First when doing a astrology chart I always look at retrograde planets .& most especially carefully I look at the moon and south node in a birth chart to begin to configure and put together a picture of what this soul has been doing on its journey through incarnation after incarnation and those retrogrades will tell you a great deal.
BUT interceptions are the most difficult for others to understand and to teach; because you have to look at the whole chart to see which end of the intercepted or BLOCKED houses or signs or planets are not working at their maximum potential.
Interceptions happen when you put in month, day, year, time, city, state and country of birth ih your astrology program to make a birth chart and instead of the 12 houses each having a doorway to an house or area of life with a different one of the 12 signs on that doorway...you will have repetition of 2 signs on 2 different houses and have one house with one sign on the doorway going in, one sign locked in the middle (Interception) and another sign on the door going out of that house and into another house.
This happens AT EACH END OF THE CHARTS: so 2 houses with this happening opposite each other Always happens with an interception:
Looking at whether planets are retrograde in one of the intercepted signs is a good rule of thumb to see which sign may be having a problem. Then if that is not happening, I look at the RULER of the signs which are intercepted. THE Ruler of a sign is always a planet.
For example Aries is ruled by Mars, and its opposite sign which would be the other end of the interception if Aries was intercepted would be Libra which is ruled by the planet Venus.
If none of the interceptions have retrograde planets, and even if they do, I look at Mars and Venus to see what those planets are doing aspect wise with the rest of the planets.
SO looking at that chart you would see Pisces on the doorway of a house, then Aries in the middle of the house and the door going out of that house into the next (the cusp of the next house) would be Taurus. So, that area of a person’s life (aka House) would be done in 3 different ways rather than the normal 2 signs which occur about 99% of the time for most clients.
Aries Libra interceptions are people often who give and give and give and give and give and lose track of themselves. OR do the opposite, you have to look carefully at planets and NOT JUMP to conclusions with any interception.
In some house systems the interceptions will disappear. Personally I like Porphory which to me is SOUL CENTERED Astrology. IN all house systems your RISING sign at 9 o'clock and your Angles will be the same degree and sign.
Your rising sign is the doorway of the 1st house which shows SELF DISCOVERY in a chart.. so houses 1, 2 and 3 are about Self discovery. Whereas 6pm is the doorway to the 4th house and begins an area of the chart with the next 3 houses which is about how you do security, family, children and interacting with family. 4, 5 and 6th houses.
At 3pm is the doorway to the 7th house of partnerships and begins the houses which deal with your interpersonal interaction with people you partner with for houses, 7, 8 and 9 and at High noon is the doorway to the 10th house of how you are seen and career. For houses 10, 11 and 12.
House systems all have these angles the same but the doorways to the houses between can have different degrees by house system and that can move a planet into another house.
The houses which seem most KARMICALLY infused are the 8th and 12th houses. Tracy Marks has a book long out of print but the best interaction with the Mysteries of the 12th house. It is called Illuminating the Mysteries of the 12th house and you can purchase it online at Amazon.com.
The Twelfth House is often referred to as the subconscious and I think of it as the CLOSET, where our dreams, and our fears reside and when we access this house we can bring forth our demons and our angels, and all between. The mystery of the 12th house is that it is where we must go to ultimately figure out our purpose on this planet. Thus this house is the place where often we dread entering.
Psychics and mystics know the magic of this house and enter often in meditation, prayer and Personally I always call forth my angels and guides as I enter this magical realm which contains all my past lives and all my future lives as well as my things which I HIDE FROM ME:
Once a month for 2 and 1/2 days the moon in the sky by transit (TRANSITS are a visit by a planet to you) the 12th house. This for some is the most powerful time of the month to enter deeply into inner connection and dialogue with our Wise and ancient soul.
The 12th house is the house of KARMA and to me Karma is nothing but an action which encourages you to do the action over until you GET IT RIGHT: Doesn't that feel much better than what you maybe have read about Karma being a curse? We only curse ourselves by repetition of patterns which are ultimately harmful, thus this is Karma.
The Eighth is death, sex, and regeneration. Astrologers laugh and call this the sex, death, and taxes house. I think of this house as if all the houses (12 of them) were rooms and your astrology chart were the house if that were so, the 8th house would be the bathroom.
How many people stand beside you in the bathroom as you brush your teeth? How many people would you allow to help you in this room in your house. Thus this house is attached to those who we are extremely intimate with. Which is what Sex is truly isn't it?
The 8th house shows how you eliminate or NOT ... what you get rid of and how easy or difficult it is to rid yourself of things, people, and habits. This house often portends the death and ending of things which if you look at this as a natural cycle you will be fine with.
IF not... then you fight this house and it can give you lots of trouble because we have to allow the cycle of life and death to flow don't we?
Retrogrades are important points in these Houses, as well as planets. But all the houses or 12 areas of life are extremely important. When I look at a chart I see empty houses and say.
AHHH that person came into this incarnation knowing a bit about that area. Then when I see major transits (planets visiting that house) I say. AHHH the universe is giving them an UPGRADE into some new and exciting ways of doing that house.
To me Karma is not a form of punishment. It is not rewards. As beings of free will, the choice of working through Karma is decided by each and every living soul reentering planet earth not dished out to us by some divine being on high deciding we need a lesson. But a lesson we choose to GET better with during this incarnation.... A Birth Chart to me is much like a script that is self written prior to the soul's incarnation into the next life.
This soul picks energies and a time and events upon this planet which they believe they can give help to, and receive lessons from. So, all of your life is a contract. AND sometimes the contracts have to end and this often shows up in the 8th or 12th houses. And sometimes great rewards and gifts are given when planets enter these houses.
I am so grateful this lifetime that I DID NOT GET EVERYTHING I deserved...But got so much more that I felt I did not deserve ....and in the negative end of that learned huge lessons and on the positive end of this am to this moment truly Humbled by the generosity of spirit and others.
SO??? where is 10 degrees of Leo hitting for the 8/1 eclipse in your chart? where is 23 Aquarius and 23 Leo in your chart? IF it is the 8th or 12th house expect a gift from the universe...