The Astrology Podcast: Mars Retrograde and Antares

The Astrology Podcast: Mars Retrograde and Antares

Astrology Podcast Mars Retrograde BannerChris Brennan hosted me and Austin Coppock on The Astrology Podcast, to talk about the coming Mars retrograde station on April 17.

This particular station is within a degree of conjunction to the fixed star, Antares, making for a rare union of two red-coloured bodies.

We discussed the peculiar properties of the Mars cycle, and I chimed in with some national and biographical examples of past Mars transits with Antares.

Video: Mars Retrograde in Kolkata, India

Video: Mars Retrograde in Kolkata, India

Mars Retrograde Presentation Live in Kolkata

Video footage of my recent presentation at the 26th annual Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology conference in Kolkata, India has been posted online.

Taped at Carnival Cinemas, Kolkata, India on January 23, 2016.

Mars Retrograde in Uncommon Signs

I spoke on one of my standard topics, the Mars retrograde cycle. In consideration of my Indian audience, I presented my work using the sidereal zodiac, as opposed to the tropical zodiac. Since the material is a simple observation of historical trends that unambiguously correspond to a repeating planetary pattern, it does not require zodiacal symbolic interpretation in order to be recognized. It speaks for itself.

For this particular talk, I mostly discussed the fact that the Mars retrograde cycle is not distributed evenly among the signs, in either zodiac. In the tropical zodiac, Mars only has retrograde transits through Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces once every 32-47 years. Using the sidereal zodiac, we are then looking at Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius.

I began by citing biographical examples, using the lives of Paul McCartney and Hillary Clinton to demonstrate how these brief, two-to-three month intervals that occur only once every few decades can repeatedly correspond to pivotal periods in a given individual’s timeline.

I moved on to tracing the Mars retrograde cycle according to the history of Iran and India, the latter of which has a history of crisis that strongly corresponds to periods when Mars retrograde is in close proximity to Saturn, as it will be for much of 2016.


It was a tremendous honour and privilege to be included in the roster of western astrologers invited to participate in this year’s conference. Gopal Bhattacharjee, Director of the KIA, began introducing western astrologers at his conference two years ago, with South Africa’s Richard Fidler and Slovenia’s Ema Kurent serving as the initial pioneers in this, to my knowledge, unprecedented exchange between eastern and western astrological circles.

The number of western astrologers was bumped up to about a half-dozen the following year, and this time we were more than twice that number. I understand the number of western speakers will increase again in 2017.

I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Bhattacharjee for his gracious invitation and hospitality, and to all my new Indian friends who received us so warmly during our visit.

Photo credit: Robert Currey

Mars-Jupiter Cycles and Canadian History

Mars-Jupiter Cycles and Canadian History

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau Natal ChartJustin Trudeau and the Liberal Party’s election to a majority government on Monday, has inspired me to post some work I’ve done on Canadian history over the years.

Transiting Mars made a conjunction to Jupiter in tropical Virgo two days prior to the Canadian federal election on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Out of forty-two Canadian federal elections, four have occurred during Mars-Jupiter conjunctions, and two during Mars-Jupiter oppositions.

As it happens, Mars-Jupiter conjunctions and oppositions play a recurring role in Canadian history, and I wanted to take this opportunity to take you through an interesting timeline using this cycle.

The Trudeau Legacy

Justin Trudeau was born while his father, Pierre Trudeau, was Prime Minister. The elder Trudeau held the second-longest reign in Canadian history, serving all but nine months of a sixteen year span from 1968-1984.

The oldest of three sons, Trudeau first captured the public’s attention when he delivered a passionate eulogy at his father’s state funeral in October 2000. Broadcast live on national television, the speech made him an instant celebrity.

Trudeau was first elected as a Member of Parliament in Montreal’s Papineau riding, in the 40th General Election on October 14, 2008. After being re-elected as an MP in 2011, he was elected leader of the Liberal Party on April 14, 2013.

Justin Trudeau Mars JupiterTrudeau was born with Jupiter in Sagittarius square Mars in Pisces. As I already mentioned, his recent election occurred two days following a transiting Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Virgo.

