The Secrets of 5/1 Profile In Human Design
I am completely fascinated with Human Design, but it is the lines and profiles that truly have my mind blown. Not only because they give a great insight into your personal brand and what content can be the most magnetic based on your profile lines. (You can check out more here.)
It is even more fascinating because it is literally how we perceive ourselves and how others see us, which is always slightly different. And as I am observing my clients, my family members, and people who I am blessed to have in my world, my 1/3 profile mind wonders, trying to research and investigate and find the way to help them live the life that feels correctly aligned.
Of all the lines, the most mystical to me is line 5, and there is no surprise. This is a very different line, and people with a lot of line 5 energy – in their profile and if they have a lot of line 5 in other areas of their design – have a true potential to “save the world” with their unique, and often against-the-grain vision. But most of the time only strangers see that amazing energy, and while they pick on its seductive, magnetic leadership pull, they start projecting their own assumptions and expectation on that line 5.
And that is where the tricky part is. People with line 5 live in projections of others – and polarising ones. The closer people know them – they seem to be more likely to project their own “issues” expectations and visions on to the line 5. In this article I will tell you my personal stories, and then we will look at some public figures too, to get really deep at this complex mechanics and what it is living in the world of projections.
I observe it first hand as my projections on to my 3/5 husband can get really nasty, and then they switch to seeing him as a hero, only to switch back again at some point. I remember when we met how I really saw him as the next best thing since sliced bread. Smart, charismatic, bold… my kind of person. He was such a unique talented music producer and music technology educator. And he was so influential on others – a rare experience. His Alumni expands to some globally know experts in the music industry. He once refused to go meet Michael Jackson, who was in living Ireland in the studio owned by the same company as the college he ran. (Such a line 5 Heretic thing to do) – who would refuse to meet Michael Jackson? Yes for my Les he was “just a singer.” So Les went out with the producer that worked with MJ on his tracks at the time instead and then drove home to me.
But now after almost two decades together, I only have a memory of all that because his journey took a slight downwards turn with a massive recession in Ireland in 2008 that destroyed music industry almost instantly, a stage IV cancer battle in 2017 and then move to Estonia in the middle of the pandemic, not having the opportunity to network locally… Let’s just say I retired him early. But to be fair, this affected my projections. I tend to project all my “issues” or disappointments his way. I am so grateful for discovering Human Design as it gives me the awareness I need to save this marriage on a daily basis. Because it is not about the person I am with. It is about ME and my hopes and disappointments.
Line 5 is called a “karmic mirror”. It reflects what others want/think/hope. But most of the time we do not see beyond the mirror’s surface – and this can make a person with line 5 feel very vulnerable, insecure and even victimised by the world around them. Or the opposite, start believing in the positive projections so much that they convince themselves they are a saviour instead of a “bringer of a solution” that distinguishes the role of line 5 for the humanity.
We are so powerfully pulled in by Line 5’s seductive aura, that we project our hopes and dreams on them, and we feel they have the solution that will help us. Whether that solution is actually what a Line 5 person can offer is a completely different story. Just recently, I discovered that prior to this marriage, I was married to a 5/2 Reflector for 3 years. And that gave me an even deeper understanding of line 5 energetics when it is a personality line – on a more intimate level. When I met my first husband, I totally projected at him that here was the end of my (long life story of) heartbreaks, and I felt like from then on, the happily ever after awaited. I was the initiator of the relationships (totally against my Projector’s strategy), and 2 weeks later, I was the one to propose marriage. I think being a Reflector, he was mimicking my projections, and we did get married about a month from then.
