The Human Design Projector: Guides and Directors

Projectors are non-energy types. Projectors have power (knowledge, skills, expertise) but no energy.  As a non-energy type, their Sacral Center is undefined, and they do not have a motor to the throat.  This means that accessing energy can be a real challenge for Projectors, and when they are not living their strategy, they can quickly burn out their bodies and their emotions.

Projectors comprise about 20% of the population. Projectors have innate wisdom about what others need and they have an innate impulse to use this wisdom to make the world a better place to alleviate pain and suffering.  Projectors are designed to guide and direct energy, especially Generator energy. Their life purpose is to guide others.

Because a Projector has no motor to the Throat and no Sacral, they will struggle with being heard and recognized, and as well with getting things started. Projectors can address a crowd and talk up a storm but if no one asked them to talk, they run the risk of either not being heard, having their ideas stolen, or inadvertently insulting or criticizing the people around them.

A Projector who initiates conversations may be misunderstood or ignored. A lifetime of this kind of reaction from others can damage self-esteem or make a Projector seem bitter. It seems counterintuitive as most of us are raised to speak up, be bold and “just do it” but truly, for the Projector, this is just not natural or easy. However, a Projector who waits to be asked, recognized or invited has an enormous amount of wisdom to share with the world. A Projector is here to be wise about energy, particularly work force and life force energy.

Projector energy is not sustainable.  As a result, they are often thought of as lazy. A regular Monday through Friday, eight-to-five job is exhausting for a Projector and most Projectors, when faced with only those work options will eventually feel deeply bitter. At the same time, because they take in Sacral energy and amplify it, they can be super-generators for a time.  Projectors are often out of touch with knowing when enough is enough! Because working hard and putting in long hours every day don’t work for the Projector, learning how to leverage their energy is important.  Unlike Generators, they cannot be “on” all the time. Because the open Sacral takes in work force energy and amplifies it, Projectors can work intensively for a short period of time, but not for a long period of time.  The open Sacral is not here to work in the traditional way.  The open Sacral types are not here to work sustainably. They cannot maintain the traditional work schedule forever.  Projectors usually burn out completely at 40 if they are minding a corporate schedule.

Therefore, the Projector’s way of creating has to be very intentional. One of the keys to sustaining your energy as a Projector is to leverage knowledge by mastering a system, i.e., become a specialist. You will benefit by having specific tools through which you offer guidance and direction.  As a Projector, you also need time alone and lots of breaks. After being around others, it is important for you discharge that energy and get back into your own auric field.

For tips on how to preserve and revitalize your Projector energy, go here. Tips on Preserving and Revitalizing your Projector Energy

The Projector strategy is to wait to be invited, but they can also invite others.  An invitation for a projector is going to be about big life events.  The big events are: job/ career, romance/ marriage, where to move to, and where to live.  These must come by invitation. When those invitations come, it’s almost as if time slows down.  The invitation seems to ripple through the time-space continuum.  The invitation will be clearly recognizable as an invitation.  However — just because you are invited doesn’t mean that you have to be grateful and say yes. It’s essential that it’s the right invitation, that the invitation feels delicious — because if it’s not, the invitation won’t work for you.

Timing between the invitations can take a long while. Society tells Projectors they can’t just sit there and wait. They have to go out and go for it.  But Projectors have no energy to the Throat, so they can’t initiate. And they will not be heard if they offer their insights before they’re asked. They cannot artificially stimulate an invitation. That is why you struggle.  You have no sacral energy.  There’s nothing for you to respond with and nothing for others to respond to in you.  Before you despair, keep in mind that you as a Projector are not here for everyone. You might know how to help everyone, but  you are here only for a specific group of people.  They will recognize you and invite you into sharing your wisdom with them.  Your people will recognize you by your aura.  That is how the Projector gets invited to the big things.  But you have to wait.  While you’re waiting, follow your bliss.  Study what intrigues you. You are adding knowledge to your toolbox and getting ready for your next invitation.

The not-self emotional theme for the Projector is bitterness. Bitterness is very repulsive energy.  Nothing pushes an invitation away faster than bitterness. It’s not a Projector world. Projectors cannot manifest their destiny.  A Projector cannot just go do it.  They must wait to offer their wisdom to those who ask for it.  Otherwise, they will not be heard and they will be rejected. In the short run Projectors can work very, very hard with few results.  While you’re waiting for the invitation, focus on your gifts, not your problems. Focus on what you are grateful for.

The Projector Aura. The aura is an invisible energy field that surrounds all living creatures, extending about 6 feet in every direction.  Its frequency communicates who we are to others, and governs the way we impact or connect with others. The Projector aura is penetrating and focused. It is the Projector’s specific gift to be able to recognize the other. Their aura penetrates the G-center of the other, and that is how the Projector is able to read others. Because of this deep and focused penetrating ability, the Projector is also vulnerable to being conditioned by the other.

Projectors and sleep. Projectors have to go to bed and lie down before they’re tired.  This is because of the nature of how your energy works; you need time to discharge the energy you’ve picked up during the day.  You have to lie down to do this.  If you wait to go to bed until you’re exhausted, you will not sleep well.  Sleep alone if you can.  Or with another Projector or Manifestor, provided you don’t create a defined sacral center in your composite chart.

Projector key words:  • Intuition • Guidance • Wisdom • Insight • Healing

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83 Responses to The Human Design Projector: Guides and Directors

  1. Marie says:

    Sometimes, being a Projector feels like a punishment 🙁

    • gloria says:

      I hear you, Marie. It’s not an easy road — it’s not a Projector world. You made the choice to be a Projector because you wanted the sensitivities and insights that are unique to Projectors. You wanted to be a Guide in the way that you are uniquely designed to guide. You wanted the challenges as well, so that you could test your personal resources and grow your spiritual muscle.

      There’s no question that if you accept what it will take to develop depth and resilience, you will become a powerful Projector who will carry out what she came here to do — with fierce determination in the face of fear, grief, not knowing what’s ahead, and not always knowing what to do, or how to do it. Wait for the invitation, wait for the recognition, wait for the inspiration, and in the meantime, pursue what calls you. Follow your heart and stay out of your head!

  2. Ana says:

    Not being heard is so painful, when there is so much wisdom to share. Those who are not Projectors simply can’t get Projectors, no matter how hard you try to make them understand.

    On top of being a projector, I am Server (5/2/3) with an Artisan ET and a Sage task companion. It really has been a very trying lifetime.

    • gloria says:

      Hi, Ana. There is a method and a strategy for the precious Projector to be heard. It is so very important to wait to be asked to share your wisdom. The most insightful and healing advice will not be heard when it is not asked for. You will be asked to share what you have to offer when you are seen and recognized. The best way to be recognized is to allow your aura to speak for you. Your aura needs no words to be felt. Projectors naturally have penetrating auras that are felt by the other. If you are the right Projector for them, that is, if you have the information and guidance they are specifically seeking, you will be asked for it. Projectors are not here to guide everyone. Each Projector is uniquely endowed with their own special gifts, and these gifts will be called on by those they are meant to guide. Be patient with the process of waiting for the right invitation to share. Your pearls of wisdom will be sought after by your tribe. How will your tribe find you? Go out there, and be seen. As you are an expressive Projector, you will be seen that much more easily.

      Warm regards,

      • Renate (Koko) says:

        I just recently came in contact with human design. I am a 5/1 Projector and what I am reading is making sense. In response to feeling the frustration of not being heard in my knowledge, l like to say, that I have shifted in an understanding where I started to realise that I don’t have to give advise to those that don’t want te know. It means for them, that they are not ready and for me, that I have save my energy, I so readily would have drained into the ones that are not ready to hear.
        4 moths ago I read somewhere; for those with ears, hear. For those with eyes, see. Just like that. Those that are ready, will present themselves to me. My life is easier, I am no longer frustrated and feel blessed to carry knowledge that is not mine, which I am here to share.
        To read yesterday about human design, to find what type I am, resonated to my core. It is like coming home..

    • Goda Lemnickyte says:

      I am an emotional projector (6/2). I’m almost an 18 year old. I will be finishing school soon and I will need to get a job for the summer, I don’t know what to do now should I wait for an invitation to get a job or should I just give out my CV.

      • gloria says:

        Hi, Goda. Thanks for commenting.

        I would go ahead and apply to jobs that you are suitable for you/ that you can do reasonably well AND that are looking to hire. Many Projectors find their jobs through advertised job openings as opposed to invitations which are specific to them. Since this is just a short-term summer job, I would not get too contemplative about whether or not the job is perfect for you.

      • Copperpot says:

        Hi Perhaps, Intern to be a agent for the movie stars, there hiring. It be a fun job, good cash, and allow you to become an expert in who’s who and who fits best with what project and people! Live The Good Life!

  3. Solnce says:

    Hello and thank you for this article!

    I am struggling right now with kind of beating myself up for being “lazy”.
    I am having such a hard time getting off the couch. It’s been a couple of months. Prior to that I was very active. It comes in waves. I feel guilty as people that I admire are always active and getting things done. How can I understand myself better and get going?
    I really appreciate any response. Thank you.

    • gloria says:

      Hi, Solnce. Thank you for your comment. There’s a reason (or reasons) you find yourself on the couch at this time. The primary one, regardless of the circumstances that got you on the couch, is likely that you are preserving and rebuilding your energy. Projectors are notorious for over-extending themselves because of their ability to take energy into their Sacral and amplify it. It will keep you going for a time, but the crash is always inevitable. Projectors need regular down time — continuous interface with a job or with people is draining because the energy to sustain those connections is not available 24/7. You might also have emotional authority – I can’t tell without seeing your design, but if you do, emotional authority will also put you on an energetic roller coaster. Emotions that ride high and low waves are exhausting. If you are open emotionally, then it’s easy to take in other people’s emotions and accompanying debris and become exhausted from that. There is also imprinting in which we learn to behave in certain ways that actually undermine our natural way of being. That is exhausting. And not being in the right job, or being heard, or being seen, or being understood are all exhausting. And if you don’t have a support system of at least one other person that believes in you and sees you, being alone in the world is exhausting. Perhaps you got laid off or perhaps you don’t work in the conventional work world. Any way you look at it, being a Projector in a Generator world is very difficult and requires knowing what you need and then being true to that. Ultimately, you need to learn to leverage, or work with your personal cycles of energy. Let me know if I can help you with a session.

      Warm regards,

  4. Shay says:

    Omg! Reading this has literally brought tears to my eyes. On top of being a Projector, I’m a highly sensitive person, an I/ENFJ (I’m equally an E and I LOL) and I take on other’s emotions.

    I feel like no one gets me. I feel like I think differently and I see things so differently than others. After I spend a day with people (and taking on their energy) it’s like I have a hangover and need to do nothing.

    Thank you for sharing this information and for making me feel “normal” especially when I’m so different than others around me.

    Total side note: My husband is a Generator and both of our kids are Manifestors.

    • Jasmine says:

      I see the way you are responding so lovingly to everyone’s comments. Similar to Shay, when I read more about the projector yesterday I had tears in my eyes. Like I felt truly seen! Thank you for all the guidance you are giving to everyone here. I feel your heart.

    • Amira says:

      God love you, Honey! It must be quite an experience dealing with two manifestor children! Keep the faith 🙂

    • IBM says:

      Two manifestor children, woah!

  5. Amanda says:

    Hi, Thank you for this post. I find it very interesting. I’m a projector too, and new to the subject. I’ve been reading multiple articles about this today, and find myself resonating a lot with this one.

    I must admit, I’m confused by this; “They must wait to offer their wisdom to those who ask for it. Otherwise, they will not be heard and they will be rejected.”

    I’m wondering how far the above statement goes.

    For example, I’m considering blogging about things I’m interested in, personally. But after reading about this I feel hesitant. Do I have to be invited to share my thoughts online..? If I choose to write an article about something I’m passionate about, will the article be rejected/ignored or misunderstood because no one invited my insight about the topic? Or is it enough, that, what I choose to write or speak about comes from my heart?

    And, how do I recognize a true invitation? Different people have asked me, “Why don’t you write books about your life” Can I consider that an invitation?

  6. gloria says:

    Hello, Amanda. Welcome, and thank you for your comment.

    Projectors need to be asked for their opinions/insights/wisdom. This is not as restrictive as it sounds. If you are a student in the classroom, if you are a director on a board, if you are a teacher of students, if you are in public where there is an event and everyone is invited to share their opinion at the podium, you as a Projector already have an invitation to speak. The energy has been made available to you. Without the invitation, whether general or specific to you, the Projector has no energy to communicate her ideas. The invitation may not be to you personally, but you have been included/ recognized as part of a group where certain dynamics have been established for interaction and exchange. You will be heard in all of these situations, and all other situations that are similar.

    If you are not part of a group and attempt to offer your insights, they will likely be rejected. Or, if you are not directly rejected, what you have to say will not be taken in. It will not be heard. It will be as if you are not present and never said a word. When a Projector is personally recognized and asked to share their contributions, the impact of that contribution is directly proportional to the profundity and relevance of the Projector’s offering. When a Projector is invited to share her insights, she has been given the energy for manifestation.

    Once you are part of a group setting, as in a classroom, or some type of gathering where people have come together over a common agenda, you do not need an invitation to speak. You may continue to engage without any more invitations. A Projector only needs to be recognized and invited once. However, it is always a good thing to indicate that you have something to say and wait to be recognized before you speak because that is the most natural flow of the energy for the Projector.

    Regarding blogging, writing a book, and other creative pursuits, including academic studies, various explorations, traveling, and generally checking things out — Projectors do not need an invitation to follow their personal bliss and what calls to them. It is actually really important for a Projector to follow her bliss and the call of her talents and interests and to develop them deeply because when the big invitation comes, she will have reached a level of mastery in her unique areas of expertise. She will be that much more valuable.

    Even though your work will ultimately be shared with others, you do not need an invitation to express and develop who you are. It is critical that you do develop who you are. When you put your work out in public, you can simply allow others find that work, but you can also invite others to come and take a look at what you have to offer. The difference is you are not giving advice that has not been asked for. You are stating that you have materials available that focus on your work and your wisdom, and if others are interested, this is where they can go to view it.

    I would consider it an invitation if someone suggests that you take a certain action. Whether or not the invitation resonates for you is another matter. Projectors need only consider invitations that are specific to who they are. Just because an invitation has been given it does not mean that you accept it. It must recognize your specific design — that is, talents, interests, abilities. And it must feel right to you. It must feel delicious to you. You are not under an obligation, in other words, to accept an invitation that is not right for you.

