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-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’.
For those that are learning or 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.
Intercepted Signs: A sign that is completely contained within a house and does not appear on either cusp. See image for reference.
Intercepted Planet: A planet that is intercepted within a house (it is in a sign that does not appear on either house cups.
Duplicated Signs 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.
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, lke 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.