Interestingly, this was the first time Mars and Jupiter had been conjunct in Virgo since the time of his father’s meteoric return to power just before the first Quebec referendum in 1980. More on that later.

The combination of Mars-Jupiter, astrologically speaking, signifies division over matters of principle and ideology. From the beginning, the Canadian political landscape has been a battleground for the legacies of competing European dynasties and their respective cultural values. Canada is where the Hundred Years’ War continues to be fought, in seeming perpetuity.

By virtue of his full name, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Montreal-born son of a francophone father and anglophone mother, was in his era a symbolic manifestation of the French-English divide that defined that city, and the federation as a whole.

Justin Trudeau, son of a Montreal-born father and Vancouver-born mother, embodies a broader, more geographically inclusive vision of the east-west factions that contribute to shaping Canada’s complex cultural mosaic.

Mars and Jupiter Synodic Cycles

The Sun-Mars synodic cycle last about twenty-six months, and the Sun-Jupiter synodic cycle lasts about thirteen months.

Consequently, Mars-Jupiter conjunctions and oppositions each occur once every twenty-six months, except in cases where the configuration occurs during a Mars retrograde phase, in which case there can be three conjunctions or oppositions over the period of a few months. There are two such examples in the following timeline, and I will discuss them further when we get there.

Samuel de Champlain Founds Place Royale

Samuel de Champlain builds a wall at Place RoyaleSamuel de Champlain, founder of what would become Quebec City, also built the first European-made construct on the Hochelaga islands, what would one day be known as the city of Montreal.

Building a square wall by the meeting of the St. Laurent and St. Pierre rivers, he founded Place Royale on May 28, 1611.

Mars was six days prior to a conjunction with Jupiter in Cancer.

De Maisonneuve Founds Ville-Marie

De Maisonneuve found Ville-MarieA few decades later, on May 18, 1642, Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve brought a small settlement to the Place Royale and established Ville-Marie, which would soon become known as Montreal.

The new community built a chapel and, under the leadership of a nurse named Jeanne Mance, a hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal.

Transiting Mars was six day prior to a conjunction with Jupiter in Pisces.

Montgomery Army Occupies Montreal

Montgomery's Army Occupies the City of MontrealJumping ahead over a century, Montreal is now part of a British colony. During the American Revolutionary War, the city was occupied without resistance by American forces led by General Richard Montgomery on November 13, 1775.

Having withstood an attempted invasion by Ethan Allen‘s forces on September 24th, the city was unprepared to defend itself against Montgomery, after his army took Fort St. Jean on November 3rd.

Transiting Mars in Sagittarius was five days following an opposition to Jupiter in Gemini.

British Soldiers Kill Three Montreal Voters

British Soldiers Kills Three Montreal VotersIn 1832, the same year the city of Montreal was incorporated, and in the midst of a growing cholera epidemic, street fights broke out over a hotly contested election for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada, resulting in the shooting deaths of three French Canadian men.

With the ruling class represented by Stanley Bagg — a Tory merchant likely to lose the vote to Irish Catholic front runner Daniel Traceysoldiers fired into a crowd of Tracey supporters outside a polling station at 5:05 pm on May 21, 1832.

Transiting Mars was five days prior to a conjunction with Jupiter in Pisces.

Lord Russell’s Ten Resolutions on Lower Canada

Lord Russell's Ten Resolutions on Lower CanadaFollowing the turmoil of 1832, French Canadian representative Louis-Joseph Papineau and his associates on the Lower Canada Legislative Assembly drafted the Ninety-Two Resolutions in 1834. The resolutions aired grievances against abuse made by past governments, and demanded a series of political reforms.

After going ignored for three years, British parliament rejected the Legislative Assembly’s demands. Colonial Secretary Lord John Russell issued his own Ten Resolutions, allowing for the continued power of unelected parties against that of the Assembly. British parliament passed the Ten Resolutions on March 6, 1837.

News of the resolutions sparked the Rebellions of 1837-1838 in both Lower and Upper Canada. (A topic I will explore in more depth in a future article).

When parliament passed the Ten Resolutions, transiting Mars retrograde was nine days following a conjunction with Jupiter in Leo.

