WHAT ON EARTH IS A YOD? THE ASTROLOGY OF YODS. PART ONE. (C) Copyright Hilary Bond PhD. All Rights Reserved.

WHAT ON EARTH IS A YOD? THE ASTROLOGY OF YODS. PART ONE. (C) Copyright Hilary Bond PhD. All Rights Reserved.


“What on earth is a yod?” a Facebook friend, who isn’t an astrologer, asked me recently. I’ll admit they sound very weird. Other astrological aspects follow the language of geometry and practical objects, but a yod is word that does not appear in normal English language. I hear people, who have never studied astrology formally, talking about configurations such as the Grand Square, a T Square, a Grand Trine or a Kite, but never “Yods.” Some astrologers do not bother using the quincunx aspect in their reports and many people and many astrology students are not familiar with the yod or the energy that the 150 degree quincunx (or inconjunct) aspect produces. In my first astrology certificate back in the 1970s I was not taught about the quincunx or the double quincunx yod, that looks like the compass we used in our school days learning geometry in mathematics lessons. I do teach about quincunxes and yods when I teach basic astrology. But when some of my students find one of these upsetting “things” in their chart, they can become quite anxious about what this “astrological configuration” that is skulking in their horoscope is actually doing. I do hope to make the yod seem less threatening in this article and add to your understanding of yods. Before I begin I would like to thank all my kind friends, who are all astrologers, for allowing me to use their charts. Of course they will be anonymous.


Yods are frequently overlooked unless the astrologer is also using the quincunx (inconjunct) aspect in his or her reports and charts. The Yod involves three planets involving one planet at the apex of two quincunx (150°) aspects and a sextile aspect (60 degrees) joining the two quincunxes together. I use a three degree orb, although some people use up to five degrees. The Yod aspect pattern is a configuration between at least three planets or points in the horoscope to create an isosceles triangle or if you do not remember your high school mathematics, a long triangle which resembles a witches hat.

The Quincunx is the “adjustment” aspect. Some keywords that describe quincunxes are: redirecting, reorganising, lack of perspective, strain, challenging, requiring adjustments, diverting and “I should have.” These may not mean much without explanation. I will just explain redirection, readjustment and reorganise.

• Let’s look at “redirection.” Say a person has a Mars Quincunx (Inconjunct) Pluto. They become a family law lawyer early in their life because are very brilliant and they know exactly what needs to be done and how it is to be accomplished, but they can be controlling and argumentative. They become deaf and can no longer be a lawyer in business. They become lonely and isolated, consequently, their manner of expression, and the way they use energy will have to be changed. Thus they will be less compulsive, less forceful, so they are able to achieve greater accomplishment and more personal happiness. They decide to write books on their subject and create an online business informing people of their legal rights, as well as doing humble voluntary work in a local St Vincent de Paul shop. They have redirected their Mars quincunx Pluto energy.

• This is a simple one about “reorganising.” Susan Boyle, the singer has Sun in Aries at 11 degrees and her Neptune at 10 Scorpio in the fifth house. This is a quincunx. Transiting Uranus and Pluto have just aspected this quincunx so as a result of becoming famous suddenly (Sun conjuncted by transiting Uranus) she must transform (Pluto) and reorganise her life by gaining a new glamorous image (Neptune in the 5th) to match her new singer role and change all the old behaviours which are now delusional and illusional (Neptune) regarding her new life. Boundaries (10th house) to keep fans away and even security guards (Sun in Aries) will need to installed a Susan is delicate and not worldly (Sun inconjunct Neptune.)

• This example is about “reorganising.” A son of army neighbours from my childhood had a father who unbeknown to us was quite violent. He beat the son relentlessly for years and abused him mentally. He was a sergeant major who abused his power. The son has Moon in Aries at 11 degrees in his 3rd house inconjunct Jupiter conjunct Mars in Virgo at 12 degrees in the 8th house. All the anger in his ancestors had gone into their army careers, and the son also wanted to go into the army. His own violence had become so bad from pent up fury from his father’s behaviour to him over the years that he been jailed, so he had to forget about the army career. With Moon Quincunx (Inconjunct) Mars learning to be emotionally consistent is harder than for most people because one’s feelings and desires cover such a wide range of possible expression. It takes much experimentation with relationships in order to have emotions that serve your higher needs rather than just running amuck on their own mission of blind, disconnected expression. He has just married and his wife is expecting a baby boy. Rather than repeat the family anger and violence he has seen a psychologist and now he takes medications so his emotions are calmer and his baby grows up normally. He continues to see the psychologist and he hopes he can stop the medications eventually after a great deal of counselling. Lately he has joined some sculpting class and is doing some beautiful work. Note that transiting Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn at 10-11 degrees have triggered the need to reorganise his “emotions (moon”) and ancestral “energy and anger” (Mars- Jupiter in the 8th.)

