1994: Bobcat Goldthwait Sets Fire on Tonight Show

Bobcat Goldthwait white cartoon sketch set on orange stucco background.Astrology and Arson

Thirty-one year-old comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to his chair during a taping of The Tonight Show. Although host Jay Leno is furious with him for the stunt, he is not banned from appearing on the show, and is soon inviting back as a guest. However, he is tried and convicted for premeditated arson, for which he has to record PSAs for the fire marshal.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Goldthwait’s natal Jupiter in Pisces, indicating strict repercussions for an error in judgment. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Neptune in Scorpio, square natal Saturn with the South Node in Aquarius, signifying a stunt falling amiss of an artist’s exaggerated reach.

Saturn conjunct Jupiter

Bobcat Goldthwait astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for his setting a couch fire on The Tonight Show

1969: Jack Nicholson Attends Easy Rider Cannes Premiere

Jack Nicholson white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Stardom

Thirty-two year-old actor/screenplay writer Jack Nicholson attends the premiere of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was shot fourteen months earlier, with Nicholson assuming the role of George Hanson at the last minute, after actor Rip Torn left the set following a scuffle with director/co-star Dennis Hopper. At the premiere, when Nicholson’s face comes on screen, the audience instantly recognizes that he has just become a star.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Nicholson’s natal Sun in Taurus, signifying his character Hanson’s murder in the movie, a sacrifice made on the road to its Mardi Gras climax. Transiting Mars is retrograde in Sagittarius, resonating with natal Mars retrograde in Sagittarius, reflecting the emergence of a new Hollywood iconoclast.

Mars retrograde in Sagittarius

Jack Nicholson astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the premiere of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969.
Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, top). Transiting Mars retrograde in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower right), resonating with natal Mars retrograde in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower right).

1866: Otto Von Bismarck Survives Assassination Attempt

Otto Von Bismarck white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Survival

Fifty-five year-old Prussian Prime Minister Otto Von Bismarck is shot from behind on a street in Berlin, by a 22 year-old gunman named Ferdinand Cohen-Blind. Slightly wounded, he manages to wrestle the gun out of his assailant’s hands. Cohen-Blind will slash his own throat in prison tonight. Bismarck’s plan to provoke Austria into declaring war against Prussia is five weeks from fruition.

Transiting South Node and Neptune are conjunct Bismarck’s natal Sun in Aries, square the natal South Node and Moon conjunction in Capricorn, reflecting weak and ineffectual enemies. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Mars in Aquarius, signifying determination to increase one’s sphere of influence.

South Node-Neptune conjunct Sun

Otto Von Bismarck astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the 1966 attempt on his life.

1965: James Brown Records I Got You (I Feel Good)

James Brown white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Breakthrough

Thirty-two year-old singer James Brown records a new song, I Got You (I Feel Good), in Miami. He is re-recording the single, because the existing version was withdrawn due to a legal dispute with King Records. It will become his highest charting hit, reaching number three on the Billboard 100. His previous single, Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, is presently number one on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart.

The transiting Sun and Venus are conjunct in Taurus, resonating with Brown’s natal SunVenus conjunction in Taurus, while transiting Mars is post-retrograde in Virgo, resonating with natal Mars post-retrograde in Virgo, reflecting an energetic performance by an extraordinary entertainer. Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Jupiter in Virgo, signifying a rise in fortune.

Mars post-retrograde in Virgo

James Brown astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of I Got You (I Feel Good)
Transiting Sun and Venus (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Sun and Venus (inner wheel, lower left) conjunct in Taurus. Transiting Mars post-retrograde (outer wheel, lower right) and natal Mars post-retrograde in Virgo (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Jupiter in Virgo (inner wheel, lower right)

1985: Ronald Reagan Visits Bitburg Cemetery

Ronald Reagan white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Honor

Seventy-two year-old US President Ronald Reagan honors the dead at Bitburg Cemetery during a state visit to Germany. Intended as a healing gesture on the 40th anniversary of German surrender in World War II, the visit is controversial for the fact that 49 former SS officers are among the buried. The president acknowledges the event has “opened old wounds”.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Reagan’s natal Sun in Aquarius, indicating a spirit of inclusivity and optimism. Transiting Jupiter in Aquarius is also square the transiting Sun in Taurus, resonating with the natal SunJupiter square in ScorpioAquarius, signifying unintentional conflict over rigid ideological certainty.

Jupiter conjunct Sun

Ronald Reagan astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1985 visit to Bitburg Cemetery
Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Jupiter in Aquarius square transiting Sun in Taurus (outer wheel, lower right), resonating with natal Jupiter in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper left) square the natal Sun in Aquarius.

