Last Monday we started our study of the lines in our profiles by diving deep into the first two lines of the lower trigram. Then on Wednesday, we learned all about the 3rd and 4th lines. Today, we're at the top and vibing with the 5th and 6th lines of the Upper Trigram, the Heretic and the Role Model.
Line 5 - The Heretic
The Heretics are the warriors and the guides. They bring a mesmerizing and inspiring energy to the 5th line. They play of the role of the "stranger of consequence," someone who is able to step in from outside the situation to offer a solution no one involved has considered. This line carries the most transpersonal karma. Folks with a predominance of 5th lines are often projected onto by others as the hero who has come to their rescue. That said, projections are just that, and it's on the Heretic to *really* know themselves deeply so that they aren't committing their energy to solving problems that are outside of their integrity or aren't theirs to solve.
The challenge with a predominance of 5th lines in gates and profiles is that there's a tendency here to project outward rather than reflecting inward, so the lesson to be learned here is to remember to hold space for introspection as a means of truly grounding yourself in the world. If you're feeling uncomfortable with the "hero" role in which you've been cast in a particular situation, it's time to take a step back, ground, and reflect: 1) are others seeing traits in you that you don't see yet in yourself? OR 2) are others placing unrealistic expectations upon you that you can't possible meet? I feel a bit like a broken record here, but using your strategy and authority will help direct any Heretic energy correctly to determine whether or not you're the person to provide the solution in this particular scenario.
Line 6 - The Role Model
The 6th line brings a "sage on the mountaintop" vibe to the profile/gates it touches. The Role Model's energy is all about reflecting back on past experiences and taking in life from a bird's eye view, really seeing the bigger picture. There's a deep compassion and humanitarian bent to the 6th line. The Role Model sees how things can and should be, as well as how they are, and wants everyone to benefit from their advantageous perspective.
The Role Model doesn't emerge overnight. Not at all. They typically live their life in three distinct parts:
- the first thirty-ish years is all about EXPERIENCE. Depending on which other line the 6th line is paired with in the profile, this experience could be a process of trial and error, of bonds made and broken, or of a tension between hermit time and exploration time.
- the second twenty-ish years is all about REFLECTION. This is when the Role Model begins the climb up to the mountaintop, to heal their wounds from all the trial and error of the first 30 years. This is also the time where others begin to look to the Role Model for guidance, recognizing their deep experience and the hard-earned wisdom.
- the final phase, from 50+ on, is all about BALANCING wisdom with experience. This stage usually coincides with the Chiron (Kiron) Return. Healed and rested and full of insight, the Role Model is able to climb down from the rooftop and reengage with life with far more optimism and far more authentically.
If you have a 6th line in your profile, these stages of life will play out in much broader terms than if you only have a 6th line in a few specific gates.
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- Parker, Karen Curry. Human Design Activation Guide. GracePoint Matrix, 2018.
- Parkyn, Chetan. Human Design: Discover the Person You Were Born to Be. New World Library, 2009.
Do you have a 5th line (Heretic) or 6th line (Role Model) in your profile? Did this resonate with you? Let me know in the comments!