Interception, Landlocked Countries, and Björk


Intercepted signs are like landlocked countries

A landlocked country is a country entirely enclosed by land, or whose only coastlines lie on closed seas.

Historically, being landlocked was regarded as a disadvantageous position. It cuts the country off from sea resources such as fishing, but more importantly cuts off access to seaborne trade which, even today, makes up a large percentage of international trade. Coastal regions tended to be wealthier and more heavily populated than inland ones.

~ Wikipedia

Intercepted planets are your personal resources

Intercepted planets are your personal diamond mines, rainforests and ore deposits that need to be discovered, and then integrated with, the rest of your chart.

These “countries” and resources can remain inaccessible for years. Intercepted signs and planets are isolated from the rest of the chart. They have fewer opportunities to branch out and thrive than planets and signs that are not intercepted. Intercepted signs and planets rely on the planet that rules the sign on the cusp of the house they are intercepted in to gain access to the rest of the chart. Because intercepted planets and signs are somewhat dependent on the sign and planet that rule the cusp, they may be underdeveloped or weak. It often takes a major transit from an outer planet (or Saturn) to access the energy of the intercepted sign and planet. Once they are accessed, they become wellsprings of power and energy- like having relied on foreign oil for 20 years only to discover you had an oil well in your own back yard all along.

Björk’s natal chart

bjorks natal chart with interception

Björk’s natal chart with interception


In Björk’s case, because Capricorn is “landlocked,” her Capricorn planets answer to Jupiter- the ruler of her Sagittarius 2nd house cusp. Sagittarius on the 2nd house cusp acts like a port of access for her Capricorn planets to interact with the rest of her chart. If you think about what it would be like to always have to go through an intermediary, ask for permission, or be stuck in one place, then you can begin to see how intercepted planets and signs behave. Intercepted planets and signs have a feeling of being held back and not getting full expression- like landlocked countries they are in a “disadvantageous position.” They have their own resources but have no way to ship those resources to the rest of the birth chart.

Björk’s intercepted Venus

It’s unlikely that anyone would say Björk is inhibited in her artistic expression, yet Venus is intercepted in her 2nd house. Artistic expression is something that Björk values and something that gives her self-worth. It may be that, up until her 2nd house Venus was transited by Uranus and Neptune in the early ’90s, the artistic process was a deeply personal and insular experience for Björk. Although she released her first album in 1977 at age twelve, and she was a member of the band the Sugarcubes from 1986-1992, it wasn’t until the release of her solo album Debut, in July 1993, that she came into her own as an individual artist and tapped into her personal artistic resources.

Watching Björk’s early Sugarcubes performance followed by her Human Behavior video you can clearly see Björk’s breakthrough in artistic self-expression (unfortunately both videos that were in this post were removed by the users on Youtube so you’ll have to search if you want to see them for yourself).

Duplicate signs

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Björk’s transits July 1993

Having intercepted signs means that you also have duplicate cusps. In Björk’s chart you can see that her 12th house and 1st house are both in Scorpio: her 12th house and 1st house cusps are both covered by the sign Scorpio. On the opposite side of her chart you can see that her 6th and 7th house cusps are both covered by Taurus: her 6th and 7th house are both in Taurus. Houses covered by the same sign have similar interests and work together for mutual benefit.

Putting it together

bjork swan dressIf you have two houses that are ruled by the same sign then you express yourself in a similar way in both of those areas of life. Björk’s approach to the mysterious and the spiritual is similar to her approach to her immediate environment and the way she presents herself. Occasionally, her need to explore the unknown mingles with the image she presents and causes her self-undoing- as in the infamous swan outfit (which I like :)).

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  • Wikyhawk

    my date of birth is 23 December 1985 . how to calculate my landlock? can anybody make this for me please :)  

    • Michelle

      Hi Wikyhawk,

      Soon I’ll be making a video on how to read your houses, including interceptions.

  • Michelle

    So, Pluto in Scorpio did have a big effect on you. I thought it might have, but then I wondered if you were too young to notice it.

  • Anonymous

    I had some pretty radical Scorpionic realizations when Pluto was transiting Scorpio through 1995. There were definitely issues of security I had to deal with, my father almost died during that time, and I even almost died as well. I may not have understood what was going on at that time, I was definitely aware and extremely sensitive to it.

  • Michelle

    You haven’t had any major transits to your intercepted houses yet. When Uranus enters Taurus, in what, about 8 years, you may have some sudden insights into your Taurean side.

