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.

466 thoughts on “Yod Aspect Pattern

  1. Note : glad you included info on yods. although I predicted Trumps win through horary, I decided to check the horoscope for the election on Nov 8 2016 and discovered that Trump has a yod with his Sun inconjunct election Sun. His Sun is also inconjunct Pluto which is sextile election Sun and Mercury. I didn’t find a yod from Hillary’s Sun to election Sun. The election sun represents the President. I’ll have to look into other methods but I always use horary if I need to find out sooner than it takes to figure all the possibilities.

  2. Thank you. This was very helpful: when I read your description of the chart, I wondered if it were me, and, then enlarging it, had to laugh. We’re just a couple of days apart — only reversed (my ascendant is Cancer): lovely coincidence this, and I shall ponder your words with even greater diligence, now. Cheers!

  3. I have a yod with moon (.♉) apex with pluto ♎-Neptune♐. It is powerfull in my chart as I have no water, nor earth at all (Piscis As). The moon carries all the work in 2nd house.
    This year Uranus will get to the moon at 1′ Taurus and, over the apex point so…..scaring!!

    The worst crisis happened always with a transit to the polarity point 1♏. Jupiter still in the area..aswell.

    Thanks for the article!

  4. In a very serious way, my AC/DC is forming a boomerang Yod with the upcoming sun/pluto/Venus sextile Jup/mars. Ill park the ongoing star of david 26s for now . Is it a straightforward choice between the 2 or do i have to figure out a harmony?

  5. Wow. Enlightening. My yod has venus and mars in the sextile while has saturn, neptune, the sun and the moon in the boomerang, oppositing jupiter and chiron. The quincunxes are with jupiter being the apex (the conjunction with chiron has a 7 degrees orb). I’ve learned lessons of discipline through limits with others and taking the leap towards myself, not outside.

  6. This is the first description I’ve found on my exact yod. My birthday is September 1, 1968 and the only difference is that the release point is my ascendant at 22° Libra (Venus and Mercury were in late Virgo and early Libra)…very helpful insights. I would love to hear your thoughts on the ascendant release point. It seems like something but I can’t put my finger on it. 🙂

    • Do you think the release would be in the way you carry and present yourself in the world? Perhaps you have changed the way you interact with people or maybe you allow other parts of yourself to be seen by others, thereby enhancing relationships and intimacy in general.

  7. I have three solid yods that form a star pattern in my natal chart (a fourth if you count one made by vesta) and it was so enlightening to find out about yods and how impactful they are in one’s life. My “main” one is Libra Sun (which is conj Pluto) and Sag Moon (conj Neptune which is involved in all my yods so I consider Neptune as a pivot of sorts) with the apex being in Taurus Mars… it is a doozy, but now I’m understanding them, the things I’ve been through, the lessons I had to learn and learn and learn again make so much sense. My other yods are Neptune/Jupiter (Aquarius) to Saturn (Cancer) and Saturn/Mars to Neptune.

  8. I have three planets at each of the sextile points of my yod, plus Venus on my rising at the apex of the yod, with Saturn loosely conjunct to Venus (9 degrees), so possibly getting involved with the yod (?).
    I’m not sure how to count it, but it seems I have at minimum 9 yods, all on top of each other, possibly 18 or even 27, depending on how you count it.


    • I’d love to know your thoughts on the significance of all these superimposed yods, and on the significance of Venus and the ascendant as the apex.

  9. just discovered a yod in my chart- venus and uranus rx to saturn in 7h. i would really appreciate some help with what to do with this. whenever saturn is involved, i feel nervous. tnx

    • So Saturn is at the focal point? Saturn can be tough but if we approach with an understanding that it is simply about revising and evaluating structures in our lives, we can relax into it sometimes and spend conscious moments looking at our restrictions and structures. What limitations do you have regarding Venus, especially in relationships (due to Saturn 7th house) but also with regard to love in general, art, feeling good? Seems to me you would be reevaluating those through relationships, not only intimate ones with people but 7th house can relate to relationship in general (with people, animals, the earth, objects, practices, habits, etc.) Uranus and Saturn have a natural struggle and our healing through Chiron can bridge those two together so I’d also look to Chiron to see if it’s trining any of those planets to help out. Uranus is all about breaking free and wresting out of traditional structures and limitations (thoughts, physical manifestations). What limitations do you have regarding what relationship should look like (again, with people but also with anything else in your life)? Uranus is going to be asking you to upend those and with that quincunx between Uranus and Saturn, it may feel like you are constantly being asked to choose between old or new. If you decide to do a conscious look at your ideas, structures, limitations, restrictions, Saturn will actually help you move into a place of expanded love (Uranus sextile Venus) but it will take time and it’s probably never complete. Saturn in Capricorn right now is an awesome energy to work with any natal Saturn needs. Good luck! Hope that helps.

  10. I’ve come back to this post many times over the last couple of years in an effort to better understand this aspect as an astrologer, but mainly in my own chart/life. I have two ‘Boomerang Yods’ in my chart. One to Venus conjunct Saturn from Pluto sextile Neptune with the moon as the reaction point. The other to Pluto (out of sign conjunt S Node) from Venus conjunt Saturn sextile Mercury, with the sun as the reaction point. If you count the MC and Chiron – there is a third! Let’s just say, life’s been interesting! Today, for some reason, I understood this double Boomerang aspect in my chart, on a whole other level than ever before. It actually brought me to tears (in a good way). I know it’s a long time since you published this post, but I wanted to express my gratitude just the same. It’s been so very helpful. Thank you.

    • Hi, Lara! I wonder what meaning you feel is attached to a Yod with Sun as the apex. I have it too but with Pluto and Moon.

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