INTERCEPTED PLANETS: Use Placidius House Cusps (charts for this article do not appear here)
Intercepted planets operate like 12th House planets in that they represent blocked energy. Unlike 12th House planets, the intercepted planet can only express itself in the House in which it is placed. Once the intercepted planet gains momentum, it is very powerful.
Initially, the energy of the planet is intercepted, fenced-in and blocked by the parents or the environment. Once the individual finds an outlet for the energy of the planet, it is a very powerful force in the life.
I found an old article without the author on Interceptions, which I believe was THE MERCURY HOUR. Since the copyright has long since expired (from the 1980s), I feel that I can share this. The author states: “If the Sun, Moon, ruler of the Ascendant or if the ruler of the intercepted signs are also intercepted, there may be some delay in getting the life stated in the right direction. Tensions and frustrations must be worked out. Often the best avenue is through the House that the intercepted planet rules. If there are no planets in the intercepted signs, the House itself needs attention.”
This author iterates my thoughts exactly as I have observed them in natal charts. I will also add that, if the ruler of the intercepted sign is in the 12th House, life will also be delayed.
I use interceptions in medical astrology. If there is no outlet for the sign/planet, it can lead to health issues. I have three planets intercepted in Gemini – Moon-Uranus-Mars. These energies were definitely blocked by my mother as I was growing up. Eventually, I developed allergies and respiratory illnesses until my studies in astrology liberated these planets. In the 10th House, it was through my practice of professional astrology.
NOTE: On my website, under Medical, I have an article on medical astrology and the intercepted signs.
NOTE: The unknown author turns out to be Marion March from one of her THE ONLY WAY OT LEARN ASTROLOGY books.
SUN: A sense of “who I am” was not instilled by the parents so that the individual initially lacks a sense of purpose, direction and career ambitions. The individual feels no respect for their own individuality. Once the intercepted Sun is released into the House in which it is placed, the leadership qualities begin to manifest. Like a 12th House Sun, they may not feel that they can be ON, extroverted, 24/7. They need time to retreat and have “quiet time.”
The unknown author states: “The Sun intercepted may indicate one who is under some kind of restraint, especially in the early years of life. The need is to find a special field or place where this person can be comfortable and stand alone. Often, there is a feeling of some lack within self, making it difficult for the individual to relate to others. With dedication and proper direction, the individual can go straight to his/her goals.
I might add that, using Astro-Carto-Graphy, the individual is encouraged to visit the Sun Asc/MC or even IC line. The Sun-Descendant line would give more power to others so this is not advised.
MOON: During the childhood, the individual was not allowed to express or be in touch with emotions, often experiencing them as being “cut off” or compartmentalized in some way. This repression can lead to health issues that are connected with the emotions. Yet, at other times, like a beach ball being pushed under the water and the released, the emotions can flare up beyond the individual’s control, dominating over reason. The family did not have empathy for the individual’s feelings.
As a child, I was reprimanded against crying. Any type of emotion made my mother feel uncomfortable and angry. I learned to keep my tears inside until severe allergies developed whereby tears could flow from my eyes in a more accepted manner. My eyes would tear and my nose would run just as if I was crying. Diseases associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra can be affected.
The unknown author states: “An intercepted Moon intensifies the emotions. Feelings are accentuated but there may be a problem in communicating and, at times, even a speech impediment (although this would have to be verified elsewhere in the chart). There may be a feeling of rejection and a withdrawal at the emotional level. Once this is handled, the person can be very effective in communication – then others will listen and heed words spoken.”
MERCURY: The individual felt that he/she could not communicate during the early environment – and everyone needs to communicate in some way. They come to feel that no one understands their ideas or thoughts, especially since they have no experience in communicating with others. Communication is blocked or frustrated. This can eventually slow the thyroid as Will and Words become “stuck” in the Throat Chakra. When you do not express yourself, you do not get feedback on your ideas so they can become distorted or illogical.
The unknown astrologer states: “Mercury intercepted indicates that the thinking process works along lines different from those of others and often this person feels misunderstood and out of step with peers. Once the individual has learned to evaluate his/her own intellectual integrity, becoming very good at appraising values so that others respect his intellect.”
VENUS: When Venus is blocked, the individual feels unable to reach out, express and get love in the life in a normal manner. Relationships may be unsatisfying and unfulfilling because they do not know how to express what they want. The sign of Venus will indicate the type of love that they need and appreciate. When you do not know what you value and what makes you feel loved and appreciated, you will ultimately attract the wrong types.
The unknown astrologer states: “With an intercepted Venus, the individual seeks love in an entirely personal way that may even be secret or held apart from all other area of the life. Since the idea of love is very intense and limited, the individual may feel that he/she has never really experienced real love. In this case, a creative outlet is of great benefit.”
Medically, Venus is connected with blood sugar disorders, Lyme disease (and I do not know why except that there my be loneliness or relationship stresses at onset) and the Heart Chakra.
MARS: When Mars is blocked, anger becomes frustrated and interrupted. Initiative is blocked by the parents or by early environmental factors. Anger may be seen as BAD or “don’t do this because you might get hurt.” Nothing normally excites the individual into action so that they need externals to motivate. Frustrated anger causes intolerance and sudden outbursts of temper.
Medically, Mars can be accident-prone; it affects the thyroid and the adrenals; auto-immune diseases and chronic inflammations. This is not so difficult to remedy. I only have thyroid issues. However, in the 10th House, while I am not very ambitious, a lot of energy goes into my work in astrology. Mars rules my 9th House and international travel is another energetic outlet for me.