Yods produce a sense of tension between the two planetary placements which, based on elements (fire, earth, air and water), modes (cardinal, fixed and mutable) and receptivity (masculine or feminine) would appear to have nothing in common. The quincunx is similar to the opposition aspect, except that the two planets in the opposition do share the same receptivity, which is not the case with the quincunx. But with the quincunx the two energies have no common ground, thus making decisions or choices more difficult when a transit taps on either end of the quincunx placements. However, on occasion, there is some common ground based on rulership when the quincunx is formed between Aries and Scorpio (ruled by Mars) or Taurus and Libra (ruled by Venus).

The Yod typically is identified with timing and crisis or the need to act. The need will develop through the apex while the opportunity to the action will develop through the sextiled planets. The nature of the Yod is to produce disrupting thought patterns since there is little energy within the chart configuration to unify these planets. The two sextile planets tend to work together to the detriment of the apex planet. When the Yod is transitted, the Yod individual tends to feel the urge to react immediately, then sensing that the decision to act was wrong, will wait too long to correct the first action. Individuals who can plan their actions to the timing of a transit to the first sextile planet and to end during the transit of the second sextile planet may begin to sense the “Finger of God” description given to the Yod. The annoying factor of the Yod is that the individual tends to feel that important information is missing when it is time to make a decision. When the individual learns to trust the timing and the Yod is integrated into their decisions, the individual then begins to grasp the “higher order” status of the configuration.


A Yod is also known as the Finger of Fate or Finger of God. This is because Yod, which looks like the astrological yod glyph, is the tenth Hebrew letter with significant Kabbalistic and mystical significance regarding the name of God, his omnipresence and our humility. We might think of Michelangelo’s famous painting of “The Creation of Adam” on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. God reaches out placidly and benignly to bestow life to Adam. I have stood for hours in the Sistine Chapel looking up in awe at this amazing painting and in my humble opinion Adam is not conscious or fully aware before the finger of God touches his outstretched finger.

In Chinese Mandarin language the glyph or symbol for the Yod in astrology is also the glyph for God. In the Elder Futhark Viking runes the glyph for the Yod is Algiz (pronounced ALL-YEEZE) which means protection and the Higher Self. In runic shamanism I use the Algiz stance and sound (tone as part of my ritual before healing. So, Algiz, the Yod symbol symbolises the essential link or connection with the patterns of divine or archetypal consciousness. Courage in the face of fear is central. Algiz counsels us to be aware, to keep a clear head, remembering to act with compassion, heeding our principles, when setting forth on any endeavour. Algiz protects, defends from harm and moves toward the completion of your patterns by using your intuition and prayer with the divine. Don Tobin of EarthDNA suggests that Algiz taps into the divine threefold and ninefold pattern helps to understand your divine connection, communes with the elements and increases your regenerative powers.

It also means a strengthening of hamingja (personal luck) and life force through courageous deeds, so in the Indigenous world there is a connection with the bear as a totem. In core shamanism the philosophy of the glyph of Algiz (yod) is that of the power animal Bear. When I learned soul retrieval from the Four Winds Shamanic Society in Utah in 2005 I was taught the bear symbolises the west direction. Bear encourages us to be introspective, intuitive and connect with our inner self. Bear is a Moon animal who belongs to the womb-cave of Mother Earth. She walks in the consciousness of theta brain waves where we dream and heal. For me bear stands between the lower world and the upper world and we can call on our ancestors and the great ancestors via Bear. Don Tobin of EarthDNA suggests that, “Medicine people have long called on Bear’s energy to access the … unconscious. When hibernating Bear emerges from her cave in the spring, it is as though she is born anew. Bear teaches us to go within to find answers to questions of the 3-D, observable, temporal world as well as those of the ethereal plane.” The symbols of yod, God in Chinese, Algiz and the bear in the Indigenous and shamanic world are just the symbols that I know. There may be others.


Basically I see astrological counselling as a way to improve the lives of people. The most important area of our life is our health and sickness is generally a mismanagement of energy on a mental or emotional level. The aspects used in determining health matters are the hard aspects; the conjunction, square, opposition and inconjunct. Eileen Nauman in her great book in Medical Astrology; maintains through her long experience that the inconjunct (or quincunx) is “the” health aspect and the most suspect of high and low conditions of the body.

Eileen suggests that an inconjunct aspect acts like a pressure cooker and the accumulating steam must go somewhere to escape or there can be great physical and mental damage. On a psychological level the person is very unaware and cannot get in touch with themselves easily and they are poor at recognising supressed emotions and internal needs.

On a physical level the inconjunct indicates a very poor absorption of nutrients and it indicates an enormous appetite for the vitamin or mineral ruled by the planets in the aspect. A careful diet would have to be tailored by a doctor, naturopath or dietician, particularly if any of the B vitamins are involved.

