1969: Jack Nicholson Attends Easy Rider Cannes Premiere

Jack Nicholson white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Stardom

Thirty-two year-old actor/screenplay writer Jack Nicholson attends the premiere of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was shot fourteen months earlier, with Nicholson assuming the role of George Hanson at the last minute, after actor Rip Torn left the set following a scuffle with director/co-star Dennis Hopper. At the premiere, when Nicholson’s face comes on screen, the audience instantly recognizes that he has just become a star.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Nicholson’s natal Sun in Taurus, signifying his character Hanson’s murder in the movie, a sacrifice made on the road to its Mardi Gras climax. Transiting Mars is retrograde in Sagittarius, resonating with natal Mars retrograde in Sagittarius, reflecting the emergence of a new Hollywood iconoclast.

Mars retrograde in Sagittarius

Jack Nicholson astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the premiere of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969.

Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, top). Transiting Mars retrograde in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower right), resonating with natal Mars retrograde in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower 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).

1971: Margaret Sinclair Marries Pierre Trudeau

Margaret Sinclair Trudeau Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestAstrology and Canada’s First Couple

Twenty-two year-old student Margaret Sinclair marries fifty-one year-old Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in a discreet private ceremony in Lynn Valley, B.C. The couple met on a beach in Tahiti four years earlier, when Trudeau was Minister of Justice, and Sinclair a teenager on vacation with her family. The relationship has been a closely kept secret until now, and all of Canada is surprised by the news.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Sinclair’s natal Moon in Sagittarius, indicating the shock of entering public life and the difficulty she will have adapting to it. Transiting Uranus is conjunct natal Mercury and Neptune in Libra, signifying her sudden emergence as Canada’s new First Lady, and the hip flower child innocence she brings to the role.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Margaret Sinclair Marries Pierre Trudeau Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan Best

Transiting Mars (outer wheel, bottom left) conjunct the natal Moon in Sagittarius (inner wheel, bottom left). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mercury and Neptune in Libra (outer wheel, inner left)