    The significant invitations for Projectors really have to do with those invitations that, if accepted, will be life-changing, such as a major move across the country/ to another country, a wedding proposal, new employment situations, and participation in activities that will force a re-prioritization of your current routine and available energy. And Projectors would do well to wait for invitations for major life events so that the energy flows naturally. However, this does not mean that if you want to move to a particular location and have no invitation to do so that you cannot go there and experience it. Spending a little time in a place or organization that you want to be part of just might get you the invitation you need — straight from someone local. The best way for a Projector to get the invitation she seeks is to get out there and be seen. You don’t have to say anything because the Projector aura is so compelling and powerful that if you show up, eventually someone comes over and invites you to make yourself known.

  7. Marie Thompson says:

    Thank you for this item. My Mum was an Energy Projector, My Dad was a Mental Projector and I’m a Self Projected Projector. Both passed over 28 years ago. So deeply conditioned to work and be the Not Self. And as I learnt about my Projector Self my healing truly began with my parents and the love…wow the love is different. They both really suffered as Projectors in this world and I’m grateful to the Human Design knowledge and Ra. And that I can say this. I’m so wowed out that I had Projector Parents and I feel amazed as these types of Projectors are so amazing especially when they’re in their own Truth and Aroha for my Parents, especially Dad who experienced extreme Bitterness!!! It punched a huge hole in his world and he never gained his breath again. But nonetheless I feel special to have had two Projector parents. But that’s my story and I know others have their stories (might not be so easy to share).

    One thing that strikes me about this guidance as with all the guidance from Human Design for Projectors, is that it really focuses on what is the very truth for and about Projectors. I’m in my 2nd year of the experiment and experimenting with my PHS. And yes I’m really different, in look and feel from 2 years ago. The guidance isn’t as surmountable as the life I lived before the experiment. Yes I’ve got a habit still of not waiting, but it’s getting better as days go by, as I keep recollecting on my S & A and the deconditioning process with my PHS. The guidance for Projectors doesn’t garner guilt or judgement. It doesn’t expect me to climb the mountain and spend all my time pushing for something that for me as a Projector would be unattainable – a motor. However it’s a Generators World and as I keep reading the same wisdom and guidance for the Projector, the more I find myself surrendering to the Projector S & A as I experiment, not just to avoid bitterness, but to also to avoid being swept up in the addiction to Manifest. Dealing with this at present as I decondition.

    I love that all I need do is learn and master a system. Let my Aura do the talking. Don’t panic. Have faith. And best of all – Focus on my gifts and not my problems.
    My best and continued learning is gratitude – and done very softly and lovingly.
    I don’t have to stretch myself to have relationships with the old Seven Centered belief systems, that for me as a Projector was just simply Hell and drove me crazy.
    I’m discovering new relationships and ways of relating. And I acknowledge I have my moments of being a Projector on this planet! And I’ve complained to the Universe about being a light weight in this very dense world. The Education has helped big time. I loved the LYD and the RAVE ABC, I look forward to completing the 3rd foundation course later this year and reading everything I can about Projectors and the Other. Best thing I ever did, coming into the Human Design…Warmth and best to you my fellow Projectors.

    • gloria says:

      Dear Marie,

      Thank you for your descriptive and profound sharing. You have said many insightful things and truly express as the Wise Projector that you are. Keep up the fabulous work and attitude!


    • Judy Anderson says:

      Dear Marie,
      Your beautiful sharing means so much to me because I crashed physically 4 yrs. ago following the death of my father (Alzheimer’s) and have been needing oxygen assistance since that time. I’ve been pushing against and resenting that I can’t seem to breathe freely again, but reading what you’ve written just opened a portal and insights flowed in. The most wonderful one is the perfection of my current “illness” and how in this time I’m learning so much about myself. I’m 66 yrs. old and only in the last two years have known that I am a projector.

      Thank you.

      • gloria says:

        Welcome, Judy. Thank you for commenting here.

        I’m so sorry that you had this experience, and I commend you on your courage to both surrender to the experience, and to persevere.

        Breath is so fundamental to life. When we can’t breathe, we are not getting enough of what we need, and we have too much of what we don’t need. Then there’s a process of identifying what it is that is wrestling with our life force. Sometimes we even think that what we give our energy to is appropriate for us.

        When the breakdowns occur, we are given the opportunity, as you know, to really evaluate how we got to where we are. And then we hopefully realize how precious our lives and energy are, and take steps to preserve and support ourselves.

        May you receive deep insights into the road you’ve traveled and apply them well, so that you can yet travel many more roads.


  8. Heidi Pendergast says:

    Hello, thank you for the article, very helpful. I am a 5/1 splenic projector. I have been trying to create a traveling puppet theatre for a number of years. I can only work on it for short bursts because of the energy thing. The puppets and performing with them are what I think and dream about all the time. I feel I have a gift for this kind of theatre.

    A little back-story…2 years ago I asked for help in my life in a big way. I was stuck. I knew some of the projector stuff. I felt if I didn’t ask for help I would be stuck for years, unable to help myself. I went to therapy. The therapist sent me to Bureau of Vocational Rehab where I was recognized as being severely disabled due to depression and fatigue…they offered to help me out and asked what I wanted to do (for work) I already knew I wanted to train in TRE, Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (I had actually already started but couldn’t afford to finish) so, that was what I submitted! They agreed to pay for the completion of my certification! Bam! Very very exciting. Soon after this BVR invited me to submit a business proposal to see if I could get monies from Ohioans with Disabilities for the startup of my business. It was actually too soon, as they were pushing for me to write this proposal before I even finished my TRE certification. I expressed my feelings of overwhelm and asked if I could wait a while longer before I started it. They said yes (right timing I think!) so, as I finished my training in TRE my resilience increased tremendously, I was able to handle more of everything before becoming overwhelmed. This summer I even came out of a high functioning freeze response I believe I have been in since a terrifying childhood ER experience. The depression abated and fatigue certainly decreased. This fall, almost a year after completing my certification I began writing the 50 page business plan, scary at first but unbelievably, I finished it! I am so proud of myself for waiting for the right timing and for finishing this.

    I feel like a grad student who just finished their dissertation. I don’t feel attached to getting the monies, although it will be incredible to have the equipment, computer, advertising expenses and many other things. As of today’s date the proposal has been submitted to the appropriate agencies for review. I will likely know in the next month about funding. I have accomplished so much just asking for help. So, my question is would that be any different with my creative work. I have literally been trying to manifest this puppet theatre for like 10 years…I am persistent, patient and passionate! And, at the same time I would like to complete the theatre (which is fairly close to being finished) and 3-4 puppets and begin performing. Here is the amazing thing…I am already being asked and invited to perform and I haven’t even finished the theate or the puppets! This excites me to no end, of course! I get stopped in my creative process for many different reasons and am thinking that if I somehow worked with other artists (reaching out and asking for help from designers, sketch artists, sculptors, builders…instead of trying to do ALL aspects myself) could I possibly see results in my artistic life as I have in these other areas of my life? Any feedback would be great!? I am assuming I would only approach those who recognize me?!

    Thank you so much,

  9. gloria says:

    Dear Heidi,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story here. You have tremendous courage coupled with an acute and uncompromising awareness of your vulnerability. Beyond that, you have a willingness to share that vulnerability with others. This is actually an indication of both humility and power. The humility comes from your lack of pretentiousness about your life situation and your process in navigating it, and the power comes from your surrender to your circumstances, and your willingness to work with them.

    How wise of you to ask others for help. You have also shown wisdom in asking for help from the right people and organizations. Your instincts have guided you well. It appears you are also able to work through fear very effectively.

    The puppet theater project has been with you consistently. This is an enterprise that seeks completion, and you are right to ask for help. We are all project pals for one thing or another — different pals for different projects — and you are right to not go it alone. There is nothing energetically wrong with you striking up conversations with other artists in your related field, as you share interests in common. It is easiest to have these conversations inside of a setting where others with your interests are gathered. It is natural in these settings to approach others and talk about your shared interests and projects. From that, you can see if it would be appropriate to ask someone to join you in your efforts or give you advice. These settings can be formal or informal. You will recognize when the flow of energy is available for you to approach someone. By the same token, your splenic center will let you know when you are forcing the issue.

    I wish you the best as you fulfill your mission.

    • Heidi Pendergast says:

      Hi Gloria I am just now seeing your response! Thank you so much! I look forward to talking and sharing with others per your suggestion.
      Kindly, Heidi

  10. Noreen says:

    Thanks for this great article, and the interesting comments.
    I’m a 3/5 Emotional Authority Projector.

    Since Ra first got the download on this information, and the ensuing categorization of it by himself and those who refined it, we now know there are so many variations to the different types- especially for Projectors.

    I notice in general Projectors tend to be “conservative” in how they use their energy, as its probably a necessary survival tactic. For generators, they can gamble on certain times that their sacral will energetically protect them, even when the odds are not that good. But even for them, pushing the envelope isn’t always a smart strategy.

    I am intrigued by Projectors who are past 40 yrs old, and still work full time, have families, projects, etc- and have been doing so for decades. I know a few of these. They never complain of lack of energy, or about anything at all really. I wonder if they have great genes, or will someday collapse out of the blue.

    One of these women is now pushing 60 yrs in a few years; she still has the same job she got in her 20’s (a county dispatch job), and raised 2 children on her own (with child support from her ex’s, but one of them is under age, and still in her custody). She seems to still be operating fine. I don’t know her that well since its my good friend’s sister, but I never heard from my friend that her sister, the non stop Projector- is breaking down in any shape or form. In fact, she is more on the go and productive than my friend the Generator. And this has been the case for at least 3 decades for this friend’s sister I know.

    another Projector I know at age 49 yrs old has been at her job full time at a known warehouse store chain for a couple decades now. She is also not only a mother, but a young grandmother (she first became a grandmother at 38 yrs old). A real working family type… just saying again, the whole lifestyle of these Projectors are more like Generators or Manifesting Generators. No major health issues, breakdowns, nothing.

    anyone know of such Projectors?

    but other Projectors seem to follow the typical life course of what is likely for them- finding the right jobs that are not too taxing, not expending themselves too much, etc. A lively and good life can be achieved, but seems like the set up is just a bit more tricky to work with.

  11. gloria says:

    Hello, Noreen. Thank you so much for posting, and for posting on such a provocative topic.

    If you know how a Projector is designed, and you know individual Projectors, you will inevitably run into the anomalous Projector who absolutely defies the expected energetic limits of the Projector.

    The stereotype is that Projectors are going to run out of gas by the time they’re 35 IF they’re working against type. However, as you have observed, Noreen, we do occasionally see a Projector who operates more like a Manifesting Generator or Generator.

    What’s up with THAT?

    Two of your examples noted that in each case, the Projector has been at her current job for two to possibly four decades. I want to point out that we have to assume that these jobs are in alignment with the energy limitations of each Projector. By in alignment, I mean that whatever the particular duties are, they are not draining either of these women. Some kind of dynamic has been established between each Projector and the demands of her job such that she has been able to carry on for such a long time.

    I also want to point out that the longer you have the same job, the more you become a master of that job. You have a routine and you know exactly how to handle the processes and to maximize efficiencies for all them. It is much easier to stay with a job that works for you than find yourself having to switch jobs every few years. Acclimating to new duties, new expectations, bosses and co-workers takes a lot of energy.

    With any of us, regardless of energy Type, what’s most important is that we enjoy the work that we’re doing for a living. It may not be the highest expression of our soul, but beyond that, if we find sufficient satisfaction in our work, we will not suffer an energy drain in the same way as if we are in the completely wrong job and feel like we’re pushing boulders uphill all day long, only to have them come crashing back down.

    Finding satisfaction requires that our work is meaningful, that we feel as though we’re making a contribution, and that our contribution is actually appreciated, and we ourselves can see the positive results of our labors. This depth of satisfaction will go a long way towards sustaining the energy of the Projector.

    Now, when a Projector is actually doing work that she absolutely loves, that she is absolutely designed for (and I’m talking about more than the bodygraph, I’m talking about satisfying the needs of the soul), then she will find that the energy she needs to keep going is available to her, even when human design says we should have hit a wall.

    At the purely physical level, there are limitations. However, as I noted, when soul satisfaction is brought into anything we do, the energy is there to make things happen. It is also true that Projectors vary in their health. And I’m talking about more than genes. I’m referring to health that can be managed by paying attention to basic things — eating foods that are right for you, exercising in the way that is right for you, and emotional health as well. Having people in your life that value you and see you for who you are, and are supportive, will go a long way to sustaining the energy of the Projector. If, however, the Projector is involved in contentious personal relationships, or is not appreciated at her job (boss is unkind, co-workers are unkind), then the energy drain will be deep and rapid.

    It is also true that some Projectors are born stronger. It’s the way of inheritance, what you come in with.

    It is really important for Projectors to surround themselves with people and circumstances that make them feel appreciated and valuable. That means eliminating, as much as possible, unnecessary stress. It may take time to do this, but it can be done.

    There are other factors that contribute to raising energy in a Projector — if they have a dharma that will involve long hours and complex work, then their soul will get behind it, and they will find the energy to accomplish what they came here to do.

    Overall, however, it is very helpful for Projectors to know their type so that they are more conscious of paying attention to fatigue, and not just brush it off as laziness or something they can get over with just a good night’s sleep. That can lead to cumulative fatigue, even chronic fatigue.

    The bottom line is if you’re truly happy with what you’re doing with your life you will have access to the energy you need.

  12. J says:

    I’m a mid-40s emotional authority 1/3 Projector. While I have my career nailed down (and it is solitary work, with a niche expertise that I deeply enjoy sharing), socially I am very alone. I do not blend with local community, and am not received well by groups that seem like they would be more inclusive or supportive than they are. I am divorced, a single parent, and shunned at my child’s school except by one or two families. I do get on well with anyone I work with, and career-wise and in daily minor interactions (service transactions, hello to the neighbors, chitchat with random strangers in stores) I shine. But I do not have a deeper local community system that honestly knows who I am and asks for my time. Sometimes this is ok with me; other times it feels confusing and lonely.

    I am happiest in a dependable intimacy. Who isn’t? But have been dispatched by 5/1 emotional authority Generator partner, and am now having real trouble understanding how to live without that person and relationship.

    I’ve had several long term intimate relationships but this was the most important and most rewarding. I feel I am meant for a marital intimacy, but with the departure of this person and because of my child’s age and my parenting role, I am looking at literally years more of being unpartnered.

