This months book review, is about a subject you may not be familiar with.
The title of the book is 'Understanding Human Design by Karen Kurri . So what is Human Design and why might that be important to artists? The Human Design system was originally recorded by Ra Uru Hu. It is understood through a chart which is calculated from your birth date and incorporates knowledge from several ancient systems, including the I Ching, the Kabbalah and Astrology . It gives you very specific knowledge about yor personal psychology, your talents, wisdom and vulnerabilities .
I actually came across this system, several years ago, and was reminded of it as part of a course I did this year with Alison Stanfield who runs Art Biz Coach. Below is an example - my fathers chart. He was a Manifesting generator.
One of the things that stood out for me in beginning to understand this fairly complex system, was the way in which we need to market our art work. This differs for each different personality type, of which there are four. I found that when I understood how I can operate at an optimal level, that so much made sense to me about things that I had tried and failed at previously.
My personality type falls under that known as a Projector, which is best served by waiting for the invitation. What does this mean? It means that if I want to promote my work I will have more success with that, when I do it through an invitation from someone else. If I work in this way then things will flow . Therefore for me to go out knocking on gallery doors with no suggestions, guidance or invitation from anyone, to lead me to that door, is counter productive. I will be battling on an uphill journey all the way.
This book, offers a clear and straight forward understanding of this complex system, and if you're interested I recommend it as a great starting place. There is a lot of information available online for free had a good place to start that journey is available here - My Body Graph
There is an affiliate link to the book on Amazon, below.
NEXT WEEK: Why is Persistence important for an artist?