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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 since September 2019. 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. A professional astrologer since 2018 and lifelong student, Laurie was called to explore Human Design, and she's been studying, practicing, and living it since 2019. With a passion for sharing her knowledge, Laurie is dedicated to making this transformative information accessible to all."

Let's start with the types in Human Design.

Understanding your type is the first step to understanding your "vehicle" or BodyGraph. The analogy of the vehicle is that your mind or personality is the passenger, and how living life could be as easy as sitting in the backseat and enjoying the view. Each type has its own unique qualities and ways of operating in the world. There are four main types: Manifestor, Generator, Projector, and Reflector.

  • Manifestors: About 9% of world population. They're the starters. They're not just thinking up new concepts; they're the ones getting things started. They initiate and set things in motion.

  • Generators: About 70% The workers of the group. They have loads of energy, especially when they're doing something they love.

  • Projectors: About 20% These are the advisors. They're really good at seeing other people's strengths and giving smart advice.

  • Reflectors: About 1% The rare ones who mirror the energy around them. They show us what's going on in the world like a reflection.

Knowing your type helps you understand the best way for you to make decisions and navigate life. It's like having a guide to being more you.

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!

Next, let's dive into the fascinating subject of energy blueprints together!

What is an energetic Blueprint?

Everyone has a unique energy blueprint that affects how they make decisions, handle relationships, and go about their life.

This blueprint comes from where the planets were when you were born. It looks at the planets' positions on your birth date (the right side of the chart) and about 88 days before you were born (the left side of your chart). This information makes up your human design chart, which is like a map of your personal energy.

Your blueprint includes different parts like energy centers (for example, the Ego/Heart Center or Solar Plexus Center), channels that link these centers and move energy around, and gates that have specific energy traits. The way these parts come together in your chart highlights your strengths, the challenges you might face, and areas where you can grow.

In Human Design, the numbers at the top of your chart are super important. They help figure out your life path or profile number. For example, if your chart shows numbers like 49.6 and 4.6 on one side, and 23.4 and 43.4 on the other, these combine to give you a life path/profile number, like 4/6. Remember the numbers on the left are your "Design date" (approx. 88 days before birth) and the numbers on the right are the positions of the planets on your "Birth date". The 2 top numbers represent the position of the Sun and the Earth. The first number is the gate (don't worry, we'll get there below) with a . and the second number is the line (we'll get there too ;). Always start here to understand your path.

The chart has a body graph with nine energy centers connected by 36 channels. Each center and channel has its own energy quality, influencing how you see and feel the world.

Think of the Human Design chart as a car, and you're riding in it through life. The body graph is like the car's parts – engine, wheels, etc. – each doing its own thing to keep the car running.

Just like a car needs gas, your body graph uses the energy from the planets when you were born to create your unique design. It's like your personal energy map, guiding you through life, or your unique vehicle.

Your mind and consciousness are like passengers in this car. They use the info from the body graph to understand and react to what's happening around you.

By exploring your Human Design chart, you learn about your energy centers – your strengths, challenges, and what you're capable of. It's a great way to get to know yourself better, especially if you are a Generator, and make choices that really fit who you are.

Look at this chart below: Let's get looking at it clear. These apply to every body graph your learning begins now.

The below chart is of a Manifestor- here's how you can tell TYPE just by looking at the chart.

  • If none of the shapes are colored in (all white, excluding the small circles which are gates), it would be a Reflector.

  • If the Sacral center (2nd square from bottom) is defined (colored in, RED), it's automatically a Generator.

  • If there's no Sacral definition (not colored in), but there's a direct channel from another motor center (Solar Plexus, Ego, Root) to the Throat center, it's a Manifestor. *See below gate 21 in the Ego/Heart center connects to gate 45 in the throat center. When they connect it forms a channel.

  • You might be wondering about Manifesting Generators. For Manifesting Generators (MGs), they have the Sacral defined, but also have a direct motor to Throat channel. Are they Manifestors or are they Generators? The answer is Generator.

