Intercepted Signs in the Horoscope and Their Impact upon the Physical Well-Being of the Individual

NOTE: I researched the material for this article in the 1960s – one of my first research projects as a student of astrology. I later typed it for my classes and for “The NetWorker” in the early 1980s.

In my 50 years of research and experience, I have found that an intercepted sign (and, of course, any intercepted planet) can provide a strong clue to possible health problems, especially when the energies of that sign are not apparent. Any frustration or thwarted energy on a psychological level is likely to be manifest physiologically.

During my early years in astrology, I recommended the usage of the biochemic cell salt for an intercepted sign rather than that of the rising or sun sign. Years later, my recommendation was vindicated. A friend, with Capricorn rising and Aquarius intercepted in the First House, was advised to use the biochemic cell salt Nat. Mur., which is simple salt. She related that all her blood tests reflected low blood sodium, a rarity considering the amount of salt that Americans use in their diets.

For example, in my own chart, I have 27 degrees Taurus on the 10th cusp with Gemini and three Gemini planets intercepted in the 10th House. Professionally, my natural inclination was to follow the direction of Taurus. In college, I majored in economics and finances. I had a natural flair for passing economics exams but not much more. My Gemini talents were initially unrecognized. As a result, during my first semester in college, while a business major, I developed the Gemini health problem of sinus allergies. As my schooling continued, the allergies worsened. When I left college to pursue astrology (which I had studied as a hobby since high school), I had not yet resolved the conflict between what I thought I should do and what I wanted to do. The allergies continued. However, when I became a full-time professional astrologer in 1969, the allergies began to improve. My entire practice, being conducted by mail or telephone, denied Gemini’s need for direct contact with people. The allergies, while much improved, persisted. When I eventually began conducting in-person consultation, the allergy attacks ended. At that point, I was fully manifesting the Gemini energies in my professional life.

It is interesting to note that the allergies did not manifest during my childhood. Remember, when one sign is intercepted, its opposite sign is also intercepted. With Scorpio on my 4th cusp, I did experience the control situation that characterizes the life of an only child with a dominating mother. However, the intercepted sign of Sagittarius was fully functioning during those years. I lived on a farm and experienced much physical freedom. After moving into the city to attend college, the Sagittarian experience was closed to me and the allergies developed immediately. This substantiates my theory that at least one of the intercepted signs must be functioning in order to avoid any health dysfunction related to the intercepted signs. To this day, feeling trapped and confined, and limited social contact will stress my immune system, triggering the allergies.

ARIES ON THE CUSP / TAURUS INTERCEPTED: The impatience of Aries disturbs the status quo and sense of security in the life. Aries will create crisis in the House area when Taurus would like conditions therein to be static. This can affect blood sugar levels and throat inflammations due to unarticulated anger. The Taurus cell salt is Nat. Sulph.

TAURUS ON THE CUSP / GEMINI INTERCEPTED: Opting for security and taking the line of least resistance over freedom, change, variety and dealing directly with people can create allergies and respiratory aliments. The Gemini cell salt is Kali. Mur.

GEMINI ON THE CUSP / CANCER INTERCEPTED: The continual flux in the life (ruled by the House) upsets security and closeness needs. This can lead to stomach and digestive disorders when the individual finds that the many changes do not allow him much time for the affairs of this House. The Cancer cell salt is Cal. Fluor.

CANCER ON THE CUSP / LEO INTERCEPTED: Playing the child as a dependency role in a relationship or situation without seeking respect or authority can lead to heart and circulation ailments. The Leo cell salt is Mag. Phos.

LEO ON THE CUSP / VIRGO INTERCEPTED: The individual may feel that he is forced to take charge when he would rather be in a more subordinate role, tending to details and out of the limelight. The tension could lead to hypoglycemia, inflammation of the intestines, constipation/diarrhea or poor eating habits based upon internal frustration (getting your “bowels in an uproar,” so to speak). Avoiding details and allowing them to sabotage your big plans can cause an imbalance in the Virgo cell salt of Kali. Sulphate.

