1971: Hunter S. Thompson Drives to Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson white cartoon sketch on pink glitter background.Astrology and the American Dream

Thirty-three year-old journalist Hunter S. Thompson drives a rented white Cadillac convertible to Las Vegas from San Francisco, with his travel and drug binge companion, activist lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta. Arriving hungry later that day, the pair pulls up to a taco stand. After placing their order, Acosta asks the cashier for directions to the American Dream, and a journey begins.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn is opposite Thompson’s natal Sun and Pluto in Cancer, square transiting Mercury retrograde in Aries, representing an aggressive and demanding associate. Transiting Saturn in Taurus is opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Scorpio, indicating regret and longing for lost vitality and purpose.

Mars opposite Sun-Pluto

Hunter S. Thompson astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas journey.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Sun and Pluto in Cancer (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Mercury retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn in Taurus (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper right).

1910: Theodore Roosevelt Speaks at Sorbonne

Theodore Roosevelt white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Action

Sixty-one year-old former US President Theodore Roosevelt speaks before a distinguished gathering at the Sorbonne in Paris. His speech, Citizenship in a Republic, includes a passage that will be oft-quoted in the years to come, known as “Man in the Arena,” extolling the virtues of participation and action over passive criticism.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Roosevelt’s natal Moon in Cancer, opposite natal Mars in Capricorn, reflecting the rare and special welcome extended by the intellectual community to the foreign former statesman. Transiting Mars and Pluto are conjunct the natal Ascendant in Gemini, signifying oratory that praises assertion and engagement with the struggles of life.

Neptune conjunct Moon

Theodore Roosevelt astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for his "Man in the Arena" speech at the Sorbonne.

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Moon in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left), opposite natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mars and Pluto (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Gemini (inner wheel, left center).

1986: Geraldo Rivera Opens Al Capone’s Vault

Geraldo Rivera white cartoon sketch on brown stucco background.Astrology and Fluke

Forty-two year-old TV reporter Geraldo Rivera opens an old vault that used to belong to Chicago gangster Al Capone on live television, only to find it completely empty. The two-hour special, hyped as a spectacular, ends with an embarrassing whimper. However, he wakes the next morning to learn it had the largest audience of any broadcast in television history.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn is opposite Rivera’s natal Sun in Cancer, indicating a strong show of support from the network and viewers. Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius is opposite natal Uranus in Gemini, while transiting Uranus in Sagittarius is opposite natal Saturn in Gemini, indicating notoriety for an unexpected reason.

Mars opposite Sun

Geraldo Rivera astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the Al Capone vault broadcast.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, top center left) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom center right). Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius (outer wheel, to top right) opposite natal Uranus in Gemini (inner wheel, bottom left). Transiting Uranus in Sagittarius (outer wheel, top center) opposite natal Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, bottom center).

1939: Billie Holiday Records Strange Fruit

Billie Holiday white cartoon sketch on red stucco background.Astrology and Protest

Twenty-four year-old singer Billie Holiday records Strange Fruit, a haunting song about lynching. Her record company, Columbia, has no interest in releasing it, fearing negative reaction in the South. Instead, they have allowed her a one-session release from her contract to produce the record with another label. It will sell one million copies.

Transiting Venus and Jupiter are conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Pisces, square natal Saturn in Gemini, signifying Holiday’s inspired delivery of the song’s sombre metaphoric lyrics. Transiting Mars in Capricorn is square the natal Sun in Aries, while transiting Saturn in Aries is square the natal Moon in Capricorn, reflecting a fearless champion stirred to sing against injustice.

Venus-Jupiter conjunct Mars-Mercury

Billie Holiday astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of Strange Fruit.

Transiting Venus and Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Pisces (inner wheel, lower left), square natal Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, upper left) square natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, bottom center). Transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, bottom center) square natal Moon in Capricorn (inner wheel, left 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).

1934: Aleister Crowley Files Libel Suit

Aleister Crowley white cartoon sketch set on a blue stucco background.Astrology and Reputation

Fifty-eight year-old occultist author Aleister Crowley files a libel suit against Nina Hamnett, a former friend, whose memoir, The Laughing Torso, refers to his belief in “black magic”. Crowley is less concerned about his infamous reputation than he is the possibility of receiving money. However, it is Crowley who will be put on trial, his ritual practices described in full detail and then condemned by the court.

