hexagrams is fixed within the Human Design system. Finally something easy, right?

Now, let's think of them as codes that unlock specific information about you.

For example, if you see the number 37 in one of the circles, it means you have a gate associated with "The Family" hexagram. This suggests that you have a natural talent for creating harmonious connections and nurturing relationships. You might be someone who brings people together and fosters a sense of unity.

Another example is the number 22 in a circle, which corresponds to the "Grace" hexagram. This gate represents qualities like elegance, diplomacy, and an appreciation for beauty in various forms. You might have a refined sense of aesthetics and enjoy exploring art and culture.

So, when you look at the numbers within the circles in your Human Design chart, you're essentially decoding different aspects of your energy and understanding the unique qualities that shape your experience.

These hexagrams provide insights into your innate talents, strengths, and archetypal energies.

By exploring them, you can gain a better understanding of yourself and how you can navigate the world in alignment with your natural gifts.

Think of it as a personalized codebook that helps you uncover the hidden aspects of your energy and guides you towards living a more authentic and fulfilling life.

To review: In Human Design, the numbers within the circles (hexagrams) in the chart are always in the same position in every individual's chart.

However, what differs from person to person is the definition of these gates. Definition refers to whether a gate is colored in (defined) or left white (undefined) in an individual's chart. This definition determines whether or not a person has consistent access to the energy and themes associated with that gate.

So, while the position of the hexagrams remains the same for everyone, the definition of those gates can vary from person to person. This variation in definition is what creates the diversity of energetic expressions and archetypes in different individuals' charts.

To clarify, the gates are represented by the lines, while the hexagrams are the numbers within the circles, indicating the specific energetic qualities and archetypes associated with each gate.

Gates can be defined or undefined. A defined gate means that you consistently have access to that particular energy or quality, and it forms a consistent part of your personality. It represents a consistent theme or characteristic that is inherent to you.

On the other hand, an undefined gate means that you do not have a consistent and fixed expression of that energy. Instead, you are more open to experiencing and being influenced by that particular aspect through the people around you. An undefined gate often indicates an area of potential growth and learning, as you may seek to understand and integrate the qualities associated with that gate from others.

Additionally, some gates can be split, which means they are divided into two separate lines within a single center. The presence of a split gate suggests a nuanced expression of that particular energy. Each line within the split gate carries its own unique qualities and characteristics, offering a deeper complexity to how that energy manifests within you.

Another interesting aspect is that within the Human Design system, there are specific connections between gates called channels. These channels are formed when two adjacent gates connect, creating a pathway for energy flow. This connection can have a significant impact on how you experience and express certain qualities or themes in your life.

For example, if you see a black line connecting Gate 37 to Gate 40, it indicates that these two gates are linked by a channel. This connection suggests a flow of energy related to the theme of family and relationships. It may mean that you have a natural ability to create deep connections with others and find fulfillment through nurturing and supporting your loved ones. The black lines in the chart represent conscious channels, which are the pathways through which you are aware of and can consciously access specific energies. These channels represent qualities, themes, or traits that you are more consciously attuned to and can actively engage with in your life.

On the other hand, the red lines represent unconscious channels, which are the pathways through which you experience energies that are more subconscious or hidden from your conscious awareness. These channels represent qualities or themes that may be operating within you at a deeper, more unconscious level, influencing your experiences and behaviors without your full conscious awareness.

By understanding the channels in your chart, you can gain insights into how different aspects of your energy work together and influence your experiences. It helps you see the interconnectedness and the dynamic interplay of energies within your being.

So, pay attention to the black and red lines in your Human Design chart. They reveal the pathways through which energy flows, offering valuable clues about your unique energetic makeup and how you can navigate life with greater self-awareness and alignment.

This is interesting! When you have a defined gate connected to someone else's undefined gate through a channel, it forms a deep energetic connection between you and that person. This connection often leads to a mutual influence and shared understanding in the corresponding aspect of life represented by the channel; it creates a bridge for the flow of energy between you.

This connection can manifest as a shared resonance, understanding, or influence in the corresponding theme or quality represented by the specific channel. It can lead to a deep connection, mutual growth, and even a sense of completion or fulfillment when the energies align harmoniously.

Understanding the gates in your Human Design chart provides insights into the specific themes, qualities, and potentials that shape your personality and experiences. It offers a framework for understanding your unique strengths, challenges, and areas of growth. It also helps you recognize the energetic connections you may have with others and how they can impact your life journey.

Let's break this down into simpler terms-

Imagine your body graph as a house with nine rooms and 36 hallways that connect them. Each room has a different purpose, like the kitchen where you nourish yourself, the bedroom where you rest, and the living room where you socialize. The hallways represent the pathways between these rooms, allowing you to move freely and interact with the different energies.

The colors and shapes in your body graph indicate how these rooms and hallways are connected and how the energies flow through them. The lines and numbers on the sides of the chart represent different qualities of energy that influence how you express yourself in the world.

