Generally speaking, life eases up this month. The main reason is that the Channel of Mutation, between Uranus in Gate 3, Beginnings, and the South Moon Node in Gate 60, Limitation, will leave us on February 19, after almost four months. Here then the last words about this connection between the Root Center, which joins us with the Earth, and the life energy residing in our Sacral Center, our Chi, as the Chinese would say. Did you experience a sense of pressure in the last months, maybe accompanied by frustration, as if life was stuck in some place? And then sudden movement, where situations almost magically were resolved and a new space opened? That is this Channel in action. It can give us some understanding of those who have it activated in their natal Human Design Chart. You may experience the Channel in your body too, as a flow of energy between the earth and your hara, a supple yet solid sense of being at home right where you stand. Sometimes it helps to take a small break in the daily activity to give space to the feeling.
From Feb 9-16 Mars stands in Gate 3, and so becomes part of the Channel of Mutation too. As a planet of action, Mars can generate impatience here, especially between Feb 13-16. When, however, you can ‘hold your horses’, you may receive nourishment and guidance that otherwise you would have missed.
Then, between Feb 17-19, Mercury shares Neptune’s long-time sojourn in Gate 63, Doubts. On the 7th, Neptune has moved into the 5th Line of the Gate, a position indicating leadership, that will be authentic when you honestly look at your insecurities about leading. Communicating clearly (Mercury’s theme) will let people trust you. In the same period, from Feb 17-21, a conjunction of Venus and Saturn in Gate 54, Ambition, puts the spotlight on how you relate to the people who work together with you. Do you use embarrassing things you know about them to get ahead yourself, either by gossiping behind their back or by threatening to reveal them to others? Or do you help them to become aware of their weak points, so that as a team you become stronger?
This month, the planets are into team-working: sharing placements in the sky and forming channels together. This makes it easier to manifest the pressure from the Channel of Mutation in a creative way. Also all planets go direct: the energy can flow unimpeded.
From Feb 20 on the North and South Moon Node stand in Gates 62, Expressed Details, and 61, Inner Truth. In Gate 62 we give names to things, with the goal to define them and put them in a logical order. Since this Gate is in the Throat Center, it facilitates expression in a logical, detailed progression of steps, which can be quite convincing – to yourself and others. It is not necessarily right, however. You can see it as a contribution from the mind. Our Authority, one of the key elements of a Human Design Chart, can tell us whether to follow the logic, or not.
Making sense of the mystery
The South Moon Node, meanwhile, has moved into Gate 61, Inner Truth. Now what does that mean? The Gate is in the Crown Center, which receives inspirations from the higher realms. These inspirations from the beyond need to pass through the Mind Center before they can be expressed and manifested in the Throat. It’s just the way we humans are made. The goal of all three Crown Center Gates is to make sense of the mystery: what is the meaning of life, why am I here, who am I? The other two Gates, 63 on the right and 64 on the left, which represent the left and right side of the brain, respectively – yes you read that right: the left side of the brain corresponds to right side of the body, and the right side of the brain to the left side of the body – interpret the mystery through science and religion, which are collective ways where we build on the past and project into the future, but Gate 61 wants to find out all by itself. It is related to the bridge between the two brain hemispheres, the corpus callosum, and to the pineal gland.
The Corpus Callosum
Using the mind to get to something beyond the mind can drive one almost crazy, until one realizes: truth happens in a silent mind. This is what Gate 61 really looks for. And this is available to us all; we are born with the capacity to discover own consciousness.