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Source Code 3: Difficult Beginnings & Bringing Order to Chaos

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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: Difficulty at the Beginning and the Gate of Ordering

Purpose: Providing the energy to navigate early challenges and transform the chaos of a new beginning into order.

Human Design definition: The fundamental challenge of initiation is to transcend confusion and establish order. Individual expression that through example mutates others.

In action: Transforming and mutating chaos into order.

Body graph location: Sacral, connecting to the Root via Gate 60

Grounding energy: Values, Gate 50

Tropical astrology sign: Aries/Taurus

Gene Keys: Chaos -> Innovation -> Innocence

I Ching: Difficult Beginnings (Chun)

Dates of solar transit (can vary by 1 to 2 days): April 15 - April 20

The 3rd Gate, Key, and Hexagram represent the transformative process of navigating initial chaos and difficulty towards a harmonious state, emphasizing innovation, ordering, and the purity of new beginnings.


Defined in Chart: Individuals with Gate 3 defined in their charts may experience challenges at the onset of new endeavors. However, they possess a unique ability to innovate and find creative solutions, transforming disorder into order.

Sun Transit: When the sun transits through Gate 3, it highlights a collective emphasis on overcoming initial obstacles in creative projects and endeavors. It's a period to embrace the potential for growth through the challenges faced at beginnings.

The high-frequency expression is using innovation and playfulness to bring order to the chaos of new beginnings.

The low-frequency expression is feeling disempowered, victimized, disordered, and frustrated by chaos.

My personal experience:

I do no have this defined in my chart, however I have experienced plenty of new beginnings and have worked to consciously harness this energy. 

Human Design Gate 3: Difficulty at the Beginning and the Gate of Ordering


Quarter of Initiation, the Realm of Alcyone
Theme: Purpose fulfilled through Mind
Mystical Theme: The Witness Returns
Gate 42 < Gate 3 > Gate 27


This Gate is part of the Channel of Mutation, A Design of Energy which initiates and fluctuates - Pulse, linking the Sacral Center (Gate 3) to the Root Center (Gate 60). Gate 3 is part of the Individual (Knowing) Circuit with the keynote of empowerment.

The function of Gate 3 is to transcend confusion and establish order so that something new and potentially viable can take hold in the world. Those with this gate have a connection to unique individual knowing, personal innovation, and the potential for making a significant contribution. Waiting for the right moment for something mutative to happen can feel like forever. We will need patience to accept the occasional bursts of energy, and the unknown timing of the limited releases of potential. There is an on-off creative pulse that prevails here, and the potential for something new is neither logical nor experiential. If we don't wait for the right timing, for the structures needed for true mutation to settle into place, our enthusiasm for change will simply destabilize those around us, rather than empower and influence them.

We may experience melancholy and even depression when we feel that there is no energy fueling our potential to bring change. This is a time, however, for us to go deep into our own process, to spend time with our own creative muse. We cannot predict, control or rush the mutative moment. It has its own timing. And anyone who steps into our aura, at the right time, can be changed without us even lifting a finger. 

Gene Key 3: Rediscovering Wonder through Innovation and Innocence


“No matter who or what we are, we’re subject to constant change. When we let that truth in, it’s very uncomfortable, at least in the beginning. This Gene Key is all about the process of letting change in. We have to let it into our heart, body, and soul. This is a contemplation on change.” – Richard Rudd, 64 Ways


Gene Key 3, titled "Through The Eyes of a Child," encapsulates the evolutionary journey from the Shadow of Chaos to the Siddhi of Innocence, with the Gift of Innovation acting as the critical bridge. This pathway illuminates how embracing a childlike perspective can transform confusion and disorder into groundbreaking creativity and a deep, innocent understanding of the universe.

Shadow - Chaos:

  • The Shadow of Chaos in Gene Key 3 represents the turmoil and disarray that often precede transformation. This shadow phase is characterized by confusion, uncertainty, and the potential for creativity that lies in unformed potential.
  • Personal Application: Acknowledge the chaotic phases in your life as fertile ground for creativity. Instead of resisting the disorder, explore it with curiosity. Recognize that within chaos lies the seeds of new beginnings and the possibility for innovation.

