1969: Jack Nicholson Attends Easy Rider Cannes Premiere

Jack Nicholson white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Stardom

Thirty-two year-old actor/screenplay writer Jack Nicholson attends the premiere of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was shot fourteen months earlier, with Nicholson assuming the role of George Hanson at the last minute, after actor Rip Torn left the set following a scuffle with director/co-star Dennis Hopper. At the premiere, when Nicholson’s face comes on screen, the audience instantly recognizes that he has just become a star.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Nicholson’s natal Sun in Taurus, signifying his character Hanson’s murder in the movie, a sacrifice made on the road to its Mardi Gras climax. Transiting Mars is retrograde in Sagittarius, resonating with natal Mars retrograde in Sagittarius, reflecting the emergence of a new Hollywood iconoclast.

Mars retrograde in Sagittarius

Jack Nicholson astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the premiere of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969.

Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, top). Transiting Mars retrograde in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower right), resonating with natal Mars retrograde in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower right).

1967: Huey Newton Orchestrates Black Panthers State Capitol March

Huey P. Newton white sketch cartoon on green stucco background.Astrology and Militance

Twenty-five year-old activist and recent founder of the nascent Black Panther Party, Huey Newton, organizes a march of thirty armed Black Panthers, led by co-founder Bobby Seale, to the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The BPP is protesting a new bill that would rescind a law allowing loaded firearms to be carried in public, and their dramatic entrance into the Legislature is also an introduction to public exposure.

Transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo are opposite Newton’s natal Moon in Pisces, square transiting Venus in Gemini, signifying a new revolutionary voice introduced to a mounting volatility in US racial tensions. Transiting Neptune in Scorpio is opposite natal Saturn in Taurus, indicating the powerful but fragile movement’s targeting for infiltration and destruction by government authority.

Pluto-Uranus opposite Moon

Huey P. Newton astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the Black Panthers armed visit to the California State Legislature in 1967.

Transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, upper left) opposite natal Moon in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Venus in Gemini (outer wheel, upper right). Transiting Neptune in Scorpio (outer wheel, middle left) opposite natal Saturn in Taurus (inner wheel, middle right).

1971: Hunter S. Thompson Drives to Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson white cartoon sketch on pink glitter background.Astrology and the American Dream

Thirty-three year-old journalist Hunter S. Thompson drives a rented white Cadillac convertible to Las Vegas from San Francisco, with his travel and drug binge companion, activist lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta. Arriving hungry later that day, the pair pulls up to a taco stand. After placing their order, Acosta asks the cashier for directions to the American Dream, and a journey begins.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn is opposite Thompson’s natal Sun and Pluto in Cancer, square transiting Mercury retrograde in Aries, representing an aggressive and demanding associate. Transiting Saturn in Taurus is opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Scorpio, indicating regret and longing for lost vitality and purpose.

Mars opposite Sun-Pluto

Hunter S. Thompson astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas journey.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Sun and Pluto in Cancer (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Mercury retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn in Taurus (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper right).

1999: Jessica Alba Announced to Star in Dark Angel

Jessica Alba white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Body Image

Seventeen year-old actress Jessica Alba is announced to star in Dark Angel, a new sci-fi Fox-TV series produced by Titanic director James Cameron. She begins intensive martial arts training to adopt for her character, a genetically engineered human weapon. Gradually, her focus on maintaining a physical standard will instigate anorexia.

Transiting Venus is conjunct Alba’s natal Midheaven in Taurus, indicating the chosen candidate for a coveted position. Transiting Saturn is crossing over natal Mars, Sun, and Mercury conjunction in Taurus, square transiting Neptune in Aquarius, and opposite transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio, signifying a sacrifice of sustenance, and the challenge of a rigorous physical regime.

Saturn conjunct Mars-Sun-Mercury

Jessica Alba astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Dark Angel hiring

Transiting Venus (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Midheaven in Taurus (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars, Sun, and Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, top right), opposite transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom left), square transiting Neptune in Aquarius (outer wheel, bottom right).

1862: Ulysses Grant at the Battle of Shiloh

Ulysses S. Grant white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Battle

Thirty-nine year-old Union General Ulysses S. Grant leads his troops against Confederate forces at the Battle of Shiloh in southwestern Tennessee. Grant has difficulty holding off rebel advances on this first day, but with reinforcements coming tonight, he will triumph over the enemy at this bloodiest of battles.

Transiting Pluto is conjunct Grant’s natal Jupiter in Taurus, indicating redemption through victory. Transiting Saturn and Jupiter retrograde in Virgo are opposite transiting Mercury and natal Venus in Pisces, resonating with natal Saturn and Jupiter containing the natal Sun in Taurus, signifying a ruined man’s emergence to greatness.

Pluto conjunct Jupiter

Ulysses S. Grant astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the Battle of Shiloh.

Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Jupiter in Taurus (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn and Jupiter in Virgo (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite transiting Mercury (outer wheel, top left) and natal Venus in Pisces (inner wheel, top left), making a recurrence with Grant’s natal Jupiter and Saturn containing the Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, left center).

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)

1970: Suzanne Somers Arrested for Writing Bad Checks

Suzanne Somers white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Debt

Twenty-three year-old aspiring actress and model Suzanne Somers is arrested in San Francisco for writing bad checks totalling $100. After being booked, printed, and strip searched, she avoids prosecution by covering her debts and costs.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Somers’ natal Venus in Sagittarius, while transiting Uranus is conjunct natal Neptune in Libra, indicating potential detachment from reality, and a period of reassessing self-worth. Transiting Mars and Saturn are conjunct in Taurus, square natal Saturn in Leo, and opposite both transiting and natal Jupiter in Scorpio, signifying a hard life lesson on personal accountability through crisis.

Jupiter conjunct Jupiter

Astrology bi-wheel chart of Suzanne Somers and transits for her 1970 arrest

Transiting Mars and Saturn in Taurus (outer wheel, upper right) opposite transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Jupiter in Scorpio (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Venus in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower left)

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).