Human Design Gates and Their Meanings

Human Design Gates and Their Meanings

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The Human Design system offers a map in the form of a bodygraph chart that reveals our unique combination of gifts, talents, and motivations. Below is a list of the gates (or gifts) including high-level themes of each. If you would like a deep dive into each gate, please check out the in-depth article referenced for each gate below.

All Gates in the Human Design Bodygraph Chart

  • Gate 1 – Gate of Self-Expression (G-CENTER)
    • The ability to create newness for the sake of individual self-expression
    • High Expression – They can fully express themselves, tap into their creativity, experience newness, and make an impact through contribution.
    • Low Expression – They are not able to fully express themselves, they feel stuck, melancholy, and have a fear of failing their purpose.
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  • Gate 2 – Gate of the Direction of the Self (G-CENTER)
    • They have a knack for taking a vision for turning ideas into reality
    • High Expression – They are very receptive, supportive individuals who have a vision to follow their unique path. They are good at managing resources.
    • Low Expression – They resist support from others, experience burnout, compromise their own path forward, and/or engage in careless spending.
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  • Gate 3 – Gate of Ordering (SACRAL)
    • They have the ability to make order out of confusion
    • High Expression – This person can be a change agent in the right situation.
    • Low Expression – They may feel like they need to rush all of the time or they may experience resistance to change.
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  • Gate 4 – Gate of Formulization (AJNA)
    • They have a love of logic and a fear of chaos
    • High Expression – This person is a problem solver and likes to create possibilities to experiment with.
    • Low Expression – Experiencing anxiety that there will never be order and needing answers to things.
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  • Gate 5 – Gate of Fixed Patterns (SACRAL)
    • They have a natural sense of rhythms and rituals.
    • High Expression – These individuals may have a specific timing in their life about the way they like to live or experience their 24-hour cycle.
    • Low Expression – Being rigid, having difficulty with sudden changes or the unexpected, or ignoring their need for routine.
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  • Gate 6 – Gate of Friction (SOLAR PLEXUS)
    • This person is attuned to intimacy
    • High Expression – This person knows how to create and foster intimacy with others.
    • Low Expression – Having a fear of intimacy and staying small life to feel safe
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  • Gate 7 – Gate of the Role of the Self in Interaction (G-CENTER)
    • Logical power behind the throne
    • High Expression – This person has a vision for a future direction and can be influential in leading others to make it happen.
    • Low Expression – Leading for attention or ego and not in service to others.
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  • Gate 8 – Gate of Contribution (THROAT)
    • The tastemaker and marketeer
    • High Expression – A curator who contributes by promoting things they know others need. Creating change by leading through example.
    • Low Expression – Struggling to see how they contribute to the collective and knowing the right time to contribute.
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  • Gate 9 – Gate of Focus (SACRAL)
    • The ability to hone in on the details of things.
    • High Expression –  They are tenacious and have the power of focus that is needed to create new forms.
    • Low Expression – They may miss the bigger picture or spend time focusing on the wrong things.
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  • Gate 10 – Gate of the Behavior of the Self (G-CENTER)
    • Having a love of life and loving their own life.
    • High Expression – Someone who is meant to help others love life by loving their own. It is the embodiment of self-empowerment in its best iteration. 
    • Low Expression – Feeling disempowered or playing the victim.
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  • Gate 11 – Gate of Ideas (AJNA)
    • They will receive or download a lot of ideas.
    • High Expression – Knowing which ideas are for them to act upon and those that are for the collective.
    • Low Expression – Thinking they have to act on all of their good ideas or believing that others stole their ideas.
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  • Gate 12 – Gate of Caution (THROAT)
    • The tone and vibration of their voice itself convey more than their actual words.
    • High Expression – They have an inner knowing of what to say and how to say it to maximize their impact on those around them and the world at large.
    • Low Expression – They may feel somewhat traumatized from the experience of sharing when the timing wasn’t correct and having felt rejected or dismissed.
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  • Gate 13 – Gate of the Listener (G-CENTER)
    • Listening and collecting stories.
    • High Expression – This person is like a bard, collecting the stories and retelling them as wisdom to share.
    • Low Expression – Getting stuck in old beliefs or stories
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  • Gate 14 – Gate of Power Skills  (SACRAL)
    • Amplifying that which is good in others.
    • High Expression – This individual will magnify all the good others have and will help the tribe move forward.
    • Low Expression – Thinking they need to have control of their own success.
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  • Gate 15 – Gate of Extremes (G-CENTER)
    • The ability to accept differences including the extremes of life.
    • High Expression – May feel drawn toward extremes in rhythms or patterns in themselves or others. They may want to find a place in society for the full spectrum of human behavior.
    • Low Expression -Trying to force consistency when they are not necessarily designed to operate that way.
