Why I Don’t Use Type In Human Design


If you know anything about your human design chart, it’s probably your Type. (If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you can get your free personal human design chart here)

When I started teaching Human Design, back in 2004, I classified people according to whether they were Generators, Projectors, Manifestors or Reflectors.  A bit later we added Manifesting Generators to the mix, although not without some controversy.

Knowing your Type is a key aspect of understanding Human Design.  So we are told.

But these days I don’t use Type anymore.   Here’s why.


So let’s imagine that I meet someone at a party and they bounce up and say “Hi! I’m a Generator”.  What does that tell me about them?  It simply means they have a defined Sacral Centre.  Since 75% of people have a defined Sacral Centre, this isn’t an earthshakingly personal piece of information.  Their chart could look like this:

Pink's Human Design Chart


Or like this:

John Lennons Human Design chart



They’re both Generators.  Even if you don’t know anything about Human Design you can see there is a profound difference between these two charts.  The first chart belongs to Pink, the second one to John Lennon, I’m sure you’ve already figured out that these two are going to be very, very different people.

Pink has four separate areas of definition, which means it’s very busy in there and can take her a long time to get everything working together.  With all her Centers defined she needs to follow her own path, but with a quadruple split she also needs to collaborate with others to get anything done.  That’s a very delicate mix!

John Lennon had one single area of definition and the rest was open to the collective consciousness.  He was profoundly affected by what’s floating around, especially as his one channel contains the luminous stellium of Neptune,  Venus and the Moon.   In fact, a lot of the time I expect he wasn’t even sure if he was really here on the planet or not!

While Pink has a strong sense of self and direction (her Ji Centre is connected the the Throat), Lennon floats along and waits for things to happen.  (Although Lennon did have the Ji connected to the Throat in his Spiritual layer).

If I was doing a Human Design session with Pink and John, and wouldn’t that be wonderful, I would talk to them both about their defined Sacral and how they are designed to respond to life.  But that’s where the similarity would end.


A Projector is someone who has an undefined Sacral Centre, and doesn’t have a motor (Solar Plexus, Heart, Sacral or Root Centre) connected to the Throat Centre.  That’s about 20% of people on the planet, so let’s say about 1.4 billion people are Projectors.  Again, nothing too personal going on there.

So let’s say I’m still at that fantastic party where I met Pink and Lennon, and along comes two more people who say ‘hey there, nice to meet you, we’re both Projectors!’.    Well here’s their charts:

Freddie Mercury's Human Design Chart


And this:

Charlie Sheen's Human Design Chart


Again, there’s very little in common between these two charts, other than their undefined Sacral Centre.  The first chart belongs to Freddie Mercury, and the second is Charlie Sheen.  (And yes, it was a hell of a good party .. lol).

Freddie Mercury had one channel connecting the Head Centre to the Ajna Centre, giving him a very inspired mind.  He was known for his genius in writing songs – Bohemian Rhapsody being a great example.  Mercury was always going to have to play in a band, to give him a connection to the Throat, and to ‘give voice’ to his songwriting.  He surrounded himself with a close knit group of friends, which would have helped him give some solidity and form to his experience of life.

Like Pink, Sheen has lots of different areas of definition.  He has all three awareness centres defined – Ajna/mental, Spleen/physical intuitive and Solar Plexus/emotional – but they aren’t connected so they’re not talking to each other unless he’s around the right people.  So he has the capacity to be pretty switched on, but in a very fragmented way that can create confusion all around.  It probably doesn’t help that his Mars is saying ‘hey lets do all the wrong things with all the wrong people, that’ll be much more fun that checking in with my own inner awareness!’.

Looking at Type in Human Design is useful, but it’s usefulness is limited.  It’s a bit like knowing what sign your sun is in.  You’re an Aquarian, I’m Cancerian, she’s a Libran.  At least in astrology there are 12 signs, in Human Design we’re all bundled up into only 5 piles and one of those piles – the Reflectors – has only 1% of the population in it!

Once we have a basic understanding of our design, there’s no need for simplistic labels, and it’s time to stop lumping yourself in with billions of other people and really start to delve into the uniqueness of who you really are.  One way of doing that is to look at what Type your channels are.

What Type Are Your Channels?

