Gate 6 in Human Design – Gate of Friction

Gate 6 in Human Design - Gate of Friction

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How to know if you have Gate 6 activated in your bodygraph chart

  • Go to and go to “Get Your Chart”.
  • Input your birth details including birth day, birth time, birth location.
    • NOTE – Information in the bodygraph chart is VERY sensitive to birth time so it is important to have an accurate birth time if possible.
  • Look at the triangle Solar Plexus Energy Center on the right hand side of the chart. If Gate 6 has a circle around it with a colored line coming from it this means this energy is activated or consistently available to you.

What are the Gates in Human Design?

  • The Gates in a Human Design body graph chart represent the gifts, talents, motivations, energetics or drives that are consistently available to us. If you DO NOT have a gate activated or colored it doesn’t mean you never have access to that energy. It just means it’s not a reliable or constant energy in your life.
  • Everyone has the potential for 26 individual gates to be activated in their bodygraph chart, however, if you look closely, you may find that you have gates appearing multiple times in the two columns on either side of the chart. This is a common occurrence.
  • There are 64 Gates in a bodygraph chart and each gate has a theme that is related to the 64 I Ching hexagrams. If you would like a deeper understanding of the gates, I highly recommend deep diving into the Chinese I Ching hexagrams.
  • Lastly, it is worth noting that there are MANY layers to all aspects of the chart including the gates. This article is intended to be a high level summary.

How the Gates Can Show Up Energetically in our Life

  • We can use the energy of a gate in a positive or negative way towards ourselves and/ or other people.
  • We may embody the energy with lack and/or fear OR we can embody the energy with truth and abundance.
  • Because of external conditioning we have encountered, we may shy away from the energy and choose NOT to see it as a part of ourselves. We may not want to embrace it and shut it down instead.

What does a Black Line vs. a Red Line vs. a Striped Line Indicate? 

  • Black Lines represent gifts that we are likely more conscious and aware of.
  • Red Lines represent gifts that we are likely less conscious and aware of.
  • Striped (both black and red) lines represent gifts that are both conscious and unconscious.

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Gate 6- Gate of Friction

Gate 6 lives in the Solar Plexus Energy Center which is a motor and awareness center – it is about emotional awareness and may inspire action.

High Expression of Gate 6 

  • Growth cannot exist without friction and bonding.  This person knows how to create and foster intimacy with others. The energy of Gate 6 is attuned to intimacy and controls who is allowed in the inner circle versus who is an outsider. It is an energy that either opens up to intimacy or closes.
  • In the high expression, this energy establishes and maintains the boundary between what is outside and what is inside the body. In this way it determines who to be intimate with, when to be intimate, and what kind of bond will exist.
  • Each time you feel drawn toward intimacy, it is important to let Strategy and Authority be the guide.

Challenge Side of Gate 6 

  • Fear of being who you really are. 
  • Fear of intimacy and feeling that it is not safe to bond with anyone. 
  • Having an attitude that “I can do it all myself, I don’t need anyone. 
  • Staying small in life so that you feel safe. 
  • Judging other people or being prone to defensiveness.

The Channel of Mating – Gate 6’s partnership with Gate 59 

  • Gate 6 looks to Gate 59 for its abilities to break down the barriers to intimacy and connecting with others.  Gate 59 looks to Gate 6 for knowing when it is safe to bond with others.

Is Gate 6 your “Personality Sun Gate”?

What is a Personality Sun Gate?

  • Personality Sun Gate is the top number located in the Personality Side of the chart. If you are looking at the bodygraph chart you will see two columns on either side. The column on the right is the Personality side. The number at the top is your Personality Sun Gate.  
  • Many say that your Personality Sun Gate is 70% of your energy – it is the thing you are here to do and share with the world. The energies of this gate will be expressed throughout your life journey and the work you choose to do.
  • It is worth noting that we often see our Personality Sun Gate as a flaw earlier in life and then later embrace it as a gift.

Gate 6 as your Personality Sun Gate

  • If Gate 6 is your Personality Sun Gate you are here to fulfill your purpose through bonding with others. When conflicts are resolved and / or synchronicity is achieved between individuals, this is when the opportunity for intimacy and growth comes into play. You will be instrumental in this process.  If you lean into your strategy and authority, you will naturally bring this gift to the things you are passionate about. The way this energy will express itself will be unique to you.

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