Splenic Authority

The Animal Awareness

Splenic authority occurs when the spleen is defined and the solar plexus and the sacral are NOT defined. When a chart has both sacral and spleen defined then it is called sacral splenic, or splenic sacral. See below for more on this.

Splenic awareness is rooted in the survival of the organism. Prior to mankind all animals had only the splenic awareness to rely on for the survival.

Splenic authority derives from recognizing changes in patterns and knowing what the change means. For some animals this is primarily based on changes in visual patterns, for others it’s changes in smell, for others changes in sound, for others changes in taste, and for some (e.g. pit vipers) changes in heat.

In the animal world survival is always immediate. In the now. It’s a raw, primal world with no safety nets. Failure to recognize the pattern is out of place results in death right now. Failure to take action right now in response to the fear results in death. Animals don’t go through the world with any question about whether it is OK to do something. When they’re hungry they go looking for food, and they will look anywhere they can for it. The only thing that they are aware of is the splenic reaction “Don’t go there” at any given moment. Animals aren’t looking for yes they’re simply extremely alert to “NO”.


The fears by gate are:

50 – Fear of Responsibility
48 – Fear of Inadequacy
57 – Fear of the Future
44 – Fear of the Past
32 – Fear of Failure
28 – Fear of Death, risk taking
18 – Fear of Authority

3 Streams

Each gate of the spleen has specific fears. These gates and fears are also tied into the bodygraph streams. The 3 splenic awareness streams are Taste, Intuition and Instinct.

1. Taste
Taste resides in the 18-58 and the 16-48 channels. It’s not limited to taste as being simply the product of the taste buds in the tongue. People with this channel are particularly alert to taste in the overall sense “He has really good taste in clothes” is in play here as well. It’s a correlation between visual context and the response to it. It’s a sensation of “Oh, that looks so good I want to eat it” if the spleen approves and one of “Gag me with a spoon” if the spleen disapproves.

2. Intuition
Intuition resides in the 28-38 and 57-20 channels. It is particularly attuned to sound. Is that sudden bump in the night a threat? That depends on the quality of the sound of the bump. The sound gets your attention and the spleen makes a split second decision as to whether or not there is something to fear that requires action and it determines what action is best.

3. Instinct
Instinct resides in the 44-26 and the 54-32 channels and is particularly attuned to smell. Of all the senses smell has the most direct route to the part of the brain that has to process the data. There are only a couple of synapses between the data (the smell) entering the nostrils and where the smell is processed and analyzed.

The awareness of the spleen is very fast. The mind and emotions don’t operate at anywhere the same speed. The spleen is processing vast amounts of physical sensory data and when it detects something out of place, some deviation in the pattern, it alerts the creature so that evasive action can be immediately taken.

Also, once engaged in an action, the spleen’s warning is no guarantee that the creature can interrupt or change it’s behavior quickly enough. This is much more of a problem for humans than for animals because humans are so often very engaged mentally in what they’re doing.

For the most part the spleen is quiet until something elicits the response “This is not OK.” And it expects the organism to immediately change its behavior. The spleen, as an authority, usually tells a person to avoid something. If you happen to be driving down a street it might well say “Don’t go down that street. Something is wrong there. Something is suspicious.” It’s not necessarily a little voice speaking a full sentence (although it can be like a little voice). The hairs on the back of the neck stand up, one gets a prickly sensation. It’s something at the body level that warns the organism: NO.

3 Splenic Variations

There are 3 different modes of splenic authority and they are tied in to the person’s type.

1. Manifesting Splenic Authority
Manifesting splenic authority is when the spleen is connected to the throat and to a motor - either the ego or root. So, for example, the 28-38 spleen to root with the 57-20 spleen to throat is a splenic manifestor. They are attuned to the sound of their world. If they make a judgment from that 18-58 the basic assumption as it moves through the 57th gate is that the judgment will hold good through the future. The 57th gate’s fear of the future is sitting there as a potential alarm. If it picks up on anything that indicates the future result of that judgment is potentially threatening that alarm goes off. It let’s them know immediately that the judgment holds some threat to their future.

The 44-26 spleen to ego and the 57-20 spleen to throat is also. Note that only the defined ego and the root can be involved with the spleen as an authority. The manifestor, in general, since they are here to do, profits greatly from having the spleen as authority. If they learn to trust that immediate splenic reaction they can avoid a lot of unpleasant consequences.

No matter how powerful a person is, nobody can just do whatever they want without creating consequences. If the lion roars at the wrong time it alerts its prey and misses dinner. If the mouse squeaks at the wrong time it becomes dinner. The splenic manifestor needs to learn this.

38-28 and 57-20
Splenic Manifestor

44-26 and 57-20
Splenic Ego Manifestor
Can you think of other examples?

Example of Sacral Splenic Authority

2. Splenic Generator Authority
A person that has both sacral and splenic definition has splenic generated authority. Other names for it are sacral splenic and splenic sacral authority. Their splenic awareness guides their response. It is a response in the now with awareness. The pure sacral definition without a defined spleen responds in the now as well but it does not have the awareness that the spleen provides. The difference is very subtle.


Splenic Projected Authority

3. Projected Splenic Authority
When the spleen is connected and there is no motor connecting the throat, and no defined solar plexus or sacral then you have Projected splenic authority. The spleen can connect to the root, ego, self, and throat. The spleen is the authority, giving awareness to the rest of the chart. These people are always projectors.

With respect to the warning aspect of the splenic authority, waiting to be recognized and/or invited is immediately a cue to a projector that the situation holds the potential to play out with no disastrous effect.

All projectors, whether they know anything at all about Human Design or being a projector, are naturally attuned to be alert to recognition and invitation. Accepting an invitation is very attractive to projectors, and acting spontaneously is very attractive to the spleen. But just because one is recognized or invited doesn’t mean that one should proceed. The splenic authority is critical to this type of projector to make healthy choices.

A significant challenge to projected splenic authority occurs when the projector initiates. And they do and they will regardless of any information to the contrary. Doing this uninvited act requires a focus of energy, and a commitment to the matter at hand such that they may build up so much momentum that they can’t apply the brakes in time when the splenic authority speaks.

The possibility of the spleen to infuse a person completely is very real. One can truly let go completely of the mind, give oneself over to the immediate moment and run full tilt down a mountain, surf a 20 foot wave, or jump out of a plane. For projectors with splenic authority, when they get recognized and invited, if the spleen doesn’t speak a clear “No,” they can really abandon themselves to the invitation. Everything is aligned for them and total immersion in the experience to the point of the sublime is a very real possibility.

Final Thoughts

Conditioning is a powerful force for the spleen. The mind and solar plex can easily overpower the splenic voice. One can be in the world at home alone, or one can be in the world interacting with another human, or one can be in nature interacting with the natural elements (e.g. the wave, the cliff, the desert). Or you can be interacting with a different creature (e.g. a dog, a tiger, a horse). The function and reliability of the spleen changes depending upon the nature of these elements.