  • All other charts are Projectors.


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 and wisdom in those areas.

In your Human Design chart, the colored-in centers show parts of your energy that are constant and true to you. These are your natural strengths, traits, and where your energy is steady and reliable.

The white centers, however, are where you're more open to influence from the world around you. They show parts of you that are flexible and can change based on who you're with or where you are. These open areas make you sensitive to other people's energies and help you understand different viewpoints.

The way you've been raised and the culture around you can really shape how you use these open centers. They can influence your beliefs and decisions, but remember, these influences might not always match up with your real desires and who you truly are.

By knowing which centers are colored (defined) and which are white (undefined), you get a clearer picture of your natural strengths and where you might be picking up outside influences. This helps you tell apart what's really you from what you've just picked up along the way, guiding you to make choices that are more in line with your authentic self.

In Human Design, your chart has circles with numbers in them. These numbers are called hexagrams. They originate from the I Ching, an ancient Chinese book, and each hexagram is made of six lines, each forming a unique pattern.

Now, each of these hexagrams is connected to something called a gate in your chart. So think about those circles with the numbers in them each having a distinct pathway behind it. As you advance you'll see how deep it goes, but basically it's like nesting dolls- as you open one a smaller one appears and you continue to peel the layers down to the tiniest nuance. Your chart has various energy centers (like little hubs of energy), and the gates are like doorways into these centers.

These gates in the chart are visualized as circles with numbers in them and lines attaching to other circles on your chart. So the circle is the gate and the line is the channel. The color of these lines tells you something important about yourself:

  • If a gate is colored in, it's showing an energy that's a consistent part of you. It's like a trait you always carry.

  • A white gate, on the other hand, indicates areas where you're more receptive to outside influences – these are traits that might change depending on your environment or the people you're with.

Each gate, with its associated hexagram number, represents a specific type of energy or characteristic. It's like each gate has its own personality, and the hexagram gives you a clue about what that personality is.

So, when you look at these numbers in the circles (the hexagrams) on your chart, you're essentially looking at different energies or qualities that are significant to you. Each one tells a part of your story, based on where it is in your chart and what it represents.

The hexagrams (numbered symbols), are the same on every chart and stay in fixed positions.

Now, some gates are 'split gates.' These look like they're divided into two separate lines. A split gate suggests that the energy it represents in you is more complex. It's not just one straightforward trait but a mix of qualities that give a richer texture to your personality. You may find that these split lines are looking to connect to the undefined part of the line, leading to another gate. For personal growth, you must understand that you are complete and you do not need to complete the channel.

In essence, the hexagrams and gates in your Human Design chart help map out the unique energies that shape who you are and how you interact with the world.

In Human Design, channels are a key feature. They form when two gates link up, making an energy pathway. This connection has a big influence on how you express and experience certain qualities. Now do you see why I mentioned the incomplete channel?

For instance, let's take the 45-21 channel, often called the 'money line.' If you have this channel, shown as a black line connecting gates 45 and 21, it suggests a flow of energy related to resources and control. This might mean you have a knack for managing resources or leading in financial matters – skills that are key in creating and maintaining wealth.

Black lines represent conscious channels, energies you're fully aware of and can use to your advantage. These are the qualities you know you have and actively bring into your life.

Red lines, on the other hand, show unconscious channels. These are more subtle energies that influence you without you fully realizing it. Interestingly, these are often the traits that others see in you before you see them in yourself. It's like when someone points out you're good at something, and you're surprised, thinking, "Really? I am?" But, you inherently know you are!

Since Red lines are unconscious channels, they're like the car's automatic features or the instincts that guide you.

Now, let's circle back to the vehicle analogy. Think of these energies in your chart like the motors and fuel in a car. The channels are like the fuel lines, pumping energy (or 'fuel') throughout your system. The conscious channels (black lines) are like the parts of the engine you control – you decide when to rev the motor or hit the brakes. The unconscious channels (red lines) are like the car's automatic features, working in the background, influencing how smoothly your journey goes without you always noticing.

