Is the Yod good in Astrology?
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They say this is, if not the most, neurotic- bi polar astrological placement.
However I say the battle Yod owners make us prime candidates to be frontier psychiatrist, life coaches and psychologist.
No placement in astrology is good or bad, all placements are to be understood and manage.
Because even placements seen as beneficial placements such as trines and sextiles can cause havoc if not utilised.
In a nutshell Yod(s) want you to overcome the blocks you have to reaching your highest potential.
The Finger of God In astrology Natal Chart
How do you read the Yod in your natal chart?
A Yod is an astrological configuration of two planetary bodies, Yod's are formed by sextile(s) and quincunxes with planets.
Some astrologers include asteroids such as Vesta, Pallas, Juno, Psyche and Ceres when interpreting Yod's in a natal chart.
But I personally only consider these influences if they aspect a Yod involving inner and outer planets.
Yod's form a pattern that looks like a witches hat-isosceles Triangle.
Yod's are made up of sextile and quincunxes that have to be within a 3 degree orb- for the quincunx and 4 degrees for the sextile.
In general, although some planets allow of a wider range.
A sextile is 1/6ths of the zodiac well which is 360 degrees in total and the quincunx is 5/12ths of the circle.
In a nutshell, a Yod is a astrological aspect, made up of one sextile and two quincunxes that form a narrow triangle.
What does a Yod indicate?
These struggles go against their best efforts to avoid them; the adversities and obstacles Yod owners face, act as signals to get the Yod owner to seek out deeper meanings within life and themselves.
The struggle plays out like this the sextile planets want to achieve something this lifetime.
Hands/ base of the Yod
Sextiles in Yods are harmonious working in tune, well kinda, as they struggle to flow although they share complementary elements, air and fire, earth and water, still you find no shelter.
As their sextiled meanings are hard to decipher, often getting lost in translation, battling the apex-foot planet, who is out of their element and modality.
The finger/apex of the Yod
Quincunxes struggle to relate to the foot, refusing or walking out on the first date, they don’t want to hook up, yet still, they come together time and time again.
Conflicted and afflicted as they struggle to understand each other, continuously moving the goal post, in this strange and ethereal land.
Joan Kellogg says the sextiles are the hands of your Yod, and the joining of the sextile planets to the quincunxed planet.
Also know as the foot/ Apex planet, creates the finger of God.
To manage your Yod, you need to fulfil the purpose of your sextiles and overcome the challenges the quincunxed planet has in relating to the requirements of sextile planets.
In short you need to met the demands of all the planetary forces, energies and elements involved in your Yod to work together.
So that you can reach your highest potential.
Which is easier said than done.
Is a Yod rare?
In astrology people with authentic Yods are extremely rare, when you include MC, Descendants(Ds) and Ascendants(As) in Yods, these are not true Yods- Per-se .
But in my Astrological practice I do include these Yods, when they are conjunct or influenced by an actual planet which forms a Yod.
Yods with Inner Planets are stronger, but they can be made up of Outer Planets. I will also include Yods made up by Mc, Ds and As, if they are multiple Yods in the chart, and at least one is made up of a “authentic Yod”.
Although some astrologers feel Mcs and Ds can create standalone Yod's.
In my experience as a astrologer , if a person feels affected by a Yod’s presence. I will investigate it but typically the friction they feel are made up solely from the quincunx or square aspects which may be present in their chart.
As well as other hard aspects and configurations, I wouldn’t force myself to see a Yod if I was you, as yano they are kinda hard work- not to be bias or anything.
I always say it how it is, well almost- I am a libra rising after all
What does a Yod symbolise?
Yod gives you a compelling feeling that something is not right; you can be in your perfect soulmate relationship, have your dream job, be financially and otherwise material secure.
But something deep inside of you will not allow you to enjoy your “happiness”; it can be pretty confusing, as you can be living your best life in theory.
But behind the surface, there is deep discontent bubbling inside; as a Yod owner myself, I know how discerning this all can be.
As you struggle to understand the pushing feeling that tells you to give up the things you feel you love, why?
Yod owners often fall back into past life patterns that brought them comfort and happiness. But this lifetime is about finding deeper connections and sources of contentment.
Yod - finger of God, owners can be very stubborn and lie to themselves, falling into comfort zones and finding it hard to let go.
Deep down they are spiritual warriors but, they have become stuck in their evolution as they wont move to the next step in their souls/ higher consciousness evolution.
The Yod wants you to create and progress, with humility- what are your passions?
What did you want to be , before people told you things where impossible in achieve in life?
And yes we cannot all be rocket scientist but life has taught me, if we are prepared to learn our lessons and work steadily and consistently towards our goals , we will achieve them.
Yes we wont all reach the moon, but we can all aspire to reach the sky if we try.
The trick of the Yod - finger of god placement, is integrating any quincunxes , sextiles as well as all other aspects you may have in your chart. This can involve a big wake up call as you realise your problems are within you, and not in the external world.
Some Yod owners meddle in other peoples problems to stop them having the time to focus on their own, this can be a pattern of resistance built over lifetimes, making it hard to break.
How do you understand Yod
Some of the things you need to build and let go of to manage your Yod(s)
- self confidence
- taking personal responsibility
- expression of individuality
- self discipline and control
- healing of emotional, spiritual and psychological wounds
- need to set own standards and not follow the status quo or social expectations
- letting go off self destructive habits built up over lifetimes
- basically , pardon mon French, but its all about calling yourself out on your own bullcrap, letting go off your inner fears and tensions.
- giving into chaos and the unknow, giving up attempting to control everything. Yes self control is a must but not if it hides your authentic Personality.
Often , transits involving your Yod planets and houses, give opportunities to follow the path of your highest potential.
Many forks in the road will occur, where you can choose to let go and move into the unknown, or stay as you are.
the choice is yours, but you may find every step you walk hurts if you choose to not live up to the expectations of your Yod.
Yod in astrology is also know as "The Finger of God."
States rightly, in my opinion, as someone who has a Yod in their Natal Chart, that the Yod contains hidden energy and information in the aspect.
Which is not revealed until the Yod owner learns the lessons, needed to activate the Yodal energy.
There is an old occult saying, which is the ring will pass not, meaning someone can have something pointed out to them a million times.
Indeed they can experience it 1 million times; however, they will not gain an understanding of the meaning behind their experiences. until they learn the lessons behind their experiences.
This is why it appears some individuals never learn their lessons in life, in fact, esoterically they are some things that are only understood, by observing them with your inner sight.
Some things in life need to be felt and intuited. Not rationalised and mulled over.
In order to be understood.
Embracing the Yod in your Natal chart
This is why its important that we come to understand that, yes we can support others, and yes, others can support us, but as you transition into adulthood.
With the finger of god in your natal chart, You are responsible for the direction of your life, the buck stops with you, this goes for all people, regardless if they have a Yod in their astrology natal chart or not.
The Yod, regardless of whether it is the finger of God, itself or not, is differently a strong aspect and can override another mundane aspect in the chart, even strong ones like oppositions and squares.
Although, all aspects, degree's and all of information contained in your astrology natal chart, make up your whole, and every single part of your natal chart influences who you are, as well as environmental, psychological and spiritual forces and factors.
Joan Kellogg, in her book, also states that the Yod is a powerful and positive energy which opens the door to higher spiritual knowledge and service, once the Yod native has learned their lessons