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.

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).

1961: Burt Lancaster Wins Best Actor Academy Award

Burt Lancaster white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Self-Determination

Forty-seven year-old actor Burt Lancaster wins the Best Actor Oscar for his title role as the paradoxical con man preacher in Elmer Gantry.  Lancaster also co-produced the movie with director Richard Brooks, as an independent company. Of the part, he says, his performance “wasn’t really acting…I was, in essence, playing myself.”

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Lancaster’s natal Sun in Scorpio, while transiting Saturn in Capricorn is square the transiting Sun in Aries, and natal Neptune in Cancer, signifying blurred lines between an actor’s on-and-off screen personality. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Mars in Cancer, reflecting the Academy’s current preference for the strong male type.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Burt Lancaster astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for his Oscar victory

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Sun in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn in Capricorn (outer wheel, bottom center) square transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, right center) and natal Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Mars (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Mars in Cancer (inner wheel, top center)

1913: Emmeline Pankhurst Sentenced to Prison

Emmeline Pankhurst white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Suffrage

Fifty-four year-old British suffragette activist Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the Women’s Social and Political Union, is found guilty of inciting a person or persons unknown to commit felony, and sentenced to three years penal servitude, following a foiled arson attempt for which she has claimed responsibility on behalf of the WSPU. She begins a difficult nine day hunger strike that results in a temporary fifteen-day release on health grounds.

Transiting Neptune is making its direct station conjunct Pankhurst’s natal Sun in Cancer, signifying the fading vitality of a righteous and determined ego, and the power of a willing martyr to a universalist cause. Transiting Mars in Pisces is square transiting Saturn and natal Uranus in Gemini, indicating a confrontation between the forces of order and change.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Emmeline Pankhurst astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her prison sentence.

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, bottom right) conjunct natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Mars in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom left) square transiting Saturn (outer wheel, bottom center) and natal Uranus (inner wheel, bottom center) in Gemini.

2003: Dick Cheney Appears on Meet The Press

Dick Cheney white cartoon sketch on brown stucco backgroundAstrology and War

Sixty-two year-old United States Vice-President Dick Cheney appears on NBC-TV’s Meet The Press on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, stating his belief that U.S. forces will be “greeted as liberators.” Cheney defends the decision to invade, claiming Saddam Hussein’s regime has “reconstituted nuclear weapons.”

The transiting Sun in Pisces is square transiting Saturn in Gemini, resonating with Cheney’s natal square between the natal Sun in Aquarius and Saturn in Taurus, signifying a motivation to manipulate circumstances in an effort to control outcomes. Transiting Neptune has just passed conjunction to the natal Sun in Aquarius, indicating strongly held convictions informed by a self-centred worldview.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Astrology bi-wheel chart of Dick Cheney depicting the transits for his appearance on Meet The Press

Transiting Sun in Pisces (outer wheel, upper right) square transiting Saturn in Gemini (outer wheel, upper left), making a recurrence of the natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right) square natal Saturn in Taurus (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right)

1964: Richard Burton Marries Elizabeth Taylor

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Thirty-eight year-old actor Richard Burton is married to movie star Elizabeth Taylor, in a secretly arranged private ceremony conducted by a Unitarian minister at Montreal’s Ritz Carlton Hotel. The scandalous affair has been a high profile gossip item since the pair became lovers two years earlier, while working on Cleopatra, when both were still married to their previous spouses.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Burton’s natal Sun and Saturn in Scorpio, signifying the accomplished thespian’s growing reputation for his union with one of the world’s most glamorous women. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Moon in Virgo, square natal Mercury in Sagittarius, indicating a restless spirit and frenzied lifestyle.

Neptune conjunct Sun-Saturn

Richard Burton Astrology Bi-Wheel Horoscope chart depicting the transits for his first wedding with Elizabeth Taylor

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Sun and Saturn in Scorpio (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, bottom right) conjunct natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, bottom right), square natal Mercury in Sagittarius (outer wheel, top right)

1981: Philip K. Dick’s Blade Runner Begins Production

White cartoon sketch of Philip K. Dick on blue backgroundAstrology and Androids

Fifty-two year-old science-fiction author Philip K. Dick’s book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is being made into a movie by Alien director Ridley Scott, to be called Blade Runner. Having sold the film options four years ago with the expectation that nobody would actually make the movie, he has not yet been informed that production has already begun.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Dick’s natal SaturnMercury and Sun in Sagittarius, signifying the dystopian world of his futuristic imaginings being brought to life for the screen. Transiting Uranus in Sagittarius is square natal Neptune in Virgo, indicating that after years of publishing in obscurity, the pop culture zeitgeist is finally ready to hear what he has to say.

Neptune conjunct Sun in Sagittarius

Philip K. Dick astrology bi-wheel chart for the transits for the filming of Blade Runner

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Saturn, Mercury, and Sun in Sagittarius (inner wheel, top). Transiting Uranus in Sagittarius (outer wheel, upper right) square natal Neptune in Virgo (inner wheel, lower right).