These configurations are very strong at both the December 2012 solstice and the March 2013 equinox, with exact aspects forming at those times and transiting personal planets further activating the configurations.
Yods are configurations made up of three bodies forming two difficult quincunx aspects (150 degrees) and one supportive sextile (60 degrees). The aspect lines form a skinny triangle.
The first Yod forming now, Yod A, involves Saturn in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn as the base of the triangle with both bodies quincunx Jupiter in Gemini, which is the apex of the triangle.
The apex of a Yod - where it is pointing - is often referred to as the "finger of God." The body at the apex is generally considered the key to the successful navigation of the configuration.
In this case, though, we have one finger of God pointing to Jupiter in Gemini and one finger of God pointing to Saturn in Scorpio.
One finger points to expansion, broadening of horizons, interaction, movement, inspiration, enthusiasm, and activity. The other points to restriction, withdrawal, sober second thought, grounding, conservatism, and seriousness.
Jupiter wants to make a big splash with a boisterous expenditure of energy while Saturn wants to stay firmly on the downlow, conserving every last iota. Each placement horrifies the other, to a certain extent.
We're working with two different layers of energy dynamics here.
In Yod A, the base of the Yod - the sextile between Saturn and Pluto - could create a real Debbie Downer effect. Though this is a supportive aspect, things can become too concentrated here, too serious, too severe, too dark. Things could get downright miserly. We could become too much of a closed circuit, finding ourselves in a state of deep, dark, 'cabin fever' stale. If we're too strongly confined by this Saturn-Pluto vortex, the relieving point becomes Jupiter in Gemini: Get some fresh air flowing. Get out there in the world. Talk to people. Enjoy yourself. Move around in your neighbourhood. Search for some new stimulation, some new ideas, some new conversations. Talk about mundane daily affairs. Keep things light. Find out what people are talking about. Discover a new interest.
On the other hand, in Yod B, the base of the Yod - the sextile between Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Gemini - could create way too much stimulation. This one can put our brains on overdrive. New ideas could be bouncing around and popping in our heads like popcorn kernels heated by a lightning strike. Over-the-top excitement about the future and an overwhelming drive to move forward could be coursing through our systems, making wheels spin. If we're being charged up with too much Jupiter-Uranus energy, the relieving point then becomes Saturn in Scorpio: Slow down. Wait. Get your feet back on the ground. Get serious about everything that has to be resolved before you go bounding forward. Understand that your big ideas are going to take time to develop and that a lot of them will burn out before they even get off the ground. Adopt more of a "show me the money" stance before you go off half-cocked.
Yods aren't comfortable configurations, as they involve two quincunxes, which are probably the most awkward aspect in astrology.
Quincunxes involve two planets at a tricky 150-degree angle to each other. Most often the planets involved are in signs that could not be more different - they're of different elements, qualities, and genders. The expression and themes of each sign are truly alien to the other.
In this case, we have Yod A with Saturn in a fixed, feminine, water sign quincunx Jupiter in a mutable, masculine, air sign, which is also quincunx Pluto in a cardinal, feminine, earth sign.
In Yod B, we have Uranus in a cardinal, masculine, fire sign quincunx Saturn in a fixed, feminine, water sign, which is also quincunx Jupiter in a mutable, masculine, air sign.
You see the differences clearly.
Oppositions, in contrast, usually involve signs of the same quality (cardinal, fixed, or mutable) and gender (masculine or feminine).
Quincunx aspects are awkward, odd, and foreign, with many adjustments required to create any sort of workability at all. There is a sense of the alien and of anomie with quincunxes - nowhere to land, nowhere to call home - but they also hold the potential for major breakthroughs in understanding.
Imagine a conservative, working class, rural cowboy and an upper class, vegan, lesbian urbanite getting stuck in an elevator together. More than likely, they would come to understand each other a bit better from the close (yet highly awkward) contact. The quincunx is kind of like that.
The Yod (two quincunxes and a sextile) could be referred to as "The Breakfast Club" configuration. Brains, jocks, criminals, basket cases, princesses, principals, and janitors all mish-mashed together, making the best of it.
With benefic Jupiter so strongly involved in both Yods, breakthroughs in understanding are more possible than usual. The influence of Jupiter indicates these breakthroughs will often have a religious, faith, or belief-related tone. Different cultural beliefs and backgrounds can come into a workable harmony - not completely comfortable, but functional - as long as underlying issues and structural problems are recognized and addressed.
There's an emphasis on daily living, going about our business in neighborhoods and local societies, and the humourous, cross-cultural commonalities we find there.
If all else fails, make a wry social observation to which almost anyone could relate.
People who are foreign to each other in very fundamental ways can find the common ground and the common truth over the next few months in an almost miraculous way, but it's going to take effort and some skillful communication of highly variant perspectives.
