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).

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).