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°). The Yod 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. Initially, the most negative potential of the sextile aspect manifests through the apex planet. 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 imaginings, 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 pattern 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 Bill 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 build-up 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.

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374 thoughts on “Yod Aspect Pattern

  1. I’m curious about relocation charts. I’ve been a closet writer most of my life. Paralyzed by a fear of failure. In my natal chart, I have Chiron interceped in the 10th house. Saturn conjunct mars in Virgo 2nd house, biquintile the midheaven trine Chiron. On the day transiting Pluto (6th house Capricorn) trined Chiron, I was flown down to Miami to work on a cruise ship pending that I pass the medical exam which they are paying for. (This was suppose to be at my expense) Now I’m waiting and it’s taking longer than usual and am worried. Because with the chart reference changed to Miami. I got a yod, Saturn conjunct Mars now in the 3rd house (forming half the yod) is costing me a lot a money running around town and I literally have $35 dollars to my name. This makes a sextile to Uranus (natally retrograde as of last year it went direct) still in the 4th house. I definitely have conflicts with my father. And right down the middle is Pluto in Libra opposite midheaven (barely in my natal chart, nearly spot on with the relocation chart both in 3rd) to form a butterfly Yod (if 2.5 degrees is close enough for 2 outer planets). I also have a kite configuration in this chart midheaven being the apex opposite pluto. Neptune retrograde 5th sagittarius, trine mc, trine nn 1st leo. Will this be more powerful?

    • Hi David, I have not done too much research on relocated charts but have moved around a little and taken notice. I do relocate when doing return charts but I would not take into consideration house changes, only aspects to MC and AC, POF and Vertex. There is an idea that as time goes on, things will eventually revert back to natal conditions even if you stay in the new location. best of luck, not an easy area of astrology to work with or understand.

  2. The SE March 8 will fall on my chart ruler- N moon 17 Pisces= H9

    This is also the apex of my boomerang Yod

    How can I make the most of this eclipse ??


    • Well at its highest level the Moon is all about service, being a mom to everyone. I would expect that if you are selfless with your emotions then you will be repaid in other areas.

  3. What is a “Golden” YOD, may I ask? Is that a YOd with quintiles and biquintiles instead on the usual quincunx/inconjuncts?

    • Yes, that is correct. As Jamie mentions above, “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.”

  4. Hi Jamiei
    Went through this article on Yod astrology and just recalled your answer to my query relating to mars rx. I had an accident in recent past and I related it to mars rx cycle but u corrected me and the following was your answer
    “health is probably Moon related, square Pluto and makes a Yod to Venus sextile Neptune in your chart”
    You mentioned the Yod here but I was not sure what it meant. Now after my going through this article I just understand that having yod is for learning a higher lesson this life. can u explain me what does this yod in my chart imply?

    • Perhaps the Moon is how you react at the subconscious, emotional level to Venus/Neptune imaginings about love. Universal, spiritual, unconditional love in the evolved form, but delusional and susceptible in the learning phase, a soft touch and having your emotions played with.

  5. Thank you for this excellent article. I love the synchronicity of how we come across an article at the time a majour transit is occurring.

    I have a Yod pointing to Mars and Point of Fortune at Apex (Pisces) …
    quixunct to Neptune in 12th (libra) sextile Jupiter Pluto in Virgo Leo on MC.

    Mars is squared NN (SAg) in 1st… and in Evolutionary astrology (Jeffrey Green) that shows a missed step that impedes stepping into true soul destiny.

    With Chiron transiting Mars right now I am really ‘in it’!! Just have to figure out what exactly that Mars is telling me.

    Much obliged for this!

    P.s. I know Mars is about action, aggression, use of will, desire, sexuality. In Pisces all about self sacrifice. Martyrdom (of which I am very familiar). Ive had illness and health issues for a LOT of years.

    With NN Square and Saturn squaring Jupiter Pluto on MC I have come to understand that abuse of power is a core theme. ‘Right use of power’ being a key lesson. But there must be a bit more than that… or am I missing the obvious?

