When I first started reading Human Design charts as a hobby (don’t judge me, I’m going through my Saturn return, okay?) I wanted to get my hands on the chart of a woman whose writing I’ve always turned to when I felt lost. Her quotes litter my Pinterest and Tumblr feed – and rightfully so.

There is a specific type of soul who feels connected to Anaïs Nin – those who feel misunderstood, sexually repressed, and called to indulge in things that are thought to be poison for the soul.

All those things that we condemn in society, from writing “smut” to having affairs to being sexually fluid can be found in the diaries of essayist Anaïs Nin.

Today, I honor her by writing my first open Human Design chart exploration based on her information.

Anaïs Nin, Sacral Manifesting Generator

I think I have a thing for Manifesting Generators because when I looked up over 50 charts of famous people I admire, roughly 40 of them ended up being Manifesting Generators, including Anaïs Nin.

Here’s Anaïs Nin’s Human Design chart:

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What makes Anaïs Nin a Manifesting Generator is the fact that her sacral (big red square at the bottom) is connected to her throat center (brown square by the throat).

About 35% of the population are born Manifesting Generators.

Her Manifesting Generator type can be seen through the different projects that she took on throughout her life. Besides writing studies, novels, essays, short stories, and erotica, she also took on countless lovers, was a flamenco dancer, took on psychoanalysis clients (and slept with them – no, she wasn’t professionally trained in psychoanalysis either), and funded the work of fellow author, Henry Miller.

She likely took interest in many more things and possibly lost interest just as quickly.

While I would never know for certain how her sacral authority manifested in her life, I would take a wild guess that she felt “turned on” when her sacral was giving her the green light. Her professional life was heavily intertwined with her intimate life so when she felt the “YES!” from her sacral, it’s likely that she acted upon those feelings.

Note: While sacral authorities are said to feel their green light through an “uh huh” or a “nuh uh,” I’ve found from client testimony that this is not always true. A handful of clients have mentioned feeling a rush of sexual feelings and energy when their sacral was giving them a yes. This is why I make the assumption that this may be how it manifested in Anaïs Nin since her sexuality and professional decisions went hand in hand.

3/5 Profile: The Martyr/Heretic

As if the words martyr and heretic weren’t enough to paint a picture of how Anaïs Nin was regarded throughout her life and even posthumously, right?

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Line 3’s are known to be restless individuals who want to learn how to do something by doing the thing. Anaïs Nin did not become a well-quoted author because she went to school, drank up the textbooks, and scored straight A’s in her assignments.


As a line 3 in action, Anaïs Nin began writing in her diaries since she was a teenager. In fact, she was a high school drop out, leaving at the age of sixteen. She kept writing and kept notes of her endeavors in excruciating detail.

This is a classic example of a line 3 profile – dismissing textbooks and school in favor of learning through doing. Funny enough, she received an honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Art right before her death.

Line 3’s are called “the martyr” because they have a tendency to upheave accepted schools of thought, and are often punished for it. Through their experimentations and self-learning, they’ve found contradictions or straight up falsities that are taught in traditional systems.

With a nagging need to speak up, line 3’s will find themselves dismissed and even shamed for their audacity, because – let’s be honest – people don’t like being told they’re wrong.

Especially if those people subscribe to archaic schools of thought that only benefit them.

Plenty of scandal followed Anaïs Nin, though of course, we can’t deny she did most of it to herself. I mean, she kept a lie box because she told so many lies in order to keep them accurate — she was even married to TWO men at the same time! She was thought to be in a polyamorous relationship with Henry Miller and his wife, June, while simultaneously being accused of being the reason June and Henry got a divorce.

When she passed away, her publications were temporarily stopped because of two conflicting obituaries that were published: one where she was survived by her first husband, and one where she was survived by the other.

Anaïs Nin is now a feminist icon whose work survives in our bookstores, libraries, and social media feeds, but she definitely paid her dues with her reputations, as is common for the martyr archetype.

She also has a line 5 in her profile, also known as “the heretic.” I think of the heretic archetype as the people who are championed as leaders due to their influence. However, this comes with a price. Those who are seen as “the heretic” are usually not beloved for who they are, but for what people perceive them to be. An interesting example of this is how Anaïs Nin was praised as an icon of feminism in the 1960’s… yet she completely disassociated herself from the movement!

No one really cared whether or not Anaïs Nin considered herself as a feminist or part of the movement. They only cared that her work was a breath of fresh air and a guiding light in what they were trying to accomplish.

Those who have a line 5 may often feel “larger than life” or that they are loved for all the wrong reasons. At the end of the day, people relate to the stories told by line 5’s and will use that story as a piece of their own inspiration, rather than question whether the person the story belongs to intended it to be perceived that way.

