1980: Jimmy Carter Iran Hostage Rescue Failure

Jimmy Carter white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Failure

Fifty-five year-old US President Jimmy Carter announces the failure of a mission to rescue 53 embassy hostages in Iran, taking full personal responsibility. Eight men were killed, and others badly burned, when a series of military aircraft crashed on an airstrip south of Tehran. There is now little hope of the hostages being released anytime soon.

Transiting North Node and Mars is post-retrograde conjunct the natal North Node, Neptune and Venus in Leo, opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius, square transiting Uranus in Scorpio, signifying the impulse to take decisive action. Transiting Saturn is conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo, opposite natal Uranus in Pisces, square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius and Venus in Gemini, indicating scrutiny and criticism on grounds of accountability.

Mars opposite Mars

Jimmy Carter astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the failed hostage rescue mission.

Transiting North Node and Mars post-retrograde (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal North Node, Neptune, and Venus in Leo (inner wheel, upper left), opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Uranus in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo (inner wheel, upper left), opposite natal Uranus in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Venus in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right).

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).

1950: Hank Williams Accidentally Sets Hotel Room on Fire

Hank Williams white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Fire

Twenty-six year-old singer/songwriter Hank Williams accidentally set his Nashville hotel room on fire. He checked in after a fight with his wife, Audrey, and fell asleep with a lit cigarette in his hand. Also, today his song, My Son Calls Another Man Daddy, reaches the Billboard charts, where it will peak at no. 9.

Transiting Mars retrograde is conjunct Williams’ natal Sun and Venus in Virgo, signifying the growing fracture in his marriage and family life. Transiting Saturn retrograde is headed to conjunct natal Mars in Virgo, opposite transiting Venus and natal Uranus in Pisces, indicating potential for accidents and destruction.

Mars retrograde conjunct Sun and Venus

Hank Williams astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for hotel fire

Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun and Venus in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn retrograde (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mars in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left), opposite transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper right) and natal Uranus in Pisces (inner wheel, upper right).

1966: Roy Orbison Injured in Motorcycle Accident

Roy Orbison white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Accidents

Twenty-nine year-old singer Roy Orbison breaks his ankle in a motorcycle accident, as he rides around a Shropshire, England racetrack. His estranged wife, Claudette, rushes from the U.S. to be by his side. Ten weeks from now, she will be killed on a Tennessee road while riding on a motorcycle next to his.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Orbison’s natal Venus in Aries, signifying reconciliation through crisis. Transiting Saturn is conjunct natal Saturn in Pisces, square both transiting Jupiter in Gemini and natal Jupiter in Sagittarius, opposite transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo, signifying a devastating combination of good and bad fortune.

Saturn square Jupiter

Roy Orbison Astrology Bi-Wheel Chart depicting transits for his 1966 motorcycle accident.

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

1965: Frank Zappa Arrested for Making Pornography

Frank Zappa white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Corruption

Twenty-four year-old recording studio owner Frank Zappa is arrested for making a pornographic audio recording in San Bernardino, after an undercover policeman hires him to do so. Facing a maximum sentence of twenty years, he serves ten days in jail and is given three years probation. The setup opens his eyes to the corrupt ploys of local law enforcement.

Transiting Uranus and Mars retrograde in Virgo are opposite transiting Saturn in Pisces, resonating with Zappa’s natal Mars-Uranus opposition in Scorpio-Taurus, signifying a politically awakening experience. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio, opposite transiting Jupiter and natal Uranus in Taurus, indicating his being targeted by misguided authority.

Saturn opposite Uranus-Mars

Frank Zappa astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his arrest.

Transiting Saturn in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom) opposite transiting Uranus and Mars retrograde in Virgo (outer wheel, top), resonating with natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center) opposite natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, right center). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center), opposite transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, right center) conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, right center).