1903: King Edward VII Arrives in Paris

King Edward VII white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Diplomacy

Sixty-one year-old King Edward VII of Great Britain arrives in Paris for a state visit. The British Empire is unpopular due to atrocities committed during the Boer War in South Africa, and the King is poorly received by the French public. However, he wins their hearts overnight, when he is heard speaking fluent French to a renowned actress. A treaty of alliance is soon signed between the two nations.

Transiting Mars retrograde is stationing direct conjunct Edward’s natal Moon in Virgo, reflecting a shift in reception, from hostile to friendly. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, signifying a swift image makeover. Transiting Neptune in Cancer is opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn, introducing a warm, familiar charm to stiff diplomacy.

Mars retrograde conjunct Moon

King Edward VII astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1903 visit to Paris.

Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, center left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, center left). Transiting Neptune in Cancer (outer wheel, middle right) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle left).

1910: Louis Paulhan Wins 1st Long-Distance Flight Race

Louis Paulhan white cartoon stamp on blue stucco background.Astrology and Distance

Twenty-six year-old French pilot Louis Paulhan, holding flight license number ten, wins the first long-distance aviation race. He lands in Manchester less than twelve hours after leaving London, with an overnight stop in Lichfield, earning a £10,000 prize from the Daily Mail. To ensure victory, the last stretch was flown in the dark, marking the first night-time take-off in flight history.

Transiting Uranus in Capricorn is opposite Paulhan’s natal Sun in Cancer, square transiting Saturn in Aries, reflecting high stakes competition that inspires an unprecedented achievement in the world of aviation. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer, signifying successful navigation in the dark.

Uranus opposite Sun

Transiting Uranus in Capricorn (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom left), square transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, top left). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left).

Transiting Uranus in Capricorn (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom left), square transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, top left). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left).

1910: Theodore Roosevelt Speaks at Sorbonne

Theodore Roosevelt white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Action

Sixty-one year-old former US President Theodore Roosevelt speaks before a distinguished gathering at the Sorbonne in Paris. His speech, Citizenship in a Republic, includes a passage that will be oft-quoted in the years to come, known as “Man in the Arena,” extolling the virtues of participation and action over passive criticism.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Roosevelt’s natal Moon in Cancer, opposite natal Mars in Capricorn, reflecting the rare and special welcome extended by the intellectual community to the foreign former statesman. Transiting Mars and Pluto are conjunct the natal Ascendant in Gemini, signifying oratory that praises assertion and engagement with the struggles of life.

Neptune conjunct Moon

Theodore Roosevelt astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for his "Man in the Arena" speech at the Sorbonne.

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Moon in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left), opposite natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mars and Pluto (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Gemini (inner wheel, left center).

1954: Joe McCarthy Televised Hearings Begin

Joe McCarthy white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Reputation

Forty-five year-old US Senator and communist hunter Joseph McCarthy begins a series of televised hearings with the Subcommittee on Investigations. He and the US Army are testifying against each other, and the proceedings will be broadcast for the next 36 work days, until June 17th. When it is done, McCarthy’s reputation will be ruined.

Transiting Pluto in Leo is square both transiting Venus in Taurus, and McCarthy’s natal Sun in Scorpio, indicating a standoff between adversaries of unequal power. Transiting Mercury in Aries is opposite natal Venus in Libra, and square both natal Uranus in Capricorn and Neptune in Cancer, signifying the elusive sway of public opinion.

Pluto square Sun

Joe McCarthy astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the opening of televised Senate hearings.

Transiting Pluto in Leo (outer wheel, lower right) square transiting Venus in Taurus (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Sun in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, center left) opposite natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, center right), square natal Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom center) and Uranus in Capricorn (inner wheel, top center).

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.

1982: Katharine Hepburn Wins Fourth Oscar

Katharine Hepburn white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Achievement

Seventy-four year-old actress Katharine Hepburn wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in On Golden Pond. It is her fourth Oscar victory, setting a new record for the most awarded to an actor. Busy working with a touring Broadway company in Washington, she is not in attendance for the Oscar ceremony, as was the case with her previous three wins.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Hepburn’s natal Ascendant in Scorpio, opposite natal Mercury in Taurus, reflecting her absence for being occupied elsewhere. Transiting Mars retrograde in Libra is opposite the transiting Sun in Aries, square natal Jupiter and Neptune in Cancer, and natal Uranus and Mars in Capricorn, signifying exalted status for an unprecedented achievement.

 Jupiter conjunct Ascendant

Katharine Hepburn astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1982 Oscar Win

Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, center left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Scorpio (inner wheel, center left), opposite natal Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, center right). Transiting Mars retrograde in Libra (outer wheel, upper left) opposite transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, lower right), square natal Jupiter and Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, upper right), and natal Uranus and Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, lower left).

1933: Art Tatum Debut Solo Recording

Art Tatum white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and the Piano

Twenty-three year-old pianist Art Tatum records his first solo session at Brunswick Studio in New York, performing a total of four songs, including Tiger Rag, which becomes his signature tune. The recently arrived Ohio native recently outclassed older, seasoned stride pianists, like Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, and James P. Johnson, in a cutting contest at Morgan’s Bar.

The transiting Sun in Aries is opposite Tatum’s natal Jupiter in Libra, reflecting an optimum setting for an exuberant creative release. Transiting Uranus has just passed conjunction to natal Saturn in Aries, opposite the natal Sun in Libra, square both natal Uranus in Capricorn and Neptune in Cancer, signifying a genre-defining performance.

Uranus opposite Sun

Art Tatum astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his debut solo recording

Transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite natal Jupiter in Libra (inner wheel, upper left). Transiting Uranus in Aries (outer wheel, lower right) opposite natal Sun in Libra (inner wheel, upper left).