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HD 101 - Profile

Updated: Jan 27

Your Human Design profile represents the roles you play in life, and your unique relationship and learning styles.

Your profile is made up of two numbers and reveals one of the core themes of Human Design - the juxtaposition of your conscious (black) and unconscious (red) energies. The conscious and unconscious aspects of your profile work together to create a unique combination of energies that dictate how you move through life. Understanding your profile numbers can give you insight into your relationships and learning style, as well as your behavioral patterns and core dilemmas.

Your conscious profile line is listed first, and it represents a part of your personality that you probably relate to easily. The unconscious aspect is a part of your design that you may not immediately identify with, but other people can see in you.

There are 6 possible lines that are expressed in a profile:

  • 1 - The Investigator

  • 2 - The Hermit

  • 3 - The Martyr

  • 4 - The Opportunist

  • 5 - The Heretic

  • 6 - The Role Model

Your profile, the quantum of your conscious and unconscious sun placements, is one of 12 possible combinations of these 2 lines. The different combinations of these energetic archetypes create unique dynamics and tension that add depth and complexity to our lives.

  • 1/3 Investigating Martyr

  • 1/4 Investigating Opportunist

  • 2/4 Hermit Opportunist

  • 2/5 Hermit Heretic

  • 3/5 Martyr Heretic

  • 3/6 Martyr Role Model

  • 4/6 Opportunistic Role Model

  • 4/1 Opportunistic Investigator

  • 5/1 Heretic Investigator

  • 5/2 Heretic Hermit

  • 6/2 Role Model Hermit

  • 6/3 Role Model Martyr

Lines 1 - 3 are known as the Lower Trigram. These energies are inwardly focused and all about personal experience and understanding.

Line 1 - The Investigator

If you are a first line profile (1/3, 1/4, 4/1, or 5/1), then you are naturally curious. The first line needs to investigate things and have a strong foundation of knowledge in order to feel safe and secure in the world.

As a first line profile, one of your cosmic roles is to share what you know with others. Your natural affinity for research and gathering information makes other people see you as a resource and subject matter expert.

In relationships, the first line needs a lot of time to study their partner - you want to know everything there is to know about them. A first line profile can spend years contemplating the question, “is this person for me?”

One of the challenges of being a first line profile is that you crave stability and may have a hard time with change. This is particularly true if you feel like you don’t know enough yet.

In its highest expression, the first line is a deeply knowledgeable empath and a resource to their network.

In its lowest expression, the first line feels insecure about how much they know and gets stuck in research mode.

Line 2 - The Hermit

If you are a second line profile (2/4, 2/5, 5/2, or 6/2), then you carry themes of shyness and aloneness in your life path. The second line needs alone time in order to recharge their energy.

As a second line profile, you’ll experience an almost counterintuitive theme throughout your life - the push-pull of hiding away in your hermitage and then being called out by others. Others can see your natural gifts, and they’ll seek you out when they need you.

In relationships, the second line is all about selectivity - you tend to be shy, and there are only certain others that can call you out into a relationship. But, once someone can break through your natural barriers, you take them in completely.

One of the challenges of being a second line profile is navigating the constant push-pull between your need for alone time and your desire for companionship. The ideal situation for you is to have people in your life that love being alone with you and don’t take it personally when you need to go into hermit mode.

In its highest expression, the second line is a highly-selective natural who waits to be called into the right experiences and prioritizes their regenerative alone time.

In its lowest expression, the hermit spends all of their time hiding and misses out on life.

Line 3 - The Martyr

If you are a third line profile (1/3, 3/5, 3/6, or 6/3), then you learn through experience. You are here to share what works and what doesn’t, based on what you’ve learned through trial and error.

As a third line, your life path is all about experimentation. Where others can learn by listening or watching, you learn by doing. There’s an innate drive in you to stress test things and find out for yourself.

In relationships, the third line theme is “bonds made and broken.” The third line needs time to figure out what you want and need, and the conundrum of the third line is that you can often fall in love at first sight and think you’ve found The One…only to fall out of love just as quickly as you fell in.