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  • Gate 16 – Gate of Skills (THROAT)
    • Having a natural talent that is shared with enthusiasm
    • High Expression – This person likes to experiment and to develop and hone skills through repetition and practice. 
    • Low Expression – This individual may have a funny or weird relationship with their natural talent and not embrace it.
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  • Gate 17 – Gate of Opinions (AJNA)
    • Substantiating opinions
    • High Expression – This individual has opinions on new ideas, possibilities, or new patterns.
    • Low Expression – Sharing opinions when the timing isn’t right.
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  • Gate 18 – Gate of Correction (SPLEEN)
    • Discovering the things that can be corrected or improved.
    • High Expression – This individual has an intuitive understanding of what needs correcting, and what is “off” in a pattern.
    • Low Expression – Never feel satisfied because they can never find the perfection they seek.
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  • Gate 19 – Gate of Wanting (ROOT)
    • Sensing people’s needs.
    • High Expression – Sometimes this person just knows what others need before they know they need it and brings awareness to the needs.
    • Low Expression – Finding themselves in co-dependent relationships because they know exactly what to provide for people so they will like them.
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  • Gate 20 – Gate of the Now (THROAT)
    • They have an influential unifying voice that pulls people together for a shared purpose.
    • High Expression – They can cut through the noise and tell a story in the now and are influential in creating change in this way.
    • Low Expression – This person may feel that they want to “belong,” but may also feel that they don’t.
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  • Gate 21 – Gate of the Hunter or Huntress (EGO or HEART)
    • They have an instinct for how to control resources.
    • High Expression – They can support the abundance and wise use of resources to the benefit of the family/tribe/business through their dependable skills and care. 
    • Low Expression – Struggling with a lack mentality and/or being a control freak.
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  • Gate 22 – Gate of Openness (SOLAR PLEXUS)
    • The ability to be emotionally open through listening.
    • High Expression – This person may appear to have a cover of grace over them and a charmed life.
    • Low Expression – Struggling with moodiness and/or self-love.
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  • Gate 23 – Gate of Assimilation (THROAT)
    • The ability to explain in a simple and cool-headed way
    • High Expression – They can communicate new ideas in a way that is easily understood to bring new ideas to the collective.
    • Low Expression – Struggling with not being heard or understood by others.
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  • Gate 24 -Gate of Rationalization (AJNA)
    • Pondering information to get to the truth.
    • High Expression – They have new ways of seeing the same thing because they have the patience to revisit the idea again and again if needed.
    • Low Expression – Having a fear of being ignorant or appearing stupid
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  • Gate 25 – Gate of the Spirit of the Self (G-CENTER)
    • The ability to embrace life with a childlike innocence.
    • High Expression – This person can move through the world like everything is new. They do this naturally and people will see this in them.
    • Low Expression – Feeling unworthy of love or being too idealistic.
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  • Gate 26 – Gate of the Egoist (EGO or HEART)
    • They know the right way to say things. 
    • High Expression – This person may be good at sales because they know how to talk to different people to get a message across to each.
    • Low Expression – If their ego is power hungry, this person may exert their influence to reach their own goals
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  • Gate  27 – Gate of Caring (SACRAL)
    • They have a  natural ability to nurture and care for others.
    • High Expression – This person knows how to take care of people. They can pull someone out of a situation and they are inclined to do it.
    • Low Expression – Caring for the wrong people and/or neglecting their own self-care
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  • Gate 28 – Gate of the Game Player (SPLEEN)
    • The ability to appreciate the meaning that comes from struggles.
    • High Expression – They can intuit which risks to take on that will make them feel more alive and lead to struggles that bring purpose to existence. 
    • Low Expression – Feeling defeated by life or that life is unfair.
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  • Gate 29 – Gate of Perseverance (SACRAL)
    • There is a drive to commit to things and get involved with others
    • High Expression – This person has the perseverance to push through where others quit.
    • Low Expression – This person has a hard time saying no to people which leads to over-commitment.
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  • Gate 30 – Gate of Feelings (SOLAR PLEXUS)
    • Ability to experience a depth of emotions
    • High Expression – Feeling deeply in moments (highs and lows) and having the ability to let them go.
    • Low Expression – May become overly attached to the outcome of situations.
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  • Gate 31 – Gate of Influence (THROAT)
    • Ability to influence through the voice.
    • High Expression – They can lead effectively but they will need to earn the trust and cooperation from the group. 
    • Low Expression – Their influence is dependent on waiting for recognition and the right timing to express their leadership and influence.
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  • Gate 32 – Gate of Continuity (SPLEEN)
    • Innately knowing what will (and what won’t) be successful
    • High Expression – This individual has a nose for success and failure.
    • Low Expression – Experiencing a fear of failure or struggling to make a decision.
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  • Gate 33 – Gate of Privacy (THROAT)
    • They can process the information that we’ve learned and listen for the key points needed to tell a better story.
