What is Human Design?

What is Human Design?

What is Human Design?

Human Design is a logical, mechanical system that reveals the operating manual of your unique genetic design. An exquisite synthesis of Astrology, the I Ching, the Kabbalah, the Hindu-Brahmin Chakra system, Quantum Physics, Biogenetics, Sacred Geometry, and Modern Math, your HD awareness experiment allows you to begin living the life you were meant to live, instead of the one conditioned society has taught you to live. It gives you strategies for radical self-alignment, which helps you experience life with more fluidity and synchronicity.

What Human Design is Not

Human Design is not a belief system. Do not “believe” any of this; healthy skepticism is encouraged. Try it for yourself and discover what the experience brings. This is YOUR experiment. If it’s correct for you, this is your invitation to try it, see what happens, collect the data, and see what patterns emerge for you. 

How does it Work?

It all starts with a reading of your bodygraph (your Human Design chart), which is calculated with exact birth time and location. The bodygraph shows your (1) unique imprinting at birth and, (2) unique imprinting that occurs about 88 days before your birth. This circuitry is unique to you. A reading of your bodygraph reveals who you are (and who you are not), and gives you tools for how to operate correctly in your life. 

You will learn how to experiment with your Aura Type, your unique Strategy, and your Authority. These are the three mechanics that will help you find relief, while deprogramming yourself from all we are conditioned by from birth on. Over time and experimentation, your mind will stop running your life by using defense mechanisms and strategies that distort your thoughts, actions, communication, relationships, and decisions. You will become aware of how deep the Mind’s strategies go, and how deeply they are hidden and disguised. And gradually, you will experience less resistance as your mind becomes your ally. 

Through the HD experiment, you have the potential to experience true and deep satisfaction, success, peace, and surprise. And the potential to experience true Passenger consciousness: to sit back and enjoy the ride. As yourself. 


What are the Aura Types in HD?

Your Aura Type is the basis for the most practical, transformative, and empowering information from the Human Design System. It’s about your body, your genetics – your DNA, your aura, and how you integrate and harmonize with others and with the world. 

There are four aura types:

  • Generators & Manifesting Generators make up 70% of humanity. They have an open and enveloping aura. They are here to work on what lights them up with their consistent life force energy. They are here to know themselves and wait to respond to what life brings, so they get the satisfaction of using their life force for what is correct for them. They are not here to initiate or overwork themselves, as this results in frustration.


  • Projectors make up 20% of humans. They have an aura that focuses and absorbs. They are here to know the other and learn to wait for the invitation to share what they see, so they feel the success of guiding those who are correct for them.  They are not here to initiate or work like a Generator, as this leads to bitterness. Their life force energy is inconsistent, and they are here to be very discerning about the correct usage of their life force energy.


  • Manifestors make up 9% of humanity. They have a closed and repelling aura. They are here to know their impact on others with their strong initiating power.  They are here to correctly initiate by informing others, and to feel peace by having the correct impact on others. They are not here to work like a Generator, as this leads to anger.


  • Reflectors make up 1% of humanity. They have a resistant and sampling aura. They are here to wait a lunar cycle in order to know their environment, to sample different activations and reflect back to others what is there, bringing surprise to their life. They are not here to work like a Generator, as this leads to disappointment.


What is a “Strategy” in HD?

Strategy in Human Design is determined by one’s aura type. It refers to a way of being in the world without resistance; a method that aligns us with our unique geometry in our life and how it moves within the overall flow of the totality. Our Strategy supports the process of becoming our authentic self. 

Strategy is based on the way we are genetically designed to operate on all levels – with other beings, other aura types, as a parent, in relationships and in the material world, and in our unique life purpose. Strategy accesses the unique ways energy is designed to flow through one’s bodygraph, one’s unique circuitry.

Once you begin living according to your Strategy, you will experience your Aura Type’s signature: satisfaction, success, peace or surprise. You will discover something inside of you that was hidden by layer upon layer of conditioning.

You will get in touch with the part of you that always knew what was correct or not correct for you – that place inside that you can trust to say yes or no to whatever you meet in this life. Strategy breaks through comparing yourself to others and opens the way for you to discover your uniqueness so you can simply enjoy being who you are. Strategy frees your inner essence to thrive so your purpose can naturally unfold. 

Beginning to live your life according to your Strategy launches your individual experiment. You can test your Strategy yourself and find out what happens, how it works for you. You can let your own Strategy and Authority begin to replace the authority we give to those outside of ourselves.

  • Generators and Manifesting Generators – To Wait to Respond
  • Projectors – To Wait for the Invitation
  • Manifestors – To Inform
  • Reflectors – To Wait a Lunar Cycle

What is an “Authority” in HD?

You were born wise, with the ability to make correct decisions for your life. All of life is about decisions, both large and tiny. Inner Authority helps us navigate those decisions as our true self. Spoiler alert: the logical thoughts, the pros and cons lists, the this-and-that of the Mind, while very helpful and amazing, are no longer equipped to make decisions to navigate our life correctly. Authority in HD is beyond the Mind; it’s a deeper intelligence within us that shows us what decisions are correct. This is unique for each person

The Authorities are: Emotional/ Solar Plexus, Sacral, Spleen, Ego Manifested, Self-Projected, Ego Projected, Sounding Board, and Lunar.

When you start practicing your specific Strategy and Authority, you align with your unique geometry. Your uniqueness and purpose in this life are all expressed through you by you being your true self, and things start to naturally and gracefully fall into place.

There’s So Much More

The Human Design System reveals the mechanics of humans, evolution, and the cosmos. There are other foundational elements to help you with your experiment. The magic of your first reading – and ongoing sessions – lies in the experience with a mechanically-correct HD practitioner who has studied deeply and is living their experiment. It’s important that HD practitioner use the correct language of the Human Design science, weaving together the various elements and integrating the dilemmas within your design. This type of session resonates at the cellular level and begins to transform your DNA, aligning you to your correct geometry. 

If it’s correct for you, your first session marks the potential beginning of your personal Human Design experiment. When you begin experimenting with following your Strategy and Authority, your experiment is underway. And what is revealed, what you see, what you can step into is mind-blowing, life-transforming, dynamic, unique to you, and brings a sense of deep true relief. The relief and relaxation into finally learning and experiencing who you ARE – and releasing who you are not. It’s a journey of discovery – and truly, TRULY loving yourself: every single aspect. 

You can find out your Aura Type, Strategy and Authority, as well as see your bodygraph here. Feel free to explore free Human Design resources here. You can listen to an Intro to Human Design, your Type Signature, your Profile and anything else you are drawn to. If it’s correct for you, you can book your Foundational Reading or ongoing HD sessions with Leisha here

“Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.” – Lao Tzu

Love yourself. 

When we live in alignment with our true nature, we begin to experience a level of comfort and acceptance for ourselves – for who we are – instead of trying to be who we are not. And we’re able to step into our real purpose in the world and live the life that is meant for us.” – Leisha Barnette

Leisha is an avid Human Design experimenter, and uses her experience with facilitation and the art of the question to support, share, and empower those who invite her unique guidance and expression.

Tiffany Harelik