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Source Code 24: Embracing the Cycle of Mind and the Power of Renewal

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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 Return and the Gate of Rationalization

Purpose: To present a pathway from the compulsion of repetitive thoughts to the liberation found in true inventive insight and the profound peace of silence.

Human Design definition: The natural and spontaneous process of transformation and renewal. Rationalizing is a risk and a test of the Spirit. There is no proof or experience, only knowing.

 In action: Creating a transformation of the mind through returning to a thought over and over again via silence.

Body graph location: Ajna, connecting to the Head via Gate 61

Grounding energy: Karmic Relationships, Gate 44

Tropical astrology sign: Taurus

Gene Keys: Addiction -> Invention -> Silence

I Ching: Return (Fu)

Dates of solar transit (can vary by 1 to 2 days): April 28 - May 3

The 24th Gate, Key, and Hexagram embody the mental process of revisiting ideas or thoughts, often leading to cycles of contemplation and the potential for rationalizing one's beliefs or actions.


Defined in Chart: Individuals with Gate 24 defined in their charts might find themselves frequently contemplating or revisiting past ideas and thoughts, potentially leading to cycles of overthinking or rationalization. However, this process also offers the opportunity for breakthroughs and clarity, as the mind seeks to resolve its inner dilemmas and reach a state of true insight.

Sun Transit: When the sun transits through Gate 24, it highlights a collective emphasis on reflection, reconsideration, and the potential for mental renewal. It's a period to recognize the value of internal questioning and the importance of breaking free from limiting mental patterns to discover new solutions or insights.

    The high-frequency expression is using silence to creation transformation of the mind in the form of wise rationalizations. This energy understands that silence is golden and uses the power of the pause to create transformation.

The low-frequency expression is addictive behavior in response to returning to a thought over and over again from a space of anxiety, instead of allowing for silence to facilitate the 'a-ha' moment of mental transformation.

My personal experience:

I have my design north node in this energy, connecting to my conscious sun in 61.1. Just as the 27 represents the direction of my journey, the 24 does as well, only it also empowers my mental clarity and sense of self, especially as a visionary and futurist. Knowing I will embrace this energy in a larger capacity following my Uranus Opposition in a few years, offers a glimmer of excitement and contentment regarding the process of aging.

My father has his mercury in 24.1, the older I get... the older we both get... the wiser our communication and we help each other connect dots. I often wish our relationship was different growing up, but I trust everything occurred exactly as intended in order to align us each with our cosmic path.

Also, I love silence. Between my design north node in 24.2, my sun in 61.1, my moon in 13.1, and my undefined throat... I often find this world to be so freaking noisy. I think my mind has a very beautiful way of operating... one that without a doubt, works best in silence.


Human Design Gate 27: Nourishment and the Gate of Caring


Quarter of Initiation, the Realm of Alcyone
Theme: Purpose fulfilled through Mind
Mystical Theme: The Witness Returns
Gate 27 < Gate 24 > Gate 2


This Gate is part of the Channel of Awareness, A Design of the Thinker, linking the Ajna Center (Gate 24) to the Head Center (Gate 61). Gate 24 is part of the Individual (Knowing) Circuit with the keynote of empowerment.

Gate 24's function is to take the unique inspiration of Gate 61 and turn it into a rational concept which can eventually be communicated to others. It returns to the same territory over and over again, pondering a thought it considers inspiring, reviewing it until it can be brought into form. Our mind cannot act on the inspiration, however, or prove it logically or through past experience. This is a natural and spontaneous process of transformation, mental renewal and unique knowing. One moment the knowing is not there and the next moment it is. To use our individual mind to our greatest advantage, we need to give ourselves time to return and review. This process can include watching or listening to something over and over again. If we let our mind transform organically, without attempting to control it, the resolution will often appear on its own. We will hear it in a moment of silence, like those aha's that pop into our mind in the middle of the night.

Gate 24 is the fear of ignorance, which is the mental anxiety that we will never know for certain, or that we won't be able to explain our knowing. If we try and make decisions with our mind, we will trigger this anxiety. Without Gate 61 we are under pressure to make not-self mental decisions to look for the next inspiring mystery to solve.

Gene Key 24: Silence - The Ultimate Addiction

From the Grip of Repetition to the Peace of Stillness


“Whether we feel our suffering as grief, numbness, boredom, angst, frustration, loneliness, or any other deeply uncomfortable state, we like to avoid it, so we find patterns of behaviour that temporarily suspend the discomfort.” – Richard Rudd, 64 Ways


Gene Key 24, entitled "Silence - The Ultimate Addiction," explores the profound journey from the Shadow of Addiction to the Siddhi of Silence, with the pivotal phase being the Gift of Invention. This key unveils the transformative process of moving beyond the mind's compulsive patterns to discover the innovative potential within and ultimately the deep, encompassing silence that underlies all existence.

