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).

1939: Billie Holiday Records Strange Fruit

Billie Holiday white cartoon sketch on red stucco background.Astrology and Protest

Twenty-four year-old singer Billie Holiday records Strange Fruit, a haunting song about lynching. Her record company, Columbia, has no interest in releasing it, fearing negative reaction in the South. Instead, they have allowed her a one-session release from her contract to produce the record with another label. It will sell one million copies.

Transiting Venus and Jupiter are conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Pisces, square natal Saturn in Gemini, signifying Holiday’s inspired delivery of the song’s sombre metaphoric lyrics. Transiting Mars in Capricorn is square the natal Sun in Aries, while transiting Saturn in Aries is square the natal Moon in Capricorn, reflecting a fearless champion stirred to sing against injustice.

Venus-Jupiter conjunct Mars-Mercury

Billie Holiday astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of Strange Fruit.

Transiting Venus and Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Pisces (inner wheel, lower left), square natal Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, upper left) square natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, bottom center). Transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, bottom center) square natal Moon in Capricorn (inner wheel, left center).

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).

1997: Bill Clinton “Blue Dress” Encounter with Monica Lewinsky

bill-clinton-blue-stampFifty year-old U.S. President Bill Clinton has an illicit encounter with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who is wearing a blue dress that she apparently will not wash for some time. The president has had an on and off intimate relationship with her since November 15, 1995. Although he will end it three months from now, lingering evidence left today will come back to haunt him.

Transiting Mars is retrograde in Libra, conjunct Clinton’s natal Ascendant, Mars, and Neptune in Libra, signifying his unwitting offering of what will become the most notorious piece of DNA evidence in U.S. history. Transiting Saturn in Aries is opposite the natal Ascendant in Libra, indicating the relationship has come to its inevitable climax and will soon be over.

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Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant, Mars, and Neptune in Libra (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, right center).