Designs for a New Age: Rectangles and Yods focuses on two natal chart configurations that strongly suggest an evolutionary level somewhat above that of the general population. Using extensive examples and life stories, Alice Miller illustrates eight different Rectangle configurations and seven different Yod configurations. A Rectangle is formed when two oppositions are in aspect to each other, and the most common are those that involve the Ascendant-Descendant, Midheaven-IC, and/or the nodal axis. These are the easiest to find. Also included in the group are oppositions between any two planets-including any conjunctions at either or both ends. The elemental factor to remember about rectangles (including Grand Squares) is that they provide grounding and thus represent a grounded rise in consciousness according to the aspects between the oppositions. A Yod is an isosceles triangle configuration, and is often called The Finger of God, Destiny Point, and similar names. Yods are problems with gifts in their hands. They never let you ignore them, but keep coming up until you resolve the problem, at which time the energy is converted into a great source of creative power. Always they have the feel of destiny, but are likely the result of a pre-incarnational vow: "I will do this, even if it kills me " Of course it won't kill you, but it won't let you forget it either, so you must keep on dealing with the issue until you resolve the problem and discover the magnificent gift that it is meant to be. The author promises it will be well worth the effort.
Alice Miller, Ph.D., practiced and taught psychoanalysis for over twenty years before devoting herself to writing in 1979. She is the author of the bestselling Prisoners of Childhood (reissued in paperback as The Drama of the Gifted Child) and For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence, as well as numerous other books. Miller lives in Zurich, Switzerland.