VIRGO ON THE CUSP / LIBRA INTERCEPTED: The critical tendencies of Virgo, which prevent the individual from accepting people and conditions ‘‘as is,” keep him from relating, sharing and cooperating successfully with others. The need for approval through service and doing everything one’s self and trying to do it perfectly prevents sharing and reciprocity. This combination makes the individual too critical (fear of failure or rejection) in some creative aspect of this House position. There may be a tendency to develop diabetes, hypoglycemia or acid- alkaline imbalances. The Libra cell salt is Nat. Phos.

LIBRA ON THE CUSP / SCORPIO INTERCEPTED: There is a need to assert control over this House position in your life Repressed resentments through being overly accommodating in this area can lead to kidney and bladder infections, arteriosclerosis and other Scorpio illnesses when you try to please others rather than take control for yourself. The Scorpio cell salt is Cal. Sulphate.

SCORPIO ON THE CUSP / SAGITTARIUS INTERCEPTED: The desire to be in control or the tendency to feel controlled by this House position keeps the individual from experiencing freedom and spontaneity in this area. Feeling trapped can lead to sciatica, respiratory ailments and the tendency to be accident-prone. The Sagittarius cell salt is Silica.

SAGITTARIUS ON THE CUSP / CAPRICORN INTERCEPTED: Freedom and independence is sought at the expense of security. The individual may very well be out of touch with his ambitions. The individual may be unable to achieve anything permanent or secure. If Sagittarius rises and Aquarius is on the 2nd House cusp, the fluctuation would occur with both the personality and the personal finances. This could lead to rheumatism, joint and skin problems. The Capricorn cell salt is Cal. Phos.

CAPRICORN ON THE CUSP / AQUARIUS INTERCEPTED: The need for independence and freedom is subjugated for security urges. Capricorn can fear dependency, being helpless and loss to the point that they worry themselves intro a dependency situation -a job, a relationship or a financial situation. The loss of freedom in the House area can lead to low blood sodium, high blood pressure and circulatory problems. The Aquarius cell salt is Nat. Mur.

AQUARIUS ON THE CUSP / PISCES INTERCEPTED: The objective, scientific, black-or-white views of Aquarius may be at variance with the imaginative tendencies of Pisces. This combination is often resolved through humanistic or humanitarian activities in this House area, The individual needs to cultivate feeling and empathy of matters of this House. Piscean health problems may develop through repression of feeling such as water retention, high blood pressure or a generally low vitality. The Piscean cell salt is Fer. Phos.

PISCES ON THE CUSP / ARIES INTERCEPTED: Being the “nice person,” rather than doing what one wants, and not being assertive in a situation can create tension headaches, acid-alkaline imbalances or arteriosclerosis. The Aries cell salt is Kali. Phos.

NOTE: To my knowledge, the following intercepts will not occur on the Ascendant: Taurus with Gemini intercepted, Cancer with Leo intercepted, Virgo with Libra intercepted, Libra with Scorpio intercepted and, except with 29 Scorpio rising in certain latitudes, Scorpio with Sagittarius intercepted.

  1. Nancy Says:

    I read your article on intercepted signs with great interest. I have intercepted Aquarius in the 1st (6/8/50 Oakland CA, 10:44 pm) . The last 6 years I have had chronic Lyme disease. After finally taking matters into my own hands, I discovered the salt and vitamin C protocol on the internet and diligently applied myself to following it. I use only gray sea salt and Gary Null’s Powdered vitamin C as well as chlorella from Canada as an adjunct for detoxing. This method has greatly improved my condition. I can’t say it has been a total cure, but it has made it possible for me to function much, much better. I know this is not the same kind of salt you are referring to in your article, however, it seems there must be some connection with the need for sodium, trace minerals, and the other wonderful benefits of gray sea salt and immune boosting properties of the salt and vitamin C with the intercepted situation. Any other info you can offer me re my particular situation would be appreciated.

    (astrology student)

  2. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Nancy, this is an excellent post with an excellent remedy. I have listed your recommendation in my upcoming Common Cures III.

    This is what I wrote in CCII:

    In Common Cures II: On the SHARING WELLNESS website, an article was written that Cat’s Claw tincture and a mixture of 5 different Mushroom varieties greatly improved this condition. It is essential that you take the antibiotics as quicky as possible as this bacteria will ingrain itself into the tissues of the body and, at this point, you cannot get it out – it is yours for life! These supplements improve the immune system so they can act as a preventative as well.

