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Hello dear readers,
I have been working with Yods in Astrological Interpretations and consultations over the past couple years (or more) and I am beginning to see how they are intricately tied into early early psychological processes. Sometimes Yods go back even further – showing us Ancestral Patterns that we have inherited from our families.
In this series, I will touch on each of these topics lightly. I say lightly because if you want in-depth you should schedule an interpretation with me or down the road (when I put it out there), take a series of classes that I am creating entitled Pre- and Perinatal Astrology (we will discuss Yods at depth in there).
What is a Yod?
for beginners out there, an astrological Yod is a relatively rare configuration of planets. It involves a minimum of three planets (or some people will pull in an Ascendant or MidHeaven to consider a Yod as being active in a Natal chart – however you better be very certain you have the correct birth time before doing this). One planet (the Apex planet) forms two simultaneous Inconjunct aspects or the Quincunx aspect (same thing – both are 150 degree aspects) to two planets (forming the Base). The two base planets also make a Sextile aspect (60 degree) to each other.
This shape is a narrow triangle pointing up toward the Apex planet. Hence a Yod is said to indicate a “Hand of Fate” or the “Finger of God” configuration. In future posts I will mention how the Yod is considered to be more fated – although I intend to unpack some of the reason behind this (which many astrology books do not do).
I personally only use a 2 degree orb for a Yod. This is because there are so many aspects out there which can be pertinent – for instance a double Quintile (144 degrees) is quite close to a Quincunx (150), so using a smaller orb is recommended. Some astrologers use a 3 degree orb – especially if it is the Sun or Moon.
[In case you are wondering, I don’t use a double Quintile aspect in my interpretations very often, I’m just saying there are many aspects out there to choose from, so keeping a smaller orb – especially on these more minor aspects is very important.]
Why should I care if I have a Yod in my chart?
– Did you read the part above about how Yods play a major role in early psychological development? And if we do not do much personal growth work – if we don’t have a meditation or spiritual practice and we don’t do much reading about psychological processes… then a Yod in your chart probably means that there is a glaring blind spot about something (the planet and house positioning of the Yod will say more). These blind spots can be lack of empathy to difficulty expressing myself creatively to assuming that hard work breeds success (no matter how many times I try – which also means I might not know how to relax).
Yods in our charts can mean many things. The planets involved will tell us more. However here are a few iterations of what a Yod can mean for you (if you have this rare configuration):
- Sometimes, people with Yods in their charts see very transformative changes happen around them. For instance they might join a company around the time of a merger or a re-organization. Or they are the ones demanding change and progress. A Yod can be a revolutionary energy at times (e.g. Mars / Jupiter involvement).
- Go Big or Go Home – sometimes a Yod can indicate a tendency toward extremes. These individuals can be a little reckless – whether financially, emotionally (romantically), or with their lives. I would say more about this in an interpretation.
- OBSTACLES – people with Yods will often feel stuck (which by the way is the hallmark trait of someone with an invisible Double Bind – I will mention this in a future post). They have difficulty moving forward, they might have difficulty making decisions or they might be clear in their minds and hearts but then the outer world seems to be conspiring to stop them! I have seen all of this in my clients (and some within myself!). It is a fairly wild situation. Often these obstacles will raise their ugly heads around the time of Transits or Progressions to the Yod planets.
Does it matter what planets are in my Yod? Yes.
The planets involved in the Yod, along with the signs and house positions, can show us a lot about Ancestral Patterns that we are (unconsciously or consciously) working with. I would even say that a Yod can show Birth Trauma or significant unmet needs from early developmental stages. And the planets and houses will show more about this.
So yes – the planets (the energies manifesting) make a big difference in working with Yods. A Yod with a personal planet in it – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars will look a lot different than a Yod with all Outer Planets – let’s say Pluto / Neptune / Chiron (as far as Yods go, this one is more common considering it was in effect for portions of 1982, ’83 & ’84).
For beginners (disclaimer – this paragraph is attempting to refine a complicated topic down to a few sentences, just doing my best) – the planets in the chart represent the Energies – the What is Manifesting here; the signs represent the Quality of that manifestation – How is it Manifesting, the signs are the lens through which the Planetary energy gets perceived; and the houses are the Where – Where in my life is that energy manifesting?
Does it matter what house positions the Yod planets tenant? Yes.
See above – yes it makes a big difference. Remember how I mentioned sometimes Yods can even show us Birth dynamics – how was our own birth process? Well any Yod that has a planet close to the Ascendant will probably have something to do (among other manifestations) with our birth. I’m talking having a Yod planet within 8 degrees of the Ascendant on either side.
This is a decent start to talking about Yods. In future posts I will discuss how Astrological Yods have a lot to do with Ancestral Patterns and I will discuss Double Binds and how they show up in the astrology chart (hint – Yods often play a big role here). 🙂
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