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Human Design Gates of Melancholy

Updated: Mar 9

As I touched upon in this blog, those people with Individual Circuitry experience a tendency towards both moodiness and melancholy. This is because the Human Design Gates of Melancholy are those Gates associated with Individual Circuitry. The changes that occur in these people can feel unpredictable as they alternate between calm and chaos, ups and downs. It is when they are feeling melancholic that their creative potential really comes alive.


Human Design Gates of Melancholy

One of the most important things you can do if you have any of the Human Design Gates of melancholy, is to surrender to your moods instead of trying to force your mood to change or blaming yourself or others for how you feel. If you are in a relationship with someone who has melancholic tendencies, it is good to not take these moods personally.


Even if you don't have a full Individual Channel, it is very likely that you have at least one or more Gates that carry a sense of melancholy within their energy. Below are brief descriptions of each Individual Channel and how melancholy may show up for the Gates involved.





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Channel of Awareness

Channel of Awareness


If you have the full Channel of Awareness, you are here to explore the mysteries of life, come up with new ways of seeing things, and inspire others with your unique knowing. You are always thinking and tweaking ideas as more information becomes available. The moment of transformation arrives in its own time, and you don’t know how you know something, you just do. You seek

silence and solitude to think and may find listening to, or even making, music is a soothing release from your constant mental pressure. The key for your success is to learn to distinguish between what is knowable and what needs to be known, or not.


Gate 61: Melancholy around lack of inspiration (Head Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around a lack of inspiration or creativity, and you may experience deep sadness while you are unable to find the spark and motivation that comes from being inspired.


Gate 24: Melancholy over no resolution and no inner silence (Ajna Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around not having an inner calm or silence, and you may experience deep sadness because you can’t seem to find the peace within yourself that comes with the solution to a problem or conflict your mind is mulling over.




Channel of Structuring

Channel of Structuring


If you have the full Channel of Structuring, you are here to bring new insights into the world. These insights come spontaneously, and you are not sure how you know what you know. You speak your mind and have the gift of speaking about things that can bring transformation. It is important to structure your insights so they can be received well and appreciated. If you share them at the wrong time, or before others are ready to hear them, you will feel misunderstood and be seen as a freak. Wait until you are invited to share your insights with an audience ready to hear them and you will be seen as a genius.


Gate 43: Melancholy around inefficiency (Ajna Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around a perceived inefficiency when it comes to achieving your goals, and you may experience deep sadness and disheartened by what you feel is a lack of effectiveness on your part.


Gate 23: Melancholy around not being able to explain yourself clearly (Throat Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around not being understood, and you may experience deep sadness that you can’t communicate your thoughts and ideas effectively and accurately.





Channel of Inspiration

Channel of Inspiration


If you have the full Channel of Inspiration, you are a creative role model and are meant to express yourself in a bold and creative way. You speak from a deep knowing and articulate things in uniquely. You feel pressured to make a contribution, but your biggest contribution and impact on humanity is being aligned with your authentic self. By being true to yourself in your expression, you inspire others to do the same. This makes you a natural leader, although you may not care much about being followed. It is important that you don’t avoid expressing yourself as an attempt to fit in.



Gate 8: Melancholy around no one paying attention to you (Throat Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around a sense that others are not noticing you or acknowledging your presence and contribution, and you may experience deep sadness stemming from the feeling that your efforts are not seen or appreciated.


Gate 1: Melancholy around not being seen as different (G-Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy because you don’t sense others appreciate the qualities that make you unique, and you may experience deep sadness that you are not recognized or valued for how you are an individual and different from others.




Channel of Openness

Channel of Openness


If you have the full Channel of Openness, you have depth that empowers others when you are in the mood to share your emotions and creativity. The quality and tone of your voice can educate and inspire, touching people deeply. You may find you flow between wanting to share your uniqueness and fearing that your uniqueness will be seen as odd, causing others to reject you. Your deepest levels of openness are limited to social interactions with people who appear to have a capacity for transformation and you are highly interested in bringing new awareness forth to them.



Gate 12: Melancholy that there is no one worth telling anything to (Throat Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy because you long for meaningful connections with others who understand and value what you have to share, and you may experience deep sadness if you sense that there is no one to share your thoughts and feelings with.



Gate 22: Melancholy that there is nothing worth listening to (Solar Plexus Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy with the lack of engaging conversations that stimulate your mind and emotions, and you may experience deep sadness that there are no meaningful ideas or content to listen to from others.





Channel of Initiation

Channel of Initiation


If you have the full Channel of Initiation, you are naturally competitive and, with each triumph, you have the potential to be transformed you as you transcend with new awareness and depth of your unique spirit. You have the power to initiate others into deeper levels of self-awareness and may even empower organizations with your way of achieving personal goals. To survive the shocks you meet on your journey, you must tend to your heart physically and metaphysically. When in alignment, you feel the wonder of your unique higher self and empower others to transform as well.



