1910: Louis Paulhan Wins 1st Long-Distance Flight Race

Louis Paulhan white cartoon stamp on blue stucco background.Astrology and Distance

Twenty-six year-old French pilot Louis Paulhan, holding flight license number ten, wins the first long-distance aviation race. He lands in Manchester less than twelve hours after leaving London, with an overnight stop in Lichfield, earning a £10,000 prize from the Daily Mail. To ensure victory, the last stretch was flown in the dark, marking the first night-time take-off in flight history.

Transiting Uranus in Capricorn is opposite Paulhan’s natal Sun in Cancer, square transiting Saturn in Aries, reflecting high stakes competition that inspires an unprecedented achievement in the world of aviation. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer, signifying successful navigation in the dark.

Uranus opposite Sun

Transiting Uranus in Capricorn (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom left), square transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, top left). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left).

Transiting Uranus in Capricorn (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom left), square transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, top left). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mercury and Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left).

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).

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).

1980: Meryl Streep Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Meryl Streep white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Distinction

Thirty year-old actress Meryl Streep wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer. Filmed six months following the death of her partner, John Cazale, of cancer two years ago, she threw herself into work as a diversion from her grief.

Transiting Venus is conjunct Streep’s natal Mars and Mercury in Gemini, reflecting acknowledgment for a job well done. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Saturn in Virgo, signifying a healing experience. Transiting Mercury in Aries is square the natal Sun and Uranus in Cancer, indicating a ritual ceremony that distinguishes her in the eyes of the world.

Jupiter conjunct Saturn

Meryl Streep astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her first Oscar victory.

Transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Saturn in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) square natal Sun and Uranus in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left).

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.

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).

Nelson Mandela: Venus Cycles and the Freedom Struggle

I usually don’t like to post topical subjects in my astrology work. However, I’ve been sitting on this research I did on the life of Nelson Mandela and Venus retrograde transits for some time, and his recent passing as transiting Venus is about to station retrograde in Capricorn prompted me to compose my thoughts.