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).

1944: Wernher Von Braun Arrested by Gestapo

Wernher Von Braun white cartoon sketch on orange stucco backgroundAstrology and Rockets

Thirty-one year-old German rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun is arrested by the Gestapo for expressing a defeatist attitude towards the war, and for suggesting he would prefer to develop rockets for space travel instead of weaponry. He will be held for two weeks, at risk of execution, until he is released in order to continue the deadly V-2 rocket program.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Von Braun’s natal Pluto and Ascendant in Gemini, reflecting his central role in developing rocket science. Transiting Neptune in Libra is opposite the natal Sun in Aries, signifying vulnerability to intrigue and social isolation.

Neptune opposite Sun

Wernher Von Braun astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his arrest by the Gestapo.

Transiting Mars (outer wheel, left) conjunct natal Pluto and Ascendant in Gemini (inner wheel, left). Transiting Neptune in Libra (outer wheel, bottom) opposite natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, top)