The Human Design Reflector: Mirrors and Magnifiers

The Human Design Reflector is approximately 1% of the population.  Therefore, they are very rare. All their centers are open — they have no definition, only gates. This makes them wise observers, and what gives them the ability to reflect their environment — they take in the energy around them and amplify it. Their life purpose is to reflect the health of the community in which they live; they are the barometers of the health of the community they’re in. They magnify and reflect all that is around them and mirror it back for others.  They are a reflection of whoever they’re with and wherever they are.  They are empathic.  They need to be in the right place with the right community. If they don’t feel good or like what’s going on with them, then they are in the wrong place with the wrong people.  If they are where it’s correct for them, they will be able to do what they came here to do.

Reflector Strategy: Waiting through a 28-day lunar cycle.

Reflectors need to talk with others before they make decisions on important things. Their decision-making process (28 days) begins when an important offer has been made or an invitation is extended to them by others. They cannot initiate.  Every day is different for the Human Design Reflector because they are lunar beings. How they experience themselves is highly mutable.  The Moon makes a complete cycle through each of the 64 Gates every 28 days. As the moon moves through the chart of a Reflector, it brings with it consistent changes in definition.  What that means is that a Reflector has a predictable 28-day cycle and predictable changes within their cycle according to the position of the moon. Because of these consistent changes, a Reflector can anticipate energetic and decisive days based on their lunar cycle. Because the Human Design Reflector is so changeable and dependent on the movement of the moon through their chart, the Reflector strategy is to wait 28 days to make a decision. That does not fit into this culture! They have high sensitivity to the shifting energy of the moon as it moves through its cycle and to the people and environment around them. Sometimes Reflectors have to wait out several 28-day cycles.

The emotional theme for the Reflector is disappointmentThe disappointment comes from the pressure to make decisions quickly and from their experience of the world, as they see that the planet is not fulfilling its mission.  When you stand in the aura of a reflector, they truly know you. They are able to sample and magnify the frequencies around them.  This is how they become very wise to their environment — once they learn discernment and are able to distinguish the other from themselves.  They must have the discernment to make decisions that are correct for them.  To help them get clear, Reflectors need consistent, trustworthy friends in their lives.  When Reflectors are making important decisions they need to be with trusted friends so they have someone to talk with.  They have no internal authority.

The Human Design Reflector has the challenge of being the canary in the coal mine and expressing the health or illness of what is around them.  They need to be reminded that they are not the energy they are experiencing, and they can be a screen instead of a sponge.  Even with all their nine centers open, Reflectors are not necessarily more vulnerable to conditioning than the other types. Reflectors are protected by an aura that is resistant and sampling. This allows them to appraise or read their environment without taking it in too deeply.  Once they learn discernment, their auras can protect them from identifying too strongly with anything they take in through their openness.  Reflectors can learn to live in the moment as they are able to truly appreciate and feel subtle shifts and changes.

The Reflector, like the Projector, is an instrument for the greater good.  The Reflector is looking for perfection in humanity.  When everyone is happy, then they feel happy.  They have huge compassion.  They are soft beings.   Their high expression is their desire to heal the world. 

Reflectors have the ability to transcend identification with the energies around them, transmute them, and reflect back a higher consciousness. This is their highest calling as energetic healers (it doesn’t matter what their job or career is. It’s about their presence and ability to hold space for others).  Of course, this is not easy because the Reflector is so empathic.  But it is possible when the Reflector steps back and becomes a witness to all that is out of balance.

Reflectors and Sleep. Reflectors need to go to bed and lie down before they are tired, and sleep alone, if possible.  Reflectors need lots of alone time to discharge energy.  Reflectors, Projectors, and Manifestors need to be alone in order to discharge energy.

The Reflector 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 Reflector aura is the “sampling” or “Teflon” aura. Their aura is the way in which the Reflector tastes the world around it in order to discover what is out of place or what is different. The Reflector aura is not as vulnerable as the Projector aura.

