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Human Design: A Guide to Living in Alignment

Have you ever wondered why some things come naturally to you while others seem to be a constant struggle? Or why certain decisions feel right while others leave you feeling confused or unfulfilled?

Well, my friend, you’re going to love learning about Human Design! At the end of this article, I'll share my go-to HD books for beginners.

What is Human Design?

Human Design is a system that combines Astrology, the I Ching, the Kabbalah, and the Chakra system to create a unique blueprint of your energy type, decision-making process, and life purpose.

It’s a tool for self-discovery that can help you live in alignment with your true self and unlock your full potential.

Your Unique Energy Type

There are five different energy types in Human Design: Manifestor, Generator, Manifesting Generator (technically this is a sub-type of Generator), Projector, and Reflector. Each type has a unique way of interacting with the world and harnessing their energy.

Manifestors are the initiators.

  • They have a powerful energy that can create change in the world but need to inform others before taking action.

  • If this is you, you’re really here to initiate things, not to complete them.

  • Manifestors make up about 9% of the world population.

  • This is my personal aura type, and learning this was life-changing!

Generators are the life force of the planet.

  • They have a sustainable energy that can accomplish great things when they follow their gut instincts.

  • If this is you, your Strategy in life is to respond using your sacral center, and following it to put your energy into the things that light you up.

  • Generator types make up about 37% of the population.

Manifesting Generators are a combination of Manifestors and Generators.

  • They have a quick and spontaneous energy that can get things done, but need to follow their inner guidance.

  • If this is you, you likely have a LOT of different interests and passions and can really benefit from a mindfulness practice to stay present with what’s in front of you.

  • Manifesting Generators make up about 33% of the population.

Projectors are the guides.

  • They have a penetrating energy that can see into people’s depths, but need to be invited into situations to share their insights.

  • If this is you, you operate VERY differently from the rest of the world!

  • You are designed to have an inconsistent flow of energy, which is hard when we live in a world that is constantly demanding of you.

  • Projectors make up about 20% of the population.

Reflectors are the mirrors.

  • They have a unique ability to reflect the energy of those around them and provide a perspective on the collective consciousness.

  • If this is you, you have a very rare type that makes you extremely sensitive and empathic.

  • This is not a bad thing! You’ll greatly benefit from working closely with the cycles of the moon to connect to your inner authority.

  • Reflectors make up about 1% of the population.

Learning your aura type will link you to your Strategy in life. Depending on which type you are, that strategy is either to inform/initiate, to respond, to wait for the invitation, or to wait a lunar cycle.

The more you follow your strategy and your authority (more on that below), the more you will be living in alignment and magnetic to all the things in life you desire. Sounds dreamy, right?

I want to personally note here how learning about my aura type of Manifestor gave me what felt like permission to be myself. I always wondered why I seemed to spark ideas in people, and leave conversations with them feeling full of passion and ambition. I also wondered why I always have the urge to start something new and always struggle to complete things.

Learning this, I’ve learned to work with it instead of against it and constantly burn myself out. I learned to work with the other energy types in harmony, and has brought me so much peace and also has helped me reach some of my most ambitious goals to date!

Your Inner Authority

In addition to energy type, Human Design also includes information about your decision-making process, or your Inner Authority. Your Authority, which is determined by your chart, can help you make decisions that are in alignment with your true self, and serve your highest purpose.

There are seven different Authorities in Human Design: Emotional, Sacral, Splenic, Ego, Self-Projected, Lunar, and Environmental. Each Authority is linked to a different energy center in the body and can help you make decisions that are in alignment with your unique blueprint.

Once you have a better understanding of your energy type and decision-making process, you can begin the process of deconditioning.


Deconditioning is the process of letting go of the societal and cultural conditioning that may be holding you back from living in alignment with your true self.

Reiki can be a powerful tool to aid in the deconditioning process. It’s a form of energy healing that can help you release energetic blocks and align your energy centers. By combining Human Design and Reiki, you can begin to unlock your full potential and step into your purpose. There are many other tools to help you do this as well that I personally use and that I teach my clients.

If you’re ready to take the next step on your healing journey, consider booking a package that includes a Human Design analysis and guidance on your deconditioning process. This can help you gain a deeper understanding of your unique blueprint and provide you with the tools you need to become the highest version of yourself.

Going Deeper Into Your Chart

Going deeper into your Human Design chart can provide you with even more insight into your unique blueprint. In addition to your energy type and decision-making process, your chart also includes information about your chakra centers, gates, channels, and incarnation cross.

Each chakra center represents a different aspect of your life and can help you understand where you may be experiencing blocks or challenges.

Gates and channels are specific energetic pathways in your chart that can provide you with more information about your unique traits and characteristics.

Finally, your incarnation cross is a combination of your North and South Nodes in your chart, providing you with deeper insight into your life purpose and the lessons you are here to learn.

Exploring these aspects of your chart can provide you with even more clarity and guidance on your journey towards living in alignment with your true self.

Your Human Design Chart

Above is a copy of my personal human design chart. Yours will be completely unique to you, and tell you all of the above information and more! You can go deep into self-study as I have and invest in courses and trainings. You can also seek guidance from a professional reader to learn the nuances to your chart that an automatic generator (like where I got this one, from the

If you want to dive deeper to learn more about how this can help you in your life and your business, then let's connect! You can book a package with me here which includes your Human Design Analysis, or you can contact me here to set up a call or ask more questions.

Here are two book recommendations to better get to know your own chart, and your loved ones! Trust me, once you get into it you're going to want to know everyone's design LOL.


Alyssa Knapp, 5/1 Splenic Manifestor with the Left Angle Cross of Refinement :).


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