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.

1964: Paul Simon Records The Sounds of Silence

Paul Simon white cartoon stamp sketch on orange background.Astrology and Garfunkel

Twenty-two year-old singer/guitarist/songwriter Paul Simon records a new song he wrote, The Sounds of Silence, with duet partner Art Garfunkel, at the pair’s first album session for Columbia records. The song was written a month earlier, as a response to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Although Simon & Garfunkel will break up soon after their album flops, a remixed electric version of The Sounds of Silence will reunite them as pop stars a year from now.

Transiting Saturn in Aquarius is square Simon’s natal Saturn and Uranus in Taurus, reflecting the songwriter’s ode to a mourning nation. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Virgo, indicating a period of self-reinvention, and for extraneous circumstances setting a new course of direction.

Saturn square Saturn-Uranus

Astrology bi-wheel chart of Paul Simon and the transits for the recording of The Sounds of Silence.

Transiting Saturn in Aquarius (outer wheel, lower right) square natal Saturn and Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Virgo (inner wheel, left center).

1988: Larry Flynt Wins Supreme Court Decision

Larry Flynt Blue Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestForty-seven year-old pornography publisher Larry Flynt wins a Supreme Court case against TV Christian evangelist Jerry Falwell, in a decision that protects satire in the First Amendment. Falwell filed a lawsuit against Flynt in 1983, after Flynt’s magazine Hustler published a fake liquor advertisement that “quotes” Falwell admitting to having sex with his mother in an outhouse.

Transiting Uranus, Saturn, and Mars are conjunct in Capricorn, resonating with Flynt’s natal Uranus and Saturn in Gemini, indicating an unexpected verdict against the status quo. The triple conjunction is square natal Neptune in Libra, representing popular culture, signifying the decision’s lasting impact on American law and the arts.

Larry Flynt/Supreme Court 1988 Bi-Wheel

Transiting Uranus, Saturn, and Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, right) resonate with Flynt’s natal Uranus and Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, left)