    I don’t have the energy or heart to consider even just getting to know a new partner. And I’m scared of this. I need to understand something more of how a Projector (theme of Planning 3) is meant to move through adulthood without the comfort of touch and physical intimacy. We were expected to marry and the loss of that intended shared future is really disorienting. I find I am handling it well, but I am concerned for the future. It isn’t that I need something else to do; it’s that I liked doing that life the best, and felt I was finally in my right place, personally and in love.

    Do other Projectors suffer from lack of true intimate connection? And do they survive adulthood without a marriage or steady partner. I know I can; I’ve survived a lot. But minus the in-home light and warmth of a loved partner, it doesn’t feel like this life is much longer worth doing.

    I don’t mean anything dire by that. Just feeling really dispirited. Any guidance here will help.

    • gloria says:

      Hi, J. Thank you for writing, and for your willingness to be vulnerable.
      A 1/3 Projector does well with solitary work in a niche that is personally and professionally fulfilling. However, the Projector is not meant to be cut off from community 24/7, despite the various benefits of working solo in your own business.

      It’s possible that your lack of success in blending with your local community and certain specific groups is being affected by several factors. One, the community and groups are not really your tribe. If these folks do not share your values or interests, then you cannot hope to have more than a surface connection with them. And you need to ask yourself how interested you really are in getting to know them better and having them know you better, as well. Is it possible that you have reached out only tentatively and given an impression that they need to prove their worthiness to you? Again, check the level of your genuine interest in making a connection with your community. And then be honest about how involved you want to be with them. You may not want much involvement at all, and this can be sensed by others. What creates bonds between individuals, between individuals and groups, and groups and groups is a basic reality. If needs will be mutually met by creating alliances and relationships, then being accepted by a group will not be difficult. Frankly, all of us engage with those who have something of value to offer us. The more value they have for us, the more deeply we want connection. This could be a teacher who has information we seek; it could be an intimate partnership that offers emotional and financial security and who will have our back; it could be participating in an organization that is doing much-needed work in the world that you also want to be doing. We do not usually seek to create alliances with either individuals or groups whose value and activities we do not resonate with. Be honest, and truly assess what it is that you are seeking to have met with any alliance. Then you may find that the reason it’s not working out for you, and that you even feel shunned, is because this is not who you want to connect with anyway.

      The other influence that may be blocking your ability to truly extend yourself to others is your current emotional state and frame of mind. Since you are experiencing deep betrayal with the abandonment of a partnership and the subsequent tearing down of your dreams of a certain future, your heart will not be free to receive from others. You are currently in a transitional space where you need to protect your personal space.

      I am sorry that your partner has chosen to leave. When we have invested our vulnerability, our hopes, and our heart in intimate partnership, there are no words that can truly capture the loss. We can never make someone love us, nor can we make them stay. Of course, we enter into partnerships with the best of intentions and strive to bring those intentions into manifestation. But there are no guarantees that things will work out as we planned since there is more than one expression of free will in the mix.

      When things don’t work out and we are in a condition of disappointment, loss, and sorrow, and even at times, despair, is when we are called to focus on re-connecting with our needs. What is it that you really need in order to thrive? Honor that need, as you honor your loss. Times of loss are times for heightened self-care. It is a good time to check in with yourself and see if you gave away some part of yourself in order to have this partnership; if you allowed some needs to go unmet so that you could have partnership. Other questions I have – how well did you know this person? Was he on the same page with you about the purpose and goals of the relationship? When he left, were you completely surprised, and was there a part of you that was secretly relieved?

      Your theme of Planning (3) places your Sun in Gate 40. This is a gate of aloneness, and this aloneness often opens out into loneliness. There is a kind of request here – to be able to have time to one self. There are reasons for this – to discharge energies that don’t belong to you; to reflect on your place in the world and your developing sense of self; to reflect on who your true community is. Because Gate 40 is part of the Channel of the Bargain, of Contracts, and Marriage Contracts, it is not likely that you are intended to live a life without partnership. Projectors are not intended to be alone. They need other people, although this does not always result in a long-term partnership but sometimes shows up as active involvement in organizations that share your heart-felt values.

      I do not agree that your child’s age is a block to creating another intimate alliance. It is extremely common for women with children to remarry. If partnership is core to your happiness, and is one of your deeper drives and motivations in life, that tells me this is something that is part of your life plan. Perhaps your previous partner was not completely right for you, or perhaps he abdicated his agreements with you. In any case, there is plenty of time for you to meet someone else. What is important for you to be doing at this time is taking care of business – that is – holding together the integrity of your life. The plans you make naturally as a result of your design cover a broad spectrum of areas. There are many things to plan for in a life. In your case, identifying the right community, the right setting and environment for you, and identifying the type of person you really need for a partner, are some of the things you can start to work with now, and then plan for bringing into your life. But you must have the space for this, and that space includes a relaxed and confident frame of mind, and a heart that is ready to once again receive, and give. In the meantime, take the bull of your life by the horns and continue making your plans for the future you wish to create.

      You can always set up a session with me to look more deeply into your situation.

      Warm regards,

  13. Rose says:

    Thank you so much for the article!
    I’m just under 18, but despite following the projector’s strategy, I’m already feeling tired and overwhelmed… I guess I haven’t quite gotten a hold on using my energy efficiently but since it’s an absolutely necessary survival tactic, I’d be glad to get some tips.
    Also, I read somewhere that your vibration frequency can affect your aura. So for example, can negative thoughts affect my aura? In a sense I may not get invited or is that even possible?
    Much love,

  14. gloria says:

    Hi, Rose. Thank you so much for writing. I’m sorry that you’re feeling tired and overwhelmed. I’ve written the following tips for you, and other Projectors.

    Tips on Preserving and Revitalizing your Projector Energy

    When you don’t have a defined sacral your energy’s not sustainable, so you have to learn to be really smart about how you use your energy. And that means that you have to be aware of what your personal energy boundaries are. You need to be aware of when you are using too much of your precious energy, and also engage the practices that will ensure you get sufficient rest and restoration. It’s not enough to read about the Projector’s energy limitations or how to make the best use of that energy – you really have to get to know your own capacities, and then work with them.

    1. Don’t push into your fatigue. If you are already tired, you’re past the point where you should have stopped what you were doing and taken some down time. If you push into your fatigue, you are going to have a difficult time recovering from your energy losses. I realize that it’s not always possible to just stop what you’re doing, particularly if you are working for someone else, but when you know you’re going to be called on to be present for long hours or hard labor (God forbid), it’s critical to plan for that. This means that you get as much rest as possible between your assignments so that you have as much energy available to you as possible. This means that you don’t take on extra projects when you know the demands on your energy are going to be high for a sustained period of time.

    2. Don’t take your energy levels for granted. Projectors are going to have days when they feel they can take on the world. This is because the undefined sacral takes in the energy of others and then amplifies that energy. That sacral becomes a dynamite factory or even a nuclear reactor relative to the steady energy of the defined sacral. When the Projector has a sacral that is bursting with energy they can act like super-Generators, and feel like they could leap tall buildings at a single bound. When the energy is flowing like that, it is good to take advantage of it, but in a focused and measured way. Do not go to extremes or you will pay for it later.

    3. Remember to discharge your excess energy daily. Every day the Projector picks up volumes of energy from others. This is a circumstance that is particularly in effect when the Projector is out among others. Keep in mind that this is a natural dynamic for the Projector, and it is why the Projector is so gifted at reading the energy of others – because they are literally taking in that energy. At the end of your day make a practice of discharging the energies you’ve accumulated by standing barefoot on the ground, walking barefoot, sitting by a tree, or laying down in a room that you have all to yourself. Sleeping in a room that belongs only to you will discharge excess energies and is very restorative. Listening to music that removes you from the concerns and insults of the day will move you to a healing state of mind. You can experiment with ways of discharging energy to find what is most effective for you – but the bottom line here is about letting go of what does not belong to you.

    4. Don’t work against yourself. The biggest energy drain for a Projector is when they are working at tasks that they don’t enjoy and that are not meant for them to do. When you are doing work that is fulfilling, you are energized. When you are doing work that engages your unique skills and creativity and mindset, your energy will flow. Ideally, the Projector has all the energy she needs to do the work that is fulfilling to her. If you are not doing work that acknowledges your nature, and if it is particularly draining, you should be looking for a way to leave that situation. If you cannot leave as soon as you would like, this is where the practice of preserving your energy becomes especially important. This means you do not take on any additional tasks or projects, and that you make sure you get as much rest as possible while you are working in situations that are demanding your energy.

    5. Find work that is true to who you are and that you love doing. Eventually, the Projector must find what works for them. This is a process of trial and error. The trial and error allows you to get to know yourself. Understand that as time goes by and you get older and develop more skills and greater self-knowledge, the environments that you can work in effectively will change. It is about context for your current time and place, and for your state of mind and health. Regardless of your stage in life, when you are engaged in life in a way that respects who you are, that respects your personhood and unique gifts, the energy you need will be available to you. Stick with jobs and projects that have your name on them and that you cannot resist taking on. Whatever you’re drawn to doing, whatever compels and calls out to you, is what you need to explore.

    6. Process the advice of others through your personal truth filter. Projectors need to talk with the people they trust so that they can get a sense of what’s right for them. But you’re not really seeking advice as much as you’re needing to hear your own truth as you speak your words out loud. Talking with other people is genuinely helpful for the Projector, and know that you may have many conversations before you begin to parse out clearly what will work for you. If you don’t get a handle on what you should do in a situation, and you decide to follow someone else’s advice (someone else’s truth), you will probably find yourself in an uncomfortable place. If something doesn’t feel right, if your intuition isn’t giving you the green light, or if you can’t find your intuition or the feeling of rightness, don’t do it. The time isn’t right. Keep talking, even if those conversations are just with yourself. A Projector does well to have a few close friends that they can just talk and talk and talk with. Eventually, you will know your next step. And remember, if it doesn’t feel good to you, forget about it.

    7. Respect yourself. Know your limitations, and stick to them. Don’t allow others to override what you know will work for you. Stand up for yourself, and say no to requests that are going to make demands of you that will injure you if you try to meet them. Projectors are not here to be martyrs for others. Martyring your energy will take you out, and completely undermine your ability to be able to communicate your unique brand of wisdom and insight.

    Negative Thoughts and Your Energy

    We live in a world that is congested with the energies of many beings, with the energies of their thoughts, and the energies of their actions. A great deal of that energy is harmful. The best way to deal with negative energy is to make sure you discharge excess energy every day, and that you have activities that restore your state of mind and sense of well-being. These activities are unique to you, but they can involve dancing, walking, listening to music, reading, watching movies, resting…there are many. You know which ones work for you.

    There is no escaping how others think and act, but we can protect ourselves by choosing to create environments that are healthy for us, and have relationships that honor us. We can eat food that sustains us and honors our conscience. We can surround ourselves with beauty. We can treat others the way we want to be treated. We can withhold our judgments of others, and we can accept our life circumstances while we plan to make the changes that we want and need.

    Just as we can learn to work with circumstances that don’t meet our needs while we look for ways to improve them, we can let go of expectations on how beautiful we should look or how smart we should be or how accomplished we should be, and just relax into accepting that we have what we need to grow into and become the full flourishing embodiment of our potentials. When we seek to connect to those things that honor us and bring us into greater health and help us develop into our best selves, we are doing everything we can to stay away from the negativity.

    Because we are alive there are times when we are going to feel like failures and have things happen that we didn’t want to happen and that we didn’t foresee. It is the way it is. This is the way consciousness evolves. The journey of the soul in third density is complex and winding.

    If you are living your life in integrity – that is, you are making choices that consciously support your well-being at all levels – you will not miss the invitations that are meant for you. The truth about invitations is that, the more you are being yourself, the more others will recognize you and from that, the invitations that are right for you will find you.


  15. Inaluna says:

    My life theme – not being seen or heard. Question- the Projectors are non-energetic types. Does it mean that they take others energy? I have a big problem with that.

  16. gloria says:

    Hi, Inaluna. Thank you for your comment.

    Projectors are seen and heard when they are operating inside the context that is correct for them. No one, no matter what energy type, is seen and heard when they are working against who they are. The most important thing for any energy type is to be in alignment with their strategy and authority, and to not try to be someone they are not. Life is harsh and even cruel when you are trying to be someone you are not. You know when your life situation is abrasive — it hurts pretty much all the time. For example, we are none of us designed to be pushing boulders up a steep mountain only to have them fall down the mountain again.

    As a Projector, your job is to cultivate your talents and interests. You are to investigate those matters that call to you, that ignite your curiosity, excitement, and sense of adventure. When you flow towards what naturally calls to you, you will meet others who are drawn to the same things. You will find your network. As you get to know those in your network (and they will be of all energy types), they will recognize what you have to offer and invite you to participate in the way that honors your gifts. A Projector only needs to be invited once into a particular setting. Thereafter, they are free to initiate, be creative, and take the lead on a project, if that is what is called for.

    Projectors don’t “take” other people’s energy. Open centers in the bodygraph, and all energy types have open centers, will take in energy from the surrounding environment. That includes everything, not just other people. The more open centers you have, the more energy you will take in. The open center is designed to take in energy and read it. Over time, you will become more adept at understanding the different types of energy around you, and how to read them.

    Because open centers receive energy, they eventually become quite discriminating about different types of energy, and the value these energies offer. After a while, each open center can become very wise about the specific energies it is designed to receive.

    The open centers have their own areas of inquiry and expertise. Here are questions that the open centers ask:

    Head Center
    Am I under pressure to answer other people’s questions and live out their ideas and inspirations?

    Ajna Center
    Am I struggling to be certain about making up my mind or to convince others (and myself) that I am certain?

    Throat Center
    Am I trying to get attention (perhaps inappropriately) so that I can be heard?

    Identity Center (also called “G” Center, Center for Love and Direction)
    Do I question my lovability? Am I struggling to find direction? Do I love where I live, where I work, and who I’m with?

    Will Center
    What am I trying to prove?

    Emotional Solar Plexus Center
    Am I avoiding truth and conflict, and trying to keep everyone happy?

    Root Center
    Am I still trying to get things done so I can be free?

    Spleen Center
    Am I holding on to things (or people or pain, etc.) for longer than I should?

    Sacral Center
    Do I know when enough is enough?

    When you enter correctly into situations, you will be seen and heard. For the Projector, that means following your bliss, engaging work and play in environments that are suitable for you. In these environments, you will find your tribe, or like-minded people. Your chances of being seen and heard and receiving invitations that recognize and honor what you have to offer increase tremendously when you place yourself in contexts that align with you. These are places that are fun, and challenging in a good way. These are places that can teach you things you want to learn.

    Putting yourself where you feel most comfortable greatly increases your chances of receiving appropriate invitations. What does that mean? It means the invitation specifically honors what you can do and who you are, and offers you the opportunity to do what you want. Everything unfolds from there.

