1971: Marc Bolan Records Get It On (Bang A Gong)

Marc Bolan white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Glitter

Twenty-three year-old singer/guitarist Marc Bolan of T. Rex records Get It On (Bang A Gong), a song that will define the nascent “glam rock” phenomenon. Bolan recently shortened the band’s name from Tyrannosaurus Rex, changed its flighty acoustic sound to hard rock, and started wearing makeup, feather boas and glitter. Their first a hit single, Ride a White Swan, reached no. 2 on the British pop charts three months ago.

Transiting Neptune and Jupiter retrograde are conjunct Bolan’s natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, reflecting a shift in presentation and aesthetic. The transiting Sun and Mercury retrograde in Aries are opposite natal Mercury in Libra, square natal Mars in Cancer, indicating a new harder edge.

Neptune-Jupiter conjunct Ascendant

Marc Bolan astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of Get It On (Bang a Gong)

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

1980: Michael Stipe’s First Gig with New Band

Michael Stipe white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Stagefright

Twenty year-old student Michael Stipe makes his live debut singing with his new band at a friend’s birthday party held in an abandoned church in Athens, Georgia, where he and guitar player Peter Buck also presently live. The unnamed band plays a bunch of covers for about two hours. When they perform their next gig two weeks from now, they adopt the name “R.E.M.”

The transiting Moon and Neptune are conjunct Stipe’s natal Jupiter and Mars in Sagittarius, indicating an overcoming of natural shyness to perform before people. Transiting Jupiter retrograde in Virgo is square transiting Venus in Gemini and natal Venus in Sagittarius, signifying an artist’s initiation into a new creative circle.

Moon-Neptune conjunct Jupiter-Mars

Michael Stipe astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for 1st R.E.M. performance.

Transiting Moon and Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Jupiter and Mars in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Jupiter retrograde in Virgo (outer wheel, top left), square transiting Venus in Gemini (outer wheel, top right) and natal Venus in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower 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).

1971: Joe Frazier Defeats Muhammad Ali

Joe Frazier white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and the Fight of the Century

Twenty-seven year-old heavyweight champion boxer Joe Frazier defeats defrocked champion Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Dubbed the “fight of the century”, Frazier knocks Ali down in the final round with a left hook to his chin. It is the first of three bouts he will have with Ali, and the only one he will win.

Transiting Uranus is conjunct Frazier’s natal Moon in Libra, indicating elevation in recognition and social status. Transiting Neptune and Jupiter in Sagittarius are opposite natal Uranus and Mars in Gemini, signifying the national symbolic value to his triumph against an anti-establishment figure like Ali.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Joe Frazier Astrology Bi-Wheel Chart Transits for Ali Bout in 1971

Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Moon in Libra (inner wheel, top). Transiting Neptune and Jupiter in Sagittarius (outer wheel, upper left) opposite natal Uranus and Mars in Gemini (inner wheel, lower right)