Gift - Innovation:

  • The Gift of Innovation emerges as one learns to navigate through chaos with an open heart and mind. It represents the ability to see beyond the apparent disorder, identifying unique pathways and solutions that lead to growth and evolution.
  • Personal Application: Foster your gift of innovation by approaching challenges with flexibility and creativity. Like a child who sees the world without preconceived notions, allow yourself to imagine new possibilities. Use the chaos as a canvas for your creativity, drawing upon your innate ability to envision and create new realities.

Siddhi - Innocence:

  • The Siddhi of Innocence is a state of pure being that transcends the dualities of chaos and order. It signifies a return to the primal joy and wonder of existence, viewing every moment and every creation with the fresh eyes of a child. Innocence here is understood not as naivety but as a profound wisdom that sees the essential goodness and unity of all life.
  • Personal Application: Cultivate a sense of innocence in your daily life by rediscovering the wonder in the ordinary. Practice seeing the world and your experiences without judgment or expectation. Embrace each moment with a heart full of joy and a mind open to the endless marvels of existence. This siddhi of Innocence allows you to live in constant celebration of life's infinite beauty and mystery.


Gene Key 3 invites us on a transformative journey that begins in the tumult of chaos and leads to the luminous clarity of innocence. By embracing the gift of innovation, we learn to navigate life's uncertainties with creativity and flexibility, ultimately rediscovering the world through the eyes of a child. This journey not only fosters personal growth but also reconnects us with the fundamental innocence and wonder that infuse all of creation.


I Ching Hexagram 3: Embracing the Complexity of New Beginnings


Dragging the adversary about when there is no adversary will cost you your inner treasure.

Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain. – Emerson


In the I Ching, Hexagram 3, known as "Chun" or "Difficulty at the Beginning," symbolizes the inherent challenges and complexities that accompany the inception of new ventures or phases of life. It represents the natural disorder that precedes order, highlighting the potential for growth and progress through perseverance and adaptation.

1. Navigating Initial Obstacles:

  • This hexagram emphasizes the inevitability of encountering obstacles at the start of new endeavors. It suggests that these difficulties are not impediments but rather essential aspects of the growth process, requiring patience and determination to overcome.
  • Personal Application: Recognize the value of challenges you face in the early stages of new projects or life changes. Approach these obstacles with patience and perseverance, understanding that they are opportunities for learning and strengthening your resolve.

2. Cultivating Patience and Perseverance:

  • Hexagram 3 advises the cultivation of patience and perseverance as key virtues in navigating the tumult of beginnings. It underscores the importance of maintaining a positive outlook and steady effort in the face of uncertainty and chaos.
  • Personal Application: Develop patience and maintain a steadfast commitment to your goals, even when progress seems slow or hindered by challenges. Trust in the process of growth and know that persistence will eventually lead to order and achievement.

3. Laying a Solid Foundation:

  • The hexagram also speaks to the necessity of laying a solid foundation for future success. It implies that the difficulties encountered at the beginning are crucial for testing and refining the structures that will support long-term stability and prosperity.
  • Personal Application: Use the initial phase of any endeavor to thoughtfully lay the groundwork for your future success. View early challenges as tests of your plans and strategies, allowing you to make necessary adjustments and strengthen your foundation.


Hexagram 3 from the I Ching teaches the art of navigating the complexities of new beginnings with patience, perseverance, and a positive outlook. It reminds us that the chaos and challenges of starting anew are not only natural but also instrumental in fostering growth, resilience, and eventual success.


Tips for Integrating and Utilizing this Energy

  • Cultivating Resilience: Use the energy of Gate 3 to develop resilience in the face of new challenges. Recognize that the initial chaos is not a deterrent but a step towards growth and creativity.
  • Innovating with Curiosity: Encourage a mindset of innovation and curiosity. Approach new beginnings with the willingness to experiment and learn, much like a child discovering the world.
  • Embracing Life with Innocence: Strive to view life through the eyes of innocence, appreciating the beauty and simplicity inherent in the world. This perspective fosters a deep connection to the joy and wonder of existence.


Gate 3, Key 3, and Hexagram 3 collectively teach us about the transformative potential of initial difficulties, the power of innovative solutions, and the beauty of approaching life with childlike wonder and innocence. By understanding and embracing these principles, we can navigate the complexities of beginnings with creativity, resilience, and a profound appreciation for life's journey.

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