1988: Joe Biden Undergoes 2nd Aneurysm Surgery

Joe Biden white cartoon sketch set on red stucco background.Astrology and Aneurysms

Forty-five year-old US Democratic Senator Joe Biden undergoes his second brain surgery in less than four months. The first surgery was to correct a larger aneurysm on the left side of his cranium, while this one is done to correct a smaller one on his right side. The Senator withdrew from the presidential race last September, after it was revealed that he had plagiarized a journal article during his first year in law school.

Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio, opposite transiting Jupiter and the Sun in Taurus, indicating the purging or correction of a corrupted system. Transiting Mercury in Taurus is opposite the natal Sun and Venus in Scorpio, signifying a life-saving rescue by a specially skilled individual.

Pluto conjunct Mars

Joe Biden astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his second aneurysm surgery in 1988.
Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper left), opposite transiting Jupiter and the Sun in Taurus (outer wheel, lower right). Transiting Mercury in Taurus (outer wheel, right center) opposite natal Sun and Venus in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center)

1962: Jayne Mansfield Files to Divorce Mickey Hargitay

Jayne Mansfield white cartoon sketch set on purple stucco background.Astrology and Acrimony

Twenty-nine year-old actress and sex symbol Jayne Mansfield files to divorce her unsuspecting second husband, Hungarian bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, who thinks she is out running errands. Hargitay only learns of the suit when newsmen phone to interview him. Mansfield will soon begin an affair with Italian film producer Enrico Bomba.

Transiting Saturn and the South Node are conjunct Mansfield’s natal Saturn in Aquarius, indicating the outgrowing of past attachments. Transiting Uranus is stationing direct in Leo, opposite the natal Moon in Aquarius, signifying unpredictable emotional swings. Transiting Pluto is conjunct the natal South Node and Neptune in Virgo, opposite transiting Jupiter in Pisces, reflecting a yearning to explore the unknown.

Saturn Return

Jayne Mansfield astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her divorce to Mickey Hargitay.
Transiting Saturn and South Node (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Saturn in Aquarius (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Uranus station direct in Leo (outer wheel, bottom left) opposite natal Moon in Aquarius (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, bottom left) conjunct natal South Node and Neptune in Virgo (inner wheel, bottom left) opposite transiting Jupiter in Pisces (outer wheel, top right).

1967: Huey Newton Orchestrates Black Panthers State Capitol March

Huey P. Newton white sketch cartoon on green stucco background.Astrology and Militance

Twenty-five year-old activist and recent founder of the nascent Black Panther Party, Huey Newton, organizes a march of thirty armed Black Panthers, led by co-founder Bobby Seale, to the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The BPP is protesting a new bill that would rescind a law allowing loaded firearms to be carried in public, and their dramatic entrance into the Legislature is also an introduction to public exposure.

Transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo are opposite Newton’s natal Moon in Pisces, square transiting Venus in Gemini, signifying a new revolutionary voice introduced to a mounting volatility in US racial tensions. Transiting Neptune in Scorpio is opposite natal Saturn in Taurus, indicating the powerful but fragile movement’s targeting for infiltration and destruction by government authority.

Pluto-Uranus opposite Moon

Huey P. Newton astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the Black Panthers armed visit to the California State Legislature in 1967.
Transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, upper left) opposite natal Moon in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Venus in Gemini (outer wheel, upper right). Transiting Neptune in Scorpio (outer wheel, middle left) opposite natal Saturn in Taurus (inner wheel, middle right).

1903: King Edward VII Arrives in Paris

King Edward VII white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Diplomacy

Sixty-one year-old King Edward VII of Great Britain arrives in Paris for a state visit. The British Empire is unpopular due to atrocities committed during the Boer War in South Africa, and the King is poorly received by the French public. However, he wins their hearts overnight, when he is heard speaking fluent French to a renowned actress. A treaty of alliance is soon signed between the two nations.

Transiting Mars retrograde is stationing direct conjunct Edward’s natal Moon in Virgo, reflecting a shift in reception, from hostile to friendly. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, signifying a swift image makeover. Transiting Neptune in Cancer is opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn, introducing a warm, familiar charm to stiff diplomacy.

Mars retrograde conjunct Moon

King Edward VII astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1903 visit to Paris.
Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, center left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, center left). Transiting Neptune in Cancer (outer wheel, middle right) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle left).

1994: Jim Carrey Begins Filming Dumb and Dumber

Astrology and Rising StarsJim Carrey white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.

Thirty-two year-old comedic actor Jim Carrey begins filming his role as Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber. To play the role, he had a cap removed from his front tooth, which had been accidentally chipped when he was a child. His first hit movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a recent surprise success, and his next, The Mask, will soon be released.

Transiting Uranus is stationing retrograde conjunct Carrey’s natal Sun in Capricorn, indicating rapidly rising star status, following years of struggling in obscurity. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Venus in Capricorn, indicating the revealing of a well-concealed physical disfigurement.

Uranus conjunct Sun

Jim Carrey astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the filming of Dumb and Dumber
Transiting Uranus station retrograde (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Sun in Capricorn (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Venus in Capricorn (inner wheel, lower left).

