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Gate/Key/Hexagram 37: Family and Friendship

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Written by Futurist, Executive Coach, Consultant, & Speaker, Ashley Mosaic, who is a 1/4 Generator with Cross of Maya 4 and conscious sun in Source Code 61.

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Official Name in Human Design: The Family and the Gate of Friendship

Purpose: To provide the energy for creating strong family and tribal bonds through offering support, strong boundaries, and healthy communication.

Human Design definition: The manifestation macro and micro-cosmically of the organic nature of communities. Transpersonal expression of the potential sensitivity of revolution.

In action: Offering support to the family or tribe while aintaining strong boundaries and effective communication.

Body graph location: Solar Plexus, connecting to the Ego via Gate 40.

Grounding energy: Aloneness, Gate 40

Tropical astrology sign: Pisces

Gene Keys: Weakness -> Equality -> Tenderness

I Ching: Family (Chia Jen)

Dates of solar transit (can vary by 1 to 2 days): February 23 - February 28

The 37th Gate, Key, and Hexagram represent the energies of familial and community relationships, the transformation of interpersonal challenges, and the evolution from weakness to tenderness.


Defined in Chart: Individuals with Gate 37 defined in their charts may possess a natural talent for nurturing harmonious relationships. They often value community and familial connections and may excel in roles that require diplomacy and peacemaking.

Sun Transit: When the sun transits through Gate 37, it brings a collective emphasis on the quality of our relationships and the importance of fostering harmony within families and communities. It's a time to focus on strengthening bonds and addressing discord in interpersonal connections.

The high-frequency expression is the energy for creating strong family and tribal bonds through healthy communication and boundaries.This energy treats everyone with respect and as a valuable member of the tribe.

The low-frequency expression is the energy for sacrificing or martyring oneself in order for the tribe or family to stay together. This energy holds in their emotions and projects onto others through cruelness, often to create the boundaries they seek but have not created or maintained.


My personal experience:

I do not have this energy defined in my chart but have felt and experienced its presence. Interestingly enough, several of my clients have this energy defined and their life journeys all share a similar theme.

Human Design Gate 37: Fostering Harmony in Relationships and Community

From the Dynamics of Weakness to the Embrace of Tenderness

Quarter of Initiation, the Realm of Alcyone
Theme: Purpose fulfilled through Mind
Mystical Theme: The Witness Returns
Gate 55 < Gate 37 > Gate 63


This Gate is part of the Channel of Community, A Design of Being a Part Seeking a Whole, linking the Solar Plexus Center (Gate 37) with the Ego Center (Gate 40). Gate 37 is part of the Tribal (Ego) Circuit with the keynote of support.

Gate 37 is the most communal gate in the BodyGraph. When others recognize our power, we can hold both a family and a community together with our warmth, friendliness and nurturing nature. We have an ability to make an emotional connection with others through touch, and an uncommon sensitivity, which senses their accessibility or openness to us. People will want us to be their organization's representative, and to welcome the newcomer or stranger. It is an offer that we might happily agree to if the bargain, or what we receive in return, is sufficient and clearly agreed upon by all parties. Gate 37 is the gate of the mouth so the planning, gathering and preparing of food often play a central role in all our family and community gatherings. In the bargain between Gates 37 and 40, Gate 40 is the willing provider and we are the distributor of its assets and skills. Without Gate 40, we are looking for those who can deliver the resources needed by the community so that we have someone to bargain with, and something to distribute. What we most fear is getting trapped in or having to live up to the traditional Tribal roles.

Gene Key 37: Cultivating Harmonious Relationships through Equality and Tenderness

Transforming Familial Dynamics


“When we look at the world, it doesn’t seem that fair. It doesn’t seem as though we’re equal. Yet the Gene Keys are all about genius. This is where we’re equal. We’re equal to the task we’re given, but only if we don’t cave in.”

– Richard Rudd, 64 Ways


In the Gene Keys, Key 37 is titled Family Alchemy. It encompasses the journey from the Shadow of Weakness to the Gift of Equality and the Siddhi of Tenderness. This key delves into the dynamics of family and community relationships, highlighting the potential for creating equitable and nurturing connections.

