Fears in your Splenic Gates

There are three Awareness Centres in Human Design and these are each places that hold different types of fears within us. The three Awareness Centres are the Ajna Centre (mental anxieties), the Emotional Solar Plexus (emotional anxieties), and the Splenic Centre (Basic Fears inherited from our evolution).


The fears within our spleen are fears we have inherited from our species’ past. As we grow and evolve, we are expansions of who we once were, but our fears can still be found in our collective DNA. It’s almost like we can’t forget them. The world was scary and we were vulnerable! You can see how many of us still feel this way now despite our evolution and intelligence.

To get a deeper understanding of the fears you are here to challenge and push through in order to expand your intelligence, exploring the activated Gates in your Splenic Centre in the Human Design bodygraph can be extremely eye opening. If your Splenic Centre in your Human Design bodygraph is white, or undefined, this means you are fundamentally insecure. Eep! Just reading that sentence may make you feel a little miffed — or totally seen! Both are OK; we can work with this information! It’s all about having awareness about how your energy works.

Totally Open Spleen?
If there are no activated Gates in your Spleen, does that mean your Fearless? Maybe! If you’re healthy and clear. But Open Centres are also vulnerable to conditioning. These energy centres often
mirror the fears of others. You may absorb the fears of others and adopt them as your own.

What is Fear in the Splenic Centre?

Fear is what pushes us and motivates our intelligence and expansion. Do you have what it takes to survive? Are you able to find a higher meaning in life? When we are unhealthy, we can sometimes hang on to basic fears in our spleen. Our fears can become overpowering, rather than push us to expand from where we are.

As human beings with nine energy centres in the body (head, ajna, throat, G centre, heart, spleen, sacral, emotional solar plexus and root) we have evolved from seven centred beings. Our personal evolution has moved us out of being concerned with survival, and into being concerned with Awareness. This is why we have multiple fear centres now within us. We are not here to be concerned with survival; we know how to survive. We are incredibly evolved and intelligent. We are here to expand our awareness, but it is easy to succumb to the fears of survival if we do not understand ourselves.

Expanding our personal awareness is key to supporting our personal development.

Review your personal Human Design bodygraph so see which Gates are activated within you and what they mean for you. If you’re someone with no Gates activated in your chart — there are two ways we can look at this: you may be totally fearless. But that would also mean that your Spleen is completely Open (not just undefined). Any Open Centre without any Gates activated within it, is very vulnerable to conditioning and being influenced by others, or outside forces. This could mean that you have the potential to adopt other people’s fears, mistaking them for your own. This would require a keen sense of awareness to work through, and could potentially be very difficult. You would need a lot of alone time to filter out that excess buildup of other people’s energy within your spleen.

The Seven Basic Fears in the Splenic Centre

Gate 18: fear of authority
Having the Fear of Authority makes you designed and ready to challenge authority. This may be present in childhood, challenging your parents or school teachers, but it could also be toward larger patriarchal concepts or ideas — or your boss. Anything that is potentially higher up on the metaphorical ladder than you, could cause tension within, wanting you to challenge the ideas presented there, whether they innately feel good or not. The Spleen is all about instincts: this would be a quick, instinctual reaction within you, whether you’re aware of it or not. Sometimes, it can make us energetically resist anything that comes out of our parents’ or boss’s mouth. Sorry mum!

Gate 28: fear of death
The Fear of Death sounds intense and ominous, but really it’s what drives us to find a higher meaning in life. This fear is what pushes us to seek out our purpose, both personally and collectively. Why are we here? What is the point us of? Of me? This is a primary inner dialogue for someone with the Fear of Death. It’s not that you are necessarily terrified to hop on a plane out of fear it will crash: it’s not that specific (though it could be, so if you have a fear of being in a car accident or something similar, see if you have this gate activated). On a deeper level, this can trigger the overarching fear that there is no point to life itself. Heavy.

Gate 32: fear of failure
The Fear of Failure is rooted in fearing being able to survive in this world; that we aren’t made of the secret stuff we need to be in order to thrive and succeed, particularly against others or the world itself. We may doubt and question whether we have the talent we need to expand and look after our personal or collective future. I’ve noticed a trend among those who have this Gate activated: they often are unsure of what “to do” with their life, or lack ambition and direction to make decisions on how to proceed. This can be rooted in the Fear of Failure - scared to even try because failure is a potential. These people often don’t know their own potential.

Gate 50: fear of taking responsibility
The Fear of Taking Responsibility pulls us from the taking care of those who need us, or situations that require our attention. It also can point to individuals who fear having others take care of them - or be responsible for them (everything in Human Design operates on a spectrum and can be either extreme). Oftentimes, this fear triggers us to not be responsible for anyone else or have anyone else be responsible for us. But this also isn’t just in regards to people; it can be important things, ideas or any “responsibility” that may fall upon us.

Gate 57: fear of tomorrow
The Fear of Tomorrow is a deep insecurity and fear about what will happen in the future, and whether you can actually handle the events that unfold. What if this happens? What if that happens? This or That hasn’t even happened yet, but the potential idea of it happening can cause extreme anxiety. This is a fear of the unknown and not being in control of the unknown. Many of us are future-oriented, always looking to tomorrow rather than being focused and mindful of the present; but we can look to Gate 57 to understand these deep anxieties and insecurities and just how powerful they are within that individual.

Gate 44: fear of the past
The Fear of the Past is anchored deeeeep within our own past and our collective history. This is often ancestral trauma rooted in the evolution of our species. This is important to grasp because it can be a hard fear to understand since it’s part of our DNA and sometimes doesn’t rationally make sense to us. At one point, we were a seven centred being - not the being with nine energy centres that we are now. And the seven centred being was fixated on surviving. We were not as evolved. But we have expanded from that being and are now learning awareness; not survival. And yet this Fear of the Past and our survival has imprinted upon us very deeply. If you have this Gate activated, it’s really about possessing the fear of our survival as a species, and fearing all that is wrong with the world right now.

Gate 48: fear of inadequecy
This final fear is a doozy because it’s the fear that we are not good enough as we are. The question of course is, “good enough for what?” But for Gate 48, the answer to that question doesn’t matter; it’s about not being good enough in general or with everything or with the particular thing you are focused on, like a job, parenthood or being a good enough partner. It’s the fear of not having the necessary gifts and talents needed to thrive and expand and survive in this world, or not having the means to construct a better life for yourself than you have now.


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