Reflectors need a lot of love They need lots of good friends! Reflectors feel the shifts and pain of the world. Open centers are very sensitive.  They do not have sustainable energy.  They are not here to work the traditional work day schedule.  Even so, they can amplify the entire archetype of humanity and can express very big energy for short bursts of time.  Their open nature will give the Human Design Reflector more energy than any other person but they do not have within them the capacity for this energy to be consistent or sustained. Because of the limited capacity to sustain energy, hard physical exercise or labor is not correct for the Reflector. Again, what feels good is probably good for the Reflector as long as they are remembering when enough is enough and not overdoing it!  Otherwise they will burn out at around 35 – 45 years old.

Quantum Purpose of the Reflector (per Karen Curry Parker): to reflect the human condition and the human potential.

Reflector keywords: • Intuition • Guidance • Wisdom • Insight • Reflective • Healing • Karmic Mirror

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11 Responses to The Human Design Reflector: Mirrors and Magnifiers

  1. Lena says:

    Best reflector description I’ve read so far! Thanks a lot.

  2. Brightly says:

    What a beautiful and accurate article on Reflectors! This article really helps explain some of the nuances I live with daily as a Reflector. Now I know so much more about how I indeed do reflect the environment and other people. It’s a constant challenge to balance it all when you are basically a mirror for everyone and everything. It can get exhausting sometimes. People’s reaction or response to my presence is definitely a mix because the bigger the Ego the worse it is for me, and same goes with a fearful person. People think it is me doing this, when in fact I am barely aware of it (or I was until now). It is a sight to behold when the mirror shows others themselves. It’s frightening for them, and because of this they attack me — it never fails. If. on the other hand. a person who is not Ego-driven does not do this (or at least not right away), then we can can be friends and enjoy the company, until they do see their reflection. The longer a person is around me the more intense their experience. I either have people who love me or they really dislike me. I’ve written poems about this “mirror” effect over the years and how it is so prevalent in my everyday life. It used to make me super sad, this reflection, but now I know and understand it more. It really isn’t something I Do, it is just how I was made, but others can’t see that because they are too busy trying to get away from their own reflection.

    Thank you kindly for sharing your thoughts on Reflectors, this has really changed my understanding of myself and why other people react to me the way that they do. Thank you again!

    • Thank you for this explanation! This truly helps deepen my understanding of myself and why my energy changes so much in different environments.
      I think we need a Facebook group or other platform for all of us reflectors to talk about our life experiences and how we view the world! The more I’ve listened to and read about information regarding being a reflector, the more it makes me want to talk with others who are in the same viewpoint as me and how we go about our day to day lives.

      • gloria says:

        Hi, Kallie. Thank you so much for writing in.

        A Reflector, as you know, is very rare. The way you take in and perceive what’s around you – and that includes everything – is very potent and penetrating. Reflectors can hold and carry more energy than the other human design types. Their presence is felt. They give off powerful energy.

        The most important thing for the Reflector is that they really need to take their time before committing to something that is going to impact their lives significantly. By following what feels good, they will make correct life choices.

        Reflectors can do anything, provided the energy is there from the people around them. Being with your trusted people is very important to you, because you need to bask in positive, uplifting, life-affirming energy, and you also need to have many conversations in order to arrive at your truth.

        As a Reflector, you have the ability to inspire others with your presence and energy. When you are living true to who you are, you reflect what is possible for others to experience. Yes, you are a mirror and a barometer, but I also believe that Reflectors have the ability to transcend identification with the energies around them, transmute them, and reflect back a higher consciousness.


    • gloria says:

      Hi, Brightly. Thank you so much for your intelligent and penetrating comments.

      My bad for not responding sooner to your brilliance.

