1939: Billie Holiday Records Strange Fruit

Billie Holiday white cartoon sketch on red stucco background.Astrology and Protest

Twenty-four year-old singer Billie Holiday records Strange Fruit, a haunting song about lynching. Her record company, Columbia, has no interest in releasing it, fearing negative reaction in the South. Instead, they have allowed her a one-session release from her contract to produce the record with another label. It will sell one million copies.

Transiting Venus and Jupiter are conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Pisces, square natal Saturn in Gemini, signifying Holiday’s inspired delivery of the song’s sombre metaphoric lyrics. Transiting Mars in Capricorn is square the natal Sun in Aries, while transiting Saturn in Aries is square the natal Moon in Capricorn, reflecting a fearless champion stirred to sing against injustice.

Venus-Jupiter conjunct Mars-Mercury

Billie Holiday astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the recording of Strange Fruit.

Transiting Venus and Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Pisces (inner wheel, lower left), square natal Saturn in Gemini (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Mars in Capricorn (outer wheel, upper left) square natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, bottom center). Transiting Saturn in Aries (outer wheel, bottom center) square natal Moon in Capricorn (inner wheel, left center).

1980: Meryl Streep Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Meryl Streep white cartoon sketch on purple stucco backgroundAstrology and Distinction

Thirty year-old actress Meryl Streep wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer. Filmed six months following the death of her partner, John Cazale, of cancer two years ago, she threw herself into work as a diversion from her grief.

Transiting Venus is conjunct Streep’s natal Mars and Mercury in Gemini, reflecting acknowledgment for a job well done. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Saturn in Virgo, signifying a healing experience. Transiting Mercury in Aries is square the natal Sun and Uranus in Cancer, indicating a ritual ceremony that distinguishes her in the eyes of the world.

Jupiter conjunct Saturn

Meryl Streep astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her first Oscar victory.

Transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Mars and Mercury in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Saturn in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) square natal Sun and Uranus in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left).

1975: Robert De Niro Wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Robert De Niro white cartoon sketch on red stucco backgroundAstrology and Absence

Thirty-one year-old actor Robert De Niro wins the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role as young Vito Corleone in The Godfather II. He was nominated alongside two co-stars from the same movie, Michael V. Gazzo and Lee Strasberg. Busy filming Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900 in Italy, he does not attend the Oscars ceremony, and director Francis Ford Coppola accepts the award on his behalf.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct De Niro’s natal Ascendant in Cancer, indicating his visible absence from a situation where he is the center of attention. Transiting Mars in Aquarius is opposite the natal Sun in Leo, square transiting Venus and natal Mars in Taurus, signifying advancement against rivals.

Saturn conjunct Ascendant

Robert De Niro astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1975 Oscar victory

Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Cancer (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Mars in Aquarius (outer wheel, upper right) opposite natal Sun in Leo (inner wheel, lower left), square transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper left) and natal Mars in Taurus (inner wheel, upper left).