    • High Expression – They may instantly learn a lesson about something and be able to share it.
    • Low Expression – Challenge in waiting for the right timing to share the stories and lessons. If the timing isn’t right the lessons will not be well received.
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  • Gate 34 – Gate of Power (SACRAL)
    • Magnetic Charisma
    • High Expression –  They draw people toward them when they are doing what they love to do but with an extra boost of energy.
    • Low Expression – This individual may feel uncomfortable being charismatic or in their power.
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  • Gate 35 – Gate of Change (THROAT)
    • They love to speak about their experiences.
    • High Expression – They may love to speak about their own experiences, what they have gone through, and the experiences of others.
    • Low Expression – When they are feeling bored because nothing interesting is happening, they may leap into new adventures, and even bring others along with them, without considering the consequences.
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  • Gate 36 – Gate of Crisis (SOLAR PLEXUS)
    • The ability to resolve emotional issues.
    • High Expression – This person may be good at solving other people’s emotional issues – but they must master solving their own first.
    • Low Expression – Struggling with a fear of inadequacy and creating chaos to relieve boredom,
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  • Gate 37 – Gate of Friendship (SOLAR PLEXUS)
    • They love to commune with their tribe
    • High Expression – These are people who have a desire to be around or with their own people. Soulful sharing with food.
    • Low Expression – This person fears getting trapped in or having to live up to the traditional tribal roles.
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  • Gate 38 – Gate of the Fighter (ROOT)
    • A drive to find the reason for existing that elevates the struggle beyond simply surviving.
    • High Expression – They are designed to have the energy to confront adversity and this ability is enhanced when they are standing up for others who can’t stand up for themselves. 
    • Low Expression – They may get into arguments just for the sake of it.
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  • Gate 39 – Gate of Provocation (ROOT)
    • Provoking others from a place of consciousness.
    • High Expression – This individual has the energy and ability to provoke action and create change.
    • Low Expression – Provoking others for no reason.
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  • Gate 40 – Gate of Aloneness (EGO or HEART)
    • Giving to others.
    • High Expression – This individual is here to be a hard worker who derives satisfaction from delivering what they promised and from contributing through their efforts.
    • Low Expression – They may experience burnout and giving can be codependent – “if I give people will like me”.
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  • Gate 41 – Gate of Contraction (ROOT)
    • Fantasy, possibilities, and creativity.
    • High Expression – They have a need and they must engage in creation in their daily life. This creativity can take many forms.
    • Low Expression – There may be a feeling of wanting something, but not knowing what it is that they want.
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  • Gate 42 – Gate of Growth (SACRAL)
    • A need to analyze before moving on.
    • High Expression – The person in the room who can bring understanding, structure, or order to a concept or idea.
    • Low Expression – This person must commit to what is correct for them as it may be difficult for them to extract themselves from something that they have committed to.
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  • Gate 43 – Gate of Insight (AJNA)
    • Revolutionary and unique opinions and insights.
    • High Expression – This individual has unique insights and the ability to communicate the observed insights successfully, however, they need to wait to be recognized before speaking.
    • Low Expression – It may be difficult for them to listen to and really hear what others have to say.
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  • Gate 44 – Gate of Alertness (SPLEEN)
    • An instinctive ability to spot trends, patterns, and the potential and possibilities in things.
    • High Expression – An ability to use their gift to predict the near future for whatever job they’re in.
    • Low Expression – Allowing themselves to be stuck in the past and allowing past experiences to limit future possibilities
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  • Gate 45 -Gate of the Gatherer (THROAT)
    • An ability to direct people and resources
    • High Expression – This person is a natural leader and teacher who likes to be in control and “make stuff happen!”
    • Low Expression – Their need for control may give them a tendency for an autocratic leadership style.
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  • Gate 46 – Gate of the Determination of the Self (G-CENTER)
    • Having a love of the physical body and its power
    • High Expression – This person can be in the present and honor their physical body and the power of what it can do.  
    • Low Expression – Not taking care of themselves physically or obsessing over body issues.
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  • Gate 47 – Gate of Realization (AJNA)
    • This person has a deep need to have revelations and the love receiving aha moments.
    • High Expression – They are solution-oriented, open to possibilities, and embrace a positive mindset.
    • Low Expression -They are in a negative mindset and see the glass as “half empty”. They feel anxious, pressured, or oppressed.
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  • Gate 48 – Gate of Depth (ROOT)
    • There is an instinct for mastery.
    • High Expression – This individual will have a nose for inadequacy and can tell when all of the necessary ingredients are present or missing.
    • Low Expression – Fear of inadequacy and looking for reasons not to start something. 
    • CLICK HERE for the full article about this gift
  • Gate 49 – Gate of Principles (SOLAR PLEXUS)
    • Someone who is principled and altruistic.
