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).

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).

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).