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).

1971: Margaret Sinclair Marries Pierre Trudeau

Margaret Sinclair Trudeau Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestAstrology and Canada’s First Couple

Twenty-two year-old student Margaret Sinclair marries fifty-one year-old Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in a discreet private ceremony in Lynn Valley, B.C. The couple met on a beach in Tahiti four years earlier, when Trudeau was Minister of Justice, and Sinclair a teenager on vacation with her family. The relationship has been a closely kept secret until now, and all of Canada is surprised by the news.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Sinclair’s natal Moon in Sagittarius, indicating the shock of entering public life and the difficulty she will have adapting to it. Transiting Uranus is conjunct natal Mercury and Neptune in Libra, signifying her sudden emergence as Canada’s new First Lady, and the hip flower child innocence she brings to the role.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Margaret Sinclair Marries Pierre Trudeau Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan Best

Transiting Mars (outer wheel, bottom left) conjunct the natal Moon in Sagittarius (inner wheel, bottom left). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mercury and Neptune in Libra (outer wheel, inner left)