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).

1913: Emmeline Pankhurst Sentenced to Prison

Emmeline Pankhurst white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Suffrage

Fifty-four year-old British suffragette activist Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union, is found guilty of inciting a person or persons unknown to commit felony, and sentenced to three years penal servitude, following a foiled arson attempt for which she has claimed responsibility on behalf of the WSPU. She begins a difficult nine day hunger strike that results in a temporary fifteen-day release on health grounds.

Transiting Neptune is making its direct station conjunct Pankhurst’s natal Sun in Cancer, signifying the fading vitality of a righteous and determined ego, and the power of a willing martyr to a universalist cause. Transiting Mars in Pisces is square transiting Saturn and natal Uranus in Gemini, indicating a confrontation between the forces of order and change.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Emmeline Pankhurst astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her prison sentence.

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, bottom right) conjunct natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Mars in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom left) square transiting Saturn (outer wheel, bottom center) and natal Uranus (inner wheel, bottom center) in Gemini.

1992: Jodie Foster Wins 2nd Best Actress Oscar

Jodie Foster white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Feminism

Twenty-nine year-old actress Jodie Foster wins her second Best Actress Academy Award for her role as predator-chasing FBI detective Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs. Three years ago, she won her first Oscar for her role as a working class rape victim in The Accused, a sharp contrast to Starling, whom she thanks the Academy for “embracing such an incredibly strong and beautiful feminist hero.”

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Foster’s natal Moon and Uranus in Virgo, opposite transiting Mars, Moon, and natal Jupiter in Pisces, signifying a celebration of humanistic values. Transiting Saturn in Aquarius is opposite natal Mars in Leo, square natal Neptune and Venus retrograde in Scorpio, reflecting a feminist adoption of the hero archetype.

Saturn opposite Mars

Jodie Foster astrology bi-wheel with transits for her second Oscar victory.

Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Moon and Uranus in Virgo (inner wheel, upper right), opposite transiting Mars and Moon (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Jupiter in Pisces (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn in Aquarius (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars in Leo (inner wheel, upper right), square natal Neptune and Venus retrograde in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper left).

Miles Davis, Marilyn Monroe, & Allen Ginsberg: Time Twins

Astrology and Time Twins

I have posted a new video, an astrological look at the lives of Miles Davis, Marilyn Monroe, and Allen Ginsberg during the years 1954-1956.