  17. Athena Blu says:


    Great article. I’m a projector and have recently been reading up on “waiting for an invitation.” I have had terrible luck with jobs I’ve been searching for the last six months. Online mostly. How do I get an invitation if I don’t apply?? I’m a little confused as to how this works. I am applying to jobs I see posted online that spark my interest. Any help would be appreciated.

  18. gloria says:

    Hi, Athena.

    Keep applying to the online jobs that appeal to you. Although the invitation for those jobs isn’t specific to you, they are not specific to any one person, either. They are looking for someone who is a good fit for their organization. The invitation is a general one, but it is there. Generators will respond; Reflectors will take their time to reflect, and Manifestors will just knock on doors, regardless of whether an ad is posted. And if you as the Projector feel moved, excited, curious, interested, or are simply in need of something to tide you over, send in your cover letter and resume for that posted online job. Eventually, an energetic connection will be made and you will be offered an interview. Then a job. Don’t give up.

    Just remember that nothing is set in stone, and you aren’t necessarily looking to connect to your forever job. But when you do get connected, there will be something specific in that environment that has your name on it.

    Let me note that once you’re in a job, and the environment is generally a good match for you, what often happens is that, over time, the job you’re in gets tailored to your particular talents, or you get moved to a position that is a better fit.

    Warm regards,

  19. Emily says:

    I’m curious about two things.
    Projectors are the newest type of Aura, why did we come about? Why did we spring into being? What was missing (if anything) that required us to be here? Do we have an expiration date?

    Were generators and other types “failing”–in a way–to fulfill their potential, and so Projectors had to insert themselves into this reality/plane? I’m curious about why we manifested in this reality.

    Secondly, I’ve learned that I’m a projector with self-projected authority…and I understand that to truly know myself, I must hear what I say to others when invited to speak. I find this to be exciting, on one hand, because I can explore the endless possibilities of myself with/through others — but also frustrating on another hand…as I try so very hard to understand myself. I find that I have phases where I don’t want to be around anyone (except maybe my niece and nephew or my twin sister) for various reasons, and all of this time spent alone I’d like for it to mean something beyond just me recharging. I have been talking to myself for many years, meditating when I can, trying to ask myself questions and answer those questions. Sometimes I record my free flowing thoughts and then listen back to them — though I’m not sure how much this is serving me. Can I truly learn about myself by having these self-conversations, or reflecting on past recordings of my thoughts – and trying to react to those thoughts in some way? Or do I have to converse with “the other” to get at my truth? Or is it possible that I can pick up enough energy of “another” that I can have a conversation with that “other” and myself without them actually being present–so, if their energy is sticking to me and I haven’t discharged myself of it — am I able to objectify that presence of the other and converse with it?

    I’m not sure if my question makes sense… so let me try to clarify. I think I find it frustrating that I can’t get to my core self without “going through” someone else. I, in a sense, wish I could find myself without the help of others. Although, I suppose this is not meant to be – as projectors do not operate that way (at least that’s how I understand it), and I just need to accept that. So I guess I want to know if it’s possible for a self-projected projector to know themselves without having to go through “the other”. I’m assuming the answer is “no”, and that the encouragement I am left with is that I can still know who I am and know my truth — I just have to operate within my design and use my inner authority to guide me to that truth.

    I look forward to your response 🙂 and I appreciate your article.

  20. gloria says:

    Hi, Emily. My answers to your questions are in bold.

    1. Projectors are the newest type of Aura, why did we come about? Why did we spring into being? What was missing (if anything) that required us to be here? Do we have an expiration date?

    From Ra Uru Hu: In 1781, in conjunction with Sir William Hershel’s discovery of the planet Uranus, a momentous event took place: The advent of the nine-centered being. “Centeredness” is a structural aspect of evolution. Neanderthals were five-centered like modern Mammals, and so-called Cro-Magnon or Homo sapiens were seven-centered beings.

    We are nine-centered. We are a transitional form, “Homo Sapiens in Transitus.” Human Design is the knowledge of the mechanics of the nine-centered being and this knowledge is the basis of the Science of Differentiation. Since 1987, we have been awakening to our nature and its extraordinary potential. [end]

    Gloria: The creation of two new centers also created the Projector. It was time for humanity to move into the possibility of having more sensitive and intimate emotional and psychic connection with each other. The Projector brings this energy and ability.

    2. Were generators and other types “failing” – in a way – to fulfill their potential, and so Projectors had to insert themselves into this reality/plane? I’m curious about why we manifested in this reality.

    Gloria: I believe that what brought the Projector into being comes from the same motivation as that of Consciousness: to ceaselessly evolve. The job of Consciousness is evolution. Its motivation is curiosity and desire. Its end goal is unity. Its product is agape, or universal love. The Projector is another expression and experiment of Consciousness as part of Its commitment to expansion. I would not say that Generators, Manifesting Generators, Manifestors, and Reflectors were failing to fulfill the potential of that type so much as there was plenty of room for a new energetic expression, or consciousness evolution. A manifest aspect of evolving consciousness is just around the corner in the form of the Solar Plexus Mutation. It is said that the Mutation of the Human Design bodygraph will be complete in 2027. This new platform will challenge everyone to gradually let go of old paradigms and embrace new values – values that honor everyone’s right to the Tree of Life. That includes all living beings! Even though we are some time out from this shift, we can see and feel the beginning of the changes it will bring. The channel 19/49, Love and Marriage, and the channel 40/37, The Bargain, will no longer be part of any design. The nature of how we bond and mate will change, how we share resources will change. The emotional wave will be steadier so that we are not so subject to extreme highs and lows. We will not operate from fear-based intuition; we will do what we feel/ know is the right thing to do. We will actively seek peace. We will actively find ways to bring peace. And there are specific things that will do this. We will not eat animals; we will see how barbaric and cruel it is to raise them in feedlots. Business values will change. The emphasis will not be so much about profit as about meeting real needs. This is a major shift in values. You can see the changes now in each of these areas. In 2027 the bodygraph will shift. Everyone will be affected. Collective consciousness will be forced to shift because its energetic platform in the material plane (incarnation) will be different. It doesn’t mean that people will all of sudden behave civilly and want the best for everyone — but the new energetic platform will be compelling. It means that humanity stands a much better chance of rebuilding civilization so that everyone’s needs are met. Meeting basic human needs is fundamental and paramount to establishing peace. The truth is that Universal Consciousness recognizes that we only exist in relation to others and that others are part of our existence.


    I’ve learned that I’m a projector with self-projected authority…and I understand that to truly know myself, I must hear what I say to others when invited to speak. I find this to be exciting, on one hand, because I can explore the endless possibilities of myself with/through others — but also frustrating on another hand…as I try so very hard to understand myself. I find that I have phases where I don’t want to be around anyone (except maybe my niece and nephew or my twin sister) for various reasons, and all of this time spent alone I’d like for it to mean something beyond just me recharging.

    Gloria: Yes, when you can speak your truth to trusted others, your truth will come out. You will hear it and feel it. That is one way to get to know yourself. Another way is to look at what you’ve been doing, and where you’ve been. What does your record look like? Who have you been being? As you know, the undefined sacral needs to discharge energies that it has taken in, so down time is required for the Projector. You are discharging and recharging, but you are not just undergoing a mechanical process. You are also evaluating, reviewing, and synthesizing. The time spent alone allows you to disengage from outside chatter. The extent to which you consciously deepen your self-understanding through evaluation, review, and synthesis is up to you. But even if all you think you are doing is recharging, there is a lot that is taking place beneath the surface.

    I have been talking to myself for many years, meditating when I can, trying to ask myself questions and answer those questions. Sometimes I record my free flowing thoughts and then listen back to them — though I’m not sure how much this is serving me. Can I truly learn about myself by having these self-conversations, or reflecting on past recordings of my thoughts – and trying to react to those thoughts in some way? Or do I have to converse with “the other” to get at my truth? Or is it possible that I can pick up enough energy of “another” that I can have a conversation with that “other” and myself without them actually being present–so, if their energy is sticking to me and I haven’t discharged myself of it — am I able to objectify that presence of the other and converse with it?

    Gloria: Yes, I definitely agree that engaging yourself in conversation is another way to get to know yourself. Having free-flowing and open-ended conversations with yourself is really a pretty good technique for this. I congratulate you on doing it. What you are referring to when you ask about picking up the energy of another is a form of proxying in the energy of that person. Yes, you can definitely ask for the other person’s essence to be present with you so that you can converse with them.

    I’m not sure if my question makes sense… so let me try to clarify. I think I find it frustrating that I can’t get to my core self without “going through” someone else. I, in a sense, wish I could find myself without the help of others. Although, I suppose this is not meant to be – as projectors do not operate that way (at least that’s how I understand it), and I just need to accept that. So I guess I want to know if it’s possible for a self-projected projector to know themselves without having to go through “the other”. I’m assuming the answer is “no”, and that the encouragement I am left with is that I can still know who I am and know my truth — I just have to operate within my design and use my inner authority to guide me to that truth.

    Gloria: Ultimately, people need to stay connected to each other. We each have unique perspectives and ways of being that can be of service. We inevitably, whether or not we are Projectors, will gain our greatest self-knowledge through seeing how we interact with others. We also learn a great deal from others, directly, and by observing who they are.

    Everyone learns who they are from how they interact with others, and we also learn who we are by how we spend our alone time. The story is that Projectors cannot know themselves except through others, but I don’t agree with that. We can look at our track record, our interests and our choices. Those tell us a great deal about who we are. On the other hand, I don’t think anyone, Projector or not, can fully know themselves outside of how they are with other people. And yes, following your strategy and authority will get you far.

  21. Gaby says:

    I’m a splenic projector and I’m hitting a wall with waiting. I totally confirm on waiting for invitations and the right energies that have to go with them in order to respond with a yes, but regarding certain important life areas, I’m waiting for 20 years now for some changes to be implemented. It feels like I will implode if nothing is going to change soon. I have gate 20, the gate of stillness and I guess that is a factor. As a human being I also need to experience the aspect of movement, moving forward.
    Any helpful info on this is greatly appreciated.
    Mahalo, Gaby

  22. gloria says:

    Dear Gaby,

    I agree that it is necessary to experience movement in one’s life. It is necessary to be available to movement, as well.

    It won’t do to sit around waiting for an invitation. It does nothing for our self esteem, our state of mind, our sense of identity and belonging. And it undermines courage and trust that we are doing and being what we are supposed to be doing. And being.

    So — let me suggest to you that you consciously and intentionally make changes in all of those areas of your life that do not require the BIG INVITATION. You are not a puppet of invitations, destined to wait on the whim of some greater force to bestow anticipated change and the riches that go with it.

    You are ALLOWED to be the master of your life. You are called upon to be the master of your life. It is your job to take charge and create the environment you need. Begin with breaking up the stagnation of energy around you by making changes that do not require an invitation, but only require that you act on your personal will and desire.

    Move your furniture around. Light a candle. Hang a picture. Buy a book. Get a cat. Change your hair. Paint your nails. Get a new outfit. Study something new. Become proactive in making changes in your life that you want. This will break up the energy around you. It is you taking action for the course of your life, and you calling the shots. By the time the Big Invitation comes, you might not even want it.


  23. Gretchen says:

    As a consultant I want to offer services on how to support student athletes in higher education settings. I was invited to do that as the academic mentor to our football team. I am a full professor with tenure at a division three private liberal arts college and it is the best work I have ever done. But I want to speak about how to do this more widely because many student athletes are not fully seen by faculty or the school they attend. I have been following my bliss, and just learned I am a projector. I have a workshop idea for this – but do I need to wait for an invitation to go out and do it? I am part of a Mastermind group who made the observation that I do know what I can offer. But then the projector invitation idea came up. I would be interested in your thoughts.

  24. gloria says:

    Hi, Gretchen. Thanks for writing!

    As a consultant who has already been working from the flow of having been recognized for her expertise and invited to share that expertise formally, you do not require an invitation to offer your new expanded workshop. What you are proposing to offer is a continuing expression of your expertise, and you are offering this to the academic community with which you have already established a relationship. Even if you plan to offer your teaching outside of the immediate academic community where you are personally/professionally known, you have already been recognized by the broader academic community for your niche area of expertise. The invitation for you to teach and do workshops took place a while ago. You are in the flow.

    It’s like this: a Projector only needs to be invited once into a particular setting. Thereafter, they are free to initiate, be creative, and take the lead on a project.

    How exciting that you are taking your knowledge to a broader base. This is correct for you.

    Warm regards,

  25. Angelo Fegali says:

    Hi there …. I’ve for some time start reading about Human Design … focus on the projector type aura which I’m … it’s like when you hear professor xjavier (from xmen, in apocalypse) “a gift can also be a curse” threres no doubt about it … it relies in the way we can learn about other and ourselves … know others I wisdom . Know itself is enligthment … when you become in the time present about yourself you become light going through the darklands of you own fears, anxiety, depression, bitterness, lonilenes… once you accept that condition of yourself you can reach out and work it out … to migrate your treaths & weakness into opportunities and those to strengths (from the same well of weakness comes the strengths) that’s the great mistery … also publish even better your gifts … waiting is crazy and desperate but it truly works out if you have prepared yourself like in a Jedi discipline yo really sincronise mind body soul aura in one updated vehicle of your own journey … if you’re not coming through or having too much bitterness and depression it means that you’re in the wrong environment or even worse with the wrong people surrounding you ,.. make a rational diferential diagnosis and analyse what sucks your energy into drain or exploted by others … when you find yourself you contemplate every instant and at that same moment you can understand the energy of people’s around you … you also have yo be careful at that point don’t be too generous because we are a generous type it our essence … don’t become too attach to others it also hurts … don’t trust too much in others to not become dissapointed in the lies that they tell and think our aura doesn’t get it …. our most true gift is to seek truth because we’re light … and light wins in the war against darkness… to become light you must go through darklands !. It’s no easy it has been a constant fight to survive adapting to each situation and looking forward to not be reminded depressed from the past … this present is a gift and you must use it … like toda said “there’s no try … only do!” Unbelievable or not … projectors have to work out like jedis, the force inside and outside us … and to really seek out into this life we must understand the emotion transition from Jedi to Vulcans …..

  26. gloria says:

    Welcome, Angelo. Thank you for your comments.

  27. Olga says:

    Hi, Gloria
    Another projector is here, I would love to learn more about this system that I can propagate this knowledge to others, what would you suggest my next step is?

    • gloria says:

      Hi, Olga. Thanks for visiting.

