Understanding Your Human Design Profile

Wendy Louise Gerhardt

Are you left or right brained? Are you a Scorpio or Gemini? INFP or ESTJ? Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff? Which Schitt’s Creek character are you? Are you the Mom friend or the Goblin friend?

Most of us feel like we have a pretty good idea of who we are and what we’re about. Even so, that doesn’t stop us from wanting to know more! That’s why we wanted to help you learn more about your profile series result and how it relates to both your conscious and your unconscious displays of self.

Not sure what numbers represent your profile? You can pull your chart for free here.

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The Relationship Between the Numbers

You already know that there are six profile types, but do you know what you have two numbers? No, it’s not because you might want a backup in case you don’t like the first number you get! These numbers are both important and they both describe very important facets of your personality.

The hexagrams (of six lines) amount to a pair of trigrams (of  three lines). The lines each represent yin or yang in infinite combinations. The bottom 3 lines, called the lower trigram (Line 1, 2, 3) are interpersonal lines.  These energies represent your own personal karma and evolution. The top 3 lines or upper trigram (4,5,6)  are transpersonal energy. You learn it with others, and through relationships.

The First Number

The first number describes the personality you consciously project. It’s probably even how you describe yourself (though perhaps using different language). It’s the personality at the “front” of your mind.

The Second Number

The second number describes the personality you subconsciously embody. This number represents who we will likely become when we allow ourselves to explore and grow beyond our own expectations.

Pretty cool, right? So, what do the numbers actually mean? Here’s a quick primer of the different profile archetypes.

#1: The Investigator/The Researcher

The Investigator is a member of the introverted trigram. These people are curious about the world around them. This curiosity isn’t just a passing wonder here or there, though. Oh no, the Investigators are introverts who are easily identified by their insatiable curiosity about the world around them. And when we say “insatiable” we don’t mean it in a cute way. There are no limits to what might catch an Investigator’s eye. Investigators are skilled observers who love to learn and have a habit of falling down rabbit holes because they are determined to learn every single thing they can about whatever it is that has piqued their interest. They aren’t going to come up for air until they’ve exhausted the well of knowledge on whatever subject they currently tackle, so, if you are friends with an Investigator, be prepared to hear a lot about their current curiosities when they finally do remember to return your text.

That said, the Investigator is not obtuse! Remember, they are skilled observers. They are also incredibly empathetic and are known for their ability to smooth out others’ ruffled feathers.

#2: The Hermit/Wise Man

Hermits are introverts who like to live simple lives. They pretty much just want to stay home, tend to their gardens, and eat awesome food. They love their solitude and often require a stretch of it to “recharge” after being social. But make no mistake, our shy loners are not boring! They have gifts that are so innate that they might not even realize they have them. What makes this personality type challenging is that they have a difficult time forcing themselves to do things or care about things that they are not already interested in, so they might not have accomplished much in school or if they take a job “just to pay the bills.” Once you see them tackle something they’re interested in or enjoy, though, watch out!

#3: The Martyr/The Scientist

Unlike the martyrs you might be thinking of from the history books, this profile is more about learning as they go. They are at their best when they have a wide array of opportunities and adventures to choose from. And, because they learn best by trial and error, the Martyrs recover quickly from mistakes and failures; often just by moving on to the next thing. Martyrs are also considered introverts and are bad at taking others’ advice. They only really learn or accept things that they experience for themselves—even if that experience hurts (hence the name)! That said, the Martyr is also excellent at adapting to their surroundings. They don’t fear change, they embrace it!

#4: The Opportunist/Networker

Unlike our first three profiles (introverts) the Opportunist is an extrovert. Opportunists are, in spite of their profile titles, warm and friendly people who love spending time with friends. When you think of a “social butterfly” and you’ll probably be thinking of an Opportunist. Opportunists thrive on social interaction—indeed, they are only happy when their relationships are happy and healthy–but they aren’t takers. On the contrary! The Opportunist’s goal is to help everyone they meet feel important and valued. They are also fantastic at making connections—not just for themselves but between people they know.

#5: The Heretic/Mentor

Like the Opportunist, our Heretics are extroverted givers. This is both the Heretic’s strength and their weakness. Heretics are often put on pedestals and seen as “heroes” to those around them because they are often uniquely qualified to solve whatever problem that person is struggling with. Because of this, the Heretic often puts pressure on themselves to always be “on” and always be helpful and always be the one who saves everybody else, without thinking of themselves.

If you have this number in your profile, know that it is not just acceptable, it is imperative that you choose your adventures wisely. You do not have to be everything to everybody. It is okay to take care of yourself sometimes, too!

#6: The Role Model/Influencer

This profile type is unique because unlike the other profiles, this person’s life will have three distinct stages:

  • Birth to thirty(ish): Lives as a Line Three. Often has a pessimistic outlook during this phase.
  • First Saturn Return until 50(ish): Transforming for a negative outlook into a more positive evolving mindset. Meditation cocoon, when they work on themselves to heal, grow, evolve, gain wisdom. This is also known as being on the roof.
  • Kiron Return – well, you know: Exits their meditative state, starts to own their hard-won wisdom and works to pass it on to others to help them grow. Off the roof. 

Before we go, just a quick reminder: nobody is only one line. We all contain multitudes. Heck, even your profile contains two numbers, not just one! 

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