What Waiting for the Invitation actually means for Projectors

Before I begin this article, let’s first relax a little. Don’t worry, this will not take long – I will get to the information right after this. Just humour me for a bit, and try this out.

Take a deep breath. And another one. Feel how the air fills your lungs. Notice your legs, how do they feel? What about your stomach, your chest, your shoulders, your throat, and your head? Scan them one by one. Take a few more deep breaths. Sigh a little, let out some sound on the exhale. Now, close your eyes and feel for a bit. Then continue reading when you feel like it.

Do you feel that? Do you feel your body? How do you feel? Let me just take a wild guess and say, you feel exhausted. I know I do. I have known I am a projector for seven years now. For seven years I have rested, taken it easy, slowed down and still, I am tired.

Now this statement “I am tired,” I will unpack it in a little bit. But first, I just want to give you some recognition. I understand how tired you are, and it’s okay. If you would rather take a nap right now, please go and do it. There is enough time to read this article later. Just relax, lay down, take it easy. There is no need to be active right now.

If you are not a Projector and you are reading this, thinking, “But, I am also tired!” I hear you. We are all tired. We are in an extremely tumultuous time. Our Planet is in chaos. Fear is the name of the game. At work we are afraid that we don’t work hard enough, make enough money, that we are not liked or don’t live up to the expectations of those around us. And then we get home and try to relax by watching some TV or scrolling through our phone, and there we are only faced with¬†even more fear, terror, violence, drama, tension and just general unhappiness. We are living in an atmosphere of constant panic. We have been for a long time, but now this panic is coming more and more to the surface.

Now regardless of whether this is good or bad or where it comes from – look at the open centres in your chart and imagine that you are receiving this energy all the time, wherever you are, whoever you’re with. These centres are like eager black holes, absorbing all the shit – let’s just call it what it is – of the world. Because that is what they’re designed for. They absorb energy, because that is what they are here to do. In that sense, as Ra Uru Hu reminded us often, there is no choice.¬†Open centres are designed to learn. All the energy they receive is information. Through energy we communicate with the world around us, and every photon of energy is carrying a message.

It just happens that in the world today, this message is often some version of “I am afraid.”¬†And that is why Projectors are here, to answer that message.

Projectors are not here to be busy, they are here to guide the busi-ness

Projectors as we know them today have started coming into the world in 1781. That is when humanity mutated from seven-centered, strategic beings of mental awareness, to nine-centered beings transitioning to a life of emotional awareness (see image caption for more). Projectors have been here for not even 250 years. We are here to guide the transition. We are here to awaken to deeper awareness, to learn that there is no need to be afraid, and to guide humanity into this perspective.

Eraani seven centered to nine centered being

Humanity’s mutation from seven to nine centers. We are evolving as a species and we are currently in a transitional phase. In the schematic terms of Human Design we are mutating from a being with seven major differentiated energy centers to a being with nine major energy centers. This mutation was initiated around 1781 and¬†is completed around¬†2027. In these 250 years of transition we are basically learning how to exist in this new form. As a collective, we are still very much oriented towards the mental awareness that was the most important form of consciousness for the seven centered being. It is not anymore. We are now developing our emotional awareness. We are no longer finding truth in the mind, we are finding it in our body. We are learning to say “I feel” instead of “I think.” Now, I am not saying we were not emotional before this mutation, it is just that our emotional experience is mutating so it becomes a form of awareness. Empathy, intuition, emotions, feelings and sensations are becoming our primary way experiencing consciousness – more so than¬†understanding, seeing, thinking, and rationalising. This is obviously an enormous shift in perspective, and that is exactly what is going on around us right now. The emotional center is not clean and simple. It learns by being dramatic, expansive, and messy. We are not used to it yet and therefore anxiety, fear, and uncertainty are our natural responses to what is happening inside us and between us. The good news is that this is not going to last forever. With each generation, emotional awareness will be more natural. Gradually we will become comfortable in our new skin.¬†

Projectors play the beautiful and important role of guides in this mutative time. It is also a challenging role. Because the society we were born in is not designed for us. It is designed for Manifestors and Generators Рpeople who produce physical matter, energy that we can touch, that has material value. Reflectors have always had a place in this world. In a world of constant activity, they are the seers, the oracles Рthey gave (and still give) a space for reflection, a moment of silence in the storm.