Jupiter in Gemini teaches us that many different perspectives can be true at the same time with each perspective necessary in order to come up with the complete picture.
In order to be successful, we're going to have to put up with some awkward social angles - at work and at play - from now into late April 2013. Our inner landscapes, too, involve these awkward angles and conflicting pulls.
There's going to be some irritation, people. Some "teeth on tin foil" effects. Expect it. Work with it. But any honest effort we put toward creating a workable harmony brings blessings and a sense of cosmic grace to us and our social scenes.
Jupiter is currently conjunct the mean placement of Black Moon Lilith, activating the lunar apogee, and forms the exact conjunction at 10 degrees Gemini on December 11. This indicates that certain perspectives and conversations coming up now will be annoying, unsettling, disturbing, or socially volatile. Things are being aired and perspectives are coming to the table that have previously been invisible, denied, or downplayed. This particularly relates to the outsider female and/or feminine experience.
These are the tricky angles that are so very necessary now in order to come up with the full truth, the complete picture. But the Black Moon Lilith themes add to the Yod difficulties for people bringing those perspectives forth and for those who must receive them and then do something about it.
Seemingly small comments can trigger big reactions. Surface-level chit chat tells us a lot about people's deeper allegiances and motivations.
Though it is considered our major benefic planet, bringing gifts and grace, Jupiter is not loving life so very much in Gemini. From a previous post:
"Jupiter is in the sign of its detriment in Gemini, meaning it is not an easy or flowing placement for this planet. Jupiter does best in broad-minded, freedom-loving, philosophically-oriented Sagittarius, the polar opposite of chatty Gemini, which is more at home with news, daily conversation, and local neighbourhood goings-on.
There is a feeling of contraction and concentration with this placement - things Jupiter is not too keen on experiencing. Jupiter in Gemini is the wild and randy centaur, drunk on the heady experience of life, culture, and opulent living, forced into the confines of local society: hoofs clickety-clacking through crosswalks, standing in line at banks, ordering espresso at the local coffee shop rather than loping through magnificent wilderness around the globe."
The influence of Black Moon Lilith on this irritated Jupiter adds a definite edge to these already edgy Yods, but the mean placement of Black Moon Lilith moves out of range by mid-January 2013, alleviating one layer of the situation.
Until then, say your piece when necessary, but don't let it all hang out conversationally.
Jupiter Rx in Gemini forms an exact quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn on December 20 and to Saturn in Scorpio December 22, bringing the Yod energy strongly into play at solstice.
The Yod will then be highly activated by the personal planets transiting Capricorn: the Sun in Capricorn December 29 - 30, 2012; Mercury in Capricorn January 5 - 6, 2013; and Venus in Capricorn January 14 - 17, 2013.
Jupiter stations direct at 6 degrees Gemini just shy of an exact sextile to Uranus in Aries on January 30, 2013.
The quincunx to Saturn is repeated with Jupiter direct on March 24, 2013, and the Jupiter quincunx to Pluto is repeated March 30.
Both Yods (Saturn-Jupiter-Pluto and Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus) are dominant configurations at March equinox.
The Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus Yod will be highly activated by the personal planets transiting Aries: Mars in Aries March 25 - 26, 2013; Venus conjunct the Sun in Aries March 30 - 31; and Mercury in Aries April 19 - 20.
All the Uranus-infused Aries sextile Jupiter in Gemini indicates a highly-charged, highly-stimulating 2013 equinox, but moving forward will not be without challenges (Saturn in Scorpio). Slow down and pay attention.
Yod A, March 23, 2013 - click to enlarge
Saturn in Scorpio formed its first quincunx to Uranus in Aries November 15, 2012. It forms a second quincunx aspect while retrograde April 13, 2013. The Yod involving Jupiter in Gemini is out of range following this aspect.
Saturn forms a third quincunx aspect to Uranus in Aries October 5, 2013. Saturn will also station retrograde just off an exact quincunx to Uranus at 16 degrees Scorpio/Aries on July 19, 2014.
So we can expect continued awkwardness with many adjustments necessary between our blazing paths to the future (Uranus in Aries) and all the unfinished business and half-learned lessons that have accumulated (Saturn in Scorpio).
It's probable that people will seem foreign to you at times over the next five months. ("I have no idea what he was thinking!" "What planet is she from?") You'll seem foreign to them, as well. If you run into an awkward exchange, make an adjustment to allow it some space.
We're heading full speed ahead into weird and wild Aquarius, and it's the ability to work with, capitalize on, and socialize through our differences that makes us strong. Think: the social frameworks of Star Trek. Or that bar scene in Star Wars.
You might not fully "get" them, but the ability to party with a Wookiee is a major selling point these days.
"A Wookiee, an Ewok, and an astrologer walk into a bar..."