Dominion of Canada Established

Dominion of Canada EstablishedThe Dominion of Canada, otherwise known as the Canadian Confederation, was established at midnight on July 1, 1867, turning three British colonies into four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.

The new federation was designed by the Fathers of Confederation, led by John A. MacDonald and Georges-Étienne Cartier, to break political gridlock amidst the colonies, and to protect British territory against the American Manifest Destiny doctrine by establishing a cross-country railroad.

Transiting Mars in Virgo was four days prior to opposition with Jupiter in Pisces.

First Train Leaves from Montreal for Vancouver

First Train Leaves Montreal for VancouverScandal ridden and long overdue, the first Canadian Pacific Railway passenger train left Dalhousie Station in Montreal at 8 pm on June 28, 1886, and arrived in Port Moody, British Columbia, near Vancouver, on July 4th.

Montreal mayor Honoré Beaugrand officiated at the departure ceremony.

Transiting Mars was two days following its conjunction with Jupiter in Virgo.

Wilfrid Laurier and Henri Bourassa Debate Boer War

Wilfrid Laurier & Henri Bourassa Debate Boer WarIn 1899, war broke out between Great Britain and the Boer settlers of South Africa. The question of Canadian participation in British foreign wars became, and would continue to be, a bitterly divisive matter in the country, particularly in the French Canadian community.

Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, Canada’s first French Canadian leader, found himself debating members of his own party, including the outspoken Quebec nationalist, Henri Bourassa.

On October 12, 1899, the day debates began between Laurier and Bourassa, transiting Mars was three days following a conjunction with Jupiter in Scorpio, which was also Laurier’s Sun sign.

William Lyon Mackenzie King Elected Prime Minister of Canada

William Lyon Mackenzie King Elected Prime Minister of CanadaOn December 6, 1921, William Lyon Mackenzie King of the Liberal Party was elected Prime Minister of Canada in the 14th General Election. Apart from a brief interruption in 1926, and then a five-year period out of office from 1930-35, Mackenzie King would serve as the country’s leader until 1949, the longest-serving in its history.

In this instance, I have posted a bi-wheel chart, to include King’s natal chart, which occupies the inner wheel. When he was elected, transiting Mars was ten days following a conjunction with Jupiter in Libra.

In addition, King, who was born sometime in the evening on December 17, 1874, in Kitchener, Ontario, was himself born two days following a Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Libra. You can’t make this stuff up.

Duplessis Bridge Collapses in Trois-Rivières

Duplessis Bridge Collapses in Trois-RivièresAt least four people (possibly eight) plunged to their deaths in the icy waters of the St. Maurice river, when four concrete and steel spans of the Duplessis bridge between Trois-Rivières and Cap-de-la-Madeleine suddenly collapsed at 2:55 am on January 31, 1951.

The bridge, named after the father of Quebec’s incumbent, long-governing premier, Maurice Duplessis, had only opened in 1948. Although he insisted the collapse was an act of sabotage, it was more likely due to the use of poor quality materials during construction.

Transiting Mars was eight days prior to conjunction with Jupiter in Pisces.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elected Member of Parliament

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elected Member of ParliamentPrime Minister Lester Pearson was elected to a second term in the 27th General Election on November 8, 1965, bringing with him some fresh faces from Quebec.

Dubbed the “three wise men” by the English language press (and the “three doves” by the French language press), union leader Jean Marchand, journalist Gérard Pelletier, and law professor Pierre Trudeau were recruited by the federal Liberal Party to serve as a counter-weight to the growing tide of Quebec nationalism.

As the Liberal Party maintained a tradition of alternating between English and French speaking leaders, it was assumed that one of the three would replace Pearson as the party’s leader when he stepped down. Trudeau, the least well-known of the three, was first appointed Pearson’s parliamentary secretary, and then Justice Minister in 1967.

When Pearson unexpectedly announced his resignation from politics in April 1968, Trudeau was elected to replace him as acting Prime Minister. He soon called an election, and was elected to his first proper term on June 25, 1968.

Transiting Mars in Sagittarius was six days prior to an opposition with Jupiter in Cancer, when Trudeau was elected as a Member of Parliament, by the end of which term he would already be serving as Prime Minister of Canada.