      I suggest books and the internet, youtube, facebook, and also live classes. Human Design: Discover the Person You Were Born to Be, by Chetan Parkyn and Steve Dennis, is a great introduction, as is Understanding Human Design: The New Science of Astrology: Discover Who You Really Are, by Karen Curry. Karen Curry Parker has many, many teaching videos on youtube. She has many classes in addition to her transit reports. There are many other books, but the ones I’ve mentioned are the best for giving you a simplified, clear introduction. You are also welcome to purchase sessions with me. Gloria

  28. miss projector 6/2 says:

    I have become bitter from all that impatience to be heard, that is, thwarted/ignored. Wish I knew about this earlier. Thinking about it always makes me sad.

    • gloria says:

      Dear Miss Projector,

      I am sorry that’s it been hard. But it’s never too late to get back on your correct course. The quickest and only right way is to follow your strategy and authority.

      Keep this in mind: just because you get an invitation, it doesn’t mean it’s the right invitation. It has to feel good. It has to feel delicious. Most importantly, it has to be an invitation that recognizes what you bring to the table.

      In the meantime, to heal from your disappointments, do all the things you enjoy doing. Focus on that. This includes both play and study. Stay away from energy drains. Remember to discharge your energy by taking alone time — in your room, outside in nature, or wherever you are not impacted by the energy of others.

      Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

  29. Nora Belton says:

    Hello Gloria, Thank you for this article and your generous attention!! In desperation I googled “Projector Meltdown,” and it led me to this page :). I am Hermit Opportunist. I guess my biggest challenge is trusting that what I really want to do right now is learn/study/experience/nourish my curiosity, live in the woods, dance and sing!! I don’t feel I have the right, since I am not “earning” and “succeeding.” I am 63 and I am feeling (yet again) the physical repercussions of a lifetime of struggling with the Projector challenge. I am considered an elder and a specialist in my fields (Yoga & Therapies)…but managing money has never been my strength, and work relations…well. I can’t believe after all the hurdles and triumphs I still feel lost and low, unrecognised and unappreciated and with no material compensation. I am tired of having to prove myself over and over. Does it ever get easier?

    • gloria says:

      Hi, Nora. Thank you for writing. The present quandary that you find yourself in is not unlike the similar frustrations and setbacks that befall many other Projectors across the planet. Many are unsatisfied with their lives and struggle to find a better way, to improve their circumstances and visibility, to improve their sense of value and worth, to find ways of making contributions of their innate intelligence and gifts, and to make profoundly meaningful connections which have genuine positive impact on the world.

      Unfortunately, life rarely progresses smoothly, even for those that seem to be at the top of their game. I absolutely do not wish to minimize the extreme frustration, sadness, and sense of having a rudderless connection to money. And perhaps there is also a sense of not even being anchored to anything truly solid. This is a very real experience, emotionally, spiritually, and literally. And it is not truly possible to create connections that are perfect, completely free of abrasion. But: you know from your own history and experience that no situation stays the same. Inside of each situation, there is a diamond of evolution from which much can be gained, and all current issues do eventually run their course. Knowing this makes it easier to surrender to the flow of your life, even as you continue to participate actively in that flow, both from the perspective of a curious witness, and from the perspective of someone who is excited by yet another opportunity to bring your unique creativity and insights to bear on finding ways to ameliorate and even solve current circumstances – yours and others.

      What has transpired in the past is firmly and undeniably in the past. Arguing against reality is hugely counterproductive and only leads to more frustration. To hold on to what happened and what was not gained simply puts life on hold and steals away energy that is better used in the present.

      Each soul has its own unique path. At some point a decision is made to accept “what is” and let go of the critic in the brain that only dwells on what isn’t, what didn’t work out, and where we perceive failure.

      When things don’t work out, it is often because it was the wrong timing and the wrong environment, and the wrong invitation — any or all of these. We often second-guess ourselves, shutting out the first whispers of our inner guidance that told us that something is not right for us, and plow ahead anyway. When we continue to second-guess ourselves, we create a cumulative pile-up of situations that do not serve us. The best thing to do is to always honor what is in alignment for you, to follow what feels right, and to heed the warning voice or sensation that says “caution” or “something is not right here.” We must be our own advocates and allies. Always.

      I think, Nora, you would feel more balanced and at ease if at this time in your life you focus your energies on what can be accomplished in the now and spend less time on what did not come to pass for you. Focus on what IS working, and let go of what is not. Do what needs to be done to take care of the infrastructure of your life and let go of the rest.

      Follow the calling of your Projector soul. I strongly encourage you to embrace your longing to learn/study/experience/nourish your curiosity, live in the woods, and dance and sing! Our yearnings point the way we should go. There is always something there for us. It is not a matter of succeeding, or earning, or deserving. It is a matter of executing your soul’s agenda. It is a matter of anchoring your soul into the present form and circumstances of your life. Your yearnings are the cue for you to continue your adventure of exploration, self-discovery, and connection with others and other places. Be at peace with the present. Surrender rather than resist. Follow your yearnings and your bliss. Say yes to what is correct for you, over and over again. You will eventually find yourself back on the path that is right for you. This path will make your life a working demonstration of what is possible for a gifted Projector who does not run with the herd. Keep this uppermost: life is meant to be enjoyed in the full and spacious present.


      • Nora Belton says:

        Thank you Gloria, it is now only two months on since that response from you yet it feels like a lifetime. I have returned to your beautiful response again and it is uplifting. And it is correct!! Venting is healing, especially with such a beautiful response. Thank you so much.

  30. J.B. says:

    Hey there everyone,

    Wonderful article, Gloria. I’m an emotional projector, and as so many other have said before: reading this makes me feel seen and understood. Beautiful.

    I’ve been into human design for almost a year now. It all makes sense, I feel it on a deep level, beyond and above the mind.

    I have a specific question about waiting for invitations: I’m striving to be a screenplay-writer. I’ve always liked to do this, by now I have several scripts in the drawer and/or in the process of being created, and all the HD-information confirms that it is the (or one of the systems) I can master as a projector. 🙂

    Of course being seen as a writer is tough, so what could such an invitation look like?

    Basically, I’m trying to send scripts to anyone who’s willing to read them (i.e. script contests)… the vast majority of studios don’t accept unsolicited submissions, so that is the very definition of “NO INVITATION!” 😀

    But those places who do accept stuff from outsiders…is this a sorta-kinda-invitation? Or might this “create” a real invitation? You think my scripts are “infused” with my aura? Will those who are right for me (and for whom I am right) recognize me through my scripts?

    These are just some thoughts, I’d be happy to learn more about your take on that. 🙂

    Thank you, Gloria, and thank you all for your comments. Inspiring.

    • gloria says:

      Hello, J.B. Thank you for writing. Ah, you highlight the quintessential question for the Projector – what does an invitation that is specifically for me look and feel like?

      A Projector is aware of her gifts as a screenplay-writer. She loves doing this so much that she yearns to be able to bring her stories into the mainstream, to receive recognition through multiple invitations to create and deliver more of her expressive stories, to be honored for her stories, to be told they are well-crafted, engaging and illuminating, and to be paid for these contributions of intelligence and heart.

      Failing receipt of such direct requests (invitations) for her to create, she is nevertheless compelled to continue creating because the force of the well that springs from inside her is such that she has no choice but to continue to give palpable shape and form to the stories she carries inside, and that beg to be given validation through the act of manifestation. Her drawers are spilling over with scripts.

      The Projector, a screenwriter by desire, by trade, and by design, must create. The creation does not depend on invitations. She will create because it is what she does, what she must do, and who she is. This vital force is not dependent on being called out or seen; it is a phenomenon that is already whole unto itself, that will activate regardless of the recognition. The Projector’s gifts of story are complete as they emerge in form, but to be seen and to be shared would surely take this form to another level of creativity and delight – one where others can exchange their own energy with the energy that has emerged from another.

      I would like to affirm your courage in openly and boldly acknowledging that you are the producer of content and ideas; of possibility and adventure. I would also like to point out that while invitations are important for a certain type of movement to occur, in and of themselves they have no bearing on your ability to be a creative force, and that lack of recognition does not invalidate or deny who you are, or what you have to offer. Still, you will seek and find invitations because that is the next level, and that is how it works.

      Specifically with regard to screenplay scripts: send them out without invitations. What have you got to lose? Definitely send them to anyone who’s willing to read them. Yes, this is a type of invitation. It’s general, and not specific to YOU, but it is specific to your craft. Anywhere you send your material and it is seen can create an invitation that is specific to you.

      You want to create visibility by making yourself visible. You do not have to wait for a specific invitation to put yourself or your craft out there to be seen. Your job is to create, to communicate the creation in whatever way is available to you, and then to wait for the invitation. You have done your work by being and doing who you are.

      When you receive an invitation, you must be discerning enough to know whether that invitation is correct for you. Does it validate you and your skills specifically? Does it feel delicious? Does it feel good? Does it energize you? This is how you recognize the right invitation.

      Your question – are your scripts infused with your aura? Your scripts are an expression of your creativity and how you organize the world of stories. In that sense, they are also an energetic expression of your uniqueness. That is how I would state it.

      Remember, too, that your creativity and person extends beyond a particular craft or crafts. Throughout the course of your life you will receive invitations that validate the different qualities and attributes you bring to others. For the Projector, invitations reach out to the many facets of her being-ness.


      • J.B. says:

        Gloria, thanks for that deep response.
        Following an “unlikely” career path can be confusing and terrifying at times, especially in a “go get it!”-world.
        Words like yours feel like a reminder. A soothing, loving reminder of something else.
        Word being “infused with our aura”… “energetic expression of our uniqueness”… I like your way of putting that, too. A lot. And I think it’s pretty much what I mean as well. That being said:
        I appreciate your uniqueness. 🙂

        I mean… isn’t this all amazing? SEEING and FEELING the energy at play… I’ve invited you to speak to me with that one question, and then you spoke and it is going deep and it’s just BEAUTIFUL. And in contrast to that, just yesterday I spoke without an invitation and it was… well, less than deep and beautiful. 😀
        This awareness is like fresh water… for the soul… yah. 😀 (I’m actually laughing now.)
        Thanks for this great blog, Gloria. 🙂

  31. jr says:

    I am curious about J.B.’s question too, as I am a longtime actress (and beginning filmmaker) and just found out I’m an emotional 1/3 projector. This explains why constantly going to general auditions/open calls for film or theatre felt so frustrating and draining, how impersonal it is. Similar to being a screenwriter, there are “rules” of contact the industry places on us — general invitations like open casting calls, specific invites (like a meeting or callback), and often a LOT of silence or seemingly closed doors. For artists, we feel compelled to share our work with the world, but for we projector artists it seems very bittersweet to deal with the waiting and invitations. I will remind myself to practice my craft for my own love and refinement of skills, and not get too tied up in looking for invitations?

    Also — can you explain what the numbers mean? 1/3, 3/5, etc?

    • gloria says:

      Hi, Jennifer. Thank you for your comments. I hope you read through my previous responses, including the one to J.B., as the commentary therein applies to your situation.

      Yes, a Projector who is frequently engaged in activities that make demands on the physical is going to find that draining – after a while. Initially, being around other people can be very energizing, and as an actress, this is in your favor because it makes it easier to reach for energies that are larger-than-life and imbues you with expansiveness and greater dramatic reach.

      Having the emotional wave for an actress Projector allows you to find the alchemy or the precise point of expression that you are seeking when you are giving voice to someone who is not you, but is still someone you can relate to because they exist inside your emotional wave. Of course, over-accessing energy and emotion and giving them amplification must be tempered with knowing when enough is enough, and with correctly discharging the energies that you’ve taken on.

      The numbers 1/3, 3/5 and so on, are distinctive Profiles. Your Profile is determined by the lines of the hexagram that your conscious and unconscious Sun have entered when they occupy a very specific degree of the zodiac.

      There are 12 Profiles:

      1/3: The Investigative Martyr
      1/4: The Investigative Opportunist
      2/4: The Hermit Opportunist
      2/5: The Hermit Heretic
      3/5: The Martyr Heretic
      3/6: The Martyr Role Model
      4/6: The Opportunistic Role Model
      4/1: The Opportunistic Investigator
      5/1: The Heretic Investigator
      5/2: The Heretic Hermit
      6/2: The Role Model/ Hermit
      6/3: The Role Model/Martyr

      The first number in your Profile will always be the conscious energy – the energy you follow first and that you are more aware of. The second energy is more subtle. As you get to know yourself, you will see its influence in the choices you make. Your Profile is your learning style, or the unique way you have of exploring whatever interests you.

      Each of the lines has a meaning:

      Line 1: The Investigator
      Line 2: The Hermit
      Line 3: The Martyr
      Line 4: The Opportunist
      Line 5: The Heretic
      Line 6: The Role Model

      Let me know if I can of further assistance.


    • J.B. says:

      Hey jr,
      since your question is close to mine, and I’m an emotional projector as well, reading this made me have another close look at my own chart to see which numbers apply to me. And I realized I’m an 1/3 as well!
      I never knew much about this number, just like you, but after having done some research I saw it’s really spot on for me! And I guess for you as well.
      Thank you! 🙂

  32. Jennifer says:

    Is it good for Projectors to work with animals? I am graduating from grad school and have either the choice to go into a 9 to 5 job working with people OR a 9 to 5 working with dogs. I have found when I’m around animals I feel more energized than when I’m around people. It’s really difficult being a 5/1 Projector. I can go into a room and be at the mercy of the energies around me. I meditate regularly, which helps me find my center again and I use sound therapy to clear my chakras. Doing this consistently helps me feel energetically lighter, but it requires a LOT of down time. It’s definitely been true for me to not give advice unless someone asks for it. Better to be patient than running around telling everyone things they don’t recognize as being important for them to hear. Any insights about Projectors and animals would be appreciated!

    • gloria says:

      Hi, Jennifer. Thanks for writing.

      There are certain things that are good for ALL Projectors. Including, but not limited to, things like: waiting for an invitation that take you into life-altering experiences — getting married, having a child, getting degrees and advanced degrees, moving, taking a job, taking an opportunity that requires major commitment, and knowing when enough is enough. That means STOP and go offline (rest).

      As you know, no two Projectors are alike. If you take into account all the different profiling systems that are out there, some of them being: astrology (Western, Vedic, Chinese, Mayan and others), the Enneagram, the Myers-Briggs, numerology, soul type (Artisan, Sage, King, Warrior, Priest, Server, and Scholar) soul age (infant, baby, young, mature, and old), each person has many unique layers that distinguish them from others in the same category or categories, including the energetic categories – the Human Design types.

