1987: Marlee Matlin Wins Best Actress Oscar

Marlee Matlin white cartoon sketch on orange stucco background.Astrology and Communication

Twenty-one year-old deaf actress Marlee Matlin wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Children of a Lesser God, becoming the youngest winner of the top Oscar category. She gives an impromptu acceptance speech using sign language, with her interpreter speaking into a mic by her side off-camera.

Transiting Mercury is conjunct Matlin’s natal Saturn in Pisces, opposite natal Uranus and Pluto in Virgo, signifying unprecedented public exposure to the reality of physical disability. Transiting Neptune in Capricorn is square transiting Jupiter in Aries and natal Venus in Libra, indicating a celebration of young achievement.

Mercury conjunct Saturn

Marlee Matlin astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Academy Awards victory in 1987.

Transiting Mercury (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Saturn in Pisces (inner wheel, upper right), opposite natal Uranus and Pluto in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Neptune in Capricorn (outer wheel, bottom right) square transiting Jupiter in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) and natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, lower left).

1992: Jodie Foster Wins 2nd Best Actress Oscar

Jodie Foster white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Feminism

Twenty-nine year-old actress Jodie Foster wins her second Best Actress Academy Award for her role as predator-chasing FBI detective Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs. Three years ago, she won her first Oscar for her role as a working class rape victim in The Accused, a sharp contrast to Starling, whom she thanks the Academy for “embracing such an incredibly strong and beautiful feminist hero.”

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Foster’s natal Moon and Uranus in Virgo, opposite transiting Mars, Moon, and natal Jupiter in Pisces, signifying a celebration of humanistic values. Transiting Saturn in Aquarius is opposite natal Mars in Leo, square natal Neptune and Venus retrograde in Scorpio, reflecting a feminist adoption of the hero archetype.

Saturn opposite Mars

Jodie Foster astrology bi-wheel with transits for her second Oscar victory.

Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Moon and Uranus in Virgo (inner wheel, upper right), opposite transiting Mars and Moon (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Jupiter in Pisces (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn in Aquarius (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars in Leo (inner wheel, upper right), square natal Neptune and Venus retrograde in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper left).

1982: Katharine Hepburn Wins Fourth Oscar

Katharine Hepburn white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Achievement

Seventy-four year-old actress Katharine Hepburn wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in On Golden Pond. It is her fourth Oscar victory, setting a new record for the most awarded to an actor. Busy working with a touring Broadway company in Washington, she is not in attendance for the Oscar ceremony, as was the case with her previous three wins.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Hepburn’s natal Ascendant in Scorpio, opposite natal Mercury in Taurus, reflecting her absence for being occupied elsewhere. Transiting Mars retrograde in Libra is opposite the transiting Sun in Aries, square natal Jupiter and Neptune in Cancer, and natal Uranus and Mars in Capricorn, signifying exalted status for an unprecedented achievement.

 Jupiter conjunct Ascendant

Katharine Hepburn astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1982 Oscar Win

Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, center left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Scorpio (inner wheel, center left), opposite natal Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, center right). Transiting Mars retrograde in Libra (outer wheel, upper left) opposite transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, lower right), square natal Jupiter and Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, upper right), and natal Uranus and Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, lower left).

1955: James Dean Begins Filming Rebel Without a Cause

James Dean white cartoon sketch on red stuccoAstrology and Rebellion

Twenty-four year-old actor James Dean begins filming his second feature film, Rebel Without A Cause, with director Nicholas Ray in Los Angeles. His first movie, East of Eden, opened in theatres three weeks ago, and he has been marvelling at the long lines outside theatres as he drives by. By the time Rebel is released next October, he will be dead.

Transiting Jupiter and Uranus are conjunct in Cancer, resonating with Dean’s natal Uranus in Aries square Jupiter in Cancer, signifying the teenage rebel archetype he is creating in pop culture. Transiting Jupiter and Uranus are conjunct natal Pluto in Cancer, opposite natal Saturn and Mercury in Capricorn, reflecting the projection of personal tragedy the rising star introduces into cinematic acting.

