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).

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).