1857: Roger Taney Leads Dred Scott Decision

roger-taney-brown-stampAstrology and the Antebellum Era

Eighty year-old U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney is the vocal leader in the Dred Scott v. Sanford verdict, a case involving a black slave who is attempting to win emancipation from his owner. The Court decision now permits slavery through the United States territories and does not recognize the citizenship of blacks, denying Scott the right to sue for his freedom.

Transiting Mars and Jupiter are opposite Taney’s natal Mars retrograde in Libra, square natal Jupiter in Cancer, reflecting a perspective that values force and hierarchical order. Transiting Venus is pre-retrograde in Taurus, resonating with natal Venus pre-retrograde in Taurus, signifying the judge’s central role in shaping U.S. social policy.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Astrology bi-wheel chart for Roger Taney and the transits for the Dred Scott v. Sanford decision

Transiting Mars and Jupiter in Aries (outer wheel, bottom left) opposite natal Mars retrograde in Libra (inner wheel, upper right), square natal Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Venus pre-retrograde in Taurus (outer wheel, bottom) resonate with natal Venus pre-retrograde in Taurus (inner wheel, bottom)

1988: Larry Flynt Wins Supreme Court Decision

Larry Flynt Blue Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestForty-seven year-old pornography publisher Larry Flynt wins a Supreme Court case against TV Christian evangelist Jerry Falwell, in a decision that protects satire in the First Amendment. Falwell filed a lawsuit against Flynt in 1983, after Flynt’s magazine Hustler published a fake liquor advertisement that “quotes” Falwell admitting to having sex with his mother in an outhouse.

Transiting Uranus, Saturn, and Mars are conjunct in Capricorn, resonating with Flynt’s natal Uranus and Saturn in Gemini, indicating an unexpected verdict against the status quo. The triple conjunction is square natal Neptune in Libra, representing popular culture, signifying the decision’s lasting impact on American law and the arts.

Larry Flynt/Supreme Court 1988 Bi-Wheel

Transiting Uranus, Saturn, and Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, right) resonate with Flynt’s natal Uranus and Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, left)