1969: Jack Nicholson Attends Easy Rider Cannes Premiere

Jack Nicholson white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Stardom

Thirty-two year-old actor/screenplay writer Jack Nicholson attends the premiere of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was shot fourteen months earlier, with Nicholson assuming the role of George Hanson at the last minute, after actor Rip Torn left the set following a scuffle with director/co-star Dennis Hopper. At the premiere, when Nicholson’s face comes on screen, the audience instantly recognizes that he has just become a star.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Nicholson’s natal Sun in Taurus, signifying his character Hanson’s murder in the movie, a sacrifice made on the road to its Mardi Gras climax. Transiting Mars is retrograde in Sagittarius, resonating with natal Mars retrograde in Sagittarius, reflecting the emergence of a new Hollywood iconoclast.

Mars retrograde in Sagittarius

Jack Nicholson astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the premiere of Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969.

Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, top). Transiting Mars retrograde in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower right), resonating with natal Mars retrograde in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower right).

1965: James Brown Records I Got You (I Feel Good)

James Brown white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Breakthrough

Thirty-two year-old singer James Brown records a new song, I Got You (I Feel Good), in Miami. He is re-recording the single, because the existing version was withdrawn due to a legal dispute with King Records. It will become his highest charting hit, reaching number three on the Billboard 100. His previous single, Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, is presently number one on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart.

The transiting Sun and Venus are conjunct in Taurus, resonating with Brown’s natal Sun-Venus conjunction in Taurus, while transiting Mars is post-retrograde in Virgo, resonating with natal Mars post-retrograde in Virgo, reflecting an energetic performance by an extraordinary entertainer. Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Jupiter in Virgo, signifying a rise in fortune.

Mars post-retrograde in Virgo

James Brown astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of I Got You (I Feel Good)

Transiting Sun and Venus (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Sun and Venus (inner wheel, lower left) conjunct in Taurus. Transiting Mars post-retrograde (outer wheel, lower right) and natal Mars post-retrograde in Virgo (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Jupiter in Virgo (inner wheel, lower right)

1985: Ronald Reagan Visits Bitburg Cemetery

Ronald Reagan white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Honor

Seventy-two year-old US President Ronald Reagan honors the dead at Bitburg Cemetery during a state visit to Germany. Intended as a healing gesture on the 40th anniversary of German surrender in World War II, the visit is controversial for the fact that 49 former SS officers are among the buried. The president acknowledges the event has “opened old wounds”.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Reagan’s natal Sun in Aquarius, indicating a spirit of inclusivity and optimism. Transiting Jupiter in Aquarius is also square the transiting Sun in Taurus, resonating with the natal Sun-Jupiter square in Scorpio-Aquarius, signifying unintentional conflict over rigid ideological certainty.

Jupiter conjunct Sun

Ronald Reagan astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1985 visit to Bitburg Cemetery

Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Jupiter in Aquarius square transiting Sun in Taurus (outer wheel, lower right), resonating with natal Jupiter in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper left) square the natal Sun in Aquarius.

1988: Joe Biden Undergoes 2nd Aneurysm Surgery

Joe Biden white cartoon sketch set on red stucco background.Astrology and Aneurysms

Forty-five year-old US Democratic Senator Joe Biden undergoes his second brain surgery in less than four months. The first surgery was to correct a larger aneurysm on the left side of his cranium, while this one is done to correct a smaller one on his right side. The Senator withdrew from the presidential race last September, after it was revealed that he had plagiarized a journal article during his first year in law school.

Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio, opposite transiting Jupiter and the Sun in Taurus, indicating the purging or correction of a corrupted system. Transiting Mercury in Taurus is opposite the natal Sun and Venus in Scorpio, signifying a life-saving rescue by a specially skilled individual.

Pluto conjunct Mars

Joe Biden astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his second aneurysm surgery in 1988.

Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper left), opposite transiting Jupiter and the Sun in Taurus (outer wheel, lower right). Transiting Mercury in Taurus (outer wheel, right center) opposite natal Sun and Venus in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center)

1991: Jeff Buckley Performs at Father’s Tribute Show

Jeff Buckley white cartoon sketch on red glitter backgroundAstrology and Legacy

Twenty-four year-old singer Jeff Buckley sings a few songs at a tribute concert to his estranged father, singer/songwriter Tim Buckley, who died of a drug overdose when Jeff was seven. He opens with I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain, a song his dad wrote to his mother when Jeff was an infant, about leaving them to pursue a music career.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Jupiter in Leo, opposite transiting Saturn and natal Moon in Aquarius, square the transiting Sun in Taurus, reflecting a conjuring of childhood trauma over the breakup between a carefree father and abandoned mother.

