1964: Sidney Poitier Wins Best Actor Oscar

Sidney Poitier white cartoon sketch set on a green stucco backgroundAstrology and Progress

Thirty-seven year-old actor Sidney Poitier wins the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Lilies of the Field. He is the second African American, and the first black man, to win an Oscar. A congratulatory kiss on the cheek from presenter Anne Bancroft results in a minor scandal.

Transiting Uranus in Virgo is opposite Poitier’s natal Jupiter in Pisces, square transiting Venus in Gemini, and natal Saturn in Sagittarius, signifying advancement toward inclusion, and a countering of deep-rooted biases. Saturn is conjunct the natal Sun in Pisces, indicating an individual measuring up to the highest level of scrutiny.

Saturn conjunct Sun

Sidney Poitier astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his Oscar win.

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

1994: Drew Barrymore Marries Jeremy Thomas

Drew Barrymore white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Immigration

Nineteen year-old actress Drew Barrymore marries Los Angeles bar owner Jeremy Thomas, 31, her Welsh-born boyfriend of six weeks, who is in need of a green card. She proposes to him at two in the morning, and the pair are joined in speedy matrimony three hours later, after calling a 24-hour wedding hotline. The union will last five weeks before she files for divorce.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Barrymore’s natal Mars in Capricorn, signifying the secret reason for the marriage. Transiting Mercury and Saturn are conjunct the natal Sun in Pisces, reflecting the rescue of someone in need. The transiting Sun is conjunct natal Venus in Pisces, indicating an impulsive act motivated by love.

Neptune conjunct Mars

Drew Barrymore astrology bi-wheel chart for her marriage to Jeremy Thomas

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Mercury and Saturn (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Sun in Pisces (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Sun (outer wheel, top left) conjunct natal Venus in Pisces (inner wheel, top left).

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)