©4-26-2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
As part of our miniseries on the quincunx, a 150° aspect, several readers have asked me to write about Yods, which are a triangle with two planets sextile one another, while both are quincunx a third planet. (This little-understood configuration is also called an Eye of God or Finger of Fate.)
As we’ve seen earlier in this miniseries, quincunxes create tension as the person tries to make two planets work together that are placed in two signs and generally in two houses that have nothing whatsoever in common with one another, so their needs are at cross-purposes to one another.
Imagine trying to combine Sagittarius and Cancer, Aries and Scorpio, or Virgo and Aquarius, and you’ll begin to see what I mean.
(You’ll find links below to the whole series of articles on the quincunx.)
To do the Yod justice, I’d have to analyze the two quincunxes in depth, complete with house placements, then add in the sextile, and then put all three together. We’re talking 10,000 words–a book chapter, not a blog piece–but here’s a brief summary of what makes this configuration tough to handle.
In a Yod, the planet at the peak of the triangle is pivotal, since it receives quincunxes from two planets that are in a harmonious sextile to one another. You could say that the planet at the peak is the Yod man out, the unwelcome 3rd person who makes a crowd, and yet you can’t disinvite it from the action without neglecting some crucial needs.
Students, in case you’d like to try your hand at it, here are some interesting and timely data to play with in the charts of the British royals—a Yod bunch if I ever encountered one. (Each of the royals has a link to their record and chart in AstroDataBank.)
William, Prince (1982): Prince William’s chart has a Yod with Pluto in Libra in the 9th sextile Neptune in Sag, which is in the 12th but conjunct the Ascendant. Both Pluto and Neptune–outer, transpersonal planets–are quincunx his Venus in Taurus in the 5th at the peak of the yod.
This young man should be a loving and devoted father, most likely of little girls, but the demands of his royal duties will pull him away from home more often than he likes.
Diana, Princess of Wales had a Yod with a Mars-Pluto conjunction in Virgo in the 8th sextile Mercury in Cancer in the 7th, both quincunx Jupiter in Aquarius in the 2ndat the peak of the Yod.
The Mars-Pluto conjunction in the 8th as part of a yod speaks of her tragic death arising from her great popularity (Jupiter in Aquarius) and the incessant hounding by the press (Mercury).
Sarah, Duchess of York has a conjunction of Venus and Pluto at the Midheaven in Virgo sextile Mercury and Neptune in Scorpio in the 12th. Both are quincunx her impetuous Moon in Aries in the 4th at the peak of the Yod.
To me, this is the most interesting Yod of the lot, for it explains why she’s forever stepping in it in as public a manner as possible. (The end result is that she was DIS-invited from the wedding of her good chum’s son.)
I don’t think we’ve seen the last of scandals involving Sarah. When Pluto and Saturn aspected her Moon at the peak of that Yod a couple of years back, she got in trouble wioth a scheme she got into while trying to pay off her considerable debts. In 2012-13, Uranus in Aries will make a series of conjunctions to it. With Uranus transits to the Moon, one typical outcome is a series of moves. I’m not sure whether she still lives next door to her ex-husband or not, but it’s doubtful she’ll wind up there. She often speaks of moving to the US.
(To round out the cast of characters, the royals without yods but with a sprinkling of quincunxes are: Elizabeth II, Queen of England, Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, (Harry) Henry, Prince (1984) England and Philip, Prince Consort.)
Some good articles elsewhere on the astrology of the royal wedding:
Joyce Hopewell Astrological Chart Interpretations: The Royal Wedding No Yod, thank God, but the current stellium in Aries is in the 10th with Venus at the Midheaven. Tell me an astrologer didn’t have a hand in that—especially since Wills’ Mum was a believer!
The Oxford Astrologer: Royal Wedding Astrology: Juno Lends a … an interpretation of the progressions. And some thoughts on Kate’s 8:00 AM chart, since the time is unknown, here: The Oxford Astrologer: Catherine Middleton’s Birth Chart: Cool …. Her Cancer Moon is conjunct either William’s Cancer Sun or Moon.
UPDATE: Astrologer, Marc Penfield, who was one of Lois Rodden’s most dedicated and meticulous data collectors, reported that he heard from someone in England who’d seen the birth record. It said January 9th, 1982 at 11:33 PM, Reading, England. (The data should still be considered tentative until confirmed.)
Readers, share your thoughts about the Royal Yods and the Royal Wedding in the comment section.
To learn more about quincunxes, see the miniseries here on Skywriter:
- Heinous Hybrids—Why the Quincunx is No Minor Aspect
- Part 2—the Transiting Quincunx
- Part 3: Steps in Analyzing a Quincunx plus More New Insights
- Part 4: How to Harmonize the Tensions of a Quincunx
- Quincunx vs. BiQuintile–an Answer from Numerology?
- The Saturn-Neptune Quincunx and its Part in our Economic Woes
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Art Credits: Kate Middleton by Nick Warner from Windsor, England at WikiMedia.com. :rince William’s photo was originally posted to Flickr by Rob the moment at http://flickr.com/photos/38702000@N02/4693238245.