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In this episode of the Understanding Human Design Podcast, Host Karen Curry Parker, interviews Certified Quantum Human Design Specialist and Astrologer and Reiki Master, Clarinda Mann.

Clarinda has known since an early age that she was here to help people. Her father is an MD and she grew up with him singing the anatomy of fetal pigs to her. She started working in the healthcare field when she was 15 and became a Registered Nurse about 14 years ago. In 2011 she had an awakening experience that completely changed the trajectory of her life. She had to learn to manage her energetic sensitivity and began studying astrology and Reiki. In 2019 she was guided to Human Design and her life completely changed.

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Hi everyone. I’m Karen Curry Parker. Welcome to this week’s understanding human design podcast, and we’re gonna have a really fun conversation today with human design specialists, clearing the man. There’s some funny things I’m going to tell you about Clarinda as we get started. But before we get started as a four six orchestrator projector, Clarinda has known from an early age that she’s here to help people. And she has explored different ways to help people, including serving the world as a nurse, serving the world as an astrologer, bled Belle and blending her beautiful perspectives on the planets with her grounded capacity to really serve people in achieving higher States of wellness and has within the last couple years integrated human design into her worldview. Here’s the funny thing, Clarinda, his dad is a physician and she grew up with him singing anatomy songs about fetal pigs to her, which is not a detail that I would normally pull out of a bio, but that jumped out because it was such a beautiful visual image in my mind of this father.

So lovingly sharing these interesting, very personal insights onto the development of fetal pigs. So in 2011, Clarinda had a major spiritual awakening that really kind of changed her trajectory around her career and what she, how she really wanted to serve the world, how she really wanted to help people. So we’re going to be talking today about Clarinda, his perspective, what caused her to really move into the work that she does now. I’m planned all these beautiful pieces together and how she helps you use not only astrology, but astrocartography to help you find your right place. And as part of that also help you clear any trauma that you might have. That’s keeping you from fulfilling the true story of who you really are. I couldn’t have so excited to have you here.

Thank you.

I’d have to know. And this is totally not a game design question, but did he have like a tune that he’s saying about the fetal pigs or was it, and he’d just make up his own music,

You know, from like the vague memories of it it’s he did his own thing. He did his own thing with it. So

I, I just can’t imagine. I think my, my current, my, my 11 year old would just be like, Oh dad,


I want to talk for just a second about your spiritual awakening. What, what, what caused you to really move from sort of following in your family’s footsteps, being, doing traditional Madison and being involved in the medicine field, how did you shift into astrology and doing the work that you do now?

Well, it’s really, I feel like I was forced into it. I was pushed I was at work. I had this experience where I thought I was dying. My heart was running up and down from mid sixties to mid twenties. And I just, none of these women came up to me, one of my coworkers and she said, you look green right now. And I was like, I don’t feel like myself at all. I feel sick. I need to call my husband to take me to the hospital. And while we were on our way there, it felt like something was being pulled off of me or out of me. And when I got to the hospital, my heart rate actually had gotten up to two 20 and it was like this huge feeling. I thought I was dying. I felt like I couldn’t move.

And they were running all these tests and, you know, running around in circles, trying to figure out what’s going on. And then 30 minutes later just stopped and there was nothing like, I was fine and I was like, I’m ready to go. I’m ready to go. And after that period, that moment, it was just like my whole viewpoint on everything started to change. And we just, you know, I can’t explain it really, honestly, it just felt like the universe came in and was like wake up. And it took off from there. I started having a lot of dreams. I actually had dreams where I was being yelled at to wake up. So it was like, okay, I’m listening.

That’s about as literal as it gets.

It was very literal. Cool.

So what, what happened that caused you to find a strategy and start using astrology? I’m imagining that was your first, maybe your first sort of foray into?

It was one of my first ones. I think the very first thing was wanting to find out more about myself as far as where my family came from. And the more that I started studying and learning about a lot of the ancient aspects of our ancestry, that’s when I actually got into astrology and more of the metaphysical stuff sciences. So I’m studying a lot about Egypt and learning a lot about their systems that they had been practicing there. And I just became so fascinated by it and just started digging in and it was like crazy. I was so focused on learning as much as I could about it. So did it feel familiar to you very familiar? It felt it felt very familiar. I felt like a lot of times that I was actually receiving lessons in my sleep that information, like a piece of me had been found that was missing and it just felt right.