    • Hi Doug. Mars is also your goal-directed energy. Instead of using Sun Signs for interpretation try using fixed stars for more detail. For example, the Cusp of Leo and Virgo would be the major fixed star Regulus.

  6. Hi Jamie,
    There will be a yod forming at around 2am on 10th June Sydney time between Pluto in ♑ in my 4th, Sun and Venus in ♊ in my 9th (close to my MC) and moon in ♌ in my 11th.
    My natal Venus ♀ in ♋ is directly opposing transiting Pluto when this formation in the sky takes place, forming a Boomerang yod in astrology.
    In your opinion, will there be deep psychological shifts and transformation (Pluto as apex planet) regarding relationships, attitude towards love and worldly luxuries and pleasures
    (Venus) for me?

    • Yes that’s a good interpretation Donny but remember this Yod will only be active for a couple of hours. Yod configurations involving fast moving points like Moon, AC or MC can be intense in a natal chart but not as easily noticeable in transit.

  7. Hi Jamie,

    What are your thoughts on a transiting planet forming a Yod with one’s natal chart? The sextile already exists in the natal chart; the transiting planet forms the Yod.

    • I call this a transiting Yod and it is significant. That empty apex spot in your chart is a very sensitive point so is worth checking out for fixed stars and asteroids for more detail.

  8. Hi Jamie-ty so very much for your site. DOB 7/9/69 2:35am PST Alameda, CA
    Challenging does not begin to define my past several months. Would you please give me a little insight into my Yod and its impact/influence for me in the near future?

  9. Thank you for your writings. I am a new student of astrology and always learn something when I check your site. I have a yod aspect, with Pluto sextile Neptune, pointing at my Sun (DOB 5/15/1982, 4:47AM Mount Clemens, Michigan). Uranus widely opposes my Sun, so I am not sure if I have boomerang yod or not.

    I have always felt I was born with so many wonderful gifts, and that is what I try to remember when life throws the same two or three problems at me over and over again. However, I have come to a point in my life where I want to change the patterns and actually learn how to use these gifts for something larger. With this goal in mind, do you have any advice on how I might start to unpick my natal yod?

    • Neptune sextile Pluto is an aspect of mass consciousness so your personal goals and self expression represented by the Sun are linked to the masses. Uranus is a bit wide an orb but you can still use it’s technology and internet for your goals. Neptune PLuto also gives you psychic information about what the masses feel, so you personify global trends, the majority view at the higher spiritual level.

      The fixed stars on your Sun suggest you pick up some heavy stuff, a lot of the fear and sadness in the world. So you might lean towards human rights or righting for the underprivileged.

      23 ♉ 36 Zaurak
      23 ♉ 56 Capulus
      24 ♉ 11 Sun
      25 ♉ 54 Algol

  10. Hi, Jamie— I just ran a Solar Return Chart for my birthday this week, and found that it contains a Yod. Sun in Gemini in the 8th House, Sextile Uranus in Aries in the 5th House, both Inconjunct Mars in Scorpio in the 1st House (which is Conjunct the Ascendant). This is not a configuration in my Natal Chart, and it looks rather intense, to me. What are your thoughts on Yods in Solar Return Charts, as compared to reading them in Natal Charts? Is this one possibly the culmination of a Karmic lesson that’s hidden deep within my Natal Chart? I will give you my birth info if you want to look at these Charts. Thank you for your time.— Juli

    • Your interpretation is excellent. They are significant in a return chart just as any other aspect or configuration. It represents a special mission for the year. Mars rising sextile Uranus is intense but also exciting. An active year ahead by the sounds of it.

      • Thank you, Jamie! A special mission for the year sounds interesting— Hopefully it will reveal itself in a way I can understand! I did have something odd happen last week with a stranger giving me a message about enemies, and it was related to my birthday and Astrology. If this is Mars Rising energy, okay, I just prefer a more peaceful life!— Juli

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