Planetary Aspects: Yod

A Yod—also known as the “finger of fate” or “finger of God”—is a rare astrological aspect that involves any three planets in the horoscope that form an isoceles triangle. In a yod, two planets are sextile to each other, and both are then quincunx to a third planet.

What does it mean to have a Yod in your birth chart?

The Yod can indicate powerful mystical forces in a person or event—or a deeply-entrenched block that must be worked through with skill and careful negotiation. Often something hidden must be forced to the surface, and only through major excavation and prying can this come to light.

People born with Yods in their birth charts can be tireless workers or “difficult” personalities. There is an intensity to their life mission and a sense that the clock is ticking, that their time is short and they must fulfill their destiny here on earth.

Famous people with Yods in their chart include Martha Stewart, Princess Diana, Karl Marx and Pablo Picasso. Well-known couples who have a Yod in their composite/combined chart include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward—two “supercouples” whose love stories have a “meant to be” air.

Which signs form a Yod with each other?

Aries: Virgo, Scorpio
Taurus: Libra, Sagittarius
Gemini: Scorpio, Capricorn
Cancer: Sagittarius, Aquarius
Leo: Capricorn, Pisces
Virgo: Aquarius, Aries
Libra: Pisces, Taurus
Scorpio: Aries, Gemini
Sagittarius: Taurus, Cancer
Capricorn: Gemini, Leo
Aquarius: Cancer, Virgo
Pisces: Leo, Libra

Read more about Yods in our article, What Is a Yod in Astrology? What the Finger of God Means in a Birth Chart

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