1866: Otto Von Bismarck Survives Assassination Attempt

Otto Von Bismarck white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Survival

Fifty-five year-old Prussian Prime Minister Otto Von Bismarck is shot from behind on a street in Berlin, by a 22 year-old gunman named Ferdinand Cohen-Blind. Slightly wounded, he manages to wrestle the gun out of his assailant’s hands. Cohen-Blind will slash his own throat in prison tonight. Bismarck’s plan to provoke Austria into declaring war against Prussia is five weeks from fruition.

Transiting South Node and Neptune are conjunct Bismarck’s natal Sun in Aries, square the natal South Node and Moon conjunction in Capricorn, reflecting weak and ineffectual enemies. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Mars in Aquarius, signifying determination to increase one’s sphere of influence.

South Node-Neptune conjunct Sun

Otto Von Bismarck astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the 1966 attempt on his life.

1939: Billie Holiday Records Strange Fruit

Billie Holiday white cartoon sketch on red stucco background.Astrology and Protest

Twenty-four year-old singer Billie Holiday records Strange Fruit, a haunting song about lynching. Her record company, Columbia, has no interest in releasing it, fearing negative reaction in the South. Instead, they have allowed her a one-session release from her contract to produce the record with another label. It will sell one million copies.

Transiting Venus and Jupiter are conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Pisces, square natal Saturn in Gemini, signifying Holiday’s inspired delivery of the song’s sombre metaphoric lyrics. Transiting Mars in Capricorn is square the natal Sun in Aries, while transiting Saturn in Aries is square the natal Moon in Capricorn, reflecting a fearless champion stirred to sing against injustice.

Venus-Jupiter conjunct Mars-Mercury

Billie Holiday astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of Strange Fruit.

Transiting Venus and Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Pisces (inner wheel, lower left), square natal Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, upper left) square natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, bottom center). Transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, bottom center) square natal Moon in Capricorn (inner wheel, left center).

1954: Bill Haley Records Rock Around The Clock

Bill Haley white cartoon sketch on grey stucco background.Astrology and Pioneers

Twenty-eight year-old singer Bill Haley records a new song, Rock Around The Clock, with his band, The Comets. Upon release, the record spends just one week on the Billboard pop chart at number 23. However, next year, when it is featured in the teen movie, Blackboard Jungle, it will spend eight weeks in the number one spot, heralding a new era in popular music.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Haley’s natal Saturn in Scorpio, square natal Mars in Leo, signifying self-definition through a break with the past. Transiting Uranus in Cancer is conjunct natal Jupiter and Moon in Capricorn, indicating an adult’s adoption of a buoyant teenage spirit.

Saturn return

Bill Haley astrology bi-wheel chart for Rock Around The Clock recording session

Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Saturn in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center), square natal Mars in Leo (inner wheel, top left). Transiting Uranus in Cancer (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Jupiter and Moon in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom left)