The Yod is a little known astrological configuration made up of three planets that are arranged in a particularly high powered formation.
A Yod is also known as the Finger Of God…. because people who have them in their charts often feel like they have some kind of larger destiny to fulfill. The energy of a Yod is incredibly unstable, dynamic and intense. I think of it like an engine that keeps constantly kicking into overdrive, threatening to spin out of control as it tries to resolve basically unresolvable tensions that are inherent in how it is structured.
There’s a quality of obsessiveness to Yods and people who have them are often driven, preoccupied and consumed by a sense of mission and purpose.
These folks also often become well known in their communities because their one-pointedness makes them incredibly productive. They get things done. They accomplish and achieve. They make things happen.
And no one ever accuses them of being balanced. They are always dancing on the knifes edge of a certain kind of zealotry. They HAVE to express the energy of the Yod or die trying.
True yods are relatively rare for a number of different reasons ( none of which I need to go into here) and they are most potent in an individuals chart. But like any astrological configuration they can have an impact on the world psyche whenever they show up in the celestial spheres.
The reason I am bringing this up is because we happen to be beginning 2013 with a Yod that has some pretty interesting dynamics going on, given where we are collectively.
I also wanted to look at it in some detail here because it’s a potent energy that will be affecting us all in one way or another.
The Yod itself kind of looks like a long and skinny triangle with two planets at the base and the third one ( called the apex planet) at the tip of the longer arms of the triangle .
In this particular Yod the two planets on the short side are Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto/Venus in Capricorn. Jupiter in Gemini is at the apex.
Like I said earlier, a YOD is three planets ( in this case four) that are in an extremely unstable relationship with each other and are trying to transform that agitation into something resembling productivity.
And transforming that agitation means that all planets in the Yod need to be operating out of their highest potential.
Which looks a bit like this.
People who know even a little bit about astrology often have very negative reactions to both Saturn and Scorpio.
Saturn has a reputation for being a troublesome party-pooper. A bringer of problems, disappointments and difficulties. Saturn at its worst is seen as the stern taskmaster, the creator of obstacles, a dream squasher, cruelly limiting and ultimately depressing.
And the only redeeming aspect of Scorpio is that it is associated with hot, often kinky, sex. Otherwise it is linked to serial killers and brooding, relentlessly emaciated and introspective singer-songwriters who make you want to sink into a maudlin morass of despair and usually themselves die way too young.
So the dark side of Saturn in Scorpio can be pretty darn dark.
It’s motto is “Let’s be realistic. Life sucks and then you die. Slowly and horribly.” It wallows in feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness when faced with difficult to deal with problems like global warming, gun violence and fiscal cliffs. It hides behind fatalism and defeatism justifying them as convention and tradition. Or expresses it’s commitment to nihilism by pointing a semi-automatic at a bunch of innocent people.
But there are no bad planets or planetary combinations.
Everything can be redeemed. And a redeemed Saturn in Scorpio first needs to make a certain sacrifice. It needs to relinquish its attachment to the belief that positive change is impossible. To drop its running mantra of “You can’t fight city hall”. To leave behind its addiction to a sullen, pessimistic intensity masquerading as hipster cool.
A reconstituted Saturn in Scorpio has the serious air of the wise elder unafraid of their own emotional ferocity . Saturn is always about discovering your great work and the great work of Saturn in Scorpio is the willingness to claim the power of authentic maturity by courageously exploring his or her own dark side.
It is being willing to realistically confront social, political and personal taboos and trust that those hurt and wounded places in your own life and in the body politic can be healed through truth telling and bringing toxic secrets into the light of day. It reminds us that we can do anything we want as long as we’re willing to put a boatload of effort into it.
Pluto in Capricorn in its shadow manifestation is the power monger gone wild, willing to sacrifice everything in order to maintain its sense of total supremacy and authority.
Even if it means destroying the world in the process.
Venus is the feminine principal and when in the embrace of grim Pluto she is beaten down, oppressed, raped, abused and used. Her only function is to be bullied and trampled, allowing the control freak Pluto the illusion of absolute dominion over all of life.
The only way this combination of energies can be healed is for it to die to old patterns of victimization and exploitation.
To let go of the identity of the feminine as wounded, weak and broken. And to then be reborn as an empowered feminine vitality, the dark mother Kali rising from the ashes and tearing down old structures that no longer serve the life force and replacing them with what has passionate heart and meaning.
The planet that all this newly transformed energy is trying to express itself through is Jupiter in the sign of Gemini.
And Jupiter is the planet of confidence, faith and never say die optimism. When it is in the sign of Gemini it expresses that optimism through fresh, new ideas and the ability to see the world as a place of endless wonder and unbounded possibilities.
But Jupiter in Gemini also has its own dark side.
Without the grounding influence of Saturns wise maturity and Plutos willingness to heal the ancient darkness of out-of-control power, Jupiter in Gemini can only spout glib ideas that are ungrounded in reality. That offer positive rhetoric and false hopes that can never be realized because they are simply trying to put a happy and unrealistic face on dire circumstances.
The high side of Jupiter in Gemini has an expanded capacity to see the world as it truly is without the masking filters of projection, assumptions and outmoded expectations cluttering the view.
It is endlessly curious and asks very interesting questions. It thrills to new and novel insights… the zanier the better. But it also sees another truth about this place that we call home which is that it is rife with inspiration, thick with miracles and an ongoing light show of radical amazement.
It believes that anything is possible. It doesn’t hold anything back. It has ultimate faith in the goodness of life. And is willing to risk everything in order to create something even bigger, better and more wonderful.
So if you find yourself consumed with an unnameable agitation.
If you feel like your world is falling apart. If a disconcerting sense of seemingly impossible things needing to change is in the air, take heart in knowing that you’re probably not alone.
If you don’t know where to turn take some time to look at what is going on inside your own mind and heart.
And try asking yourself some of these questions.
How are you believing the voices that are telling you to give up and stop trying? That are trying to get you to believe that your deepest hearts desire is impractical and unworkable? What are some old, secret wounded places in your psyche that are now ready to be brought out into the light of day for compassion and healing?
What ancient patterns of internalized tyranny and oppression need to die so that you can be reborn into the experience of holy freedom?
How have you disconnected from the power of the sacred feminine in your life and how can you bring her back as a living, breathing force of love, embodiment, connection and forgiveness?
Once you have done this difficult work of bringing what has been hidden deep in your innermost self back to conscious awareness, open yourself to the flood of inspiration, insights and genius ideas that are waiting to fill you with confidence and optimism and that will allow you to take much needed leaps of faith.
And don’t be afraid to get busy! This aspect requires you to take action and to allow yourself to be happily obsessed with creating a new life, a new way of being and a new world.
If you are interested in finding out how this powerful astrological dynamic is influencing your particular chart I invite you to set up an appointment for an astrological reading by following the link below. I would be happy to help you get on track with what has the most heart and meaning in your life right now!