1866: Otto Von Bismarck Survives Assassination Attempt

Otto Von Bismarck white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Survival

Fifty-five year-old Prussian Prime Minister Otto Von Bismarck is shot from behind on a street in Berlin, by a 22 year-old gunman named Ferdinand Cohen-Blind. Slightly wounded, he manages to wrestle the gun out of his assailant’s hands. Cohen-Blind will slash his own throat in prison tonight. Bismarck’s plan to provoke Austria into declaring war against Prussia is five weeks from fruition.

Transiting South Node and Neptune are conjunct Bismarck’s natal Sun in Aries, square the natal South Node and Moon conjunction in Capricorn, reflecting weak and ineffectual enemies. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Mars in Aquarius, signifying determination to increase one’s sphere of influence.

South Node-Neptune conjunct Sun

Otto Von Bismarck astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the 1966 attempt on his life.

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).

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)

1993: David Lee Roth Arrested in Pot Bust

David Lee Roth white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and Ambushes

Thirty-eight year-old former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth is arrested alongside twenty-four other people, for purchasing a small quantity of marijuana from a dealer in Washington Square Park. The bust is part of a routine police narcotics sweep. He is given a summons ordering him to appear in court, where he will pay a fine.

The transiting Sun in Aries is opposite Roth’s natal Neptune in Libra, indicating vulnerability to ambush. This opposition is square transiting Mars and natal Uranus and Jupiter in Cancer, and transiting Neptune and Uranus and natal Mars in Capricorn, forming a grand cardinal cross, signifying a show of defiance.

Sun opposite Neptune

David Lee Roth astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for drug bust.

Transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) opposite natal Neptune in Libra (inner wheel, lower left). Both are square transiting Mars (outer wheel, upper left) and natal Uranus and Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left), and transiting Neptune and Uranus (outer wheel, lower right) and natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, lower right).

1983: Jessica Lange Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Jessica Lange white cartoon sketch on orange stucco background.Astrology and Winning

Thirty-three year-old actress Jessica Lange wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Tootsie, but loses the Best Actress award for her role in Frances. She is the first performer in forty years to receive two nominations in the same year.

The transiting Sun is conjunct Lange’s natal Mars in Aries, indicating a winning edge. Transiting Mercury is conjunct natal Mercury in Taurus, square the natal Moon in Aquarius, reflecting a split in fortunes. Transiting Saturn in Scorpio is opposite transiting Mars, and the natal Sun and Venus in Taurus, square natal Jupiter in Aquarius, signifying a consolation prize.

Sun conjunct Mars

Jessica Lange astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1983 Oscar victory.

Transiting Sun (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars in Aries (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Mercury (outer wheel, top left) conjunct natal Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, top left), square natal Moon in Aquarius (inner wheel, right upper center). Transiting Saturn in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom center) opposite transiting Mars (outer wheel, top center) and natal Sun and Venus in Taurus (inner wheel, top center), square natal Jupiter in Aquarius (inner wheel, right lower center)

1934: Aleister Crowley Files Libel Suit

Aleister Crowley white cartoon sketch set on a blue stucco background.Astrology and Reputation

Fifty-eight year-old occultist author Aleister Crowley files a libel suit against Nina Hamnett, a former friend, whose memoir, The Laughing Torso, refers to his belief in “black magic”. Crowley is less concerned about his infamous reputation than he is the possibility of receiving money. However, it is Crowley who will be put on trial, his ritual practices described in full detail and then condemned by the court.

Transiting Jupiter retrograde is conjunct Crowley’s natal Sun in Libra, opposite transiting Sun and Mars in Aries, indicating his opponent holds the advantage in their contest. Transiting Pluto in Cancer is opposite natal Mars in Capricorn, square natal Venus in Libra, signifying personal exposure and defamation.

Jupiter conjunct Sun

Aleister Crowley astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for court case.

Transiting Jupiter retrograde (outer wheel, bottom center) conjunct natal Sun in Libra (inner wheel, bottom center), opposite transiting Sun and Mars in Aries (outer wheel, top center). Transiting Pluto in Cancer (outer wheel, middle left) opposite natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle right), square natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, bottom 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).

1982: Katharine Hepburn Wins Fourth Oscar

Katharine Hepburn white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Achievement

Seventy-four year-old actress Katharine Hepburn wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in On Golden Pond. It is her fourth Oscar victory, setting a new record for the most awarded to an actor. Busy working with a touring Broadway company in Washington, she is not in attendance for the Oscar ceremony, as was the case with her previous three wins.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Hepburn’s natal Ascendant in Scorpio, opposite natal Mercury in Taurus, reflecting her absence for being occupied elsewhere. Transiting Mars retrograde in Libra is opposite the transiting Sun in Aries, square natal Jupiter and Neptune in Cancer, and natal Uranus and Mars in Capricorn, signifying exalted status for an unprecedented achievement.

 Jupiter conjunct Ascendant

Katharine Hepburn astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1982 Oscar Win

Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, center left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Scorpio (inner wheel, center left), opposite natal Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, center right). Transiting Mars retrograde in Libra (outer wheel, upper left) opposite transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, lower right), square natal Jupiter and Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, upper right), and natal Uranus and Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, lower left).

1985: Sally Field Wins Best Actress Oscar

Sally Field white cartoon sketch on pink stucco background.Astrology and Acceptance

Thirty-eight year-old actress Sally Field wins her second Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Places in the Heart. Her heartfelt acceptance speech, in which she references a line of dialogue from her first Oscar winning performance, Norma Rae (“you like me”), will be remembered publicly in both praise and mockery.