    Astrologically, I have found these significators: *Natal – Mars in Cardinal sign, often Libra, is strong. Neptune is strong (so this could be the ruler that you are looking for). I often look at the pre-natal epoch for the development of the body and its weaknesses. *Transits and progressions: Mars-Neptune and Venus progressions; Quotidian Progressed are significant in the timing of onset.

    Lyme comes from a compromised immune system. A friend wh has been bitten in her yard twice says that the groundsman as never gotten Lyme disease working in the deer infested development.

    A naturopath told me that she has observed that people with a lot of (people) parasites in their lives are most susceptible to Candida and Lyme. This is the Neptune issue with boundaries.
    NOTE: I allow wide orbs but you do have a Cardinal T-Square with the Moon opposing Neptune/squared by Uranus in Cancer in the 6th House. Cardinal issues are often involved with Lyme but not always.

  3. Lynn Koiner Says:
    Low vitality also comes from Mars-Neptune.
    The Vertex has nothing to do with health. It is more symbolic of some direction in the life motivated by others.

    The Mutable Signs are connected with the lymphatic system. Congestion here can caused many difficulties, including fevers. She could benefit (all of us can) by lymph drainage. I get this done twice a year. I may have an article on the lymph on this website.

  4. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Any planets intercepted can only express themselves in the House they are in — the 7th, in your case. However, a stellium is more important and relationships can take up all of your energy. You need time in the 1st House and find alone time wherein you do only what you want to do.

    In your 7th House relationships, it is best that you get paid for the Virgo services. Consultant work might be better than counseling. You need structure for your time.
    Much more can be said but this is only a small website.

  5. Karen Says:

    Rings absolutely true for me. I have Scorpio intercepted in the 6th house, with Mars conjunct Moon in the intercepted Scorpio. I suffered from chronic bladder infections for years! With strong Virgo influences in my chart (Venus in th 4th; Sun, Saturn, Mercury conjunct in the 5th), I’m very work-and-service oriented, but need to keep an eye on my own needs and desires, or that blood pressure goes up!

    The 12th house Taurus intercept is more subtle—but it’s true that there’s a stong subconsious desire for stability and security, and my impatience is definitely a cause of self-undoing. On the other hand, the 12th house Aries brings genuine enthusiasm for helping people who are in trouble.

  6. Lynn Koiner Says:

    While you did not ask a question, I can make a health comment.
    First, with Virgo planets, it is best to avoid the Nightshade family to a large extent — tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant.
    For the high blod pressure, there is something that even a doctor friend uses from the health food store – NATTOKINASE. Solaray produces it.
    It also helps to remove the rennin from the kidneys, something that can raise BP too.
    I take 5 drops of Colloidal Silver daily to keep from getting UTIs…something that plagued me for years. Read Common Cures I.

  7. Lynn Koiner Says:

    With most of the planets in the 4th House and below the horizon, you are likely to be an introvert…introverts are drained being around people.
    You are also an Empath. Read the information on Empath Energy from this website…

    You have a lot of Mutable signs so that all of your health problems in life will be connected with the lympathic system. I have an article on this under Medical Astrology.
    I have many Mutables and ALL of my health issues are lymph related — ear-nose-throat infections and cysts.

    Endometriosis is caused by the Mutable T-Square with afflictions from Saturn and Neptune to your Virgo planets…more congested as they are intercepted.

    With Endometriosis, there was often a trauma around the father, usually between 10-15 years of age but this chart indicates just before 6 years of age. This trauma allows the cells to grow beyond boundaries (Neptune and Saturn).

    Read my Lymph article and do everything to stimulate the lympathic system — castor oil packs, Saffron tea brewed daily and lymph exercises.

    The Virgo cell salt helps with blood acidity. Use only when there are afflictions to Virgo…or when Mars transits Virgo in June-July 2010. It will not cure endometriosis but it can help with some symptoms that manifest while Mars is in Virgo.
    Homeopathic Salts are dissolved under the tongue and do not take with food or drinks. The Homeopathic Pharmany in West Virginia can be helpful. There is a lymph cell salt that you take before bed on an empty stomach.

