Fifty-nine year-old Soviet politician Nikita Khrushchev sees his boss and tormentor, Joseph Stalin, take his last breath, creating a power vacuum in the Soviet Union that has not existed since the death of Lenin in 1924. Although he is reportedly tenth in line to replace Stalin as First Secretary for the Soviet Union, by September he will outrank his rivals.
Transiting Mars in Aries is opposite natal Saturn in Libra, signifying the end of Stalin’s twenty-nine year reign. Transiting Venus is pre-retrograde conjunct Khrushchev’s natal Sun in Aries, opposite transiting Neptune and Saturn in Libra, reflecting the underdog image that will, ironically, help usher him to the seat of power.
Twenty-two year-old student Margaret Sinclair marries fifty-one year-old Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in a discreet private ceremony in Lynn Valley, B.C. The couple met on a beach in Tahiti four years earlier, when Trudeau was Minister of Justice, and Sinclair a teenager on vacation with her family. The relationship has been a closely kept secret until now, and all of Canada is surprised by the news.
Transiting Mars is conjunct Sinclair’s natal Moon in Sagittarius, indicating the shock of entering public life and the difficulty she will have adapting to it. Transiting Uranus is conjunct natal Mercury and Neptune in Libra, signifying her sudden emergence as Canada’s new First Lady, and the hip flower child innocence she brings to the role.
Thirty-three year-old struggling writer H.P. Lovecraft marries fellow writer Sonia Greene at Saint Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan. A virgin recluse who rarely ventures outside his native home of Providence, Rhode Island, his new wife has coaxed him to live with her in New York City. Although he is a vocal anti-semite, Greene is Jewish.
Transiting Pluto in Cancer is square Lovecraft’s natal Venus in Libra, indicating his seduction by a woman who lives outside of his comfort zone. Transiting Venus in Aries is opposite the natal Moon and Uranus in Libra, signifying the young sheltered man’s introduction to a big scary world by his older, more worldly wife.
Thirty-seven year-old singer/actor Frank Sinatra begins filming his role in the movie From Here To Eternity, thanks to strings pulled by his wife, Ava Gardner. With his faltering popularity, he was hired by producer Harry Cohn for a fraction of his usual salary, after Gardner convinced Cohn to give him audition.
Transiting Saturn is conjunct Sinatra’s natal Ascendant in Libra, opposite transiting Venus pre-retrograde in Aries, resonating with his natal Venus-Saturn opposition in Capricorn-Cancer, signifying his wife’s saving influence on his destiny. Uranus is conjunct natal Saturn in Cancer, opposite natal Venus in Capricorn, indicating his changing fortune.
Twenty-five year-old singer and bassist Gordon “Sting” Sumner plays his first gig with his new band, a trio called The Police, at a club in Newport, Wales. Consisting of drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Henry Padovani, the group is trying to break into the British punk scene. Following a forty minute set, he and Copeland also perform in headliner Cherry Vanilla’s backing band.
Transiting Venus is pre-retrograde conjunct Sting’s natal Midheaven in Aries, opposite natal Neptune and the Moon in Libra, signifying the ruse of older musicians to infiltrate an emerging youth movement. Transiting Saturn is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Leo, square transiting Uranus in Scorpio, indicating an urge for self-reinvention.
Fifty year-old U.S. President Bill Clinton has an illicit encounter with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who is wearing a blue dress that she apparently will not wash for some time. The president has had an on and off intimate relationship with her since November 15, 1995. Although he will end it three months from now, lingering evidence left today will come back to haunt him.
Transiting Mars is retrograde in Libra, conjunct Clinton’s natal Ascendant, Mars, and Neptune in Libra, signifying his unwitting offering of what will become the most notorious piece of DNA evidence in U.S. history. Transiting Saturn in Aries is opposite the natal Ascendant in Libra, indicating the relationship has come to its inevitable climax and will soon be over.
Fifty-one year-old U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Abraham Lincoln addresses a large audience at New York City’s Cooper Union, securing northeastern support for his party’s nomination in May. He will win November’s election, despite the fact that his name will be excluded from the ballot in nine southern states.
Transiting Saturn in Leo is opposite Lincoln’s natal Sun in Aquarius, signifying the divisive response to his candidacy, leading to the secession movement following his election. Transiting Uranus in Gemini is opposite natal Saturn and Neptune in Sagittarius, reflecting the obscure midwestern lawyer’s connection with the country’s mounting crisis, and his growing notoriety on the national stage.
Thirty-five year-old high school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, visibly pregnant, is arrested for having had sexual relations with her thirteen year-old student. A married mother of four, the crisis echoes a scandal fifteen years earlier involving her father, arch-conservative California state senator John Schmitz, who had secretly fathered two children with a former student of his.
Transiting Mercury and Venus in Aquarius, representing young love, are opposite Letourneau’s natal Uranus in Leo, signifying her arrest and the sensational news stories it inspires. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mars in Capricorn, reflecting the adult woman’s infatuation with her adolescent lover.
Twenty-three year-old American poet Sylvia Plath, attending Cambridge University on a Fulbright Fellowship, meets fellow poet Ted Hughes at a crowded and noisy literary party. Drunk, she bites him hard on the cheek after he brazenly kisses her on the lips. The pair will be married in four months.
Transiting Jupiter and Pluto in Leo, representing overwhelming power, are opposite Plath’s natal Ascendant in Aquarius, signifying the introduction of a inspiring, but potentially destructive influence into her life. Transiting Uranus in Cancer is opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn, indicating a foreigner’s struggle to adapt to a new home.
Forty-seven year-old pornography publisher Larry Flynt wins a Supreme Court case against TV Christian evangelist Jerry Falwell, in a decision that protects satire in the First Amendment. Falwell filed a lawsuit against Flynt in 1983, after Flynt’s magazine Hustler published a fake liquor advertisement that “quotes” Falwell admitting to having sex with his mother in an outhouse.
Transiting Uranus, Saturn, and Mars are conjunct in Capricorn, resonating with Flynt’s natal Uranus and Saturn in Gemini, indicating an unexpected verdict against the status quo. The triple conjunction is square natal Neptune in Libra, representing popular culture, signifying the decision’s lasting impact on American law and the arts.
Astrology Toronto is hosting a weekend workshop at Victoria College, featuring myself and Andrew Morton, September 6th-7th.
On Saturday, I am offering a full-day seminar on Uranus, covering natal placements, synastry, and transits/events, drawing for a study of over 300 notable nativities. Andrew will be speaking on the inner planets on Sunday.
Taped for my recent webinar at Astrology University, the workshop examines the Venus synodic cycle and its retrograde phases in natal charts, transits, and synastry.
Nativities include Ringo Starr, Donald Rumsfeld, Jack Nicholson, Renee Zellweger, Chevy Chase, Sting, Amy Winehouse, Steven Spielberg, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico, Jean Harlow, Ian Curtis, Jessica Simpson, Edmund Hillary, Victor Hugo, Edgar Degas, T.S. Eliot, John Dillinger, Lenny Bruce, Sammy Davis Jr., Linda Lovelace, Eric Clapton, Britney Spears, Melissa Etheridge, Courtney Love, Venus Williams, Suzanne Somers, Ellen Degeneres, David Bowie, Chris Rock, Mae West, Jodie Foster, Demi Moore, Mary Todd Lincoln, Katie Holmes, Laura Bush