The unknown astrologer states: “An intercepted Mars intensifies power and energy in the horoscope and how it will be worked out is shown by the activities inherent in the House position. The individual needs a specialized goal for unlimited drive and aggressive energies.”
JUPITER: When Jupiter is blocked, there can be a limited ability to find an area of freedom and expansive self-expression. Freedom may be found in externals ruled by the House position since internal freedom cannot be experienced inwardly. Inner faith may be lacking. The individual may only find something to believe in from Jupiter’s House position. Practicality and logic supplace faith.
The unknown astrologer states: “Jupiter intercepted may indicate difficulties in the early life and a bottling up or frustration of the natural enthusiasms. The individual has a sense of values that is uniquely his/her own. When opportunity knocks, the individual can take advantage in a different way than contemporaries.”
Medically, Jupiter is associated with role-playing, moderation and proportion. For this reason, it is connected with diabetes and eating disorders, and disease of excess. One individual with Jupiter Intercepted in Pisces developed “gut overgrowth” due to low body temperature and poor HCL.
SATURN: When Saturn is blocked, there can be issues with the father. As a result, it may be difficult for the individual to define limits, structure and cultivate a sense of responsibility. Where are my limits? Activities of the House position will quickly define these for the individual.
While Saturn is not intercepted in my chart, it is very weakly aspected in the sign of Cancer. I was never given real supporting structure and a sense of responsibility for my life. This was a real problem for living in the real world. Astrology became my substitute parent. With its House position in the 11th, I developed a real sense of responsibility in groups, in some type of leadership position. I also learned lessons about commitment from Capricorn friends – who I hated at first and then, as I become more responsible, I came to love and appreciate.
The unknown astrologer states: “An intercepted Saturn gives great sensitivity to other’s problems and an uncanny knack for solving problems. However, things that upset others rarely bother this person and he/she develops an outer expression to enable him/her to take the risks needed to achieve goals.” NOTE: That is, without a strong structuring system, one can more easily take risks.”
Medically, without limits, health issues come from taking on too many responsibilities for others. This leads to osteo-porosis, osteo-arthritis, neuropathy and back pain.
URANUS: When Uranus is blocked, the individual is inhibited in expressing the need to be different, to pursue progressive and unique interests, worrying too much (from the parents) about what others will think. Like Uranus Retrograde, the individual will bottle up-bottle up-bottle up and then explode with a sudden decision or action that may shock others. The unconventional may make the individual feel uncomfortable. These actions may be externally motivated.
The unknown astrologer states: “With Uranus intercepted, there is a certain timidity of expression, particularly where originality is concerned. There is a fear of ridicule. There is a need to overcome the sensitivity that will not allow the individual to express his/her idealism and uniqueness.”
Medically, Uranus rules the electromagnetic field, the electrical currents that run through the Nadis and the nervous system. Unless the person engages in Uranian activities or career, there are be disruptions in the electrical currents such as spasms and arrhythmia.
NEPTUNE: With a blocked Neptune, it may be difficult to get in touch with ideals and materialize them. The individual is cut off from fantasy life and, thus, these can become phobias. It is important to seek ideals outside of one’s self, possibly in some humanitarian work or travel. Being practical and realistic were emphasized in the early environment (this is very true of Neptune in the 12th House and there it is an ancestral pattern). While the Unknown Astrologer feels the person can be a recluse or dreamer, I do not feel that they were allowed to dream but rather to be more practical and realistic. Practical studies in creative subjects and mythology are suggested. They can also have boundary issues – in the 8th House, they distort reality.
The unknown astrologer states: “When Neptune is intercepted, there is a desire to avoid leadership. This is the person who must be urged to step out and assert self or he/she can become a recluse or a dreamer, completely introspective. If Neptune is angular, there is a strong need to reach out to others and this should be encouraged.
Medically, Neptune is connected with the immune system, allowing overgrowth of bacteria and parasites and even some cancers, such as skin cancer.
IMPORTANT MEDICAL NOTE: When there is overgrowth of mold and bacteria, there is often a pattern of not defining boundaries in relationships. Dr. Jenna Henderson: “Mold likes colder than normal body temperature. Usually I see a chronically low body temperature where there’s yeast or mold. They usually have suboptimal thyroid. If you change the soil, you change what grows there.
Acidity (HCL with Pepsin prevents h. Pylori) in the stomach is an important barrier to keep many pathogens out of the rest of the GI tract. If using any antacids, it would be good to phase it out and look at other ways to control reflux.
PLUTO: With Pluto blocked, the need to feel powerful, to express personal power, is limited except in the House position. Transformation occurs from outside of one’s control. Feeling empowered will come through the activities of the House position.
The unknown astrologer states: “With Pluto intercepted, the life motivation is different from that which spurs others. This person’s need for action often comes from a group feeling and a giant need for approval. The individual should be urged to use the deep sense of obligation to investigate the life thoroughly and completely.”
Medically, Pluto is associated with psychological feelings of powerlessness. This occurs with prostate cancer with men. Many cancers arise from repressed resentments that suddenly surface in the life
Oh my. I have Sun, Venus Retro and Mercury Retro intercepted in Gemini in the 10th house and then Saturn Retro and Uranus Retro intercepted in 4th house. That’s four planets not only in retrograde but also intercepted. Will my life properly start at 70? I’m Virgo rising so that Retro Intercepted Mercury is my ruler.
As for Mars it feels retrograde but it isn’t. It’s in Pisces in the 7th. I don’t think Mars in Pisces is supposed to be bad but maybe it’s that 7th house placement.