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Decolonizing Spirituality Part 3: Human Design

What is Human Design?

Jovian Archive describes Human Design as: "The Human Design System is a synthesis of ancient and modern sciences, and has proven to be a valuable tool for human understanding.

With Human Design you discover what makes you different from everyone else. It offers profound insights into your psychology, along with strategies and techniques for making correct decisions and ultimately leading to a life of more ease and fulfillment."

It was compiled by Alan (Robert) Krakower (Ra Uru Hu) in January 1987. It combines the ancient wisdoms of the Chinese i-Ching, the Jewish Kabbalah, Astrology, the Hindu Brahman Chakra System, along with quantum physics.


The Jewish Kabbalah

What is Kabbalah?:

Jewish theosophy, mysticism, and thaumaturgy marked by belief in creation through emanation and a cipher method of interpreting Scripture. The name translates to: receiving/tradition.

The History of the Kabbalah:

c. 900 - c. 1000 A commentary is written on the proto-Kabbalistic the Sefer Yetzirah.

c. 1200 The Sefer HaZohar or "Book of Radiance" is written.

1534 - 1572 Life of rabbi Isaac Luria, also referred to as the Ari ("the lion").

1663 Sabbatai Zevi travels to Israel where he is proclaimed the promised messiah.



What is Astrology?:

Astrology is the study of how the movement of planets and stars effects human life and personalities.

The History of Astrology: 30,000 - 10,000 B.C: Maps of stars are used and planets and stars are like a GPS

6,000 B.C: Sumerians in Mesopotamia document the movement of the planets and stars

2,400 - 331 B.C: Babylonians invent 1st astrological system and zodiac wheel (700 B.C)

331 B.C - 5th Century A.D: Alexander the Great conquers Babylon/Chaldea and Greeks eventually start making advances in astrology. Modern planet and zodiac comes from Greek literature.


Chinese I-Ching

What is the I-Ching?: Where the hexagrams come from. The oldest of all classical divination systems. It interprets the hexagrams formed by the tossing of coins to give answers to the future.

History of the I-Ching:

1000 B.C. - First interpretive text was composed. Predates recorded history in China.

800-701 B.C. - Names of the hexagrams and their judgments are created

475 - 221 B.C. - The practice of using the hexagrams to refer to specific interpretations

202 B.C.–A.D. 220 - Was canonized and studied intently by scholars during the Han Dynasty

Between the third century B.C. and the turn of the millennium, significant additions, known as the 'Wings', were written regarding the individual lines in the hexagrams, and the meaning of the trigrams

100 B.C - The modernized I Ching we use today is created. The difference is in the order the hexagrams appear in.


Hindu Chakra System

What is the Chakra System?: Chakras are energetic centers within out body. Chakra literally means "wheel" in Sanskrit and refers to each of the points of the system. Each Chakra spins and vibrates with energy.

The History of the Chakra System:

Origin = India Derives from the Vedas (the oldest scriptural texts of Hinduism and the oldest scriptural text of any religion still in use) between 1500 and 500 BC

Was originally spelled Cakra

1880s - Western chakra system arose from multiple source

1919 - Sir John Woodroffe's releases book The Serpent Power

1927 - Charles W. Leadbeater releases book The Chakras and introduces the seven rainbow colors for the chakras.

The 7 Main Chakras:

Root chakra (Muladhara): Responsible for your sense of security and stability, the root chakra is located at the base of your spine.

Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana): Located just below your belly button, the sacral chakra is linked to your creative and sexual energy, as well as your emotions.

Solar plexus chakra (Manipura): The solar plexus chakra, located in your stomach area, plays a role in your self-esteem and confidence.

Heart chakra (Anahata): In the center of your chest, the heart chakra affects your ability to love and show compassion.

Throat chakra (Vishuddha): Your throat chakra is connected to your ability to communicate and speak your inner truth.

Third eye chakra (Ajna): Intuition, gut instinct, and imagination are all linked to the third eye chakra, which is located between your eyes.

Crown chakra (Sahasrara): Your crown chakra, located at the top of your head, allows you to feel spiritually connected to the universe, yourself, and others.


This wraps up our 3 part series, Decolonizing Spirituality.

Feel free to drop a comment below and let me know what your biggest take away was from the series!

If I've missed anything please feel free to reach out to me. I'm always open to learning more and expanding my knowledge:

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