A question I am asked a lot lately is: are Astrology and Human Design the same thing?

Short answer? No, BUT they can complement each other.

The differences between Astrology and Human Design

Astrology and Human Design are systems used for self-discovery, but they differ in their origins, methodologies, and focus.


Astrology is an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years. It is based on the belief that the positions and movements of celestial bodies, such as planets and stars, influence and correlate our lives and experiences on earth.

It relies on the positions of celestial bodies, especially the Sun, Moon, and planets, at the time of a person’s birth. It creates a birth chart or horoscope, which reflects the person’s zodiac sign, planetary placements, houses, and aspects. Astrologers interpret these elements to analyze personality traits, relationships, career potentials, and life events.

Astrology primarily focuses on understanding personality traits, behaviors, and life events based on the positions of celestial bodies. It examines how the movements of the planets and stars relate to an individual’s life and can provide insights into the past, present, and future.

Astrologers interpret the birth chart using a combination of symbolism, intuition, and traditional knowledge. The interpretation involves examining the relationships between planets, signs, and houses to provide insights into an individual’s personality and life experiences.

Human Design

Human Design is a relatively modern system that emerged in the late 20th century, introduced by Ra Uru Hu in the 1980s. It integrates principles from various spiritual and scientific disciplines, including astrology, the I Ching, the Kabbalah, the Chakra system, and quantum physics. Human Design claims to offer a detailed and individualized blueprint of a person’s energetic makeup and life purpose.

It combines elements from various spiritual and scientific systems to create a unique body graph for an individual. The chart is based on the exact time, date, and place of birth. It includes nine energy centers (similar to chakras), 64 gates, and channels that represent different aspects of an individual’s character and life experiences. Human Design aims to reveal one’s authentic self and provide guidance on decision-making and living in alignment with their energetic blueprint.

Human Design is centered on self-awareness and guiding individuals to live in alignment with their authentic selves. It emphasizes the importance of following one’s energy flow and making decisions from a place of inner authority rather than external influences.

It uses a combination of ancient and modern teachings to create a personalized body graph. The chart is generated using the individual’s birth data, and specific characteristics, decision-making strategies, and life purpose are derived from the chart’s unique configuration.

The benefits of being trained in both

Astrology and Human Design are two systems that can complement each other. There are many benefits of being trained in both, including:

Deeper Self-Understanding

Exploring your Astrological birth chart and Human Design chart together, helps you gain profound insights into your personality traits, natural talents, and unique gifts. Reviewing them together will help you uncover aspects of yourself that may have remained hidden otherwise.

Enhanced Decision Making

You can understand how you make choices and decisions according to your unique energetic composition. With this knowledge, you will be able to align your life choices with your authentic self, leading to greater satisfaction and success.

Harmonious Relationships

Learning about the Astrological and Human Design profiles of your loved ones and colleagues will help you to understand their communication styles, needs, and ways of processing information. This enables compassion, empathy, and a deeper connection in all your relationships.

Empowerment and Fulfillment

When you recognize and embrace your strengths and challenges through Astrology and Human Design, you can align your life purpose with your energetic blueprint. This will foster personal growth, success, and fulfillment in all areas of your life.

Clearer Life Path

Discover your soul’s journey and how you can navigate life’s challenges and opportunities with grace and confidence. This will empower you to make choices that lead you toward your highest potential and life purpose.

Astrology and Human Design are two different systems for self-exploration and understanding with Astrology focusing on celestial bodies’ positions to interpret personality traits and life events and Human Design integrates principles from multiple disciplines to reveal a person’s energetic blueprint and provide guidance for living an authentic life.

Both systems have their proponents and can offer valuable insights for personal growth and development.

So if you choose to study one or both, it will ensure that you will better understand yourself, how you make decisions, how you can align your life, and, ultimately, live the life you want and deserve.

If you are interested in learning more about Astrology, my Level 1 Certification is now open: http://kathrynhocking.com/astrology-certification

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