Shadow - Weakness:

  • The Shadow of Weakness in Gene Key 37 reflects imbalances within family and community relationships. It often manifests as dependency, control, or inequality, leading to disharmony and emotional discomfort. This shadow may arise from traditional roles, expectations, or unresolved emotional patterns that undermine the strength and unity of relationships.
  • Personal Application: Acknowledge areas where the shadow of weakness impacts your relationships. Challenge traditional dynamics or dependencies that create imbalance. Strive for emotional autonomy and encourage the same in others, fostering healthier and more balanced interactions within your familial and community circles.

Gift - Equality:

  • The Gift of Equality is about recognizing and honoring the intrinsic value of each individual within the family or community. It involves shifting from hierarchical or dependent relationships to those based on mutual respect and equal contribution. Equality here means embracing diverse perspectives and valuing each person’s unique role and input.
  • Personal Application: Cultivate equality in your relationships by actively promoting fairness and mutual respect. Encourage open dialogue and value each person's contributions, regardless of their role or status. Practice seeing and treating family and community members as equals, recognizing that this approach fosters harmony and strengthens relational bonds.

Siddhi - Tenderness:

  • The Siddhi of Tenderness represents a profound state of empathy and compassionate connection. In this state, relationships are characterized by deep emotional understanding, kindness, and a gentle, caring nature. Tenderness transcends mere affection, embodying a soulful connection that recognizes the inherent unity and love within all relationships.
  • Personal Application: Aspire to embody the quality of tenderness in your interactions. Let your relationships be guided by deep empathy, compassion, and a heartfelt desire to connect with others at a soul level. Recognize that tenderness has the power to heal, unify, and elevate the nature of all familial and communal interactions.


Gene Key 37 invites us on a transformative journey from the shadows of relational weakness and imbalance, through the harmonizing power of equality, to the elevated state of tenderness. This path encourages the reimagining of traditional family and community dynamics, leading to relationships that are balanced, respectful, and deeply nurturing.


I Ching Hexagram 37: Fostering Harmony in Relationships

Hexagram 37: The Family (Jia Ren)


In the contrast of the family,
life reveals your deeper color.

To put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life;
and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.              – Kung fu tzu


In the I Ching, Hexagram 37, often translated as "The Family" or "Jia Ren," symbolizes the importance of order, harmony, and proper relationships within the family and by extension, the community. It represents the ideal of nurturing and supportive relationships built on respect and clear roles.

1. Emphasizing the Role of Harmony in Relationships:

  • This hexagram underscores the significance of harmony and stability within family units. It suggests that maintaining balance and proper relationships within the family leads to a peaceful and prosperous life.
  • Personal Application: Focus on creating and maintaining harmony in your familial and close relationships. Practice understanding, empathy, and respect to strengthen these bonds. Ensure that communication is clear and roles within the family are understood and respected.

2. The Importance of Each Member's Role:

  • Hexagram 37 highlights the unique contribution of each family member. It advises that recognizing and respecting each person’s role and responsibilities is crucial for the well-being of the family.
  • Personal Application: Acknowledge and appreciate the role and contribution of each member in your family or community. Understand that each person plays a significant part in the harmony and functionality of the whole.

3. Balancing Nurturance and Discipline:

  • The hexagram also suggests the need for a balance between nurturance and discipline. It implies that love and care should be balanced with guidelines and principles to create a harmonious and structured environment.
  • Personal Application: Strive for a balance between being nurturing and maintaining discipline within your family or close relationships. Set boundaries and guidelines that are respectful and considerate of everyone’s well-being.


Hexagram 37 from the I Ching teaches the art of building and maintaining harmonious relationships within the family and community. It emphasizes the importance of each member's role, mutual respect, and the balance between nurturance and discipline for the collective well-being.



Integrating and Utilizing this Energy

  • Strengthening Familial Bonds: Use your understanding of relationship dynamics to strengthen and heal familial connections. Encourage an atmosphere of open communication and mutual support within your family and community.
  • Promoting Community Harmony: Contribute to the creation of harmonious community environments. Engage in activities and initiatives that foster unity, equality, and a sense of belonging among community members.
  • Cultivating Compassion and Understanding: Strive to embody the principles of compassion and understanding in all your relationships. Recognize that nurturing these qualities can transform interpersonal dynamics and create a more loving and supportive community.


Gate 37, Key 37, and Hexagram 37 collectively teach us about the importance of nurturing harmonious relationships, the journey from imbalance to equality, and the realization of tenderness and compassion in our familial and community connections. By understanding and applying these principles, we can enhance our relationships, contribute to communal harmony, and embody the nurturing spirit that strengthens and unites us.

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