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Professional astrologer Stefanie James explores various aspects of astrology from the basics and up to intermediate and advanced subjects and techniques.

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Stefanie is a Professional Astrologer with an international client base, Reiki Master, published writer and former Horoscope Columnist for ELLE Magazine.

Aug 27, 2021

The Yod is one of the more commonly known aspect patterns which has quite a bad reputation!

Yet again, another triangular chart shape which is again rather easy to recognise, the Yod is formed of three planets, two sitting in sextile from each other and completed by a third planet apexing at quincunx (a.k.a. inconjunct) the sextile planets.

So why does the Yod have a bad reputation? If you go 150° north and south of the ascendant, you’ll find yourself standing on the cusp of the 6th and 8th houses.

Both houses are associated with health issues, and sit at an angle of dis-ease with the ascendant. Generally this aspect isn’t felt in an obvious way. Some describe it as the stone in the shoe which can irritate for a long time and eventually cause a bigger issue.

Being connected by the sextile offers a more noticeable post to connect with these planets, however the planet sitting at the apex is definitely a sensitive point which cannot successfully communicate with either planet it is connected to in the Yod.

This really gives us an idea of how the quincunx feels, and offers some understanding of how it is thought planets relate to each other in the Yod.

There’s nothing terribly foreboding about a Yod, and it doesn’t indicate particularly magical mystical powers at all, and though it is also known as the finger of fate, it’s not really a point of fate. That’s more Saturn and Pluto’s domain!

The Yod however can indicate issues which go unnoticed for a long time and then suddenly surface, causing our focus to be shifted away from other areas of our life. This can come in the form of illness as previously mentioned, but if can be through failing to address the areas of our life indicated by the Yod. The planet and house will indicate the areas to focus on.

The key to working with the Yod is to be aware of it. It is very hard to consciously integrate this planetary formation, as previously mentioned, the quincunx acts like a light switch, only one planet can be in operation at any one time.

With this in mind it is important to familiarise yourself with all the planets in your Yod and think about how you can consciously pay attention to all sides of your triangle and try to integrate them a little every day.

It’s hard work but this process can help to draw these planets into your awareness and help you to work productively with them.

Do you have a Yod in your chart? Let me know!


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