1986: Geraldo Rivera Opens Al Capone’s Vault

Geraldo Rivera white cartoon sketch on brown stucco background.Astrology and Fluke

Forty-two year-old TV reporter Geraldo Rivera opens an old vault that used to belong to Chicago gangster Al Capone on live television, only to find it completely empty. The two-hour special, hyped as a spectacular, ends with an embarrassing whimper. However, he wakes the next morning to learn it had the largest audience of any broadcast in television history.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn is opposite Rivera’s natal Sun in Cancer, indicating a strong show of support from the network and viewers. Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius is opposite natal Uranus in Gemini, while transiting Uranus in Sagittarius is opposite natal Saturn in Gemini, indicating notoriety for an unexpected reason.

Mars opposite Sun

Geraldo Rivera astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the Al Capone vault broadcast.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, top center left) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom center right). Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius (outer wheel, to top right) opposite natal Uranus in Gemini (inner wheel, bottom left). Transiting Uranus in Sagittarius (outer wheel, top center) opposite natal Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, bottom center).

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).

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: Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys Record I Get Around

Brian Wilson white cartoon sketch on brown stucco background.Astrology and Harmony

Twenty-one year-old Beach Boys songwriter/bassist Brian Wilson records I Get Around, which will become the group’s first number one single in the US, and its first top ten in the UK. During the session, an argument with his father, Murry Wilson, who is also the group’s manager, results in the elder Wilson’s dismissal.

Transiting Venus is conjunct Wilson’s natal Ascendant in Taurus, signifying creative inspiration and the application of a winning formula. Transiting Pluto is conjunct the natal Moon in Virgo, indicating the sensitive artist’s growing need for artistic control, and familial strife. Transiting Saturn in Pisces is opposite transiting Uranus in Virgo, both square natal Uranus and Saturn in Gemini, reflecting the blossoming talents of a youthful musical mastermind.

Venus conjunct Ascendant

Brian Wilson astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of I Get Around.

Transiting Venus (outer wheel, middle left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Taurus (inner wheel, middle left). Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, bottom right) conjunct natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Saturn in Pisces (outer wheel, top center) opposite transiting Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, bottom center), square natal Uranus and Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, middle left).

2003: Dick Cheney Appears on Meet The Press

Dick Cheney white cartoon sketch on brown stucco backgroundAstrology and War

Sixty-two year-old United States Vice-President Dick Cheney appears on NBC-TV’s Meet The Press on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, stating his belief that U.S. forces will be “greeted as liberators.” Cheney defends the decision to invade, claiming Saddam Hussein’s regime has “reconstituted nuclear weapons.”

The transiting Sun in Pisces is square transiting Saturn in Gemini, resonating with Cheney’s natal square between the natal Sun in Aquarius and Saturn in Taurus, signifying a motivation to manipulate circumstances in an effort to control outcomes. Transiting Neptune has just passed conjunction to the natal Sun in Aquarius, indicating strongly held convictions informed by a self-centred worldview.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Astrology bi-wheel chart of Dick Cheney depicting the transits for his appearance on Meet The Press

Transiting Sun in Pisces (outer wheel, upper right) square transiting Saturn in Gemini (outer wheel, upper left), making a recurrence of the natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right) square natal Saturn in Taurus (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right)

2006: Isaac Hayes Quits South Park

Isaac Hayes white cartoon sketch on red stucco background.Astrology and Chef

Sixty-three year-old singer and television voice actor Isaac Hayes quits his role as Chef on the animated program South Park, stating the show has crossed the line of satire with a recent episode that lampooned Scientology and Tom Cruise. Hayes, a longtime member of the Church of Scientology, cites “inappropriate ridicule” of religion as being his reason for leaving.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Hayes’ natal Venus and Pluto in Leo, indicating a painful ending of friendships. Transiting Uranus in Pisces is opposite natal Mars and Mercury in Virgo, square transiting Mars and natal Saturn in Gemini, signifying the sudden reversal of a political position.

Saturn conjunct Venus-Pluto

Astrology bi-wheel chart for Isaac Hayes and the transits for the date he quit South Park.

Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Venus and Pluto in Leo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Uranus in Pisces (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Mars and Mercury in Virgo (inner wheel, bottom left), square transiting Mars (outer wheel, upper left) and natal Saturn in Gemini (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)