Right Angle Cross of The Sleeping Phoenix (Gate 55)

I recently had the honor of doing three back to back Human Design readings with the Right Angle Cross (RAX) of the Sleeping Phoenix incarnation crosses (different gates). Those who have Right Angles in their incarnation cross are on this planet to reconcile the overarching theme playing out in their lives.

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Some see this as your “fate” or “destiny” (though the North Node might argue you on that). I like to consider the incarnation cross the theme that becomes illuminated as you live out your Human Design.

For Anaïs Nin, the RAX of the Sleeping Phoenix in gate 55 speaks to someone who yearns for intimacy and romance. There could be confusion on what is surface level lust and what is a deeper experience, because both wear the same mask upon the first approach. Reality doesn’t appeal to her and she refuses to be bound by the mortal world when imagination can take her to places that make her feel live.

This quote by Anaïs Nin is a complete embodiment of what it may feel like to have the RAX of the Sleeping Phoenix play out in your life:

“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” ― Anaïs Nin

In the romantic relationships she explores, she becomes transformed – and through her transformation, those around her also experience personal change. It’s no wonder why she has been a prominent figure in the work of Henry Miller and influential to her original husband, Hugh Guiler despite her numerous affair and secret marriage.

Random side note: Manifesting Generators are known for their ability to multi-task and juggle different things. Anaïs Nin somehow managed to use this ability to juggle her multiple lovers. Impressive!

Anaïs Nin doesn’t understand human boundaries or judgment. She goes where the stars call her and where her heart leads, without concern of whether it’s politically correct. I don’t think I’d be amiss to call her intoxicating, as romantics generally are.

She can be both poison and healing elixir – making her partners feel the highs of love and the lows of life-shattering heartbreak.

Even now, we religiously quote her work and herald her as a saint of poets and writers who feel trapped in the limitations of what is socially acceptable. Her words have left a lasting mark on our souls.

The Integration Circuit

One of the things that jumped out to me about Anaïs Nin’s Human Design chart is the integration circuit which is made up of

  • 57/34 Channel of Power
  • 34/20 Channel of Charisma
  • 57/10 The Channel of Perfected Form
  • 10/20 The Channel of Awakening


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(No idea what this means? They’re the numbers that are circled or “activated” within her chart. If you find these numbers, you’ll see where they meet).

This combination of channels in her chart reveals the integration circuit which encourages a person to truly embody who they are. There is no room for hiding here – someone with this circuit bares their soul for themselves and in turn, allows the world to see them as they are.

They may find themselves spending time in deep introspection, but not over the state of the world. They crave to deeply know themselves and to claim that knowledge as truth. Here we find loners, outsiders, and those who feel misunderstood because we live in a society that demands conformity.

For those with an integration circuit, this is not only impossible, it’s detrimental to their well-being.

Even though Anaïs Nin well documented her experiences with lovers and the places she goes, she is also one that requires seclusion for her deep introspection. She needs space, solitude, and time to understand her moods and fluctuations.

This integration circuit also makes for great listeners and I would guess that this was part of Anaïs Nin’s charm. After all, what do we crave from our relationships? We want to be SEEN. We want to be HEARD. We don’t want someone who can parrot back what we said, but someone who truly digests the words and feels it with empathy.

Those with the integration circuit naturally listen – and sometimes, they may even hear words that have been unspoken.

They can hear the hidden meanings behind your “I’m fine” and the true nature of what you need beneath your tone of voice.

Gate 59: The Gate of Sexuality

Are we surprised to see the gate of sexuality active in Anaïs Nin?

Note: Remember when I said some Sacral authorities feel their authority speak to them through feeling turned on/off? Because this gate is active in her authority, I make the assumption that this is how her Sacral may have manifested in her.

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Those with the gate of sexuality may find themselves engaging in intimate relationships as a way to feel close to others. This is where they feel their deepest connections – sex is rarely shallow, superficial, or done out of boredom.

Here is passion. Here is biting and choking and loving. Whispered secrets and tangled bodies.

With Anaïs Nin’s Gate 59 in line 3, we see someone who is at their must vulnerable in intimate union. She most likely felt the most seen and validated when she was with her lovers. The walls came down. The insecurities were temporarily cast aside. In that moment, she is raw and unedited for her partner – which is where she feels most at home.

At her detriment, this could’ve also led to promiscuity that resulted in hurried feelings of anxiety. Lovers who were disappointing because she jumped into their bed and didn’t listen when her sacral wasn’t into it. This could've led to a spiral of sleeping with multiple people in a row and not getting true satisfaction out of any of it.

For her, it always needs to be about the vulnerability and connection. Otherwise, it would lead to frustration (a Manifesting Generator’s “not self”).

“I will always be the virgin-prostitute, the perverse angel, the two-faced sinister and saintly woman.”

― Anaïs Nin

Your fellow passenger,
Fiona Wong