Jupiter conjunct Uranus

James Dean astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for Rebel Without A Cause

Transiting Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer (outer wheel, top right) resonate with natal Uranus in Aries (inner wheel, bottom right) square natal Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Jupiter and Uranus conjunct natal Pluto in Cancer (inner wheel, top right), opposite natal Saturn and Mercury in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom left).

1966: Roy Orbison Injured in Motorcycle Accident

Roy Orbison white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Accidents

Twenty-nine year-old singer Roy Orbison breaks his ankle in a motorcycle accident, as he rides around a Shropshire, England racetrack. His estranged wife, Claudette, rushes from the U.S. to be by his side. Ten weeks from now, she will be killed on a Tennessee road while riding on a motorcycle next to his.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Orbison’s natal Venus in Aries, signifying reconciliation through crisis. Transiting Saturn is conjunct natal Saturn in Pisces, square both transiting Jupiter in Gemini and natal Jupiter in Sagittarius, opposite transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo, signifying a devastating combination of good and bad fortune.

Saturn square Jupiter

Roy Orbison Astrology Bi-Wheel Chart depicting transits for his 1966 motorcycle accident.

Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, center right) conjunct natal Saturn in Pisces (inner wheel, center right), square natal Jupiter in Sagittarius (inner wheel, center bottom) and transiting Jupiter in Gemini (outer wheel, center top), opposite transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, center left). Transiting Mars (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Venus in Aries (inner wheel, upper right).

1965: Frank Zappa Arrested for Making Pornography

Frank Zappa white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Corruption

Twenty-four year-old recording studio owner Frank Zappa is arrested for making a pornographic audio recording in San Bernardino, after an undercover policeman hires him to do so. Facing a maximum sentence of twenty years, he serves ten days in jail and is given three years probation. The setup opens his eyes to the corrupt ploys of local law enforcement.

Transiting Uranus and Mars retrograde in Virgo are opposite transiting Saturn in Pisces, resonating with Zappa’s natal Mars-Uranus opposition in Scorpio-Taurus, signifying a politically awakening experience. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio, opposite transiting Jupiter and natal Uranus in Taurus, indicating his being targeted by misguided authority.

Saturn opposite Uranus-Mars

Frank Zappa astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his arrest.

Transiting Saturn in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom) opposite transiting Uranus and Mars retrograde in Virgo (outer wheel, top), resonating with natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center) opposite natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, right center). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center), opposite transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, right center) conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, right center).

1985: Sally Field Wins Best Actress Oscar

Sally Field white cartoon sketch on pink stucco background.Astrology and Acceptance

Thirty-eight year-old actress Sally Field wins her second Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Places in the Heart. Her heartfelt acceptance speech, in which she references a line of dialogue from her first Oscar winning performance, Norma Rae (“you like me”), will be remembered publicly in both praise and mockery.

The transiting Sun is conjunct Field’s natal Moon in Aries, signifying an earnest and unfiltered expression of emotion. Transiting Mercury retrograde and Venus retrograde in Aries are opposite the natal Ascendant in Libra, resonating with natal Mercury post-retrograde and Venus retrograde in Sagittarius, indicating criticism and scrutiny from others due to misunderstandings or miscommunication.

Sun conjunct Moon

Sally Field astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for her second Oscar win.

Transiting Sun (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Moon in Aries (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Mercury retrograde and Venus retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, center right) opposite natal Libra Ascendant (inner wheel, center left).

1986: Anjelica Huston Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Anjelica Huston white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Acknowledgment

Thirty-four year-old actress Anjelica Huston wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Prizzi’s Honor. The movie was directed by her father, John Huston, and co-starred her longtime, on-off boyfriend, Jack Nicholson. Her relationship with both men has been complicated and painful.

