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Source Code 48: Uncovering the Depth of Wisdom

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Human Design Gate 48 Gene Key 48 I Ching Hexagram 48 The Well and Depth

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 Well and Gate of Depth

Purpose: Providing the energetic potential for deep intuitive awareness and wisdom pertaining to logical solutions.

Human Design definition: The necessary and qualitative foundation that is a prerequisite to establish the common good. A storehouse of vital information as a pattern.

In action: Sharing their depth of wisdom with others.

Body graph location: Spleen, connecting to the Throat via Gate 16

Grounding energy: Biting Through, 21

Tropical astrology sign: Libra

Gene Keys: Inadequacy -> Resourcefulness -> Wisdom

I Ching: The Well (Jing)

Dates of solar transit (can vary by 1 to 2 days): October 2 - October 7

The 48th Gate, Key, and Hexagram embodies the potential for deep insight, intuition, and solutions that arise from within. This energy highlights the importance of trusting one's inner resources and the depth of knowledge that one possesses.


Defined in Chart: Individuals with Gate 48 defined have a natural inclination towards depth and analysis. They possess an innate potential for deep understanding and resourcefulness, although they may sometimes doubt their capabilities.

Sun Transit: When the sun transits through Gate 48, it illuminates the collective need to trust in our inner wisdom and to delve deeper into our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. It's a time to recognize and appreciate the depth of insight available within each of us.

The high-frequency expression is uncovering deep layers of wisdom and sharing with others. This energy understands that life is the greatest teacher and wisdom is to be embodied through exploring life with curiosity and openness.

The low-frequency expression is using education as a crutch for feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, using information and power against others who are seeking wisdom, and over-preparing and obsessing over not knowing enough instead of trusting in the depth of wisdom and potential.

My personal experience:

I do not have this defined in my energy, however I have Chiron in 16, which is opposite this energy. While in my natal chart, Chiron opposes my Saturn. This energy has manifested an active mind belonging to an individual with lots of curiosity and enthusiasm - seems like a great thing, and it is... however it has been a source of challenge. I don't have 'hobbies' - I have dots that I connect via full embodied immersion into the tapestry of life - coupled with a beginner's mindset, and a conscious first line, I have spent majority of my life feeling inferior and like I like the expertise. However, now I realize I have plagued by the following paradox: the more you know, the more you know you don't know.



Human Design Gate 48: The Well and Gate of Depth


Quarter of Duality, the Realm of Jupiter
Theme: Purpose fulfilled through Bonding
Mystical Theme: Measure for Measure
Gate 18 < Gate 48 > Gate 57


This Gate is part of the Channel of The Wave Length, A Design of Talent, linking the Splenic Center (Gate 48) to the Throat Center (Gate 16). Gate 48 is part of the Collective Understanding (Logic) Circuit with the keynote of sharing.


Gate 48 provides a potent awareness rooted in deep instinctual memory that gives us the potential depth to bring logic's real and workable solutions to the problems of society. More than anything, we want to express and share our depth in order to help others recognize, correct and perfect the world we live in. Without Gate 16 we may experience feelings of inadequacy, fearing that we won't be able to explain our solution, or periods of frustration when we realize that we must wait for our depth to be recognized by others before we can share it.


We may become overly concerned about developing skills we feel we lack. Relaxing into an active (expectant) waiting will usually draw people to us who will initiate our depth. In this way our potential solutions can emerge naturally and clearly as a foundation for evaluating, perfecting and mentoring the skills of others.


Gene Key 48: The Wonder of Uncertainty

Navigating the Waters from Inadequacy to Wisdom


“Wisdom lies between the words, behind the concepts. It’s older than the mind. It may be reached through the mind, like sunlight through a prism, but it doesn’t attach itself anywhere. It emerges spontaneously, right from the heart of creation. Wisdom is alive.” – Richard Rudd, 64 Ways


Gene Key 48, titled "The Wonder of Uncertainty," embarks on a profound journey from the murky waters of Inadequacy, through the empowering currents of Resourcefulness, to the tranquil seas of Wisdom. This journey invites us to confront our deepest fears and uncertainties, only to discover the boundless ocean of potential that lies within.

Shadow - Inadequacy:

  • At the shadow frequency, Inadequacy manifests as a pervasive sense of not being enough, which can paralyze one's ability to act or express oneself fully. This shadow stems from a fear of uncertainty and a perceived lack of resources, whether they be emotional, intellectual, or material.
  • Personal Application: Confront feelings of inadequacy by recognizing them as signals pointing towards unexplored areas of growth. Reflect on the specific areas where you feel most vulnerable and consider how these feelings might be masking your untapped potential. Acknowledge that the feeling of not being enough is a universal experience, not a personal failing.

