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Zen Human Design charts are different from all other Human Design charts available on the market in that they limit themselves to displaying the mechanics of a design and refrain from attaching generalized labels and suggestions as to how you're supposed to live your life. Zen Human Design charts are pure Human Design.

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There is a variety of Human Design chart formats available. The following refers to the individual Zen Human Design chart, although most of it applies to most other chart styles as well. The Zen Human Design chart is like a map or a circuit board, revealing most of its information visually.


The Database

The database is the area of dates, times and numbers to the left and below the body graph (the central image) of a chart. It contains the calculations based on someone’s birth data.

the database of a Zen Human Design chart

The black Personality row displays the planetary positions at date, time and place of birth, indexed into the hexagrams and lines of the I Ching. This is a person’s conscious potential.

The pink Design date displays date and time of the Personality crystal (the “I”) entering the fetus, 88° of the Sun before birth, when the body is ready for consciousness. The planetary positions at that time are also indexed into the hexagrams and lines of the I Ching and displayed in the pink Design row at the bottom. This is someone’s unconscious potential.


The Body Graphthe Human Design body graph

The body graph is the integrative field where the results of the database calculations are made visible. Each of the 64 hexagrams has a place in one of the body graph’s nine centers, called a gate. Pairs of gates connect centers through channels.

the Zen Human Design chart

The results of the Design calculation are transferred to the body graph by coloring half of the channel pink. The Personality calculations are transferred the same way in black.  Personality and Design together result in pink/black stripes.



The crystals inform nine centers, hubs of awareness, information and energy throughout the body. They equal the seven chakras plus two whole-body awareness fields. Experientially known to us all, these represent the major nerve plexi in our own bodies.

Four of the centers are “motors,” energy hubs.centers

Head  With only three gates, the Head center provides mental pressure and inspiration.

Ajna  The mental awareness center conceptualizes thought.

Throat  Communication, expression, action and manifestation are the Throat’s attributes.

Ji  The seat of the Magnetic Monopole is the center of identity, direction and love.

Heart  Material support, ego, will, courage, loyalty and competitiveness are its themes.

Solar Plexus  The emotional energy in human life is emerging as an awareness.

Spleen  This awareness in the Now is body con­sciousness, the immune system and well­-being.

Sacral  The generating power of the Sacral center is vitality, sexuality, chi and life force.

Root  Survival is the theme of the Root, the driving force of all life processes.



Centers interact and exchange information through the 36 channels. Channels are transforming agents, connecting the qualities of the centers involved into a distinct unit through which that information operates.


At both ends of a channel, at the junctions in the centers, are 64 gates. They correlate with the hexagrams of the Chinese I Ching and the math of the genetic code. When planets transit, they activate the gates in the body graph. The states of the gates at the moment of birth are the imprint that constitutes an individual human Design.

The 64 hexagrams of the I Ching are the maximum combinations of eight trigrams with each other. They describe the archetypes of experience, the attributes, experiences and pitfalls of human life. For thousands of years, its wisdom and guidance have been used for advice and comfort, warning or assurance. It encourages an approach of mindfulness of the individual, as it relates to family, community, state and God.



When planets activate gates at both ends of a channel, the entire channel plus the two centers it connects are colored. This is called “definition.” Definitions operate consistently in the life according to the planets, gates, channels and centers involved. Defined gates are underlined in the database.

The white, undefined areas in the body graph are the conditioning field, where people are attracted to and interact with others, learn their life lessons, gain expertise and wisdom, but also where protective defenses are built and habits maintained.

Definition Types

In the chart, definitions can be split from each other or connect. There are five possible configurations:

No definition  No colored centers.
Single definition  One or more channels contiguously defined.
Split definition  Two areas of definition separate from each other.
Triple split  Three areas of definition.
Quadruple split  Four areas of definition.


The Modes

Four of the centers are motors, energy centers. When a motor is defined and connected to the Throat through a contiguous definition, the person can “do.” The energy is always available and can express itself.

If the Throat center is undefined or defined but not connected to a motor, then the person must “wait” for connections with other people or transiting planets that will enable access to action.

This is usually the first and most powerful lesson a person will have. With designs to wait, the observation has to be if one forces or pushes and doesn't feel good about it, or if there is a disappointment that sometimes it works and other times, it doesn't. For those with designs to do, if it is a single definition, it's usually quite hard to recognize why others don't seem to have the same capacity. With splits, it tells that something in the nature has to wait.

Uranus Opposition

At about age 40, a life shifts from the themes of the South Nodes to the themes of the North Nodes, from inhaling to exhaling. It is often experienced as a time of change and even the “midlife crisis.”

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