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).

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).