Hammer of the Gods

June 7, 2011
stained glass ceiling of Thanksgiving Chapel, Dallas
to express all life, with its difficulties, its forces, its joys, its torments, its frightening aspects. And then bit by bit, all that falls away and your arrive finally at a burst, an explosion of gold; you arrive at the summit.”

A Yod is formed when two planets make a sextile aspect and a third planet is opposite their mid-point. That third planet must make angles of 150 degrees with the other two. If you drew lines on the chart connecting the planets, you would get a Y-shaped formation that seems to point to one part of the horoscope.That 150 degree angle is called a quincunx, a strange minor aspect that, by itself, is off again, on again, favorable, unfavorable. The two planets making the quincunx seem to be out of joint. Imagine two waves going into and out of phase, first adding and then canceling each other out and you have the picture. Because of this, it is always difficult to say what the effect of a quincunx will be at any particular moment.

The result is steadier in a Yod since the power is focused. The “energy” of the two planets making the sextile seems directed to the house and sign containing that third planet. The effect of a Yod is said to be “fated” or show some special destiny. Oh sure, it sounds really impressive when you tell a client “Hey, you have a special destiny!” However, that’s nothing more than a “Barnum statement” and really says nothing. All that is really going on is an emphasis on one particular area of the life. Nonetheless, this focus frequently seems driven, compelling.  The Yod  pushes you and the solutions are seldom simple. It’s not nicknamed “The Finger of God” for nothing. ~ Bob Marks

About the Window

The Glory Window, which forms the 60-foot-high ceiling of the Chapel of Thanksgiving, Dallas, is one of the largest horizontally mounted stained-glass pieces in the world. Designed by French artist Gabriel Loire, the window symbolizes the blessing of the Divine descending to earth as well as the ascent of human praise and gratitude to God.


There are a whole lot of Yods happening this Thors Day (9th June), which might mean we’ve all got a special destiny this week: or the circus is coming to town!

  1. Venus in Taurus sextile Ceres in Pisces quincunx Apollon in Libra
  2. Psyche  in Cancer sextile Moon/Juno in Virgo quincunx Pallas Athene/Vesta in Aquarius
  3. Eros in Aries sextile Pallas Athene in Aquarius quincunx Juno in Virgo
  4. Cupido in Sagittarius sextile Vesta in Aquarius quincunx Psyche in Cancer
  5. Mars in Taurus sextile Psyche in Cancer quincunx Cupido in Sagittarius
  6. Mercury in Gemini sextile Eros in Aries quincunx Poseidon in Scorpio
  7. Lucifer in Leo sextile Apollon in Libra quincunx Ceres in Pisces
  8. Admetos in Taurus sextile Ceres in Pisces quincunx Apollon in Libra
  9. Black Moon Lilith (mean) in Aries sextile Mercury in Gemini quincunx Poseidon in Scorpio

And if that isn’t going to keep us little Dickens out of trouble, there’s also a Grand Water Trine between Kronos-in-Cancer, Poseidon-in-Scorpio and Chiron-in-Pisces.  Two words I keep getting: heavy water

Of course, there’s probably a whole lot of other tasty Yods to find.  I’m sure there are a lot of Centaurs up there flipping each other off…

Personally, the Yod behind Door Number II is lighting up my Descendant. I expect to meet a squirrel with its nuts in Aquarius any time now….



  1. I love, love, LOVE that spiral stained glass window!

  2. So….and you and your Rare One going to make one for the garden shed? 🙂

  3. Don’t laugh — we might! *snort*

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