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Human Design & Gene Keys: Gate 11

Each gate in Human Design relates to a different energy, gift, and shadow frequency. Understanding the gates you have active in your human design chart will help you step out of the shadow frequencies and into the gifts even more. It will give you a level of self-understanding which can lead to personal empowerment.

Right now we are entering into the Sun's transit of this energy of Gate 11 so whether or not you have this defined in your chart, you will have access to this energy on a universal and astrological level from December 15-20.

First, let's look at where this gate is located in your Human Design chart. Gate 11 is located in the ajna center of the body. This is the center of your cognitive awareness and conceptualization. If you have this center defined, you will have a consistent and reliable way of mentally processing things. It is easier for you to develop a fixed viewpoint or mindset.

If you have this center undefined, you will be more flexible and open-minded to how you process things. You are here to keep an open mind, literally. It is not healthy for you to waste time and energy trying to form strong opinions or trying to convince others of your ideas, opinions, and beliefs. An open ajna will make you more likely to doubt yourself. You may feel pressured to pretend you are certain about things but that is not your design. Remember you are here to be open-minded and see things from a variety of angles. The more open-minded you are the more difficult it is to be certain.

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In Human Design, this is called the Gate of Ideas.

If you have this gate defined then you are a wellspring of ideas, constantly producing concepts and thoughts across a broad range of subjects. Your mind is like a fertile garden where seeds of creativity are continually sown, sprouting into unique ideas, insights, innovations, and intellectual contributions. It’s important to note that Gate 11 is about the ideation phase, and it does not inherently carry the energy for actualizing or manifesting these ideas into reality.

As a part of the Ajna Center, Gate 11 is intricately linked with how you perceive, understand, and interpret the world. With this gate activated, you may approach life from a very imaginative and creative perspective, viewing situations and circumstances through a lens that continually asks, “What if?” or “How about this?” Your mind can constantly assess and process things, making you an excellent problem solver and innovative thinker.

Gate 11 brings strengths but it also comes with challenges. The primary challenge is the overwhelming stream of ideas that can lead to mental exhaustion or decision paralysis. The key to managing this is understanding that while all ideas have value, not all of them need to be pursued or acted upon.

The high mental activity associated with this gate may lead to difficulties in quieting the mind. This can affect your ability to relax or meditate. Regular practices that help calm the mind, such as mindfulness, yoga, binaural beats, or nature walks, can be beneficial for people with this gate.

When you have Gate 11 you may get so engrossed in your world of ideas that you lose touch with your emotional self. It is important to consciously work on maintaining a balance between your intellectual and emotional sides. Make sure you don’t neglect your emotional needs while exploring your world of ideas.

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In the Gene Keys, we look at the shadow (obscurity), gift (light), and siddhi (idealism).

The 11th gene key operates through the right brain of symbolism, archetypes, and vision. It is connected to the pituitary gland, the right brain, and the left eye.

Obscurity is getting lost in the details and the trivia of the mind. The dilemma between obscurity and idealism is belief. A belief is a construct of your mind. The 11th shadow is believing other people's beliefs or propaganda instead of your own. You can get lost in obscurity when you become a victim of your beliefs.

Belief and knowing are two very different things. You must learn the art of discrimination to discover what you truly know versus what you believe.

Once you believe only your view is right, there is an issue. Obscurity robs us of our creativity and keeps us from making progress. We give away our power and buy into other people's beliefs. Obscurity is giving away your own inner light.

You can follow a guide or a system or a teacher but it is just a raft to help support you from the darkness to the light. Don't get addicted to the raft. It is an addiction to seeking rather than finding, dreaming rather than doing.

This is why the gene keys is a system of contemplation, it creates a system to guide you but allows you to form your own interpretations and understanding. If it was taught as a strict system to follow and believe in then it would limit the ultimate potential.