And I was, it was happening really fast, you know, the information would come in and it would just absorb and I’m like, Oh, this makes sense. And I was just in this phase of like four years, just focused on learning more about it and trying to dive in as much as I could with astrology. A lot of, I feel like it was always spiritually led when, when there was something else that I needed to know, it would come to me, you know, the guidance would come, it would be here and I would just go in that direction and just start studying it. And that’s basically how this whole journey has really been. It was interesting to find human design, you know, when I did. And I thought again, that was another one of those spiritual push things. So,

So, so I, I am curious, you know, you, you have a father who was a physician you’re working as a nurse, you know, that is sometimes a more conservative way to serve as a healer. How did your family react to you sort of suddenly embracing astrology and Reiki and other kinds of more esoteric ways of healing people?

Yes. So very conservative background family, you know, in Christianity and strategy was devil worship. So basically it was really kind of like a heart and then worshiped by the society by societal viewpoints at the time and how my family viewed it. So I was definitely more black sheep for my viewpoints and my beliefs at that time. So better. Some of my family members, like, you know, with my mother has gotten many. But with a lot of them know, yeah, yeah.

I hear that a lot from, from people who go through an awakening process and come from a more traditional conservative background that there’s a real struggle to continue to sustain that relationship bridge. So I honor you for having the courage to keep doing what is truth for you in the face of that? I know that’s very difficult and I really appreciate your dedication to your service. So thank you. Thank you. So you started exploring astrology Reiki and then in 2019, you, I’m assuming, based on what you’re saying, you kind of bumped into human design. You were led here, is that correct?

Yes, I was. I was bumped and it was, I was the three, three times for me. It’s usually when it’s like, okay, I’m listening. Cause I’m kind of hard-headed sometimes, but I heard about human design on a podcast and I’m like, okay. And then I just kind of turned it off. It came again to my attention and I was like, this is interesting. Maybe I need to learn more about it. And then the last time was like, fine, I’m going to start. So it was like 2019 was a big year or two, you know, a lot of changes where I knew I wasn’t going to be the same. That was my first time going overseas. And I went to an astrology retreat there and it was just a big deal. My family doesn’t, you know, for my family, it was huge.

Like, you’re going over there? What are you doing over there? And I just like, not wanting to really tell everybody why I was going, but astrology retreat and Bulgaria. And when I got there, I was like, I’m not going to be the same anymore. I can, I’m not even going to, I’m going to be a different person. And so the timing of that trip, which was in June and then like just like a month or a couple months later being kind of pushed into human design and that just completely changed everything so

Beautiful. So you’re, you have basically, obviously all of it is something that you’re excited and passionate about, but you really love to do astrocartography and especially astrocartography through the lens of human design. Tell me a little bit about that.

Yes, that is definitely one of my favorite things to do. So I have always liked to move around and travel and I’m very sensitive to energy and location and human design gave me an understanding of why that was and astrocartography helped as well. It was, they were like almost simultaneously brought into my life. So just understanding that my openness and my sensitivity to a location I’m not just crazy. Oh, I’m really experiencing this there, you know, if I’m not in the right place. And so astrocartography being so powerful as a tool to help us find places that are actually going to resonate with us depending on what we’re looking for and in various locations. And one of the most interesting aspects is I was doing like an experiment I like to experiment and research. And it is, you know, with the defined and the Oak versus the open G center I can do astrocartography for both.

We can look at the location for both, but it seems that when that center is open, there is an increased sensitivity to more of the subtle energies in a location. And so it means that we’re actually looking at a more detailed breakdown of aspects that might be going on in the astrological chart that are creating this difference. And as far as human design, certain Gates, and this is not, you know, proven fact yet, but I’m still looking at it. And I find it interesting. A lot of people that were coming to me had certain Gates defined and would they experience some similar type things?