The contribution of Projectors is, like that of Reflectors, nonmaterial. Guidance is not something you can touch. Projectors are not designed to do the work that Generators and Manifestors do, they are designed to be receptive to it and guide it. Projectors now number almost 23% of the population, and that number is growing. That is almost a quarter of the population functioning in a way the opposite of what we are familiar with. Let’s just say, it is taking us some time to get used to it.

The Projector Aura is focussed on the Other. It interacts directly with the essence of the person in front of them. This is why Projectors are at their best on-on-one. It is not easy to fool a Projector - they feel who you are more than they see or hear it. (Image by JovianArchive.com)

The Projector Aura is focused on the Other. It interacts directly with the essence of the person in front of them. This is why Projectors are at their best one-on-one. It is not easy to fool a Projector – they feel who you are more than they see or hear it. (Image by JovianArchive.com)

Projectors are not here to be busy, they are here to be participating observers. They join in the processes of life primarily to learn about them. This is the nature of the open Sacral center. Projectors are here to guide the energetic process of manifestation and generation.

The world as it is now is incredibly dysfunctional. Sacral energy is being used in mostly distorted ways more often than not. Therefore Projectors will find plenty to fix. We usually know very well how, but we are hindered by the feeling of disempowerment. We simply don’t know where to start, how to get our voice heard, how to get recognition for the wisdom we bring. And since humanity has only had a few centuries with Projectors, no one else knows either. The education system is designed to educate Generators and Manifestors – in a very distorted way. No one even knows what a Projector is – let alone Projectors themselves. We are usually way too busy trying to fit in, pushing ourselves to be able to make a living, struggling to survive, to even consider that there might be a completely different way of being alive.


Barack Obama is such a poignant example of a Projector who made it into a position¬†of power, but was unable to have the effect he could have had¬†due to misrecognition and disempowerment. You can see¬†on his face the cost of trying to do what you are here to do “their” way. (Image via Imgur)

Where Manifestors have the power to just barge in a door and start telling people what to do (for some necessary nuance, click the link), Projectors who try the same, are simply ignored. Their energy is not designed for that kind of interference. And for very good reason. Manifestors get accomplished what they want, but this is not always necessarily what those they involve want. Projectors are able to recognise the needs and wishes of those they guide. This has everything to do with the concept of free will. They are designed to integrate the energy of the other. They are not able to do anything, that the other does not consent to. In other words, they need to be invited. When the other, out of their free will, chooses to open to the energy of the Projector, that is when they can give their guidance. In this way, the contribution they make is of exceptional value. They are able to give back exactly the energy they receive from the other.

So, it is essential that the other opens their energy, so the Projector can receive it, analyse it, and then project their wisdom. When the energy of the other is not opened – there is no invitation – then there is no energy available for the Projector, or the energy that is available is not the “right” energy. To continue trying to make something happen only leads to exhaustion for everyone involved. And this is the reason most Projectors are so exhausted all the time. They are in unhealthy or unfulfilling interactions or working on ideas that have no energy behind them.

Waiting for the Invitation is all about recognition

This is why Ra Uru Hu gave as the most important strategy for Projectors, “Wait for the invitation.” Waiting for the invitation¬†allows Projectors to take a step back and hold out for the right energy. This is quite effective, but in my own experiment as a Projector I have found that an even more crucial concept to understand is¬†recognition. An invitation is the product of recognition, and therefore recognition always needs to happen first. A Projector recognises and is recognised – or not – constantly. This is the theme that marks the path of the Projector, from one recognition to another.

The most important recognition is the recognition of Self. In other words, knowing who you are and what your qualities are. I found that working on my self-esteem has been the best thing to do in order to be Seen by others. Ra Uru Hu said that the most important question for the Projector is “who is the other?” In my experience, this is because a Projector can see themselves projected on the other. That is why the name of the type is Projector. The other being like a silver screen on which the Projector can see who they are, and who they are not. In the way the other responds to their projection, they can recognise themselves, or recognise what does not actually resonate with them. You are what you project. The more amazing you think you are, the higher the esteem others will have of you.

