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.

247 thoughts on “Yod Aspect Pattern

  1. Cat, never give up. I believe that when the time is right all things fall into place and will make perfect sense in hindsight. Until then, all of us burdened with YODS do suffer terribly. Sometimes I feel as though I have been cursed (not blessed) and yet I don’t know why. I am a good person and like yourself, I help others when I can. I used to put myself out all the time but after getting burnt a few times I have learnt to give only as much as I can afford. All around me I see others loose their job and get another opportunity open up for them relatively quickly, whereas after many years of studying and struggling I can hardly get a break anywhere. Recently I thought of starting my own business reading Astrology charts for clients, but after a bit of practice I realised that I take on other peoples energy as my own (moon YOD with all transpersonal planets) and it totally freaks me out. Now I realise I don’t have enough planets in earth signs to keep me grounded. Hey presto, back to square 1 again. I can’t tell you how many times I have said that to myself. We just gotta keep going until we get there. That’s what makes us stronger than most.

    • I can so relate to what you’re saying jobs and no opportunity and considering astrology business hahaha. Thanks so much for sharing

    • Yes I feel burnt thro helping others too. I got where I needed to go and they their ambitions fulfilled but to hear them tell it I had no role to play. OMG

  2. Hi Jamie, I like what your doing with this website. It’s great. Thanks for interpreting my quintile. I appreciate your thoughts and agree with what you say. Yes I am creative (art and science) but I am also a revolutionary. I know I can manifest change through love. It’s just that I believe the world is not quite ready for people like me. The existing power structures of greed, hatred and destruction that rule our world has got to play itself out first. However, I believe my suffering is mainly because of my moon YOD. From what I have read the moon represents my samskaras (Sanskrit); or in western astrology to my past and the 4th house is where the collective unconscious is accessed. Therefore I believe the quincunxes of all three transpersonal planets to my moon in the 4th house, is the collective baggage (suffering) I have been born with, which doesn’t actually belong to me personally. It’s too much. I believe that when I die I’m going straight to heaven, because I’ve already been to hell.

  3. I got a Yod which involve Pluto Virgo, Neptune Scorpio and Jupiter Aries. Now I’m sure that many People born in the 60ies got it. Could this influence a intire generation? Mercury Capricorn is squaring Jupiter.

    • My Yod is Pluto Jupiter conjunctionin in Virgo to Venus Neptune conjunction in Scorpio that points to saturn in Aries in 7th house. o’boy oboy
      My marriage is something else Im born ’68

  4. I’ve just come to this site and am always looking for more information about yods. I have three yods in my chart and two are interconnected. Does anyone have three yods or has seen charts with three? I would very much appreciate any comments. Talk about destiny pulling me….

    • Wow Susan, 3 YODS? You brave, amazing person. I would try to understand the interconnected YODS first as they share a common element(s) that is causing you to misinterpret 2 different types of repeating situations. The activation points is where the energy is being pulled into focus, but you can’t understand or use it effectively until you become conscious of what your dealing with. I think you need to sit down with an astrologer to work this out, unless you like to read a lot and have time for self reflection.

      • Thanks, Angel. I’ve been studying astrology for a good number of years and in the process have had my chart read by many astrologers in the Boston area. The only person, Frances McEvoy (with whom I also studied), really paid attention to the yods, and that was at least 20 years ago. I’ve had two other readings where I live now – both avoided the yods. So…I look for transits to the apex planets, but with three yods, there’s always more transiting yods and my mind boggles. Then there are the aspects to the yod planets, which complicate it even more.

        Here is an example of one: Apex planet the sun in Capricorn in the 12th, inconjunct an exact Mars/Uranus conjunction in Gemini in the 4th and inconjunct a Pluto/North node conjunction in Leo in the 7th. Square to the 12th house sun is Neptune in Libra in the 8th. That same Neptune, of course, is then trine the Mars/Uranus conjunction. My mind just shuts down when I try to put it all together. Then , there are the other two yods that add to the fun!

        Also, for those who note similar family aspects, here’s one I’m trying to write about. I have six women with a Mars/Uranus conjunction: My grandmother, my mother, my sister, me, my daughter and my granddaughter. I only wish I had more time to spend on all of this…

        • Hi Susan. This is just my guess.

          You have inherited and passed on a passion for freedom and embody a revolutionary spirit (mars conjunct Uranus). This is also evident in your 4th house of inner self. Also, Neptune in the 8th house infers the need to set your self free from unconscious compulsions and achieve autonomy from your own shadow, ie, death, sex, taxing (not just money) themes. However, Neptune and Uranus/ mars work well together here.

          Pluto conjunct NNode in Leo ( 7th house of “other”) means your way forward is to make changes to the way interact with others, more equilibrium and harmony is required, rather than ego centredness. Then your sun in Capricorn (12th house) needs to be guided by the “changed influences” of Neptune in the 8th, in order to follow the right path.

          Finally putting the YOD together, utilising your spirit for freedom and correct interpersonal boundaries (including making peace with oneself) to release the energy blocked in the 12th house (unconscious). Once this is achieved your sun (outer self) will become conscious and be able to shine in it’s full brightness.

  5. Thank you for this article I’m probably going to read it several times. Just what the doctor ordered. :)

  6. I just noticed now my yod is earth, hades and saturn. I think earth in 6th is focal. It was after a serious health problem I started mountain climbing. I have since repeatedly gratefully said these angels came down from the mountain and after I was healed they disappeared. Well not exactly, things happened to them but it disbanded for me no matter what I tried to do. They were a small group of the most healthy fit seniors I’ll ever have the pleasure to meet. Most edging 70 with the oldest man 80. Climbing twice a week hi’est mountains on BC Coast and bike riding to boot.

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