That’s cool. That’s very cool. And that’s, that’s something that, you know, people ask people with an open G especially asked me a lot about, they say, well, okay, so right place is important, but how do I find my right place? And having that, I think as an adjunct tool, and I’m always referring them to, to astrocartography is because that insight of how to work with those energies and, and work with those energies in the context of not just the open G, but in terms of where you are with lifecycle and what your intentions are. And, you know, looking at those powerful moments where sometimes we need to consciously cultivate a geographical energy, if you will. Right. So you also have a background in working in mental health and working with trauma. Talk to me about how you see human design as an extension of your nursing background and helping people with trauma.

You know what, I I’ve been shocked how much they’re connected. And again, I feel like the more that I’m doing human design, the more I see that most of it comes back to the G center. And when we start tapping into these like, like the gate 10 or things regarding like around self-love and self-worth and trauma starts to come up, there was some type of trauma traumatic experience that created this feeling that I have within myself, you know? And I think working as a nurse, that being basically what I did all the time on a one-to-one basis with my patients, it kind of feels just like a natural setting, like a natural thing to do when we’re doing that trauma work. And it’s just been really powerful to, to do it from the lens of, through the lens of human design, because in the hospital, you know, it’s, there’s a lot of bureaucracy and there’s a lot of pushing pharmaceutical treatments onto people, which I’m not against if it’s necessary.

But there’s some things that just need to be processed, you know there’s not a pill for grieving a loved one that can really take that away. We need to go through the grieving process or traumatic experiences that happened in our early childhood. Those are things that we really have to talk about and, and kind of get to the core on and with healthcare being so strained, I just didn’t feel like I was able to really do that in the level that I wanted to for my patients not able to serve, you know, the way that I felt like people were really needing. And so in with doing these one-on-one sessions through the lens of human design has just been such a powerful way to, to, to really try to help people. And I see a lot of healing and what I’ve been doing is actually a lot of times just incorporating Reiki into that with the human design reading or right afterwards, so that we can help to clear some of that energy that’s been stuck because it starts coming up. It starts coming up really quick. And then I didn’t know this, you know, before as a projector, it’s kind of like honing in to what’s going on and then kind of helping to pull it out in a safe space. So it’s just been amazing for me to do this kind of work through human design, like this new way. I feel like I’m helping people so much more than I was really given like the ability to do in the hospital.

I totally agree. I mean, I, I, you know, as, as a nurse myself and I haven’t been on the floor, well, I was only on the floor for a short time anyway, but because I don’t take orders well, apparently, but but but I have always felt like everything I do with human design is just an it’s just nursing. It’s just a different, a different group where my head but I love, you know, I love that when we were talking beforehand, you were talking about how everything you do is assessing and then giving people insights and awareness. And I think that’s so interesting to know how just reframing the story of the chart sometimes can be so phenomenally healing where people can start to see what in the past has been something painful. It can be converted into a new understanding that helps them see that it was a gift and it is a gift.

Yeah, definitely. It’s powerful. To see people walking away from the session, feeling uplifted and feeling like a heavy burden had been eased off of their shoulders and that they can move forward. It just is the best feeling I think I’ve had in years, you know, to see people walking away, feeling like that. So it was it’s confirmation for me that this is the right track.

Good. Awesome. Awesome. So how can people get in touch with you? I’m sure everybody’s wanting there. They want to ask your photography session or more, how are they finding things, find themselves

Perfect. So I am easily found on Instagram at Astro energetic healing. And there’s a link in my pile. They can quick to find my services and they can go from there. And my website is www dot Astro, energetic staff org. And then I’m also on the specialist page. Okay.

Absolutely. If you go to [inaudible] dot com and find our human design specialists, Clarinda is right there. So, so Astro, or quantum alignment or on Instagram as Astro energetics. So awesome. Claire, thank you for sharing your time and your brilliance with us today. I really appreciate having you as part of our team, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you better, and I’m excited to watch and notice and pay attention to and follow the next exciting thing that you’re going to be integrating and doing and contributing. So thank you. I appreciate this time.

Thank you so much, Karen, for having me love you.


Karen Curry Parker, Founder & Creator
Quantum Human Design for Everyone Training System™,
Quantum Alignment System™, and Understanding Human Design

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