Gate 51: Melancholy around lack of excitement (Ego Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around the lack of thrilling experiences happening in your life, and you may experience deep sadness because of a perceived lack of thrill or shock to utilize in empowering others and a sense that there is nothing to look forward to.


Gate 25: Melancholy about being insignificant


There are times when you feel melancholy around being insignificant, and you may experience deep sadness because the world can often seem harsh and unforgiving and you can't seem to empower that to change.





Channel of the Brainwave

Channel of the Brainwave


If you have the full Channel of the Brainwave, you have the ability to think on your feet and a deep inner knowing. When you are aligned, you are connected to your survival instincts and speak directly from your intuition. You are one step ahead of others and “hear” the truth of what is being said which makes you able to detect insincerity and hidden agendas. Try not to ignore your instinctual impulses that come in the form of spontaneous words and actions. You can impact others by empowering transformation and initiating change, but it is best to wait until you are asked for your insights.




Gate 20: Melancholy around the world as it is now (Throat Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy and dissatisfaction with how things are in the present, and you may experience deep sadness and discomfort with the current state of the world.



Gate 57: Melancholy around hearing (Spleen Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around sounds that evoke emotions and memories, and you may experience deep sadness around certain sounds or lack of sounds which weigh heavily on your psyche.





Channel of Charisma

Channel of Charisma


If you have the full Channel of Charisma, you are someone who loves to be busy, and the most important thing you can do is use this energy to be absorbed with doing something that satisfies you. This is the pressure to turn thoughts into deeds right now. Check in with your gut to be sure you are engaged in doing something you are receiving energy back from. It is essential you have space and time to be in your creative flow without being disrupted, whether at work or at home. Your self-empowerment is an inspiring and expansive energy to

others. You bring ideas to life quickly when you are truly lit up by what you are working on.

Gate 20: Melancholy around the world as it is now (Throat Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy and dissatisfaction with how things are in the present, and you may experience deep sadness and discomfort with the current state of the world.


Gate 34: Melancholy around not being able to use your power in the now (Sacral Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around feeling unable to harness your ability to influence change and make an impact in your life, and you may experience deep sadness that you can’t use the power you recognize within you in your current circumstances.




Channel of Awakening

Channel of Awakening


If you have the full Channel of Awakening, you are here to lead by being your most authentic self and you inspire others to be themselves too simply by being the fullest expression of your individual essence. This energy is all about integrity, advocating for higher principles, and the strength of self-love. You have an extremely powerful voice but may feel vulnerable to criticism. The lines of Gate 10 will indicate which behavioral principle you are deeply committed to. It can be challenging to be surrounded by people who don’t share the values of maintaining integrity and higher principles like you do.


Gate 10: Melancholy around no one else knowing how to behave (G-Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around the lack of appropriate social behavior from others, and you may experience deep sadness around other’s apparent inability to exhibit proper conduct and behavior.


Gate 20: Melancholy around the world as it is now (Throat Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy and dissatisfaction with how things are in the present, and you may experience deep sadness and discomfort with the current state of the world.





Channel of Perfected Form

Channel of The Perfected Form


If you have the full, Channel of Perfected Form, you have deep intuitive impulses that guide your behaviors moment by moment. Your survival in the now is ensured by your ability to act appropriately to anything perceived to be out of order in your environment and react quickly. You are sensitive to the acoustics of your environment and the tone of voice projected by others. By living in a way that is authentic to you, you impact those around you as you inspire them to live life as themselves. You impact your environment by leaving it healthier and more beautiful than you found it as the natural result of truly authentic living.




Gate 10: Melancholy around no one else knowing how to behave (G-Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around the lack of appropriate social behavior from others, and you may experience deep sadness around other’s apparent inability to exhibit proper conduct and behavior.


Gate 57: Melancholy around hearing (Spleen Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around sounds that evoke emotions and memories, and you may experience deep sadness around certain sounds or lack of sounds which weigh heavily on your psyche.




Channel of Exploration

Channel of Exploration


If you have the full Channel of Exploration, you are here to love yourself and trust your inner convictions, even if what you do does not make sense to others. You are here to live authentically as an example of self-mastery and demonstrate the benefits of self-love. You merely need to respond correctly to empower others by being the purest expression of yourself. It is important to have a sense of well-being about your life in what you do, where you live, etc. Your happiness is more about self-approval than approval of and you will begin to feel lost if you allow yourself to be swayed.


Gate 10: Melancholy around no one else knowing how to behave (G-Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around the lack of appropriate social behavior from others, and you may experience deep sadness around other’s apparent inability to exhibit proper conduct and behavior.


