1988: Joe Biden Undergoes 2nd Aneurysm Surgery

Joe Biden white cartoon sketch set on red stucco background.Astrology and Aneurysms

Forty-five year-old US Democratic Senator Joe Biden undergoes his second brain surgery in less than four months. The first surgery was to correct a larger aneurysm on the left side of his cranium, while this one is done to correct a smaller one on his right side. The Senator withdrew from the presidential race last September, after it was revealed that he had plagiarized a journal article during his first year in law school.

Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio, opposite transiting Jupiter and the Sun in Taurus, indicating the purging or correction of a corrupted system. Transiting Mercury in Taurus is opposite the natal Sun and Venus in Scorpio, signifying a life-saving rescue by a specially skilled individual.

Pluto conjunct Mars

Joe Biden astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his second aneurysm surgery in 1988.

Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper left), opposite transiting Jupiter and the Sun in Taurus (outer wheel, lower right). Transiting Mercury in Taurus (outer wheel, right center) opposite natal Sun and Venus in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center)

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).

1984: Shirley MacLaine Wins Best Actress Oscar

Shirley MacLaine white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Grudge Matches

Forty-nine year-old actress Shirley MacLaine wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Terms of Endearment. It is her fifth Best Actress nomination, and she was also once nominated as a documentary producer. She beats co-star and co-nominee Debra Winger for the big prize, declaring “I deserve this” during her acceptance speech.

Transiting Pluto in Scorpio is opposite MacLaine’s natal Mars and Sun in Taurus, indicating disruptive tension with a rival, contests over high emotional and social stakes. Transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio is square natal Saturn in Aquarius, signifying seizing the upper hand in a battle of wills.

Pluto opposite Mars-Sun

Shirley MacLaine astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1984 Oscar win.

Transiting Pluto in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars and Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left) square natal Saturn in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right).

1999: Jessica Alba Announced to Star in Dark Angel

Jessica Alba white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Body Image

Seventeen year-old actress Jessica Alba is announced to star in Dark Angel, a new sci-fi Fox-TV series produced by Titanic director James Cameron. She begins intensive martial arts training to adopt for her character, a genetically engineered human weapon. Gradually, her focus on maintaining a physical standard will instigate anorexia.

Transiting Venus is conjunct Alba’s natal Midheaven in Taurus, indicating the chosen candidate for a coveted position. Transiting Saturn is crossing over natal Mars, Sun, and Mercury conjunction in Taurus, square transiting Neptune in Aquarius, and opposite transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio, signifying a sacrifice of sustenance, and the challenge of a rigorous physical regime.

Saturn conjunct Mars-Sun-Mercury

Jessica Alba astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Dark Angel hiring

Transiting Venus (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Midheaven in Taurus (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars, Sun, and Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, top right), opposite transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom left), square transiting Neptune in Aquarius (outer wheel, bottom right).

1965: Frank Zappa Arrested for Making Pornography

Frank Zappa white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Corruption

Twenty-four year-old recording studio owner Frank Zappa is arrested for making a pornographic audio recording in San Bernardino, after an undercover policeman hires him to do so. Facing a maximum sentence of twenty years, he serves ten days in jail and is given three years probation. The setup opens his eyes to the corrupt ploys of local law enforcement.

Transiting Uranus and Mars retrograde in Virgo are opposite transiting Saturn in Pisces, resonating with Zappa’s natal Mars-Uranus opposition in Scorpio-Taurus, signifying a politically awakening experience. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio, opposite transiting Jupiter and natal Uranus in Taurus, indicating his being targeted by misguided authority.

Saturn opposite Uranus-Mars

Frank Zappa astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his arrest.

Transiting Saturn in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom) opposite transiting Uranus and Mars retrograde in Virgo (outer wheel, top), resonating with natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center) opposite natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, right center). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center), opposite transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, right center) conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, right center).