Gens du Pays Song Public Debut

Gens du Pays Public DebutQuebec nationalism entered the 1970s with a literal bang, as the Front de Libération du Québec (FLQ), a loose association of separatist terrorist cells, went from their standard bombings of the 60s, to full-on kidnapping and murder in October 1970 (there is fascinating astrology in this story, involving Venus cycles, which I will also be covering in a future article).

With separatist sentiments continuing to flourish in the province, Gens du Pays, a song sung by pop singer Gilles Vigneault on June 24, 1975, before an audience gathered on Mont-Royal during a St. Jean Baptiste celebration (the Quebec national holiday) would grow to become the movement’s national anthem.

Transiting Mars was nine days following a conjunction with Jupiter in Aries.

René Lévesque and Parti Québécois Elected

René Lévesque & Parti Québécois ElectedWith Quebec nationalism now at a fever pitch, René Lévesque and his separatist party, the Parti Québécois (PQ), took Canada by surprise by winning the provincial election on November 15, 1976.

A former journalist and member of the provincial Liberal party during the early 1960s, Lévesque formed the PQ in 1968, and was first elected to a seat under their banner in 1970. With the PQ now in power, Quebec separation became a real possibility.

Transiting Mars in Scorpio was two days following an opposition to Jupiter in Taurus.

Bill 101 Language Laws Adopted

Bill 101 Language Laws AdoptedNine months after the PQ ascent to power, Quebec’s Charter of the French Language, otherwise known as Bill 101, was passed by the provincial government on August 26, 1977.

Designed to preserve and protect French in the province, the new language laws were primarily aimed at the city of Montreal, where the largest non-francophone population lived.

Ranging from the use of French on commercial signs, to restrictions on admission to English language schools, the new charter was both popular and controversial.

Transiting Mars in Gemini was ten days prior to conjunction with Jupiter in Cancer.

Pépin-Robarts Commission on Canadian Unity

Pépin-Robarts Commission on Canadian UnityThe federal government responded to the election of the PQ in 1976, by forming the Pépin-Robarts Task Force to investigate the question of Canadian unity.

Jean-Luc Pépin, a former cabinet minister in the Trudeau government, and John Robarts, former Conservative Premier of Ontario, were paired for the commission, presenting their report on the morning of January 25, 1979.

Their recommendations included granting further powers to provincial governments, abolishing the Senate, and expanding the Canadian Supreme Court to eleven members, with five members from Quebec.

Prime Minister Trudeau was defeated four months later in the 31st General Election on May 22nd, by Conservative leader Joe Clark, who won a minority government.

The report was published on the same day that transiting Mars in Aquarius was opposite Jupiter in Leo.

Bill 101 Ruled Unconstitutional by Canadian Supreme Court

Bill 101 Ruled Unconstitutional by Supreme Court

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the Quebec Charter of the French Language to be unconstitutional. The ruling added to the resolve of the PQ government to hold a referendum on Quebec separation from Canada the following spring.

Interestingly, on the same day, Prime Minister Joe Clark‘s Conservative minority government, just six months in power, was unexpectedly given a vote of no confidence due to a defeated budget, making a new election necessary.

Former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who had only just announced his decision to retire, was soon coaxed into running for another term.

Transiting Mars was three days prior to a conjunction with Jupiter in Virgo. However, Mars was also thirty-three days away from its retrograde station in Virgo.

In a follow-up article, I will outline the history of Mars retrograde in Virgo in Canadian history, which is equally striking as the Mars-Jupiter cycle. For the time being, note that the Mars retrograde coinciding with its close proximity to Jupiter meant that, this time around, this was only the first of three Mars-Jupiter conjunctions that would occur in the next few months.

Pierre Trudeau Re-Elected Prime Minister of Canada

Pierre Trudeau Re-Elected Prime Minister of CanadaIn a stunning reversal, Liberal leader Pierre Trudeau was elected back to office in the 32nd General Election on February 18, 1980, after being out of office for only nine months.

With the Quebec separation referendum looming, the stakes were high, and Trudeau’s re-election pitted one Quebec leader against another.