      Each one of us has a unique dharma and a unique blueprint. We are each differentiated by our own soul history. Each one of us has a unique trajectory or path that we have been on from the beginning of our incarnations. That path has a unique pattern. It also indicates our unique signature. That signature can be identified as a frequency, a vibration that shows up as a our special way of being in the world. We distinguish ourselves as individuals by how we do life when we are in a body. We develop masteries – and these are the result of what our souls have become interested in and pursued over the centuries. We will have more than one area of mastery over the course of our soul’s long history, although we may only bring a few, or even just one or two, into a specific incarnation. It all depends on what we have set up for ourselves as a life task/s in service to our soul’s greater dharma – our over-arching over the centuries goal/s – for a particular life.

      What has become very, very clear to me about how to identify your purpose – or at the very least – what your next step in life is, is to follow what calls to you. If you are truly drawn to working with dogs rather than human beings at this time, if this is what makes you feel happy and joyful, and you feel that you would be of service to them and to yourself, then you really need to look at that. Animals are certainly deserving of love and respect, and they give back unconditionally.

      It can be exhausting for a Projector to spend full days with other people’s energies. And being a 5/1, with all of the projection that goes along with that contributes to exacerbating the energy drain. You might be able to handle this at some point, but it means you learn to put up a shield that protects you and that also allows you to engage with others from an authentic place. If you are not ready to work with other people, then go be with the dogs. They are evolving beings who also have much to teach us, and they are capable of communicating from the heart.

      It is your decision. You need to be honest about how each of these options FEELS to you, and feel free to talk about how you feel with others. Not for their advice, but to hear your truth come out of you as you speak your feelings.

      That said, I do think it’s good for Projectors to work with animals because animals are primarily Reflector designs, and will not drain Projectors. Not to mention how non-judgmental they are, and how they have no objections to Projectors giving them advice.

      P.S. Congratulations on getting through grad school!

  33. Kiri says:

    I just recently found out I am a Manifestor and am still learning about myself and human design. I decided though to find out what my partner and kids human design is and discovered my partner is a mental projector…looking into projectors and how they fit into the human design and how I can learn to engage in my relationship using human design I am stuck as to understand how my partner (who isn’t aware of his human design) and I can make this work. Because from what I have learned so far about his type he doesn’t have an inner authority to make decisions so does that mean that anything can happen in his environment and he doesn’t know what’s true and right…lack direction??…or have a knowingness to make decisions??

  34. gloria says:

    Hi, Kiri.

    Knowing that your partner is a Projector is the beginning of understanding him, and guides you to the right handle on how to engage with him in a way that supports and grows mutual respect and intimacy.

    As you noted, a mental Projector does not have access to authority as defined by a particular Center in the bodygraph — the spleen, the emotional solar plexus, or the sacral. But what a mental Projector does have — and all Projectors have this — is the ability to know their truth.

    The way Projectors access their truth is through conversation with those they trust, and these trusted people really want to participate in creating the venue for the Projector to access their truth. It’s this simple: every Projector must have conversations on the things that matter to them. And frankly, it’s always going to be more than one conversation. And they can be long and looping, so have patience while your Projector finds his way to his truth. A Projector needs to HEAR themselves speaking their ideas, their truths, their feelings. In this way, they will KNOW what is correct for them. And it happens through being allowed to just talk. And talk. And more talk. These conversations, where Projectors are discussing whether or not to do this or that are not really about seeking your advice. They are about hearing themselves speak their truth. So even though your partner does not know about what it means to be a Projector, you can support support him tremendously by encouraging him to just start talking — about what’s on his mind — even if it seems trivial. Eventually, the conversation he needs to be having in order to determine for himself what is correct for him, will take shape.

    The other thing to keep in mind is that authority does not give us our values and our beliefs. It also does not give us our truth. Authority allows us to ACCESS what we believe and what we value so that we have this inner sense of what’s true, but it does not CREATE those things. Your partner already has a set of values and beliefs that can be accessed through conversation. This brings them to the surface, it gives them shape and form, and he can hear and feel them more intensively. The gift you give is offering conversation and patience.

    As you are a Manifestor, keep in mind that you move much faster. Your impulses and instinct are ready to break out of the gate. This is not the way for a Projector, who generally moves much more slowly and deliberately. Finding the right timing between you so that you are in sync for the things that matter is one of the challenges of the relationship between a Manifestor and a Projector.

    I hope this helps.


  35. J.B. says:

    Hey Gloria,
    hey everyone : )

    I feel that projectors (and maybe especially emotional projectors?) often run the risk of coming across as rude, unreliable, and straight out anti-social when dealing with people who 1.) aren’t familiar with HD and 2.) aren’t correct for them. I know that I do. And I don’t want that. It’s a juggle between “I wanna do what is correct for me” and “I don’t want to piss everyone off.”

    Now one might say: “Hey, if they’re not correct for you, why bother at all?” Maybe true. But just because they’re not correct for me (and I’m not correct for them) doesn’t mean I want to hurt them or absolutely never see them again in my life, especially if it’s a (from my point of view “former”) friendship.

    How do you (Gloria and everyone) deal with this?

  36. gloria says:

    Hi, J.B. Thanks for writing again!

    As I see it, the essence of your question is really about the struggle between service to self and service to others. And inside of that struggle is the question: do I insist on getting my needs met first and do I feel OK about that, or is that too selfish, and should I put off getting my needs met while I take care of someone else first?

    What is service to self? I’m going to use the concept that service to self is generally characterized by doing whatever it takes to get what we need and want. In extreme cases, it doesn’t matter what the consequences are – to anyone. Or to anything. There is no accountability for our actions and their consequences as long as we get what we want and come out on top. Personal survival (you can include family and close friends) is what counts, and the heck with everybody else. It’s too bad, but it’s a dog-eat-dog world and you have to look out for number one. This point of view is the result of a belief that there is not enough to go around so you better take what you can. This belief is also exclusionary; it does not see other lives as valuable as your own.

    What is service to others? The healthy expression of service to others includes taking care of one self, as well as others, but not to the extent of depletion and deprivation that actually undermines our ability to get on with our dharma. The unhealthy expression results in giving to the degree where we become martyrs to what we thought was a higher and worthy cause. Martyrdom happens when we hold a secret belief that our lives really aren’t as valuable as other people’s, and that we have to compensate for our lack of value by giving until we are broken – physically, financially, emotionally, and so on. Or when we’ve been taught to believe that painful sacrifice is what is required of the soul to prove its worthiness before God.

    The reality is: to get one’s needs met is not selfish because in doing so you are nourished and able to be of service, in whatever way you are called. You put the oxygen mask on first so you can help others with putting on theirs. You put on your life jacket before you plunge into deep water to save someone who is drowning and does not have a life jacket.

    When we find ourselves behaving in ways that do not invite others for a closer look, what is really going on?

    • We’re too exhausted to engage in any more conversation.
    • We’re too exhausted to get to know someone new.
    • We’re not feeling well.
    • We’re not emotionally available because we’re suffering a loss, or having anxiety over a decision we need to make, or over something we have no choice over.
    • We don’t trust that person or situation. Either we have some previous experience with that person or situation, or our intuition is waving red flags.
    • We don’t believe that this person or situation is worth our time and energy because it doesn’t offer us what we seek and need.
    • Something is off, but we can’t put our finger on what that is.

    In all of the above examples there is a lack of alignment. There is also a lack of correctness, and a way to create correctness. We cannot connect because to do so would cause further depletion. It isn’t necessary to be rude or anti-social, but when we are already feeling threatened or depleted our first instinct is to protect ourselves and that usually comes out as some form of growling or arms-length distancing.

    It’s important to understand what is really going on with you when you want to run from someone or stop them from getting any closer. What are you feeling? What are you perceiving about the situation? If you take a moment to touch base with your heart, you will expand your understanding of yourself. You will see that you are reacting in a certain way because – you’re tired, you don’t have it in you, your intuition is telling you to keep some distance, etc. An emotional Projector may be low on their wave, and if they have a defined root, the pulse may be off, and if, in addition to having a defined emotional solar plexus and root that Projector has a defined will and it is at rest, then we have a triple whammy situation where the Projector is not available and should be off on retreat and renewal, even if that is just pulling the curtains and staying home. Or climbing under the covers.

    Certainly the Human Design type and definition should be looked at to see where you are with your pulse or wave, as what is happening there will also have an impact on the Projector’s ability to be open and approachable. But these are not, as discussed above, the only factors that support one’s social or personal availability or the need to take alone time.

    The BIGGEST PIECE is that you have a dharma to fulfill. There is nothing more sacred than the agenda that you as a soul carefully put together before you got here. What this means is that your soul will steer you away from people and situations that are not going to support your dharma – the doing of that which you came here to accomplish. As you can see, it is possible that not wanting to have anything to do with someone who does not feel correct for you, or not wanting to spend as much time with former friends could well be motivated by the needs of your dharma. We are not always aware that our path is being corrected, but that correction can come in many different ways. One of those can be a decreased interest in spending time with people that used to be close friends. As we get deeper into our lives with time and experience, our interests shift, and so do our contacts and our contexts. If we are being true to ourselves, not as in lacking accountability for our acts and their impact on others, but in the way of following our path, then our dharma will pull us towards what is correct for us, and create a lack of interest and even distaste for what is not. This is a general outline of what is going on and how to handle oneself when faced with taking care of oneself, or saying yes when we want to say no.

    How I personally deal with doing what is correct for me and not wanting to say no and piss someone else off really depends on the specifics of the situation. If I am dealing with a child or an invalid or an animal that needs care, and I have set myself up to be responsible for them, then I need to take care of myself so that I am in decent enough condition to do what I said I was going to do. If there’s an emergency, and I can help, I’ll jump right in, assuming I have the capacity at the time. That won’t always be the case – not for any of us. But if I need to say no to what is a reasonable request because I simply cannot say yes without causing some degree of injury or resentment, I’ll say no, or I’ll say I might be able to after a certain amount of time has passed and I’ll get back. These days I mostly say no right away because I’ve come to know my limitations, directly as a result of agreeing to things that were not for me to do.

    It may be that you need to engage in some trial and error and make some mistakes before you get a really clear idea of what you can agree to do without injury to self and what you can do that would provide real benefit to yourself and others. We’re not going for martyrdom here, although sometimes we do have to sacrifice and there is some depletion, but only because we believed it was necessary in the moment or we believed it to be a worthy endeavor or cause. Then we will be fine, and we will recover.

    I hope this is helpful.


    • J.B. says:

      Thank you for that throrough response, Gloria. It’s definitely helpful. 🙂

      I feel that in my particular case my dharma is steering me away from certain people. Even consciously I know that I can’t be myself with those people… I can’t express myself in ways I consider meaningful (most things important to me are misunderstood or even frowned upon), so the result is a very limited, carefully censored expression on my side… I guess they’ve always liked that. “So in love with the mask”… that’s something I’ve heard somewhere about this topic, and it’s spot on. I smile when it’s appropriate, I listen to things that have nothing to do with me, I come up with responses that aren’t really mine. This may sound arrogant, but I feel that they are not in touch with themselves in the slightest, and it’s exhausting, and even makes me angry at times.

      They miss “me,” and wonder what’s going on, and that’s sad. But taking your response into consideration, it’s very clear to me that I’m not TRULY of service to them by complying and just joining them now and then. Who benefits from such a stage play?

      The interesting thing is that before I knew about HD, it felt sorta kinda ok to just spend time with people and if necessary wear a mask to get through the night. But since I do know about HD I literally CANNOT do that anymore.

      • gloria says:

        You know, J.B., we are always moving along our own evolutionary scale. When we no longer match our surroundings, we’re going to know it. We’re going to feel it. We can make things work for a time, especially as this is often necessary (life being what it is), but we are going to become increasingly uncomfortable if we don’t address the imbalance.

        What we want to do is get as much balance as we can every day. We work on taking things less and less personally (yes, I know it’s damn hard), and we have some type of practice that keeps us centered, that we do frequently, perhaps each day. Establishing a rhythm or routine in your day will remind you, that despite the changes and the friction, and the occasional chaos, there is a place of silence that we can enter, and that there is a still point around which the world turns, no matter what. The routine can be as simple as making yourself a cup of your favorite tea, and entering your private refuge and closing the door. You can remind yourself that you are here, you are alive, and you can create everything from that.


  37. Amanda says:

    Hi Gloria,

    I am so happy I stumbled across this page. So much of what you are saying resonates with me.

    I am new to human design and learned that I am a 4/1 Projector. I am 30 years old, and for the past 8 years have worked in corporate jobs that have felt increasingly draining and unsustainable. I have often felt a sense of frustration that I have not been able to accomplish as much as those around me, but now, understanding my nature, it makes sense. I rarely have the energy to do anything outside of work anymore. I feel like I’ve been neglecting my friendships and I haven’t taken the time to develop many hobbies.

    I know that I need to make a change to find a career and a life path that allows me to live my design, but I am at a loss for where to begin.

    Also, I’ve read that being a 4/1 means living a “fixed fate”, but I’m not sure what that means for me.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  38. gloria says:

    Dear Amanda,

    I totally understand your frustration as a Projector living in a world that sets its routines and expectations to meet the needs of the defined Sacral. When your Sacral is wide open, your needs, capacities, and gifts are different. And working in environments more suited for Generators, and which are looking specifically for Generators, those capacities are not going to be very visible, and often not sought as after.

    The open Sacral is sensitive to other people’s energy and amplifies that energy. It senses and reads when energy is chaotic or excessive and needs refinement and focused direction. Projectors who have not been invited into a job for what they uniquely bring are not usually asked for advice or insight on how to manage energy flow.

    For most Projectors, working in corporate environments is going to be draining. For one, the schedule is hard on a Projector’s mind, spirit, and body. For another, unless you have expertise that you can bring to a job (and for which you were specifically hired!), and which expresses your gifts, you are likely going to be relegated to the “assembly line” or the equivalent of the secretarial pool and be required to do work that is not unique to you as a Projector, will not ask for the unique insights that you specifically bring, and will be too many hours. This will eventually drain you.

    It is understandable that you do not have the energy to do much more than go to your job. This is how it is when you are trying to make your life work in the confines of a regular work-a-day job. Some Projectors will last longer than others, though eventually, all come to realize that they can’t do this anymore, and at some point, some Projectors, not having yet figured out the alternative, will break down physically and simply not be able to get out of bed or move like a normal human being and that will be that. You won’t be able to go into work for a long time.

    This is indeed a good time to consider your options – before you suffer a breakdown or meltdown. When we don’t know where to begin, we start with where we are.