Transiting Uranus is conjunct Huston’s natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, reflecting an awakening confidence and sense of self. Transiting Jupiter in Pisces is opposite the natal Moon in Virgo, square natal Saturn in Sagittarius, signifying praise and acknowledgment for a job well done. Transiting Neptune in Capricorn is square the transiting Sun in Aries, resonating with the natal Sun-Neptune square in Cancer-Libra, indicating dissociation from a painful past.

Uranus conjunct Ascendant

Anjelica Huston astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Oscar victory in 1986

Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Jupiter in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom) opposite natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, top), square transiting Saturn in Sagittarius (outer wheel, left).

1985: Billy Joel Marries Christie Brinkley

Billy Joel white cartoon stamp Christie Brinkley green stucco backgroundAstrology Uptown

Thirty-five year-old singer/songwriter Billy Joel marries supermodel Christie Brinkley, 31, before 175 guests on a 147-foot yacht sailing around New York Harbor on a cold, drizzly day. It is the second marriage for both celebrities. The couple will conceive their only child, daughter Alexa Rae, later tonight.

Transiting Saturn in Scorpio is opposite Joel’s natal Venus in Taurus, square natal Saturn in Leo, indicating a solemn union with an attractive partner. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Mars in Taurus, opposite transiting Pluto in Scorpio, square transiting Jupiter in Aquarius, signifying potency, and the creation of new life.

Mars conjunct Mars

Billy Joel astrology bi-wheel chart for wedding to Christie Brinkley.

Transiting Saturn in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite natal Venus in Taurus (inner wheel, top left), square natal Saturn in Leo (outer wheel, bottom left). Transiting Mars (outer wheel, top left) conjunct natal Mars in Taurus (inner wheel, top left), opposite transiting Pluto in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom right), square transiting Jupiter in Aquarius (outer wheel, top right)

1944: Wernher Von Braun Arrested by Gestapo

Wernher Von Braun white cartoon sketch on orange stucco backgroundAstrology and Rockets

Thirty-one year-old German rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun is arrested by the Gestapo for expressing a defeatist attitude towards the war, and for suggesting he would prefer to develop rockets for space travel instead of weaponry. He will be held for two weeks, at risk of execution, until he is released in order to continue the deadly V-2 rocket program.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Von Braun’s natal Pluto and Ascendant in Gemini, reflecting his central role in developing rocket science. Transiting Neptune in Libra is opposite the natal Sun in Aries, signifying vulnerability to intrigue and social isolation.

Neptune opposite Sun

Wernher Von Braun astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his arrest by the Gestapo.

Transiting Mars (outer wheel, left) conjunct natal Pluto and Ascendant in Gemini (inner wheel, left). Transiting Neptune in Libra (outer wheel, bottom) opposite natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, top)

1933: Art Tatum Debut Solo Recording

Art Tatum white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and the Piano

Twenty-three year-old pianist Art Tatum records his first solo session at Brunswick Studio in New York, performing a total of four songs, including Tiger Rag, which becomes his signature tune. The recently arrived Ohio native recently outclassed older, seasoned stride pianists, like Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, and James P. Johnson, in a cutting contest at Morgan’s Bar.

The transiting Sun in Aries is opposite Tatum’s natal Jupiter in Libra, reflecting an optimum setting for an exuberant creative release. Transiting Uranus has just passed conjunction to natal Saturn in Aries, opposite the natal Sun in Libra, square both natal Uranus in Capricorn and Neptune in Cancer, signifying a genre-defining performance.

Uranus opposite Sun

Art Tatum astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his debut solo recording

Transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite natal Jupiter in Libra (inner wheel, upper left). Transiting Uranus in Aries (outer wheel, lower right) opposite natal Sun in Libra (inner wheel, upper left).