  8. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NESLIHAN: Allergies can be caused by difficult aspects to the Moon, using a 15 degree orb. I have written about this under WEIGHT LOSS & THE TRANSFORMATIONAL PROCESS.
    Sometimes the technique called NAET really helps with this type of allergies.
    Jupiter in Aries as a Handle can affect health during the course of the life — possibly liver-gall bladder issues (Jupiter-Fire signs-5th House), if this is shown in the natal chart.

    Testing using a food intolerance test (ImG) — Elisa in US and ImmuPro300 (the best) in other countries, especially Europe, can tell if you have delayed intolerances.

    Allergies are also connected to the lympathic system and congestion here — and I have an article on this under Medical Astrology. If you have specific health questions, you can write on the Medical Forum.

  9. Lynn Koiner Says:

    I wrote this article back in the 1960s and it tends to work (yes, I was young whenI got into astrology).
    Sometimes Mars transiting an intercepted can up upset the cell salt salt. The most that this can cause is a rash or cold, depending upon the sign. I have not seen serious health issues.
    With my Gemini planets intercepted, I always has respiratory problems, especially when I feel trapped. Respiratory problems are also connected with the lymphatic System (article on this website) and the lymph is ruled by Mutable signs, Neptune, Moon and Water signs.

  10. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SUSAN: Natrum Mur is a homeopathic cell salt that can be purchased at most health food stores and Whole Foods Market. I do not like the Borion brand.

    The Homeopathic Pharmacy in Berkeley Springs West Virginia makes their own and they dissolve easily.
    You should not eat or drink anything for about an hour before and after dissolving these under your tongue. They work vibrationally.

  11. Lynn Koiner Says:

    One man with Mercury in Sag intercepted in the 8th would only talk when the subject of healing or reincarnation came up in the conversation.
    I have 3 planets intercepted in the 10th and I was able to use them through my career.

    Once you are able to use them in their House, you can start to use the planet(s) in other areas of your life. The intercepted House gets you started.

  12. Fernanda Says:

    First of all, great post! Nice link between astrology and homeopathy.

    What about when you have a stellium on the intercepted house? (October 5, 1981 – Rio de janeiro, Brazil – 08:40am)

    I’ve got Sun, conjunct Saturn and Jupiter and also Pluto all intercepted in 11th House Libra.

    No planets inside intercepted 5th House Aries, however I do suffer from migraines/“tension headaches”.

    My health has always been of concern to me. I was born with congenital kidney problems, suffered surgery at about 5 months old and again at 1year old, so my parents tell me…

    From 20 years on, I’ve been through gastroenteritis, that stopped and then came the chronic allergies, which were controlled and now the maddening 3 days debilitating tension headaches/migraine crisis… Also I suffer from heavy hair loss which sucks for a female and Insomnia ever since I can remember…

    One might think this sounds like a hypochondriac, but I promise that is not the case. Perhaps I psychosomatize or it’s karma… I don’t know, but I would appreciate any insights?!?

    The lil I know about astrology is self thought, but this post has really called my attention. What I mean is, maybe there’s hope!

    I just want health to not be one of my concerns anymore, u know? Does it seem like those might have been because of the intercepted planets? Or I should just keep on looking?

  13. Lynn Koiner Says:


    Your post slipped passed me. I normally never give personal readings but I can discuss the combination of Stellium and Interception that would interest all.
    Stelliums represent areas of our life that can take up all of our energy. We need to always go to the opposite House when there is a stellium. In the 11th, in groups, you can feel like a Lemming going to the sea. Pluto there is good for ad hoc group affiliations — coming together to accomplish and then disbanding.
    Ideally, going to the 5th House means only working with small creative groups, such as a study group with only 5 people.
    Stelliums can be involved with health issues, especially whe triggered by a transit. When one planet is hit, they are all hit and activated. See my article on Stelliums.
    The health issues that you describe are all related. Edgar Cayce stated that migraines always start in the gut. You have severe food INTOLERANCES — Img or Elisa test is the only one that tells you the foods, not the allergy tests.
    These started around the age of 10 years with a trauma connected with your mother — a situation that you could not digest, process and eliminate!
    If you have low body temperature, go to a good gynecologist and have a hormone saliva test. Cardinal signs have adrenal-thyroid issues. NO BLOOD TESTS!
    See my Common Cures for information on this.