So, first and foremost, recognise yourself. Recognise how much you know, the awesome wisdom you have to offer. Develop your abilities, work on what excites you and what you are good at. You project what you are – when you are joyous and excited about life, this is what others will see in you and then surely the invitations will flood you. Who doesn’t want to invite such a beautiful, exuberant being into their life? And you know, some won’t. What you offer may simply not be what they need. So if you don’t get invited, it must be right for you both somehow – because it sure isn’t because you are lacking in quality.

What is crucial to understand here, is that any situation is a situation that you create for yourself. You are not a victim of circumstance in any way. Projectors create the invitations. We call them towards us Рliterally, we ask others to invite us, or energetically by being open and ready for invitations. We project who we are and what we have to offer. We radiate wisdom out into the world. Others receive this call subconsciously and are consequently drawn towards those Projectors whose wisdom will help them further.

Waiting passively and doing nothing is not going to get you anywhere. I am not saying that you should not do nothing, by all means relax, take your time, be gentle on yourself, rest. At the same time, hiding your true Self is not going to do anyone any good. If you want something to happen in your life, you cannot just passively wait for it to come to you. You are only going to get further when you show yourself and when you work on what it is that you are showing. If you are going to work every day to a job that makes you miserable and spend the rest of your time in bed resting Рthen that is who you are and that is what people will see. You are the advertisement showing what you have to offer the world.

How to live the ultimate Projector life

If you find yourself in a position where invitations are not coming, there is nothing that is stopping you from making those invitations happen. Look at yourself and who you are. What is the image of you that you are projecting out into the world? What do people see when they look at you? And definitely ask for reflections about this from people in your environment. Who you think you are is not necessarily who you actually are. We have a conscious as well as an unconscious aspect of our being after all.  If you realise the image is not 100% what you wish it to be Рdevelop yourself.

Invest in yourself. You don’t have to wait for the invitation for everything, you just need to recognise what is right for you. You can recognise where you will find energy. Show yourself to the world, find the energy, engage with life – and life will respond.

Getting back to this feeling of “I am tired.” As I outlined in the beginning, we have every¬†reason to be tired. It feels like an uphill stuggle, sometimes, this life. I am struggling with¬†my energy levels every single day, so I do not take it for granted. I often feel desperate about where I am supposed to get the energy to accomplish all I want to accomplish. I honestly have no idea. Contemplating over and over the idea “I don’t know where to find the energy,” I realised that this is the very nature of the open Sacral center. The energy is not defined. It is unknown¬†and unlimited. Think about this, unlimited energy. Think again about Obama, who managed to run a country for 8 years with only two defined centers in his chart.

Projectors can do anything. Everything. Unlimited potential. Whatever a Projector needs to do, they will be able to do. The only reason you feel tired, is because this tiredness is preventing you from doing a lot of things that you do not need to do.

Unlimited energy potential can be easily manipulated and set to work for things that are a complete waste of time for a Projector. That is in fact what is happening to most Projectors in the world. They are running around, working harder than anyone, because they don’t realise that they don’t need to do that. As soon as you get a hint that, maybe – just maybe – you might have something better to do, the exhaustion sets in. Some people just burn out immediately, they get ill, break a limb, fall into depression – whatever their body feels is a good way to slow them down. Others learn their lesson more slowly. As soon as your consciousness opens up to the possibility that what you’re doing may not be right for you, there is no going back. The learning from hard work is done. The way to your true self becomes inevitable.

Feeling tired – like any sensation of the body – is a message. A message that tells you to take it easy. It is not a state of being. Therefore “I am tired” is not a correct statement per se. “I am Ariane.” “I am human.” Tired is just a feeling I get a lot, because I need to hear it. It is reminding me to rest. Therefore identifying with it is more disempowering than it is useful. So I found it much more useful to recognise my exhaustion, every time I feel it, and then to not take it seriously. Yes, I feel tired often. Yes, I need a lot of rest. And rest needs to be the basis for life as a Projector.¬†I also have¬†limitless energy. That means that whenever I do need to have energy, and it is correct for me to be busy, I will have all the energy I need. So much more important than waiting for the invitation is listening to your inner authority. What are you excited about? What feels right to you? Where do you want to be? Follow that, and you will have all the energy you need.