By understanding these channels in your chart, you're essentially learning how your energy vehicle operates. You see how different energies (motors and fuels) work together, driving you forward and shaping your journey through life. It’s about getting to know the vehicle you’re in – your own being – so you can navigate life's roads more skillfully.

There are four motors in the chart – the Solar Plexus, Ego, Root, and Sacral centers – each plays a crucial role in powering your energy vehicle. These motors are like different engines in your car, each responsible for driving different aspects of your life.

  • The Solar Plexus is like the emotional engine, powering your feelings and emotional responses.

  • The Ego center acts as the willpower engine, fueling your determination and sense of self.

  • The Root center is the adrenaline engine, driving your stress responses and sense of urgency.

  • The Sacral center, relevant for Generators and Manifesting Generators, is like the life-force engine, providing consistent energy and vitality.

Back to our personal growth- In Human Design, there's a concept called a "hanging gate." This happens when you have a gate that's defined (colored in) in your chart, but it's not connected to another gate. It's like having a colored circle with a line that doesn’t quite reach another circle. Remember, we touched on this above. This hanging gate represents an aspect of yourself that feels incomplete or like it's seeking something.

When you meet someone who has the other end of this hanging gate – meaning they have the gate that completes this connection – it creates a powerful and dynamic energy link. It's as if they hold the missing piece to your puzzle, and when you come together, both of your gates become activated and complete. It's getting really interesting, right?

This encounter lights up both of you. It's like suddenly finding a part of yourself that you've always been looking for. The connection can be pretty intense and illuminating. It often leads to a mutual enhancement of those qualities and energies represented by the connected gates. You feel more whole, and so do they.

Understanding hanging gates in your Human Design chart can be really eye-opening. It helps you recognize areas where you might be seeking completion or connection. And when you meet someone who 'completes' one of these gates, it can explain why you feel such a strong and immediate bond with them. It's all about finding those connections that light up parts of you in exciting, fulfilling ways.

Let's break this down into simpler terms and go over these concepts again.

Think of your Human Design body graph like a coloring book of you. This coloring book shows a picture with certain areas already colored in and some areas left blank.

The colored-in areas are like your superpowers – things you're always good at and that don't change. The blank areas are special too. They mean you can be really good at other things when you're around certain people or in certain places.

The lines in the coloring book are like invisible strings that connect your superpowers. They help you understand how your superpowers work together.

So, just like in a coloring book where every picture is unique, your body graph shows what makes you special and different from everyone else. And just like how fun it is to color and discover a picture, learning about your body graph helps you discover more about yourself!


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 sides of the graph. The numbers are in a box with a Planetary Symbol. For example a circle with a dot in the middle, representing the Sun and then a number, 49.6. 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, it means that the gate is number 34, and the line number is 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:

1st Line (The Investigator): The 1st line is known for its cautious and investigative nature. People with this line like to study and understand things deeply before taking action. They often enjoy solitude and are excellent researchers.

2nd Line (The Hermit): The 2nd line is introverted and values alone time. They have a natural ability to adapt and can be great listeners. They may withdraw from social situations to recharge.

3rd Line (The Martyr): The 3rd line is experimental and learns through trial and error. They may encounter challenges and setbacks but often find wisdom and growth in the process. They're known for their resilience.

4th Line (The Opportunist): The 4th line is social and enjoys connecting with others. They are natural networkers and can be charismatic. They may experience a series of changes in their life.

5th Line (The Heretic): The 5th line is here to break the mold and question established norms. They have a magnetic presence and can inspire others with their unique approach. They often go through stages of instability.

6th Line (The Role Model): The 6th line is about finding one's true purpose after experiencing the world. They are the natural leaders and role models. They often go through a "trial" phase, experiencing both the challenges of being on the roof (independent and introspective) and off the roof (actively engaged in the world), before fully stepping into their role as a guide and mentor.