  14. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MAYA (9-2-14):

    Anareta is only used in Decumbiture of an Illness charts.
    29 degrees for a planet is considered an ENDING PLANET. This has a very specific interpretation — I have a Manuel on this topic under Publications.

    The Sun is not weak at 0 degrees – it is a Beginning Planet and it too has a specific interpretation – you need to try many things in order to round out and develop your personality — but my friends with Beginning Suns are NOT weak. You can be weak for other reasons, usually having to do with Mars or Saturn undeveloped.

    Do not use the contra-parallel – it does not work, especially in electional work. The Parallel is a powerful conjunction so use this for natal and transits.

    I do not know who you have been studying with but get another teacher!

    The 2nd House does rule more than you have listed. It rules the lymphatic system. People with planets here need aerobic movement, Yoga or Tai Chi to stimulate the chi in the body. It is a health House.

    All Houses represesnt your ATTITUDE towards what it rules — the 2nd is your attitude towards finances and earning money. One can alway change the attitude to make improvements

  15. KAREN Says:

    Lynn, Your knowledge is amazing, and I learn so much from all your writing. I have intercepted capricorn moon 4deg in my third and a loaded intercepted 9th, venus, jupiter, and mercury. The 9th house has been active through my international legal career, I am however MOST interested in the homeopathic remedy you would suggest for my moon that is in conjunct my sun pluto conjunction in my 10th. I am a great believer in homeopathy, and would be ever so grateful for your advice. Thank you

  16. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KAREN (11-2014): Planets in an intercepted sign can only express themselves in the House they are in and it seems that you have done this.

    When so many planets are intercepted in Cadent Houses (3-6-9-12), I advise clients to shift to another time zone for their major activity. This relocated the planets where they can be more active.

    The Cancer-Capricorn cell salts are listed above and both rule forms of Calcium.

    However, I do not treat people with cell salts based upon aspects. I do make recommendations based on the chart and the specific condition.

    I am confused about your chart — if you Moon is intercepted in the 3rd, it cannot also be conjunct the Sun-Pluto in the 10th. I am sure this is a problem in typing. But, I do not make recommendations based upon aspects in the chart.

  17. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Leah (4-2015):

    As the article describes, you need to express the intercepted energies in the House wherein the planets are intercepted, usually in some professional application of the planets since they find it difficult but not impossible to express their energies since interceptions block them.

    The 2/8 Houses are actually healing Houses. The 2nd House is associated with body movements that stimulate the movement of Chi, which frequently gets blocked with any planets in the 2nd House. Yoga, Tai Chi and Aerobics are connected with this House.

    Chiron intercepted anywhere is difficult and in the 8th there are feelings of powerlessness around sexual wounds.

    Regarding your health issue, usually the Cardinals are associated with the Adrenal-Thyroid issues that you describe but the Mutables are connected with the lymphatic system. There should be an article on lymph care on this website. Alopacia is caused by low thyroid and you need a good endocrinologist to help you with this. It takes a lot to get the thyroid up and stressed adrenals affects this.

    Have you tried raw adrenal gland (Nutri-Meds Porcine type)? But, I am not a doctor and I can only make suggestions. There are adrenal adaptogens, which you say you are taking, and these take a long time. Raw adrenal, as my website indicates, must be taken in waves = on and off, not continuously.

  18. Carrie Says:

    I have Sagittarius and Gemini intercepted in my 6th and 12th house. I also have the sun, Jupiter, mercury and Pluto all in Sagittarius in the 6th. I was always confused on why I was a sag but I wasn’t super Sag like(whatever that means) and I just couldn’t figure out why. I kinda understand interceptions but what does it mean for Sag in the 6th house? Does the stellium help? Or does it in a way debilitate all these planets?

  19. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CARRIE (3-2018): When you posted, I realized that I had not posted an article on intercepted planets. It is now on this website.

    I have an article on Stelliums so you need to read this. In the 6th House intercepted, you need work that expands consciousness, teaching and communications BUT, as a stellium, you need periodic breaks from work and to retreat into the 12th to recharge your batteries.

    Interceptions do not debilitate, in my opinion. BUT, they were blocked in the childhood and oyu can only find a release in the House where they fall — the 6th and meaningful work that inspires you and others.


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