Yod Aspect Pattern

Yod AstrologyThe Yod aspect pattern is a configuration between at least three planets or points in the horoscope to create a long triangle which looks like a witches hat. A Yod is also called the Finger of Fate, Finger of God or the Projection Triangle, and has been the source of much debate and controversy within the astrological community.

Traditional astrologers have dismissed Yod astrology as “bogus” or merely a midpoint structure, and even among those who use Yod’s there is debate about orbs and whether to include only planets or other points in the chart like the Ascendant. I strongly believe that Yod astrology is very significant and does live up to the hype as a very fated aspect pattern denoting a special mission or destiny in life.

Yod Astrology Definition

Yod is the tenth Hebrew letter with significant kabbalistic and mystical significance regarding the name of God, his omnipresence and our humility.  In Marinas chart below you can see the Yod apex planet is Jupiter. The green lines are quincunxes (150°). The blue line between Mercury and Neptune is a sextile (60°). It is a challenging aspect pattern but holds great potential for spiritual evolution and increased awareness.

This pattern creates a particular and strong energy, stronger than you would get by these aspects on their own. I like to use the analogy of a crystal here, a very definite and unique structure which holds a special type of energy which took a long time to create. A person with a Yod will have a difficult time with this frazzling and neurotic energy, especially earlier in life.

The energy of the two planets in sextile is focused like a laser beam on the action point, in this case Jupiter. A sextile is a positive aspect that creates energy. The quincunxes take this heightened energy and raise the vibration even further. The action point planet then comes under incredible stress and tension and must release it somehow. Individuals with this Yod pattern will experience this as continual build up then release of tension.

Life with a Yod is far from ordinary, as I explored in Nazi Horoscopes: “Of the 100 German Nazi’s listed at astro databank only 6 have Yod configurations. Each had crucial roles to play in the war. A Yod does represent a special task or mission in life that the person feels compelled to undertake. These these six guys were certainly on a mission.”

I have mentioned that I consider the Yod astrology very challenging, there will be many difficult circumstances and relationships in life which seem to show a repeating theme, as if we are learning a lesson over and over in order to perfect something. I believe that a person with a Yod has been working on a special task or mission over many lifetimes, making mistakes along the way while learning the skills needed.

The Yod in the chart for this life signifies that this is the life to bring it all together, the make up for the mistakes and pay back the karmic debt. This life the skills are to be perfected and used in a constructive, selfless way to benefit others. The skills are shown by the sextile planets, the challenges through the quincunxes, and the mission or task through the apex planet. The quincunx is an aspect of karmic readjustment.

Yod Astrology

Yod Astrology

In Marina’s Yod astrology, the mission relates to Jupiter, faith, values, philosophy. Positive values, cheer and hope given to many through the Mercury/Neptune spiritual writings and words. The negative manifestation which had to be overcome to get to this positive and constructive stage included lack of self belief, and the tendency to exaggerate the Mercury/Neptune suspicions and tendency to get carried away with conspiracy theories. Marina may have a different interpretation – keep your eye on the comments.

Elida Marchisone talks about Yod astrology and labels this aspect patter the “Spiritual Warrior”, pointing to the struggle to rise above the challenges and to evolve the soul. In relation to the early struggles and to finally start to realize the wonderful potential bound up in the crystalline structure, she writes that for a Yod  “to work positively a certain evolutionary standard must first be met”. The timing of this evolutionary leap, or series of leaps will be shown by aspects, especially conjunctions to the apex planet from eclipses and outer planet transits.

Elida goes on to state that with Yod astrology, we need “to develop a great sense of individuality and self-confidence. This person may have to play the role of the rescuer and the victim, over and over, until they develop an understanding of personal and collective service. In relating to others they will explore realms of experiences that are not understood at an ordinary level as it will include collective unconscious patterns of behavior. He or she will have to meet inner standards rather than conform to social standards of behavior. Because of this, the person will set in motion misunderstanding and aggressive responses, from the environment.”

Alan J. Ouimet quotes the astrologer Bil Tierney (Dynamics of Aspect Analysis), describing Yod astrology as “arriving at a fork in the road and having to proceed in one direction rather than another without knowing where it will lead to…activation of the Yod will cause the dropping, or psychologically letting go, of certain interests and habits in order to become involved in what is showing on the horizon”. Regarding the “fork in the road”, if you take a direction other than the one God has chosen for you, then the universe is likely to give you a kick in the pants. The further you stray from the destined path, the harder the kick.

Other variations of the Yod is the Boomerang Yod mentioned below, and the Golden Yod which is discussed in the horoscope of Adolf Hitler. This Golden Yod involves a quintile aspect (72°) in place of the sextile, and two biquintile aspects (144°) in place of the quincunxes. There is still the same theme with a special mission in life and the struggle to overcome adversity, but there seems to be more of an emphasis on the use and abuse of power.

Boomerang Yod Astrology

Yod Astrology

Boomerang Yod Astrology

When there is a planet or point opposite the apex planet then we get a Boomerang Yod, also called a Focused Yod. This Yod astrology is more complex. In my chart you can see that Mercury and Venus make up the reaction point, opposite Saturn the apex planet. Interpreting the standard Yod pattern, my special mission involves taking responsibility for something, learning, teaching, parenting (all Saturn things). They take on a larger, spiritual dimension because of Neptune sextile Pluto, the aspect of mass-consciousness. Now the energy at the action point Saturn bounces up to the Mercury Venus reaction point. So the final expression of the all the tension is through words and love, the source of difficulties earlier in life, but the avenue for the positive manifestation of the Yod when things turn around. The reaction point is like a pressure valve, and in some ways it makes it easier to release the pressure buildup found in a standard Yod astrology. However in some ways it is worse when the un-evolved Yod lets off the energy in an uncontrolled or harmful fashion.