Trudeau and Réne Lévesque, who had known each other since the 1950s, sharing many mutual friends and associates, formed the opposing columns at this crucial juncture in Canadian history.

Transiting Mars retrograde was nine days prior to its second of three conjunctions with Jupiter in Virgo.

Quebec Separatist Referendum Defeated

Quebec Separatist Referendum DefeatedA tense campaign that often divided family and friends, the Quebec referendum on sovereignty from Canada was defeated by a 60% vote on May 20, 1980.

Canada had come to the edge of being split apart. Non-francophone Montrealers had fled, and were continuing to leave the city in large numbers.

Prime Minister Trudeau, in his best conciliatory tone, indicated that he wanted to heal wounds by finally patriating Canada’s constitution, which at the time was still composed of British laws, and for which amendments required assent from British parliament.

However, the creation of a new Canadian constitution, which was passed on April 17, 1982, resulted in deepening the country’s schism with Quebec, and to this day the province has not signed it.

On the day of the referendum’s defeat, transiting Mars post-retrograde was sixteen days following its third conjunction with Jupiter in Virgo.

Bloc Québécois Federal Party Officially Created

Bloc Québécois Party Officially CreatedAdding to Quebec’s continued isolation from the patriated Canadian Constitution of 1982, was the failure of a package of proposed Quebec-approved amendments called the Meech Lake Accord in May 1990.

The Bloc Québécois (BQ), initially a loose association of disgruntled Quebec MPs from the Conservative and Liberal parties, had their first candidate in office before they were even a federally registered party. Gilles Duceppe, a union leader, was elected to a parliamentary seat as an independent on August 13, 1990.

However, the BQ was formally created and registered as a federal party the following year, on June 15, 1991. Quebec sovereigntists now had a voice on the federal platform.

Transiting Mars was two days following a conjunction with Jupiter in Leo.

Second Quebec Sovereignty Referendum Defeated

Second Quebec Sovereignty Referendum DefeatedThe failure of both the Meech Lake Accord in 1990, and the Charlottetown Accord in 1992, resulted in a second sovereignty referendum in Quebec, led by Premier Jacques Parizeau, on October 30, 1995.

The vote was much closer this time, nearly straight down the middle, with the sovereigntist side receiving 49.42% of the vote.

Transiting Mars was sixteen days prior to conjunction with Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Paul Martin Defeated with No Confidence Vote

Paul Martin Defeated with No Confidence Vote

Paul Martin took over as Liberal leader and Prime Minister when three-term incumbent Jean Chrétien retired in 2004. On June 28, 2004, he was elected with a minority government in the 38th General Election.

However, trouble was already brewing in the Liberal Party, due to the exposure of a sponsorship scandal, in which the federal government was found to be misusing public funds to promote its role in Quebec.

Defeated in a parliamentary vote of no confidence on November 28, 2005, the first winter election in twenty-five years was called for the following January 23rd.

Transiting Mars retrograde in Taurus was six days prior to opposition with Jupiter in Scorpio when the government was defeated.

Stephen Harper Elected Prime Minister of Canada

Stephen Harper Elected Prime Minister of CanadaWith Paul Martin‘s Liberal Party tainted by the sponsorship scandal, Stephen Harper‘s Conservative Party won, by proportion of seats, the smallest minority government in Canadian history in the 39th General Election on January 23, 2006.

Despite its size, Harper’s first term leading a minority government was the longest in Canadian history, lasting a few months shy of three years. Most minority governments last about a year and a half.

As Mars had been retrograde two months earlier, when the Liberal government fell, transiting Mars post-retrograde in Taurus was now five days following its last opposition with Jupiter in Scorpio.

Stephen Harper Re-Elected Prime Minister of Canada

Stephen Harper Re-Elected Prime Minister of CanadaHaving led two successive minority governments for over five years, Prime Minister Stephen Harper finally won a majority government in the 41st General Election on May 2, 2011.

The election had a number of unique outcomes. The Liberal Party won the fewest seats in its long history, and new party leader Michael Ignatieff lost his own seat in the election. The Bloc Québécois lost official party status due to losing 43 of its 47 seats.

