This is a copy of the follow up post I wrote in reply to a member posting about their 'Yod' [by the presently accepted definition] which was itself a response to my initial post.
This member has a 'Yod' with 22* Capricorn & 22* Pisces at the base and 22* Leo at the apex.
[Quote member]I believe Yod is the finger of God. He who knows the count of every hair on our head has a purpose for us and he has made it easy by pointing to where our special purpose can be carried out and realized. "Oh....if you only listened to me...."
My Yod consists of Saturn 22* Cap, Venus 22* Pisces and Uranus 22* Leo.
Uranus apex. Ruler of 7th and 8th in natal chart.
My Yod means, to me, knowing what's best for those I care about and shaking them out of complacent stupors when I sense trouble. I am quite gifted doing this. Saved many a butt from bad situations.[Unquote]
I will agree that the sextile configuration that is presently called a Yod is powerful configuration that does bestow talent or proclivity for proceeding on a path of something evolutionary. That's because it is based within a 'Grand-Semi-Sextile'...two symmetrically interlocked 'Stars of David/Solomon' [Magen David] ...that is, two six pointed star matrices. The 12 point star is known as the "Path of Discipleship' [writings of Dorthy Leon...is one source I can immediately quote for that ...she was the proof reader and content adviser that TGS publishing provided me for my book...there are other refs. I can't recall at the moment.] Although my own work with musical tonality as applied to the Zodiac indicates that the aforementioned 'Path' only applies to to a 12 point 'star' configured to a 14 point matrix. [I have a thread on that at ACTastrology.com http://actastrology.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=177
] Regardless of which configuration that 'Path' actually applies to the Grand Semi Sextile is one of considerable power and noblese. Mark, I understand, has a particular affinity for semi-sextiles and you might wish to confer with him on this matter as he has been engaged in a lot of recent study and thought on that.
Know that I'm Rudhyarian in belief and technique [pretty much so anyways] and the 'Traditional Astrologers' view my kind with disdain mostly. They practice, what we 'Modernists' call 'Predictive-Fatalistic Astrology'. Based on a belief that every aspect is either beneficent or malefic and that these aspects are unalterable and determine your destiny.
We on the other hand see these as potentialities and that you are given opportunities through out your life to control your destiny.
Hers's an excerpt from some writing of Robert Zoller on Marc Edmond Jones and Dane Rudhyar that will explain it as good as, if not better, than I can. "Jones formulated and he was actually responsible for laying the foundation for psychological astrology, and for creating non-predictive/non-fatalistic astrology, an astrology which no longer recognises the medieval distinctions between benefic and malefic indications, and in which astrology the 'possibilities' or 'potentialities' an individual may develop or confront in his or her 'evolution'.
Jones's revision of astrology opened the door to the 'humanistic' psychological astrology of Dane Rudhyar, first set out in 1936 in his The Astrology of Personality, and may be viewed as the foundation stone of New Age astrology. Without the Idealist foundation to astrology provided by Jones, it is unlikely that Rudhyar would ever have succeeded in grafting psychology and his own version of metaphysics on to existing astrology."
Rudhyar's book, "Astrological Aspects. A process Oriented Approach", which he co authored with his wife, Layla Rael, late in his life is a great book to understand what these various matrices I speak of are all about.
Your 'Yod' is actually a triangle. Rudhyar and Rael talk of the many different kinds of these triangles and also quad-angles [Grand Cross, rectangle, parallelograms, trapezoids...not to forget the Harmonic or Mystic rectangle of which so many folks have more recently become aware of and are interested in... etc.] and their potentialities.
What I'm getting at in this thread is that I believe the term 'YOD' itself had become a victim of lost knowledge, ignorance and or mis-use and I now have reason and possibly some evidence that suggests that the term 'YOD" was for that 'triangle' that has a base of two 72* angles and an apex angle of 36* as what you have is one of two 75* angles and an apex angle of 30*.
This is because the letter of the Hebrew Alphabet know as the 'Yod' by transliteration is the number 10 and a division of 360* by 10 is 36* or a Semi-Quintile.
As to why it's called 'The Finger of God'. In your triangle the base aspect is a Sextile 60*. But the triangle it forms is of the integers 75, 75 and 30. In the one I'm suggesting the base aspect is a Quintile 72*. The triangle it forms is of the integers 72, 72, and 36.
Some of you, no doubt already see what I'm getting at. This 72 [72 names of God] repeats itself from the base aspect to the interior angles of the triangle. The sextile Yod does no such thing.
Also 9 is considered the number of God by many for occult reasons and 7+2 = 9 and 3 + 6 = 9.
The sextile Yod will only produce a 9 by 75+75+30 =180 and 1+8 = 9 but all triangles do that...and thus so does the Quintile Yod.
I'd say the 72 integer and it's association with God by the 72 names [and the 72 angels of the Quinaries...and that there are 72 possible Pentagrams in 360 degrees] is the 'capper'.
As a great deal of techniques and Astrological knowledge and lore come from the Hebrew Kabbalah it stands to reason.