How did I know it was a projection? Because deep down, I knew this relationship was incorrect on many levels. On the surface, it was almost perfect. He was very good-looking, tall, and sexy, with a soft and friendly personality. He made me feel really loved and comfortable. But there were things I refused to admit, although they were things that generally mattered a lot to me: he was inarticulate, not intellectually exciting, and he was from a different – let’s say UNCOOL – demographics group that I normally would completely avoid hanging around with due to clash of worldviews. And yet I was so pulled into by that sweet seductive aura with a promise of forever being in love… His friends thought I was a weirdo, and they actively tried to steer him away from me (again projecting whatever they were at him). So did his mom. Wow, that was a drama queen performance of the century. But when I look at it from a Human Design perspective, none of us really saw who this guy really was. Not only his Reflector aura was so dense, but with his 5/2 profile, he was bound to be a karmic mirror for anyone in his world – everyone had some sort of hopes or expectations from him. I don’t think anyone was there FOR HIM as such, including me.
A side note, these days, I am totally negatively projecting on my 5/1 brother-in-law. It is the opposite of being pulled in. I have this sense of not wanting to be in his aura at all. I have been avoiding family gatherings for the last 2 years because of that. Completely uncalled for and without a valid reason in any way. Just a negative projection because he once asked me about my business and questioned its validity… He is a guy who spent all his life as an employee in the corporate world, he just failed to understand what it is like to create your own life through your business… I knew it, yet he triggered something, the sound of shattered glass in my heart, and I have been feeling that I am projecting at him so negatively, that it makes it difficult for me to be present in the same space with him. Like a cold war! And he does not even know about it (probably suspects, though.)
5/1 and 5/2 profiles are called transpersonal – as they are here not for their own personal journeys like most other profiles (except for 4/1, which is the only fixed fate profile in the Human Design system). Line 5 is here to condition the other. To impact the other. And 5/1 is a profile that can be truly seen as a savior by the masses. A lot of people suspect Jesus Christ to be a 5/1 (most likely a Manifestor), and yet we also know the dark side: Stalin, Hitler, and these days Putin, all 5/1s. And they are often known for very controversial reasons (Madonna) and create a very polarised public opinion (like Elizabeth II, the late Queen of England) – that can even switch from positive to negative in a flash.
Do you know how they idealized Stalin (Emotional Generator 5/1) in the Soviet Union? My mom grew up singing songs about him as a child in school. It was a weird time of mixed fear and blind loyalty – right up until he died and then he was immediately announced a “tyrant” by the next in line – Nikita Khrushchev, who became very vocal in his “On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences” speech, just 3 years after Stalin’s death. In the speech, Khrushchev was sharply critical of the rule of the deceased General Secretary Joseph Stalin, particularly with respect to the purges which had especially marked the last years of the 1930s. Khrushchev charged Stalin with having fostered a leadership cult of personality despite ostensibly maintaining support for the ideals of communism. The speech was shocking in its day. There are reports that the audience reacted with applause and laughter at several points. (Projections, again!) There are also reports that some of those present suffered heart attacks and others later took their own lives due to shock at the revelations of Stalin’s use of terror.
And this to me is such a great examples of immediate switch of projections. I bet the same will happen in the modern Russia when it Putin (5/1 Splenic Manifestor) will have passed. Right now, the amount of propaganda and blind loyalty to his rule is devastating – look what is happening in Ukraine. But I bet he will be condemned by his own some day – and it will be at a Grand scale too.
And another excellent example of a 5/1 Splenic Manifestor is, of course, the creator of the Human Design system – Ra Uhu Ru.
So many people have looked up to him as an ultimate guide, a savior! Indeed, this system – no matter if we are open or closed to how it came to our awareness or how inaccurate the science references may sometimes be. (My daughter is doing her Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, and there were many raised brows when I talk about neutrinos and other “sciency” stuff I read from Human Design sources.) Despite all that, Ra had a massive impact on humanity. I genuinely believe that.
And yet, when it became a “business” for him, there is a lot to be said about the quite disturbing limitations and restrictions placed on the followers who wanted to teach the system. And I have personally seen videos and read posts from several analysts publically revoking their certification and sounding really disappointed with their experiences in Ra’s world. Polar opposite to how they have started and considering how much they invested.
