Human Design in a Nutshell

Human Design in a Nutshell

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In this article, I explain Human Design in a nutshell (at a very high level). The goal is to provide context on what Human Design is and why you should care about it (or not!)

Example Human Design Bodygraph Chart

What is Human Design?

  • Human Design is a system that was created in 1992 by Alan Robert Krakower (aka Ra Uru Hu) and it brings together principles of The I Ching, Western Astrology, Kabbalistic Tree of Life, Hindu-Brahmin chakra system, and quantum physics to create a chart called a BodyGraph. This chart is calculated using your birth date, time, and place.

What Does Human Design Tell Us?

  • When you input your birth details into the bodygraph calculator your unique chart will be generated including your energy type.
  • The BodyGraph reveals what aspects of our energy type, skills and traits we should lean into to experience flow and acceptance of our true selves. The bodygraph chart can be used as guide on how we can live in sync with our true nature.

Human Design Energy Types

  • Energy type is the first thing that identifies an individual in Human Design – like your Sun Sign in astrology..
  • Think of the “energy type” as the science of the aura.  It is how we are designed to use our energetic body to get us to where we are supposed to be in this life.
  • Everything in life is an energetic trade and the energy type shows us how we are supposed to exchange energy with the world around us. 
  • There are 5 different energy types and each energy type has a specific way that energy should be exchanged with people and the world around us.
    • When we use the energy incorrectly, this is when we encounter resistance, experience struggle and / or put a lot of energy into things that don’t give us much back in return.
    • When we use energy and exchange it correctly, we eliminate the resistance. Things start to feel more effortless and the things that come to us are MEANT for us.
  • The 5 Energy Types are (see articles linked below for more details):
    • Generator
    • Manifestor
    • Manifesting Generator
    • Projector
    • Reflector

Strategy and Authority in Human Design

Strategy and Authority are the MOST important information that can be gleaned from your Human Design bodygraph chart because in theory, the more can lean into our strategy and authority, the more we move through life with ease and less resistance.

What is Strategy?

  • In Human Design, “Strategy” refers to how we can energetically move through the world so we can attract the things that are meant for us in life. Your strategy is based on your Energy Type.

What is Authority?

  • In a nutshell, “authority” is the way we gain clarity to make decisions. It’s our intuitive voice that tells us whether or not something is energetically correct for us or not.
  • There are 7 different “authority types” in Human Design. (see link to article below)

How to Find Your Energy Type

  • Go to and go to “Get Your Chart”.
  • Input your birth details including birth day, birth time, and 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.
  • On the right-hand side of the report under “Chart Properties,” you will see your Energy Type

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