1927: Mae West Sentenced to Jail

Mae West white cartoon sketch on pink stucco background.Astrology and Defiance

Thirty-four year-old actress Mae West is sentenced to ten days jail on obscenity charges. Her play, Sex, which she wrote and starred in, has scandalized New York, particularly due to her dancing the “shimmy” during her performance, a jazz dance belonging to black culture.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct West’s natal Sun in Leo, reflecting her central role in testing the boundaries of taboo in the Jazz Age. Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Venus post-retrograde in Cancer, signifying the attempted repression of an artist. The transiting North Node and Mars are conjunct the natal Moon in Cancer, square transiting Uranus and Mercury in Aries, indicating a defiant champion of resistance to class conflict and exploitation.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Mae West astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1927 obscenity conviction
Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, bottom center) conjunct natal Sun in Leo (inner wheel, bottom center). Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Venus post-retrograde in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Uranus and Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, upper right), square transiting North Node and Mars (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Moon in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left).

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1971: Marc Bolan Records Get It On (Bang A Gong)

Marc Bolan white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Glitter

Twenty-three year-old singer/guitarist Marc Bolan of T. Rex records Get It On (Bang A Gong), a song that will define the nascent “glam rock” phenomenon. Bolan recently shortened the band’s name from Tyrannosaurus Rex, changed its flighty acoustic sound to hard rock, and started wearing makeup, feather boas and glitter. Their first a hit single, Ride a White Swan, reached no. 2 on the British pop charts three months ago.

Transiting Neptune and Jupiter retrograde are conjunct Bolan’s natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, reflecting a shift in presentation and aesthetic. The transiting Sun and Mercury retrograde in Aries are opposite natal Mercury in Libra, square natal Mars in Cancer, indicating a new harder edge.

Neptune-Jupiter conjunct Ascendant

Marc Bolan astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of Get It On (Bang a Gong)
Transiting Neptune and Jupiter (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Sun and Mercury retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, lower right) opposite natal Mercury in Libra (inner wheel, upper left), square natal Mars in Cancer (inner wheel, upper right).

1961: Burt Lancaster Wins Best Actor Academy Award

Burt Lancaster white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Self-Determination

Forty-seven year-old actor Burt Lancaster wins the Best Actor Oscar for his title role as the paradoxical con man preacher in Elmer Gantry.  Lancaster also co-produced the movie with director Richard Brooks, as an independent company. Of the part, he says, his performance “wasn’t really acting…I was, in essence, playing myself.”

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Lancaster’s natal Sun in Scorpio, while transiting Saturn in Capricorn is square the transiting Sun in Aries, and natal Neptune in Cancer, signifying blurred lines between an actor’s on-and-off screen personality. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Mars in Cancer, reflecting the Academy’s current preference for the strong male type.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Burt Lancaster astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for his Oscar victory
Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Sun in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn in Capricorn (outer wheel, bottom center) square transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, right center) and natal Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Mars (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Mars in Cancer (inner wheel, top center)

1993: David Lee Roth Arrested in Pot Bust

David Lee Roth white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and Ambushes

Thirty-eight year-old former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth is arrested alongside twenty-four other people, for purchasing a small quantity of marijuana from a dealer in Washington Square Park. The bust is part of a routine police narcotics sweep. He is given a summons ordering him to appear in court, where he will pay a fine.

The transiting Sun in Aries is opposite Roth’s natal Neptune in Libra, indicating vulnerability to ambush. This opposition is square transiting Mars and natal Uranus and Jupiter in Cancer, and transiting Neptune and Uranus and natal Mars in Capricorn, forming a grand cardinal cross, signifying a show of defiance.

Sun opposite Neptune

David Lee Roth astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for drug bust.
Transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) opposite natal Neptune in Libra (inner wheel, lower left). Both are square transiting Mars (outer wheel, upper left) and natal Uranus and Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left), and transiting Neptune and Uranus (outer wheel, lower right) and natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, lower right).

1950: Hank Williams Accidentally Sets Hotel Room on Fire

Hank Williams white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Fire

Twenty-six year-old singer/songwriter Hank Williams accidentally set his Nashville hotel room on fire. He checked in after a fight with his wife, Audrey, and fell asleep with a lit cigarette in his hand. Also, today his song, My Son Calls Another Man Daddy, reaches the Billboard charts, where it will peak at no. 9.

