Intercepted Signs of the Zodic
Image by Rene Magritte
Part One of Four on Intercepted Signs
The Law of Attraction says that like attracts like. Basically, we get what we vibrate, and astrology can help us understand exactly what it is we are vibrating. That’s what’s authentic and what’s not. The astrological map is a very cool look into the depths of a person, a way to ‘know thyself’, especially when it comes to intercepted signs.
For everyone studying this symbol system, you may have come across the term, ‘intercepted signs’. I’ve been getting emails asking to explain this phenomenon in more detail. Here we go!
First thing to know
The astrological chart is a map of the planets, sun and moon as seen from earth at the moment you were born. It consists primarily of PLANETS representing an inherent energy, the SIGNS indicates how the energy most naturally expresses, the HOUSES or environments where the energy is most at home expressing and the ASPECTS, the angular relationship between the planets.
Think of it as if the planets are the actors, the signs their costumes, the houses, the sets and the aspects the scripts. When it comes to intercepted signs, we are looking at hidden sets or stages and costumes we didn’t know we had! Here are some helpful definitions.
A sign that is completely contained within a house and does not appear on either cusp. See image for reference.
Planets in Intercepted Signs
A planet that is intercepted within a house (it is in a sign that does not appear on either house cups.
A sign that appears on two consecutive house cusps. (This is where a both house cusps fall within the same sign.)
Note: The house system you use can alter both intercepted Signs/planets and Duplicated signs. The equal house system will never have interceptions or duplications. The further you are from the equator, the more you will encounter interceptions and duplications. Intercepted signs and duplicated signs always occur in pairs of opposites. This is an axis—what happens to one sign will always correspond identically to its opposite.
You’ll find as you study that interpretations in textbooks vary. I learned my approach from Joanne Wickenburg and find her view most helpful for those trying to understand what this means for them and what they attract in their lives.
A Room within a Room
Think of the intercepted sign as a “room within a room”. You enter the house (the stage or area of life) in a certain way only to discover there is a whole other experience there. For example, if you have Aquarius on the 7th house cusp (relationship to others) and Pisces intercepted within the 7th house, you may have an eccentric, unconventional and somewhat spacious approach to partnership (Aquarius) until you really get into one. Then it is like discovering a whole new world where those intellectually defined Aquarian boundaries melt into a sea of divine longing (Pisces). Where did that come from?
That’s how it feels, like a foreign country…until you understand it.
I’ll post more detailed examples in part two. If anyone wants to put their hand up to use their chart, let me know in the comments.
Mystery Chart Example
Here is the chart of a mystery person. Let’s see what we can glean about them looking at the interceptions alone.
This mystery man (chart above) is a great example of the relationship between environment and intercepted signs/duplicated houses. It’s not so important to try and guess who he is (you will all recognize him soon enough) but better to play with how you think the interceptions weave into his life.
To approach this chart, look at the ways and means he might enter the houses where there are interceptions. What would that be like? What are his immediate needs as per sign on the cusp? Then, explore what might be discovered once in that house. What does the TARDIS look like, from the outside? From the inside? Image you are walking into that room with the theme of the sign on the cusp but you discover this closet (the intercepted sign) and as you explore it, a whole new world opens up.
And remember, the early environment may not have supported the needs of the intercepted sign, let alone living it out. What has to change? Check the duplicated signs for insights too!
Work with this chart, and your own, asking the same questions. If you don’t have intercepted signs in your chart or an example from your own files, dive in and explore what others are posting. If you can link to your chart, all the better. This is, to me, a visual art. Let’s look at the horoscopes and let the symbols do their magic!
NOTE: If you’re stumped in finding interceptions, remember there are 12 signs of the zodiac and 12 houses. If you see two houses in a row with the same sign, then somewhere in the circle, there are two signs that do NOT have a houses cusp of their own. Start with Aries and go counterclockwise around the wheel. Does each house cusp has a unique sign? If not, who is missing out.
Mystery Man Revealed
This might be controversial, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is a hero of mine. For a particular reason – his powers of taking an imagined vision and turning it into reality, even when there is absolutely no reason to ever believe it would be possible.
However you feel about the man, he’s a great example of the ENVIRONMENTAL factors of an interception and how moving out of the limiting environment can open doors. You have to have the moxie to jump through them, and Arnold does.
Mr Schwarzenegger, Austrian-American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and politician started at ground zero. Minus zero. His father was a cop who hated him, favoring the older brother. He was abused and raised to believe he had no value. Under a severe and critical home live, there were no expectations that he would accomplish much of anything at all. Career wise, his mother hoped he would be lucky enough to be a tradesman/person.
Moving away from his 4th house home and 10th house social expectation was not easy, but as soon as he did, the impossible became a reality: Mr. Universe, opportunities in the state, Hollywood.
He was able to imagine (Pisces) and create in the face off all odds (Aries) like few people have ever done.
For example, after his first film tanked (his English was so bad it had to be dubbed), he was interviewed and the journalist said, “Now that Hollywood is a no go, what are your plans?”
He said, “I am going to be the number-one box-office star in all of Hollywood.”
The journalist laughed until he realized Arnold was serious. “How will you do that?” he asked.
Tapping the Intercepted Signs
“It’s the same process I used in bodybuilding,” Arnold explained. “What you do is create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that picture as if it were already true.”
Can you see how the victimized Pisces MC morphed into a truly creative, audacious, Aries that then made him one of the most recognized men in his genre/field? Can you see how duplicated Leo on the second (talents, resources and values) put into the communication 3rd (English as a second language, expression) gave him the confidence and the credentials to move forward with his big screen career and on to teaching and his political office?
The second Terminator was the number-one box-office hit. He was dead right.
There is so much more about this man’s life that can be explored via the interceptions (transits to the intercepted signs! That Neptune Libra in the home/secret relationships . . . )
Intercepted signs are not always this dramatic, but moving out of the cultural/home/family limitations/expectations is often the key to unlocking the power behind them. There is a link here to the notion of ‘Karma’ as well, which we will go into, in deltail, in our first course of 2017.
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“Hasta la vista, baby”!