This is another term for 'debilitated', hindered, or damaged. A planet may be impedited if it has been afflicted by another or is in a general state of weakness due to its position or lack of dignity.
Imum caelum (IC)
The Latin term for ‘lowest heaven’; hence the
abbreviation: IC. This is the degree of the ecliptic (zodiac) that reaches its lowest
declination beneath the earth (due north in the northern hemisphere; due south
in the southern hemisphere). In quadrant systems of house division it denotes the
4th house cusp. Not to be confused with the nadir.
Traditional term for the quincunx aspect (planets that
are 150° apart). It conveys a sense of
being disconnected – anciently planets separated by this degree were said to be
unable to make a relationship because signs cannot behold (aspect) others that
are five signs ahead or behind them.
The ‘superiors’ are the planets which were
traditionally conceived to be placed above the sphere of the Sun: Mars, Jupiter
and Saturn; the ‘inferiors’ those which fall beneath its sphere: Moon, Mercury
and Venus. Modern definitions say inferiors are those whose orbits fall within
that of the Earth, superiors those outside of it, which amounts to the same
result but misses the point about the Sun being a central factor. The outer
planets are included in modern definitions but fall outside the traditional
notion of ‘superiority’ because of their limited signification. It is a
principle of traditional astrology that the heavier, superior planets are less
subject to the detrimental influences of the lighter, inferior planets, but the
inferior planets are readily susceptible to the influences of the superiors.
The full enclosure of a sign within a
house that has two other signs on cusps – for example, if the 2nd house cusp is at 23°
Aquarius, and the 3rd house cusp at 6° Aries, Pisces is intercepted
within the 2nd house and any planets in Pisces may be described as
being within an intercepted sign. Modern authors have suggested that planets in
intercepted signs are weakened or in some way confined, though this view does
not appear to be supported in traditional texts.