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)

1993: David Lee Roth Arrested in Pot Bust

David Lee Roth white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and Ambushes

Thirty-eight year-old former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth is arrested alongside twenty-four other people, for purchasing a small quantity of marijuana from a dealer in Washington Square Park. The bust is part of a routine police narcotics sweep. He is given a summons ordering him to appear in court, where he will pay a fine.

The transiting Sun in Aries is opposite Roth’s natal Neptune in Libra, indicating vulnerability to ambush. This opposition is square transiting Mars and natal Uranus and Jupiter in Cancer, and transiting Neptune and Uranus and natal Mars in Capricorn, forming a grand cardinal cross, signifying a show of defiance.

Sun opposite Neptune

David Lee Roth astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for drug bust.

Transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) opposite natal Neptune in Libra (inner wheel, lower left). Both are square transiting Mars (outer wheel, upper left) and natal Uranus and Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left), and transiting Neptune and Uranus (outer wheel, lower right) and natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, lower right).

1993: Eddie Murphy Marries Nicole Mitchell

Eddie Murphy white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Family

Thirty-one year-old comedic actor Eddie Murphy marries model Nicole Mitchell, 20, in a star-studded ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at New York’s Plaza Hotel. The couple, who have two children and have been living together for nearly two years, met at an NAACP Image Awards show in 1988.

Transiting Jupiter in Libra is opposite Murphy’s natal Sun in Aries, signifying the A-list celebrity’s lavish nuptials. Transiting Venus is retrograde in Aries square transiting Mars in Cancer, mirroring the natal square between Venus retrograde in Aries and Mars in Cancer, indicating a would-be old-fashioned wedding for a couple that has already created a family.

Jupiter opposite Sun

Eddie Murphy astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his wedding to Nicole Mitchell

Transiting Jupiter in Libra (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Venus retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) square transiting Mars in Cancer (outer wheel, upper left), mirroring natal Venus retrograde in Aries (inner wheel, upper right) square natal Mars in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left)