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Are you new to human design?

Human design is complex and I don’t intend to oversimplify, nor am I an expert in human design (though I’ve certainly learned a LOT over the last year and a half).

If you have no clue what I’m talking about when I say “human design,” here’s a super short synopsis from Erin Claire Jones that I think is just perfect:

Human Design is a synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern science that sheds light on a person’s energetic makeup, as well as specific tools they can use to live at their happiest, healthiest, highest potential. It doesn’t change who they are; it teaches them who they are. It offers insight into what’s possible, and highlights the significance of understanding and living as the fullest expression of themselves.” Erin Claire Jones

And, if you are totally new to human design, the actual first place to start is with your design and authority.

I’m a projector with a splenic authority, so those aspects also play into my choices and preferences as a markets person. Living according to our design is how we start the deconditioning process, and listening to our authorities is how we know which things/choices/opportunities are right for us.

If you’re curious about your chart and finding out your environment, I recommend getting your free chart via (you’ll need to create a free account) or (no account needed, but recommended to save your chart!).

I prefer the chart at My Human Design (run by another great HD resource, Jenna Zoe), because it shows your four variables (AKA the four arrows at the top of your chart).

About this environment stuff

I first want to acknowledge that I’ve been very fortunate throughout this pandemic. I’ve felt safe and I haven’t had to deal with major health or financial issues. This post isn’t meant to downplay or take away from the very serious and stressful things so many people have been experiencing.

This article is meant to share my experience as a markets environment person during lockdown and isolation, and talk about what’s worked for me in terms of managing it all – which can go a long way for your mental health.

In addition, in human design, living and/or spending time in your correct environment enables your overall alignment – your ability to tune into your strategy and authority is heightened simply because life feels less volatile. As Vaness Henry says, “We’re extremely vulnerable to conditioning when we’re in the incorrect place.”

For our environment, there are two things to look at: Your actual environment and whether your bottom left arrow is pointing left or right. This blog post by Vaness Henry talks about the different environment types and how to tell whether you’re in your correct environment (this is a good place to start if my post doesn’t apply to you because you’re not a markets person!).

For me, my environment is markets, and my environment variable (bottom left arrow) points right, so it’s passive.

Passive means my environment, when it’s correct for me, is like a show – I’m observing it. In contrast, an active markets person would want to be energized by their environment.

“If your Environment is Right (blending, external, dry, passive, wide, artificial) you’re in the correct Environment when you’re not active at all. That can really trip us up since so much of our outer reality has been encouraging us to hustle and bust our bums. It’s as if we’re more valued if we’re busier. But this is completely untrue, and in fact very damaging for Right Environment People.” – Vaness Henry

(P.S. Markets right is also called markets external – the right facing passive arrow means external for markets → these people need something EXTERNAL to observe.)

As a right environment person, I need something to observe, and I’ll know I’m in the right environment because my body will “naturally relax” – but observing the wrong thing will make me feel “frazzled” (via Vaness Henry).

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean the environment itself is something typically considered “relaxing.” For example, I love being in places like street markets (especially the European Christmas markets). These places are typically bustling centres of energy. But, there’s lots going on – lots to observe. And despite the “chaos,” I generally feel relaxed in these places because I’m super present in the moment, observing and choosing what I want to engage with (more on this below).

Now, onto the juicy bits about markets.

The markets environment is all about choice, options, selection, sampling, being choosy, and having (and engaging those) preferences (seriously, Vaness Henry sums it up so nicely…also let’s come up with a fun game to play for every time I link to Vaness 😂).

For example, in choosing where to sit in a room or a group, a markets external/right person may want to choose last so they can really decide what they want to observe. A markets left person may want to choose last too, but they’ll be wanting something different from their environment than the markets right person.

Markets people may also have specific go-to places, and may also enjoy trying new places to find what’s really good. This is totally true for me. I get excited about trying new restaurants, and I also have a selection of favourites.

Having favourites is also healthy for markets people – like a favourite piece of clothing or spot in the home – as is being really particular about chosen details. I’m actually quite picky about how clothing feels and the materials they’re made from. My partner will tell you all about my obsessive need preference for the bedding to feel perfectly symmetrical.

Something else I learned from Vaness Henry is that window shopping/browsing can be very healthy for markets people: “It’s not so much about purchasing something, but about the process of looking through things that are pleasing to them.”

The challenges of pandemic lock down for markets people

The particular types of challenges faced by markets people throughout lock down are mainly to do with limited choices and the lack of access to many go-to places.

Prior to “all this” I would “co-work” in a coffee shop at least once per week, and just knowing I had that available to me if I ever needed to switch things up was very reassuring.

Obviously a lot of ways I can be choosy and picky about my environment are on pause for now, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lost cause.

Coping as a markets person (for me), means:

    • Leaning on my at-home favourites a lot
    • Choosing where I sit in my home (on the floor, on the couch, in bed, at the desk, etc.)
    • Trying out new running and walking routes, and discovering new favourite outdoor spots
    • Mixing up/being choosy about my home workouts
    • Having a podcast or the TV on in the background for something to observe
    • Virtual co-working sessions
    • TBH, much more take-out and ordering in, because…variety + trying new restaurants
    • Online window shopping
    • Browsing Pinterest, creating new boards, and going into the rabbit hole of “life in Austria” (where I plan to move for at least one year)
    • Having multiple books on the go for whatever mood strikes
    • Decluttering and moving things around my home so that it’s more pleasing to observe
    • Having a wide variety of hot beverage choices (teas, hot chocolate, etc. and always having oat milk on hand)
    • BATHS (with candles, nice sounds, bath salts/bombs, the whole shebang)
    • Having my favourite spot on the couch, with my favourite comfy clothes, a blankie, and my kitties
    • And, honestly, a lot of self-reflection, journaling, processing, etc.

Most of these things are based on my personal preferences in the context of being a markets right person. Human design is about living in ways that feel right to us individually and conducting our own personal experiments. 

Dealing with the pandemic as a markets person has meant leaning into where I do have choices and how I can cultivate an environment that helps me feel relaxed, while still having something pleasant to observe. Some of the questions I ask myself are: 

    • Where can I exercise choice? 
    • How would I prefer to experience this particular time/thing? 
    • What would help me feel relaxed right now? What energy do I want around me, and how can I bring that into my environment with what’s available to me?
    • How can I try something new today?
    • What are my favourites and/or go-to things I want around me today?

And, as alluded to above, my design (projector) and authority (splenic), play into my choices and preferences for my environment (again, start experimenting with your own design and authority first before venturing into other areas. It’s a lot.).

I won’t go too much into my projector-ness and splenic authority in this article, but I will just add that as a projector, one of the things I do every single night to keep things running smoothly is to build decompression time into my routine before bed.

I typically go to bed later than my manifesting generator partner anyway, and making sure I have at least an hour of horizontal alone time before going to bed helps me to release all of the energy that’s not mine, so I can get a good sleep and wake up feeling rested.

Then, starting the day with this fresh energy helps me make correct choices about my environment (and also just prevents grumpiness from feeling tired).

Like I said, there are a LOT of moving pieces in human design and they’re all entangled with one another.

I highly, highly recommend checking out Vaness Henry’s blog, Instagram, and subscriber content (monthly fee). She explains things in such an approachable and practical way.

I also linked Erin Claire Jones above, another amazing resource and fellow projector (IG, website).