I can honestly say that I am never actually tired anymore. When I do feel tiredness in my body, I know it is just a feeling that is there, allowing me to take it easy. If the next minute someone calls me with an exciting invitation, the energy is coursing through my body again. Where did the exhaustion go? It was never there!

So it is very simple: follow your joy. You will have all the energy you need. When you go against your nature, you exhaust yourself.¬†You don’t always need to wait for an invitation to do anything. You do always have to sense whether the energy is right for you to engage with. When you follow your inner authority, you will always find the right energy for you.

When you find yourself in front of obstacles or challenges – in other words, things that go wrong or feel bad – these are only there to help you realign with your truth. Bad situations only come into our life to teach us. Always. You are never a victim of anything. Whenever you feel like a victim, this experience is only there to challenge you to step into your power and learn the lesson that is there for you. When you rise to the challenge each time, you will learn the truth of this deeper and deeper.

Becoming wise about life is the most important job of the Projector. It is the whole purpose for which you were born. So you can count on every single thing that you encounter in your life being there so you can become wiser. When you view every aspect of your life as an opportunity to learn, you will become wise beyond your wildest imagination.

How to accelerate as a Projector:

  • STOP doing things you don’t want to do. Stop wasting your time and energy.
  • Relax. Take your time, you have all the time in the world. Make rest the most important aspect of your life.
  • Learn, investigate, absorb everything you find remotely interesting like your life depends on it (because it does).
  • LOVE YOURSELF. Recognise how amazing you are and let the whole world know.
  • Expand your awareness. Consciousness is your most powerful tool.


This is a short audio I recorded when inspiration struck me while I was out walking with my dog. It is therefore not the best quality, but don’t let that prevent you from letting the resonance strike a cord deep within you.

      Wait for the invitation


  • If you are interested in a reading, go to the readings page or send me a¬†message.
  • I wrote a new blog that is very much about being a Projector, you can read it here.
  • On 2nd March 2017, I gave a webinar called “Step into your Projector Power. In this webinar I discussed how you can really tap into your unique Power as a Projector. There is no need to be tired, bitter or waiting for the world to come to you. Your power is in your truth. In this webinar we discovered how you can tap into it every day. You can watch it here.


  1. Stephan

    Thank you so much for this gem. I appreciated it so much. I feel so relieved. Thank you my friend. xoxoxo

  2. Linn

    Wow, I live in Sweden anf human design isnt that big here. Last year a listened to a podcast and found out about it, then I started to learn a little bit about a projector and then I forgot about it (and my body needed so. Much. Rest. 2020.)
    Yesterday i found this article and blog and everything. Looking forward to learn more. I think the invitation part is really tricky!?

    Thank you so much for all this!

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      Hi Linn,

      Thank you so much for your message. I am very happy to hear that this article was interesting for you. I am also very glad to hear that you were able to take rest! That is so valuable for a Projector.

      The invitation is very tricky, indeed. It really requires us to tune into our environment and be aware of ourselves and the people we are with. In my experience, the invitation is all about people making space for you. When others are not open and welcoming to what we have to say, our input can go ignored or arrive in a way we did not intend. To have the impact we wish to have, we need to wait for people to be ready to hear us. This means that for a Projector the biggest challenge is to learn to keep our wisdom to ourselves. When we hold onto it, rather than give it away for free to the first person in our vicinity, we give it great value.

      Our wisdom is worth of being more than just a side comment, unsolicited advice, or a snide remark. It is worthy of beign explicitly asked for. That is what the invitation is. When people go out of their way to ask for our point of view. That is when they know it will be interesting and of value and they will appreciate it as such.

      It is important to note that Projectors do not need an invitation for Everything. We need invitation for everything that concerns other people. We do not need invitation to take steps in life for ourselves. Invitation give us the supercharge of energy that we need to fulfil big tasks or take on big projects, but it does not last forever. In the mean time, we need to follow our joy. We need to follow what excites us. That will be light the way for us when we are going it alone.

