zodiacal sign (Tropical or Sidereal) whose 30°-extent along the Ecliptic is wholly contained within the House Circles which define a house (in a specific House System). In other words, the same sign appears on the cusps of two adjacent houses; the opposite sign appears on the opposite cusps; and three houses from each a sign and its opposite are "skipped." Signs of short ascension are more most often intercepted (Capricorn through Gemini in the northern hemisphere, their opposite signs in the southern hemisphere). A planet that lies in an intercepted sign. In horary astrology, an intercepted planet is said to be less free to act.