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A Yod occurs when two planets in sextile (60° apart) and both form an inconjunct (a 150° angle)

with a third planet. The third planet in the inconjunct represents the action point of the Yod; the
mid point between the other two planets is the reaction point.This is also referred to as the Finger
of God or the Finger of Fate and is an uncommon configuration.The configuration is usually
troublesome and difficult to handle during childhood but can develop into an ingenious force in
later period. This configuration is often foudn in the charts of spritual persons of repute.

And finally we have the Yod… the Yod also has a focus point.
See if you can guess which planet in this chart is the focus
planet... mal smart ass comments about what images that
might tend to evoke…)

Yep! The focus planet is the planet on the far right hand side of the chart.

Oh My Yod!
The Yod is sometimes called the Neurotic planetary configuration.

A Yod is a triangle with two 150 degree angles (quincunx) and one 60 degree angle
(sextile). And the Yod has two equal sides. It's an isosceles triangle. There are (at
least) three planets connected in this configuration. It's a little different from the
others in that the Yod is named after the 10th letter in the Hebrew alphabet. It's
name is also taken from the Hebrew word which means "hand." Thus the Yod is nick-
named "The finger of Yahweh." (And out of caution I refuse to make any of my nor
Oh My Yod! Page 1, 2, 3, 4
(Or Yods, Kites, Grand Cross, and other Planetary Configurations)

Oh My Yod Finale
The Yod is sometimes called the Neurotic planetary configuration. Why (you might
ask) is the Yod called the Neurotic planetary configuration? Let's take a closer look at
what the Yod is comprised of...

The two green lines are both the aspect that is called a
quincunx. In a quincunx aspect the two involved planets are
separated by 150 degrees. The blue line is a sextile and the
two involved planets are separated by 60 degreees.

The quincunx is an unusual aspect. In the birth chart - at

certain times a quincunx seems to behave like a nice, easy,
and agreeable trine. The two planets involved in the
quincunx are happer campers. And then other times the
quincunx will pull the old switcheroo and behave like a
tension filled square. Thus the person with the quincunx can
never learn to depend upon any consistency of behavior
between the two planets involved.
Good Father/Bad Father
It's time for an illustration. Let's imagine you're a child growing up... On some days,
your dad is kind, loving and gentle when he's interacting with you. Then other days
(out of the blue) dad can be rather mean, ugly and generally nasty. You never know
from one moment to the next whether dad's going to be the "good father" or the
"bad father." You can't depend on dad to be one way or the other. You learn from
experience that you can't rely on dad.

And sometimes you wish he'd either just be the "good father" OR just be the "bad
father." Because - even if he were always the "bad father" - at least then you'd know
what to expect from the guy.

Unreliable.... Inconsistent.... Never knowing what to expect.... That's the

beginnings of neurosis in a child growing up... and that's also the quincunx aspect in
a nutshell. Sometimes the quincunx acts like a trine, and sometimes it behaves like a
square... and it's the inconsistency that's driving you nuts!

In the Yod, you've got a small family of three planets where

two united parents (with the agreeable, complementary
sextile) are driving their child crazy with their lack of
consistency when relating to the child.

The two parents (Planets A & B on the far left side) are all happy and cozy in their
comfortable sextile (the blue line). Mom and Dad have agreed to be in collusion (the
green lines) against their child (Planet C on the far right side) and over time they've
managed to convince him/her (Planet C) that he/she is crazy. And poor little Planet C
never, ever knows what to expect from Planets A & B.

And that's why the quincunx is sometimes called the neurotic aspect and the Yod is
sometimes called the Neurotic planetary configuration.


A Yod is formed when two planets make a sextile aspect and a third planet is
opposite their mid-point. That third planet must make angles of 150 degrees with
the other two. If you drew lines on the chart connecting the planets, you would
get a Y-shaped formation that seems to point to one part of the horoscope.

