Yod Aspect Pattern

Yod Astrology

Yod Astrology – Finger of God

The 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 buildup 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.

206 Responses

  1. amber says:

    Very much appreciate this article on The YOD. Thank you

  2. Hi Jamie,
    Was Otto Skorzeny one of those nazi’s with a yod pattern?..and can you name the 6 that did?

    • Otto didn’t come up when I researched that post, but he could have. The others were Hermann Goering, Alfred Rosenburg, Erhard Milch, Wilhelm Canaris, Rudolf Hess and Heinrich Himmler.

  3. Galaxxygal says:

    Moon ( chart ruler) at 17 Pisces conjunct Ceres- H9 is the apex-

    Pluto 18 Leo H2 & Neptune 16 Libra H4

    Same Neptune is also part of my cardinal T square- opposite Jupiter 13 Aries H 10 & both square Mars 12 Cancer- H12

    It is NOT boring


  4. GK says:

    I do have a boomerang, a seperate Yod and a Stellium in my chart. To have a weired life is normal to me. A normal life is weired to me. It seems like I do live a life on two levels. The only thing I do not know is whether there is a general transisting yod as well. Does anyone see that?

    • GG says:

      As my N sun is 28 cancer & natal saturn 28 virgo- when planets transit 27- 28 aquarius- it makes a Yod by transit ( houses 1,3 & 8)

      I notice when the moon hits that area- it is mostly always a discordant day or two

  5. sophie says:

    I read that the apex planet should be the speeder one to do a perfect Yod (Bill Tierney). I have a boomerang oneb(Mars apex, Saturne sxt neptune andJupiter as mid point) and it is a pain in the ass,this finger of God. Really! Can’t afford a 150$ consult now. I can confirm, all change in second and you just feel you are nothing. Could not speak for years became writer then. And failures just get through as pearls in a laughing’s God neckless. Still alive then. Ahahaha. And ready for my fated 55th birthday…

    • GK says:

      I do feel with you. At the moment I do loose everything that I have achieved until now. Those failures you are talking about: I do have them as well. I am a fighter, but these days I am more like a fly in a cup of milk moving the feets, hoping that the milk turns into butter and I do have a ground to stand on.
      It is a pitty that I am not religious anymore. Otherwise I would have a chat with God to take his fingers out of my ass as well.
      See it as it is. You were young and pritty. Youth is gone, but the rest stays!!!!!

    • GG says:

      So- if My natal moon is the apex planet to mercury & neptune- is that a ‘boomerang’ Yod?

      I have found that many with a Yod can find themselves in very hard situations- with no where or no one to turn to_ & have to battle through alone
      Is this the ‘lesson; of the Yod?

      In my case- moon is apex & it involved my late mothers terrible illness


      • GK says:

        e.g. the date 12.12.2012 (Maya :-)) makes a beautiful boomerang. Fassbender (actor) has one too. You simply need a oppostion in your yod. One time I wanted to bring my litter to the disposal site. As I arrived there, a men had an heart attack, broke down and was dead. The only thing I did was to send love and light to the living. Why that happend to me? My answer was, that the wife needed light, just not to break down. Everthing is a lesson. I am always on the right place on the right time. Keep the last sentence always in your mind :-)

  6. Jill Betteridge says:

    Hi Jamie,

    I have a conjunction between the Sun and Mercury, (Aries Sun/Taurus Mercury) and a sextile between Pluto and Neptune. I also have inconjuncts between Pluto and the Sun and Neptune and Mercury. Oh, and also a Bi-quintile between Neptune and the Sun. Is this configuration still considered to be a Yod and if possible, could you indicate how I can develop it’s attributes??

    Thanks v. much,

    Jill Betteridge

  7. Pilar says:

    Hi, Jamie,
    My daughter Maria was born in december, 20th 2012, and has this special focused Yod, and another Yod, with Saturn (apex-house 4)-jupiter (house XI)-moon (house IX). How do you interpretate this?
    And, is it possible to have a Yod with an ascendant?
    Thank you very much!

  8. Radmila says:

    Hi Jamie,
    Thanks much for the post – I came across it amidst a real “yoddean” (sudden?) urge to find the true purpose and mission of my life as a deep feeling that I’ve been wasting it is becoming unbearable. I am slightly younger than you (October 13, 1968) so my Boomerang Yod is slightly different. The sextile part: Venus (conj Juno, Sappho, Adonis) conj Neptune (conj Karma) in 10th house in Scorpio, sextile Jupiter and Pluto on the same degree in Virgo in the 8th house. All quincunx Saturn (all orbs around or under 3 deg) in Aries (wider conj DNA) in the 3rd house. The reaction point (apex opposition) are Sun conj Mercury in 9th house, in Libra. I should mention that my NN is also in the 3rd house Aries however not in conj with Saturn. (The only planets out of this configuration are Mars and Uranus, and the Moon). I’m aesthetically refined and incline toward applied arts (but have never acted upon those talents) and intuitively like to say “spreading beauty and love is my mission in life”, half-jokingly. Third house is communication, yes, and I’ve never had the self-confidence to publicly express my thoughts and ideas – due to the Saturnian restrictions, most probably. I’ve always felt that it was Saturn (the apex point) that somehow holds the reins on these five planets and the Sun, thereby being the sole master of my life. Yet, the artistic Neptune-Venus and on the other end of the sextile transformationally profound Jupiter-Pluto seem now to be pushing hard and putting pressure upon Saturn, which in turn bounces whatever frustrations (or its “wrath”) back onto poor Sun and Mercury in Libra. Not easy at all, but have to admit – I’ve managed to stay surprisingly balanced, even-headed, rational and overly responsible all my life. However, the “missing part” – that unique mission and purpose for higher spiritual evolution and ultimate self-fulfillment remains elusive. I’d appreciate it if you could share any quick thoughts you might have on such a Boomerang Yod constellation, especially since our birthdays are only weeks apart. Oh, and BTW for whatever it’s worth – my ascendant is in Capricorn.
    With a sincere thank you and warmest wishes,

  9. Vicki says:

    we share Yods.. feeling extra stressed currently with transit mars acting as the “boomerang” in the mix opposing natal saturn. I enjoy your articles. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  10. kate says:

    What an EXCELLENT post on Yods! Thank you.

  11. Angeliina says:

    What if a person have 2 Yods in her natal chart?

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