The young Yod was shy, fearful, insecure, and had difficulty with expressing love, words and feelings. As the Yod evolved through a series of sometimes painful leaps from the negative to the positive manifestation, wisdom and stability counteract the fear and inhibition. Now I express the thoughts to a wide audience on the Internet with confidence, and have a mature approach to loving and taking responsibility for my family. We may never feel in total control of our lives when we have a Yod in our charts. Life is fated, we have to surrender to a higher power and sacrifice some personal desires and needs. Along the way we can at least move from the back seat up to the passenger seat and start enjoying the ride.

261 thoughts on “Yod Aspect Pattern

  1. Thanks, Twinkle. I don’t have any natal boomerang yods, but certainly have them with transiting planets. I would enjoy trading birth information and comparing experiences, but I’m not comfortable putting all my birth information online (or my email). Any suggestions?

  2. Hi Susan, so pleased to hear from you. We yod bearers need to stick together and share stories. I’m a very private person myself and so understand what you are saying. I don’t want to post my personal details either but as I have heard from you I will try to find a solution. I’m new to all of this myself and don’t usually post messages. There must be a way we can connect privately!

  3. I can’t find any links on this site to connect privately but what I would suggest is that you google astrologers community which is a fantastic way of sharing information with experts in Astrology who can answer questions for newcomers. Set up a pseudonym and password that protects your privacy and then you can share information privately with other members. You donot have to post any information on the public forum.I am a member so you can tell me your profile name on this site and I will be able to find you and send you a private message??

  4. Great idea! Thanks, I’ll try it. I’m looking forward to sharing information. Today was the first time I checked my solar return, as I like to wait and see if what I’m experiencing and thinking/feeling is shown in the chart. If I needed any confirmation that solar returns are accurate (I use Koch), it couldn’t be stronger. More details later.

  5. By the way, I’m under a different name on the forum, not twinkle, something more authentic.so the only way you can find me is to post your user name here. Let me know how you get on.Good luck.

  6. As far as I know you would be looking at the houses that the Sun, Venus and \Mercury are in to determine what sort of activity will be prominent in the following year. Mine are all in the 3rd house at the moment. lHeadache? yes and no, I’m completing a book that began when my yods were set off by transits. There are no mistakes in life. Alll knowledge is written in the stars. It’s incredible.Check out the forum. You will feel less alone there and let me know how you get on. Hopefully we can find a way to share yod experiences. I may be playing my own trumpet here but I have written book about my experiences that’s almost completed.

    • Okay, I’m all set with the name of star44 (lowercase). Yes, I look at Sun, Venus and Mercury, in addition to many other factors. My current return shows a lineup of Sun conjunct Pluto in the eighth, Pluto conjunct Mercury in the 8th, and Venus conjunct Mercury (just barely into the 9th) and all in Capricorn. Venus sextiles the Moon in the 11th, both inconjunct to Jupiter in the 4th. I already knew what this year would be like! Also, I’m a writer as well for many years now. It will be interesting to compare notes. Take care.

  7. Hi Christian, sounds like powerful communication with Pluto in the 3rd and spiritual creativity perhaps through what you have learned in romantic relationships? Just a guess. Have you been lead astray through idealism or communication issues in these areas that fuel Jupiter goals? Have you started any projects? Counselling springs to mind, not sure why. That Saturn square has a tendency to reduce confidence and create delays. I have a Saturn square too.
    I see you are from Norway. Beautiful country. My grandfather was born in Narvik. It’s my favourite place in the world, fresh and pure.

  8. I moved to Norway two years ago beautiful country but I was here in Bergen as the same time as Venus Passage in 2012 with the Sun Gemini and probably felt in Love with Norway. Romantic ppowerful talk of Love with the Sun Capricorn 7th House maybe a little Emotional Ascendent Cancer quincuns Moon Aquarius 8th House conjunct to Venus Pisces. Project that I love is to find sponsor for an Astrology rubric in a magasine and I still want to do it but it is difficult and non economic profit maybe the last Square Uranus Pluto is finally the right time I start for a New jobb today which av a salesman for a magasine called rettvest travel on local basis. The total sola eclipse on the 20 of march is right on the MC Aries hope for new project.

  9. Hi. I have 4 yods in my chart. They are as follows. Any insight on this would be much appreciated. Thanks

    Yod 1 – Moon is the tip of the finger. Inconjunct Mercury and Neptune
    Yod 2 – Moon tip again, inconjunct with Pluto and Neptune (same location as yod 1, but pluto instead of mercury as they are 100% on top of each other)
    Yod 3 – Saturn is the tip, inconjunct with Jupiter and Neptune
    Yod 4 – Neptune is the tip, inconjunct with The Moon and Saturn

    • i was born at 11:10pm (BST) on 15/09/1973 in Maldon, Essex

      I forgot to say, I also have a birthmark in the shape of a yod on my left arm lol, so maybe i have 5!

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