Human Design: 3 Case Studies to Compare Design and Personality

Design and Personality: Expression and Definition

The Human Design teachings track the position of planets 88 days before birth along with the position at birth. The prior position determines Design and the birth position Personality, according to this system that incorporates several ancient disciplines of worldly wisdom on Earth–I Ching and astrology among them.

Personality in Human Design is made up of the characteristics that you are aware of and can relate to, who you think you are. Your Design, an equally important part of you is not so accessible to your awareness, though others can see these things that you are not consciously aware of.

The symbols used to denote the planets in Human Design Bodygraphs

In Human Design, the location of the planets in the solar system are correlated to locations in the various control centers in our body, somewhat parallel to the chakras.

Below are the bodygraphs of 3 individuals born approximately 3 months apart. These three individuals are actual persons who represent a distinct demographic, all born within a six-month period in a single year.

Comparing and contrasting these three cases, born approximately 88 days apart, gives us a lens to sharpen the view where design and personality at a point of close convergence, perhaps.

Where the planets are located in one case study at birth (influencing personality), they are found on another’s chart in close to the same position 88 days before birth (influencing design), so that design in one person reflects the personality of the other.

In terms of learning Human Design, these case studies provide a rich environment for comparison to see the difference between personality and design.

Case Study #1, below, has the numbers in the right column (Personality, in black) found in Case Study #2 ‘s left column (Design, in red), with a few variations. Case Study #2’s black Personality column will have the same congruence with the red column in Case Study #3. [Ed. update: our  initial investigation of self-assessment on personality.]

Case Study #1


TYPE: Manifesting Generator

  • STRATEGY: To Respond
  • NOT-SELF THEME: Frustration
  • INNER AUTHORITY: Emotional – Solar Plexus
  • PROFILE: 3 / 5
  • DEFINITION: Single Definition
  • INCARNATION CROSS: Right Angle Cross of The Sleeping Phoenix (55/59 | 34/20)
Case Study #2

  • TYPE: Generator
  • STRATEGY: To Respond
  • NOT-SELF THEME: Frustration
  • INNER AUTHORITY: Emotional – Solar Plexus
  • PROFILE: 6 / 2
  • DEFINITION: Triple Split Definition
  • INCARNATION CROSS: Left Angle Cross of Uncertainty (8/14 | 55/59)

Note the numbers in columns on either side of the bodygraph are  the highlighted numbers on the colored centers in the bodygraph, with channels activated from the highlighted numbers.

Case Study #3

  • TYPE: Manifesting Generator
  • STRATEGY: To Respond
  • NOT-SELF THEME: Frustration
  • INNER AUTHORITY: Emotional – Solar Plexus
  • PROFILE: 5 / 1
  • DEFINITION: Single Definition
  • INCARNATION CROSS: Left Angle Cross of Revolution (4/49 | 8/14)

There’s more to see in these charts besides the correlation between the planets in one position at one person’s birth with another’s before birth. All three charts share the same open and defined centers in their bodygraphs. This and other striking similarities to be addressed in later posts will comprise an introduction to Human Design through case studies.

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