Transiting Mars retrograde is conjunct Williams’ natal Sun and Venus in Virgo, signifying the growing fracture in his marriage and family life. Transiting Saturn retrograde is headed to conjunct natal Mars in Virgo, opposite transiting Venus and natal Uranus in Pisces, indicating potential for accidents and destruction.

Mars retrograde conjunct Sun and Venus

Hank Williams astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for hotel fire
Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun and Venus in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn retrograde (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mars in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left), opposite transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper right) and natal Uranus in Pisces (inner wheel, upper right).

1980: Meryl Streep Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Meryl Streep white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Distinction

Thirty year-old actress Meryl Streep wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer. Filmed six months following the death of her partner, John Cazale, of cancer two years ago, she threw herself into work as a diversion from her grief.

Transiting Venus is conjunct Streep’s natal Mars and Mercury in Gemini, reflecting acknowledgment for a job well done. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Saturn in Virgo, signifying a healing experience. Transiting Mercury in Aries is square the natal Sun and Uranus in Cancer, indicating a ritual ceremony that distinguishes her in the eyes of the world.

Jupiter conjunct Saturn

Meryl Streep astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her first Oscar victory.
Transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Saturn in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) square natal Sun and Uranus in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left).

1964: Sidney Poitier Wins Best Actor Oscar

Sidney Poitier white cartoon sketch set on a green stucco backgroundAstrology and Progress

Thirty-seven year-old actor Sidney Poitier wins the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Lilies of the Field. He is the second African American, and the first black man, to win an Oscar. A congratulatory kiss on the cheek from presenter Anne Bancroft results in a minor scandal.

Transiting Uranus in Virgo is opposite Poitier’s natal Jupiter in Pisces, square transiting Venus in Gemini, and natal Saturn in Sagittarius, signifying advancement toward inclusion, and a countering of deep-rooted biases. Saturn is conjunct the natal Sun in Pisces, indicating an individual measuring up to the highest level of scrutiny.

Saturn conjunct Sun

Sidney Poitier astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his Oscar win.
Transiting Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, upper left) opposite natal Jupiter in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Venus in Gemini (outer wheel, upper right) and natal Saturn in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Sun in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right).

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1954: Bill Haley Records Rock Around The Clock

Bill Haley white cartoon sketch on grey stucco background.Astrology and Pioneers

Twenty-eight year-old singer Bill Haley records a new song, Rock Around The Clock, with his band, The Comets. Upon release, the record spends just one week on the Billboard pop chart at number 23. However, next year, when it is featured in the teen movie, Blackboard Jungle, it will spend eight weeks in the number one spot, heralding a new era in popular music.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Haley’s natal Saturn in Scorpio, square natal Mars in Leo, signifying self-definition through a break with the past. Transiting Uranus in Cancer is conjunct natal Jupiter and Moon in Capricorn, indicating an adult’s adoption of a buoyant teenage spirit.

Saturn return

Bill Haley astrology bi-wheel chart for Rock Around The Clock recording session
Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Saturn in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center), square natal Mars in Leo (inner wheel, top left). Transiting Uranus in Cancer (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Jupiter and Moon in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom left)

1983: Jessica Lange Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Jessica Lange white cartoon sketch on orange stucco background.Astrology and Winning

Thirty-three year-old actress Jessica Lange wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Tootsie, but loses the Best Actress award for her role in Frances. She is the first performer in forty years to receive two nominations in the same year.

The transiting Sun is conjunct Lange’s natal Mars in Aries, indicating a winning edge. Transiting Mercury is conjunct natal Mercury in Taurus, square the natal Moon in Aquarius, reflecting a split in fortunes. Transiting Saturn in Scorpio is opposite transiting Mars, and the natal Sun and Venus in Taurus, square natal Jupiter in Aquarius, signifying a consolation prize.

