Welcome to my Andy Bernard at his breaking point rock opera of an investigation of the Pelicans roster.
Andy: What haven’t I been doing? Gosh, just today I was working on this rock opera that I’m writing, though it feels more like I’m receiving it than writing it.
Jim: Wow, that’s exciting! But until you firm up the idea, you might want to keep it between us.
Andy: The hero lives in this dystopian future and he flies around in a spaceship that’s shaped like a treble clef. And he has to sing his heart out to destroy all evil.
Pam: Sounds like you’re doing alright.
Andy: Ehh, a little better than alright, actually. Really good!
Ryan: Oh, this guy is having a breakdown.
I think this is a more of a coherent concept than what Andy had planned (though if you are the one having the breakdown how would you know) — there is no Thomas Oregon intent on destroying all of the guitars in the world, but it may be as fantastical and hard to grasp as the Styx rock opera that likely inspired the above bit from The Office.
Bear with me. What you are about to read may seem like I’m steering you towards cult-life — like you will see me and anyone that buys into this in a soon to be filmed Netflix documentary in the vein of Wild Wild Country where our utopian peaceful self-sustaining commune is corrupted, our leader is poisoned and everything flies off the rails. An incredible tale of deceit, jealousy, government infiltration, naiveté and the classic fear of what we don’t understand. Don’t worry. While my lifestyle is surely not that of the societal norm, I’m not moving into a compound anytime soon. I mean, I dislike living with more than my partner and anything too preachy is an automatic turnoff.
However, despite being basically an extremely passive atheist — though I have very agnostic leanings (I’m not anti-religion. In fact, I actually like the cultural differences they’ve created, I just don’t believe any of the frameworks that have been presented to me thus far over what science has), I’m very interested in other cultures, religions and exploring new ways of thought. As a matter of fact, despite being raised Catholic and dismissing that belief system by age 10, I did still carry one core belief from that religion with me, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This coincides with my belief that the kind of energy you project comes back at you. My friend, Asian Man Records founder and basketball super-fan, Mike Park is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church whose mantra is simply, “Do Only That Which is Right.” I asked him about this in an interview we did for Antigravity Magazine and he said, “Religion is all political. Based on your congregation, you’ve got to play into their needs as they are footing the bill. I’d love [to see] a universal vision of being a nice person, but realistically life will never be that easy. If it was we’d have no reality television.” I can get behind that too, but I’m not interested in anything that requires me to accept unquestionable and intangible truths (or #facts), wardrobes, restrictions on mine or others freedoms — and definitely no control over my diet.
Therefore, no cults or religions are in my future — nor should this piece sway you in any direction. However, my partner in season tickets has introduced me to a new (to me) thought system that seeks to understand human behavior, personalities and how neutrinos — sub atomic particles generated by stars that interact only via the weak subatomic force and gravity — which passed through your body at birth helped to shape your skills and personality. It also intends to identify how your environment influences and conditions you along the way. It’s I’Ching: an ancient Chinese text that was fundamental in the formation of Taoism and Confucianism and astrology amped up with some modern science and a lot of suspension of disbelief on my part, but it’s certainly interesting.
I’ll try my best to walk you through the world of The Human Design System and how it can be used to understand the makeup, fit and potential of the 2018-19 New Orleans Pelicans roster.
I admit it’s a little heavy to grasp — especially for someone like me who has only really dipped a toe into the scene — I almost feel like Detective Leander Sydnor from the Wire when Bubbles is busting down his heroin addict undercover runway show before their first hand-to-hands in the low-rises.
I’m not married to the needle so to speak. There may be holes in my logic or interpretation, but I’m leaning heavily on the advice and counsel of my very own Bubbles: Travis, my beekeeping 1% fearing partner in season tickets — who is also one of my oldest friends. I’m also doing some home study with a lot of the heavy lifting coming from The Jovian Archive which holds the exclusive copyright to the Human Design System.
Travis lured me in with little nuggets of his findings from the Pelicans’ Human Design Charts that seemed to fit what the eyeball test and analytics were showing. Then I tried to do some research on the system myself. I wanted to understand if it is something I should put any stock in, or if it is written vaguely enough that you can make it fit your reality — this is how I feel about horoscopes. After watching an instructional video I found on Youtube, I was still pretty lost, so I dug deeper into the web where I found something that made me want to dismiss it outright. I’m going to quickly yank that turnoff like a band-aid so we can all just get passed it and move on to some very interesting correlations.
Okay, look away as I tug this thing quickly, it’ll hurt — The Human Design System was founded by Ra Uru Hu who previously was known as Alan Krakower a Canadian who was teaching in Ibiza when he had an encounter with a voice that lasted 8 days and transmitted to him what is now The Human Design System. He would go on to write the Rave I’Ching, which serves as the backbone of the belief system and his guide to unlocking genetic codes.
Below is a detailed explanation of each aspect that creates a human design if you want the deepest possible understanding I can provide. If not, skip to the Human Design Chart video below for a quick overview of how a chart is created — All of this information is taken from the Jovian Archive.
Ok, tune back in. As I’ve stated previously, the Human Design System draws from the I’Ching, Tantra, Hinduism, Taoism, Western Zodiac, Kabbalah and modern science. The Rave Mandala is an info-graphic chart that is used to visualize the synthesis of the esoteric and exoteric systems that shape our worldly experiences.
