Yod (astrology)

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Yod is a rare astrological aspect that involves any three planets or points in the horoscope that form an equilateral triangle. This phenomenon occurs when two planets are sextile (60° aspect) to each other, and both are then quincunx (150° aspect) to a third.[1]

Astrological chart[edit]

A Yod is a name for an aspect which forms a triangle shape. The two sextile (60° apart) planets means that they are harmonious to each other but weak where as the quincunx (150° apart) planet is incompatible to that pairing as it shares neither gender (masculine/assertive or feminine/receptive), element (fire, water, air, or earth), or modality (cardinal, fixed, or mutable). This aspect activates either a powerful conduit of energy, or a deeply felt block, in the direction of the third separated planet.

Meaning[edit]

Astrology explains that raised or multi-aspected planets within the Yod can produce unusual situations and personalities, and should therefore be carefully examined. One possible approach is for an individual to view the yod as an exchange of positive forces around a mediating middle (though oppositional) planet. The quincunxed planet will either act as a conduit of energy, or as a profound and deeply felt block. This aspect can produce a heightened direction of energy in the chart which may also oscillate between bifurcated states or situated personalities. A planetary opposition to the quincunxed planet of the Yod can be malefic, or can produce situations of dramatic reversal.

The midpoint of the sextile is also a very sensitive point in the chart, as transiting planets, when conjunct with this midpoint, will then be in opposition to the quincunxed planet. This situation is said to trigger major events, thus revealing and the true power of the Yod Multiple sextiles and trines involving Yod planets can be extremely beneficial and thus spread the energy of this aspect in one side of the chart or produce a focal point for intense energies on the other side of the chart. Hence, the yod is the most difficult natal chart aspect to interpret and requires a great aptitude in astrological interpretation to divine accurately.

Hypothetical example[edit]

A hypothetical example of a Yod would be with Jupiter at 11° Pisces in a quincunx angle to Mars at 11° Leo and the Sun at 11° Libra. The conflict arises between the worldly, sociable character of Leo and Libra, which tend to seek inspiration in the world, versus the introverted, unworldly character of Pisces, which is too sensitive to be able to cope with worldly life and aims to work in the background serving others. These energies do not interact and hence this hypothetical native would possess great difficulty making the choice between serving others and seeking inspiration on the social stage.[2]

Jupiter is in a female sign, while the Sun and Mars are both in male signs. Jupiter is also in a mutable water sign, while the Sun is in a cardinal air sign and Mars in a fixed fire sign. Jupiter shares neither gender, element, or mode with the two planets that aspect it in quincunx. This complete lack of commonality of Jupiter to the two sextile planets illustrates how the yod triggers an irritating situation that can only be overcome through adaptation and discovering new paths. If there are no other aspect outlets to Jupiter (such as forming a trine or sextile angle to another planet), a transiting planet in opposition to Jupiter and conjunct the midpoint of the sextile planets can trigger major life events which are difficult to handle and take great creativity to overcome. It is for this that the yod is often called the "Finger of God",[by whom?] for it takes great initiative and fortitude to overcome the limitations created by the yod, but great rewards can result if done.

Golden yod[edit]

Related to the yod, though much less inharmonious and more rarely noticed, is the golden yod. A golden Yod occurs when one planet forms biquintiles (144° aspect) to two others separated by a quintile(72° aspect). Because these aspects are seen as beneficial, the golden yod is seen as beneficial and often as reflecting characteristics acquired by the person whose chart contains it. The few astrologers who have studied it regard it as an extremely creatively charged aspect good for artistic skill, especially as quintiles and biquintiles are frequently linked with Neptune.

An example of a golden Yod would be with the Sun at 20° Cancer, Uranus at 8° Taurus and Jupiter at 14° Sagittarius.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kim Falconer (2000–2011). "Astro LOA 101- The YOD". Astrology, Mythology, & LOA. Kim Falconer. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Cunningham, Donna (1999). How to Read Your Astrological Chart. Weiser Books. p. 154. ISBN 9781578631148. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hamaker-Zondag, Karen (2000). The Yod Book: Including a Complete Discussion of Unaspected Planets. Weiser Books. ISBN 9781578631636. 
  • Kellogg, Joan (2000). The Yod: Its Esoteric Meaning. American Federation of Astrology. ISBN 9780866903691.