      I would love to talk more with you, if you are interested. You can email me at connect@eraani.nl

      Much love,

  3. Tina

    Thank you so much! I really needed this wisdom.

  4. Irena Ignatova

    Right. So I’ll just let my kids take care of themselves then because I often don’t feel like getting out of bed for a month and I need that rest to recharge ever so often. I’m a mental projector. I’ll just wait for an inspiration to be a mother once in a while. I’m sure that’s the right way to live and it will have wonderful consequences for everybody

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      Dear Irena,

      Thank you so much for your message. I absolutely hear you. Manu situations in life make it impossible for us to take the space we need. I know this article advocates for radical change, and in practice this is not workable. I fully recognise that.

      My perspective on this is that change is not usually radical. I call for that in this article, because I get only one read to make my impact. In practice, change goes much slower.

      It will not be only living in invitation right away. It will mean just noticing when you speak or act without being invited, and becoming aware of what that feels like. It will mean finding more recognition for the enormous effort you make every day to get through the day. Recognition from others maybe, but more then anything from yourself.

      What I mean by that is that we often take ourselves for granted. We expect us to just do all the things we have to do. The first step is to recognise how much effort it takes. And to recognise the enormous strength it takes to keep up with that. To get up every day, stay on your feet and not collapse even though you always feel so close to doing so. You deserve all the awards for that – even when this world is not giving those out.

      From that recognition, everything else starts to move and space emerges for small changes here and there that allow you to live more within the boundaries of what you are capable of and what makes you feel most alive.

      If you ever wish to vent or speak to someone who just listens, I am here.
      Many blessings ‚̧ԳŹ

      • Stephanie

        Wow, this was such a warm, tactful response. I too empathize with the above comment from the projector mother.

        I have four children, a wonderful MG spouse, and a dog who require more than I’m able to give most days. I went my entire life thinking it was my personal problem that I need a ton of sleep and get tired easily and it is very comforting to try and work with that instead of against it. Understanding that I need to rest in many shorter bursts helps me make it through day now a little easier. Where I once would fight against myself, thinking I am the problem instead of an unsupportive societal system that asks way too much from parents. I would often push through and end up completely depleted. I am a tiny bit better able to cope by letting go of some things so I can rest. I hope the mom who commented above is able to find small ways she can incrementally get her needs met. As this article states we were not built to function seamlessly in current society. But things are changing!

        Anyway, I didn’t mean to turn this comment into being about ME. But mostly I was just so moved by the burnt out mother and this hopeful, gentle response. I really like your website and you sharing your message.


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          Hi Stephanie,

          Thank you so much for your message and for your kind words. I really appreciate you sharing your story. I believe it is so important to connect about these things on a real level. We are all struggling. When we only talk about the good parts, we feel like we are all alone in facing continuous impossible challenges. And we are not.

          I also believe it is getting better. We are moving towards each other and we will find each other again and exchange the support we all so need.

          Until then, like you say, it is the small steps that make the difference.

          Much love,
          Ariane (Eraani)

  5. Kristaps

    What an amazing article, as you say – Projectors are usually the ones that run the hardest and I can resonate so much with this. I have so many things I want to do, but it’s time to cut back on some and focus on the ones that make me happy.

    I’m afraid of ruining my financial situation, but I also know that everything will be alright if I follow my path.

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      Hi Kristaps,

      Thanks so much for your sharing! I definitely hear you in your fear. In my experience it is not about doing or changing everything all at once. It is much more about taking small steps in the right direction, on at a time.

      We don’t live in a perfect world where we can just drop everything and only follow what makes us the happiest. We have responsibilities. I believe, when we take care of ourselves, we will also be taken care of. I mean by that, if we make small decisions every day to make space for ourselves, we will see this reflected in the way the world around us makes space for is as well.

      When it comes to finances, this means making choices that may not be optimal, but definitely send you in the right direction. Maybe not quitting a job right away, but taking some time off, or working a day in the week less.

      This is how I believe our path can work out perfectly for us, one step at a time.

      Many blessing to you.‚̧ԳŹ
      And do please let me know if I can be of any assistance.


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