      It has not been sufficiently stated that Reflectors have the ability to transmute the energy they take in and bring it to a higher level. In this way, they reflect back to their community what is possible, and can move them out and through where they are stuck in their assumptions and beliefs. Reflectors are energetic healers and can demonstrate that it is possible to shift current states of consciousness. This is taking mirroring to a new level. It’s not just about holding the mirror so we can see the truth, but also holding the mirror that reflects back what’s possible. Human beings have the ability to rebuild civilization so that it serves the interests of justice, but we need someone to show us what that can look like.


  3. Michael Smith says:

    Yes, best one I’ve found so far (Reflector)

  4. Donalee says:

    Thank you so much for the article. It is very helpful. I do have a question that was not really addressed. I am a 4/6 Reflector and wonder how I might best manage my focus and direction in my work day. I seem to bounce from one idea to another so quickly without ever having finished the first. Sometime I can be so focused and directed I am UNSTOPPABLE, and then another day I feel like my head is in the clouds and I can’t seem to muster up any focus. Hours pass and nothing was accomplished. Looking for ways to work with my natural essence and master my days with progress and forward motion. I tend to tune inward, to anchor into spirit or external energies, not necessarily people, as I have a home based office. thanks so much

    • gloria says:

      Hi, Donalee. Thanks for writing.

      As the Moon travels through your chart, over the course of 28 days it passes through each of the 64 gates. This pattern repeats itself every month, and every day in the month is different for you. You can chart your unique pattern so that you can know ahead of time which days you will be on and productive, and which days you will not be as externally productive. Your pattern will repeat. It is consistent, and something you can actually rely on. Take out your calendar and make note of what you experience each day at all levels – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Also include in your charting the degree to which you feel inspired and creative, or not. Do this for at least 4 months. You do not need to wait until the 1st of the month to start. Start where you are. The pattern will reveal itself.

      Charting your pattern of days on and days off will be truly helpful to you. You will not only be able to anticipate the energy field you will be inside of, but if you take some time to really feel into the pattern, once you are aware of it, you can gain control over it by working with it appropriately. You don’t need to be pulled out to sea or batted back to shore by changing tides. You do not need to be surprised by the changes in your day to day. You can, by knowing what’s coming, exert creative control. If you know that you are approaching a period when your focus will downshift and become seemingly more diffuse, use that time to become aware of what you are truly feeling and needing. It is important that you are honest here, and give yourself what you need. When you are nourished emotionally and physically, your creativity will flow better. You can still be productive, but like all things, productive energy expresses on a spectrum from passive and inward to outward and aggressive. Productivity is the result of creativity that was born from the inner worlds of inspiration, imagination, and thought. Each point on the spectrum offers its own insights. The thing is to be patient with all the phases of your natural creative flow. It is not in alignment with your Reflector Design to have the outward appearance of a Generator each day.

      Something to be aware of — your unstoppable days may be taking too much of your energy. You don’t have a defined Sacral, so the tendency is to not know when enough is enough and to keep pushing past your need for rest. When this happens, you won’t be as available to dream of new approaches or be as open to inspiration. Fatigue interferes with the flow of creative energy. See if you can identify those days when you actually need rest because you’ve overdone it. If you are truly tired, then resting is your first order of business. When you get your natural flow of energy back, you will be able to work with your lunar pattern most effectively.


      • Sky says:

        Thank you for this. So intriguing to be able to feel so close to this message. The relation to my life is completely on point. Wow.

  5. Sky says:

    I am so happy to have read all of this during my morning. This is helping me so much to understand what I was told when I was little. Its quite nice to realize I am NOT alone with being a reflector. Thank you, Thank you beautiful humans. Would love to speak more to you. Are any of you part of a Facebook group? I’d love to involve myself with others alike.


  6. gloria says:

    You are invited to join my Facebook community page, Living From Your Essence Community. The Living From Your Essence Community is designed to give you feedback and reflection on all your questions, on your experiences, your Human Design and astrology charts, and to assist you with your own journey. Don’t be shy — all questions and concerns are welcome. Go to to join.


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