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Gate/Key/Hexagram 21: Biting Through and The Hunter/Huntress

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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: Biting Through and the Gate of The Hunter/Huntress

Purpose: Providing the energy for empowered leadership that understands and respects all resources.

Human Design definition: The justified and necessary use of power in overcoming deliberate and persistent interference. Power is fulfilled through demanding control of the environment.

In action: Empowered leadership that takes control and manages resources.

Body graph location: Ego, connecting to the Throat via Gate 45

Grounding energy: Depth, Gate 48

Tropical astrology sign: Aries

Gene Keys: Control -> Authority -> Valor

I Ching: Biting Through (Shi Ho)

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

The 21st Gate, Key, and Hexagram represent the journey from the desire to control to the embodiment of authority with valor, reflecting a mature and noble approach to leadership and self-empowerment.


Defined in Chart: Individuals with Gate 21 defined in their charts may exhibit strong qualities of leadership and decisiveness, especially in financial or material matters. They often have a natural ability to manage resources and maintain control in challenging situations.

Sun Transit: When the sun transits through Gate 21, it brings a collective focus on issues of control, authority, and resource management. It's a time to consider how we exert control in our lives and how we can channel our leadership qualities more effectively.

The high-frequency expression is leadership that understands, respects, values, and manages all resources in a way that empowers everyone.

The low-frequency expression is being trapped in the ego and controlling others, fearing one's own power or authority, or people-pleasing.

My personal experience:

I do not have this energy defined in my chart, however, I often wish that I did as individuals with this encoding seem to contain a natural ability to lead. Something I have had to work on, and imagine will forever be a work in progress, especially since the only definition I have in my Ego Center is Uranus in Gate 26. I can sense the power, not only in my egoic Capricorn consciousness, but also and especially pertaining to my 'uniqueness,' which is the way of Uranus.... which also rules my Aquarius moon. Perhaps this is why the ability to lead from this space of uniqueness or weird has always felt a bit strange to me.

Human Design Gate 21: Embodying Authority with Valor and Integrity

From Control to Valor: The Path of Empowered Leadership


Quarter of Initiation, the Realm of Alcyone
Theme: Purpose fulfilled through Mind
Mystical Theme: The Witness Returns
Gate 17 < Gate 21 > Gate 51


This Gate is part of the Channel of The Money Line, A Design of a Materialist, linking the Ego Center (Gate 21) to the Throat Center (Gate 45). Gate 21 is part of the Tribal (Ego) Circuit with the keynote of support.

The 21st gate needs to be in control of its domain. In order to apply the strength and will of its ego to ensure the survival of the Tribe, it must have control over something or someone. In our modern world, this energy translates into the responsibilities given to the police, or managing director or president of a company. Biting Through is a powerful conditioning force for life on the material plane. We are successful when we can control our own material resources, where we live, what we wear, whom we work for and how we make our living.

Those who carry this gate do not like to be told what to do or to have people looking over their shoulder. On the other hand, we are destined to serve others because in a Tribal bargain all must benefit if we are to benefit ourselves. If we attempt to assume power, or to control others without following our Strategy and Authority, we will encounter forceful resistance. Regardless of the benefits of our intentions, we must wait until we are offered control. Projectors need to be with people who recognize and invite their ability to control; Generators have to be asked for access to their Sacral energy so they can respond; Manifestors have to inform before they attempt to exert control and thus measure the resistance field. Without Gate 45 we will find ourselves searching for a position from which we can oversee the future and wealth of the community.

Gene Key 21: The Evolution from Control to Noble Leadership

Cultivating Authority with Integrity and Valor


“Ultimately this Siddhi will be needed by all travellers into the beyond, because it takes Valour to die with an open heart. To give up our identity, our attachments, our body, and merge into the limitless light, requires the exquisite cocktail of courage and love.”

– Richard Rudd, 64 Ways


Gene Key 21, titled "A Noble Life," charts a transformative path from the Shadow of Control to the Siddhi of Valor, with the Gift of Authority serving as a pivotal bridge. This journey underscores the transition from a desire to dominate to embodying a form of leadership that is both empowering and noble.