2004: George W. Bush Testifies Privately Before 9/11 Commission

George W. Bush white cartoon sketch on brown stucco background.Astrology and Power

Fifty-seven year-old US President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney testify privately, and not under oath, before the 9/11 Commission. After the nearly four-hour meeting is over, the President explains to the press that he and Cheney testified together so that the commission could “see our body language…how we work together.”

Transiting Venus pre-retrograde is conjunct Bush’s natal Uranus and North Node in Gemini, opposite transiting Pluto in Sagittarius, signifying a symbiotic power dynamic with a close associate in presenting a united front. Transiting Jupiter is stationing direct conjunct natal Mars in Virgo, reflecting the strutting assertion of untouchable confidence.

Venus conjunct Uranus-North Node

George W. Bush astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his testimony before the 9/11 Commission.
Transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Uranus and North Node in Gemini (inner wheel, upper left), opposite transiting Pluto in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower right). Transiting Jupiter station direct (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mars in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left).

1910: Louis Paulhan Wins 1st Long-Distance Flight Race

Louis Paulhan white cartoon stamp on blue stucco background.Astrology and Distance

Twenty-six year-old French pilot Louis Paulhan, holding flight license number ten, wins the first long-distance aviation race. He lands in Manchester less than twelve hours after leaving London, with an overnight stop in Lichfield, earning a £10,000 prize from the Daily Mail. To ensure victory, the last stretch was flown in the dark, marking the first night-time take-off in flight history.

Transiting Uranus in Capricorn is opposite Paulhan’s natal Sun in Cancer, square transiting Saturn in Aries, reflecting high stakes competition that inspires an unprecedented achievement in the world of aviation. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer, signifying successful navigation in the dark.

Uranus opposite Sun

Transiting Uranus in Capricorn (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom left), square transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, top left). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left).
Transiting Uranus in Capricorn (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom left), square transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, top left). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left).

1991: Jeff Buckley Performs at Father’s Tribute Show

Jeff Buckley white cartoon sketch on red glitter backgroundAstrology and Legacy

Twenty-four year-old singer Jeff Buckley sings a few songs at a tribute concert to his estranged father, singer/songwriter Tim Buckley, who died of a drug overdose when Jeff was seven. He opens with I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain, a song his dad wrote to his mother when Jeff was an infant, about leaving them to pursue a music career.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Jupiter in Leo, opposite transiting Saturn and natal Moon in Aquarius, square the transiting Sun in Taurus, reflecting a conjuring of childhood trauma over the breakup between a carefree father and abandoned mother.

Saturn conjunct Moon

Jeff Buckley astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his father's tribute concert in 1991.
Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, left) conjunct natal Jupiter in Leo (inner wheel, left), opposite transiting Saturn (outer wheel, right) and natal Moon in Aquarius (inner wheel, right), square transiting Sun in Taurus (outer wheel, top)

1971: Hunter S. Thompson Drives to Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson white cartoon sketch on pink glitter background.Astrology and the American Dream

Thirty-three year-old journalist Hunter S. Thompson drives a rented white Cadillac convertible to Las Vegas from San Francisco, with his travel and drug binge companion, activist lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta. Arriving hungry later that day, the pair pulls up to a taco stand. After placing their order, Acosta asks the cashier for directions to the American Dream, and a journey begins.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn is opposite Thompson’s natal Sun and Pluto in Cancer, square transiting Mercury retrograde in Aries, representing an aggressive and demanding associate. Transiting Saturn in Taurus is opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Scorpio, indicating regret and longing for lost vitality and purpose.

Mars opposite Sun-Pluto

Hunter S. Thompson astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas journey.
Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Sun and Pluto in Cancer (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Mercury retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn in Taurus (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper right).

1980: Jimmy Carter Iran Hostage Rescue Failure

Jimmy Carter white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Failure

Fifty-five year-old US President Jimmy Carter announces the failure of a mission to rescue 53 embassy hostages in Iran, taking full personal responsibility. Eight men were killed, and others badly burned, when a series of military aircraft crashed on an airstrip south of Tehran. There is now little hope of the hostages being released anytime soon.

Transiting North Node and Mars is post-retrograde conjunct the natal North Node, Neptune and Venus in Leo, opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius, square transiting Uranus in Scorpio, signifying the impulse to take decisive action. Transiting Saturn is conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo, opposite natal Uranus in Pisces, square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius and Venus in Gemini, indicating scrutiny and criticism on grounds of accountability.

Mars opposite Mars

Jimmy Carter astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the failed hostage rescue mission.
Transiting North Node and Mars post-retrograde (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal North Node, Neptune, and Venus in Leo (inner wheel, upper left), opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Uranus in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo (inner wheel, upper left), opposite natal Uranus in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Venus in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right).