1903: King Edward VII Arrives in Paris

King Edward VII white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Diplomacy

Sixty-one year-old King Edward VII of Great Britain arrives in Paris for a state visit. The British Empire is unpopular due to atrocities committed during the Boer War in South Africa, and the King is poorly received by the French public. However, he wins their hearts overnight, when he is heard speaking fluent French to a renowned actress. A treaty of alliance is soon signed between the two nations.

Transiting Mars retrograde is stationing direct conjunct Edward’s natal Moon in Virgo, reflecting a shift in reception, from hostile to friendly. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, signifying a swift image makeover. Transiting Neptune in Cancer is opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn, introducing a warm, familiar charm to stiff diplomacy.

Mars retrograde conjunct Moon

King Edward VII astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1903 visit to Paris.

Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, center left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, center left). Transiting Neptune in Cancer (outer wheel, middle right) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle left).

1961: Burt Lancaster Wins Best Actor Academy Award

Burt Lancaster white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Self-Determination

Forty-seven year-old actor Burt Lancaster wins the Best Actor Oscar for his title role as the paradoxical con man preacher in Elmer Gantry.  Lancaster also co-produced the movie with director Richard Brooks, as an independent company. Of the part, he says, his performance “wasn’t really acting…I was, in essence, playing myself.”

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Lancaster’s natal Sun in Scorpio, while transiting Saturn in Capricorn is square the transiting Sun in Aries, and natal Neptune in Cancer, signifying blurred lines between an actor’s on-and-off screen personality. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Mars in Cancer, reflecting the Academy’s current preference for the strong male type.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Burt Lancaster astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for his Oscar victory

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Sun in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn in Capricorn (outer wheel, bottom center) square transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, right center) and natal Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Mars (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Mars in Cancer (inner wheel, top center)

1989: Mikhail Gorbachev at Cuban National Assembly

Mikhail Gorbachev white cartoon sketch on red stucco background.Astrology and Disintegration

Fifty-eight year-old Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev addresses the Cuban National Assembly in Havana. His proposed political and economic reforms are greeted with suspicion by Fidel Castro, and with financial support for the once loyal Caribbean Marxist-Leninist satellite dwindling, the state visit ends in a chill.

Transiting Jupiter in Gemini is square Gorbachev’s natal Neptune in Virgo, indicating a reassessment of ideological principles. Transiting Neptune and Saturn in Capricorn are opposite natal Jupiter retrograde in Cancer, and square transiting Venus, the Sun, and Mercury, and natal Uranus in Aries, signifying the broken association between a disintegrating great power and its small militant ally.

Neptune-Saturn square Uranus

Mikhail Gorbachev astrology bi-wheel chart for Cuban visit.

Transiting Neptune and Saturn in Capricorn (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom right), square transiting Venus, Sun, and Mercury (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Uranus in Aries (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Jupiter in Gemini (outer wheel, bottom center) square natal Neptune in Virgo (inner wheel, middle right).

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).

1956: Sylvia Plath Meets Ted Hughes

Sylvia Plath Green Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestTwenty-three year-old American poet Sylvia Plath, attending Cambridge University on a Fulbright Fellowship, meets fellow poet Ted Hughes at a crowded and noisy literary party. Drunk, she bites him hard on the cheek after he brazenly kisses her on the lips. The pair will be married in four months.

Transiting Jupiter and Pluto in Leo, representing overwhelming power, are opposite Plath’s natal Ascendant in Aquarius, signifying the introduction of a inspiring, but potentially destructive influence into her life. Transiting Uranus in Cancer is opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn, indicating a foreigner’s struggle to adapt to a new home.

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Transiting Jupiter and Pluto in Leo (outer wheel, middle right) opposite Plath’s natal Ascendant in Aquarius (inner wheel, middle left). Transiting Uranus in Cancer (outer wheel, lower right) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, upper left)

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)