1994: Drew Barrymore Marries Jeremy Thomas

Drew Barrymore white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Immigration

Nineteen year-old actress Drew Barrymore marries Los Angeles bar owner Jeremy Thomas, 31, her Welsh-born boyfriend of six weeks, who is in need of a green card. She proposes to him at two in the morning, and the pair are joined in speedy matrimony three hours later, after calling a 24-hour wedding hotline. The union will last five weeks before she files for divorce.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Barrymore’s natal Mars in Capricorn, signifying the secret reason for the marriage. Transiting Mercury and Saturn are conjunct the natal Sun in Pisces, reflecting the rescue of someone in need. The transiting Sun is conjunct natal Venus in Pisces, indicating an impulsive act motivated by love.

Neptune conjunct Mars

Drew Barrymore astrology bi-wheel chart for her marriage to Jeremy Thomas

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Mercury and Saturn (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Sun in Pisces (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Sun (outer wheel, top left) conjunct natal Venus in Pisces (inner wheel, top left).

1987: Jim Bakker Resigns from PTL

Jim Bakker white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Evangelicals

Forty-seven year-old television Christian evangelical minister Jim Bakker resigns from his position as President of the PTL Club. It has been discovered that he raped church secretary Jessica Hahn in 1980, and subsequently paid her $265,000 in hush money. It will soon surface that Bakker has embezzled millions of dollars from his ministry.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Bakker’s natal Uranus in Taurus, square transiting Venus in Aquarius, signifying shocking revelations of moral and sexual impropriety. Transiting Uranus is conjunct natal Mercury in Sagittarius, square natal Neptune in Virgo, indicating a sudden change in social status as a result of hidden facts becoming public knowledge.

Mars conjunct Uranus

Astrology bi-wheel chart for Jim Bakker, depicting transits for his resignation as President of the PTL Club

Transiting Mars (outer wheel, bottom) conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, bottom), square transiting Venus in Aquarius (outer wheel, left). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Mercury in Sagittarius (inner wheel, top), square natal Neptune in Virgo (inner wheel, top right)

1993: Eddie Murphy Marries Nicole Mitchell

Eddie Murphy white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Family

Thirty-one year-old comedic actor Eddie Murphy marries model Nicole Mitchell, 20, in a star-studded ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at New York’s Plaza Hotel. The couple, who have two children and have been living together for nearly two years, met at an NAACP Image Awards show in 1988.

Transiting Jupiter in Libra is opposite Murphy’s natal Sun in Aries, signifying the A-list celebrity’s lavish nuptials. Transiting Venus is retrograde in Aries square transiting Mars in Cancer, mirroring the natal square between Venus retrograde in Aries and Mars in Cancer, indicating a would-be old-fashioned wedding for a couple that has already created a family.

Jupiter opposite Sun

Eddie Murphy astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his wedding to Nicole Mitchell

Transiting Jupiter in Libra (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Venus retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) square transiting Mars in Cancer (outer wheel, upper left), mirroring natal Venus retrograde in Aries (inner wheel, upper right) square natal Mars in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left)

1905: Eleanor Roosevelt Marries Franklin Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and Aristocrats

Twenty year-old aristocrat orphan Eleanor Roosevelt marries her fifth cousin once removed, Franklin Roosevelt. Her uncle, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, gives her away at the ceremony, which is reported on the front page of the New York Times the following day. Her new mother-in-law bought the newlyweds a house, three blocks away from her own.

Transiting Saturn in Aquarius is opposite Roosevelt’s natal Jupiter in Leo, indicating a young woman’s submission to the powerful personalities around her. Transiting Mercury in Aries is opposite natal Mercury in Libra, signifying a union of two opposite but complimentary personalities.

Saturn opposite Jupiter

Astrology bi-wheel chart for Eleanor Roosevelt's wedding to Franklin Roosevelt

Transiting Saturn in Aquarius (outer wheel, bottom left) opposite natal Jupiter in Leo (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite natal Mercury in Libra (inner wheel, top left)