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by Andrea Abay-Abay

One of the most inspiring moments for me in contemplating Human Design’s Rave Mandala was discovering how beautifully it all fits together. When you grasp the hexagram wheel structure and understand what it says about the theme of your fulfillment in life, you learn something really profound about yourself. If you haven’t yet had a guided tour of the hexagrams and how we divide the wheel, this could be a real treat for you. Would you like to explore the Human Design Rave Mandala with me?


I’d like to draw your attention to the outer ring of the wheel, to the 64 hexagrams. Look to the top right, and you will find hexagram 1. Notice there are six solid lines—six Yang lines. Now, let your eyes follow the movement of the hexagrams counterclockwise halfway around the wheel until you reach Hexagram 2.

Notice the Hexagram chops—six yin lines, a precise polarity of Gate 1’s six Yang lines.

Now, continue your counterclockwise discovery of the movement of the Hexagram chops as you reach 1 again.

You may have noticed that, in the first half of your visual journey, the first line of the foundation of all the hexagrams was Yang, and in the second half, that first line foundation was all Yin. You just discovered how the wheel is divided in half.


You may also have noticed that the pattern polarity of Gates 1 and 2 continues. This breathtakingly perfect opposition in the wheel is maintained throughout the entire Rave Mandala. In other words, each hexagram’s opposite is mirrored exactly on the direct other side of the wheel.

Now, iff you are familiar with the G Center gates from a Living Your Design Program or your personal studies, you know that the G Center is home to two critical Incarnation Crosses. These crosses are the Sphinx (direction gates, which Hexagrams 1 and 2 are part of) and the Vessel of Love (our transcendent love gates). These eight gates are the eight houses of the I-Ching, dividing the wheel into eight equal portions.


When we activate the gates of these two crosses, we see their arms reaching out into the Rave Mandala. This is the G Center, out of which the Higher Self emerges, structuring the pattern of the totality. Gate 2 is the home of the Magnetic Monopole, which holds the Personality and Design Crystal together in the illusion of separation from the totality.

We can divide the 64 gates of the wheel not only into half and eighths as we have seen, but into quarters as well as 16ths.

Each Quarter of the wheel is determined by grouping the hexagrams according to their foundations. Every hexagram in a Quarter shares the same bottom two hexagram chops—in other words, all hexagrams in a Quarter have the same first two lines. This foundation determines the thematic that links the hexagrams in a Quarter together, and shows us the theme of how our purpose is meant to be fulfilled.

In thinking of each of us as a cell in a larger organism, you gain a sense of how we are all here to fulfill a unique role, a unique purpose, working together correctly. Your purpose is revealed through your Incarnation Cross; your costume described by your profile lines of those four gates. The theme of your incarnation cross comes from the Quarter where your Personality Sun shines.

Each of the Sphinx gates (1, 2, 7, 13) in the wheel sets the foundation for the 16 hexagrams in the Quarter. Every Quarter ends with a gate of the Cross of the Four Ways (24, 33, 44, 19)—these are the doors that close each Quarter.


Here are the foundation hexagram chops establishing the foundation of each Quarter:


In the Quarter of Initiation (Gates 13-24), we have the theme of Purpose fulfilled through Mind. The foundation here is set by the Gate of the Listener, “the Fellowship of Man”—Yang (spirit) pushing upward into Yin (form). When we activate all the gates of this Quarter we see that the only definition in the bodygraph would be the Channel of Initiation. Those whose Personality Sun is in the Quarter of Initiation are here to wake up first. They are initiated through the development of Mind, and, in turn, initiate others according to the nature of their particular Cross and Profile.


In the Quarter of Civilization (Gates 2-33), we have the theme of Purpose fulfilled through Form—through manifesting. The foundation here is set by the most Yin hexagram of all, the Gate of the Direction of the Self, “the Receptive”—therefore it is Yin over Yin. When we activate all the gates of this Quarter we see that there would be no definition in the bodygraph and that all 11 Throat gates are present. This is the world of manifestation, where mind is concretized into form.


In the Quarter of Duality (Gates 7-44), we have the theme of Purpose fulfilled through Bonding. The foundation here is set by the Gate of the Role of the Self in Interaction, “the Army”—the Yin/Yang. When we activate all of the gates in this Quarter we see that this forms three channels bringing definition to the bodygraph, creating the only pure emotional Generator through the Channel of Mating, along with the Channel of Discovery and the Channel of Abstraction. This is the world of fertility and bonding—your relationships with others.