Conversely, the left-leaning NDP Party, led by the charismatic Jack Layton, stole much of the Liberal and BQ thunder, coming in second place and becoming the official opposition. The Green Party’s Elizabeth May became their first candidate to win a seat.

Transiting Mars was two days following a conjunction with Jupiter in Aries.

Justin Trudeau and Saturn-Neptune

Justin Trudeau Saturn NeptuneJustin Trudeau was also born with Saturn in Gemini opposite Neptune in Sagittarius, close to the MC-IC axis.

With his election, transiting Saturn in Sagittarius is approaching a square configuration to Neptune in Pisces.

Since he has those two planets tightly configured in his natal chart, I anticipate that his impending term as Canada’s leader will resonate strongly with the transiting square.

The last time Saturn and Neptune were square, in 1998, the Trudeau family met tragedy when Justin’s youngest brother, Michel, was killed by an avalanche while skiing in the Kootenay Mountains on November 13th that year.

In Canadian politics, the Saturn-Neptune square can be equally devastating.

John A. MacDonald, Canada’s founding father and first prime minister, was forced to resign due to a scandal involving bribery for railroad construction contracts on November 5, 1873 (he was elected back to power five years later), while Saturn in Capricorn was square Neptune in Aries.

The Manitoba School Act, passed on March 31, 1890, while Saturn regressing from Virgo to Leo was square Neptune in Gemini, abolished French as an official language in that province, instigating a bitter legacy that continues to resonate in present-day francophone Canada.

Wilfrid Laurier‘s Naval Service Bill, introduced on January 12, 1910, as Saturn in Aries was square Neptune in Cancer, marked the beginning of the end of his reign, and he was voted out of office the following year.

William Lyon MacKenzie King‘s government fell to a customs scandal on June 27, 1926, while Neptune in Leo was square Saturn in Scorpio, although he was voted back to power two months later.

The FLQ began their bombing campaigns in Montreal in 1963, as Neptune in Scorpio was square Saturn in Aquarius.

Even Pierre Trudeau‘s election in 1980, occurring during a Saturn-Neptune square in Virgo-Sagittarius, coincided with an era that was fraught with political fracture.

Even if he is ultimately facing a successful and popular reign as Canada’s new leader, Justin Trudeau‘s oft-quoted phrase from his acceptance speech, “we beat fear with hope, we beat cynicism with hard work,” will likely echo with ominous tones.

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).

1965: James Brown Records I Got You (I Feel Good)

James Brown white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Breakthrough

Thirty-two year-old singer James Brown records a new song, I Got You (I Feel Good), in Miami. He is re-recording the single, because the existing version was withdrawn due to a legal dispute with King Records. It will become his highest charting hit, reaching number three on the Billboard 100. His previous single, Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, is presently number one on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart.

The transiting Sun and Venus are conjunct in Taurus, resonating with Brown’s natal Sun-Venus conjunction in Taurus, while transiting Mars is post-retrograde in Virgo, resonating with natal Mars post-retrograde in Virgo, reflecting an energetic performance by an extraordinary entertainer. Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Jupiter in Virgo, signifying a rise in fortune.

Mars post-retrograde in Virgo

James Brown astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of I Got You (I Feel Good)

Transiting Sun and Venus (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Sun and Venus (inner wheel, lower left) conjunct in Taurus. Transiting Mars post-retrograde (outer wheel, lower right) and natal Mars post-retrograde in Virgo (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Jupiter in Virgo (inner wheel, lower right)

1903: King Edward VII Arrives in Paris

King Edward VII white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Diplomacy

Sixty-one year-old King Edward VII of Great Britain arrives in Paris for a state visit. The British Empire is unpopular due to atrocities committed during the Boer War in South Africa, and the King is poorly received by the French public. However, he wins their hearts overnight, when he is heard speaking fluent French to a renowned actress. A treaty of alliance is soon signed between the two nations.

Transiting Mars retrograde is stationing direct conjunct Edward’s natal Moon in Virgo, reflecting a shift in reception, from hostile to friendly. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, signifying a swift image makeover. Transiting Neptune in Cancer is opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn, introducing a warm, familiar charm to stiff diplomacy.

