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Gate/Key/Hexagram 10: Self-Love and Behavior of the Self

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

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Official Name in Human Design: Love of Self and the Gate of Behavior of the Self

Purpose: Be an example of radical self love and self-acceptance

Human Design definition: The underlying code of behavior which ensures successful interaction despite circumstances. The role of perfecting our form, its survival, and the conviction which guides it.

In action: Self-love and the joy of being oneself

Body graph location: G Center, connecting to the Sacral via Gate 34 and to the Throat via Gate 20

Grounding energy: Modesty, Gate 15

Tropical astrology sign: Sagittarius/Capricorn

Gene Keys: Self-Obsession -> Naturalness -> Being

I Ching: Treading (Lǚ)

Dates of solar transit (can vary 1 to 2 days): December 20 - December 25

The 10th Gate, Key, and Hexagram represents the energy of self-love, identity, and authentic behavior.


Defined in Chart: Those with Gate 10 defined in their charts have a natural inclination towards understanding their true identity and exhibiting behaviors that align with their authentic self. It's crucial for them to embrace self-love and authenticity.

Sun Transit: When the sun transits through Gate 10, it brings a collective focus on self-realization and authentic expression. It's an opportune time for everyone to reflect on their true identity and how they express themselves in the world.

The high-frequency expression is the energy for deep self-acceptance and to be an example of self-love through understanding and honoring one's needs, values, and desires.

The low-frequency expression is the energy for people-pleasing and codependency by ignoring the wisdom of one's emotions, needs, values, and desires. 

My personal experience:

I have my design Neptune in Gate 10.4, connecting to my design moon in 34.5. Together these two create my only design channel. Gate 10, and thus self-love, has been a prominent theme in my life as it has represented a constant source of challenge and growth. However, it is the voice of my authority, which comes through via my convictions. There have been many times in my life when I thought I didn't know who I was... I realize now that I have always known, always. However, I often muted and ignored this wisdom in order to feel accepted. With this creating the voice of my authority in an unconscious channel, it moves me. It is Neptune though, so it's almost as if I were to stare at it or try to make sense of it... it disappears.


Human Design Gate 10: Love of Self and the Gate of Behavior of the Self

This Gate is part of the Channel of Exploration, A Design of Following One's Convictions, linking the G Center (Gate 10) to the Sacral Center (Gate 34). Gate 10 is part of the Individual (Centering) Circuit with the keynote of empowerment. This Gate is part of the Channel of Perfected Form, A design of Survival, linking G Center (Gate 10) to the Splenic Center (Gate 57). Gate 10 is part of the Integration Channel with the keynote of self-empowerment. This Gate is part of the Channel of Awakening, A Design of Commitment to Higher Principles, linking the G Center (Gate 10) to the Throat Center (Gate 20). Gate 10 is part of the Integration Channel with the keynote of self-empowerment.

Gate 10 is the most complex gate in the G Center, and one of the four Gates of the Incarnation Cross of the Vessel of Love. This is the gate of the love of oneself. The six potential behaviors or roles of the self (listed below) are guided by the intuition of Gate 57, empowered by the Sacral response of Gate 34, and manifested or expressed through Gate 20. Within the framework of these roles, humanity is now exploring what it means to live as a 9-centered, self-aware form with its potential to awaken, and to experience genuine self love. With our Strategy and Authority in place, Gate 10 empowers our potential to surrender to living authentically as ourselves. As we come to know, accept and love what makes us unique, we empower others to love themselves as well. True awakening through surrender is not a commitment to becoming something; it is a commitment to being ourselves. Gate 10's strong emphasis on loving self-acceptance will deeply impact how humanity moves through the 21st century. Those who carry this gate are the ones who recognize that awakening is not possible without self-acceptance. As we embrace the honor and pleasure of exploring life in a self-aware form, we empower our potential to live as our true selves, awake in the now moment.


Gene Key 10: Embracing Authenticity from Self-Obsession to Being

The Journey of Authentic Self-Realization

In the exploration of Gene Key 10, we undertake a transformative journey from the Shadow of Self-Obsession to the Siddhi of Being, with the Gift of Naturalness serving as the vital conduit for this evolution.

