1862: Ulysses Grant at the Battle of Shiloh

Ulysses S. Grant white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Battle

Thirty-nine year-old Union General Ulysses S. Grant leads his troops against Confederate forces at the Battle of Shiloh in southwestern Tennessee. Grant has difficulty holding off rebel advances on this first day, but with reinforcements coming tonight, he will triumph over the enemy at this bloodiest of battles.

Transiting Pluto is conjunct Grant’s natal Jupiter in Taurus, indicating redemption through victory. Transiting Saturn and Jupiter retrograde in Virgo are opposite transiting Mercury and natal Venus in Pisces, resonating with natal Saturn and Jupiter containing the natal Sun in Taurus, signifying a ruined man’s emergence to greatness.

Pluto conjunct Jupiter

Ulysses S. Grant astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the Battle of Shiloh.

Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Jupiter in Taurus (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn and Jupiter in Virgo (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite transiting Mercury (outer wheel, top left) and natal Venus in Pisces (inner wheel, top left), making a recurrence with Grant’s natal Jupiter and Saturn containing the Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, left center).

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).