Originally Posted by Pisceanfool
Hmm well I would consider the sextile active even if it is barely 5 degrees. First 8 degrees are enough now you say 4 is needed? It seems to be a general consensus to use 10 degrees as the absolute orb. I will have to read the other threads tomorrow to decide whether this is active or not, but it seems you suggest the YOD is requiring closer orb not the SEXTILE as a separate element correct?
What you say here illustrates one of the continuing frustrations I have with astrology - that of `flexible' orbs. Within a yod, which is only active in a chart with quite close orbs, the sextile and inconjuncts need to be within 4 degr. Some would say 3 degr. A good rule of thumb is: `When in doubt choose the tighter orb.'
I would suggest you read through the Yod threads I linked you to. The issue of orbs is discussed there. It is significant, I think.
I was originally taught (by someone who studied astrology under Bernadette Brady) that under normal circumstances, orbs in natal needs to be no more than 4 degr with sextiles, 5 degr with inconjuncts, and 7 with conj, squares & oppositions and trines. I'm not keen on the idea of a 10 degree orb.
And in relation to your question, an orb of 4 degrees - and no more - is active for a sextile, but for a sextile within a yod to be part of a yod, the orb should be no more than 3 degrees. A Yod is a very
sensitive and reactive placement. You need to read more about it.