Let’s have a look at the lawyer and see what was happening with his nutrition. He has Mars in Pisces and Pluto in Leo quincunxing. Mars in quincunx to Pluto indicates adrenal problems. This may create hypoglycaemia which is true until the lawyer had soul retrieval recently. Eileen Nauman also suggests the Mars –Pluto quincunx can also can create a deficiency of B 12 (Mars) and cobalt, as well as a need for folic acid and selenium. B12 foods are prunes, green peas, liver, heart, oysters, sardines, yogurt, cottage cheese, alfalfa sprouts, brewer’s yeast, and kelp. Pluto rules orotic acid which is found in root vegetables organically grown, whey, and goat’s milk. The fatty acids such as Vitamin F and linoleic acid are also ruled by Mars which found in avocadoes and sunflower seeds, tuna, chicken and pork, eggs and various cold pressed oils. A deficiency may cause gallstones, bad circulation and varicose veins. I won’t go into the minerals in detail, but Mars also rules chlorine, cobalt, iron, molybdenum, phosphorous, selenium, and sodium so that any Mars inconjunct or yod really needs to be looked at closely as one’s energy (Mars) will need to be modified to improve your capacity to function efficiently. Although I have only a humble certificate in nutrition I would really recommend that you gain these minerals and vitamins from fresh food. I would suggest that if you do have a yod or an inconjunct that you buy Eileen Nauman’s book which has all the vitamins and minerals; their planetary rulerships; foods they can be found in and the deficiency symptoms. In the meantime I am sure you can look up the foods that have the above minerals in them. A lack of sodium alone can cause many nervous disorders as well as digestive upsets. One’s diet must be balanced so take Eileen’s advice and see a professional.


Health problems are not the only strain that is caused by a yod. There may be financial adjustments that need to be made in the person’s life rather than health adjustments. Marion March and Joan McEvers note the quincunx as an “I should have” aspect and I have certainly found this in most inconjuncts and yods I find in people’s charts. This “I should have” way of thinking does cause anxiety. However, one cannot go back to the past. You can be only be proactive in the present. On page 56 of their book “The Only Way to Learn Astrology: Volume One” Joan McEvers and Marion March suggest that the quincunx demands a change of attitude, a change of habit patterns and a need to adjust conditions indicated by the houses and signs in question. I will just use one small example here.

A friend has Mars in the first in Gemini as the apex of a yod where Saturn in Capricorn in the 7th and Neptune in the fifth in Scorpio are in sextile and quincunxing Mars. You may realise that Mars in the first house initially indicated a “me first” person, but the 7th house and 5th house sextiling, and both quincunxing Mars were influencing this person’s attitudes to love and romance (the 5th house) and marriage and relationships (the 7th house.) This person continued for years to put himself first in relationships and was very cold (Saturn) and elusive (Neptune.) But I have noticed with transiting Neptune squaring his Mars and trining his Neptune and sextiling his Saturn his attitudes had become more caring. At the same time his attitudes to his finances had changed too. Where he had been a fool with finances (5th house Neptune gambling and risk taking) and too impulsive with money (Mars quincunx Neptune) he began to take notice of his wife (Saturn in the 7th) and became more sensible with his finances and his current loans and assets after transiting Neptune activated this yod. His previous lack of perspective, which was typical of natal yods, literally changed overnight.


My major yod story is the story of Dionysius came to earth for a little while. I will call him Dion. His wife Sally is a dear friend of mine. Dion’s life story is in her words. After listening to Sally’s story of Dion’s life I will look at his yods.

According to Sally: “Dion was born 2 months premature. His mother told me (Sally) that Dion, with his Aries Sun, was in a huge rush to get out (he was born in a few hours) and he spent nearly first three months of life in an incubator. At age five Dion taught himself how to catch vipers by the tail. This was the beginning of his life-long snake love affair. (In his apartment every wall was a terrarium he had built and he shared his apartment with around 150 snakes, maybe 100 or so spiders, some scorpions and a few other things.)

Dion’s father left the family home when he was around age six. At the age of 14 he saw a Buddhist documentary on television and he felt, “This is it!” It was a strong defining moment in his life. His mother kicked him out at 16 and he went to live with father. Between ages 16-21 he fell into very heavy drug use. At the age of 21 his sister pulled him out of his drug daze and helped him kick the habit which was very, very close to killing him. During this drug time over the years he was also still exploring his interest in Buddhism and learning to meditate. He was also the lead singer of a punk rock band.

At age 22 he burst his pancreas in 3 places and nearly died. Two years later he travelled to India to find out more about Buddhism. He found his lineage and also met me (Sally) in the Himalayas and fell in love. Three years later he travelled back to India to try to find me again, or details of me, as he had lost all my contact details when he left India. He had no success, so he went home. Sometime in the next three years he began to build a Buddhist meditation centre in his town as there wasn’t one. Up until then all other Buddhists used to gather mainly in his home. He found an old abandoned building, pulls together a bunch of helpers and starts renovation. By this time he has given up all his snakes and spiders (as he didn’t want to be killing rats to feed them.) At the same time as he built the meditation centre he discovered a new and unexpected love or obsession of Carom billiards. He found a coach and made very rapid fast progress in the game. He began competing and winning tournaments.

