Human Design: Who are You?

In a world oversaturated with all things wellness, it might not be a surprise to hear about the new hot topic, Human Design.

My cousin introduced me to this recently, reaching out after 9pm to ask me my exact time of birth. Because I’ve gone deep down the rabbit hole of astrology, I quickly texted her back, 12:31am. I figured this had something to do with pulling an astrological chart, but she told me it was this concept she was learning about called, Human Design and that we both were the Manifesting Generator (MG) type.

Intrigued, I started to read as much as I could about this fresh new age-y perspective and found myself resonating with the descriptions but also confused by the intricacies of my chart. There is a lot to learn about this system that was developed back in the 80s by Ra Uru Hu (née Alan Krakower), a former advertising executive and magazine publisher, but when you give it some time and stay open, you might find it provides some clarity and guidance.

Here’s an excerpt from a Q&A that Goop did with certified analyst, Lynette Hagins:


What is Human Design?


It’s a logical system that brings together principles of The I Ching, astrology, Kabbalah, Hindu-Brahmin chakra system, and quantum physics. Your Human Design Chart, also called a BodyGraph, is calculated using your birth date, time, and place, to reveal your genetic design.

On the most practical level, Human Design shows you where and how to access your body’s consciousness as a decision-making tool, and ultimately, how to live as your true self. Human Design offers a map, or a manual, that indicates how you are unique as a person, and guides you in living in a manner that is in sync with who you are. When we live in alignment with our true nature, we begin to experience a level of comfort and acceptance for who we are, instead of chasing who we are not—and we’re able to live out our real purpose in the world. Note: Each and every individual is born with a design that is perfect for them. No one is broken and yet we run around trying to fill up the open places and seek to be what we are not. We all have our own mythology and purpose that we are designed to live out, our own gifts and magic we are here to bring to the world. These will unfold naturally when we are aligned with our mechanics.


What do you mean by mechanics?


The BodyGraph is a map of genetic code that shows how our energy is here to correctly engage in the world. Have you ever wondered if you are using your energy, your life force correctly? When you look at your BodyGraph, you see how your energy is designed to “mechanically” navigate the world. Understanding your chart—in other words, understanding your own makeup—does not require that you believe in any other presence.


Can you explain the different Types and their Strategies?


There are four different aura types that each have their own Strategy. Strategy is a doorway to living as yourself, affirming who you really are, and understanding and letting go of what you are not. Your Strategy supports you to work with your natural energy instead of working against it.



Can you explain what open centers are?


We are always putting out energy and we are always taking in energy. The nine centers of the body are energy hubs that transform or transmute our life force. When a center on your BodyGraph is defined or colored in, it is fixed and reliable in the way in which it functions and operates. The centers on your chart that are white are open. These undefined centers are not broken or empty, and they do not need to be fixed, but they are the places where we are most vulnerable to outside influences. We can learn from them and gather wisdom, but we shouldn’t make decisions from these centers. We’re constantly conditioned through our open centers as we engage with life. Conditioning is not something that needs to be avoided, but it can become an issue if we take actions based on it.


If you want to read more of the Q&A with Lynette Hagins, check it out here:

If you want to generate your own Human Design chart visit:

Let me know your thoughts if you try it out! There is a lot to understand and try to make sense of, but if your someone like me who wants to know more about the self, it’s worth exploring.


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