Sun conjunct Mars

Jessica Lange astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1983 Oscar victory.
Transiting Sun (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars in Aries (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Mercury (outer wheel, top left) conjunct natal Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, top left), square natal Moon in Aquarius (inner wheel, right upper center). Transiting Saturn in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom center) opposite transiting Mars (outer wheel, top center) and natal Sun and Venus in Taurus (inner wheel, top center), square natal Jupiter in Aquarius (inner wheel, right lower center)

1934: Aleister Crowley Files Libel Suit

Aleister Crowley white cartoon sketch set on a blue stucco background.Astrology and Reputation

Fifty-eight year-old occultist author Aleister Crowley files a libel suit against Nina Hamnett, a former friend, whose memoir, The Laughing Torso, refers to his belief in “black magic”. Crowley is less concerned about his infamous reputation than he is the possibility of receiving money. However, it is Crowley who will be put on trial, his ritual practices described in full detail and then condemned by the court.

Transiting Jupiter retrograde is conjunct Crowley’s natal Sun in Libra, opposite transiting Sun and Mars in Aries, indicating his opponent holds the advantage in their contest. Transiting Pluto in Cancer is opposite natal Mars in Capricorn, square natal Venus in Libra, signifying personal exposure and defamation.

Jupiter conjunct Sun

Aleister Crowley astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for court case.
Transiting Jupiter retrograde (outer wheel, bottom center) conjunct natal Sun in Libra (inner wheel, bottom center), opposite transiting Sun and Mars in Aries (outer wheel, top center). Transiting Pluto in Cancer (outer wheel, middle left) opposite natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle right), square natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, bottom center)

1984: Shirley MacLaine Wins Best Actress Oscar

Shirley MacLaine white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Grudge Matches

Forty-nine year-old actress Shirley MacLaine wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Terms of Endearment. It is her fifth Best Actress nomination, and she was also once nominated as a documentary producer. She beats co-star and co-nominee Debra Winger for the big prize, declaring “I deserve this” during her acceptance speech.

Transiting Pluto in Scorpio is opposite MacLaine’s natal Mars and Sun in Taurus, indicating disruptive tension with a rival, contests over high emotional and social stakes. Transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio is square natal Saturn in Aquarius, signifying seizing the upper hand in a battle of wills.

Pluto opposite Mars-Sun

Shirley MacLaine astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1984 Oscar win.
Transiting Pluto in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars and Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left) square natal Saturn in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right).

1975: Robert De Niro Wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Robert De Niro white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and Absence

Thirty-one year-old actor Robert De Niro wins the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role as young Vito Corleone in The Godfather II. He was nominated alongside two co-stars from the same movie, Michael V. Gazzo and Lee Strasberg. Busy filming Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900 in Italy, he does not attend the Oscars ceremony, and director Francis Ford Coppola accepts the award on his behalf.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct De Niro’s natal Ascendant in Cancer, indicating his visible absence from a situation where he is the center of attention. Transiting Mars in Aquarius is opposite the natal Sun in Leo, square transiting Venus and natal Mars in Taurus, signifying advancement against rivals.

Saturn conjunct Ascendant

Robert De Niro astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1975 Oscar victory
Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Cancer (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Mars in Aquarius (outer wheel, upper right) opposite natal Sun in Leo (inner wheel, lower left), square transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper left) and natal Mars in Taurus (inner wheel, upper left).

1999: Jessica Alba Announced to Star in Dark Angel

Jessica Alba white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Body Image

Seventeen year-old actress Jessica Alba is announced to star in Dark Angel, a new sci-fi Fox-TV series produced by Titanic director James Cameron. She begins intensive martial arts training to adopt for her character, a genetically engineered human weapon. Gradually, her focus on maintaining a physical standard will instigate anorexia.

Transiting Venus is conjunct Alba’s natal Midheaven in Taurus, indicating the chosen candidate for a coveted position. Transiting Saturn is crossing over natal Mars, Sun, and Mercury conjunction in Taurus, square transiting Neptune in Aquarius, and opposite transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio, signifying a sacrifice of sustenance, and the challenge of a rigorous physical regime.

Saturn conjunct Mars-Sun-Mercury

Jessica Alba astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Dark Angel hiring
Transiting Venus (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Midheaven in Taurus (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars, Sun, and Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, top right), opposite transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom left), square transiting Neptune in Aquarius (outer wheel, bottom right).