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Gate 17 Meaning in Human Design

Gate 17 is All About Judgment & Insight

Gate 17 is known as the Gate of Following.

If your Gate 17 is active you have an exceptional ability to accommodate a diverse range of viewpoints. Your focus on managing conflicting opinions makes you an excellent mediator, as your objective is to encourage cooperation and comprehension. Your commitment to impartiality can inspire others to follow your lead.

Gifts of the 17th gate

  • Very understanding individuals.

  • Has good foresight on the future

Challenges of the 17th gate

  • Can be very opinionated and inflexible

  • Prone to Self-Criticism

If you have an active 17th Gate you may have a tendency to become inflexible when dismissing opinions that you consider illogical. To overcome this, it's important to remain open-minded and accept opinions that you may not agree with.

Being able to embrace different views is a critical skill in mastering diplomacy. It requires a combination of empathy, communication, and respect for others. When you're faced with conflicting opinions, it's important to actively listen to all sides and seek to understand their perspectives.

Fast Facts on Gate 17 | Opinion




Astrological Sign


Hanging Gate(s)

Collective Understanding


The Red & Black Line Meaning for Gate 17

If the Gate 17 line on your chart is black in color this means your have a Consciously activated Gate 17

If the line is red in color this means you have an Unconsciously acitivated Gate 17.

If the line is striped and has both red & black that means this Gate is active on your Conscious Personality side & your Unsconscious Design side. This means that the qualities of show up consistently in your self-expression & response to the external world.

Pay attention if you have any more of these dual Gates! They are an integral part of who you are

To better understand the difference in expression imagine your Human Design chart as a vast garden, Gates are the different flowers within that Garden. Some flowers are in full bloom, catching the sunlight and showcasing their vibrant colors (Conscious gates). These are the aspects of yourself that you're aware of and easily express. They're the evergreen plants that are always around.

On the other hand Unconscious gates are like seeds lying beneath the surface of the soil, waiting to sprout. They are still a part of your unique garden, but their potential hasn't fully blossomed into your conscious awareness. These gates hold hidden qualities, untapped strengths, and unique gifts that are yet to be discovered. These are your seasonal plants that blossom when the time is right before lying dormant again.

Just like the garden needs time, care, and attention for those seeds to grow into beautiful flowers, your Unconscious Gate 17 may need moments of reflection, experiences, or encounters to bring it into the light of your consciousness.

So what if your Gate 17 isn't active. No worries!

Gates are just one part of the Human Design ecosystem, and your potential to access Gate 17's juices is always there. However, since your gate is inactive, it'll require an assist from someone or something else to begin flowing.

Here are 3 ways your Gate 17 can be activated:

First, check to see if the hanging gate listed above is activated in your chart.

If it is, Gate 17 is simply waiting to complete a high five with your hanging gate. This can happen during planetary transits or when in the presence of someone with Gate 17 active!

If your Gate 17 doesn't have an active hanging gate, it will need a little more of an assist from the universe to be activated since the entire 17-62 Channel will need to be connected to get these juices flowing.

One final special case is if your Gate 17 is activated while in an Undefined Center. In that case, you will notice more of its energy present when you're around someone with that Center defined, or when a transit defines that center for you.

Remember, not having a gate active isn't a negative thing! We all have unique gifts that we embody more often than others, but gate activations can unlock the hidden strengths, creating waves of change that foster personal growth and harmony. So keep a look out for these energetic assists!

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