Shadow - Self-Obsession:

  • The Shadow of Self-Obsession in Gene Key 10 represents an excessive focus on oneself, often manifesting as ego-centrism or narcissism. This shadow leads to a disconnection from one's true nature and the world around, driven by a need for validation or attention.
  • Personal Application: Recognize tendencies of self-obsession in your behaviors and thoughts. Practice self-reflection to understand the root causes and shift towards a more balanced self-perception.
  • Collective Reflection: Societally, self-obsession can lead to a culture of superficiality and disconnection, where the deeper, more authentic aspects of life are overlooked.

Gift - Naturalness:

  • The Gift of Naturalness is about shedding the layers of pretense and ego to embrace one's true nature. It’s about being authentic and genuine in one’s actions and interactions, unburdened by the need for approval.
  • Personal Application: Foster a sense of ease and authenticity in your expression. Let go of the need to impress or conform, and embrace the freedom that comes with being yourself in all aspects of life.
  • Collective Reflection: When communities value naturalness, they create environments of acceptance and authenticity, allowing individuals to thrive as their true selves, enhancing genuine connections and collaborations.

Siddhi - Being:

  • The Siddhi of Being represents the ultimate realization of Gene Key 10. In this state, one transcends personal identity and experiences a profound connection with all existence, recognizing the oneness in all beings.
  • Personal Application: Strive for a deep understanding and experience of interconnectedness. In this state, the sense of separate self dissolves, leading to a profound peace and unity with the universe.
  • Collective Reflection: At a collective level, the siddhi of Being envisions a world where individuals and societies operate from a place of deep connectedness and unity, transcending ego and separation.

Gene Key 10 invites us on a transformative journey from the confines of self-obsession to the liberating gift of naturalness, and ultimately to the profound realization of Being. This path encourages us to shed our ego-driven tendencies and embrace the power of authentic self-expression, leading to a deeper connection with ourselves and the world. As we embark on this journey, we contribute to a world where authenticity and unity are celebrated and cherished.


I Ching Hexagram 10: Treading Carefully and Mindfully

The Art of Treading with Awareness

In the I Ching, Hexagram 10, often translated as "Treading" or "Conduct," symbolizes the importance of cautious and mindful action. It advises on the virtue of moving through life with awareness and consideration for one's surroundings.

1. Mindful Conduct:

  • This hexagram emphasizes the need for careful and thoughtful behavior, especially when dealing with potentially challenging or complex situations. It suggests that success and harmony are achieved through deliberate and considerate actions.
  • Personal Application: Be mindful of your actions and their impact on others and your environment. Practice moving through life with a sense of awareness and respect for the consequences of your choices.

2. Balancing Boldness and Caution:

  • Hexagram 10 also speaks to the balance between assertiveness and caution. It encourages bold action when necessary, but always tempered with wisdom and careful consideration.
  • Personal Application: Cultivate the ability to assess situations accurately and act accordingly. Be bold in your endeavors, but not reckless; be cautious, but not fearful.

3. Ethical Behavior and Integrity:

  • The hexagram underscores the importance of ethical conduct and integrity. It highlights that how one moves through life is as important as the goals one aims to achieve.
  • Personal Application: Strive to uphold strong ethical standards in all your actions. Let integrity be your guide in decision-making, ensuring that your path is aligned with your moral and ethical values.

Hexagram 10 from the I Ching teaches the art of moving through life with careful and mindful steps. It reminds us that the path we tread should be marked by awareness, consideration, and integrity, enabling us to navigate life's complexities with grace and effectiveness.



Integrating and Utilizing the Energy of the 10th Gate/Key/Hexagram

  • Self-Love and Identity: Develop a deep sense of self-love and understanding of your true identity. Recognize that this self-awareness is key to authentic living.
  • Authentic Expression: Practice expressing yourself in ways that are true to your nature. Authentic behavior not only brings personal fulfillment but also positively impacts those around you.
  • Embracing Ease: Strive to find ease and naturalness in your actions. Understand that true power lies in being at ease with yourself and your path in life.

Gate 10, Key 10, and Hexagram 10 collectively teach us about the importance of self-love, authentic behavior, and being at ease with oneself. By understanding and applying these principles, we can embrace our true identity, express ourselves authentically, and find serenity in our being. Embrace these energies to foster a life of self-realization and genuine self-expression.


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