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).

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).

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).

1986: Geraldo Rivera Opens Al Capone’s Vault

Geraldo Rivera white cartoon sketch on brown stucco background.Astrology and Fluke

Forty-two year-old TV reporter Geraldo Rivera opens an old vault that used to belong to Chicago gangster Al Capone on live television, only to find it completely empty. The two-hour special, hyped as a spectacular, ends with an embarrassing whimper. However, he wakes the next morning to learn it had the largest audience of any broadcast in television history.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn is opposite Rivera’s natal Sun in Cancer, indicating a strong show of support from the network and viewers. Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius is opposite natal Uranus in Gemini, while transiting Uranus in Sagittarius is opposite natal Saturn in Gemini, indicating notoriety for an unexpected reason.

Mars opposite Sun

Geraldo Rivera astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the Al Capone vault broadcast.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, top center left) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom center right). Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius (outer wheel, to top right) opposite natal Uranus in Gemini (inner wheel, bottom left). Transiting Uranus in Sagittarius (outer wheel, top center) opposite natal Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, bottom center).

Venus Retrograde: TV Provocateur

Astrology and Sitcoms

I just posted a brief excerpt from the new 45-minute astrology video workshop. It begins with an edited version of the intro, followed by an exposé covering the natal Venus retrogrades of TV sitcom stars Suzanne Somers and Ellen DeGeneres, and their roles in advancing sexual liberty in television’s most saccharine genre.

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).

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)

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).

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)

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).

1930: Marlene Dietrich Screen Debut in Der Blaue Engel

Marlene Dietrich white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Success

Twenty-eight year-old singer/actress Marlene Dietrich becomes an overnight screen legend with her performance as the showgirl Lola Lola in Josef Von Sternberg’s Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel). After attending the film’s premiere this evening at Berlin’s Gloria-Palast, she will board a train taking her to the SS Bremen and sail with Von Sternberg to New York, where a Hollywood career awaits her.

Transiting Pluto is stationing direct in Cancer, opposite Dietrich’s natal Saturn in Capricorn, signifying the rising star’s acquiescence to the guidance of her mentor. Transiting Venus in Aries is square natal Mars in Capricorn, reflecting the emergence of cinema’s quintessential femme fatale.

Pluto opposite Saturn

Marlene Dietrich astrology bi-wheel chart for the premiere of The Blue Angel

Transiting Pluto station direct in Cancer (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Venus in Aries (outer wheel, top right) square natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom right).