The mandala is divided into 64 Gates that sync with the 64 Hexgrams of the I’Ching. The Gates are color coded to match the color of the Center or Chakra (focal points, or putative nodes in the body that connect to mental and spiritual fields and drive karma) that they are connected to.
The Human Design System uses birth date, location and time to create a Body Graph, which illustrates how energy flows through your body. It’s meant to be the IKEA instructions to how a person behaves; it shows where a person is firm in a belief or set of actions and where a person is vulnerable to outside conditioning. On the chart colored chakras are a person’s definition. White chakras are a person’s openness in that chakra.
There are four types of personalities in the Human Design system — your chart determines, which of the four types you are. Your personality and your design are the yin and yangs that combine to generate your chart. In Human Design, your personality is determined by your birth. For those that follow Astrology, this isn’t a foreign concept. However, this system gets way more specific. It relies on gathering information of where planets were aligned, stars were positioned and factors in all magnetic and out of the ordinary solar activity at the precise moment of birth — it considers birth time and birth location — it’s the Sachin Gupta approach to the zodiac.
According to the Jovian Archive, “These calculations [the numbers in black next to the symbol of each planet] describe characteristics attributed to your Personality. These characteristics are ones that you will recognize, as they are what you have conscious access to and therefore, can relate to. Because you consciously identify with these characteristics, you think of your personality as representation of who you are.”
As for your design they explain, “This calculation is based on the position of the Sun approx. 88 days (or 88 degrees) prior to the moment of your birth. To the left of your Body Graph, you will see numbers in red next to the planetary glyphs. These calculations describe characteristics attributed to your body consciousness, and show you the nature of your unconscious.
Your body’s intelligence lies below the level of your conscious awareness and therefore you do not necessarily have access to it, though it forms an equally important part of your identity. This intelligence expresses itself through certain characteristics, and other people can often see these characteristics much more clearly than you do because you are not consciously aware of them.”
The total picture of your being also includes understanding your chakras or centers and understanding what it means to be undefined in each chakra.
The Human Design Chart Video Explanation for those just looking for a quick fix — the, “TLDR Crowd.”
For those unfamiliar with these concepts — and surely that is most of you (myself included) — I understand how foreign, off the wall and unbelievable they may seem. As I’ve already mentioned, I don’t subscribe to them, but I do find them interesting. If you are considering writing off this whole exercise in applying the Human Design System to understanding the best lineups and uses of players in a team setting all I ask is that you suppress the force of the truths about the universe and its creation that you subscribe to long enough to explore another idea. It can be easy to dismiss something because it isn’t in the spiritual belief system we were raised in and accept as truth. It’s easy to see the oddity and reaches of faith in other belief systems, but not our own. For instance, while I was living in Singapore my parents came for a visit. I took them to visit all types of Eastern religious temples and houses of worship because the architecture of each is so unique and beautiful. My favorites are Hindu temples as they are an explosion of eye-candy. The exteriors are colorful piles of small statues that lead into an ornate hall filled with larger vibrant status of Hindu gods, legends and parables.
While standing in front of a statue depicting the Hindu goddess Periyachi Amman with her two front hands ripping open the abdomen and womb of a queen and chewing the queen’s intestines with blood flowing from her mouth, my mom remarked, “these statues are so violent.” That’s when I reminded her that as a Catholic she goes into a building where a tortured man is nailed to cross with a crown of thorns around his head and then at some point in the ritual everyone present eats his flesh and drinks his blood.
This is all normal to us that grew up in that religion. However, if any outsider were to walk in blindly and observe this statue and these acts they would likely come away with a similar reaction to my mother’s upon seeing Periyachi. So before I go into the analyzing process I’m asking that you suspend that reaction and explore how these charts mesh with analytics we have available and your own eyeball tests of the players we are studying.
However, before we get to that we also need to go over the four personality types within the Human Design System — all of the below info is taken word-for-word directly from The Jovian Archive.
A projector’s strategy is to wait for the Invitation to find success and avoid bitterness. They have a focused and absorbing aura, and need to learn about and understand the other.
A manifestor’s strategy is to inform before they act to find peace and avoid anger. They have a closed and repelling aura, and are here to understand their impact on others.
Generators are the dominant Type on the planet with nearly 70% of the population. They are the driving life force of the planet. Their strategy is to respond, and through response to find satisfaction and avoid frustration. They have an open and enveloping aura, and need to learn about themselves.
Reflectors are without definition and are just over one percent of the population. Their strategy is to wait a full cycle of the moon before making decisions to find clarity, leading to a life of more surprise and less disappointment. They have a resistant and sampling aura, and are learning to reflect rather than identify.
I understand that this introduction to Human Design is like one of those absurd burger challenges you’d see on Man vs Food with 4lbs of beef, 3 types of sausages, a pound of bacon, a fried ostrich egg, a slice of hog head cheese and 17 different cheeses in how tough it is to digest.
Hopefully once we start applying these concepts to faces, their correlation to stats and lineup data it will become shampoo instruction easy to understand. In the next series of posts — one appearing in the next few hours, I’ll breakdown some key Pelicans’ charts and see what the universe has in store for us this season.
Keep your third eye open because you’re going to like what you read about Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday to kick things off!