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.

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).

1930: Marlene Dietrich Screen Debut in Der Blaue Engel

Marlene Dietrich white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Success

Twenty-eight year-old singer/actress Marlene Dietrich becomes an overnight screen legend with her performance as the showgirl Lola Lola in Josef Von Sternberg’s Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel). After attending the film’s premiere this evening at Berlin’s Gloria-Palast, she will board a train taking her to the SS Bremen and sail with Von Sternberg to New York, where a Hollywood career awaits her.

Transiting Pluto is stationing direct in Cancer, opposite Dietrich’s natal Saturn in Capricorn, signifying the rising star’s acquiescence to the guidance of her mentor. Transiting Venus in Aries is square natal Mars in Capricorn, reflecting the emergence of cinema’s quintessential femme fatale.

Pluto opposite Saturn

Marlene Dietrich astrology bi-wheel chart for the premiere of The Blue Angel

Transiting Pluto station direct in Cancer (outer wheel, top left) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom right). Transiting Venus in Aries (outer wheel, top right) square natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom right).

1966: Roy Orbison Injured in Motorcycle Accident

Roy Orbison white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Accidents

Twenty-nine year-old singer Roy Orbison breaks his ankle in a motorcycle accident, as he rides around a Shropshire, England racetrack. His estranged wife, Claudette, rushes from the U.S. to be by his side. Ten weeks from now, she will be killed on a Tennessee road while riding on a motorcycle next to his.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Orbison’s natal Venus in Aries, signifying reconciliation through crisis. Transiting Saturn is conjunct natal Saturn in Pisces, square both transiting Jupiter in Gemini and natal Jupiter in Sagittarius, opposite transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo, signifying a devastating combination of good and bad fortune.

Saturn square Jupiter

Roy Orbison Astrology Bi-Wheel Chart depicting transits for his 1966 motorcycle accident.

Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, center right) conjunct natal Saturn in Pisces (inner wheel, center right), square natal Jupiter in Sagittarius (inner wheel, center bottom) and transiting Jupiter in Gemini (outer wheel, center top), opposite transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, center left). Transiting Mars (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Venus in Aries (inner wheel, upper right).

1985: Sally Field Wins Best Actress Oscar

Sally Field white cartoon sketch on pink stucco background.Astrology and Acceptance

Thirty-eight year-old actress Sally Field wins her second Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Places in the Heart. Her heartfelt acceptance speech, in which she references a line of dialogue from her first Oscar winning performance, Norma Rae (“you like me”), will be remembered publicly in both praise and mockery.

The transiting Sun is conjunct Field’s natal Moon in Aries, signifying an earnest and unfiltered expression of emotion. Transiting Mercury retrograde and Venus retrograde in Aries are opposite the natal Ascendant in Libra, resonating with natal Mercury post-retrograde and Venus retrograde in Sagittarius, indicating criticism and scrutiny from others due to misunderstandings or miscommunication.

Sun conjunct Moon

Sally Field astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for her second Oscar win.

Transiting Sun (outer wheel, lower right) conjunct natal Moon in Aries (inner wheel, lower right). Transiting Mercury retrograde and Venus retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, center right) opposite natal Libra Ascendant (inner wheel, center left).

1993: Eddie Murphy Marries Nicole Mitchell

Eddie Murphy white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Family

Thirty-one year-old comedic actor Eddie Murphy marries model Nicole Mitchell, 20, in a star-studded ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at New York’s Plaza Hotel. The couple, who have two children and have been living together for nearly two years, met at an NAACP Image Awards show in 1988.

Transiting Jupiter in Libra is opposite Murphy’s natal Sun in Aries, signifying the A-list celebrity’s lavish nuptials. Transiting Venus is retrograde in Aries square transiting Mars in Cancer, mirroring the natal square between Venus retrograde in Aries and Mars in Cancer, indicating a would-be old-fashioned wedding for a couple that has already created a family.

