1993: David Lee Roth Arrested in Pot Bust

David Lee Roth white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and Ambushes

Thirty-eight year-old former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth is arrested alongside twenty-four other people, for purchasing a small quantity of marijuana from a dealer in Washington Square Park. The bust is part of a routine police narcotics sweep. He is given a summons ordering him to appear in court, where he will pay a fine.

The transiting Sun in Aries is opposite Roth’s natal Neptune in Libra, indicating vulnerability to ambush. This opposition is square transiting Mars and natal Uranus and Jupiter in Cancer, and transiting Neptune and Uranus and natal Mars in Capricorn, forming a grand cardinal cross, signifying a show of defiance.

Sun opposite Neptune

David Lee Roth astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for drug bust.

Transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) opposite natal Neptune in Libra (inner wheel, lower left). Both are square transiting Mars (outer wheel, upper left) and natal Uranus and Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left), and transiting Neptune and Uranus (outer wheel, lower right) and natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, lower right).

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).

1965: Frank Zappa Arrested for Making Pornography

Frank Zappa white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Corruption

Twenty-four year-old recording studio owner Frank Zappa is arrested for making a pornographic audio recording in San Bernardino, after an undercover policeman hires him to do so. Facing a maximum sentence of twenty years, he serves ten days in jail and is given three years probation. The setup opens his eyes to the corrupt ploys of local law enforcement.

Transiting Uranus and Mars retrograde in Virgo are opposite transiting Saturn in Pisces, resonating with Zappa’s natal Mars-Uranus opposition in Scorpio-Taurus, signifying a politically awakening experience. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio, opposite transiting Jupiter and natal Uranus in Taurus, indicating his being targeted by misguided authority.

Saturn opposite Uranus-Mars

Frank Zappa astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his arrest.

Transiting Saturn in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom) opposite transiting Uranus and Mars retrograde in Virgo (outer wheel, top), resonating with natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center) opposite natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, right center). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center), opposite transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, right center) conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, right center).

1994: Drew Barrymore Marries Jeremy Thomas

Drew Barrymore white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Immigration

Nineteen year-old actress Drew Barrymore marries Los Angeles bar owner Jeremy Thomas, 31, her Welsh-born boyfriend of six weeks, who is in need of a green card. She proposes to him at two in the morning, and the pair are joined in speedy matrimony three hours later, after calling a 24-hour wedding hotline. The union will last five weeks before she files for divorce.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Barrymore’s natal Mars in Capricorn, signifying the secret reason for the marriage. Transiting Mercury and Saturn are conjunct the natal Sun in Pisces, reflecting the rescue of someone in need. The transiting Sun is conjunct natal Venus in Pisces, indicating an impulsive act motivated by love.

Neptune conjunct Mars

Drew Barrymore astrology bi-wheel chart for her marriage to Jeremy Thomas

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Mercury and Saturn (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Sun in Pisces (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Sun (outer wheel, top left) conjunct natal Venus in Pisces (inner wheel, top left).

2007: Snoop Dogg Arrested in Sweden

Snoop Dogg white cartoon sketch with yellow highlights on a black backgroundAstrology and Hip Hop

Thirty-five year-old hip hop star Snoop Dogg is arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs while in a car driving through Stockholm, Sweden. Having performed a few hours earlier on a double bill with Diddy, a stop on their European Pass the Puff tour, Snoop is held in custody overnight. It is his third drug-related arrest in five months.

Transiting Saturn in Leo is opposite transiting Neptune and Snoop’s natal Mars in Aquarius, indicating a lifestyle that is open to scrutiny and exposure. Transiting Mars in Aquarius is square natal Venus in Scorpio, signifying a boost to the rapper’s reputation and credibility as a bona fide outlaw.

Neptune conjunct Mars

Astrology bi-wheel chart for Snoop Dogg and the transits for his arrest in Stockholm, Sweden

Transiting Saturn in Leo (outer wheel, bottom) opposite transiting Neptune (outer wheel, top) and natal Mars in Aquarius (inner wheel, top). Transiting Mars in Aquarius (outer wheel, top) square natal Venus in Scorpio (inner wheel, right center)

1997: Mary Kay Letourneau Arrested for Statutory Rape

Mary Kay Letourneau Red Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestThirty-five year-old high school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, visibly pregnant, is arrested for having had sexual relations with her thirteen year-old student. A married mother of four, the crisis echoes a scandal fifteen years earlier involving her father, arch-conservative California state senator John Schmitz, who had secretly fathered two children with a former student of his.

Transiting Mercury and Venus in Aquarius, representing young love, are opposite Letourneau’s natal Uranus in Leo, signifying her arrest and the sensational news stories it inspires. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mars in Capricorn, reflecting the adult woman’s infatuation with her adolescent lover.

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Transiting Mercury and Venus in Aquarius (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Uranus in Leo (inner wheel, bottom left). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, bottom right) conjunct natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom right)