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Source Code 8: Unleashing the Power of Authentic Contribution

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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: Holding Together and Gate of Contribution

Purpose: Providing the energy potential for creative expression that aligns with one's authentic self, highlighting the importance of contributing one's unique gifts to the collective.

Human Design definition: The basic worth realized in contributing individual efforts to group goals. Through example, the contribution of the individual is impressed on the collective.

In action: Radical authenticity and making a contribution through bringing together individuals who are aligned in values and mission.

Body graph location: Throat, connecting to the G Center via Gate 1

Grounding energy: Power Skills, 14

Tropical astrology sign: Taurus/Gemini

Gene Keys: Complexity -> Simplicity -> Quintessence

I Ching: Uniting (Pi)

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

The 8th Gate, Key, and Hexagram embody the path of embracing one's true nature and expressing it with integrity and style, contributing to the collective tapestry in a way that only one can.


Defined in Chart: Individuals with Gate 8 defined in their charts possess a natural inclination towards expressing their uniqueness and creativity. They are driven to share their authentic selves with the world, often leading by example in demonstrating how personal integrity can inspire collective growth.

Sun Transit: When the sun transits through Gate 8, it underscores a collective emphasis on the importance of authenticity and individual contribution. It's a time to reflect on how personal expressions and actions can influence and elevate the community.

The high-frequency expression is being a creative role model through embodying radical authenticity and self-expression, and making a contribution by bringing together those with shared values and mission. 

The low-frequency expression is feeling insecure about authenticity and self-expression, and giving into pressure of external conditioning.

My personal experience:

I do not have this defined in my chart, however I have my conscious Mars opposite this energy in gate 1. Typical of those with hanging gate 1, I find self-promotion challenging and greatly appreciate and enjoy the activations received by those with the energy of this encoding.

Human Design Gate 8: Holding Together and Gate of Contribution


Quarter of Civilization, the Realm of Dubhe
Theme: Purpose fulfilled through Form
Mystical Theme: Womb to Room
Gate 23 < Gate 8 > Gate 20


This Gate is part of the Channel of Inspiration, The Creative Role Model, linking the Throat Center (Gate 8) to the G Center (Gate 1). Gate 8 is part of the Individual (Knowing) Circuit with the keynote of empowerment.

Gate 8 says, "I know I can contribute, or not." Our contribution will come either through a public display of our own Individual lifestyle, direction and creations, or by empowering and publicly promoting others. Those who carry this gate are drawn toward what is novel and innovative, and will find themselves attracting other people's attention to it, like the Gallery owner or art agent. Once we get people's attention, all we can do is lead by example. If others wish to follow, they will. This is how we quietly impact the Collective and shift the Tribe's orientation over time. Unless an Individual's innovative contributions are embraced and incorporated in some way by the Collective and the Tribe, they will not take hold.

The leadership path of recognizing and displaying what is mutative and unique can be a lonely one as we must first be recognized, and then invited to publicly display and endorse what we know to be of future value. Without the invitation, society's attention may be negative. If Gate 1's creative means of self-expression is not defined in our chart, we will seek its inspirational qualities; however, our key role is not as the artist but as the agent who promotes other artists' vision of the new.


Gene Key 8: Diamond of the Self


“We need not fear Mediocrity as long as our heart is open and singing. We no longer need to react to it, and find ourself at odds with the status quo. True Style is found in the marketplace, living as an example of a true rebellious human being, unchained by external definitions, and unfettered by conditioning, ancestral or cultural.” – Richard Rudd, 64 Ways


Gene Key 8, known as "Diamond of the Self," outlines a transformative process that begins with the Shadow of Mediocrity, evolves through the Gift of Style, and culminates in the Siddhi of Exquisiteness. This journey is about recognizing and shedding the layers that obscure our true essence, allowing the authentic self to shine forth with clarity, brilliance, and unique expression.

Shadow - Mediocrity:

  • The Shadow of Mediocrity is characterized by a disconnection from our true potential and a settling for less than we are capable of achieving or expressing. It manifests when we conform to external expectations at the expense of our individuality, leading to a life that lacks color, passion, and authenticity.
  • Personal Application: Reflect on areas of your life where you may be compromising your true self to fit in or meet others' expectations. Consider the cost of this compromise on your vitality and sense of fulfillment. Acknowledge the yearning for a more authentic expression of your being.