Another two years later in mid-2007 he found a cancerous mole on the side of his face, just in front of his ear. The doctors removed it and did tests. Later that year in 2007 they did a second major surgery to remove the tumours on the lymph nodes on his neck that they had found. The doctors then informed him that they had detected cancer cells in nearly every organ of his body and that he has no more than 2 years to live. They started him on an experimental new cancer drug, which he had to take nearly every day. It made him very sick and his new billiards career was grounded. But over the next 2 years he became cancer clear. The doctors were shocked! In October 2009 he was at a meditation retreat. Over a period of a few hours, whilst he was meditating, he could actually feel a new bunch of tumours growing in his throat that was not there before. He went in for another round of very risky 9 hour surgery. But no other cancer cells were found elsewhere. The doctors kept him on the heavy drug that he has to inject every day.

In June 2010 he decided that he will give it one last shot and try and find me, seeing as there had not been a single day since the day we had first met in the Himalayas in 1999 that he had not thought of me or loved me. He has success. He found me on the internet. After 12 years apart, we pick up exactly where we left off. (Interestingly Jupiter was in the exact same sign and degree when he found me as when we first met.) In March, 2012 he left the Czech Republic and came out to Australia on his newly granted spouse visa so we could marry. He arrives cancer -clear and fully medically checked by the Australian government. In October, 2012 we marry. The week after the wedding he becomes very ill and I rush him to emergency in the wee hours of October 21. They discover a humongous brain tumour of 6 centimetres on frontal lobe and rush him into emergency surgery. They have more scans and discover he has cancer everywhere and a lot of it.

I bring him home. Exactly one month after the brain surgery I rush him back to hospital. They scan and discover another 2 more tumours have grown on the brain, almost same size as first. The brain surgeon is shocked and freaked out at the speed and aggression of his cancer. We chose not to operate, but put him on drugs that can temporarily hold the cancer to buy us some time together. By March 2013 we can definitely tell the drugs are no longer working. I book us two tickets and leave very quickly for Czech Republic so that he could be with friends and family. We arrive in the Czech Republic in late March, 2013. He dies two and a half weeks later in mid April 2013. Very peacefully and easily he slipped away.

When I took him back home, I realised how much this man was loved by all his family and friends. The whole town adored him. He had a nickname. They called him Sirka; which in Czech means, the flint head of the match, as that is exactly what he was. He lived passionately and with a truly open heart. He was always telling people he loved them; always meditating and always giving with his energy and time, and always trying to help people with their mind, and helping them find a more peaceful way inside themselves. And I felt the swell of love for him from all his friends when I brought him back. It was immense. I had never experienced anything like that before. In all the time, that he was sick, over a period of 6 years, he never complained or acted sorry for himself. He called the cancer his ‘friend’. And his smile was always beaming. Truly, he was quite amazing.”


Now this is an article on yods, not the Greek Gods, but Dion’s life and behaviour is uncannily like that of Dionysius as I read it in Gods in Everyman: Archetypes that Shape Men’s Lives by Jean Shinoda Bolen. When I looked up the asteroid 3671 Dionysius I found it was in his first house at 29 Aries between Chiron 22 Aries and Venus 5 Taurus. The asteroid Dionysius trined his Moon at one degree Virgo in the 6th and trined his Midheaven at 23 Sagittarius forming a dissociated grand Trine.

When I examined Dion’s chart I found seven yods and Eileen Nauman in her book at Medical Astrology does state that “two or more inconjuncts in their chart may indicate diseases some time in their life and a yod may implicate illness. You can tell where the illness may manifest by noting the inconjunct. But I have found after investigating many charts with yods physical illness is not always the case. There may be financial adjustments that need to be made in the person’s life.” However, I will be concentrating on Dion’s health here.

Where do I start? First I will look at the planets, asteroids and points in quincunx. He had in the first yod; Athena, Venus, Juno and Pluto. In the second yod he has Mercury, Hygeia and Pluto. In the third yod he has the Sun, Jupiter, the South Node and Uranus. In the fourth yod he has the Sun, Jupiter, Uranus and his Moon. In the fifth yod he has Neptune, Hygeia and Chiron. In the 6th yod he has Neptune, Mars and Saturn. In the seventh yod he has Vesta, the Vertex and Chiron. So if he was my client I would have looked at a total restructure of his diet; a soul recovery and at least two ancestral and past life healings. I have already done a healing for his wife Sally and soon will be doing a shamanic rebalancing healing for his wife Sally of their (her and Dion’s) past lives and ancestral lives to prevent this happening ever again and to make sure she and her children are safe in the here and now.

I think I will begin this analysis with Pluto in the seventh house as apex, because Dion had a great interest in snakes, scorpions, and he had obsessive interests, metastatic cancer and a consuming love affair. Pluto actually has a wide conjunction to his Part of Fortune at 16 degrees Libra. He has, first, Athena at 10 degrees Pisces in the 12th house sextile Venus conjunct Juno both at 6 degrees Taurus in the first house. Because the cusp of the second house is 7 degrees Taurus they both peep into the second house. Athena, Venus and Juno all quincunx Pluto at 8 degrees Libra in the 7th house. I can see two sides to this; first a psychological one and secondly a health aspect.

