What is on a Chart?

The Human Design chart is shown in a body graph. My chart as an example…

Hover your computer mouse over different sections of the chart. When the cursor changes to a hand CLICK to learn more.

Human Design Chart

Design row Personality Row Undefined Centers Defined Centers






Single Definition

Emotional Awareness (Solarplexus)


The Database

The database is the area of dates, times and numbers on a chart. It contains the calculations based on someone’s birth data (refer to chart above).

The personality row on the Human Design chartThe red Design row on Human Design chartThe black Personality row displays date, time and place of birth and the planetary positions at that time. Like astrology, Human Design presumes that we get an imprint at birth that can be made visible in a chart. Whereas in astrology the sky is divided into 12 segments – the 12 signs of the zodiac – Human Design divides it into 64 sections, the 64 hexagrams and lines of the I Ching. Each hexagram carries a unique meaning and allows us to see in depth which characteristics made up our being. In this sense, Human Design can pinpoint a person’s trait more accurately. The black Personality information is a person’s conscious potential. It represents the elements of our personality and the ways of behaving we are aware of. This is who we think we are.

The red Design row displays date and time of the soul entering the fetus. This is an additional calculation using a date approximately 3 months before our birth. The planetary positions at that time are also indexed into the hexagrams and lines of the I Ching. This is our unconscious potential about inherited traits and potentials. It is our hidden side, the undercurrents that influence the automatic and involuntary behavior. These traits we do not identify with but these are what others clearly see. It takes time to get comfortable with this part of our nature. Human Design is the first system in recorded history that reveals the unconscious in such detail.


The Body Graph

The body graph is the integrative field where the results of the two database calculations are made visible. There are nine centers in the body graph where the 64 hexagrams (named gates) are placed. These gates are connected through 36 channels. A channel connects one center with another; one gate of a center opens the energy flow into another center’s gate.

The Design calculations are transferred to the body graph by coloring half of the channel red. The Personality calculations are transferred the same way in black.


The nine centers are hubs of information and energy throughout the body. They have evolved from the seven chakras known in the Hindu tradition.

The Human Design System creates a chart based on a human body graphHead (yellow triangle): The Head center provides mental pressure to find things out and its theme is inspiration.

Ajna (green triangle): The mental awareness center reveals your thought process.

Throat (brown square above): The Throat center is the main hub of the body. Everything aims there for expression and action. Themes of self-expression and manifestation, the individual communication style and action strategy are revealed in the configuration of this center.

Ji (yellow square): The center of identity, life direction and love shows you the sense of belonging into the world, the right environment, the right people and places.

Heart (red triangle): Its themes are: Material world, support, ego, willpower, courage, loyalty and competitiveness, self-worth, self-esteem.

Solar Plexus (brown triangle to the right): Emotional energy (happiness, moods, desires, passions) and emotional connectedness (romance, bonded family connections, spiritual communities)

Spleen (brown triangle to the left): This awareness in the Now is body con­sciousness, the immune system and well-being. Themes of feeling good, being safe, seat of deep survival fears, healthy lifestyle are found here.

Sacral (red square):  The generating power of the Sacral center is vitality, life force, the chi, sexuality and fertility, movement. Themes like creativity, effective energy use, setting of healthy boundaries, work preferences are here.

Root (brown, bottom square): Adrenaline, stress energy from the Root is the driving force of all life processes. Themes of drive and stress as well as stress management are located in the configuration of this center.


Centers interact and exchange information through the 36 channels. Coming from the Tree of Life, channels are transforming agents, connecting the qualities of the centers involved into a distinct unit through which that information operates. The channels shape energy into more precise qualities and abilities.

The centers can either be defined (colored in) or undefined (white):

Defined Center

Defined Centers

Definition:  When planets activate hexagrams (gates) at both ends of a channel, the entire channel and the adjoining centers are colored. This is called definition. Definitions operate consistently in the life according to the planets, gates, channels and centers involved. This is the part of your nature that is fixed and reliable, the part that you can always count on 24/7. You can trust these parts to be you. This is the energy that you send out to others and therefore this is how you impact others. In these areas, you learn how the environment is always reflecting back your areas of definitions, and you are responsible to balance the energy here.

There are five possible configurations: common are single, split, and triple-split definitions; rarely there is a quadruple-split, or somebody with no definition at all.

Undefined center

Undefined Centers
The undefined centers are the white ones in your chart. (There are actually four on my large chart above.) They are neither empty, nor broken, nor do they need to be fixed. They are open to the influence of those people who have these centers defined. They represent your ability to be sensitive and receptive to others. Here is where you pick up impressions from others, which allows you to get to know others so well, even without words. You greatly benefit if you truly do reflect what you take in from the environment rather than shutting down or wanting to dominate these areas. It provides great insight to understand the areas where you do not control the energy flow, where your access to your potential is dependent on your interaction with others and on the right timing. When you understand your protective and potentially reactive behavior in these areas, you can heal and release issues relating to fears and past conditioning. Once you learn how to be soft and flexible, how to stay open in your response to the environment, you will feel connected to the world and acquire a lot of wisdom. It takes courage to go beyond your vulnerabilities and defensiveness and become the uninvolved, empathic observer. It is a continuous process to not take things personally and understand that your contribution in the undefined centers is to reflect back what you are witnessing and giving others the opportunity to see themselves in the mirror you provide.

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