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Source Code 23: The Path from Complexity to Quintessence

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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: Splitting Apart and Gate of Assimilation

Purpose: Providing the energy to translate complex ideas into simple, understandable concepts, facilitating communication and understanding.

Human Design definition: Amorality. The awareness and understanding which leads to the acceptance of diversity. A unique insight opens the door to mutation.

In action: Communicating complex, even radically original, ideas in a simplified manner.

Body graph location: Throat, connecting to the Ajna via Gate 43

Grounding energy: Insight, 43

Tropical astrology sign: Taurus

Gene Keys: Complexity -> Simplicity -> Quintessence

I Ching: Split Apart (Po)

Dates of solar transit (can vary by 1 to 2 days): May 9 - May 14

The 23rd Gate, Key, and Hexagram embody the journey of transforming confusion and complexity into clarity and simplicity, emphasizing the value of returning to the core of our being and understanding.


Defined in Chart: Individuals with Gate 23 defined in their charts possess a unique ability to assimilate complex information and express it in a simplified, accessible manner. They are often the bridge between intricate ideas and practical application, offering clarity amidst confusion.

Sun Transit: When the sun transits through Gate 23, it illuminates the collective need for clear communication and the simplification of ideas. It's a period that encourages breaking down complexities to reveal the underlying truths and core meanings.

The high-frequency expression is communicating truth and complex ideas in a simplified manner. This energy understands the benefit of effective and clear communication.

The low-frequency expression is blurting out truths and 'weird' ideas without waiting for clarity or proper timing.

My personal experience:

I do not have this defined in my chart, however I often attract those who do. Something my sun and north node in Channel of Awareness deeply appreciate. When communicating, I often set an intention to harness the energy of 23 and 43. 

Human Design Gate 23: Splitting Apart and the Gate of Assimilation


 Quarter of Civilization, the Realm of Dubhe
Theme: Purpose fulfilled through Form
Mystical Theme: Womb to Room
Gate 2 < Gate 23 > Gate 8


This Gate is part of the Channel of Structuring, The Design of Individuality (Genius to Freak), linking the Throat Center (Gate 23) to the Ajna Center (Gate 43). Gate 23 is part of the Individual (Knowing) Circuit with the keynote of empowerment.

Gate 23 is where inspiration as inner knowing is finally translated into language. Its amorality, acceptance of diversity, and ability to cut through mental intolerance opens the way for mutation to take hold in the world. Expression through the Gate of Assimilation initiates us into new ways of thinking. Gate 23's unique voice can finally say, "I know." What we know, or don't know, will always attract the attention of others, but can also keep us on the outside looking in. Insights that are potentially different and transformative require that we communicate their essence clearly. If our unique perspective is truly to be of value to others, we must wait for the right timing to speak, and explain it in a simple and accessible way. If we don't, we will be dismissed as a freak.

It is also important that we speak only what we truly know. Over time, our genius will be recognized and we will earn the respect of others. Without Gate 43's conceptualizing, we may experience mental anxiety as we realize that we don't know exactly what it is we know, leaving ourselves open to misunderstanding and dismissal.

Gene Key 23: Unveiling the Essence Through Simplicity

The Alchemy of Simplicity


“Learn to love life through your hands. Give time for your hands to shape and express the beauty of your quintessence. Caress life. Release life. Let it slip through your fingers with a smile. Reach out and touch the world around you. Touch the hearts of those around you. Touch the trees. Touch the creatures of our world. Touch your own body. Stroke your wounded heart back to life.” – Richard Rudd, 64 Ways


Gene Key 23, known as "The Alchemy of Simplicity," charts a transformative path from the Shadow of Complexity to the Siddhi of Quintessence, with the Gift of Simplicity acting as the crucial intermediary. This journey is about transcending the tangled web of mental constructs to discover the profound truth and beauty in simplicity, leading to an experience of life's quintessential essence.

Shadow - Complexity:

  • The Shadow of Complexity manifests as an over-complication of thoughts, processes, and systems, often leading to confusion, misunderstanding, and a disconnection from the core truth. This shadow arises from a mind cluttered with unnecessary information, doubts, and fears, obscuring the simplicity and clarity inherent in the nature of reality.
  • Personal Application: Recognize areas in your life where complexity has become a barrier to understanding, communication, and progress. Reflect on the motivations driving this complexity—whether it's a fear of inadequacy, a desire for control, or avoidance of the underlying simplicity that might demand change or acceptance.

