Definition of a YOD or aka “the finger of God”…. Formed when one planet (the Apex of the YOD) forms a 150 degree (Quincuxed or Inconjunct) aspect to two other planets that in turn are sextile (60 degrees) to each other. In most Astrological programs, that is the nice green skinny triangle, charted it would look like a Y.
Notice the definition does say Planets…. not points, cusps, or asteroids. I have found over and over that newer Astrology students insist on having unusual aspects, such as the YOD, a kite, a tsquare, and/or a Grand Cross. Though not at all unheard of, these are still aspects that are unusual. The combinations are sometimes humorous, ” I have a Tsquare caused by BML, my Vertex and the IC.” And most often the use of unacceptable orbs…. One of these configurations would not have an orb or larger than 3 degrees, and that is being generous. But students don’t want to hear that it isn’t the case. I suspect it is because it feels special to have something unusual in our charts…. trust me, the owner of a legit Tsquare and 2 YODS, I would gladly trade these for a nice, uncomplicated, simplistic chart. I still don’t even know how YODS figure in life. Not that I haven’t been told a kazillion times by more knowledgable Astrologers, I just can’t seem to grasp it. You know, that is the actual nature of a YOD. You have 2 planets complementing each other and they are both “confused” by the apex planet. The apex planet will share neither gender or element with the sextile pair. The midpoint of the sextile will be the opposition of the Apex planet, and transits to this point will be felt. I would LIKE to see the YOD as like we use our eyes. Open one and then close the other, then go back and forth…. I think it would be a possibility to understand the sextile planets work best when focusing together on the apex, making it 3d. Others talk about how difficult it is to reconcile the relationships of the planets involved… There seems to be many schools of thought. And often those with YODs, myself included just can’t seem to wrap our minds around it…. sort of not seeing the forest for the trees.
I remember once correcting a fellow Astrologer, that his Ascendant did not make for a contribution to a YOD in his chart. He immediately attacked me that I should not chime in as I didn’t have the Ascendant aspect so therefore I shouldn’t comment….. the Astrology student I understand least, the if I scream and try to intimidate you, it makes my opinion correct…. He doesn’t know how lucky he is that it isn’t a YOD. Finger of God…. hmmmm, reminds me of a Gary Larson Far Side Cartoon.