Gate 34: Melancholy around not being able to use your power in the now (Sacral Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around feeling unable to harness your ability to influence change and make an impact in your life, and you may experience deep sadness that you can’t use the power you recognize within you in your current circumstances.




Channel of Power

Channel of Power


If you have the full Channel of Power, you have the potential to perfect your power of survival through intuition-based response. Once self-empowered, you become an inspiration of what it means to live a life of healthy vitality, living moment by moment in response. You have the ability to jump into a crisis and get things done as you take swift and decisive action. You hear intuitive guidance and changes in the voice of others, allowing you to intuit things from their words and tone. You bring healing and well-being to those around you but remember to look at your own needs first.


Gate 57: Melancholy around hearing (Spleen Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around sounds that evoke emotions and memories, and you may experience deep sadness around certain sounds or lack of sounds which weigh heavily on your psyche.


Gate 34: Melancholy around not being able to use your power in the now (Sacral Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around feeling unable to harness your ability to influence change and make an impact in your life, and you may experience deep sadness that you can’t use the power you recognize within you in your current circumstances.




Channel of the Beat

Channel of the Beat


If you have the full Channel of the Beat, you bring innovation and material transformation to others by trusting your own sacral responses. You have access to the resources necessary to mutate creative impulses into physical existence. This can be used for your own creative efforts or to support and encourage others in their creative direction. You empower by being an example, so ensure you follow your own direction yourself first and foremost. This energy operates on a pulse, and you never know when a new direction will arise, where it will take you, or how it will transform your community or the collective. Remain open and responsive to life.


Gate 2: Melancholy around things not moving fast enough (G-Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around the feeling that things are moving fast enough in your life, and you may experience deep sadness because of the perception that while you know the direction you are heading in, you aren’t there in the timing your mind wants.


Gate 14: Melancholy about having to work or not (Sacral Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around not engaging in the productive activities that come with work, and you may experience deep sadness as you yearn for the fulfillment, sense of purpose, and structure that comes from working on what you enjoy (or not being able to work on what you enjoy).




Channels of Struggle

Channel of Struggle


If you have the full Channel of Struggle, you are driven to stand up and fight for what matters to you no matter what others think or say. Your determination and desire to do things your way may be perceived as stubbornness. This energy operates on a pulse, so sometimes you feel purposeful and other times you feel melancholic and a lack of purpose. You enjoy a good challenge and, when following your Strategy and Authority, you have an innate understanding of what is worth expending your energy on. You are here to evolve and others are empowered to embrace the true meaning of life by witnessing your journey.


Gate 28: Melancholy around life being devoid of purpose (Spleen Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around finding the significance of your existence, and you may experience deep sadness and emptiness as you are unable to discover the meaning and direction of your life.


Gate 38: Melancholy around not knowing what to fight for (Root Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around not knowing which battles are worth your effort, and you may experience deep sadness and discomfort with not being able to find the thing that makes life feel worth the struggle.




Channel of Emoting

Channel of Emoting


If you have the full Channel of Emoting, you have an abundance of passion and transformative ideas, and your emotions can rapidly change from excitement and hope to despair. It is important to allow yourself to feel those big emotions and let them flow through you without making them mean anything. There will be less resistance in your life if you don't force yourself to do things when you are not in the mood to do them. You possess a gift for reading people and recognizing whose spirit resonates with you and your provacative nature. Over time you learn how to provoke and tease the spirit in others to empower and transform them.



Gate 39: Melancholy around not knowing who to provoke (Root Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around figuring out who to “flirt” with to see if the Spirit is there that can bring growth, mutation, and depth, and you may experience deep sadness when it feels like there is no one out there that has the inspiration and abundance you are seeking.


Gate 55: Melancholy around emptiness (Solar Plexus Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around a perceived void within yourself, and you may experience deep sadness around this emptiness and attempt to gain a sense of control and numb the feeling with food or drugs in excess.




Channel of Mutation

Channel of Mutation


If you have the full Channel of Mutation, you have the energy of innovation and the pressure to change anything you are a part of, whether that is a company, relationship, your home, or your community. This energy occurs on a pulse so sometimes it feels like everything is happening quickly and other times like nothing is happening at all. Honor that you can’t control when the pulse turns on for transformation and evolution, but when it does it is like a huge burst of energy and feels like a quantum leap. Trust your gut and that the transformation will occur in the correct timing.



Gate 3: Melancholy around nothing ever lasting (Sacral Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy as you long for stability and lasting experiences and relationships, and you may experience deep sadness because you sense the impermanence of things and how nothing seems to endure.


Gate 60: Melancholy around having nowhere to go (Root Center)


There are times when you feel melancholy around feeling lost, directionless and lacking forward momentum in your journey, and you may experience deep sadness around having no goals or a specific destination in this life.





Jen Allen Human Design Consultant

Jen Allen | Human Design Consultant

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