1971: Hunter S. Thompson Drives to Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson white cartoon sketch on pink glitter background.Astrology and the American Dream

Thirty-three year-old journalist Hunter S. Thompson drives a rented white Cadillac convertible to Las Vegas from San Francisco, with his travel and drug binge companion, activist lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta. Arriving hungry later that day, the pair pulls up to a taco stand. After placing their order, Acosta asks the cashier for directions to the American Dream, and a journey begins.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn is opposite Thompson’s natal Sun and Pluto in Cancer, square transiting Mercury retrograde in Aries, representing an aggressive and demanding associate. Transiting Saturn in Taurus is opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Scorpio, indicating regret and longing for lost vitality and purpose.

Mars opposite Sun-Pluto

Hunter S. Thompson astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas journey.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Sun and Pluto in Cancer (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Mercury retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn in Taurus (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper right).

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).

1934: Aleister Crowley Files Libel Suit

Aleister Crowley white cartoon sketch set on a blue stucco background.Astrology and Reputation

Fifty-eight year-old occultist author Aleister Crowley files a libel suit against Nina Hamnett, a former friend, whose memoir, The Laughing Torso, refers to his belief in “black magic”. Crowley is less concerned about his infamous reputation than he is the possibility of receiving money. However, it is Crowley who will be put on trial, his ritual practices described in full detail and then condemned by the court.

Transiting Jupiter retrograde is conjunct Crowley’s natal Sun in Libra, opposite transiting Sun and Mars in Aries, indicating his opponent holds the advantage in their contest. Transiting Pluto in Cancer is opposite natal Mars in Capricorn, square natal Venus in Libra, signifying personal exposure and defamation.

Jupiter conjunct Sun

Aleister Crowley astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for court case.

Transiting Jupiter retrograde (outer wheel, bottom center) conjunct natal Sun in Libra (inner wheel, bottom center), opposite transiting Sun and Mars in Aries (outer wheel, top center). Transiting Pluto in Cancer (outer wheel, middle left) opposite natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle right), square natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, bottom center)

1930: Marlene Dietrich Screen Debut in Der Blaue Engel

Marlene Dietrich white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Success

Twenty-eight year-old singer/actress Marlene Dietrich becomes an overnight screen legend with her performance as the showgirl Lola Lola in Josef Von Sternberg’s Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel). After attending the film’s premiere this evening at Berlin’s Gloria-Palast, she will board a train taking her to the SS Bremen and sail with Von Sternberg to New York, where a Hollywood career awaits her.

Transiting Pluto is stationing direct in Cancer, opposite Dietrich’s natal Saturn in Capricorn, signifying the rising star’s acquiescence to the guidance of her mentor. Transiting Venus in Aries is square natal Mars in Capricorn, reflecting the emergence of cinema’s quintessential femme fatale.

Pluto opposite Saturn

Marlene Dietrich astrology bi-wheel chart for the premiere of The Blue Angel

Transiting Pluto station direct in Cancer (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Venus in Aries (outer wheel, top right) square natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom right).

1955: James Dean Begins Filming Rebel Without a Cause

James Dean white cartoon sketch on red stuccoAstrology and Rebellion

Twenty-four year-old actor James Dean begins filming his second feature film, Rebel Without A Cause, with director Nicholas Ray in Los Angeles. His first movie, East of Eden, opened in theatres three weeks ago, and he has been marvelling at the long lines outside theatres as he drives by. By the time Rebel is released next October, he will be dead.

Transiting Jupiter and Uranus are conjunct in Cancer, resonating with Dean’s natal Uranus in Aries square Jupiter in Cancer, signifying the teenage rebel archetype he is creating in pop culture. Transiting Jupiter and Uranus are conjunct natal Pluto in Cancer, opposite natal Saturn and Mercury in Capricorn, reflecting the projection of personal tragedy the rising star introduces into cinematic acting.

Jupiter conjunct Uranus

James Dean astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for Rebel Without A Cause

Transiting Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer (outer wheel, top right) resonate with natal Uranus in Aries (inner wheel, bottom right) square natal Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Jupiter and Uranus conjunct natal Pluto in Cancer (inner wheel, top right), opposite natal Saturn and Mercury in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom left).

1924: H.P. Lovecraft Marries Sonia Greene

H.P. Lovecraft White Image on Red Background Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestThirty-three year-old struggling writer H.P. Lovecraft marries fellow writer Sonia Greene at Saint Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan. A virgin recluse who rarely ventures outside his native home of Providence, Rhode Island, his new wife has coaxed him to live with her in New York City. Although he is a vocal anti-semite, Greene is Jewish.

Transiting Pluto in Cancer is square Lovecraft’s natal Venus in Libra, indicating his seduction by a woman who lives outside of his comfort zone. Transiting Venus in Aries is opposite the natal Moon and Uranus in Libra, signifying the young sheltered man’s introduction to a big scary world by his older, more worldly wife.

H.P. Lovecraft Marries Sonia Greene Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan Best

Transiting Pluto in Cancer (outer wheel, top) square natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, left upper center). Transiting Venus in Aries (outer wheel, right upper center) opposite natal Moon and Uranus in Libra (inner wheel, lower left center).