Gift - Style:

  • The Gift of Style emerges as we begin to embrace and express our unique qualities and talents. Style here transcends mere aesthetics to encompass the original and authentic manner in which we present ourselves and our creative output to the world. It is about finding and owning your voice, your look, and your way of being, uninhibited by convention.
  • Personal Application: Identify what makes you unique, including your strengths, passions, and quirks, and consider how you can express these attributes more fully. Style is not about imitation but innovation; it's the courage to stand out and the grace to own your space. Encourage yourself to take risks in your self-expression, celebrating your individuality.

Siddhi - Exquisiteness:

  • The Siddhi of Exquisiteness is the realization of the inherent beauty and perfection in all aspects of creation, including oneself. It signifies a state of being where every facet of life is seen and experienced as a manifestation of the divine. At this level of consciousness, the self is understood not as separate but as an integral, exquisite part of the whole.
  • Personal Application: Cultivate a deep appreciation for the beauty in yourself and the world around you. Practice seeing beyond appearances to the essence of things, where everything is interconnected and every individual expression is part of a greater, exquisite whole. This perspective fosters compassion, understanding, and a profound sense of unity with all existence.


Gene Key 8 invites us on a journey of self-discovery and authentic expression, guiding us from the shadowy depths of mediocrity to the luminous heights of exquisiteness. By embracing our unique style and allowing our true selves to shine, we not only enrich our own lives but also contribute to the tapestry of the world with our individual brilliance. The Diamond of the Self is a reminder that within each of us lies a unique spark of the divine, waiting to be revealed and celebrated.


I Ching Hexagram 8: Fostering Unity Through Authentic Connections


When you merge the world in here with the world out there
your destiny is revealed.

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops and the pattern
which was weaving when the sun went down
is weaving when it comes up tomorrow. – Henry Ward Beecher


In the I Ching, Hexagram 8, known as "Pi" or "Holding Together," emphasizes the importance of unity and cohesion within groups and communities. It symbolizes the strength and harmony that arise when individuals come together with a common purpose and mutual support, highlighting the need for alignment and the benefits of collective effort.

1. The Power of Unity:

  • This hexagram underscores the value of forming alliances and partnerships based on shared values and goals. It advises that true progress and stability are achieved through cooperation and mutual support, rather than through competition or isolation.
  • Personal Application: Reflect on your relationships and affiliations, both personal and professional. Seek to strengthen bonds with those who share your principles and aspirations. Consider how you can contribute to and benefit from the collective, fostering a sense of belonging and shared purpose.

2. The Importance of Sincerity and Trust:

  • Hexagram 8 also highlights the necessity of sincerity and trust as the foundation for any successful union. It suggests that for a group to hold together effectively, its members must be honest and transparent in their intentions and actions.
  • Personal Application: Cultivate trust and openness in your interactions. Be clear about your intentions and reliable in your commitments. Trust and sincerity not only strengthen individual relationships but also contribute to the overall integrity and cohesion of the group.

3. Responding to the Call of Collective Needs:

  • The hexagram advises being responsive to the needs of the community and willing to take on roles that support the greater good. It encourages individuals to consider how their unique skills and abilities can serve the collective, enhancing harmony and effectiveness.
  • Personal Application: Look for ways to actively engage in your community or group efforts that resonate with your values. Be open to assuming roles that might challenge you but also allow you to contribute meaningfully to the collective well-being.


Hexagram 8 from the I Ching, "Holding Together," teaches us the importance of unity and mutual support in achieving common goals. It reminds us that when individuals come together with a shared purpose and a foundation of trust and sincerity, the potential for harmony, stability, and progress is greatly amplified. By embracing the principles of cooperation and collective effort, we can build stronger communities and achieve greater successes.



Tips for Integrating and Utilizing this Energy

  • Celebrating Individuality: Leverage the energy of Gate 8 to celebrate and express your individuality. Recognize that your unique contributions add value and richness to the collective experience.
  • Inspiring Collective Growth: Use your authentic expression as a catalyst for inspiring others. By embodying your truth and sharing your gifts, you encourage others to do the same, fostering a culture of authenticity and mutual support.


Gate 8, Key 8, and Hexagram 8 collectively guide us on a journey from the shadows of conformity and mediocrity to the luminous expression of our true selves. By embracing our individuality and contributing our unique gifts with style and integrity, we not only realize our own exquisiteness but also inspire the collective to embrace its multifaceted brilliance.

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