1903: King Edward VII Arrives in Paris

King Edward VII white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Diplomacy

Sixty-one year-old King Edward VII of Great Britain arrives in Paris for a state visit. The British Empire is unpopular due to atrocities committed during the Boer War in South Africa, and the King is poorly received by the French public. However, he wins their hearts overnight, when he is heard speaking fluent French to a renowned actress. A treaty of alliance is soon signed between the two nations.

Transiting Mars retrograde is stationing direct conjunct Edward’s natal Moon in Virgo, reflecting a shift in reception, from hostile to friendly. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, signifying a swift image makeover. Transiting Neptune in Cancer is opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn, introducing a warm, familiar charm to stiff diplomacy.

Mars retrograde conjunct Moon

King Edward VII astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1903 visit to Paris.

Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, center left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, center left). Transiting Neptune in Cancer (outer wheel, middle right) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle left).

1986: Geraldo Rivera Opens Al Capone’s Vault

Geraldo Rivera white cartoon sketch on brown stucco background.Astrology and Fluke

Forty-two year-old TV reporter Geraldo Rivera opens an old vault that used to belong to Chicago gangster Al Capone on live television, only to find it completely empty. The two-hour special, hyped as a spectacular, ends with an embarrassing whimper. However, he wakes the next morning to learn it had the largest audience of any broadcast in television history.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn is opposite Rivera’s natal Sun in Cancer, indicating a strong show of support from the network and viewers. Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius is opposite natal Uranus in Gemini, while transiting Uranus in Sagittarius is opposite natal Saturn in Gemini, indicating notoriety for an unexpected reason.

Mars opposite Sun

Geraldo Rivera astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the Al Capone vault broadcast.

Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, top center left) opposite natal Sun in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom center right). Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius (outer wheel, to top right) opposite natal Uranus in Gemini (inner wheel, bottom left). Transiting Uranus in Sagittarius (outer wheel, top center) opposite natal Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, bottom center).

Venus Retrograde: TV Provocateur

Astrology and Sitcoms

I just posted a brief excerpt from the new 45-minute astrology video workshop. It begins with an edited version of the intro, followed by an exposé covering the natal Venus retrogrades of TV sitcom stars Suzanne Somers and Ellen DeGeneres, and their roles in advancing sexual liberty in television’s most saccharine genre.

1986: Anjelica Huston Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Anjelica Huston white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Acknowledgment

Thirty-four year-old actress Anjelica Huston wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Prizzi’s Honor. The movie was directed by her father, John Huston, and co-starred her longtime, on-off boyfriend, Jack Nicholson. Her relationship with both men has been complicated and painful.

Transiting Uranus is conjunct Huston’s natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, reflecting an awakening confidence and sense of self. Transiting Jupiter in Pisces is opposite the natal Moon in Virgo, square natal Saturn in Sagittarius, signifying praise and acknowledgment for a job well done. Transiting Neptune in Capricorn is square the transiting Sun in Aries, resonating with the natal Sun-Neptune square in Cancer-Libra, indicating dissociation from a painful past.

Uranus conjunct Ascendant

Anjelica Huston astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Oscar victory in 1986

Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Jupiter in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom) opposite natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, top), square transiting Saturn in Sagittarius (outer wheel, left).

1987: Jim Bakker Resigns from PTL

Jim Bakker white cartoon sketch on green stucco backgroundAstrology and Evangelicals

Forty-seven year-old television Christian evangelical minister Jim Bakker resigns from his position as President of the PTL Club. It has been discovered that he raped church secretary Jessica Hahn in 1980, and subsequently paid her $265,000 in hush money. It will soon surface that Bakker has embezzled millions of dollars from his ministry.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Bakker’s natal Uranus in Taurus, square transiting Venus in Aquarius, signifying shocking revelations of moral and sexual impropriety. Transiting Uranus is conjunct natal Mercury in Sagittarius, square natal Neptune in Virgo, indicating a sudden change in social status as a result of hidden facts becoming public knowledge.

Mars conjunct Uranus

Astrology bi-wheel chart for Jim Bakker, depicting transits for his resignation as President of the PTL Club

Transiting Mars (outer wheel, bottom) conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, bottom), square transiting Venus in Aquarius (outer wheel, left). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Mercury in Sagittarius (inner wheel, top), square natal Neptune in Virgo (inner wheel, top right)

1981: Philip K. Dick’s Blade Runner Begins Production

White cartoon sketch of Philip K. Dick on blue backgroundAstrology and Androids

Fifty-two year-old science-fiction author Philip K. Dick’s book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is being made into a movie by Alien director Ridley Scott, to be called Blade Runner. Having sold the film options four years ago with the expectation that nobody would actually make the movie, he has not yet been informed that production has already begun.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Dick’s natal SaturnMercury and Sun in Sagittarius, signifying the dystopian world of his futuristic imaginings being brought to life for the screen. Transiting Uranus in Sagittarius is square natal Neptune in Virgo, indicating that after years of publishing in obscurity, the pop culture zeitgeist is finally ready to hear what he has to say.

Neptune conjunct Sun in Sagittarius

Philip K. Dick astrology bi-wheel chart for the transits for the filming of Blade Runner

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Saturn, Mercury, and Sun in Sagittarius (inner wheel, top). Transiting Uranus in Sagittarius (outer wheel, upper right) square natal Neptune in Virgo (inner wheel, lower right).