I am not saying that it was the case for all people. Some continue seeing Ra as the best thing since sliced bread. I drift between the projections. I had a massive off switch, but somehow, recently, I found lectures that made me feel inspired by him again.
It is fascinating to observe, and I am trying SO HARD not to get dragged into it, but then… this is the Projection Field at play, full force.
And yet sometimes by “falling”, a 5/1 can bring attention to an important for humanity issue and even shape a new way of thinking. At the end of the day they are here to “save the world” but there is no guarantee for them to get all recognition or even often to control how they are impacting others. That is I think what I am observing most evidently. Managing their reputation (and brand reputation in marketing) is paramount for a 5/1.
I love the examples my friend Robin Winn uses in her new book “Understanding the Profiles in Human Design”
“Think about Ellen Degeneres, who, early on in her career, was the darling with her own show. In 1997, after four successful seasons of the sitcom Ellen, she came out as gay. Initially her ratings skyrocketed only to plummet in the fifth season. As a result, the show was cancelled. Acting as the Heretic, she messed with society’s image of a straight world. Ultimately, she ushered in a new order, which included gays and lesbians becoming prominent on television. More recently, Ellen admitted to being boxed in by her overly nice reputation. When employees went public about harassment and a toxic workplace, Ellen had to publicly address the issues. Her image took a hit.”
In my world some of my most favourite people are 5/1s and I just found out that one of my favorite on-screen people, Ryan Reynolds, is also a 5/1 Pure Generator.
But I feel that even referring to these names above, I am also projecting something that may not be the Truth, so I won’t go there. I just know that some of my clients are 5/1s, and with this article, I want to help you understand your 5/1 profile as much as possible because often, people with this profile can feel lonely or even invisible.
Why these things are happening to 5/1s? The key is most likely the TIMING – a very important aspect for anyone with a 5/1 profile. There is an urge to “save”, to”fix” that often can be rushed OR they can wait too long before responding to the situations. Maybe they try to ensure that their ideas are not distorted and it starts almost paranoiac behaviour (Look at Stalin, Putin, and Ra himself, who had all those rules to preserve HIS way of seeing Human Design, not allowing others to interpret it in their own way. This is often where the shadow shows, and this is purely my personal theory. Life, humanity, everything is constantly evolving and mutating and that is what helps progress – but when one tries to stop the evolution – horrendous events start happening. Maybe it is feeling hurt that suddently your way is being changed? Maybe it is feeling unappreciated? And provoking making mistakes and becoming a villan, whose methods are no longer practical – they are insane! (Think Hitler)
No longer a saviour…
And yes these are extreme examples, but if you are a 5/1 – have a think if you are acting too rash, or stepping on others toes just to prove that you KNOW or have the SOLUTION? Or maybe you are just speaking up in the wrong timing? Without waiting to speak when invited?
And here the most important thing is to really master following your Type’s strategy and specifically Authority. This will help pass by the most harmful situations and find the opportunities where your incredible potential to impact the world can be made without damage.
And – just as a mentioned before, it is so vital to manage your reputation and to build the good solid brand presence for a 5/1. You never know who will offer the opportunity for you to fulfil their purpose – so focus on getting visible and getting in front of strangers! You may not be as successful with the people close to you and familiar to you as they are with people they know less well. This should be your main focus in your marketing – growing your reach and showing up in an authoritative way, fully owning that leadership energy that precedes you.
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Juliette Stapleton is a Visibility Strategist for coaches and experts. She teaches how to attract clients online, creating your OWN marketing experience that feels good, easy and aligned with who you are and brings results.
Juliette has been featured in Forbes and several major business and marketing podcasts, like SocialChatter, 365Driven, Rising Tide, iHeart Radio, and Confident Live. She is an active contributor to world-leading online publications, such as Entrepreneur.com Influencive, Addicted2Success, Thrive Global, Good Men Project and many more.
She lives in Tallinn, Estonia.
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