So, just like how different rooms in a house serve different purposes and have different energies, the centers and channels in your body graph affect how you experience the world and interact with others. By understanding your body graph, you can gain insight into your strengths, challenges, and how to make the most of your unique energy.

The lines in your Human Design chart carry specific meanings and are numbered 1 through 6. These lines can be either solid (—) or broken (--), and they provide additional insights into your energetic qualities and expressions.

To find the specific line number associated with a gate in your chart, you can look at the numbers on the side of the graph. The number on the left side represents the gate number, and the number on the right side indicates the line number within that gate. For example, if you see the number 34.6 on the side of a gate, it means that the gate is number 34, and the line within that gate is number 6.

The line numbers themselves hold significant meaning. Each line carries a unique energetic expression and represents a different aspect of your personality and interaction with the world.

Here's a brief overview of the general meanings associated with each line:

Line 1: Represents individuality, independence, and self-reliance.

Line 2: Signifies partnership, collaboration, and the potential for synergy with others.

Line 3: Relates to trial and error, experimentation, and the pursuit of new experiences.

Line 4: Reflects stability, consistency, and the ability to establish a solid foundation.

Line 5: Expresses adaptability, versatility, and the capacity for change and transformation. Line 6: Embodies wisdom, guidance, and the potential to influence and inspire others.

By understanding the specific line associated with each gate in your chart, you can gain deeper insights into your unique qualities, strengths, and potential areas of focus in your life's journey.

The solid lines represent a consistent way of approaching things. People with solid lines tend to have a more stable and reliable energy in that area of their life.

On the other hand, broken lines represent flexibility and adaptability. People with broken lines tend to be more open to change and can adjust their approach to fit different situations.

For example, if someone has a solid 3rd line in their chart, they may have a consistent approach to communication and relationships. They may have a natural ability to connect with others and build long-lasting friendships. However, if someone has a broken 3rd line in their chart, they may have a more flexible approach to communication and relationships. They may be able to adapt to different social situations and connect with a variety of people in different ways.

Let's Review! The numbers and symbols on the sides of the body graph in a Human Design chart represent the specific gates and channels that are activated in your chart. Each gate and channel has a unique meaning and energy that influences how you experience different aspects of your life. The numbers on the sides of the chart correspond to the numbers assigned to each gate, while the symbols represent the various astrological and I Ching elements that are associated with each gate. By understanding the gates and channels that are activated in your chart, you can gain insight into your unique strengths, challenges, and life path.

So, let's say you have a Gate 34 in your chart, which is associated with exploration and adventure. This gate is connected to the Throat center through a solid line, which represents consistency in communication. This suggests that you may have a natural tendency to communicate in a consistent and clear way when exploring and pursuing new adventures. However, your Gate 34 is also connected to the Solar Plexus center through a broken line, which represents flexibility in emotions. This suggests that your emotional responses to new experiences may be more flexible and adaptable. Overall, this combination suggests that you may have a consistent and clear communication style when exploring new adventures, but your emotional responses may be more flexible and adaptable to the situation.

Together, the gates and lines in your Human Design chart can give you insights into your personality traits, strengths, and potential challenges. Understanding your chart can help you align with your authentic self and make decisions that are in line with your unique energy.

However, the ultimate significance of this knowledge lies in how it informs your decision-making process.

Every decision you make, big or small, shapes the course of your life. When you align your decisions with your Human Design, you are essentially honoring your authentic self and operating in accordance with your unique energy blueprint. This alignment can lead to a sense of fulfillment and a deeper connection to your life's purpose.

On the other hand, allowing outside conditioning and influences to determine your decisions can lead to a misalignment with your true self. When you make choices solely based on societal expectations, familial conditioning, or external pressures, you may find yourself living a life that doesn't resonate with your authentic nature.


As you delve deeper into your Human Design and move towards the understanding of your inner authority, the importance of honoring your own decision-making authority becomes paramount. Your inner authority refers to the reliable and intuitive decision-making process that is specific to your unique design. By listening to and following your inner authority, you can make decisions that are in alignment with your authentic self and navigate your life path with clarity and purpose.

Living in accordance with your Human Design involves recognizing and respecting your inner authority while being aware of conditioning from the outside world. It is a conscious choice to prioritize your own truth and guidance over societal expectations or external influences. By doing so, you can fully embrace your design, make decisions that align with your unique energy, and ultimately lead a more fulfilling and authentic life.

Thanks for following along with me in this journey of learning about Human Design. I hope this article has piqued your interest and given you a basic understanding of the key components of a Human Design chart.

If you're hungry for more knowledge and want to dive deeper into the world of Human Design, make sure to follow my blog where I'll be posting more articles and insights on this fascinating topic or join our free roundtable on Mondays.

And if you're curious about your own unique Human Design chart and want a personalized reading, don't hesitate to reach out to me. Let's explore the amazing insights that your chart can offer and discover the true potential of your authentic self.


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