Repressive Nature: Fantasizing There is nothing wrong with fantasy if you have a creative outlet. Unfortunately, most people don't find one. Think of this as the fantasy of the life you want to have whether it is the job, the car, the house, the kids, etc. The longer this fantasy goes unfulfilled, the worse this shadow frequency can take a toll on you. The repressive nature is always related to fear so on some level you have allowed fear win, whether it is the fear of pursuing your dream life or the fear of never attaining it. This will gradually drain the physical energy from your body which can lead to health problems. Even worse, inner fantasies that do not find a creative outlet block you from following your true destiny. Your destiny is hidden away behind these fantasies.

Reactive Nature: Deluded When you are deluded, you will try to manifest your fantasies into reality but it is coming from an energy of anger, denial, and force. You may have a great idea but never manifest it into reality and as a result become disappointed or even have a breakdown. You can't let go of the delusion of what you could one day become. In the reactive nature it is very common to be unaware of what your true dream is and the ideal you are trying to manifest is just a veneer. If you see this aspect in yourself, try questioning why you want what you want. Dig into the why behind it all and see if you can find the true dream under the superficial one. If you gain deeper clarity on your dream, own your anger and embrace your fears then you could manifest your idea.

The gift of idealism.

Idealism is a dynamic, creative, and self-enriching process. Idealism is sometimes seen as the opposite of realism. You have to take the time to discover what your true ideals and dreams really are. To have an ideal at the core of your life is to live with great expansion and purpose. You can put words around it but an ideal is not literal. It is what you use to lift your frequency up.

Some examples could be:

  • I want to bring joy, love, and peace to as many people as I can.

  • I want to transform the negativity around me into positivity.

  • I want to bring people from suffering and disease into radiant health.

The highest ideal you can have is creating heaven on Earth. Many people will say that is not realistic. This is when the shadow of obscurity can pop up again as we get caught in expectations and other people's beliefs.

Each one of us has an ideal inside of us that will take us to our highest expression. The ideal energizes, illuminates, and enlightens us. It gives us the courage to move towards that dream. All our highest aspirations can be poured into this ideal. The higher and richer you make it, the more power it has in your life. Your gift is your heart, your love, your devotion. You become the ideal.

Let go of expectations when pursuing your dream. We have to learn to detach our ego from our ideal and instead use this energy to lift us up and excite us daily. When you put this at the core of your life, the universe responds. You have planted the seed and each day you water it it grows and opens up new pathways and opportunities.

The siddhi of light!

This highest frequency of this energy is called the Siddhi of Light. The pure light of the 11th Siddhi has nothing to do with good and evil. It represents the transcendence of duality. You have to travel through the darkest aspects of your psyche to reach the siddhi of light.

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Reflection Time!

You don't need to answer ALL of these questions but this will help you integrate and embody this information better. Pick a few to reflect on and take a little time to get to know yourself better!

  • Do you have this gate defined in your chart?

  • Is your ajna center undefined or defined?

  • Do you have the entire 11-56 Channel of Curiousity?

  • How have you experienced this energy in your life from obscurity, fantasy, and delusion, to idealism and light?

  • If it is December 15-20, how are you experiencing this energy in your life during it's transit?

  • When in the shadow, do you find yourself collapsed into fantasy or reactive in delusion?

  • What beliefs do you have that you have never questioned?

  • When you disagree with someone's beliefs, how does it make you feel?

  • Do you judge yourself for not being able to manifest your ideas or dreams?

  • What would it mean if the dream inside you died with you and never got lived out?

  • Do you prefer fantasizing over taking action?

  • How does your fantasy world keep you from living in the real world?

  • Does your fantasy world skew your own perception of reality?

  • What would it look like to let your dream "out of the closet"?

  • What is your ideal?

  • How can you embrace this ideal in your life to water this seed daily?

I hope this was helpful and you are discovering more about yourself and your Human Design. If you need any support, please don't hesitate to reach out. Feel free to email me at

You can always order your Human Design Book, schedule a reading or coaching session, or dive into my online course, Human Design 101.



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