1927: Mae West Sentenced to Jail

Mae West white cartoon sketch on pink stucco background.Astrology and Defiance

Thirty-four year-old actress Mae West is sentenced to ten days jail on obscenity charges. Her play, Sex, which she wrote and starred in, has scandalized New York, particularly due to her dancing the “shimmy” during her performance, a jazz dance belonging to black culture.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct West’s natal Sun in Leo, reflecting her central role in testing the boundaries of taboo in the Jazz Age. Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Venus post-retrograde in Cancer, signifying the attempted repression of an artist. The transiting North Node and Mars are conjunct the natal Moon in Cancer, square transiting Uranus and Mercury in Aries, indicating a defiant champion of resistance to class conflict and exploitation.

Neptune conjunct Sun

Mae West astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her 1927 obscenity conviction

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, bottom center) conjunct natal Sun in Leo (inner wheel, bottom center). Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Venus post-retrograde in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Uranus and Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, upper right), square transiting North Node and Mars (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Moon in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left).

1989: Mikhail Gorbachev at Cuban National Assembly

Mikhail Gorbachev white cartoon sketch on red stucco background.Astrology and Disintegration

Fifty-eight year-old Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev addresses the Cuban National Assembly in Havana. His proposed political and economic reforms are greeted with suspicion by Fidel Castro, and with financial support for the once loyal Caribbean Marxist-Leninist satellite dwindling, the state visit ends in a chill.

Transiting Jupiter in Gemini is square Gorbachev’s natal Neptune in Virgo, indicating a reassessment of ideological principles. Transiting Neptune and Saturn in Capricorn are opposite natal Jupiter retrograde in Cancer, and square transiting Venus, the Sun, and Mercury, and natal Uranus in Aries, signifying the broken association between a disintegrating great power and its small militant ally.

Neptune-Saturn square Uranus

Mikhail Gorbachev astrology bi-wheel chart for Cuban visit.

Transiting Neptune and Saturn in Capricorn (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom right), square transiting Venus, Sun, and Mercury (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Uranus in Aries (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Jupiter in Gemini (outer wheel, bottom center) square natal Neptune in Virgo (inner wheel, middle right).

1955: James Dean Begins Filming Rebel Without a Cause

James Dean white cartoon sketch on red stuccoAstrology and Rebellion

Twenty-four year-old actor James Dean begins filming his second feature film, Rebel Without A Cause, with director Nicholas Ray in Los Angeles. His first movie, East of Eden, opened in theatres three weeks ago, and he has been marvelling at the long lines outside theatres as he drives by. By the time Rebel is released next October, he will be dead.

Transiting Jupiter and Uranus are conjunct in Cancer, resonating with Dean’s natal Uranus in Aries square Jupiter in Cancer, signifying the teenage rebel archetype he is creating in pop culture. Transiting Jupiter and Uranus are conjunct natal Pluto in Cancer, opposite natal Saturn and Mercury in Capricorn, reflecting the projection of personal tragedy the rising star introduces into cinematic acting.

Jupiter conjunct Uranus

James Dean astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for Rebel Without A Cause

Transiting Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer (outer wheel, top right) resonate with natal Uranus in Aries (inner wheel, bottom right) square natal Jupiter in Cancer (inner wheel, top right). Transiting Jupiter and Uranus conjunct natal Pluto in Cancer (inner wheel, top right), opposite natal Saturn and Mercury in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom left).

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).