Let’s look at the second Pluto apex yod. Here Dion has Mercury in Pisces in the 12th house at 12 degrees sextile Hygeia at 13 degrees Taurus in the 2nd house. They are both inconjunct Pluto at 8 degrees Libra, so Hygeia and Mercury are both inconjunct the Part of Fortune too. In natal astrology, Hygeia is the asteroid that represents one’s attitude toward health and wellness. Hygeia often shows up by transit when an individual is having health problems and defines the problem by sign and house positions, medical degree and aspect. The glyph of Hygeia resembles the caduceus or Rod of Hermes (a staff entwined by two snakes) which is also the well known symbol of the American Medical Association. Hygeia governs sanitation, hygiene, ecology, preservation, discovery of vaccines, medical and alternative health organizations, fitness and exercise, places of meditation and recovery and all venues that recognize the link between mind, body and spirit. Hygeia is also associated with physical, mental and chemical imbalances. Galaxy Express suggests that first with Hygiea in Taurus health is tied to comfort and satisfaction and diet is sometimes an issue due to a desire to over-indulge in food or drink or other bad habits. Taurus is the sign of resilience and strength and a positively aspected Hygeia in this sign generally shows good immunity and the capacity to bounce back from illness.

In mythology Hygeia is the daughter of Asclepios, the Greek god of medicine and as a son of Apollo, Ascelepius is a healer strongly connected to the solar cult of Apollo in classical Greek times. Both Ascelepius and Hygiea were taught holistic health by Chiron. After his death Asklepios was placed amongst the stars as the constellation Ophiochus (“the Serpent Holder”). It seems that Hygiea rules health practices and is integrated into medical astrology, but in her negative side has something to bring in cases of depression & anxiety of a higher level than usual. She is considered the “protectress” of mental health, though originally was about physical health. Her ordinary attribute is a serpent, which she is feeding from a cup. Although she is originally the goddess of physical health, she is sometimes conceived as the giver or protectress of mental health and was thus identified with Athena Hygeia , the goddess of Athens and all that is logical rather than Artemis and Hecate who hark back to tribal Thessaly where alternate medicine held sway. Thus it seems Thessaly is ruler both of mainstream health regimes and alternative health.

The first yod has Hygeia is sextile Mercury. Hygeia also conjuncts Venus but inconjuncts Pluto. The second yod also has Pluto at 8 degrees Libra in the 7th house. Pluto inconjuncts Athena in Pisces in the 12th house and Venus conjunct Juno in Taurus in the first house. Both yods suggest something subconscious (Pluto and 12th house planets/asteroids) causing a lack of perspective or needing adjustment. If I had known Dion early in his life I would have suggested a soul recovery. Being two months premature, a father leaving at age 6; being kicked out of home at 16 and heavy drug use from 16-21 suggest at least soul pieces were not “home.” If parts of one’s soul are not present invasions of all kind can take place. Cancer is a spiritual invasion and then a physical one. One’s aura becomes pourous, so thought forms and life forms can stay in the aura and become physical. These toxic psychic thought forms are how Indigenous people performed spiritual warfare. Drugs and alcohol attract all sorts of spirit invasions which come from the lower astral planes.

Although I did not intend to use transits in this article I note that in 1996 when Dion’s sister intervened to stop him using heavy drugs Saturn and Mars in Pisces had entered his first house to bestow structure and a big jolt of energy. Uranus was sextiling his Sun- Jupiter like a bolt out of the blue and Pluto had moved from the 8th house (the house of death) into the 9th house of ethics and religion. Pluto then trines his Sun and Jupiter.

Pluto was not only implicated in two yods but also opposite Dion’s Sun conjunct Sun and Jupiter. Jean Shinola Bolen saw Hades (Pluto) as the invisible ghostly lover who is an abductor. Her description of Pluto is very similar to cancer as Dion’s “friend.” As such this ghostly lover cuts him off from others.

Bill Tierney in his discussion of yods in his book The Dynamics of Aspect Analysis suggests that a person with a Pluto apex “may have all sorts of penetrating perceptions that are not normally shared or understood by others… Thus he is out of tune with the superficial worldly activities of his environment.” This is a good reason for people to resort to taking drugs. Secondly, keeping snakes and scorpions is not a common activity and may alienate many people. Tierney also suggests (p. 168) that a person with a Pluto apex yod also has strong karmic undertones similar to one with apex Saturn. His Saturn is in the fifth house and Pluto is in the 7th house. It seems to me with both these grim gods in the houses of love and romance (5th) and Pluto not only in the seventh house but also in Libra is that he has karma which should have been deleted around loving and marrying a woman.

What has struck me from my study of mythology and my work as a past life and ancestral regressionist that if a person has been a priest or priestess (and this could be thousands and thousands of years ago) they make oaths to a certain god and they will not be released from that god unless the oath or contract is spiritually broken in a healing. Apollo took over the old Great Mother cults and killed the Python, but we still find Athena with her snakes, Ascelepius with snakes, Hygiea with snakes, Mercury with snakes and Dionysius the son of a new god: Zeus-Jupiter as a snake god. It seems to me that being a Sun Aries person his past lives and ancestral lives can be dated back to 50,000 years ago according to astrologer AT Mann (p. 134) when mankind began shamanism as an ecstatic process. Singing and taking drugs occurred in many Indigenous shamanic ceremonies to see into the world of spirits. Dion’s life seems to have been a search for ecstasy. Here I use shamanism as a religion rather than a name because most Indigenous people would not use the word shamanism. The Earth mother cults began around 26,000 years ago. There is no doubt he has been a Buddhist monk but this is only relatively recent ie. Possibly around 1,400 years ago.

The Saturn apex yod has Neptune in the 9th house in Sagittarius and Mars in Pisces in the twelfth house that this also denotes sacrifice (Neptune) to a religion (9th) or a god (9th house) which keeps one as a victim and secluded (Mars in Pisces in the 12th house) and alienated (Saturn) from love (5th house.)

Going back to more psychological reasoning with Venus Quincunx (Inconjunct) Pluto Dion did have separated parents and he may have had a great fear of disappointment and fear of others as mechanism for keeping love at bay. Careful examination of your routines and feelings about yourself are necessary to free your love to develop and grow. This creates a deep, inner healing. Mercury Quincunx (Inconjunct) Pluto suggests that the compulsive side of your nature may lead you into being way out of control and this would apply to the billiards, the snakes, the heavy drugs, the meditation (over-do), the rock band and the cancer taking over. On cannot see how he would have had much time for anyone. Mars Quincunx (Inconjunct) Saturn also suggests that there is a lack of balance in the picture of himself. Too much work or over-kill in all the compuslsions (snakes, drugs, billiards, travel to religious ashrams) leaves little time for love affairs. As I said before if no one is at home psychologically and one is completely taken over by compulsions trespassers can take us (our home, our temple, our body, our spirit) over. Workaholics (any “a-holics”) are trying to keep the inner voices silenced.

The Neptune and Uranus yods? Neptune as apex in the 9th house inconjunct Hygeia and Saturn is clearly the Buddhist meditation as a structured process to quiet one’s mind and body. Like the Pluto apex the apex Neptune person begins life out of touch with the ordinary mundane realities of one’s environment because he longs to be somewhere else where life is calm, peaceful and beautiful on all levels. This means staying in an emotional ivory tower away from the harshness of life. By working hard at examining his personal and psychological avenues of expression he would have possibly escaped this yod. Perhaps physical yoga could have been added to the meditation regime and a diet rich with B5 or pantothenic acid which is a Neptune vitamin. I will say that the 9th house is the house of gods and the third house belongs to the great mother and goddesses that this emphasis is on serving the God, whoever the snake god; the god of ecstasy is.

There are two yods with Uranus and two yods with the Sun-Jupiter. Bill Tierney suggests that because the Uranus apex suggests a person of accelerated nervous and intellectual achievement who may have problems communicating on a mundane level. He may seem contrary and rebellious. Turning points will be bought about by his intolerance of conventions. Uranus in the 7th and after seeing his parent’s marriage he probably had little tolerance for what he saw for a “normal” marriage until he met Sally who was on his level.

It is this Sun-Jupiter inconjunct Uranus and South Node in Gemini in the 3rd inconjunct Uranus yod that really concerns me. When I see Cancer relentlessly consuming a young person I always wonder why. I have poked my heads in all my metaphysical books and remembered all my shamanic healings to think of parallels. And I thought of the people who could not of South nodes; really more whose South nodes would not let go of them. Dion’s south node would be a past life or ancestral life in 13,000 BC if we were to regress him. This was in the early stages of the age of Gemini; a time where the Great Earth Mother reigned supreme and the male companions of the priestess-Queens became at first year kings such as Aphrodite’s Adonis, Selene’s Endymnion who are fertility kings. Orginally they were chosen from the most intelligent, strongest and best bred men to be king for a year and ritually sacrificed at the end of the year only to be replaced by another consort. Gradually the term extended to two years then seven until the end of the age when the king maintained parity with the Goddess and escaped sacrifice. This ritual was carried out all over European and the British Isles. Similar practices were carried out in South America. Year kings who broke their oaths and eloped with a mortal woman died a terrible death. This is why the third house is the house of the goddess. It seems to me that Dion may have paid this penalty in many, many lifetimes. The oaths and pledges to Gods or Goddesses must be broken.

A sacred king, [and yes they were probably very scared] according to the mythos established by Frazer in is publication The Golden Bough (1890), was a king who represented a solar deity in a cyclically re-enacted fertility rite. Frazer made the idea a substitute king as a worldwide fertility myth, in which a consort for the Goddess was annually replaced. In Australia in the north this did happen. According to Frazer, the sacred king represented the spirit of vegetation. He came into being in the spring, reigned during the summer, and ritually died at harvest time, only to be reborn at the winter solstice to wax and rule again. The spirit of vegetation was therefore a “dying and reviving god”. Osiris, Adonis, Dionysus, Attis and many other figures from Greek mythology and classical antiquity were caste in this pattern. The sacred king, the human embodiment of the dying and reviving vegetation god, was supposed to have originally been an individual chosen to rule for a time, but whose fate was to suffer as a sacrifice, to be offered back to the earth so that a new king could rule for a time in his place. Robert Graves used Frazer’s work in The Greek Myths and made it one of the foundations of his own personal mythology in The White Goddess.

So here I will quickly look at Dion’s apex Sun and Jupiter in the first house. This apex strikes me as a person who may have been a king in past lifetimes or had royal ancestry. Again a persona that is maladjusted to the environment appears. He has great will power, authority and self-pride. After a while he feels out of tune and inferior. Add apex Jupiter yod to this and we have someone who is out of tune with moral codes, social laws, belief systems and ethics. Eventually when the yod is activated by transitting Uranus and Pluto and that is in 1996 and in 2011 and 2012. Bill Tierney suggests then it is time to drop a former belief or long held ideology instead adopt another world view which allows him to become more effectively aligned with the needs of his inner spirit rather than held aggrandisement (p. 160- 161.)

It has struck me as I have written the account of Dion that his life and the possibility of past lives effecting him is remarkably similar to the process Barbara Hand Clow went through with a past life regressionist Greg Paxson to unlock past lives in the early 1980s. Before then she felt she had schizophrenia. The account of these regressions in in a book called The Eye of the Centaur: A Visionary Guide into Past Lives. She has her South Node conjunct her Sun in the 6th house of the body and her Mercury inconjunct Moon which I believe are both significant. I would advise that you read this a few times if you are interested in what I write.

I began doing past life regression without training in early 1995 when transitting Neptune and Uranus conjuncted my natal Sun and Chiron. I went to England in a small tour when we walked and experienced the Mary-Michael leylines which had been dowsed by Paul Braodbent. I have four inconjuncts. I literally taught myself and taught others in 1995 and then formally learned Theta Healing in 2006-2007; Shamanic healing from 2005 to the present (there is always more to learn) and an Australian method of healing in 2008-2009. So I do a lot of past life regression and ancestral healing and this includes breaking of oaths, pledges, promises, beliefs, extractions of intrusions and psychopomp work which is removing ghosts and then finally breaking curses and spells.


The next horoscope I examine here is of a lady who was born in the war years in 1943 and who died of cancer. I will call her Momma Mia. The apex of the yod in Momma Mia’s chart is the MC in Capricorn and this speaks of an unlived career; of unlived heights of dignity outside her family sphere. The 8 degree MC in Capricorn quincunxes Pluto in the fifth house at 5 degrees Leo and Uranus in the 2nd house at 5 degrees Gemini. That is her yod.

The research of Uranus inconjunct the Midheaven suggests ‘Somehow MC inconjunct Uranus disqualifies or makes you an outsider by alienation. Even in football (http://astropost.blogspot.nl/2012/06/living-with-astrology-and-ec-2012.html ) “…at the final moment transit Midheaven was inconjunct Uranus. Inconjunctions don’t promise a victory. They are about loss and losing balance. A surprising (Uranus) loss (inconjunct) as a result (MC)was disqualified.” Salman Rushdie has a natal Uranus inconjunct Midheaven and he suddenly lost his status and position. Also he couldn’t return to his homeland.’ The research of Pluto inconjunct MC With transit Pluto inconjunct MC and other indications like progressed Midheaven quincunx natal Jupiter Don Johnson had extreme and unbalancing success with Miami Vice: http://astropost.blogspot.nl/2013/03/don-johnsons-chart-and-life-venus.html The Jupiter-Pluto combination is a successful one (see: http://astropost.blogspot.nl/2011/05/jupiterpluto-midpoint-and-aspect.html ). The inconjuncts make it disproportional.

The 2nd house is an earth house that should be full of abundance and self- worth or self-love. The fifth house is concerned with love; being loved by another, but apparently her husband left her for another woman who became pregnant so Momma Mia held the anger for life and it became the cancer. Cancer became Pluto the silent and unconscious lover in her fifth house. Pluto in her fifth house kills her joy and never allows herself to love herself first and foremost which 5th house placements emphasise. People with fifth house planets try to get love from people around them. The big emotional expenditure caused by the search for love causes health problems. Pluto here reaches out to the MC in Capricorn with the ungainly 150 degree quincunx and the MC can only be her father because she has no career. Anxious Uranus in the 2nd house also reaches out to the Capricorn MC for sustenance, a great need for self-worth and happiness. Inconjuncts or quincunxes with the MC have a special effect on the status, the condition, the career or the ‘name and fame’. Although this doesn’t have to be in a disruptive way, the lack of balance creates a danger. The nerviness of the Saturn quincunx does not allow relaxation.

The ruler of the yod’s Capricorn apex is Saturn which also sits in the second house conjunct the Sun. At 13 degrees the Sun is widely conjunct Uranus. This stellium in the third speaks of two castrating mythological fathers: Uranus and Saturn. They are squashing the sun between them so the Sun at the midpoint of Uranus and Saturn is midpoint being suffocated by a lack of love by a cruel and obviously critical father and this condemning inner parental voice is emphasised by Mercury Taurus) also in the second house conjunct Uranus . The three planets : Uranus, Sun and Saturn) are in Gemini. If you listen carefully you will hear the bitter, grouchy voices of the inner father recorded incessantly creating an inner mental landscape of depression and self-condemnation. Saturn tells us that at two years old Momma Mia never achieved autonomy. Rather than be her brave Mars in Aries, she stays as the Moon in Cancer for her whole life; living in the shadows of ancestors and her own need for safety. She died of cancer which came from her anger towards her father (the apex of the yod- Capricorn MC) which reminds me of Goya’s famous painting of Saturn eating his children which is evocative of the unlived potentials of children. Somehow though she saved her own children as her family say about Momma Mia, “She was amazing: a star!”

Momma Mia’s vertex at six degrees Libra sits silently in her sixth house waiting for joy in a good partnership, a happy job or good health. It never came. Mars in Aries (in exact opposition to the vertex) should be assertive and rush out to enliven the vertex, but it is swamped and suffocated in the twelfth house, no doubt crushed by a pregnancy of dull war rations and her mother’s anxiety and sacrifice. The vertex appears as a sensitive point linked to fateful encounters with others, seemingly sudden epiphanies, turning points in life and a destiny over which we have no control. Activated, it can synchronize with an experience of another whose effect registers as some degree of profound or extraordinary. But for Momma Mia it is never activated. It sits as part of a cardinal T square and not only squares the Midheven but squaring the Moon in Cancer. The past of her ancestors weighs heavily and will never be forgotten. Eris (the archetype of trouble) also at 5 degrees 51 minutes conjuncts her Mars. Nothing speaks of personal joy, except her fourth house of home and family, but her children speak of the love she gave them and obviously she adored them. I have done balancing shamanic healing with Momma’s delightful daughter and she is blossoming. There is life beyond death.


I will be following this article, which I have called “Part One” with a “Yods: Part Two” article as I was kindly offered a great number of anonymous yod charts and I wish to honour these people. Yods are not light-hearted. So right now I need to relax now so I hope you relax after reading this too and if you have quincunxes or a yod, it may be time to reorganise and take a new perspective.

My best wishes to you and I hope this article has helped you.

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8 thoughts on “WHAT ON EARTH IS A YOD? THE ASTROLOGY OF YODS. PART ONE. (C) Copyright Hilary Bond PhD. All Rights Reserved.

  1. Hi Hilary. Do you read charts? I believe I have a yod in my natal chart and i would love to have a reading from you. X

    • Hi Zoe, I don’t do horoscopes. I am a professional astrologer, but I write articles to help people rather than do horoscopes. But if you send me a message to Facebook I’ll have a quick look for you. Best Wishes, Hilary

  2. Dear Donna,

    There is always something we don’t know but if we just piece together a yod, eg. your yod we use key words. “Adjustment” is the best one for a quincunx. Let us say we work with a quincunx (which is part of a yod) between a 26 degree Capricorn ASC and a 27 degree Venus in Leo in your 7th house.

    So the natural disposition on the ascendant is Capricorn which is cautious, sand-offish, ambitious, controlled, serious, rather a loner and not sociable.

    This is very different to your 7th house Venus which is popular, loving and socially adept. A big clash!
    Now we add Venus in Leo which is romantic, theatrical, loves parties and likes to be centre of attention.

    So we have a Venus which is compartmentalised away from your ascendant. Do they know each other? Do they speak they same language? . How can you make them communicate? What do they have in common?

    And that Donna, is just one part of a possible yod.

    The big deal is being conscious enough to putt all the parts togther.

    Take Care,

  3. Hi! I love this article. Thank you! It makes sense to me. I don’t have a yod in my natal chart. But I have some quincunxes. And when some transits are envolved and completes a yod, I feel it. Right now I have transit Jupiter quincunx my sun and sextile natal jupiter (which is quincunx my Leo sun natally). Do you have any insights on that? I feel I need to have more discipline and focus to acomplish my tasks in order to make my dreams come true in the movie industry (MC in Aquarius). I am SO terrified (transit saturn exactly opposites my venus now) if it doesn’t work. But I need to take the risk. By the way, I have asteroid Fama opposite my sun, on the basis of this yod. I have to bet on that. Life is too short! (Transit uranus square my venus) Wish me luck! 🙂

  4. Hi Ma Brit, So sorry to take ages. First, good luck. It may help you to read the two articles I have written for May 2021 and all my other yod articles. You sound as though you will be perfect for your chosen profession. A big hug to you and many blessings from Hilary

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