    How to Reconnect To Your Self When You’ve Become Lost

    When you reconnect to your self, what you are here to do (and where to go) becomes much clearer. Here are some suggestions that will help you get back to your center:

    • Do those activities that bring you joy and pleasure. Re-engage with your
    • Connect with people who truly see and appreciate you.
    • Take breaks and rest!
    • Have fun.
    • Reconnect with what is beautiful to you.
    • Engage the rich world of your imagination.
    • Remember that you are truly resilient.
    • Believe that you are lovable and deserve love.
    • Believe that you have the power to call in and create your right life.
    • Recall your track record of courage and having made correct decisions despite
    how hard it was.
    • You have a unique wisdom that has been built brick by brick from your life
    experience which is always available to you. And others.
    • Trust yourself to act in your own best interests.
    • Strive to be real; that is, authentic to yourself and others.
    • Value yourself. Understand that the time you have is precious and needed for
    your evolution and joy and for that of others.
    • Get to know and respect your energy capacities and learn to work with them in a
    sustainable way.

    These things will re-connect you to your inner truth, to what is correct for you.

    To help you remember:

    • What experiences have been profound and meaningful for you?
    • What do you love to do?
    • What types of activities or situations bring you so much joy that you forget your
    • What did you used to love to do, but have essentially forgotten about or given up
    on because it didn’t work out at the time or simply made no sense?
    • What are you naturally good at?
    • What are you really passionate about for yourself?
    • What are you passionate about sharing or teaching others?
    • What are you here to contribute? Don’t think about it. Just say it.
    • What have you been training for all your life?
    • What have you acquired much knowledge in just because you enjoyed the subject
    or activity?
    • What experiences do you desire to have?
    • Why do you desire these experiences?
    • What do you need to do or have to get these experiences?

    Community: who you feel aligned with gives you important information on your purpose.

    • Who are your people (who do you feel accepted by, at home with, comfortable
    • What issues are calling you to actively participate in raising awareness about and
    • What work environments attract you? Indoors? Outdoors?
    • Do you like to be around a lot of people? A few?
    • Do you prefer big cities, small towns, or rural settings?
    • Do you enjoy working with others?
    • What organizations would you enjoy volunteering for?

    When you remember who you are, what is yours will remain, and what is not yours will fall away. In this way, your purpose and calling can emerge freely. The gifts and challenges of your journey and the hard-won insights and knowledge you have acquired are too precious, too necessary, and too much fun to be allowed to buried or put off by energy-consuming false callings (including wrongly assumed responsibilities) that distract from and are not in alignment with your authentic nature or purpose.

    Pay attention to experiences with which you especially resonate as this will assist you to identify and remember what you agreed to show up for. Pay attention to your emotions as these will guide you. Letting go of the paths not taken and the roads not fully traveled, begin here: live each day as if it were your calling. Without excessive attention to detail and over-thinking, choose those activities that seem the most right or important. And instead of demanding immediate results, revel in the quietly unfolding intrigue of each moment. Take small steps, one at a time. There is no need to offer up arguments or resistance; simply do each step, improvising as you go. You do not need to know the next step or the next action – by responding to the choices that call to you, to those impulses that seek expression – your life plan and purpose will reveal itself.

    As you faithfully listen to the call of your intuitive knowing, you will become more adept at discerning the next right action. You do not need to wait for inspiration. Simply take actions that reflect best what you know to be true for yourself, and you will steadily regain footing on your course as you remember your passions, which will re-connect you to your purpose and right path.

    The 4/1

    This is a foundational profile. That means you need to have a solid foundation for anything you do. In order for the 4/1 to feel confident, secure, and yes, safe, she needs to have friends. These friends are the tried-and-true who truly care about you, and you would do anything for them. You will always want to have at least one cherished, trusted friend with you as you journey. Ideally, this is someone that is with you for the course of your life, but the reality is that people come and go depending on who we are evolving into, and what our evolutionary needs are at the time.

    The 4 does not let go easily. She needs to know that there is someone waiting to greet her when she needs to walk away. That could be a person to take the place of the person who is being left, or it could be a job ready and waiting so she can leave her old job and walk right into the new one. Security of connection is important.

    The 1 needs to be supported by lots of information before decisions can be made, especially life-changing decisions. Before the 1 does anything on the spectrum of significance, even at the low end, she must have information.

    The combination of the 4 and 1 means that you will not move quickly on your decisions, or from one place or person to another. You must have a solid foundation to step on to before you take your next step. There will be times when you will need to take a leap of faith because of timing or because no more information is available, but you have your Projector intuition to assist you. Just find someone willing to listen to you as you talk through your options. You are very sensitive to criticism, so your network of friends should be people who wouldn’t dream of hurting your feelings or making fun of your dreams.

    The 4/1 seems to have a predetermined life path, or fixed fate. You can look at it this way: you planned this life down to the last detail, with much deliberation. There are certain things that you want to accomplish and experience. These are not open for negotiation. Therefore, you did not chart a course that would be too wide-ranging. You had your reasons for coming here at this time, and for being who you are. If you follow what calls to you (see above discussion), you will find your solid foundation a step at a time.

    I hope this is helpful.


  39. Justin says:


    You are helping many of us newly-discovered Projectors to wrap our heads around what it means to be who we are.

    I struggled with effectiveness in the workplace for 14 years. Between 2001 – 2015, I was a high school Spanish teacher, lacrosse coach, master’s student, phd student, mortgage broker, casino pit boss, a teacher again, a marketing guy, corporate salesman, janitor, and handed out food samples at Sam’s Club. I also did some private equity investing work with a friend from college.

    I thought I was insane! I mean, there has to be something deeply disturbed about a man who has 10 jobs in 5 cities in 10 years AND drops out of an ivy league phd program right?

    Over the last few years, I took my expertise in Spanish, and turned it into a home- based business that has been very successful. It wasn’t until I stopped trying to stick my nose where it wasn’t wanted, trying to be recognized over and over.

    There is nothing wrong with me b/c I prefer to work quietly in a small room with no distractions.

    I can see why my 10 year teaching career exhausted me so much… I was doing little more than standing up in front of children and extolling the virtues of learning a language that most of them could care less about.

    I was an uninvited projector blathering away, day in, day out. I had over 3,000 students. I could have done so much more with them, but unfortunately the factory model of public education doesn’t allow the projector the time we need to wait for the invitation.

    my life turned out well. i got married. i have a daughter. we bought a house. i certainly feel the existential exhaustion Gloria describes.

    my life consisted of feeling my way blindly from moment to moment always wondering if i would be heard….

    The human design projector concept has really opened doors for me to peace and acceptance.

    it also allows me to counteract a lot of the old programming I was raised with growing up in an affluent suburb in the 90s: achieve… work hard… grow… reach for the stars….

    How exhausting! BUT…. it is perfectly appropriate for others like generators/manifestors….

    I just want to thank the human design crowd for their insights. I am building the next stage of my life…. life after 40.

    I feel optimistic and hopeful. I know I have a lot of wisdom to share and now I know that if I just go about my day and tell my truth, the invitations will come… in fact they’ve already begun….

    good luck to all projectors out there. keep speaking your truth. take care of your emotional well being. your time will come!

    • gloria says:

      Hi, Justin!

      Thank you so much for writing. Your narrative about how you’ve been working with your energy for the last 14 or so years is very informative, as well as entertaining. I also appreciate the lighthearted tone you use as you witness for us the manner in which you have embraced being alive.

      Your engagement with life is expressive of tremendous vitality, curiosity, and the need for exploration. It appears you came in with many gifts, and that you have used your Projector’s capacity to fill up and amplify your Sacral, along with your other open Centers, to give you the energy of a super-Generator. Projectors can be like that. Are that – for a period of time – before they realize that the energy isn’t supporting them anymore and they need to take a break and probably change up how they are doing life.

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with exploring everything that calls to you – whether it has big appeal or is the curio of the moment. You never know – the curio might become a long-term fixture in the life. And this is how we begin to identify our calling/s – by sorting through the pile of treasures before us. Some of us have greater curiosity, along with a complex agenda to fulfill, and we need a large palette of opportunities and experiences to assist us with that agenda, and with refining it. It is appropriate and necessary to see what lies on the other side of the horizon.

      When the youthful Projector is out there making things happen, unless they have learned about how their energy works, they’re going to jump into the race with the Generators. Projectors take their modeling of how to be “out there” from the best of the Generators. And they will keep up the pace that Generators set – for a time. Eventually, however, the Projector will realize that something is off as things begin to unravel. They can unravel at the level of the physical body, the emotions, the mindset (for sure there), and stop manifesting. Then what?

      Maybe we see a doctor and we’re told we need to go to the gym and pump it up. Or run more miles. Maybe we think the solution is to uplevel the healthiness of our diet. Maybe we need more sleep. I will say this – forget the gym and running if you’re already exhausted, and go to bed. Don’t do anymore than what you have to do to keep body and soul together for you and those who depend on you. If you are to get the rest you need, go to bed before you’re tired and close up shop at a reasonable hour. Eventually you will recover your energy. But it’s not an overnight thing, and if you abuse yourself too long, it could take years to recover. Literally.

      Sometimes we need to do big explorations because that is what our soul is calling for. In your case, Justin, you arrived early at some clear identifications of where you should be in your life and what that look should look and feel like. I think that’s the result of your jumping into life with great enthusiasm and bravado. And you’re young enough to have stayed in one piece, despite the energy drains that you were experiencing. You were able to identify more clearly where some of your interests lie and understand that there are limits to how much output you have available. As a result, you realized you needed to husband that energy. And you stopped before your energy situation became critical. Congratulations!!

      You do have a lot of wisdom to share, and some of that includes what works and what doesn’t work. There’s a lot more ‘coming down the pike,’ as they say, for you. Now that you know that you have to leverage your energy by pacing it, honoring its needs, and meting it out with grace, calm, and intention, you will be able to accomplish a great deal, and live a full and satisfying life. It’s all about the sustainability of your vitality, so that you can do what you came here to do in a joyful manner and be of great service to others.

      Thank you again for sharing with us.


  40. Jen says:

    I’m a 26 year-old projector with an emotional authority and I’ve spent most of my adult life wondering why I feel so deeply and painfully dissatisfied and unfulfilled despite having “it all” (good job, nice car, etc.). I did everything I thought a person was supposed to do – went to university, got a well-paid office job, moved in with my boyfriend, bought nice things – so why wasn’t it making me happy? Why did I wake up every day feeling empty and lost when everyone around me seemed to be coping just fine? It took the ending of my two-year relationship and coincidental ending of my contract at work for me to finally accept that my approach to life just wasn’t working. I realised that I had been so consumed with my boyfriend that I’d neglected myself completely. I had been using him to escape my own reality, hoping that he would be able to give me the things I felt I was missing, that he would complete me. Needless to say, it didn’t work. I was left alone and jobless, desperately trying to figure out what I should actually be doing with my life. The idea of going against everything I’ve ever known was terrifying and overwhelming. Could I really just ditch my office job? What if it was the wrong decision? Where would I even start? I started questioning whether I even had a place in this world when I just couldn’t seem to work out where I fitted in. This, coupled with my grief over the relationship, caused me to have a breakdown. Then I heard about human design. I got my reading and I listened to a seminar about projectors. I became so emotional, crying as I listened. Nothing has ever resonated with me so much. All my struggles now make sense. I can see how I’ve been living as my not-self for so long, and now I can start to learn what I need to do to be happy and fulfilled.

    I’m currently working in an office job that I generally enjoy, although I still feel unsatisfied with my life. I’m considering doing something on the side such as a yoga teacher training course in the hope that it will give me the option to eventually leave my office job, have more freedom and do something more meaningful and in line with my values. However, I’m worried that if I do this, I won’t be living my design. I know from experience and from what I’ve read that projectors can’t make things happen for themselves. If I was to pursue something like this without waiting for the invitation, would it work, or would it result in bitterness? Should I just continue to explore things like this as a hobby in the hope that an invitation presents itself in the future, or should I try and make it happen for myself on my own? I would love to hear your thoughts.

  41. gloria says:

    Hi, Jen. Thank you for writing!

    I commend you for your tremendous courage in taking the leap to create a life that is a more authentic expression of you. This is an extremely difficult crossroads for everyone – whether to stay with the known, as uncomfortable as it has become, or to make a break for it, not knowing if things will actually improve for us.

    In order to continue differentiating and evolving into our deeper, truer selves, we must go on our own heroine’s journey. We start out in a world that is populated with conventional thoughts and things and expected ways of being, including the expected (but ordinary) paths to success.

    But in order to become who we are, we need to find out what we’re made of. And in finding out what we’re made of, we also find out who we are and what we are meant to do. But none of this happens overnight. That is why it is a journey – filled with scary unknowns and the possibility of coming face-to-face with some terrible thing waiting for us around the next corner.

    But we have to go. We have to break free of all those things that imprison our psyche and that drain our creativity and make us feel cookie-cutter dull. At this juncture, we hear the call to adventure – perhaps it is not so much the call to adventure as it is the need to escape the matrix. And we hear it more than once while we hesitate, trembling and anxious. What you did, Jen, in completely turning your life upside down, was make the choice to save it.

    Your question is ultimately about how to navigate the new world so that you can remain true to yourself, not fall back into the not-self, and make the decisions that are correct for you. You also have questions about what kind of actions you can take and when, and still be true to your Projector design.

    The Projector is told that she must wait for the invitation, and that she must wait to be recognized first, so that she can be invited. But then – the Projector must also discern whether a particular invitation recognizes her for who she is, or if she is being asked to serve a cause that is not hers, and that will wind up draining her energy and removing her from her path.

    As you know by now, if the invitation does not make your heart sing, if it does not fill you with possibility and a sense of personal destiny, then the invitation is not for you. Maybe someone wanted to use your unique talents, and you might think, “I get to use my unique talents!” But if you’re not being compensated, and your life is already spoken for, you will not have the energy to continue. You will be a Generator slave.

    You must always be compensated. It doesn’t have to be money. It could be that an activity is so fulfilling for you that the act itself is sufficient to sustain you energetically. And the activity networks you in the right way. As long as you have your practical material needs already taken care of, you are safe to explore.

    How do you know if it’s all right for you to go ahead and pursue your hobbies? Because you want to! Because you enjoy them! Because you love that stuff! A Projector should never deny herself what brings her joy and fulfillment. Ever. We can’t think in terms of whether or not a particular hobby is going to financially support us. Not if we are drawn to it. If it calls, follow.

    It’s like this: following your fulfillment is what will result in finding your purpose and your calling, and in ultimately being recognized.

