I have gate 20 three times in my human design chart, which tells me it's a prominent energy in my life!
Gate 20.2 is my Personality Moon.
Gate 20.1 is my Personality South Node.
Gate 20.3 is my Design South Node.
Gate 20 is located in the Throat Center, which is the location of the Thyroid gland. Gate 20 is all about expressing yourself in the moment, and I have never been great at expressing my inner feelings (unaligned undefined Solar Plexus!). My throat was closed off to emotional expression at a very young age.
I panicked when I had my first baby, and seven months later found out I was pregnant again! I didn't express anything about this life-changing event to anyone, and I was soon diagnosed with hypothyroid (low thyroid function). I believe the massive physical stressor of back-to-back pregnancies, plus shutting down my throat chakra, triggered low thyroid function.
If you have gate 20 and thyroid issues, where are you shutting down your verbal expression?
About Gate 20
Name: The Gate of the Now or the Gate of Metamorphosis
Circuitry: Integration (channels 20-34 & 20-10) and Knowing circuitry (channel 20-57)
Gate Physiology: Medulla Oblongata of the Brainstem
Throat Physiology: Thyroid Gland
Amino Acid: Leucine
Gene Key Shadow: Superficiality
Gene Keys Gift: Self Assurance
Gene Keys Siddhi: Presence
Archetype: the Tranquil
Gate 20's Inherent Energetic Traits
The throat is the center of metamorphosis, communication, and manifestation. It's function is to communicate what's coming from the Ajna, Solar Plexus, Identity Center, Spleen, and Sacral, depending on which channels you have.
The 20th gate is recognition and awareness in the now which transforms understanding into right action. It does not consider the past or the future. It's the verbal expression of your individual, authentic self, your authentic existence, and your knowing at that moment. To be awake and aware, and to survive, you must be fully present to the moment and authentically yourself.
The "flavor" of what's expressed can depend on which of the three harmonic gates it connects to, which can be gate 57, 34, and 10.
The Voice of Gate 20
The voice of gate 20 says “I am now” or not. I am present or not (presence is the siddhi). The voice will be consistent with a defined throat or inconsistent with an undefined throat.
Gate 20 is known to be kinda quirky. You never know what it's going to say as it's expressed in the moment. The voice finds words to express the moment, or speak about your own perception of the moment. It can express quirky, humorous exclamations. It can speak profound insight or be 'silly.' It may speak about be a personal truth you didn't even know you knew existed in you.
Gate 20 gives a voice to gate 57's intuitive survival awareness from the Spleen Center.
Gate 20 is the voice for gate 10's behavioral patterns of self-love and commitments to higher principles grounded in love and direction.
Gate 20 can manifest gate 34's sacral power through action toward individualism. The themes in the Channel of Charisma apply. This channel has a tendency to make sounds that pop out of your mouth before your conscious mind can stop them :) Listen to the intonation of what is expressed and hold it in your awareness for a deeper clarity of its meaning. If you are involved in something that really isn’t correct for you, there may be a ‘groan’ or an outbreath you notice as being really true for you. These primal sounds can be a clue that whatever you are involved in, or whoever you are dealing with, is not nourishing for you.
The Gift of Gate 20 is Self Assurance
Gate 20 keeps you focused in the present, and supports your capacity to survive and thrive as yourself.
The gift of self assurance starts to come into being when the person releases the mind as their decision making authority. With self assurance must come a profound surrender to life in every moment. As you accept that life has its own plans and flow, you can stop interfering with the process on a mental level. There is no technique that can lead you to this gift - only life itself can show you how to surrender and let go. You begin to discover that decisions in life simply get made and there is no point agonizing over them. Your self assurance is directly related to your ability to escape being a victim of your mind.
The Shadow of Gate 20 is Superficiality
This shadow expression occurs when the consciousness of life does not express itself and we see a very watered down version of life's potential coming through your throat's expression. This shadow keeps you in the superficial side of life rather than really diving into all life has to offer. To live superficially means to live within the false illusions fabricated by the mind. When you are dominated by your thinking, consciousness is impeded from functioning fully. When this energy of superficiality is turned into action, it is blind activity just for the sake of activity. Your busyness will lack actual presence and your awareness will be absent.
Medulla Oblongata and Gate 20 in Human Design
Gate 20’s physiological connection in the body is the medulla oblongata. It connects the brain to the spinal cord and is responsible for critical functions necessary to maintain life.
Some Key Functions of the Medulla Oblongata:
1) Regulates heart rate and blood pressure.
2) Controls the rate, depth, and rhythm of breathing.
3) Coordinates the complex movements involved in swallowing, and the reflexes of vomiting (throat chakra).
4) Controls reflex actions including coughing, sneezing, and blinking (throat chakra).
5) Coordinates the motor movements required for speaking. It's involved in the control of muscles involved in respiration, sound production, and articulation which is the formation of speech sounds (throat chakra). When we speak, the medulla oblongata also helps regulate the rate and rhythm of breathing. It coordinates the muscles involved in controlling the flow of air from the lungs, including the diaphragm and intercostal muscles, which are responsible for inhalation and exhalation. These muscles work together to control the breath support needed for speaking.
If you have gate 20, I strongly encourage you to bring attention to your breath. Pause and breathe 3 deep breaths as often as you remember to. Presence is all about how deeply and rhythmically we are breathing.
Three Nutrition Tips for Gate 20 and the Medulla Oblongata in Human Design
It's helpful to know how to support gate 20's nutrition needs as part of a deeper understanding of your human design. Here are three tips for supporting the Medulla Oblongata in the brainstem.
1. Consuming a well-rounded diet that includes essential nutrients is important for overall brain health. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals like magnesium and zinc are known to support brain function and may indirectly benefit the medulla oblongata. Here's why I take omega-3 fish oil every morning, plus my favorite brand.
2. Chronic inflammation can negatively disrupt the normal function of the medulla oblongata. Eating foods high in antioxidants helps reduce inflammation by neutralizing harmful free radicals, which are molecules that stress the body and damage tissues and cells.
Antioxidants come from brightly-colored foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and these indirectly benefit the health and function of the medulla oblongata.
3. Proper hydration is essential! The brain is 75% water, and dehydration can have adverse effects on its functioning. In addition, the medulla oblongata plays a role in regulating fluid balance, so staying well-hydrated is essential for maintaining optimal brain function.
Thyroid Health and the Throat Center
Gate 20's physiology is associated with the medulla oblongata, but it's located in the Throat Center, which is linked to the Thyroid gland. This is also a very important area of the body to examine if you have gate 20.
If you have channel 57-20, gate 57 is associated with gut health. There's a gut-brain connection here that's crucial with this channel. Please see this article about thyroid function and the throat center for more information.
Follow Your Determination Diet Type
In addition to prioritizing healthy fats, eating a diet high in antioxidants, and staying hydrated, also consider following your Primary Health System (PHS) Determination Diet type. This is a way of eating that supports your thinking.
For example, if your Determination is Alternating, this means your body digests food and information best when you eat one item completely before moving to the next food item in your meal. Try slowing down while you eat in order to have a singular and clear mental awareness of what you're eating. Experiment with having lighter, smaller meals instead of big meals.
Questions for Inquiry
Do you have gate 20? Is it hanging or connected via a channel? Is your throat defined or undefined? Do you have thyroid issues?
I would love to hear from you.
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