Transiting Jupiter retrograde is conjunct Crowley’s natal Sun in Libra, opposite transiting Sun and Mars in Aries, indicating his opponent holds the advantage in their contest. Transiting Pluto in Cancer is opposite natal Mars in Capricorn, square natal Venus in Libra, signifying personal exposure and defamation.

Jupiter conjunct Sun

Aleister Crowley astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for court case.

Transiting Jupiter retrograde (outer wheel, bottom center) conjunct natal Sun in Libra (inner wheel, bottom center), opposite transiting Sun and Mars in Aries (outer wheel, top center). Transiting Pluto in Cancer (outer wheel, middle left) opposite natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle right), square natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, bottom center)

1930: Marlene Dietrich Screen Debut in Der Blaue Engel

Marlene Dietrich white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Success

Twenty-eight year-old singer/actress Marlene Dietrich becomes an overnight screen legend with her performance as the showgirl Lola Lola in Josef Von Sternberg’s Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel). After attending the film’s premiere this evening at Berlin’s Gloria-Palast, she will board a train taking her to the SS Bremen and sail with Von Sternberg to New York, where a Hollywood career awaits her.

Transiting Pluto is stationing direct in Cancer, opposite Dietrich’s natal Saturn in Capricorn, signifying the rising star’s acquiescence to the guidance of her mentor. Transiting Venus in Aries is square natal Mars in Capricorn, reflecting the emergence of cinema’s quintessential femme fatale.

Pluto opposite Saturn

Marlene Dietrich astrology bi-wheel chart for the premiere of The Blue Angel

Transiting Pluto station direct in Cancer (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Venus in Aries (outer wheel, top right) square natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom right).

1982: Katharine Hepburn Wins Fourth Oscar

Katharine Hepburn white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Achievement

Seventy-four year-old actress Katharine Hepburn wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in On Golden Pond. It is her fourth Oscar victory, setting a new record for the most awarded to an actor. Busy working with a touring Broadway company in Washington, she is not in attendance for the Oscar ceremony, as was the case with her previous three wins.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Hepburn’s natal Ascendant in Scorpio, opposite natal Mercury in Taurus, reflecting her absence for being occupied elsewhere. Transiting Mars retrograde in Libra is opposite the transiting Sun in Aries, square natal Jupiter and Neptune in Cancer, and natal Uranus and Mars in Capricorn, signifying exalted status for an unprecedented achievement.

 Jupiter conjunct Ascendant

Katharine Hepburn astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1982 Oscar Win

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

1994: Drew Barrymore Marries Jeremy Thomas

Drew Barrymore white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Immigration

Nineteen year-old actress Drew Barrymore marries Los Angeles bar owner Jeremy Thomas, 31, her Welsh-born boyfriend of six weeks, who is in need of a green card. She proposes to him at two in the morning, and the pair are joined in speedy matrimony three hours later, after calling a 24-hour wedding hotline. The union will last five weeks before she files for divorce.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Barrymore’s natal Mars in Capricorn, signifying the secret reason for the marriage. Transiting Mercury and Saturn are conjunct the natal Sun in Pisces, reflecting the rescue of someone in need. The transiting Sun is conjunct natal Venus in Pisces, indicating an impulsive act motivated by love.

Neptune conjunct Mars

Drew Barrymore astrology bi-wheel chart for her marriage to Jeremy Thomas

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Mercury and Saturn (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Sun in Pisces (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Sun (outer wheel, top left) conjunct natal Venus in Pisces (inner wheel, top left).

1997: Mary Kay Letourneau Arrested for Statutory Rape

Mary Kay Letourneau Red Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestThirty-five year-old high school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, visibly pregnant, is arrested for having had sexual relations with her thirteen year-old student. A married mother of four, the crisis echoes a scandal fifteen years earlier involving her father, arch-conservative California state senator John Schmitz, who had secretly fathered two children with a former student of his.

Transiting Mercury and Venus in Aquarius, representing young love, are opposite Letourneau’s natal Uranus in Leo, signifying her arrest and the sensational news stories it inspires. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mars in Capricorn, reflecting the adult woman’s infatuation with her adolescent lover.

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Transiting Mercury and Venus in Aquarius (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Uranus in Leo (inner wheel, bottom left). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, bottom right) conjunct natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom right)

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)