That 150 degree angle is called a quincunx, a strange minor aspect that, by itself,
is off again, on again, favorable, unfavorable. The two planets making the
quincunx seem to be out of joint. Imagine two waves going into and out of phase,
first adding and then canceling each other out and you have the picture. Because
of this, it is always difficult to say what the effect of a quincunx will be at any
particular moment.

The result is steadier in a Yod since the power is focused. The “energy” of the
two planets making the sextile seems directed to the house and sign containing
that third planet. The effect of a Yod is said to be “fated” or show some special
destiny. Oh sure, it sounds really impressive when you tell a client “Hey, you have
a special destiny!” However, that’s nothing more than a “Barnum statement” and
really says nothing. All that is really going on is an emphasis on one particular
area of the life. Nonetheless, this focus frequently seems driven,

By contrast, the T-Cross sets out a problem and pushes you to a

find a solution in the “empty leg” of the cross. The Yod just pushes
you and the solutions are seldom simple. It’s not nicknamed “The
Finger of God” for nothing.

The Yod, also known as the "Finger of God" is a 12th Harmonic aspect
pattern which consists of three plants, two of which Sextile each other, and
the third which forms a Quincunx (150° aspect, which is 5/12 of a circle)
to each of the two other planets. The planet forming the two Quincunx aspects, called the
apex planet, must also be the fastest-moving of the three planets in order for the
configuration to be a "true" Yod. In other words, Pluto (the slowest-moving planet) can
never be the apex planet, while the Moon (the fastest-moving planet) can never be one of
the base planets.

To understand a Yod, we first have to understand the Quincunx aspect. Quincunxes occur
between signs that have nothing in common by polarity, modality, or element. Even
though the two planets have nothing in common with each other, they do have an
undeniable connection . Since they feel so different, the natural tendency is to try and find
a point of balance between them, as would happen with two Opposing planets. However,
since the two signs have no common ground between them, there is no point of balance
with a Quincunx. This energy can become quite frustrating, and the most common urge
with a Quincunx is the feeling that some sort of an adjustment must be made. In order to
resolve the tension, one of the two planets is going to have to act in a manner that is
contrary to the nature of its sign, and therefore both difficult and uncomfortable.

I should take a moment here and mention that all Quincunxes are not created equal. Some
Quincunxes have an easier time finding a point of balance because the two signs are
linked in other ways either by common rulership (Aries and Scorpio are both ruled by
Mars; Taurus and Libra are both ruled by Venus), by Antiscia (Solstice points; signs that
are equally "powerful"; these are signs that mirror each other across the 0°
Cancer/Capricorn axis), or by Contra-Antiscia (signs that are equally-rising, signs that
mirror each other across the 0° Aries/Libra axis). And there are some Quincunxes that
occur between signs that truly have nothing in common, and are considered to be
"averse". For more information on this, visit the "Ask Kevin Archives" and look under

Yods tend to represent a crisis in timing. What usually happens when a Yod is triggered is
that we tend to react too quickly with the first sextile planet, and then we tend to wait too
long to respond with the second sextile planet. The release point, the time when it is truly
appropriate to take action, is the point opposite the Apex planet, which is also the
midpoint of the sextile. When a Yod has been integrated and when we actually learn when
and how to respond with it, the sextile planets tend to work together to stimulate a
significant shift in how the apex planet functions.

A Yod forms an acute isosceles triangle, which from a sacred geometry standpoint means
that this aspect pattern operates on what the Greeks called the "soul" level, but which
refers to what we would consider the mental/emotional/astral plane. Quincunxes and
Sextiles are not "action" aspects, and Yods tend to express more as mental discomfort
than as anything physical. With Yods, we often feel that we are missing some crucial
understanding, a single piece of information that will help us to transcend the frustration
and the subtle but very irritating sense that things are not quite as they should be. When a
Yod is integrated, and when we eventually learn how and when to take action when it is
triggered, we can often catch a glimpse of that higher understanding as the energy of the
sextile pushes the apex planet towards a higher, more cosmic perspective.