    While Projectors are waiting for invitations, they should always pursue their interests and their excitement. Here’s a secret: the invitation is actually inside the excitement. Over time, you will develop a series of skills that come straight from what you love to do. This is what will ultimately lead you to your mastery, the expertise that you offer that others will support you for.

    By staying open to whether or not something feels right for you, you will stay on track.

  42. Jen says:

    Hi Gloria,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. Your advice is so helpful.

    I forget that life is a journey. I want everything figured out right now, but it doesn’t work like that. Thank you for reminding me.

    I feel so overwhelmed with options and I feel like in choosing one path, I’m missing out on another.

    You’ve made me realise that instead of trying to figure everything out in one go, I should just keep adding good things to my life.

    Thank you.

  43. Lillis says:

    Hi Gloria!

    I’m very, very new on this with hd, and I wunder if you can sort things out for me.

    I found out that I’m a projector, with inner authority: Ego projected with profile: 5/1 and with definition: split.

    I am 51 years old and was until 2017 working in my grandfathers company ( worked there since I was 21 ) my sister and i took it over when our dad pass over.
    In year 2016 we sold it, and I’ve been free for work since.

    Now my problem I can’t decide what to do, in some way I like to be a inspire person that can help others in some way, or I like to write a book, or start a company who sells T-shirt with text coming from inside me, but I really don’t know.

    In some how i longin for express myself for the benefit of others, but I not so good to fulfill my idees, because Ive got to have new things to deal with, otherwise I loose the focus on the project. (getting bored)

    Thats my dilemma, I can’t stay on the same way because new things is funnier, I love to learn new ways of the soul and about the universe, and I seeking my truth within.
    And read books in that subject and do courses.

    Sometimes when I’m asking myself what I’m here for I think I understand and the next day I’m lost.

    When I was listen to a video about the projector I was crying and I felt that I did’nt wan’t to be one, because the man who was spoken about us didn’t in a nice way all the time.

    I have always heard from others that I Shine and I give others energy, that I’m a natural healer (I think we all are) but how could I bee if I’m a projector?

    My way has been the spiritual way, but I know for now that I’m not gonna be a medium, not in that sence, but in a way I will guide others, but for now I hav’nt have a clue.

    So please, please kindle a little light for me.

    Yours Sincere


    (Excuse my English)

  44. gloria says:

    Hi, Lillis. Thank you for writing.

    You are, at age 51, inside the transformative effects of your Chiron return. Chiron is a key part of the midlife transition beginning at 50 years of age. It indicates the spiritual challenges that must be mastered to live out your destiny.

    Chiron in our natal charts points to where we have healing powers as the result of our own deep spiritual wounds. There is, however, no guarantee that we will carry that wound forward into healing. It is not automatic. Chiron, as the wounded healer, must first face issues of low self-worth and feelings of inadequacy and learn to rise above these issues. If we do not, we remain wounded. But because the wound goes deep, if we confront it to heal it, Chiron’s (the wound’s) power to heal is potent.

    This is the time where the huge healing of all the upheaval of the mid-life crisis can happen. You have another chance to fulfill some of your youthful dreams. Now it is time to review them and see if they are still a part of what you want to do. It is time to reach for the stars again.

    My sense is that you are trying to force something to happen, that you are trying to force something to be born before it is time. You’ve had ideas about who you are and what you should do, based in part on things you are drawn to, and you’re trying to create something from those old ideas about yourself. However, now is the time for you to pull back the curtains and open the windows. Now is the time to allow a fresh perspective to enter your reality. In a sense, you are starting over.

    Instead of trying to put your future inside of this or that box, allow your spirit and imagination the freedom to explore without the pressure of time, and without your life having to look a certain way. If you allow your energy to flow without imposing expectations on it, it will flow naturally towards those things that are appropriate for you. Those things you are naturally drawn to, and the gifts you came in with, will lead you towards a new, more expanded expression of self, and new forums within which to express that. That could look like a specific vocation or business, or it could be a hobby that you find a great deal of personal and spiritual fulfillment in. Hobbies can contribute as much to yours and others’ well-being as income-producing vocations.

    Because you have self-projected authority, it is important for you to hear your truth, over and over. Talk out loud to yourself, to your friends, to nature, to anyone or any thing that you can focus your process of discernment on. That could include dolls, teddy bears, pictures, trees – objects that you can feel free to speak to.

    Continue your explorations, and let them go in their natural direction. In this way, you are free to explore what is correct for you, and what your soul is seeking to experience at this time.


  45. Crystal says:

    Gloria, I’m a few months in to learning my Human Design and finally feel I’ve found the missing piece. I’m a 2/4 emotional authority projector. I’ve read these comments over and over and am so grateful for your wisdom. I am starting a business which will allow me to be mobile, and I have a desire to move to another state. My whole life I’ve more or less chosen something to do and then did it if it opened up to me enough to get my foot in the door. I think I operate a bit like a manifestor. I’m aware that I was out of my authenticity and in my head trying to figure out what could help me make a living most of my life, and that contributed to the survival panic that eventually ran me, but I intuitively focused this life on gaining knowledge and wisdom, moving closer to my heart. My new business is all heart, all authentic, and I believe in it deeply.

    All that said. I’d like to move to a place I love, get a dog, and settle my energy in one place. I’ve gone through several years of travel and am ready to stop and work toward some big goals. As a projector, can you share with me how I can best go about a big move? I normally just ask the universe for what I want and then take the leap, trusting that housing etc. will fall in line. Waiting for an outside invitation has never occurred to me, and I’ve never received one. With things like moves, housing, dogs, and cars, what does the projector (I also have non specific manifestation) need to look out for when manifesting these inner desires? My constant work is to follow my joy at all costs and I’m determined to become very graceful in that skill.

    Thank you

  46. gloria says:

    Hi, Crystal. Thank you for writing!

    Congratulations on finding information that connects the dots for you and gives you real clarity on how to live your life. Human Design contains many gems of information, both practical and esoteric. And how wonderful that you’ve created a business that is a reflection of your authenticity and your heart.

    It is understandable that you would try to figure things out with your mind. That is what we are taught to do, after all. Use our logic, our ability to see patterns to identify the possible outcomes of this or that action, and then decide on a course of action or strategy to get us where we want to go. Of course, if we have not checked in with ourselves to see how we really feel about heading in a certain direction or taking on a certain project, as brilliant as our thinking may be we are likely to be dissatisfied with the results. We may even find ourselves stranded.

    You have naturally followed your passion in the pursuit of your business – a business that very specifically reflects what you have to offer, your value, and what you are about. In this, you have a very solid example of how following your bliss feels, and how to navigate your way at each juncture and crossroad. You will use this same map to get you where you want to go, to help you to identify your next action in each new endeavor you are called to.

    After traveling, you want to settle in a place you love and create your home there, complete with your dog. How appropriate and how delicious! How should you go about making a big move? First question: where do you want to live? Then: how does it feel when you are in that location?

    It’s important that you go to the places you are drawn to and spend a little time there to see how it feels for you. See if you are really drawn to living there. How do you FEEL in that place? When you leave, see if you are still drawn to living there. It’s important that you live in a place that feels good to you, that is beautiful to you, and makes you feel alive and happy! This is a place where you will thrive.

    You have clearly developed some expertise on how to follow the path of joy. I believe you know what joy looks and feels like for you. Your sense of joy and excitement is your map and your invitation. Just do the work of identifying exactly where you want to be – it’s the place that will make you want to dance.

    Watch the interesting synchronicities and invitations that come from you taking the actions to get you there. You just need to know what you want and what is correct for you. It will feel amazing. Since you know how to identify these things, go find your new home. I invite you to continue to follow your joy.


  47. K.M. says:

    Hi, Gloria.

    I’m a Projector and I have had a extremely trying several years, almost ten. I was involved with a narcissist for 8 years and since that relationship ended almost 3 years ago I haven’t been able to work as I’ve had to build up my energy and health from adrenal fatigue etc. I have made great strides in this area, however, the time is nearing for me to open Pandora’s box to prepare myself for the upcoming relationship property court case and I find my emotional and energetic self exhausted so much that I haven’t been able to get started. I used to work for myself as a successful body therapist prior to meeting my ex and have now lost everything. Although difficult to, I have accepted this and trust my life will one day again be fulfilling. I’m so unsure of myself now though and don’t trust the process. I live with a lot of fear now and this is so different than the way I used to life my life. I used to live in my own flow, knowing when to move and when to be still and wait. Now waiting can be a place of fear as I don’t know or trust what I should be doing. I have since had a few incidents where I was “thrown under the bus” blamed by others, ostracized and haven’t been able to find any deep connections since. In the past my deep connections came with my work, my interests and one true friend so I didn’t require much of a social life. Now with this court case looming I have lost the faith and energy to get back to work or study that I was gaining. Can you offer me any insight?

    • gloria says:

      Hi, K.M. Thank you for being willing to share your story with me. I am so, so, sorry that you are experiencing this time of confusion and vulnerability. It is understandable that you are not feeling very solid, given that your energy was consumed during the long period of relationship with someone who was not good for you. I understand the fear, too, because you spent a long time being dishonored and victimized. Your trust was crucified. This is a deep trauma, and when you’re in a situation like this, it’s like the awful science experiment of the frog who was slowly boiled to death — you don’t realize always what a bad situation is taking from you because you keep compensating for the energy drain. We compensate by rationalizing or denying or distracting ourselves. But the body-mind cannot be fooled. The toll keeps being paid.

      As you know, you need to find your center — your strength and your courage. To get back your resiliency, it is absolutely important that you keep to a regimen of self-care. What is that for you? Specifically, it involves those activities that refresh you and put you back in touch with the larger context of your life. The larger context of your life is everything you are, everything that connects you to your purpose, your fulfillment and your joy, and also which validates and honors you. This is a foundation and a practice that must be built into your life.

      A Projector needs lots of rest, and a wounded Projector needs even more. Time to heal, time to grieve, time to dream, time to embrace the opening of a new life. It is important that you do those things that lighten your life, that bring you joy and ease. Connect with everything that empowers you and avoid everything that does not. Projectors can get so focused on healing another person that they bend over backwards and martyr themselves. It is easy to lose yourself supporting someone else’s life. It is an issue for Projectors, to take this too far. You need to get very selfish. The things you engage in – all things — have got to support you as well. No more of this one-way, one-sided horror show. There is no higher cause than yourself. Everything follows from there.

      It is possible to rebuild your life, as you know. But you must be so careful and so selective who you allow into your life, and who and what you give your time and energy to.

      Did you read my article RESILIENCY IN TOUGH TIMES: BREAKING THROUGH DESPAIR ? There is a lot of information there about how to get yourself back.

      I hope this helps.

      Warm regards,

  48. S.R. says:

    Dear Gloria,

    I’ve just learned that I am a projector. I’m not entirely sure what this means. Reading through all of the testimonies and your responses to other projectors has really resonated with some of my life experiences. I’m 29 years old.

    I’ve been working and pushing since I was 14. I thought I would be done pushing by now, but it seems I’ve gotten nowhere. I work very hard, I’m extremely depressed, and on my days off I can’t seem to get out of the bed. I just feel exhausted. I don’t feel like I’m alive. I have no hobbies and I don’t know what I would enjoy if I had the chance to do it. I’ve always just sacrificed my wants and needs to do what needs to be done in order to accomplish my goals and to care for my family. I can tell that I won’t be able to do this much longer.

    Thank you for your time and any insight that you can offer.

  49. gloria says:

    Dear S.R. Thank you for writing.

    As you know, you are a Projector. And you know Projectors do not have defined Sacrals, so it is difficult for them to maintain a traditional work schedule of 40 or more hours a week. You are simply not designed to work that way.

    You are exhausted and depressed. You are burned out from pushing yourself to stick to a routine that is completely out of alignment with your design. It is critical that you do not take on any more commitments than are necessary to sustain you and those who are dependent on you (who cannot do for themselves). You must find the space in your routine to rest. You are at a place where what you require is pure rest.

    There is no clarity for anyone when we are exhausted. All of our energy is being used to just keep us going. We are so tired that even things that once moved us with their beauty — a painting, a landscape, music, and so forth — have no effect on our emotions. This is a dangerous place to be because you no longer have the discernment to identify what will support you and what will drain you.

    Until you make a radical shift in your schedule so that you are no longer working against your physical and emotional needs, you will not know what direction you should be moving in. I understand putting the needs of others before your own, but too much of this will consume every last ounce of strength you have. It is time for you to save yourself first. To love yourself first. If you are gone, you will no longer be of service to the greater context that brought you here. It is time to rest, so that you can hear the call of your soul’s agenda.

    You are at a critical cycle phase at 29. You are in your first Saturn return, and this is the threshold between being who others want you to be and embracing your destiny. This is about deepening your individuation and coming to greater terms with who you are. If you are not true to yourself, you cannot be true to your soul purpose, or to any one or any thing. Let go of all the clutter in your life. Think about your routine, the things in your space, commitments that use you without giving back…see how it feels when you think of letting it go.

    Ask yourself often, “how does this feel to me?” If you feel good or happy or interested, you are doing what is correct for you. If not, do not pursue that particular course. When you act on what is correct for you, your life force is supported. When you feel that force of energy moving, follow the direction that feels right.

    Be well,

  50. Joshua says:

    What’s the best way for a Projector to create? A Manifestor uses their voice, Generators work extremely hard, but I can’t find what’s best for me as a Projector.

    • gloria says:

      Hi, Joshua. Sorry I’m late in getting back to you. And thank you for your question.

      So, what’s the best way for a Projector to create? I would rephrase that question as: what’s the best way for YOU to create? Without seeing the design of your specific chart, I can’t discuss your natural path to get your creative juices flowing. Projectors do not work at the speed of light like Manifestors, nor do they have the capacity to sustain long hours consistently like Generators. They can, but in short bursts. Manifestors are highly energetic beings even though they do not have a Sacral. The defined throat allows for unrestrained leaping into action, and so it can mimic the Sacral. But I’m digressing!

      For right now, don’t focus on being a Projector, and focus instead on what it is that causes you to be in your creative flow. As a human being you are intrinsically designed to be creative. And each person has gifts that are unique, and in how their creativity is expressed. Whatever it is that drives you to bust out and express your creativity and compels you to keep going is your clue for YOUR best way to create. It’s personal to YOU. The things that get one’s creative juices flowing vary. They are as individual as the person. But what is true for everyone is this: when you follow your excitement and your curiosity, you have aligned yourself with your creativity. Following what calls to you, and pursuing that call to its fulfillment puts you right inside the zone of creativity and once there, you can’t help but create!

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