    • High Expression – This individual has a set of values they really believe in and may have altruistic desires to improve the social and spiritual health of the planet.
    • Low Expression – Co-dependency that is fueled by sacrificing for others.
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  • Gate 50 – Gate of Values (SPLEEN)
    • A survival mentality and having an instinct for knowing about correct values, rules, and laws.
    • High Expression – They are here to see the potential in things and can use their intuition to identify those laws and rules that do not serve the community and to challenge or change them.
    • Low Expression – This individual may fear being their highest most powerful self or fear of not measuring up and letting other people down.
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  • Gate 51 – Gate of Shock (EGO or HEART)
    • A need to impact others.
    • High Expression – This individual is here to help others transform their perspective by initiating (or shocking) them out of their normal point of view into seeing a bigger picture.
    • Low Expression – They may be overly competitive and measure self-worth by comparing themselves to others.
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  • Gate 52 – Gate of Stillness (ROOT)
    • A pressure to get things right before they start.
    • High Expression – They can leverage stillness to take the right action in a specific direction.
    • Low Expression – They don’t know how to be still or they may not know what to concentrate on.
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  • Gate 53 – Gate of Beginnings (ROOT)
    • The drive to start new things. 
    • High Expression – They have the ability to kick start new things, new projects, and new beginnings.
    • Low Expression – They feel like they are not good enough to start something new or that they are not good enough in general.
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  • Gate 54 – Gate of Drive (ROOT)
    • The drive to provide for one’s self.
    • High Expression –  When they have mastered their instinct to thrive on the material plane, transformation on the spiritual plane is possible.
    • Low Expression – This individual may feel that if they are not providing everything for themselves then they are not good enough or not successful.
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  • Gate 55 – Gate of Spirit (SOLAR PLEXUS)
    • Feeling the fullness of life.
    • High Expression – They will see the good in life even during the struggles and hard times.
    • Low Expression – They may fear emotional emptiness or a lack of passion in life.
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  • Gate 56 – Gate of Stimulation (THROAT)
    • Sharing their take on the facts of life. 
    • High Expression – Their gift for translating ideas into stories that inspire, entertain, and stimulate an emotional reaction from their listener.
    • Low Expression – Treating the stories they share as facts, solutions, or calls to action, which they are not.
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  • Gate 57 – Gate of Intuitive Insight (SPLEEN)
    • Gift of intuitive clarity and survival awareness
    • High Expression – They have a nose for the future – will have a sense for what is next, and will know when something is emerging that no one else sees.
    • Low Expression – Uncertainty and fear of the unknown can keep them stuck, and possibly terrified of taking action.
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  • Gate 58 – Gate of Vitality (ROOT)
    • The pressure to be perfect.
    • High Expression – They have the drive to see how things can improve and to contribute something of value by focusing their energy on correcting anything that keeps society from achieving and maintaining its vitality.
    • Low Expression – This person may always think that something is wrong especially if things aren’t improving.
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  • Gate 59 – Gate of Sexuality (SACRAL)
    • Connecting and creating bonds.
    • High Expression – They know how to break through and make bonds with other people or facilitate bonds between other people as well.
    • Low Expression – They have the ability and intelligence to recognize barriers to intimacy but may have a deep indecisiveness about how and when to act.
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  • Gate 60 – Gate of Acceptance (ROOT)
    • An intolerance for roadblocks.
    • High Expression – They know that there may be things standing in the way of their goals but because they don’t tolerate roadblocks they will bulldoze right through it.
    • Low Expression – When things are not moving forward as they expect, they can feel like, “What is wrong with my life?”; “What is my purpose?” and feel depressed or anxious.
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  • Gate 61 – Gate of Mystery (CROWN)
    • Inner knowing
    • High Expression – They have an inner knowing that moves them toward deeper levels of self-acceptance where they can embrace what makes them different from others.
    • Low Expression – When they give in to the pressure and let the unknown haunt them, their inspiration can become confusing and lead to uncertainty and anxiety.
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  • Gate 62 – Gate of Details (THROAT)
    • An ability to spot and explain the facts
    • High Expression – They can communicate complicated information with logic and clarity, and fascinate others with their knowledge.
    • Low Expression – They may get mired in the “weeds” and may “fail to see the forest for the trees.”  
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  • Gate 63 – Gate of Doubt (CROWN)
    • Having doubts and needing an answer.
    • High Expression – They are a good questioner and will push to get an answer.
    • Low Expression – Doubting everything including themselves and what they think they know.
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  • Gate 64 – Gate of Confusion (CROWN)
    • Ability to break through confusion to achieve clarity
    • High Expression – This person can dance with confusion and not knowing things. They understand the importance of closure but also understand that not all situations have closure.
    • Low Expression – They may get stuck trying to analyze things for closure instead of accepting that not all situations will have closure.
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