Shadow - Control:

  • The Shadow of Control in Gene Key 21 highlights the compulsive need to dominate or manipulate situations or people to feel secure. This shadow stems from deep-seated fears of vulnerability or chaos, leading to behaviors that strive to impose order or assert dominance.
  • Personal Application: Identify areas in your life where the shadow of control manifests. Reflect on the underlying insecurities driving these behaviors. Embracing vulnerability as strength allows for the release of controlling tendencies, opening the path to genuine leadership.

Gift - Authority:

  • The Gift of Authority is characterized by leading with integrity, respect, and by example. Unlike control, which seeks to dominate, true authority inspires confidence and autonomy in others. It’s about guiding with wisdom, making decisions that serve the greater good, and empowering others to reach their full potential.
  • Personal Application: Nurture the gift of authority by embodying the qualities of a leader who leads with heart and integrity. Make decisions thoughtfully, considering their impact on others, and foster environments where everyone feels valued and empowered to contribute.

Siddhi - Valor:

  • The Siddhi of Valor represents the ultimate expression of courageous and noble leadership. It transcends personal power dynamics, embodying a form of leadership that protects, uplifts, and serves. Valor in this context is about standing up for what is right with bravery and a deep sense of justice, extending beyond self-interest to universal welfare.
  • Personal Application: Aspire to live a life of valor by courageously standing in your truth and using your influence for the betterment of all. Valor calls for a heart-centered approach to leadership, where actions are driven by love, compassion, and a deep commitment to serving humanity.


Gene Key 21 invites us on a profound journey from the desire to control to the embodiment of true authority and valor. This path teaches us that genuine leadership is not about domination but about inspiring and uplifting others through integrity, courage, and a commitment to the greater good. By embracing this evolutionary journey, we can lead a noble life, characterized by empowered leadership and a deep-seated valor that seeks to serve and protect all beings.



I Ching Hexagram 21: Achieving Justice through Resolution


To keep others down,
you would have to live your life on your knees.

Honest differences are often a sign of progress. – Mahatma Ghandi


In the I Ching, Hexagram 21, often translated as "Biting Through," symbolizes the need for decisive action to address injustices or obstacles. It represents the concept of cutting through complications or misunderstandings to achieve clarity and justice.

1. The Necessity of Decisive Action:

  • This hexagram emphasizes the importance of taking firm, decisive steps to resolve issues that block progress or create discord. It suggests that, like biting through tough food, some situations require strength and determination to bring about resolution and fairness.
  • Personal Application: When faced with challenges or injustices, consider the most direct and effective way to address them. Act decisively, with the intention of restoring harmony and justice. Ensure that your actions are guided by integrity and a clear understanding of the situation.

2. Resolving Conflicts with Fairness:

  • Hexagram 21 also speaks to the importance of fairness and ethical considerations in resolving disputes. It advises that actions taken to correct wrongs should be balanced with a sense of justice and proportionality.
  • Personal Application: In seeking resolution, strive for fairness and balance. Consider all sides of an issue and aim for solutions that are just and equitable. Remember that the goal is to restore peace and harmony, not to win at the expense of others.

3. The Role of Clarity and Honesty:

  • The hexagram underscores the need for clarity and honesty in overcoming obstacles and resolving disputes. Clear communication and a straightforward approach can often cut through confusion and misunderstanding.
  • Personal Application: Practice clear and honest communication in all dealings. Be straightforward about your intentions and expectations. Often, transparency can prevent misunderstandings and facilitate easier resolutions.


Hexagram 21 from the I Ching teaches the art of resolving conflicts and overcoming obstacles with decisiveness, fairness, and clarity. It reminds us that justice often requires the courage to take strong actions, balanced with a deep commitment to fairness and ethical principles.


Tips for Integrating and Utilizing this Energy

  • Cultivating Empowered Leadership: Use Gate 21 energy to develop a form of leadership that empowers both yourself and others. Embrace the qualities of decisiveness and fairness in your leadership style.
  • Managing Resources Wisely: Recognize your ability to manage resources effectively. Use this skill not just for personal gain, but for the greater good, ensuring responsible and ethical use of material and financial assets.
  • Exercising Authority with Integrity: Strive to exercise authority with a sense of integrity and valor. Lead in a way that inspires trust and respect, and use your influence to create positive change and uphold justice.


Gate 21, Key 21, and Hexagram 21 collectively teach us about the evolution from the desire to control to the embodiment of noble and valorous authority. By understanding and applying these principles, we can transform our approach to leadership, resource management, and decision-making, leading with integrity, fairness, and courage.

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