Gift - Simplicity:

  • The Gift of Simplicity is the ability to cut through the noise and confusion of complexity to reveal the underlying truth. It involves a process of purification and distillation, where unnecessary elements are stripped away, allowing the essence to shine forth. This gift is not merely about making things easier or less complicated; it's about finding the most direct, authentic, and effective path to expressing and living one's truth.
  • Personal Application: Cultivate simplicity in your thoughts, speech, and actions. Practice discernment to identify what is truly essential and focus your energy there. Simplification is an art that requires constant attention and intention. It invites you to trust in the power of conveying more with less and finding depth in brevity.

Siddhi - Quintessence:

  • The Siddhi of Quintessence is the ultimate realization that everything, at its most refined and simplified state, is an expression of the same singular essence. It is a direct perception of the oneness that underlies the diversity of forms and experiences. This siddhi represents a transcendence of duality and a living embodiment of unity consciousness, where the distinction between the seer and the seen, the knower and the known, dissolves into the quintessential reality of being.
  • Personal Application: Embrace practices and moments that connect you to the essence of being—whether through meditation, nature, art, or deep, heartfelt presence with others. Allow these experiences to dissolve the boundaries of self and other, leading to a lived understanding of quintessence. As you embody this state, your life becomes a testament to the simplicity and unity of existence, inspiring others to recognize and return to their essential nature.


Gene Key 23 invites us on a profound journey from the cluttered landscapes of complexity to the serene vistas of quintessence. It teaches us that within every moment, idea, and experience lies a simple, unifying truth waiting to be discovered. By embracing the gift of simplicity, we are guided to the quintessential heart of life, where all distinctions fade, and we are left with the pure, radiant essence of being. This journey is not just a personal awakening but a collective return to the oneness that encompasses all.



I Ching Hexagram 23: Embracing Transformation through Letting Go


All of life will not change you;
it unfolds as a way to unmask you.

Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and
chisel and complete a character. – Goethe


In the I Ching, Hexagram 23, known as "Po" or "Splitting Apart," symbolizes a time of significant change marked by the necessity of letting go of the old to make way for the new. It emphasizes the natural cycle of decay and dissolution that precedes renewal and regeneration.

1. Understanding the Nature of Decline:

  • This hexagram serves as a reminder that all things have their cycle of growth and decline. It teaches the importance of recognizing when something has served its purpose and is no longer contributing to growth. The wisdom of Hexagram 23 lies in identifying what must be released to prevent further decay and to prepare for a new phase of rebuilding.
  • Personal Application: Reflect on aspects of your life that may be in a state of decline or no longer serve your highest good. Consider relationships, projects, habits, or beliefs that might need to be let go of. Acknowledging and accepting the need for release is the first step toward renewal.

2. The Importance of Letting Go:

  • Hexagram 23 underscores the necessity of detachment and the willingness to let go of the past. It suggests that holding on to what is already crumbling can only lead to further deterioration. Letting go, though often challenging, is presented as an essential process for making room for new opportunities and growth.
  • Personal Application: Cultivate the courage to let go of what is falling away in your life. Trust that this process of release is not an end but a preparation for new beginnings. Embrace the space created by letting go as fertile ground for new seeds to be planted.

3. Preparing for Renewal:

  • While Hexagram 23 speaks to the theme of dissolution, it also hints at the potential for renewal that follows a period of letting go. It reminds us that after the old has been cleared away, the ground is prepared for new growth and possibilities.
  • Personal Application: As you navigate through periods of letting go, keep your heart and mind open to the potential for something new and revitalizing to take its place. Stay attuned to opportunities for renewal and be ready to embrace them when they arise.


Hexagram 23 from the I Ching, "Splitting Apart," offers profound guidance on navigating times of decline and release. It encourages a mindful approach to letting go of the old, emphasizing that through the process of release, we make space for new growth and regeneration. By embracing the natural cycles of life, we can move through periods of dissolution with grace and prepare ourselves for the renewal that inevitably follows.


Tips for Integrating and Utilizing this Energy

  • Fostering Clear Communication: Leverage the energy of Gate 23 to enhance your ability to communicate complex ideas in simple, impactful ways. This clarity not only aids in personal understanding but also enriches collective discourse.
  • Simplifying Life's Complexities: Encourage a practice of reviewing and simplifying your life's various aspects—be it work, relationships, or personal goals. By focusing on what is truly important, you create space for growth and fulfillment.
  • Living Quintessentially: Strive to embody the quintessence of your experiences and insights. Let your life reflect the purity and simplicity of being that resonates with the universal truth, inspiring others to find their path to simplicity and essence.


Gate 23, Key 23, and Hexagram 23 collectively offer a profound exploration of the journey from complexity to simplicity, guiding us to uncover the essential truth at the heart of existence. By embracing the principles of simplification, clarity, and quintessence, individuals can navigate life with greater purpose, authenticity, and interconnectedness, contributing to a world that values the purity of essence over the clutter of superfluity.

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