The position of the gates are expressed also in lines. There are six lines, based on the I Ching hexagram, which is comprised of six lines that are broken into transpersonal and intrapersonal attributes. Your Profile is derived from the positions of the Sun and Earth in both the Personality (black) and Design (red) columns of the birth chart (the numbers that follow the decimal points). Your Profile illustrates major themes of your life and tells you how your personality interacts with the world. It is sort of like the character you play in the movie of life. Profile is a major element of Human Design, and it is Profile that can make two Generators with Emotional Authority very different from each other. There are twelve profiles that are combinations of the two gate lines (the black line, followed by the red line). The first number is who you think you are, and the second is your innate nature.
Those with numbers 1-4 as the first number have what is called a personal destiny, they have a self-absorbed, personal process of growth and development that is centered on self. Those with numbers 5-6 as the first number have what is called a trans-personal destiny, and they have an outer-directed process of growth and an essential need to share with and serve others.
Let’s dig in to 1-3s…
1/3/INVESTIGATOR MARTYR: 1/3s are here for discovery. The conscious Investigator goes through life searching for a solid foundation of knowledge to provide them with a secure grounding. They seek mentors and teachers to engage their highly creative energy, not wanting to draw attention to themselves until they feel secure as an authority (who can ultimately be in control of their own life). Their unconscious Martyr side learns through experience, and all Martyrs have a trial and error process that they must go through, bumping into life and feeling like life is bumping into them. 1/3s see travel as a form of education, and are willing participants in expeditions, retreats or opportunities to study abroad. All 3rd lines have a relationship theme of bonds made and bonds broken, and if a 1/3 does not feel there is solid and secure foundation in the relationship, they will break the bond. 1/3s can also be attracted to long distance relationships or solo travel while in relationships, because it allows them to go through their introspective investigative process on their own (breaking the bond), and come back to the relationship to share what they have learned (re-building the bond). 1/3s can be polarizing because they are here to show us all what does not work. They consciously investigate and unconsciously must experience something to learn, and once they have acquired the knowledge that makes them feel secure enough to share, they can honestly report, first hand, what does not work. A famous example of a 1/3 is Gwenyth Paltrow, who created a lifestyle brand based on sharing about things she had tried that both did and did not work, and coined the term “conscious uncoupling” while sharing about her divorce.
1/4/INVESTIGATOR OPPORTUNIST: 1/4s take the Investigative process they go through in life to build a solid foundation of information in order to externalize that information to share with their personal network, which is always providing them with opportunities to tell their truth. Two famous examples of 1/4s are Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Jessica Parker. Both had shows (Seinfeld/Sex & The City) centered on a character (1) that was constantly questioning the most basic human interactions (“What’s the deal with…?”/”I couldn’t help but wonder…?”) and exploring those questions through and with their trusted network (in both cases, it was a group of 4 friends). Investigator Opportunists have a natural friendliness that attracts others to them, and they invest a lot in building their own network. It is crucial that 1/4s have the right group of people around them, providing them with the correct opportunities. The quality of the 1/4s life depends on the quality of their network, as all new associations and introductions come through the 4th line’s network—they are not designed to influence strangers. Through their introspective process of investigation, 1/4s that wait for the right opportunity to share what they know can become authorities and generous benefactors within their network.
2/4/HERMIT OPPORTUNIST: 2/4s introduce us to the 2nd line Hermit, and all Hermits are “naturals” with an innate talent. The conscious 2nd line prefers to stay in its protected environment, absorbed in what it loves to do most, hidden from the eyes of others. Throughout the life of a 2/4, their 4th line Opportunist surrounds itself with a network that will call out its natural genius from time to time. 2/4s are not comfortable being called out, but when they are, they are offered transformational opportunities that propel them forward in life. As naturals, they are not interested in the how or why of things (they leave that to 1st line Investigators), but have their own abilities which they cannot teach or explain to others- they are who they are and they do what they do without putting much thought into it. Their 4th line network provides all of the opportunities in their life, and it takes the correct network to draw out their talents for others to enjoy. 2/4s are not designed for strangers, and the only way a stranger can reach them is through their trusted network. Romantically it takes someone coming into their Hermit cave and declaring “You are for me.” for a 2/4 to enter a relationship. 2/4s who find the right network are incredibly impressive, and when nourished by their network will in turn be nurturing and highly influential within their community. Some famous 2/4s are Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Gosling, John Lennon, Gwen Stefani, Kurt Cobain and Bill Clinton.
2/5/HERMIT HERETIC. Here the 2nd line Hermit combines with the 5th line Heretic. While the conscious Hermit prefers to be left alone, the unconscious Heretic is always attracting others to them. The Hermit has its natural talents, and its shyness, while all 5th line Heretics are subject to the projection of others to be the person who takes charge and saves the day. 2/5s are called out of their cave for this purpose, and the correct call transforms the Hermit Heretic, but their reputation depends on their ability to provide a practical, universal solution. 2/5s are capable of leading a revolution, but if the 2/5s own needs are not respected, they will rebel. Hermit Heretics can be reclusive, seeming to withhold or hoard their personal resources. This serves an important purpose, as it gives their natural talents and reputation time to build up for that moment when they are projected upon to provide practical solutions when others really need them. 2/5s are naturally withdrawn, their boundaries must be respected, and their greatest power is as a stranger of consequence. Some famous 2/5s are Mia Farrow, Coco Chanel, Sara Gilbert, Patty Hearst and Tom Cruise.
3/5/MARTYR HERETIC. With the 3/5 the Martyr combines with the Heretic. The conscious 3rd line Martyr is focused on discovery in the material world, living a physical trial and error process. All 3rd lines must learn through experience, but this is not a graceful process, and 3rd lines have to learn that there are no mistakes in life- only lessons learned. The unconscious, seductive 5th line Heretic is always attracting others to them- people who see the Heretic as the General who will ride in on their white horse and pull them out of crisis. The real difficulty for 3/5s is that they can never live up to the expectations that others project onto them, and they can become pessimistic. 3/5s are here to stand up for what is not working or correct in their world, and when they cannot live up to the expectations projected onto them, they will break the bond and burn their bridges behind them. 3/5s must go through a cumbersome and sometimes inelegant discovery process early in life in order to obtain a foundation of experiential wisdom that allows them to step into their power. As they mature, 3/5 become the great fixers of the world, because the Martyr can see what does not work, and the Heretic can step in, take charge and offer something practical to replace it. Some famous 3/5s are Joan Didion, Angelina Jolie, Anais Nin, Bruce Springsteen, Courtney Love, Nina Simone, JFK and Earnest Hemingway.
3/6/MARTYR ROLE MODEL. Here the 3rd line Martyr combines with the 6th line Role Model. The 3/6 holds within it the possibility that trial and error can lead to wisdom. While the 3rd line is consciously living their often messy trial and error process, unconsciously there is the 6th line’s pressure for perfection, and (like all 3rd lines) 3/6s must learn that there are no mistakes, only discoveries. The unconscious 6th line is naturally aloof, and is more comfortable sitting back and watching, while the conscious 3rd line must experience something to understand it. Because of this 3/6s can be fence-sitters, and indecision is a theme throughout their lives. 3/6s have to be deeply engaged, in a hands on way, in order to develop self confidence and self mastery. Martyr Role Models have to recognize the wisdom of their 3rd line experiences and allow their natural authority to shine through as a living example of what they have learned. 3/6s are sought out for their guidance and recommendations, and when they give their approval or not, their word is respected. Some famous 3/6s are Dustin Hoffman, Keith Richards, Tina Fey, Caitlyn Jenner, Teal Swan and James Frey.