1964: Sidney Poitier Wins Best Actor Oscar

Sidney Poitier white cartoon sketch set on a green stucco backgroundAstrology and Progress

Thirty-seven year-old actor Sidney Poitier wins the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Lilies of the Field. He is the second African American, and the first black man, to win an Oscar. A congratulatory kiss on the cheek from presenter Anne Bancroft results in a minor scandal.

Transiting Uranus in Virgo is opposite Poitier’s natal Jupiter in Pisces, square transiting Venus in Gemini, and natal Saturn in Sagittarius, signifying advancement toward inclusion, and a countering of deep-rooted biases. Saturn is conjunct the natal Sun in Pisces, indicating an individual measuring up to the highest level of scrutiny.

Saturn conjunct Sun

Sidney Poitier astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his Oscar win.

Transiting Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, upper left) opposite natal Jupiter in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Venus in Gemini (outer wheel, upper right) and natal Saturn in Sagittarius (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Sun in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right).

1954: Bill Haley Records Rock Around The Clock

Bill Haley white cartoon sketch on grey stucco background.Astrology and Pioneers

Twenty-eight year-old singer Bill Haley records a new song, Rock Around The Clock, with his band, The Comets. Upon release, the record spends just one week on the Billboard pop chart at number 23. However, next year, when it is featured in the teen movie, Blackboard Jungle, it will spend eight weeks in the number one spot, heralding a new era in popular music.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Haley’s natal Saturn in Scorpio, square natal Mars in Leo, signifying self-definition through a break with the past. Transiting Uranus in Cancer is conjunct natal Jupiter and Moon in Capricorn, indicating an adult’s adoption of a buoyant teenage spirit.

Saturn return

Bill Haley astrology bi-wheel chart for Rock Around The Clock recording session

Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Saturn in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center), square natal Mars in Leo (inner wheel, top left). Transiting Uranus in Cancer (outer wheel, top right) opposite natal Jupiter and Moon in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom left)