The profiles are broken into three parts: Right Angle, Juxtaposition and Left Angle. What angle a profile is in depends on the arrangement of the gates in the wheel. If they are at right angles to each other (all 16 hexagrams apart) they would be called a right angle profile, if they are not then they are either juxtaposition or left angle.
We have 3 geometries:
Right Angle - personal destiny
Juxtaposition - fixed fate
Left Angle - transpersonal karma
Most people are going to live out either their personal destiny or their transpersonal karma. And there are those with the fixed fate. It's important to see that we have specific geometries, which means limitations. For example if you are raising a child with a right angle and you expect them to be deeply socially involved you're in trouble. They've got their own personal destiny!
As you go around the wheel of the Mandala, for each hexagram you have 12 crosses that are involved and every cross has a name. In any given hexagram you have 3 different cross names. For example, the 26-45-22-47 cross given above is the right angle cross of rulership, which has various themes in it. It has different line profiles involved. The end of that is the 4/6. It stops with the voyeur.
Then you get to the juxtaposition; here you have only the 4/1. This is the juxtaposition cross of Possession. It has a different name and is a very different structure because the hexagram structure has changed. And finally you get to the left angle, with 5/1, 5/2, 6/2, 6/3: Confrontation.
Each hexagram is broken up into these three different aspects, there is going to be 7 right angle variations, 1 juxtaposition and 4 left angle variations. That is the common structure throughout all the hexagrams. If you have the 45.3 and the design 5th line, you will have the right angle cross of rulership, but it's the foundation cross of adaptation. It has its own sub theme, and the sub theme is the profile itself.
Below we will go into the differences.
Right Angle - 1/3 1/4 2/4 2/5 3/5 3/6 4/6
When we go from the 1st line to the 4th line (only part of the 4th line), this is a right angle cross which is about personal destiny. To the left is an example with the personality sun in the 45th gate.
The design sun is in the 22th gate. This is a right angle cross because if you count the spaces between the hexagrams going around, they are a right angle. In other words, there is always going to be 16 hexagrams between each.
Remember that we are talking about purpose in life, so we are talking about our movement in space, which is conditioned by three different geometries.
In this century we have confused a lot of this terminology: karma, destiny, fate, all of this language that has been popularized. But in Human Design these geometries are very specific.
If you have a right angle cross – which tends to be the majority in society – you have what is called "personal destiny" and you're not carrying any karma. Now, if somebody comes and says to you: "You're gonna pay for this!" you can tell them, "No, I am not carrying any karma, thank you very much!" – because it's true!
The right angle cross is self-involved.They have their own geometry and it isn't people around them who alter that movement in their life. They have their personal destiny and they are going to get to their personal destiny regardless of who is around them.
When you are dealing with the lower trigram, they have very poor transpersonal skills, they're not equipped to deal successfully with the other because they are absorbed in themselves.
1st Line - The 1st line is introspection and says: I don't wanna see anybody, I am studying. Don't bother me, I'm doing my research. Leave me alone, I am busy with my own thing.
2nd Line - The 2nd line says: I don't know why you're coming to me, I like to be left alone. The moment you come, I have to do something, I have to learn something, I have to figure something out. Leave me alone!
3rd Line - The 3rd line says: Jesus, I didn't mean to bump into you! – because that's what happens to 3rd lines: They just bang into things. None of them are really equipped to deal socially with the other. They have personal destiny! They are into their thing.
Now it doesn't mean they can't love, and they can't live life like everyone else, but it's not about whom they meet that's going to get them to the point where they will fulfill their personal destiny. – So a tremendous part of the population is just involved in their own thing.
4/6 Side note: Even though the lower trigram stops at the 3/6 and the upper trigram begins with the 4/6, the 4/6 is still a right angle. The 4/6 t is one of the most unusual profiles. It is the only profile that is purely transpersonal – both the 4th and 6th lines are in the upper trigram – so it gives you the illusion that this is a deeply transpersonal cross: it is not!
They are in their personal destiny. They are the great voyeurs because they are there in the environment but they are actually keeping to their own process.
Juxtaposition - 4/1
Then we come to juxtaposition. Both the Left Angle and Juxtaposition have a hexagram placement on the wheel that is NOT at right angles.
There is a shift of one hexagram so that now the Personality and Design Sun/Earth distances are not longer 16 hexagrams apart but are 15 and 17 hexagram distances. The image on the left shows an example of a juxtaposition and left angle cross.
The 4/1 profile is the point in which that shifting through the 88° actually changes the hexagram instead of the line.
This is the beginning of the left angle. 4/1s are rare; it's only the last 13% of the personality sun in the 4th line.
The 4/1s are the only people that have fixed fate. When the 4/1 drives into a tree, you know it's fixed fate because that's their way and nothing gets in the way of these beings. They are a 4 and a 1; they are the 2 foundations that are there in the structure of the hexagram, so they are very fixed. So fixed that they barely can bend at all and that they are very easily broken. They have their track in life.
4th line : The fourth line is the bottom part of the upper trigram and thus their harmony is with the 1st line. The 4th line is concerned with influencing their network with the foundation. They aren't interested in the foundation but more in how to use it to effect others.
Left Angle - 5/1 5/2 6/2 6/3
The left angle are purely transpersonal. The 5th and 6th lines are the most transpersonal in quality. They are always getting ready both to go out into the world and to observe the world as a whole. They are the ones that carry karma. And the only way to unload this stuff is to meet the old forces that they got the karma from in the first place. It's only through the transpersonal that we can universalize and connect with the other.
