1971: Marc Bolan Records Get It On (Bang A Gong)

Marc Bolan white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Glitter

Twenty-three year-old singer/guitarist Marc Bolan of T. Rex records Get It On (Bang A Gong), a song that will define the nascent “glam rock” phenomenon. Bolan recently shortened the band’s name from Tyrannosaurus Rex, changed its flighty acoustic sound to hard rock, and started wearing makeup, feather boas and glitter. Their first a hit single, Ride a White Swan, reached no. 2 on the British pop charts three months ago.

Transiting Neptune and Jupiter retrograde are conjunct Bolan’s natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, reflecting a shift in presentation and aesthetic. The transiting Sun and Mercury retrograde in Aries are opposite natal Mercury in Libra, square natal Mars in Cancer, indicating a new harder edge.

Neptune-Jupiter conjunct Ascendant

Marc Bolan astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of Get It On (Bang a Gong)

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

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).

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).