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Is Human Design The Key To Unlocking Your Purpose?

While pure generators usually have more of a focus, “manifesting generators are a hybrid, with the spontaneity and immediacy of manifestors, but also that lit-up-ness of generators. When you mix those two, you have those classic multi-hyphenates, the singer-actress-producer, or DJ-and-healer,” Zoe says. “Manifesting generators master skills quickly, handle more, and move on quicker. They are multi-passionate and multi-dimensional, with out-of-the-box careers. They somehow make it work because it’s aligned for them, where most people would be all over the place or scatty.” Think Beyoncé, Bethenny Frankel, or Angelina Jolie.

Projectors (17-21% of the population): the seers

Problem-solvers attuned to reading energy, their skill lies in directing, rather than in manual labor. “They are like birds up on the branches that can look at the lions and tigers and say, if you’re trying to go from A to B, try this. Projectors tend to be obsessed with improving things and efficiency. It’s very difficult for projectors in this world because we get told that success is about doing, but for them, they have to stop trying to be in activity from nine to five to be a bit removed, cultivate what they observe, see patterns, then feed that back,” Zoe explains. With inconsistent energy, “they should only be really working two to three hours a day, the rest of the time they’re more tired and work slower than others”. Basically, observing is your power. A great example of projector burnout is Leonardo da Vinci, who pioneered copious visionary designs, but famously rarely finished a piece of art.

Reflectors (1% of the population): the mirrors

The rarest type, Zoe says, “they are chameleon-like, so they can easily take on the energy of other people or the environment they’re in. Whenever you’re with a reflector – because they become more like you – you can really see yourself. They belong in the center of a tribe to show us all how well we’re doing. While projectors give wisdom with words or advice, reflectors provide wisdom without even needing to say anything. They’re just being, and we can learn so much from them.” Mata Amritanandamayi – known simply as Amma – the Indian guru people fly across the world just to hug, is a reflector. Reported to have embraced over 37 million people, her fans include Sting, Louis Theroux, and Dinosaur Jr bandleader J Mascis, who devoted an entire album to her.

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Around 10 further categories also feed into your bodygraph. Some of the most crucial are your authority, incarnation cross, and profile.


This refers to your intuition. An “inner guidance system that is always going to lead you the right way”, as Zoe puts it. the six different authority types include emotional – those who must ride out their feelings before coming to any decision; sacral – who should remain attuned to signs from their body; splenic – people who get an instant gut feeling; self-projected – those who need to “talk it out”; those on the lunar cycle, who need time – up to 28 days – to find clarity; and those with ego authority, who should let their words flow unfiltered.

incarnation cross

Your purpose, with 192 different possibilities. They are made up of four “gates”, which in Human Design each represent a different skill. The incarnation cross comprises your four most important ones, but every single number has a different quality that helps you with your purpose, Zoe says.


Your personality. Represented as two numbers, there are 12 archetypes (eg: 1/3, the establisher of knowledge and truth). The first number refers to how you see yourself, the second to how others see you, forming together a full portrait. “We subconsciously think either our image of ourselves or other people’s image of us is true, but these are actually two sides of us – one that we’re more conscious of, and one that we’re kind of unconscious to that other people can see more clearly,” Zoe says.

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