1989: Mikhail Gorbachev at Cuban National Assembly

Mikhail Gorbachev white cartoon sketch on red stucco background.Astrology and Disintegration

Fifty-eight year-old Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev addresses the Cuban National Assembly in Havana. His proposed political and economic reforms are greeted with suspicion by Fidel Castro, and with financial support for the once loyal Caribbean Marxist-Leninist satellite dwindling, the state visit ends in a chill.

Transiting Jupiter in Gemini is square Gorbachev’s natal Neptune in Virgo, indicating a reassessment of ideological principles. Transiting Neptune and Saturn in Capricorn are opposite natal Jupiter retrograde in Cancer, and square transiting Venus, the Sun, and Mercury, and natal Uranus in Aries, signifying the broken association between a disintegrating great power and its small militant ally.

Neptune-Saturn square Uranus

Mikhail Gorbachev astrology bi-wheel chart for Cuban visit.

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

1913: Emmeline Pankhurst Sentenced to Prison

Emmeline Pankhurst white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Suffrage

Fifty-four year-old British suffragette activist Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union, is found guilty of inciting a person or persons unknown to commit felony, and sentenced to three years penal servitude, following a foiled arson attempt for which she has claimed responsibility on behalf of the WSPU. She begins a difficult nine day hunger strike that results in a temporary fifteen-day release on health grounds.

Transiting Neptune is making its direct station conjunct Pankhurst’s natal Sun in Cancer, signifying the fading vitality of a righteous and determined ego, and the power of a willing martyr to a universalist cause. Transiting Mars in Pisces is square transiting Saturn and natal Uranus in Gemini, indicating a confrontation between the forces of order and change.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Emmeline Pankhurst astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her prison sentence.

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, bottom right) conjunct natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Mars in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom left) square transiting Saturn (outer wheel, bottom center) and natal Uranus (inner wheel, bottom center) in Gemini.

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)

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)

2003: Dick Cheney Appears on Meet The Press

Dick Cheney white cartoon sketch on brown stucco backgroundAstrology and War

Sixty-two year-old United States Vice-President Dick Cheney appears on NBC-TV’s Meet The Press on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, stating his belief that U.S. forces will be “greeted as liberators.” Cheney defends the decision to invade, claiming Saddam Hussein’s regime has “reconstituted nuclear weapons.”

The transiting Sun in Pisces is square transiting Saturn in Gemini, resonating with Cheney’s natal square between the natal Sun in Aquarius and Saturn in Taurus, signifying a motivation to manipulate circumstances in an effort to control outcomes. Transiting Neptune has just passed conjunction to the natal Sun in Aquarius, indicating strongly held convictions informed by a self-centred worldview.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Astrology bi-wheel chart of Dick Cheney depicting the transits for his appearance on Meet The Press

Transiting Sun in Pisces (outer wheel, upper right) square transiting Saturn in Gemini (outer wheel, upper left), making a recurrence of the natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right) square natal Saturn in Taurus (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right)

1965: Che Guevara Arrives in Havana for Final Visit

Che Guevara white cartoon sketch on a blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Revolution

Thirty-six year-old Argentine-medical-student-turned-Cuban-revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara arrives in Havana for what will be his final visit before disappearing underground. He has been on a speaking tour around the world for the past three months, during which he visited China and numerous African countries, addressed the United Nations, and dined with the Rockefellers.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Guevara’s natal Sun in Taurus, indicating an urge to confront opponents directly with confidence and assertion. Transiting Saturn is conjunct the natal Moon in Pisces, opposite transiting Uranus in Virgo, signifying a bittersweet return to old circumstances, and indicating imminent location and lifestyle changes.

Jupiter conjunct Sun

Che Guevara Astrology bi-wheel chart showing transits for his return to Cuba in 1965.

Transitin Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Moon in Pisces (inner wheel, upper left), opposite transiting Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, lower right).

1857: Roger Taney Leads Dred Scott Decision

roger-taney-brown-stampAstrology and the Antebellum Era

Eighty year-old U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney is the vocal leader in the Dred Scott v. Sanford verdict, a case involving a black slave who is attempting to win emancipation from his owner. The Court decision now permits slavery through the United States territories and does not recognize the citizenship of blacks, denying Scott the right to sue for his freedom.

Transiting Mars and Jupiter are opposite Taney’s natal Mars retrograde in Libra, square natal Jupiter in Cancer, reflecting a perspective that values force and hierarchical order. Transiting Venus is pre-retrograde in Taurus, resonating with natal Venus pre-retrograde in Taurus, signifying the judge’s central role in shaping U.S. social policy.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Astrology bi-wheel chart for Roger Taney and the transits for the Dred Scott v. Sanford decision

Transiting Mars and Jupiter in Aries (outer wheel, bottom left) opposite natal Mars retrograde in Libra (inner wheel, upper right), square natal Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Venus pre-retrograde in Taurus (outer wheel, bottom) resonate with natal Venus pre-retrograde in Taurus (inner wheel, bottom)

1953: Nikita Khrushchev Ascends with Stalin’s Death

Nikita Khrushchev White Sketch Yellow Background Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestAstrology and the Soviet Union

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.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Nikita Khrushchev Stalin Dies Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan Best

Transiting Venus pre-retrograde (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, lower left), opposite transiting Neptune and Saturn in Libra (outer wheel, upper right). Transiting Mars in Aries (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Saturn in Libra (inner wheel, upper right).

1971: Margaret Sinclair Marries Pierre Trudeau

Margaret Sinclair Trudeau Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestAstrology and Canada’s First Couple

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.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Margaret Sinclair Marries Pierre Trudeau Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan Best

Transiting Mars (outer wheel, bottom left) conjunct the natal Moon in Sagittarius (inner wheel, bottom left). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mercury and Neptune in Libra (outer wheel, inner left)

1997: Bill Clinton “Blue Dress” Encounter with Monica Lewinsky

bill-clinton-blue-stampFifty 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.

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Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant, Mars, and Neptune in Libra (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, right center).

1860: Abraham Lincoln Gives Cooper Union Speech

Abraham Lincoln Purple Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestFifty-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.

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Transiting Saturn in Leo (outer wheel, upper right) opposite natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Uranus in Gemini (outer wheel, lower right) opposite natal Saturn and Neptune in Sagittarius (inner wheel, upper left).

1988: Larry Flynt Wins Supreme Court Decision

Larry Flynt Blue Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestForty-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.

Larry Flynt/Supreme Court 1988 Bi-Wheel

Transiting Uranus, Saturn, and Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, right) resonate with Flynt’s natal Uranus and Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, left)

Nelson Mandela: Venus Cycles and the Freedom Struggle

I usually don’t like to post topical subjects in my astrology work. However, I’ve been sitting on this research I did on the life of Nelson Mandela and Venus retrograde transits for some time, and his recent passing as transiting Venus is about to station retrograde in Capricorn prompted me to compose my thoughts.

Video: Uranus Stations in the Solar Return Chart

URANU.S.A.: Uranus Stations in the Solar Return

In this clip, I discuss an interesting common factor between the solar return charts of three key figures in American history.

Recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.

Video: Uranus and the U.S.A.

URANU.S.A.

Here is a video I made to promote my non-fiction graphic novel, URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World. It is about the discovery of Uranus and the founding of the first government of the United States of America.

Recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.