Human Design (HD) is a logical system that shows us through a visual map our unique genetic predisposition that we were born with, and how to naturally make decisions according to it, so that we can fully experience our uniqueness and live the life that is correct for us. HD provides us with practical tools that lead us to experiment with our own differentiated way of moving in the world, pointing us towards a new understanding of how we mechanically function in relation to ourselves and our surroundings. The goal of HD is to show us how we can live in accordance with the mechanical settings of our body, based on what is natural and healthy for us. This can help us to connect more deeply with our own resources, to trust ourselves and to live a fulfilled life without the unnecessary resistance.
HD shows us what human characteristics have been given to us at birth (colored in parts in the map) and therefore are being lived out consistently, independent of our will. That is why we can always rely on them, especially when we make any decisions. On the other hand, it also shows us where we are vulnerable and prone to being conditioned by external influences (white parts). We are most often conditioned by our family, people around us, but also by planetary transits. These volatile aspects of our human nature are almost always the source of our suffering as we believe that there is something wrong with us, because we think something is missing and therefore we can never feel whole. In fact, there is nothing missing, but our mind interprets the inconsistent aspects of our human nature as a problem and creates a set of “not-self” patterns of behavior and thinking in an attempt to fix what has never been broken, which leads us to action that is unhealthy and counterproductive for us in the long term.
When we follow what our mind tells us about ourselves and what we should do, we create more and more resistance in our lives and gradually move away from our true self. That is why we cannot rely on any mental decisions, because they will almost always be motivated by the homogenized way of thinking about what we “should” or “should not” do, based on what we are not. Such decisions can never fulfill us, because they are against our true nature. The mind is a great tool for communication, analysis, and can be a good source of inspiration for others, but it is a bad master when trying to control our lives by telling us “what to do”.
While we can’t change what we haven’t been given, we can learn to treat what we have been given with respect and become aware of our conditioning. HD points us to the fact, that based on our given human characteristics, we each (with a few exceptions) have our own internal mechanism for making correct decisions, which is rooted in the intelligence of our body. When we make decisions according to it, not only will we allow the correct conditioning into our lives (because we can never be free of it), but also all our inconsistent attributes can gradually become the source of our wisdom. By seeing how the conditioning works in combination with our consistent human characteristics, we can over time change our understanding of ourselves, accept our nature and finally love ourselves as we are.
Based on the date, place and exact time of birth, a special software generates a Human Design map (Rave Bodygraph). For a good understanding of the mechanics of HD, it is recommended to start with a personal analysis provided by a certified and experienced analyst.
The Rave Bodygraph is a graphic representation of our body and mind organism and shows how they work together as a synthesis. It is displayed on a silhouette of a human body and therefore its structure corresponds to the biological and physiological functions of our body, that are closely connected to the psychological aspects of our mind. The structure of the map is always the same – each Bodygraph, like every person, has 9 centers (squares, triangles and a diamond), 36 channels – the connections between the centers and 64 gates located in each center. These gates correspond to the 64 hexagrams that we know from the Chinese I’Ching and have a given position in the Bodygraph and in the Rave Mandala. Each hexagram corresponds to a specific aspect of our human nature, whether it is active (colored in) or open (white). Each person has all 64 potentials, so everyone has the opportunity to experience all aspects of our human nature (just as we all have a human body with all its organs and glands), with the difference that some attributes are given to us from birth and some we experience indirectly through others. According to HD, we all have a total of 13 conscious and 13 unconscious activations, the synthesis of which is visually displayed in the Rave Bodygraph and determines our fixed conscious and unconscious characteristics, which together form our type, strategy and inner authority (or process) for making correct decisions. The position of the planets at the moment of our birth corresponds to the conscious aspects of our personality (black numbers on the right), while the calculation made 88 days before birth corresponds to the unconscious aspects of our body (red numbers on the left).
Colored centers and channels in the Bodygraph represent our consistent and fixed characteristics, while all the open (white) centers, channels and gates show what we are receptive to and where we are prone to receive external conditioning from the environment (mostly from other people). When we trust our consistent characteristics and live according to them, the openness will become a potential source of learning and wisdom.
No matter how many centers and channels you have defined or undefined, there is no better or worse design. It only depends on the extent to which a person is able to integrate and live the potential that is contained in their specific design. The uniqueness of each person lies in the unique combination of defined (colored in) and open (white) centers, channels and gates.