Jupiter opposite Sun

Eddie Murphy astrology bi-wheel chart depicting transits for his wedding to Nicole Mitchell

Transiting Jupiter in Libra (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Venus retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) square transiting Mars in Cancer (outer wheel, upper left), mirroring natal Venus retrograde in Aries (inner wheel, upper right) square natal Mars in Cancer (inner wheel, upper left)

1953: Nikita Khrushchev Ascends with Stalin’s Death

Nikita Khrushchev White Sketch Yellow Background Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestAstrology and the Soviet Union

Fifty-nine year-old Soviet politician Nikita Khrushchev sees his boss and tormentor, Joseph Stalin, take his last breath, creating a power vacuum in the Soviet Union that has not existed since the death of Lenin in 1924. Although he is reportedly tenth in line to replace Stalin as First Secretary for the Soviet Union, by September he will outrank his rivals.

Transiting Mars in Aries is opposite natal Saturn in Libra, signifying the end of Stalin’s twenty-nine year reign. Transiting Venus is pre-retrograde conjunct Khrushchev’s natal Sun in Aries, opposite transiting Neptune and Saturn in Libra, reflecting the underdog image that will, ironically, help usher him to the seat of power.

Horoscope Bi-Wheel

Nikita Khrushchev Stalin Dies Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan Best

Transiting Venus pre-retrograde (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun in Aries (inner wheel, lower left), opposite transiting Neptune and Saturn in Libra (outer wheel, upper right). Transiting Mars in Aries (outer wheel, lower left) opposite natal Saturn in Libra (inner wheel, upper right).

1924: H.P. Lovecraft Marries Sonia Greene

H.P. Lovecraft White Image on Red Background Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestThirty-three year-old struggling writer H.P. Lovecraft marries fellow writer Sonia Greene at Saint Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan. A virgin recluse who rarely ventures outside his native home of Providence, Rhode Island, his new wife has coaxed him to live with her in New York City. Although he is a vocal anti-semite, Greene is Jewish.

Transiting Pluto in Cancer is square Lovecraft’s natal Venus in Libra, indicating his seduction by a woman who lives outside of his comfort zone. Transiting Venus in Aries is opposite the natal Moon and Uranus in Libra, signifying the young sheltered man’s introduction to a big scary world by his older, more worldly wife.

H.P. Lovecraft Marries Sonia Greene Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan Best

Transiting Pluto in Cancer (outer wheel, top) square natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, left upper center). Transiting Venus in Aries (outer wheel, right upper center) opposite natal Moon and Uranus in Libra (inner wheel, lower left center).

1953: Frank Sinatra Begins Filming From Here To Eternity

Frank Sinatra Orange Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestThirty-seven year-old singer/actor Frank Sinatra begins filming his role in the movie From Here To Eternity, thanks to strings pulled by his wife, Ava Gardner. With his faltering popularity, he was hired by producer Harry Cohn for a fraction of his usual salary, after Gardner convinced Cohn to give him audition.

Transiting Saturn is conjunct Sinatra’s natal Ascendant in Libra, opposite transiting Venus pre-retrograde in Aries, resonating with his natal Venus-Saturn opposition in Capricorn-Cancer, signifying his wife’s saving influence on his destiny. Uranus is conjunct natal Saturn in Cancer, opposite natal Venus in Capricorn, indicating his changing fortune.

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Transiting Venus pre-retrograde in Aries (outer wheel, center right) opposite transiting Saturn retrograde (outer wheel, center left) and natal Ascendant in Libra (inner wheel, center left). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, top) conjunct natal Saturn retrograde in Cancer (inner wheel, top), opposite natal Venus in Capricorn (inner wheel, bottom).

1977: Sting and the Police Live Debut

Sting The Police 1977 Pink Stamp Astrology Horoscopes Nick Dagan BestTwenty-five year-old singer and bassist Gordon “Sting” Sumner plays his first gig with his new band, a trio called The Police, at a club in Newport, Wales. Consisting of drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Henry Padovani, the group is trying to break into the British punk scene. Following a forty minute set, he and Copeland also perform in headliner Cherry Vanilla’s backing band.

Transiting Venus is pre-retrograde conjunct Sting’s natal Midheaven in Aries, opposite natal Neptune and the Moon in Libra, signifying the ruse of older musicians to infiltrate an emerging youth movement. Transiting Saturn is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Leo, square transiting Uranus in Scorpio, indicating an urge for self-reinvention.

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Transiting Venus pre-retrograde (outer wheel, top) conjunct Midheaven in Aries (inner wheel, top), opposite natal Neptune and the Moon in Libra (inner wheel, bottom). Transiting Saturn retrograde (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Leo (inner wheel, left center), square transiting Uranus in Scorpio (outer wheel, bottom).