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 12 in your chart, which is associated with caution and stillness. 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 careful and considerate way when exploring and pursuing new adventures. However, your Gate 12 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.


So, now that we've got the basics of Human Design down, it's time to delve into something truly transformative—your unique strategy and authority.

In Human Design, each one of us has a specific strategy and authority, and they are crucial components of our decision-making process. Understanding these aspects can lead to a life that's more aligned with your authentic self. So, let's explore what these concepts mean and why they matter.

What is Your Strategy?

Your strategy in Human Design is like your personal guidebook to making decisions that are in harmony with your true nature. It provides a clear and reliable way for you to navigate the complexities of life.

Each of the four main types (Manifestor, Generator, Projector, and Reflector) has its own unique strategy:

  1. Manifestors: Your strategy is to "Inform." As a Manifestor, you have the power to initiate and get things started. However, it's crucial that you inform those who will be affected by your actions before taking action. This ensures that your initiatives are met with less resistance and more support.

  2. Generators and Manifesting Generators: Your strategy is to "Respond." You are here to respond to life's opportunities and situations. Instead of initiating like Manifestors, your power lies in recognizing what truly lights you up and responding to it. This way, you can engage your boundless energy in the right direction.

  3. Projectors: Your strategy is to "Wait for the Invitation." As a Projector, you're a natural advisor and guide. However, your guidance is most effective when it's sought after. Wait for the recognition and invitation from others before offering your wisdom and insights.

  4. Reflectors: Your strategy is to "Wait a Lunar Cycle." Reflectors are incredibly sensitive to the energies around them, and your decision-making process benefits from giving things time. Wait through a complete lunar cycle (about 28 days) before making major decisions.

What is Your Authority?

Your authority in Human Design is like your inner compass, guiding you toward choices that are aligned with your authentic self. It's a personalized decision-making tool that taps into your unique way of processing information and arriving at conclusions.

There are several types of authority in Human Design, and each one corresponds to a particular energy center in your BodyGraph. Some common authorities include:

  1. Sacral Authority: Connected to the Sacral Center, this authority relies on the body's gut response. It's all about listening to your "yes" or "no" gut feelings in the moment. Trust your body's visceral reactions to guide you in decision-making.

  2. Solar Plexus Authority: Linked to the Solar Plexus Center, this authority is centered around emotions. You need to ride the emotional wave, giving yourself time to feel and process your emotions before making decisions.

  3. Splenic Authority: Connected to the Splenic Center, this authority is about intuition and gut instincts. It's that subtle feeling or inner knowing that provides guidance. Pay attention to your instincts and hunches.

  4. Ego Authority: Associated with the Ego/Heart Center, this authority involves a sense of self-will and self-worth. It's about making decisions that align with your true self, even if they seem unconventional or bold.

  5. Self-Projected Authority: This authority is tied to the Throat Center and involves speaking your decisions out loud to see how they feel. Your own voice can provide clarity and resonance in your decision-making process.

  6. Lunar Authority: Reflectors specifically have Lunar Authority. It's about allowing a full lunar cycle to pass before making major choices. Reflectors need the passage of time to feel certain about their decisions.

So, why do your strategy and authority matter? Well, here's the magical part—when you align your choices with your strategy and authority, you're essentially tuning into the frequency of your authentic self. It's like finding the perfect melody that resonates with your soul.

Instead of second-guessing yourself or being influenced by external pressures, you tap into an inner wisdom that guides you toward decisions that bring you peace, fulfillment, and alignment with your unique path.

In the next lessons, we'll explore each type's strategy and authority in more detail. But for now, remember this: your strategy and authority are your allies on this journey of self-discovery and living in harmony with your Human Design. So, why not start practicing them today?

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. 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.

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 my FREE roundtable every other Monday.

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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