1. Shadow - Addiction:

  • The Shadow of Addiction in Gene Key 24 reflects the mind's tendency to latch onto repetitive thoughts, behaviors, and emotional patterns, often as a way to avoid facing deeper, underlying issues or truths. This shadow can manifest as an incessant internal dialogue, a resistance to change, or an escape into habits that numb or distract.
  • Personal Application: Identify and gently confront your own patterns of addiction, whether they manifest as thoughts, behaviors, or emotional loops. Recognizing these patterns is the first step toward liberation. Practices such as mindfulness, journaling, or therapy can provide insight and support in breaking free from these cycles.

2. Gift - Invention:

  • The Gift of Invention emerges when one begins to release the grip of mental addiction, allowing space for creativity, novelty, and original thought. This gift signifies the mind's capacity to transcend its patterns and conceive of something entirely new, driven by a vision that sees beyond the known and the familiar.
  • Personal Application: Cultivate your gift of invention by embracing curiosity and allowing yourself to question and explore beyond the boundaries of your habitual thought processes. Encourage creativity in all aspects of your life, and be open to the insights that arise when you engage with the world in new and different ways.

3. Siddhi - Silence:

  • The Siddhi of Silence represents the ultimate state of consciousness where the mind is no longer dominated by any form of addiction — to thoughts, emotions, or sensations. It is a state of profound peace and stillness, a direct experience of the underlying unity of all things. In this silence, there is a recognition of the sacredness of existence and an unspoken understanding that transcends words.
  • Personal Application: Seek moments of silence in your daily life, not just externally, but internally. Meditation, spending time in nature, and practicing presence can all facilitate an experience of this deeper silence. As you cultivate this inner quietude, observe how it influences your perception of yourself and the world around you, leading to a life lived from a place of deep peace and connectedness.


Gene Key 24 invites us on a transformative journey that begins with recognizing and releasing our mental addictions, moves through the liberation of creative invention, and culminates in the profound peace of silence. This journey is not just about quieting the mind but about discovering the vastness of our true nature, which lies beyond the ceaseless chatter of thought. By embracing the silence within, we open ourselves to a wellspring of creativity, innovation, and deep, universal connection.  


I Ching Hexagram 24: The Essence of Return and Renewal


Progress is often marked
by a slow return to original sincerity.

Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.   
– Proverb


In the I Ching, Hexagram 24, known as "Fu" or "Return," symbolizes the idea of turning points, renewal, and the cyclical nature of things. It emphasizes the importance of timing in the process of return and renewal, suggesting that there is an optimal moment for actions and decisions that lead to growth and rejuvenation. While reminding that at times we can get so far away from who we really are that Return is necessary to re-connect with the core part of us that has remained unchanged over time. 


1. Recognizing the Right Time for Return:

  • This hexagram highlights the significance of recognizing and aligning with the right timing for returning or making a change. Just as the winter solstice marks the return of light, there are moments in life when the conditions are ripe for a return to core principles or for initiating a fresh start.
  • Personal Application: Be mindful of the timing in your life, observing the natural cycles and rhythms that indicate when it's time to act or to pause. Cultivate patience and awareness to recognize these turning points, and trust in the natural flow to guide your actions.

2. The Importance of Inner Alignment:

  • Hexagram 24 also stresses the need for inner alignment and integrity as the foundation for any return or renewal. It suggests that true progress and transformation begin with a return to one's own values and essence.
  • Personal Application: Reflect on your core values and beliefs, ensuring that your actions and decisions are in harmony with these principles. Use periods of introspection to realign with your true self, fostering a sense of authenticity and purpose in your journey forward.

3. The Power of Gradual Progress:

  • The hexagram advises that the process of return and renewal often unfolds gradually, advocating for steady, measured progress rather than hurried actions. It emphasizes the strength found in gradual development and the accumulation of small changes over time.
  • Personal Application: Embrace a gradual approach to change and growth, understanding that lasting transformation is often the result of consistent, small steps. Celebrate each milestone in your journey of return and renewal, recognizing the cumulative power of your efforts.


Hexagram 24 from the I Ching teaches the profound lessons of recognizing the right time for return, the necessity of inner alignment for true renewal, and the virtue of patience in the process of change. It reminds us that each moment of return is an opportunity for growth and a deeper understanding of ourselves and our path in life.


Tips for Integrating and Utilizing this Energy

  • Fostering Reflective Insight: Leverage the energy of Gate 24 to engage in deep reflection, allowing yourself to revisit and reconsider past ideas with a fresh perspective. Use this process as a means to achieve greater clarity and insight.
  • Breaking Free from Mental Loops: Encourage an awareness of your mental patterns and the courage to step beyond them. Recognize the transformative potential in releasing fixed ways of thinking, paving the way for inventive solutions and insights.
  • Cultivating Inner Peace: Embrace practices that lead to the realization of inner silence, such as meditation, mindfulness, or spending time in nature. By finding peace within, you unlock the door to profound creativity and a deeper understanding of your place in the cosmos.


Gate 24, Key 24, and Hexagram 24 collectively offer a map for navigating the mind's complexities, guiding us from the entanglement of repetitive thought to the clarity of innovative insight and the deep peace of inner silence. This journey not only fosters personal growth but also enhances our contribution to the world, illuminating the path with fresh ideas and a serene presence.

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