by Robert Wilkinson
Over the years I've been asked many times what is a "Yod," or "Finger of God?" Today we do a brief review of what it is and how it works.
A Yod, or Finger of God, is a configuration consisting of two planets in sextile with a third at their inverse midpoint, creating two quincunxes to the planets in sextile. A sextile is a 60 degree angle showing productivity and a natural structural soundness. Think snowflakes, or hexagonal crystal structures in nature.
In a Yod the planets in sextile form a strong productive base for growth in whatever signs and houses they occupy. This productive base grounds the quincunxes. The planet focusing the double quincunx is a point of major adjustment and sacrifice of something, whether for practical purposes or idealistic correction, so something else can move forward.
Thus the planet at the inverse midpoint is very important as a focus point for the productive sextile energies. Given that the quincunx is an aspect of "hard adjustment," the fact that there are two quincunxes gives rise to the meaning of the Yod, which is "expansion through sacrifice."
Not just one sacrifice, but multiple sacrifices due to the two quincunxes. So it's a configuration of multiple sacrifices and adjustments squeezing out whatever isn't in the nature of the productivity and whatever cannot be contained in or focused through the nozzle planet.
The quincunx is also associated with health issues on some level, as well as elimination preparing for regeneration. Any point quincunx any other point symbolically forms either a 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th house relationship to whatever is being quincunxed.
So the Yod, or "Finger of God," requires multiple sacrifices to expand in strength, focus, and awareness of what's important in the life and what has become obsolete. Because this type of "kite" configuration involves two quincunx aspects and a sextile, they often show as hard adjustments or the appearance of health situations (physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual) that require attention, yielding very productive growth.
It usually squeezes us into a narrow focus, necessitating letting go of extraneous considerations and voluntarily sacrificing all that would distract or deflect us from the spiritual lessons we are learning under this configuration. These adjustments and sacrifices lead to focused productivity and a measure of spiritual expansion directly related to what is eliminated from the life.
I can't really comment on all the possible ways various Yods act in individual charts, but by looking at the nozzle planet, we can figure out what's being adjusted and/or eliminated. The sextile shows us what's being productively aligned, while the inverse midpoint shows how this productivity is being focused.
There are many permutations on the theories introduced here which we will discuss in future articles on this very important subject.
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