One of the challenges of being a third line profile is trusting your process. You learn by doing, but oftentimes the experimentation can feel like you’re always making mistakes or “getting it wrong”, especially if you’ve been criticized or judged for not getting it right on the first go.

In its highest expression, the third line is a wise maven who knows what works and what doesn’t.

In its lowest expression, the third line feels shame about their “mistakes” and stops trying new things out of a fear of failure.

Lines 4 - 6 are known as the Upper Trigram. These energies carry transpersonal themes and are all about how we relate to others.

Line 4 - The Opportunist

If you are a fourth line profile (1/4, 2/4, 4/1 or 4/6), then you are highly attuned to your relationships. Gregarious and outgoing, the fourth line carries the theme of friendship, and you care deeply about your friends and loved ones.

As a fourth line, you are all about your network, and getting to the bottom of what it means to be in relationships. And, your social network isn’t just about being in relationships - it’s also about the opportunities that come to you through your network.

In relationships, the fourth line needs a strong foundation of friendship before moving onto romance. Without that stable foundation, you’ll feel nervous or insecure. And, there’s a platonic frequency to your energy that can be confusing to potential mates, because they can’t always tell that you’re interested in them romantically.

One of the challenges of being a fourth line is that you crave stability, and making changes can feel risky. You need to have something else lined up before you leave your current situation - whether it’s a job, a relationship, or your living arrangements - and it’s important for you to release any judgments you have about “opportunism.”

In its highest expression, the fourth line is a super-connector and a stabilizing force within their network.

In its lowest expression, the fourth line is so afraid of losing connections that it gets stuck in the wrong relationships.

Line 5 - The Heretic

If you are a fifth line profile (2/5, 3/5, 5/1, or 5/2), then your life path is all about helping others. Visionary and charming, the fifth line naturally attracts attention from others - but this attention is always filtered through a projection field.

As a fifth line, you’re naturally gifted at finding practical solutions for other people’s problems. Your aura carries a frequency that attracts people to your problem-solving capabilities, but because there’s also a projection field, what other people see in you is often just a projection of what they think they need.

In relationships, the fifth line carries the theme of seduction - you’re either the seducer or the seduced. You can turn on the charm when you want to, and when you’re in a relationship, you tend to take a lot of time to reveal your true self to that person.

One of the biggest challenges for the fifth line is that your aura attracts other people’s projections - for better or worse. Some will see you as a savior, others a heretic, and your reputation can suffer because other people are projecting their own energy (and judgment) onto you.

In its highest expression, the fifth line is a visionary leader who brings uniquely practical solutions.

In its lowest expression, the fifth line feels paranoid about their reputation and leverages their charm purely for personal gain.

Line 6 - The Role Model

If you are a sixth line profile (3/6, 4/6, 6/2, or 6/3), then you have a unique life path, marked by 3 distinct phases. You eventually become a role model for others by embodying the wisdom of what you’ve learned throughout your life.

In the first phase, from birth to about age 30, you move through life like a third line profile, learning through trial and error. This is a period of experimentation and exploration.

Around the age of 30, you move into your second phase - going up on the roof. The drive to experiment and explore gives way to a more internally-focused way of being. The roof phase is often a time of social withdrawal, where you can take time to contemplate and integrate the experiences of the first phase, and observe what others are doing without feeling the need to get in there and participate.

The third phase is marked by your Chiron return, around age 50, where you come off the roof. This can be a time of dramatic life changes as you shift out of your aloofness and move toward the full expression of your authentic self. This is the time where you’ve tried everything, figured out what works for you, and moved into your embodied truth. Others will look to you as a role model for how to make the most out of life.

In relationships, the sixth line is looking for their soulmate. There’s a quality of fixed fate for the sixth line; a sense of destiny and a deep need to find The One. And, it can be difficult to initiate relationships if you haven’t found your person when you’re on the roof. However, the sixth line will find their person eventually, even if you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you get there.

In its highest expression, the sixth line is an inspiring role model of embodied wisdom.

In its lowest expression, the sixth line gets stuck in their aloofness and stays disconnected from themselves and the world.


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