1954: Joe McCarthy Televised Hearings Begin

Joe McCarthy white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Reputation

Forty-five year-old US Senator and communist hunter Joseph McCarthy begins a series of televised hearings with the Subcommittee on Investigations. He and the US Army are testifying against each other, and the proceedings will be broadcast for the next 36 work days, until June 17th. When it is done, McCarthy’s reputation will be ruined.

Transiting Pluto in Leo is square both transiting Venus in Taurus, and McCarthy’s natal Sun in Scorpio, indicating a standoff between adversaries of unequal power. Transiting Mercury in Aries is opposite natal Venus in Libra, and square both natal Uranus in Capricorn and Neptune in Cancer, signifying the elusive sway of public opinion.

Pluto square Sun

Joe McCarthy astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the opening of televised Senate hearings.

Transiting Pluto in Leo (outer wheel, lower right) square transiting Venus in Taurus (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Sun in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, center left) opposite natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, center right), square natal Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom center) and Uranus in Capricorn (inner wheel, top center).

1934: Aleister Crowley Files Libel Suit

Aleister Crowley white cartoon sketch set on a blue stucco background.Astrology and Reputation

Fifty-eight year-old occultist author Aleister Crowley files a libel suit against Nina Hamnett, a former friend, whose memoir, The Laughing Torso, refers to his belief in “black magic”. Crowley is less concerned about his infamous reputation than he is the possibility of receiving money. However, it is Crowley who will be put on trial, his ritual practices described in full detail and then condemned by the court.

Transiting Jupiter retrograde is conjunct Crowley’s natal Sun in Libra, opposite transiting Sun and Mars in Aries, indicating his opponent holds the advantage in their contest. Transiting Pluto in Cancer is opposite natal Mars in Capricorn, square natal Venus in Libra, signifying personal exposure and defamation.

Jupiter conjunct Sun

Aleister Crowley astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for court case.

Transiting Jupiter retrograde (outer wheel, bottom center) conjunct natal Sun in Libra (inner wheel, bottom center), opposite transiting Sun and Mars in Aries (outer wheel, top center). Transiting Pluto in Cancer (outer wheel, middle left) opposite natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle right), square natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, bottom center)

1987: Marlee Matlin Wins Best Actress Oscar

Marlee Matlin white cartoon sketch on orange stucco background.Astrology and Communication

Twenty-one year-old deaf actress Marlee Matlin wins the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Children of a Lesser God, becoming the youngest winner of the top Oscar category. She gives an impromptu acceptance speech using sign language, with her interpreter speaking into a mic by her side off-camera.

Transiting Mercury is conjunct Matlin’s natal Saturn in Pisces, opposite natal Uranus and Pluto in Virgo, signifying unprecedented public exposure to the reality of physical disability. Transiting Neptune in Capricorn is square transiting Jupiter in Aries and natal Venus in Libra, indicating a celebration of young achievement.

Mercury conjunct Saturn

Marlee Matlin astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her Academy Awards victory in 1987.

Transiting Mercury (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Saturn in Pisces (inner wheel, upper right), opposite natal Uranus and Pluto in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Neptune in Capricorn (outer wheel, bottom right) square transiting Jupiter in Aries (outer wheel, upper right) and natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, lower left).

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).