There are 9 centers in the Rave Bodygraph, which represent the basic elements of the whole map. Each center has a particular function and is connected to individual organs and/or glands in the body, that govern important biochemical processes in our body. There are 2 pressure centers (Head and Root), 4 energy centers – motors (Sacral Center, Solar plexus, Root and Heart), 3 centers of awareness (Spleen, Ajna and Solar plexus), a center of expression (Throat) and a center of identity (G). The functioning of individual centers must always be understood in the context of each individual design.
mental pressure, questions, inspiration, doubt and confusion (pineal gland)
reasons, theories, concepts and answers (pituitary gland)
communication, self-expression, manifestation and action (thyroid, metabolism)
center of love, identity and direction in life (liver, blood)
egoism, willpower, self-worth and materialism (heart, thymus, stomach, gallbladder)
wellbeing, health, immunity and protection (spleen, lymphatic and immune system)
emotional and nervous systems, passions and desires, potential emotional intelligence (kidneys, bladder, pancreas)
availability, fertility, sexuality, energy to work (ovaries, testicles)
body pressure, stress, restlessness and potential depression (adrenal glands)
The Human Design system distinguishes 4 basic mechanical types. Each type is endowed with a different strategy that leads to effective movement through life and the correct decision-making process. The types differ from each other in the way they operate and interact with the environment. This division is only general and forms the mechanical basis of each individual's design, which is very specific.
Generator is the most common type (about 70% of the world’s population) and its nature is linked to the sacral center, the place of the vital life force, sexuality and ability to reproduce. The specific function of the generator is to use the life-force energy in response to the external and internal circumstances. When a generator begins to initiate action based on the mental speculation about what they should do or what is expected of them, they move away from themselves and frustration accumulates in them. If the generator operates in response, they act in alignment with their nature and feel generally satisfied with their life. The main focus of the generator is on themselves (“Who Am I?”) and how they use their vital energy, simply, “what they do”.
Manifestor is a type whose specific function is connected to the throat center, the place of communication and self-expression, simply manifestation in the material world. A manifestor has an open sacral centre and one of the so called 4 “motors” is connected to the throat. This makes the manifestor a very influential initiator who has the ability to start or initiate new things e.g. situations, projects, events, encounters etc. independently of the environment and of other people. The manifestor (about 7% of the population) seeks peace in life and needs a great deal of independence and solitude. Their unpredictable actions can create resistance from others, which can make them feel deeply misunderstood and rejected. If the manifestor does not inform their surroundings of their intentions, they meet with resistance and anger builds up in them. Therefore, in order to eliminate resistance and misunderstandings from others, they should inform the people around them before taking any action. In this way they can find the peace that they desire. Manifestors define themselves according to their influence they have on others.
Projector has a special gift of recognizing other people’s desires, needs, strengths and weaknesses. This makes them a natural guide, mentor, facilitator, therapist or teacher (about 20% of the population), as they are naturally focused on other people. This ability is due to the fact that they have an open sacral center and none of the so-called motors are directly connected to the throat center. It is a so-called non-energy type. Although they may be relatively active, their life purpose is not activity or consistent work, but the recognition and understanding of the causes and contexts of how other people and life function in their complexity. When a projector initiates the action by giving unsolicited advice, for example, they often meet rejection that leads to feelings of bitterness. It is natural for a projector to wait till another person recognizes their gifts and qualities and invites them to interaction (relationship, cooperation, project etc.). If a projector does not feel recognized, they can reject any invitation because they prioritize the quality of relationships and interactions, over their quantity. A projector needs enough rest to regenerate, because they don’t have direct access to the life force energy generated by the sacral center. The goal of the projector is to experience the success that comes from their gift to naturally guide other people and to recognize oneself through the interaction with others.
Reflector is a very special type, who is represented by only 1% in the total population. They are characterized by the fact that they have no definition in their design (all centers are white). This means that they are very susceptible and sensitive to changes in the environment. The greatest gift of the reflector is the so-called ability to mirror their surroundings. They are a natural observer and can very quickly recognize who stands out from the crowd and who is different from others, which always surprises them. The opposite of surprise is the feeling of disappointment from human conformity. For important life decisions, reflectors need to wait at least one month’s cycle (28 days) to look at the situation from all possible angles. It is crucial for them where and with whom they live, as they directly reflect the energy of the environment around them.