I was just reading an article written by a Manifesting Generator.  It was saying .. “Oh it’s terrible how ignored Manifesting Generators are”.  What!  Isn’t being ignored something that’s supposed to happen to Projectors?  Well, let’s look at a Manifesting Generator chart.

This one belongs to John Travolta:

Human Design Chart of John Travolta

 Travolta’s type is a Manifesting Generator because he has the Sacral Centre defined, and it is connected to the Throat Centre. This is the classic Manifesting Generator channel.  But he has two other channels as well.  And they are both Projector type channels.  That’s because they don’t connect to the Sacral Centre – that would make them Generator channels.  And they don’t connect a motor to the Throat Centre, which would make them Manifestor channels.

So John Travolta is one part Manifesting Generator and two parts Projector.  While it’s important for him to understand how that Manifesting Generator channel operates in his life, it’s also crucial that he understands he is part Projector.  Mentally and emotionally, Travolta can feel a lack of recognition, and a sense of disconnection with himself.  In other words, there are parts of himself that can feel ignored.

The Projector Channels in the Human Design System

Projector Channels in the Human Design SystemHere’s a chart showing all the Projector channels.  There are 21 Projector channels in the Human Design chart, out of a total of 36.

Unless you have only one single area of definition, you are almost certainly going to have at least one Projector channel in your design.

One of the profound gifts of the Human Design System is that we can see these ‘dispossessed’ aspects of self on the chart.  They are often floating off to the periphery of our lives without access to communication with the world or the energy to act on their own behalf!

Most of us use relationships to correct the situation, but this is usually only a bandaid solution.   Until we can truly connect with our own Projector aspects, recognise and nurture them, we are only operating in a small part of ourselves.   And how can the rest of the world recognise Projectors and the gifts they bring if we can’t even recognise our own inner Projector?

I’d like to create a sixth type called the Generator Projector, or Projecting Generator … why not?

How The Minor Planets in the Human Design System Can Change Type

There’s one more powerful reason why I no longer use type in Human Design, and thats the minor planets.  Let’s start by looking at how minor planets affect the design of comedian John Cleese.

Human Design chart for John Cleese


Cleese has a defined Sacral Centre, so he would be labelled a Generator.  And he has three Projector Channels that activate three other centres, including his Throat.   What happens when we add in two minor planets – Ceres and Haumea?

Human Design Chart of John Cleese with Dwarf Planets


When we add in dwarf planet Haumea in gate 33 at the Throat Centre, John Cleese’s type changes to Ego Manifesting Generator, because it connects the Heart Centre (the red triangle which rules ego and willfulness) , which is a motor, to the Throat via the Ji Centre (the yellow diamond).

An Ego Manifestor is hugely different to a Generator, and the ‘strategy’ is completely different.  The Generator waits, the Manifestor acts.  Haumea is a powerful energy that will give a strong activation for Cleese.  This is what LiSe Heyboer says about Haumea’s position in Cleese’s chart:

Only in retreat the spirit can find its inner riches. Places full of noise and people are never spiritually rich places, but even there one can stay rich if one can stay aloof inside.

This is a very important key to how Cleese can find a way to act in the world!  He must take the time to retreat and find his inner riches, possibly with family since that is one of Haumea’s themes.   It makes sense that he was forced out of retreat to work to pay alimony to his third wife, and that he has co-written a book about family life.  He’s also a man who knows his own value (thats the defined Heart Centre), knocking back 200,000 pounds for doing a reality tv show because it wasn’t nearly enough money.

There’s another dwarf planet that’s significant in Cleese’s chart, and that’s Ceres.  It connects his Sacral Centre to his Solar Plexus Centre, activating his emotional awareness.   The connection with Neptune may give some clues to his three marriages .. and three divorces, and the fact that at 71 he’s already in another relationship.   Ceres and Neptune can cause idealistic expectation of relationships that often leads to disappointments.

dna in human design systemPerhaps you have a better understanding now of the way in which Type operates within the Human Design System.

One of the things I find most difficult is watching people struggle to fit themselves within a standardised ‘strategy’ within a system that has at it’s very heart the idea that we are all unique.

I’ll leave you with two questions.

What type are you?  And what else is going on in your design?

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