1970: Grace Slick Denied Entry Into White House

Grace Slick white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Scheming

Thirty year-old Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is refused entry into the White House with her date, Abbie Hoffman. She was invited to a reception hosted by Tricia Nixon, the President’s daughter, on account that they are both alumnae of Finch College. She later claims that had they succeeded, she and Hoffman would have dosed the President’s tea with LSD.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Slick’s natal Moon in Gemini, indicating the initiation of an act of mischief. Transiting Mercury is about to station retrograde conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus, opposite her natal Ascendant and Venus in Scorpio, signifying the dismissal of a diabolical escort.

Mars conjunct Moon

Grace Slick astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her White House encounter.

Transiting Mars (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Moon in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mercury pre-retrograde (outer wheel, center right) conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, center right), opposite natal Ascendant and Venus in Scorpio (inner wheel, center left)

1965: Frank Zappa Arrested for Making Pornography

Frank Zappa white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Corruption

Twenty-four year-old recording studio owner Frank Zappa is arrested for making a pornographic audio recording in San Bernardino, after an undercover policeman hires him to do so. Facing a maximum sentence of twenty years, he serves ten days in jail and is given three years probation. The setup opens his eyes to the corrupt ploys of local law enforcement.

Transiting Uranus and Mars retrograde in Virgo are opposite transiting Saturn in Pisces, resonating with Zappa’s natal Mars-Uranus opposition in Scorpio-Taurus, signifying a politically awakening experience. Transiting Neptune is conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio, opposite transiting Jupiter and natal Uranus in Taurus, indicating his being targeted by misguided authority.

Saturn opposite Uranus-Mars

Frank Zappa astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his arrest.

Transiting Saturn in Pisces (outer wheel, bottom) opposite transiting Uranus and Mars retrograde in Virgo (outer wheel, top), resonating with natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center) opposite natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, right center). Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center), opposite transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, right center) conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, right center).

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)

1964: Paul Simon Records The Sounds of Silence

Paul Simon white cartoon stamp sketch on orange background.Astrology and Garfunkel

Twenty-two year-old singer/guitarist/songwriter Paul Simon records a new song he wrote, The Sounds of Silence, with duet partner Art Garfunkel, at the pair’s first album session for Columbia records. The song was written a month earlier, as a response to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Although Simon & Garfunkel will break up soon after their album flops, a remixed electric version of The Sounds of Silence will reunite them as pop stars a year from now.

Transiting Saturn in Aquarius is square Simon’s natal Saturn and Uranus in Taurus, reflecting the songwriter’s ode to a mourning nation. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Virgo, indicating a period of self-reinvention, and for extraneous circumstances setting a new course of direction.

Saturn square Saturn-Uranus

Astrology bi-wheel chart of Paul Simon and the transits for the recording of The Sounds of Silence.

Transiting Saturn in Aquarius (outer wheel, lower right) square natal Saturn and Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Virgo (inner wheel, left center).