1980: Jimmy Carter Iran Hostage Rescue Failure

Jimmy Carter white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Failure

Fifty-five year-old US President Jimmy Carter announces the failure of a mission to rescue 53 embassy hostages in Iran, taking full personal responsibility. Eight men were killed, and others badly burned, when a series of military aircraft crashed on an airstrip south of Tehran. There is now little hope of the hostages being released anytime soon.

Transiting North Node and Mars is post-retrograde conjunct the natal North Node, Neptune and Venus in Leo, opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius, square transiting Uranus in Scorpio, signifying the impulse to take decisive action. Transiting Saturn is conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo, opposite natal Uranus in Pisces, square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius and Venus in Gemini, indicating scrutiny and criticism on grounds of accountability.

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Jimmy Carter astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the failed hostage rescue mission.

Transiting North Node and Mars post-retrograde (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal North Node, Neptune, and Venus in Leo (inner wheel, upper left), opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Uranus in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo (inner wheel, upper left), opposite natal Uranus in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Venus in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right).

1971: Marc Bolan Records Get It On (Bang A Gong)

Marc Bolan white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Glitter

Twenty-three year-old singer/guitarist Marc Bolan of T. Rex records Get It On (Bang A Gong), a song that will define the nascent “glam rock” phenomenon. Bolan recently shortened the band’s name from Tyrannosaurus Rex, changed its flighty acoustic sound to hard rock, and started wearing makeup, feather boas and glitter. Their first a hit single, Ride a White Swan, reached no. 2 on the British pop charts three months ago.

Transiting Neptune and Jupiter retrograde are conjunct Bolan’s natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, reflecting a shift in presentation and aesthetic. The transiting Sun and Mercury retrograde in Aries are opposite natal Mercury in Libra, square natal Mars in Cancer, indicating a new harder edge.

Neptune-Jupiter conjunct Ascendant

Marc Bolan astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of Get It On (Bang a Gong)

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

1970: Suzanne Somers Arrested for Writing Bad Checks

Suzanne Somers white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Debt

Twenty-three year-old aspiring actress and model Suzanne Somers is arrested in San Francisco for writing bad checks totalling $100. After being booked, printed, and strip searched, she avoids prosecution by covering her debts and costs.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Somers’ natal Venus in Sagittarius, while transiting Uranus is conjunct natal Neptune in Libra, indicating potential detachment from reality, and a period of reassessing self-worth. Transiting Mars and Saturn are conjunct in Taurus, square natal Saturn in Leo, and opposite both transiting and natal Jupiter in Scorpio, signifying a hard life lesson on personal accountability through crisis.

Jupiter conjunct Jupiter

Astrology bi-wheel chart of Suzanne Somers and transits for her 1970 arrest

Transiting Mars and Saturn in Taurus (outer wheel, upper right) opposite transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Jupiter in Scorpio (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Venus in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower left)

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).

1971: Joe Frazier Defeats Muhammad Ali

Joe Frazier white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and the Fight of the Century

Twenty-seven year-old heavyweight champion boxer Joe Frazier defeats defrocked champion Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Dubbed the “fight of the century”, Frazier knocks Ali down in the final round with a left hook to his chin. It is the first of three bouts he will have with Ali, and the only one he will win.

Transiting Uranus is conjunct Frazier’s natal Moon in Libra, indicating elevation in recognition and social status. Transiting Neptune and Jupiter in Sagittarius are opposite natal Uranus and Mars in Gemini, signifying the national symbolic value to his triumph against an anti-establishment figure like Ali.

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Joe Frazier Astrology Bi-Wheel Chart Transits for Ali Bout in 1971

Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Moon in Libra (inner wheel, top). Transiting Neptune and Jupiter in Sagittarius (outer wheel, upper left) opposite natal Uranus and Mars in Gemini (inner wheel, lower right)

1860: Abraham Lincoln Gives Cooper Union Speech

Abraham Lincoln Purple Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestFifty-one year-old U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Abraham Lincoln addresses a large audience at New York City’s Cooper Union, securing northeastern support for his party’s nomination in May. He will win November’s election, despite the fact that his name will be excluded from the ballot in nine southern states.

Transiting Saturn in Leo is opposite Lincoln’s natal Sun in Aquarius, signifying the divisive response to his candidacy, leading to the secession movement following his election. Transiting Uranus in Gemini is opposite natal Saturn and Neptune in Sagittarius, reflecting the obscure midwestern lawyer’s connection with the country’s mounting crisis, and his growing notoriety on the national stage.

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Transiting Saturn in Leo (outer wheel, upper right) opposite natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Uranus in Gemini (outer wheel, lower right) opposite natal Saturn and Neptune in Sagittarius (inner wheel, upper left).