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The Energy Types in Human Design

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

Similar to astrology when we speak of our Sun sign, we have an energy type in Human Design that says how we exchange energy with the world around us. Human Design is a system that helps us open up more flow into our life when used correctly.



the energy types in human design



Energy types
  • Generator & Manifesting Generator - 70%

  • Projector - 20%

  • Manifestor - 9%

  • Reflector - 1%



Generator

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A Generator has a defined sacral. Also known as its inner authority. In other words, it's how you best make decisions through the response of your gut to the world around you. Does it light you up from inside? Does it feeling exciting?


Having a defined sacral means that you are tapped into this potent, creative, lifeforce and consistent source of energy, when used correctly.


As a Generator, you generate energy by doing the things that light you up and give you excitement. It's a visceral experience. The reaction from your body and the sounds you make are hints of your sacral responding. You generate energy not only for yourself, but also for the world around you.


A Generator's aura is a magnetic. Your aura is open and enveloping. You are meant to attract what is meant for you.



Themes

When you use your energy correctly, you feel a sense of deep satisfaction with the things that you're doing and putting your energy towards.


If you are out of alignment, you will feel frustration - a stagnant energy that things are not flowing and life feels stuck. In such a case, what you can do as a generator is to really begin to say no to things. Begin to save your energy for the full body yes.



Strategy

Your strategy is to respond.


How can you put yourself in situations where you have options to respond to and tune into your sacral how is it responding to this? Is it with excitement? That's a yes. Is it with not much of any emotion at all, no excitement? Then it's a no or a not right now.


How can you lean into trust without having a rational answer to why this is so?




Manifesting Generator

manifesting generator  human design

A Manifesting Generator has a defined throat through a motor center and a defined sacral. Also known as its inner authority. In other words, it's how you best make decisions through the response of your sacral to the world around you.


Manifesting Generators have a defined motor like Manifestors, yet carry the energetic capacity like a Generator.


You are quite quick in your energy and can juggle many different things at once. You are meant to be a diverse being. You are meant to release the conditioning that you need to niche down. You are here to embody how versatile a being can be.


Trust the timing of things and when it is time to start, end and move on from a project. Since your energy is quicker than most, you have already learned what you needed to learn and can now move on with the acquired skill set.



Themes

Due to your Manifestor tenedencies, you might feel the need to initiate at times. But it’s important to remember your defined sacral and be mindful of its responses.


When you use your energy correctly, you feel a sense of deep satisfaction and peace with the things that you're doing and putting your energy towards.


If you are out of alignment, you will feel frustration and potentially anger - a stagnant energy that things are not flowing. In such case, what you can do as a generator is to really begin to say no to things.



Strategy

Your strategy is to respond.


How can you put yourself in situations where you have options to respond to and tune into your sacral how is it responding to this? Is it with excitement? That's a yes. Is it with not much of any emotion at all, no excitement? Then it's a no.


How can you lean into trust without having a rational answer to why this is so? If you are in alignment, you feel satisfaction and peace.




Projector

projector  human design

Projectors are undefined sacral beings and their throat is not defined by a motor. They provide guidance and direction for energy and others.


Projectors have a penetrating and focused aura. They intuitively pick up the energies around them such as what people are feeling and thinking. Projectors can pinpoint our gifts, how can they best serve and guide us.


As a projector, you have efficient energy. You are here to innovate and improve structures (the way we do, build, and create things) in society.


Projectors guide, support, and heal. They see systems and other beings so clearly, yet lack to see themselves clearly.



Themes

When you use your energy correctly, you feel a sense of success because people are receptive to your wisdom and medicine. You feel when others are open for your insights and are ready to receive them.


If you are out of alignment, you will feel bitterness. Your guidance is rejected out of not waiting for the invitations and people pull back or don't listen to your wisdom, because energetically they are not open to it.



Strategy

Your strategy is to wait for an invitation.


Wait to receive an energetic opening from others before you give your insights. People will ask you for your opinion and want to include you in the conversation.




Manifestor

manifestor  human design

Manifestors are undefined sacral beings with a defined throat connected to a motor center. They are here to create momentum in a specific direction and initiate movements into being.


Manifestors are initiators and trailblazers. You bring innovative ways of doing something, but you are not here to build it all on your own. You will attract the right beings to help and support your mission and vision.


A Manifestor's aura can be repelling to the people who do not belong to the movement. As a Manifestor, you attract with your strong initiating energy and you are here to lead.



Themes

When you use your energy correctly, you feel a sense of peace and harmony with the decisions you are putting your energy towards.


If you are out of alignment, you will feel anger. When you are not speaking your truth, anger will encourage you to take a step back, redirect your energy, and decide differently.



Strategy

Your strategy is to inform.


Use the power of your voice. People around you have no idea what you want to start and initiate, as they can not keep up with your energy and they might be caught off guard. Open up and tell your plans and your ideas. What do you want to initiate into existence?




Reflector

reflector  human design

Reflectors are energetically wide-open beings, they do not have any defined centers. They have a fluid identity that shifts and changes over time depending on their environment, the lunar cycle and current astrological transits.


As a Reflector you are meant to be unattached to who you think you are. Having a sampling aura, you are here to absorb the energies of the people around you and reflect it back to the collective. You can easily tap into other people’s energies and have the potential to master understanding what humanity needs.


You are sensitive to the energy around you and it is crucial for you to feel good and safe in your environment.


Your relationship to energy is to mirror back and to reveal the the truth of what you see around you.



Themes

When you use your energy correctly, you feel a sense of surprise with the decisions you are putting your energy towards. You perceive life as a magical ride.


When you are out of alignment, you will feel disappointed. You are not giving yourself enough time and you are rushing through life. Sit with your decisions and give yourself enough time to feel through them without feeling pressured.



Strategy

Your strategy is to wait for a lunar cycle.


The decision-making process begins when an invitation is extended. You are not meant to initiate yourself. Progress toward clarity through the 29.5 day lunar cycle. Talk it out with those around you in order for you to hear your own thoughts. Encourage yourself to take your time with big decisions.


Understanding the Moon and it’s repetitive transiting nature will help you understand your own as a Reflector.




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astrologer and human design reader inés kelly

About the writer

Inés Kelly is a trauma-informed space holder and integral guide in Human Design and astrology. Her multi-cultural background has gifted her with the insight of various rituals and traditions. Bringing the ancestral and the honoring of the natural cycles to the community is a deep value she holds.



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