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).

1954: Joe McCarthy Televised Hearings Begin

Joe McCarthy white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Reputation

Forty-five year-old US Senator and communist hunter Joseph McCarthy begins a series of televised hearings with the Subcommittee on Investigations. He and the US Army are testifying against each other, and the proceedings will be broadcast for the next 36 work days, until June 17th. When it is done, McCarthy’s reputation will be ruined.

Transiting Pluto in Leo is square both transiting Venus in Taurus, and McCarthy’s natal Sun in Scorpio, indicating a standoff between adversaries of unequal power. Transiting Mercury in Aries is opposite natal Venus in Libra, and square both natal Uranus in Capricorn and Neptune in Cancer, signifying the elusive sway of public opinion.

Pluto square Sun

Joe McCarthy astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the opening of televised Senate hearings.

Transiting Pluto in Leo (outer wheel, lower right) square transiting Venus in Taurus (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Sun in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, center left) opposite natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, center right), square natal Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom center) and Uranus in Capricorn (inner wheel, top center).

1927: Mae West Sentenced to Jail

Mae West white cartoon sketch on pink stucco background.Astrology and Defiance

Thirty-four year-old actress Mae West is sentenced to ten days jail on obscenity charges. Her play, Sex, which she wrote and starred in, has scandalized New York, particularly due to her dancing the “shimmy” during her performance, a jazz dance belonging to black culture.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct West’s natal Sun in Leo, reflecting her central role in testing the boundaries of taboo in the Jazz Age. Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Venus post-retrograde in Cancer, signifying the attempted repression of an artist. The transiting North Node and Mars are conjunct the natal Moon in Cancer, square transiting Uranus and Mercury in Aries, indicating a defiant champion of resistance to class conflict and exploitation.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Mae West astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1927 obscenity conviction

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, bottom center) conjunct natal Sun in Leo (inner wheel, bottom center). Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Venus post-retrograde in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Uranus and Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, upper right), square transiting North Node and Mars (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Moon in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left).

1980: Meryl Streep Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Meryl Streep white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Distinction

Thirty year-old actress Meryl Streep wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer. Filmed six months following the death of her partner, John Cazale, of cancer two years ago, she threw herself into work as a diversion from her grief.

Transiting Venus is conjunct Streep’s natal Mars and Mercury in Gemini, reflecting acknowledgment for a job well done. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Saturn in Virgo, signifying a healing experience. Transiting Mercury in Aries is square the natal Sun and Uranus in Cancer, indicating a ritual ceremony that distinguishes her in the eyes of the world.

Jupiter conjunct Saturn

Meryl Streep astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her first Oscar victory.

Transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Saturn in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) square natal Sun and Uranus in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left).

1989: Mikhail Gorbachev at Cuban National Assembly

Mikhail Gorbachev white cartoon sketch on red stucco background.Astrology and Disintegration

Fifty-eight year-old Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev addresses the Cuban National Assembly in Havana. His proposed political and economic reforms are greeted with suspicion by Fidel Castro, and with financial support for the once loyal Caribbean Marxist-Leninist satellite dwindling, the state visit ends in a chill.

Transiting Jupiter in Gemini is square Gorbachev’s natal Neptune in Virgo, indicating a reassessment of ideological principles. Transiting Neptune and Saturn in Capricorn are opposite natal Jupiter retrograde in Cancer, and square transiting Venus, the Sun, and Mercury, and natal Uranus in Aries, signifying the broken association between a disintegrating great power and its small militant ally.

Neptune-Saturn square Uranus

Mikhail Gorbachev astrology bi-wheel chart for Cuban visit.

Transiting Neptune and Saturn in Capricorn (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom right), square transiting Venus, Sun, and Mercury (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Uranus in Aries (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Jupiter in Gemini (outer wheel, bottom center) square natal Neptune in Virgo (inner wheel, middle right).

1905: Eleanor Roosevelt Marries Franklin Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and Aristocrats

Twenty year-old aristocrat orphan Eleanor Roosevelt marries her fifth cousin once removed, Franklin Roosevelt. Her uncle, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, gives her away at the ceremony, which is reported on the front page of the New York Times the following day. Her new mother-in-law bought the newlyweds a house, three blocks away from her own.

Transiting Saturn in Aquarius is opposite Roosevelt’s natal Jupiter in Leo, indicating a young woman’s submission to the powerful personalities around her. Transiting Mercury in Aries is opposite natal Mercury in Libra, signifying a union of two opposite but complimentary personalities.

Saturn opposite Jupiter

Astrology bi-wheel chart for Eleanor Roosevelt's wedding to Franklin Roosevelt

Transiting Saturn in Aquarius (outer wheel, bottom left) opposite natal Jupiter in Leo (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite natal Mercury in Libra (inner wheel, top left)