The transiting Sun is conjunct Field’s natal Moon in Aries, signifying an earnest and unfiltered expression of emotion. Transiting Mercury retrograde and Venus retrograde in Aries are opposite the natal Ascendant in Libra, resonating with natal Mercury post-retrograde and Venus retrograde in Sagittarius, indicating criticism and scrutiny from others due to misunderstandings or miscommunication.

Sun conjunct Moon

Sally Field astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for her second Oscar win.

Transiting Sun (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Moon in Aries (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Mercury retrograde and Venus retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, center right) opposite natal Libra Ascendant (inner wheel, center left).

1986: Anjelica Huston Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Anjelica Huston white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Acknowledgment

Thirty-four year-old actress Anjelica Huston wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Prizzi’s Honor. The movie was directed by her father, John Huston, and co-starred her longtime, on-off boyfriend, Jack Nicholson. Her relationship with both men has been complicated and painful.

Transiting Uranus is conjunct Huston’s natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, reflecting an awakening confidence and sense of self. Transiting Jupiter in Pisces is opposite the natal Moon in Virgo, square natal Saturn in Sagittarius, signifying praise and acknowledgment for a job well done. Transiting Neptune in Capricorn is square the transiting Sun in Aries, resonating with the natal Sun-Neptune square in Cancer-Libra, indicating dissociation from a painful past.

Uranus conjunct Ascendant

Anjelica Huston astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Oscar victory in 1986

Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Jupiter in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom) opposite natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, top), square transiting Saturn in Sagittarius (outer wheel, left).

1944: Wernher Von Braun Arrested by Gestapo

Wernher Von Braun white cartoon sketch on orange stucco backgroundAstrology and Rockets

Thirty-one year-old German rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun is arrested by the Gestapo for expressing a defeatist attitude towards the war, and for suggesting he would prefer to develop rockets for space travel instead of weaponry. He will be held for two weeks, at risk of execution, until he is released in order to continue the deadly V-2 rocket program.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Von Braun’s natal Pluto and Ascendant in Gemini, reflecting his central role in developing rocket science. Transiting Neptune in Libra is opposite the natal Sun in Aries, signifying vulnerability to intrigue and social isolation.

Neptune opposite Sun

Wernher Von Braun astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his arrest by the Gestapo.

Transiting Mars (outer wheel, left) conjunct natal Pluto and Ascendant in Gemini (inner wheel, left). Transiting Neptune in Libra (outer wheel, bottom) opposite natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, top)

1933: Art Tatum Debut Solo Recording

Art Tatum white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and the Piano

Twenty-three year-old pianist Art Tatum records his first solo session at Brunswick Studio in New York, performing a total of four songs, including Tiger Rag, which becomes his signature tune. The recently arrived Ohio native recently outclassed older, seasoned stride pianists, like Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, and James P. Johnson, in a cutting contest at Morgan’s Bar.

The transiting Sun in Aries is opposite Tatum’s natal Jupiter in Libra, reflecting an optimum setting for an exuberant creative release. Transiting Uranus has just passed conjunction to natal Saturn in Aries, opposite the natal Sun in Libra, square both natal Uranus in Capricorn and Neptune in Cancer, signifying a genre-defining performance.

Uranus opposite Sun

Art Tatum astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his debut solo recording

Transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite natal Jupiter in Libra (inner wheel, upper left). Transiting Uranus in Aries (outer wheel, lower right) opposite natal Sun in Libra (inner wheel, upper left).

1993: Eddie Murphy Marries Nicole Mitchell

Eddie Murphy white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Family

Thirty-one year-old comedic actor Eddie Murphy marries model Nicole Mitchell, 20, in a star-studded ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at New York’s Plaza Hotel. The couple, who have two children and have been living together for nearly two years, met at an NAACP Image Awards show in 1988.

Transiting Jupiter in Libra is opposite Murphy’s natal Sun in Aries, signifying the A-list celebrity’s lavish nuptials. Transiting Venus is retrograde in Aries square transiting Mars in Cancer, mirroring the natal square between Venus retrograde in Aries and Mars in Cancer, indicating a would-be old-fashioned wedding for a couple that has already created a family.

Jupiter opposite Sun

Eddie Murphy astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his wedding to Nicole Mitchell

Transiting Jupiter in Libra (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Venus retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) square transiting Mars in Cancer (outer wheel, upper left), mirroring natal Venus retrograde in Aries (inner wheel, upper right) square natal Mars in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left)

1953: Nikita Khrushchev Ascends with Stalin’s Death

Nikita Khrushchev White Sketch Yellow Background Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestAstrology and the Soviet Union

Fifty-nine year-old Soviet politician Nikita Khrushchev sees his boss and tormentor, Joseph Stalin, take his last breath, creating a power vacuum in the Soviet Union that has not existed since the death of Lenin in 1924. Although he is reportedly tenth in line to replace Stalin as First Secretary for the Soviet Union, by September he will outrank his rivals.

Transiting Mars in Aries is opposite natal Saturn in Libra, signifying the end of Stalin’s twenty-nine year reign. Transiting Venus is pre-retrograde conjunct Khrushchev’s natal Sun in Aries, opposite transiting Neptune and Saturn in Libra, reflecting the underdog image that will, ironically, help usher him to the seat of power.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Nikita Khrushchev Stalin Dies Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan Best

Transiting Venus pre-retrograde (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, lower left), opposite transiting Neptune and Saturn in Libra (outer wheel, upper right). Transiting Mars in Aries (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Saturn in Libra (inner wheel, upper right).