  • Anonymous

    Oh! I think I might want to hone my psychic skills as well. Fascinating.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Michelle,

    Bjork is such an interesting person! I like the analogy of landlocked countries. I have Scorpio/Taurus intercepted in 4th/10th. I have unaspected Mercury intercepted in 10th. Like gracehoper, I’ve never really been able to determine how “intercepted” it is. I do feel like it’s kind of done it’s own thing. Communicating and intelligence are definitely strong points in my psyche. So I think transits, it’s location in my chart, and it’s disposition of my Sun, Mars, and NN play a big part in it’s effectiveness. However, the parts of the articles referring simply to the signs being intercepted seem to be more pertinent. I noticed I commented on that Holistic Astrologer article when it first came out so I’ll just paste what I typed there:

    “My intercepted signs are Scorpio in the 4th house and Taurus in the 10th house. So my 10th house gatekeeper is Aries and 4th house gatekeeper is Libra. I’m not really sure how to interpret. I would say that I identified with those cardinal signs very early on in those houses (maybe because my MC/IC axis is heavily aspected). I was (and can still be) extremely impulsive and impatient when it came to getting what I wanted in life or reaching goals (Aries MC). I had no staying power (Taurus intercepted) if I was not absolutely passionate about it. And Libra on the IC led me to be so diplomatic and equivocal growing up, it was very hard for me to settle to even choose my goals. It was also difficult develop much depth with my family (Scorpio intercepted). I always felt disconnected in a way…at least until I got toward my teenage years. I’ve definitely balanced those out and accessed my intercepted signs.”

    Venus and Pluto are very important planets in my chart and exactly square, which is probably why the interceptions were very present in my life.

  • Michelle

    I think you’ll experience the difference between intercepted Uranus and activated Uranus when you have your Uranus opposition. You might feel like you are suddenly wide awake.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never had a very good handle on my intercepted planets, which I suppose is one of the definitions of having intercepted planets. Pluto and Uranus in Libra in the 4th. But Pluto is at 1Libra conjunct the IC at 26ish Virgo. So I’ve often felt that in a way it’s not as intercepted as it looks, having that conjunction to one of the major angles. And Uranus, being so tightly connected to other planets in my chart (exact aspects to Saturn and Sun and for people unlike me who use it, Chiron) – I think I’ve “felt” Uranian all my life; I’m certainly not your regular possessive, earthbound Taurus. But Uranus is quincunx my Sun, so the issues I’ve felt in my life of always being “the loner” or the “weirdo” are hardly distinguishable from what I might experience with interception, I think. I dunno.

    Luckily, I’ll have the excellent chance to watch what happens when Saturn finally gets the heck off of my intercepted Pluto, where it’s been going back and forth for over a year, and finally moves on to conjunct my Uranus and trine natal Saturn in a couple of years– perfect chance to see how that intercepted Uranus responds!

  • Anonymous

    so its neutral… anyway, yep! my 7th house cusp is pretty intense. h aha not sure what tha tmeans but what i noticed is that i have this inner longing and desire to be in a partnership or marriage.

  • Michelle

    It’s not good or bad to have interception, or not.

    You have a very intense 7th house cusp.

  • Anonymous

    lol! cool! is that true?! ha ha maybe thats why i am so unplugged! ha ha judging from ur description, then it is a good thing i dont have interception, right?or its a bad thing because i dont have undiscovered resources? which is which? so it also means i dont have duplicated signs. i thought that i might have this intercepted thing somewhere in my lovelife because i am having a hard time partnering.

  • Michelle

    The reason you are having trouble finding your interception is that you don’t have any interception 😉

  • Anonymous
  • Michelle

    If you add a link to your chart I can take a look.

  • Anonymous

    haist! i am still having a hard time determining which is intercepted and duplicated in my chart. =( it is terribly confusing.

  • Michelle

    I was feeling in a Bjork kinda mood today too 😀 She’s great.

    Thank you for the video :)

  • Michelle

    Wow! I love that you awakened to your own spiritual authority with Pluto’s transit, and that you drew strength from accepting your psychic abilities. What a great unfolding of so much potential.

    instead of being clear with my boundaries and expectations.
    I think that’s a really good way to look at it. Capricorn anything shouldn’t be settling. The Kevin Burk link at the bottom mentions the boundary issue in relation to interception.

    They do answer to 2 authorities. The ruler of the intercepted sign is the co-ruler of the house. They both rule the house but the co-ruler has less authority.

  • firetiger

    i dont have any intercepted houses and i use whole signs anyway buuuuttttt~ i’ve been on a huge bjork kick lately…. kinda funny to see this on ur blog 😀 have fun today!

  • Anonymous

    I love Bjork, now you’ve inspired me to play some of her tracks…especially “All Is Full Of Love”

    I have Capricorn-Cancer landlocked in the 1st and 7th houses with Neptune in the 1st in Capricorn. I believe what you say about how a major transit wakes up the energy there. Pluto is currently rolling back and forth over my Neptune after decimating my Sun & Asc about 3 years ago. In any event I think I’ve always tried to hide my psychic abilities, but when Pluto arrived I actually took up psychic intuitive meditation classes and honed my skills! Lol, leave it to Capricorn to do things in a practical step by step way! Now I feel like I’m less afraid of my own authority, and my ability to set up goals and actually get things done, follow through on things and be dedicated to seeing something finished to its completion. (Trust this is no easy feat for a super Sag with a Pisces moon!)

    My Cancer 7th house I’m a little less in touch with. I think Pluto is pushing me to upfront with my desires surrounding relationships, I like to nurture as well as be nurtured, but I think I easily settle for whatever comes my way, instead of being clear with my boundaries and expectations. I don’t know if that makes sense…any thoughts?

    By the way, do these houses answer to 2 authorities. (Ie: My 1st house Jupiter & Saturn and the 7th to Mercury & Moon)

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