In the Quarter of Mutation (Gates 1-19), we have the theme of Purpose fulfilled through Transformation. The foundation here is set by the Gate of the Expression of the Self “the Creative”—of course, Yang/Yang. When we activate all the gates in this Quarter we have only one definition, the pure Generator with the Channel of Exploration. This is the world where anything can happen—it’s about the process of living (like the rest of the wheel is) but here it is also about the process of transformation and accepting death.

Now that you have discovered the Quarters, it’s time to break them down into the 16 Faces of the “Godhead”. There are four Faces per Quarter—four distinct nuances of each Godhead. These names put a face to the thematics shaping humanity. There have been many names for these faces in different cultures over the eons. The 16 archetypal themes inherited from our 7-Centered ancestors impart their qualities to the four respective gates within each Godhead. Note every Godhead’s hexagrams share the same first four lines.

The 16 Faces of the Godhead – Free Introduction

Quarter by Quarter is an excellent Human Design home-study program created by Ra Uru Hu. Ra takes you on a journey through the wheel in a logical progression beginning with the Quarter of Initiation. Filled with history and stories, this program enriches your understanding of Gates from the broader perspective of their relationships to the Quarter and Godhead they belong to, as well as their relationship to each other.


Click the above image or here to download to the introductory audio to this program, the first lecture, absolutely free.

Or you can play it right now (there are illustrations in the download):

Jovian Archive also has a free web show called “Design Perspectives” where you can get more of a taste of these Godheads in the segment by Leela and Dharmen Swann-Herbert.

Below, look for the gate of your Personality Sun to find your Godhead and its theme. This archetype is what keeps you from recognizing deeply conditioned perceptions about your life.

Another way of explaining it is that your conditioned mind tends to interpret the Maia according to your Godhead. When in a not-self state, you can end up living out the homogenized, dead myths of your Godhead, rather than shining with the uniqueness of your authentic and differentiated holistic self. Following Strategy and Authority keeps you from getting trapped in your Mind’s illusion derived from your individual Godhead.


Quarter of Initiation

Kali—The Destroyer of False Devotion
Gates: 13-The Listener, 49-Principles, 30-Feelings, 55-Spirit

Mitra—The Evolution of Consciousness
Gates: 37-Friendship, 63-Doubt, 22-Openness, 36-Crisis

Michael—The Angelical Mind
Gates: 25-Spirit of the Self, 17-Opinion, 21-Hunter/Huntress, 51-Shock

Janus—The Fertility of Mind
Gates: 42-Growth, 3-Ordering, 27-Caring, 24-Rationalization

Quarter of Civilization

Maia—The Mother Goddess
Gates: 2-The Direction of the Self, 23-Assimilation 8-Contribution, 20-The Now

Lakshmi—Goddess of Beauty and Good Fortune
Gates: 16-Skills, 35-Change, 45-The Gatherer, 12-Caution

Parvati – Goddess of Domestic Bliss
Gates: 15-Extremes, 52-Stillness, 39-Provocation, 53-Beginnings

Ma’at—Goddess of Truth, Justice and Cosmic Harmony
Gates: 62, 56, 31, 33

Quarter of Duality

Thoth – God of Wisdom, Writing and Time
Gates: 7-Role of the Self in Interaction, 4-Formulization, 29-Perseverance, 59-Sexuality

Harmonia – Goddess of the Family Bond
Gates: 40-Aloneness, 64-Confusion, 47-Realization, 6-Friction

Christ Consciousness Field – “Love Thy Neighbor”
Gates: 46-Determination of the Self, 18-Correction, 48-Depth, 57-Intuitive Clarity

Minerva – Virgin Goddess of Warfare, Arts and Crafts
Gates: 44-Alertness, 28-The Game Player, 50-Values, 32-Continuity

Quarter of Mutation

Hades – God of the Underworld
Gates: 1-Self-Expression, 43-Insight, 14-Power Skills, 34-Power

Prometheus – Thief of Fire and Benefactor of Humanity
Gates: 9-Taming Power of the Small, 5-Fixed Rhythms, 26-The Egoist, 11- Ideas

Vishnu – God of Monotheism
Gates: 10-Behavior of the Self, 58-Vitality, 38-The Fighter, 54-Drive

The Keepers of the Wheel – Guardians of the Wheel – The Hidden Gods (from themselves)
Gates: 60-Limitation, 61-Inspiration, 41-Contraction, 19-Wanting

Please feel free to let me know if you’ve enjoyed this overview of the Rave Mandala Quarters and Godheads of the Human Design System.

In Hope for you to Love Yourself,

Andrea Abay-Abay

Originally published on JovianArchive.com


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