1933: Art Tatum Debut Solo Recording

Art Tatum white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and the Piano

Twenty-three year-old pianist Art Tatum records his first solo session at Brunswick Studio in New York, performing a total of four songs, including Tiger Rag, which becomes his signature tune. The recently arrived Ohio native recently outclassed older, seasoned stride pianists, like Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, and James P. Johnson, in a cutting contest at Morgan’s Bar.

The transiting Sun in Aries is opposite Tatum’s natal Jupiter in Libra, reflecting an optimum setting for an exuberant creative release. Transiting Uranus has just passed conjunction to natal Saturn in Aries, opposite the natal Sun in Libra, square both natal Uranus in Capricorn and Neptune in Cancer, signifying a genre-defining performance.

Uranus opposite Sun

Art Tatum astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his debut solo recording

Transiting Sun in Aries (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite natal Jupiter in Libra (inner wheel, upper left). Transiting Uranus in Aries (outer wheel, lower right) opposite natal Sun in Libra (inner wheel, upper left).

1953: Frank Sinatra Begins Filming From Here To Eternity

Frank Sinatra Orange Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestThirty-seven year-old singer/actor Frank Sinatra begins filming his role in the movie From Here To Eternity, thanks to strings pulled by his wife, Ava Gardner. With his faltering popularity, he was hired by producer Harry Cohn for a fraction of his usual salary, after Gardner convinced Cohn to give him audition.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Sinatra’s natal Ascendant in Libra, opposite transiting Venus pre-retrograde in Aries, resonating with his natal Venus-Saturn opposition in Capricorn-Cancer, signifying his wife’s saving influence on his destiny. Uranus is conjunct natal Saturn in Cancer, opposite natal Venus in Capricorn, indicating his changing fortune.


Transiting Venus pre-retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, center right) opposite transiting Saturn retrograde (outer wheel, center left) and natal Ascendant in Libra (inner wheel, center left). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Saturn retrograde in Cancer (inner wheel, top), opposite natal Venus in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom).