Concept of Intercepted Signs

Let’s talk about Concept of Intercepted Signs which is more popularly used in Western Astrology but I feel that it can be utilized in other systems too. At the outset, it may be kept in mind that I am not perfect at Western Astrology or any Astrology, hence there are chances of me making mistakes here. I am just explaining this concept as I understood it -

Let’s cover Concept of Intercepted Signs on following points –


Various House Systems.

Whole Sign/Equal House System.

Placidus/Koch House System.

Concept of Intercepted Signs.

My Chart as per Placidus House System.

Intercepted Signs as per Placidus House System.

Meaning of Concept of Intercepted Signs.

Paap Kartari Yoga.

Conclusion & Reference.


Let’s cover all points one after the other –


Various House Systems – First of all, there are various House Systems in Astrology. It is just like we have so many different streams of Astrology. These various House Systems are Placidus, Whole Sign, Equal, Koch, Regiomontanus, Morinus, Alcabitius, Campanus, Porphyry, Topocentric, Meridian, and Vehlow etc. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on Whole Sign/Equal House Systems and Placidus/Koch House Systems.


Whole Sign/Equal House System – By the name itself we can understand that in these House Systems, length of Houses and Signs are same. Like, if one House is 30 degree long then one Sign is also 30 degree long. These House Systems are normally used in Vedic Astrology. The end result of Whole Sign/Equal House System is that every next House Cusp is ruled by every next Zodiac Sign altogether. Like, being a Scorpio ascendant, my First House has Scorpio sign and my Second House will automatically have Sagittarius sign and so on…

Placidus/Koch House System – In Placidus or Koch House System, a House can be bigger than 30 degrees but Zodiac Signs will stay at 30 degrees only. Now, if some Houses are bigger than 30 degrees then obviously there will be some Houses which are smaller than 30 degrees because at the end of the day, Sky is going to remain at 360 degree only. So, in Placidus or Koch House System, some Houses can be 40 degree or 50 degree long and other houses would compensate for this expansion by being at smaller than 30 degrees but Zodiac Signs will remain at 30 degree only. One of the reasons given for having a House bigger and other smaller in this system is that native, in this lifetime, needs to spend more time and learn/explore more things related to the House which is lesser in comparison to the house which is bigger.


Concept of Intercepted Signs – Now, the result of Placidus/Koch House System will be that 1 house can be so big that it can absorb within itself one whole Zodiac Sign. For example, if X has 1st house in his chart which is of about 40 degrees and he happens to be a Libra ascendant then it means that his 1st house will start with last 5 degrees of Libra Sign then it will absorb whole of 30 degrees of Scorpio sign and then it will end at 5th degree of Sagittarius sign. It is like this -

40 degree 1st House – 5 degrees of Libra + 30 degrees of Scorpio + 5 degrees of Sagittarius.

So, effectually what is happening is that 1st house cusp has Libra sign falling and 2nd house cusp has Sagittarius sign falling. Which Sign got missing? Scorpio. Scorpio is intercepted sign here.

Another thing here is that if 1st house is 40 degree long then house exactly opposite to 1st house, i.e. 7th house, will also be 40 degree long. It means that if Scorpio gets intercepted in 1st house then exactly opposite sign Taurus will also be intercepted in 7th house between Aries and Gemini.

As I said, other houses in chart will compensate and will be lesser than 30 degrees to make it for total 360 degrees.

My Chart as per Placidus House System – For example, if I make my chart as per Placidus System here -, then 1st house begins at 25 degree Scorpio, 2nd house begins at 24 degree Sagittarius, 3rd house begins at 26 degree Capricorn, 4th house begins at 29 degree Aquarius, 5th house begins at 1 degree Aries, 6th house begins at 0 degree Taurus, 7th house begins at 25 degree Taurus, 8th house begins at 24 degree Gemini, 9th house begins at 26 degree Cancer, 10th house begins at 29 degree Leo, 11th house begins at 1 degree Libra and 12th house begins at 0 degree Scorpio.

Now, which Zodiac Signs are missing?

Pisces and Virgo. It is because there are a few houses like 2nd house, 3rd house, 4th house and 10th house are longer than 30 degrees. Their bigger length was compensated by smaller 5th house, 6th house and 12th house.

Intercepted Signs as per Placidus House System - So, as per Placidus System, my 4th house and 10th house have intercepted signs Pisces and Virgo.

Meaning of Concept of Intercepted Signs – Now, what does it mean to have Intercepted Signs?

It means that that particular sign or sign related things are just invisible or hidden from your life and you may have to work a lot in that area of life. Like, if someone has Gemini as intercepted sign in 10th house, it means that person can be very poor in communications at work place. This also means that Sagittarius is intercepted at 4th house. So, this person may feel that he didn’t get proper guidance or morale at home. This also means that person needs to work double hard on the matters related with houses/signs involved to improvise on those areas of life and if they work hard then they can actually gain more than what they ever dreamt in those areas of life.

Likewise, if any planet is placed in intercepted signs then person can feel like that planet or its results are invisible from his early life and there is need to put extra effort there. Again, if they work hard then they can actually gain more than what they ever dreamt in those areas of life.


Paap Kartari Yoga – I find a little resemblance between concept of Interception and Paap Kartari Yoga in Vedic Astrology - In Paap Kartari Yoga, 2 strong malefics surround a house or planet from either side and we have to work really hard in matters related with that house or planet.

Again, in both the cases, we may need to let-go of Jeeva Karaka of that house and work on Ajeeva Karakas. Like, if interception sign is falling in 4th house, like in my case, then person should be away from home land.

Conclusion & Reference – Again, all systems get aligned with each other. If Western Astrology is showing intercepted signs in 4th house/10th house axis in my chart then I have Ketu in 4th house/Aquarius and Rahu-Saturn in 10th house/Leo. So, both systems are indicating that I need to make a special effort on 4th house and 10th house related matters. Intercepted signs are also telling to focus on things related with Pisces and Virgo.

If anyone wants to learn more about then you can check these links from Alyssa Sharpe -, , and She is always a great teacher.

Hope I could convey the concept logically. Thanks,


Swami Premanand Bharti


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