SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Before I get into the topic of interceptions, how interceptions come to be requires some background information about natal charts. In the Placidus house system, every sign takes up 30 degrees in a chart, but houses can vary in size, being very large or small. House sizes vary more as the you go farther from the equator. With that being said…
WHAT IS AN INTERCEPTION?
Due to the varying sizes of the 12 Houses, an interception happens when a sign is entirely engulfed inside a house. When this happens, a sign isn’t present at the cusp of the house, meaning that certain sign will not rule over the house.
So if you look in this chart here, you can see that Leo and Aquarius are both engulfed in a house, the 1st and 7th House. When you have an interception, you will always have two signs intercepted, and those two signs are sister signs. The same also applies to houses. You will always have two houses intercepted. There is no such thing as having only one sign intercepted or having only 1 house intercepted. You will also notice that Mars and Uranus, NOT Neptune are intercepted.
SO I HAVE AN INTERCEPTION. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?
Having an intercepted sign means that this sign has no rulership over a house. Every sign is supposed to rule a house, but this wouldn’t be the case if you had an interception. An interception shows a lack of balance in your chart, and you’re missing your intercepted sign in particular. It shows no development in your sign. Some say it is a karmic issue where you have to make effort to bring that intercepted sign in your life properly, but whether you believe in karma or not, an intercepted sign can give you a lot of struggles in your life. These struggles vary greatly depending on your sign and where the house is. With an interception, the missing sign feels like a gaping hole you are trying to fill because you were born with it. Literally.
*Part 2 will be about interceptions in the signs and houses!*