5th line : The 5th line is like the 2nd line but a lot more transpersonal. They aren't exactly hermits because they recognize the value of others, but there is a touch of suspicion there - "What do they want from me?"
6th line : Even though the 6th line is in the hexagram, they are removed from it. Their perspective allows them to see that there is more than the energies of that hexagram. This perspective lends to aloofness.
As we have seen, the fourth line is the foundation of the upper trigram. It is the foundation of what becomes a transpersonal experience. The ability to be able to interact with others. The transpersonal quality is a direct result of recognizing that fulfillment lies through the other. The upper trigram, like the upper octave in music, harmonizes with its counterparts below. The fourth line being the foundation of the upper trigram is in harmony with the first line, the introspection, the foundation of the lower trigram.
The fourth line, as a result, linked with the first line at the unconscious level, is inherently unstable and extremely rigid. It is so fixed that it can break. The 4/1 as a profile is neither this nor that. It is not truly lower trigram in the sense that it is only self involved, and it is not truly transpersonal. Its quality is to be deeply fixed. The 4/1 is not statistically abundant as a segment of the population. Most people are not here to be as fixed as the 4/1 profiles.
If we can look at the first three lines as having to do with personal destiny, and the fifth and sixth lines as having to do with transpersonal karma, our interaction and fulfillment through the other, then the 4/1 as a profile has a fixed fate. It is not personal nor transpersonal. Out of all the profiles, it is the one the most suits the image of a train fixed by the tracks that it sits on.
Its work in this life is to transmit the true essence of the hexagram, through its ability, through its fourth line personality of being able to interact with others. In a way, one can look at the lower trigram as research and development and the upper trigram as human resources and marketing. It is the 4/1 profile, that brings this fixed basis upon which human resources and marketing can be developed. This is the first profile harmony that we meet, meaning the 1 and 4 are in harmony.
We have already seen the first line personality with a fourth line unconscious in the 1/4. Through the 1/4 profile we had an authoritarian personality with an opportunistic abdicator design. In that profile the authority could be challenged by the majority, leading to abdication and an opportunity for further development. In that way the foundation becomes malleable and open to growth.
The 4/1 profile may be a mirror in harmony, but in manifestation it is very different. The fourth line personality may waiver, but in the blood underneath is the authoritarian unmoved. The abdication is transformed into social techniques. You can tell the 4/1 profile anything you like, and given enough social pressure they will bend to the flow, but within themselves and once left alone, they will return to their fixed perspective since that is really what their body, or vehicle, is about. The 4/1 profile is unique in their fixedness. It is neither this nor that and carries as a result a singular geometry of fixed fate.
All things are moving in space. The nature of how the individual movement is choreographed into the dance of the totality, operates through three distinct geometries. Destiny, fate and karma. These common terms have been corrupted in their meanings. We have seen that destiny is a geometry of personal involvement, inward oriented. Karma is a transpersonal geometry, a geometry determined with and by the other. Both destiny and karma have many variations.
It is only through the 4/1 profile that we see the manifestation of a single variation of fate. In the 4/1 is the harmony of the two foundations of the lower and upper trigram. This is the opportunistic personality waiting for a chance to look inward, always checking the foundation, always ready in its ability to be able to commune with others, to be able to establish that foundation for them in their life.
Because it is so fixed it is the only profile that truly can be broken. Remember the train analogy: if you bend a 4/1 too much they will derail. And in being broken, like Humpty Dumpty, they aren't able to put all the pieces back together again. The secret to the psychic survival of the 4/1 profile is the benefits derived from proper relationships.
The only way in which one can have correct relationships in one's life is if one enters into those relationships correctly. One can only enter into those relationships correctly by honoring the mechanics of Type. It can appear that the 4/1 profile is a difficult role in this life, yet in fact they have a tremendous gift for being able to fill their lives with all kinds of people to whom they directly beneficial to those people by the strength of their fixedness.
So often we are deeply impressed by the conviction that the 4/1 expresses. When the 4/1 has always taken their opportunity to look inwards to make sure that the foundation is correct, if they enter into relationships, according to their Type they will be able to externalize the knowledge that they carry. This is fulfillment for them.
The 4/1 personality is ready to accept that perhaps someone or something is right. They must do something about it only to discover the single pointed direction of their lives that cannot and will not bend. This is an archetype of purposeful friendliness. There is a deep unconscious empathy for the other, but fatigue is also there in actual relationship.
The 4/1 is always under pressure to conform to the other but they cannot. This is a role of aloneness, holding fast to ones way despite the conditioning forces. The most powerful conditioning forces is invariably one's lover. The bonding strategy of the 4/1 profile is to be the confidante or not, it is the key note of friendship as the pre-requisite to intimacy. It will depend on their type whether they will be the pursuer or the pursued, but the very fixedness of the 4/1 may preclude successful bonding.
This is a profile that gets around. The better to find its opportunities. This is the profile of the journey outward into the world and its glamour from the covetous dependency of shielded youth to the self-provider and potential benefactor of others. Eyes looking forward, witnessing the world without its makeup on. This is a world of harsh reality. Friendships become necessary armour and the basis of an education. The school of hard knocks.
At the unconscious level, this profile is acutely aware of strength and weakness in themselves and others. It is the foundation of their security and purpose. They can smell weakness and as an opportunist can take full advantage of it.
At the heart of the 4/1 profile's consciousness is the recognition of the inherent corruptibility of all things. In practice, they learn to fight their way through, no matter what it takes. They learn quite a few tricks along the way. It is the power of their fixed fate. Ready to bend, but never giving up. With this profile the world is explored and discovered.
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