Saturn conjunct Moon

Jeff Buckley astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his father's tribute concert in 1991.

Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, left) conjunct natal Jupiter in Leo (inner wheel, left), opposite transiting Saturn (outer wheel, right) and natal Moon in Aquarius (inner wheel, right), square transiting Sun in Taurus (outer wheel, top)

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)

1984: Shirley MacLaine Wins Best Actress Oscar

Shirley MacLaine white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Grudge Matches

Forty-nine year-old actress Shirley MacLaine wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Terms of Endearment. It is her fifth Best Actress nomination, and she was also once nominated as a documentary producer. She beats co-star and co-nominee Debra Winger for the big prize, declaring “I deserve this” during her acceptance speech.

Transiting Pluto in Scorpio is opposite MacLaine’s natal Mars and Sun in Taurus, indicating disruptive tension with a rival, contests over high emotional and social stakes. Transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio is square natal Saturn in Aquarius, signifying seizing the upper hand in a battle of wills.

Pluto opposite Mars-Sun

Shirley MacLaine astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1984 Oscar win.

Transiting Pluto in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Mars and Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left) square natal Saturn in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right).

1999: Jessica Alba Announced to Star in Dark Angel

Jessica Alba white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Body Image

Seventeen year-old actress Jessica Alba is announced to star in Dark Angel, a new sci-fi Fox-TV series produced by Titanic director James Cameron. She begins intensive martial arts training to adopt for her character, a genetically engineered human weapon. Gradually, her focus on maintaining a physical standard will instigate anorexia.

Transiting Venus is conjunct Alba’s natal Midheaven in Taurus, indicating the chosen candidate for a coveted position. Transiting Saturn is crossing over natal Mars, Sun, and Mercury conjunction in Taurus, square transiting Neptune in Aquarius, and opposite transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio, signifying a sacrifice of sustenance, and the challenge of a rigorous physical regime.

Saturn conjunct Mars-Sun-Mercury

Jessica Alba astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Dark Angel hiring

Transiting Venus (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Midheaven in Taurus (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, top right) conjunct natal Mars, Sun, and Mercury in Taurus (inner wheel, top right), opposite transiting Mars retrograde in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom left), square transiting Neptune in Aquarius (outer wheel, bottom right).

1862: Ulysses Grant at the Battle of Shiloh

Ulysses S. Grant white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Battle

Thirty-nine year-old Union General Ulysses S. Grant leads his troops against Confederate forces at the Battle of Shiloh in southwestern Tennessee. Grant has difficulty holding off rebel advances on this first day, but with reinforcements coming tonight, he will triumph over the enemy at this bloodiest of battles.

Transiting Pluto is conjunct Grant’s natal Jupiter in Taurus, indicating redemption through victory. Transiting Saturn and Jupiter retrograde in Virgo are opposite transiting Mercury and natal Venus in Pisces, resonating with natal Saturn and Jupiter containing the natal Sun in Taurus, signifying a ruined man’s emergence to greatness.

Pluto conjunct Jupiter

Ulysses S. Grant astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the Battle of Shiloh.

Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Jupiter in Taurus (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn and Jupiter in Virgo (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite transiting Mercury (outer wheel, top left) and natal Venus in Pisces (inner wheel, top left), making a recurrence with Grant’s natal Jupiter and Saturn containing the Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, left center).

1965: Che Guevara Arrives in Havana for Final Visit

Che Guevara white cartoon sketch on a blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Revolution

Thirty-six year-old Argentine-medical-student-turned-Cuban-revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara arrives in Havana for what will be his final visit before disappearing underground. He has been on a speaking tour around the world for the past three months, during which he visited China and numerous African countries, addressed the United Nations, and dined with the Rockefellers.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Guevara’s natal Sun in Taurus, indicating an urge to confront opponents directly with confidence and assertion. Transiting Saturn is conjunct the natal Moon in Pisces, opposite transiting Uranus in Virgo, signifying a bittersweet return to old circumstances, and indicating imminent location and lifestyle changes.

Jupiter conjunct Sun

Che Guevara Astrology bi-wheel chart showing transits for his return to Cuba in 1965.

Transitin Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Moon in Pisces (inner wheel, upper left), opposite transiting Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, lower right).