“It is the goal of all to improve, advance, progress, grow,” said Bella Baxter in the 2023 film Poor Things, succinctly summarizing the objective of the Collective’s logical side.
In Human Design, Gate 58 harmonizes as the resonant note of the Joyous, breathing life into the pursuit of improvement and progress. Just as Baxter acknowledged the collective drive to evolve, it is those uniquely attuned to Gate 58 who contribute to this painstaking and transformative process.
In the Bodygraph
Flowing through the Spleen, the Stream of Taste originates in Gate 58, to form two Logical channels – the Channel of Wavelength (16-48) and the Channel of Judgment (18-58).
This activation instills a profound joy in perfecting and refining, crafting a journey from correction to sharing with the broader collective.
The Essence of Aliveness
Known as the Joyous in the ancient I Ching, Gate 58 emanates joy and vitality. Possessing this activation endows an acute sense of viability and a passion for repair, update, or replacement, all in service of a streamlined and sustainable existence.
Gate 58 is found in the Root and points to the Spleen’s real-time awareness of Gate 18 (Correction). Because the Root is both a motor and a pressure center, it injects adrenalized energy into the stream, initiating the process of refinement that can eventually be shared with the public.
The Logical Process
As with all logical circuitry, the process is one of repetition. It is about assessing, checking and testing patterns and formulas. This can manifest as anything from inventing a new way to squeeze toothpaste to challenging the ideology of a powerful regime.
On a mechanical design level, it is an underlying drive to make a contribution to society that fuels your actions. Thanks to the precious resource of Gate 58 – the only energy source of the whole stream – we have order, beauty and progress where we might otherwise have chaos and degeneration.
Who can resist your delight?
Words that align with your passion for perfection are zest, zeal, joy, and gusto. Your joie de vivre is supremely attractive to others, and your enthusiasm is as contagious as laughter. You can usually get away with your fussing and nit-picking because of the irresistible charm that accompanies it.
Those with the whole Channel of Judgment derive great satisfaction in finding and fixing little errors or flaws. Its skills are well-suited for tasks like revising, proof-reading, or even just tidying up.
A Design of Insatiability
This quality tends to be relentlessly detail-oriented. The Channel of Judgment is called a “design of insatiability” because of the pleasure people experience when they use it correctly. Those with this definition are never really satisfied because it is the process which makes them feel stimulated and alive. Because of this there can be a certain restlessness or dissatisfaction with the present moment.
Yet despite the perfectionistic proclivities, this is not necessarily the archetype of the obsessive-compulsive personality. As Amy Lee of the Human Design Collective points out, the Stream of Taste, only concerns itself with what it has a taste for. Your unique design will determine which flavor of dysfunction you will tackle with your enthusiastic vitality.
A Word of Caution
You can, of course, overdo it. This is Collective energy, and it is not designed to be used within the Tribe, for example in our closest relationships. In this context you could come across as nagging or hen-pecking.
Beyond personal endeavors, the Gate of Aliveness challenges unhealthy societal patterns. Gate 58 becomes the force pushing against conditioned norms, laws, and policies, embodying the vitality needed to question, challenge, and ultimately improve upon the collective conditioning.
“Betterment is founded on conditioning both social and moral,” said Ra Uru Hu. “This gate is the vitality to challenge that conditioning and to improve upon it.”
And…who can resist Emma Stone’s portrayal of Bella Baxter, as she goes about improving the world in her own audacious way?