Gift - Resourcefulness:

  • The Gift of Resourcefulness emerges when we engage with uncertainty rather than shrink from it. This gift recognizes that true resourcefulness is not about having all the answers or resources at one's disposal but about the ability to adapt, innovate, and make the most of what is available. It's a creative and dynamic response to life's challenges, turning perceived limitations into opportunities.
  • Personal Application: Cultivate resourcefulness by embracing challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. Experiment with new solutions and approaches, and trust in your innate ability to navigate the unknown. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small, and view failures as valuable feedback in your journey of discovery.

Siddhi - Wisdom:

  • The Siddhi of Wisdom represents the highest expression of Gene Key 48. It is the deep knowing that arises from fully embracing life's uncertainties and recognizing the inherent perfection in the way things unfold. Wisdom in this context is not merely intellectual understanding but a profound acceptance of life's mysteries, leading to an unshakeable peace and inner freedom.
  • Personal Application: Deepen into wisdom by practicing mindfulness and presence. Allow yourself to be fully open to the present moment, without judgment or expectation. As you cultivate a deep acceptance of uncertainty, notice how your perception of life's challenges shifts, revealing a hidden harmony and order. Wisdom flowers in the soil of acceptance, offering insights not just for navigating life but for appreciating its profound beauty and interconnectedness.


Gene Key 48, "The Wonder of Uncertainty," guides us on a transformative path from the depths of self-doubt to the heights of inner knowing. By embracing our shadow of inadequacy, we unlock the gift of resourcefulness, allowing us to navigate life's uncertainties with creativity and agility. Ultimately, this journey leads us to the siddhi of wisdom, where we discover that beneath the surface of our fears lies an ocean of infinite potential and peace. In this realization, we find that the key to wisdom is not in avoiding uncertainty but in diving headfirst into its depths.





I Ching Hexagram 48: The Well of Wisdom


You can spend a lifetime
and still never come anywhere close
to exhausting the resources
that are inside of you.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks within, awakes. – Carl Jung


In the I Ching, Hexagram 48, "Jing" or "The Well," symbolizes an inexhaustible source of nourishment, wisdom, and sustenance. This hexagram underscores the essential, unchanging value of deep inner resources and the importance of accessing this wellspring of life to nourish oneself and the community.

1. The Inexhaustible Well:

  • The imagery of a well signifies depth, sustainability, and the continuous provision of what is essential for life's journey. Just as a well's waters are drawn upon without ever being depleted, so too do our inner resources offer endless wisdom and support when we learn to tap into them.
  • Personal Application: Reflect on your inner well of wisdom. Engage in practices that help you connect with your deep, intuitive knowledge, such as meditation, journaling, or spending time in nature. Recognize that this well is always available to you, providing guidance and insight regardless of external circumstances.

2. Maintaining the Well:

  • This hexagram also speaks to the necessity of maintaining and caring for the well, ensuring its waters remain pure and accessible. It serves as a metaphor for tending to our spiritual and emotional well-being, ensuring that we can continue to draw upon our inner strength and wisdom.
  • Personal Application: Consider what actions you can take to preserve and nurture your inner well. This might include regular self-reflection, establishing healthy boundaries, or pursuing personal growth. Recognize that maintaining your inner well is an ongoing process that requires attention and care.

3. Sharing the Waters:

  • "The Well" not only symbolizes personal depth and sustenance but also highlights the importance of sharing these resources with others. The well is a communal asset in traditional societies, symbolizing the sharing of wisdom and support within a community.
  • Personal Application: Think about how you can share the wisdom and insights you've gained from your inner well with others. This could be through teaching, offering emotional support, or simply being present for those in need. In sharing, you not only enrich others' lives but also reinforce the depth and value of your own experiences.


Hexagram 48 from the I Ching, "The Well," invites us to explore and nurture our inner depths, drawing upon the endless wellspring of wisdom and resources within. By maintaining and caring for our inner well, we ensure a continuous source of nourishment and insight for ourselves and those around us, emphasizing the profound interconnectedness of our individual journeys and the collective human experience.



Tips for Integrating and Utilizing this Energy

  • Trusting Your Depth: Encourage a trust in your inner depth and potential. Acknowledge that you possess an inner well of resources that is both deep and wide.
  • Valuing Inner Wisdom: Honor the wisdom that comes from your life experiences. View challenges as pathways to deeper understanding and growth.


Gate 48, Key 48, and Hexagram 48 collectively inspire a journey of internal discovery, inviting us to explore the depths of our inner resources. By transitioning from feelings of inadequacy to a state of resourcefulness and ultimately wisdom, we unlock our potential to navigate life's uncertainties with grace and depth. This journey not only transforms our relationship with ourselves but also enriches our interactions with the world around us.

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