Last time, we explored Hexagram 64, which showed us how to recognize the things that will bring us fulfillment as we encounter new and diverse possibilities. Now, the sun is moving into Human Design Gate 47, which we call “Realization.”
Gates 64 and 47 make up a very common channel in Human Design. It shows up a lot in people’s charts. And it involves trying to make sense out of life and trying to figure out whether we are on the right track. After all the different possibilities that were made available to us in Gate 64, the 47 says, “What is it that’s really important? What fits the picture? Does anything make sense?” In this way, the 47 is a kind of filter for all these different potentials and possibilities.
The 47 itself, as the gateway of Realization, is the gateway of things becoming clearer. Everything is up in the air, swirling around you, and then suddenly you just get it. The light goes on and you begin to see what truly serves you in this life. But getting to that point of realization in the first place can be mentally exhausting. And it doesn’t always arrive when we’re looking for it.
Comprehension comes through a process of constantly filtering the contents of your mind, and then relaxing to allow for the realization to come. The 47 has this tendency to burrow deeply into things to try to find the answer. However, the harder you look for the answer, the more evasive it becomes. It’s only when you put your attention on something else that you open yourself up to this moment of clarity. The greatest revelations can happen when you least expect them!
Let’s see how this works as we go through Human Design Gate 47 line by line:
First Line: Reviewing
The first line always lays down the foundation for the hexagram. And here, the first line is called, “Reviewing: The truth is constant but sometimes remains hidden from us.” If something doesn’t make sense on the first viewing, the answer is to review.
By mental self-examination, you remove useless beliefs and discover the truth that’s been hiding from you. You pull things out of the way. You remove things that just don’t fit the picture anymore. If there’s a belief system that’s no longer relevant, you go beyond it. It’s a constant filtering process. And if you fail to review and filter out useless beliefs, you risk being overwhelmed by all the unnecessary things crowding up the picture.
Your meditative quality watches the mind and filters out self-defeating thought patterns, but an unrealistic sense of hope links you to an over-reliance on the mind’s grasp of life. Essentially what we’re seeing here is the limit of the mind itself. We as a society value education and the intellect so highly, and these things certainly have their value. However, the mind is just a computer. It can weigh the pros and cons, but when you overthink things, you get lost in the minutiae. The true moments of clarity come when you look at things dispassionately and remove yourself from the whole situation. Then you a allow the realization to come in.
Second Line: Being Fortunate
The second line always has this natural, innocent quality about it. Unsophisticated, it stumbles upon realizations. That’s why this line is called, “Being Fortunate: Aligning with resonant causes furthers your journey.”
You’ll see when the sun goes into the second line that there may be things that are easier to find than you thought. The right way to go about things might be to just find what naturally makes sense to you as an individual and go along with it. Let yourself flow in your natural way and don’t get bogged down in overthinking everything.
Inner stability keeps you apart from the mind’s constant comparison mechanism. Whenever we compare our way of life with anybody else’s, we’re instantly giving our power away into somebody else’s trip and somebody else’s story. With an uncertain mind, it’s important you make decisions by accessing your Authority. So, the second line is saying, “Stay natural, stay within your own grasp, follow your own innocent pathway. Stay true to your story, your Authority.”
Third Line: Being Confused
The third line is called, “Being Confused: A purely mental viewpoint can be unrealistically restrictive.” There are so many different things going on, so many possible things that could fit the picture here, so the possibility for confusion is immense. And the more you focus your mind and try to make sense of it all, the further you get from any real answers.
Constantly thinking things are worse than they really are is an easy way to become depressed. When life appears to be so complicated and we can’t figure a way out, we become a head-storm of thoughts. And we can become hopeless. So, it’s important here to ease up a bit and relax into a deep trust in yourself. The mind, or the intellect, has its place, but again, the big realizations come in a very different way.
Attempting to justify your life purpose through thoughts, fuels a deep discontent. Life is not a serious affair. We like to think it is, and a lot of situations in our lives seem to make life serious. But ultimately, existence wants us to succeed. It’s holding out answers for us. But we tend to get so mentally focused that we fail to see them. So, the key word here is Relax. Get out of your head. Put your attention on something else.
Fourth Line: Being Distracted
Fourth lines are always wondering, “Can anyone else see what I’m looking at here? Can we all make sense out of this?” And here, the fourth line is called “Being Distracted: Maintaining your way in a confused world.”
Your meditative approach picks out apparently fixed agendas and obsolete belief systems. Let’s just face it, the world is confused and it’s not getting any less confused any time soon. The 47 is wanting us to come to realizations about things that we’ve been chasing after, things that don’t make sense to us anymore. We’ve been holding onto beliefs and concepts about things that are just nonsensical. The pandemic eradicated a whole bunch of things from our past that no longer fit into this world. So, maintaining your way in a confused world is about persistence. You find your way through the outdated fossilized or nonsensical views of others, or else you give up.
Your attunement with many diverse possible views in life can lead to personal confusion. There is a possibility that you can get drawn into all kinds of sidetracks. When you get drawn into other people’s input and worldviews that don’t make sense anymore, or don’t resonate for you, it’s very easy to get lost. So, while the fourth line is always looking for inclusion, it’s important to recognize who is going to come with you and who is a mere distraction.
Fifth Line: Endorsing
Fifth lines always have a leadership quality. They are teachers. They have a way of pointing the way for other people. And here, the fifth line is called “Endorsing: Making sense out of apparently impossible scenarios.” If you’ve got the 47 with the fifth line, a lot of people come to you to make sense out of things in their lives. As always, you’ve got to trust your Type and Authority to know whether this is somebody you’re going to give answers to or not.
Remaining steadfast regardless of how situations appear at first, you bring joy and relief for all. You can make sense out of anything, even if it appears completely confounding at first. You just have that quality. And because you can take on that leadership role, this generosity extends to everyone. It’s the realization of a Universal harmony that includes everyone, even your detractors. You can make sense out of things for people who are completely disagreeing with you.
The truth will become apparent if you honor your clear principles. And how do you arrive at your clear principles? Follow your Type and Authority. It really is that simple. If you do that, you’ll see that you don’t need to overdo anything. Sooner or later, the space will open up for the truth to reveal itself, and the realization will come.
Sixth Line: Being Remorseful
The sixth line is called, “Being Remorseful: A nagging sense of ‘What’s the point?’ A call to go beyond the mind.” This is one of the lines I call a “booby trap” in human design, because it once again reveals some of the limits of relying on the intellect alone as a tool for sorting things out.
The sixth line says, “I can make sense of anything, but so what? What’s the point?” It comes with a nagging sense of dissatisfaction. Yes, you can realize that you’ve got a great mind. You can talk about anything. You can solve complications. But satisfaction is going to be lodged in a different part of your nature, and only arrived at by following your Type and Authority. You cannot expect to think your way through life and live fully at the same time.
By constant self-examination, you realize that your mind is limited in making sense of life. Life is a mystery. Life goes way beyond the possibility of us being able to make sense of it. Yes, there have been wonderful people who came along with great insights—the Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, and all the eastern and western philosophers—and these things made a lot of sense for a lot of people. But the key is to find what works in your life, not just to pick up someone else’s trip and call it your own. It’s up to you to make sense out of your life. And that requires constant filtering, constant self-examination.
That’s Human Design Gate 47. We’ll check in again soon. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about how your Design informs and shapes your life, get your Free Human Design Report today.