Mars retrograde conjunct Moon

King Edward VII astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1903 visit to Paris.

Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, center left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, center left). Transiting Neptune in Cancer (outer wheel, middle right) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle left).

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).

1980: Jimmy Carter Iran Hostage Rescue Failure

Jimmy Carter white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Failure

Fifty-five year-old US President Jimmy Carter announces the failure of a mission to rescue 53 embassy hostages in Iran, taking full personal responsibility. Eight men were killed, and others badly burned, when a series of military aircraft crashed on an airstrip south of Tehran. There is now little hope of the hostages being released anytime soon.

Transiting North Node and Mars is post-retrograde conjunct the natal North Node, Neptune and Venus in Leo, opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius, square transiting Uranus in Scorpio, signifying the impulse to take decisive action. Transiting Saturn is conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo, opposite natal Uranus in Pisces, square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius and Venus in Gemini, indicating scrutiny and criticism on grounds of accountability.

Mars opposite Mars

Jimmy Carter astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the failed hostage rescue mission.

Transiting North Node and Mars post-retrograde (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal North Node, Neptune, and Venus in Leo (inner wheel, upper left), opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Uranus in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo (inner wheel, upper left), opposite natal Uranus in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Venus in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right).

1950: Hank Williams Accidentally Sets Hotel Room on Fire

Hank Williams white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Fire

Twenty-six year-old singer/songwriter Hank Williams accidentally set his Nashville hotel room on fire. He checked in after a fight with his wife, Audrey, and fell asleep with a lit cigarette in his hand. Also, today his song, My Son Calls Another Man Daddy, reaches the Billboard charts, where it will peak at no. 9.

Transiting Mars retrograde is conjunct Williams’ natal Sun and Venus in Virgo, signifying the growing fracture in his marriage and family life. Transiting Saturn retrograde is headed to conjunct natal Mars in Virgo, opposite transiting Venus and natal Uranus in Pisces, indicating potential for accidents and destruction.

Mars retrograde conjunct Sun and Venus

Hank Williams astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for hotel fire

Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun and Venus in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn retrograde (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mars in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left), opposite transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper right) and natal Uranus in Pisces (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).

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).

1857: Roger Taney Leads Dred Scott Decision

roger-taney-brown-stampAstrology and the Antebellum Era

Eighty year-old U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney is the vocal leader in the Dred Scott v. Sanford verdict, a case involving a black slave who is attempting to win emancipation from his owner. The Court decision now permits slavery through the United States territories and does not recognize the citizenship of blacks, denying Scott the right to sue for his freedom.

Transiting Mars and Jupiter are opposite Taney’s natal Mars retrograde in Libra, square natal Jupiter in Cancer, reflecting a perspective that values force and hierarchical order. Transiting Venus is pre-retrograde in Taurus, resonating with natal Venus pre-retrograde in Taurus, signifying the judge’s central role in shaping U.S. social policy.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Astrology bi-wheel chart for Roger Taney and the transits for the Dred Scott v. Sanford decision

Transiting Mars and Jupiter in Aries (outer wheel, bottom left) opposite natal Mars retrograde in Libra (inner wheel, upper right), square natal Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Venus pre-retrograde in Taurus (outer wheel, bottom) resonate with natal Venus pre-retrograde in Taurus (inner wheel, bottom)

1997: Bill Clinton “Blue Dress” Encounter with Monica Lewinsky

bill-clinton-blue-stampFifty year-old U.S. President Bill Clinton has an illicit encounter with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who is wearing a blue dress that she apparently will not wash for some time. The president has had an on and off intimate relationship with her since November 15, 1995. Although he will end it three months from now, lingering evidence left today will come back to haunt him.

Transiting Mars is retrograde in Libra, conjunct Clinton’s natal Ascendant, Mars, and Neptune in Libra, signifying his unwitting offering of what will become the most notorious piece of DNA evidence in U.S. history. Transiting Saturn in Aries is opposite the natal Ascendant in Libra, indicating the relationship has come to its inevitable climax and will soon be over.


Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant, Mars, and Neptune in Libra (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, right center).

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.