It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll: The
Ultimate Guide to the Rolling Stones by James Karnbach & Carol
Bernson (Facts on File, 1997)
Old Gods Almost Dead by Stephen Davis (Broadway,
Rolling with the Stones by Bill Wyman & Richard
Havers (DK Publishing, 2002)
Mojo magazine, article by Paul Trynka, Rolling Stones
feature issue, (#107, October 2002)
Data Sources and Notes:
Keith Richards’ birth data quoted from
Astro Data Bank (Rodden Rating: A). Arthur Blackwell quotes
him to Ruth F. Nobel (same from other astrologers). The given
time is 6:00 a.m., though I have rectified it to 6:02:21.
Although the rectified time puts his Midheaven at 10 Virgo,
the position of the Mars-Uranus transit of May 1965, my rectification
was not done to accommodate this fact. It was devised by
adjusting certain planetary to angle relationships by secondary
progression, to match several key dates in his life - a technique
I hope to expand on in a future article.
Brian Jones’ birth date & place is
quoted from numerous sources, including his tombstone in
the case of his date, and all of the above biographical sources.
Davis (p.5) states that he was born “on a winter Saturday
night”. 7:00 p.m. has been used arbitrarily for the
purpose of this article, although any birth time on that
given day would give him a Mars-Uranus conjunction. It is
the author’s opinion, for both astrological and biographical
reasons, that Jones had Virgo rising (which would mean he
was born in the early evening), but that is, clearly, speculative.
All of the dates, exact or approximate, for
the events of May 1965 are quoted from the above biographical
sources, Karnbach & Bernson being the primary source
for dates. There are some ambiguities: while it is confirmed
that the Rolling Stones played the Jack Russell Auditorium
in Clearwater FL on the evening of May 6, 1965, and that
Richards wrote the riff to Satisfaction while the group was
staying overnight in that town, it is not clear as to whether
they stayed there the night preceding or following the show.
A few anecdotal accounts, including Davis’ claim that
Richards showed the riff to Jagger the morning after he wrote
it (p.122), and Jagger’s recollection that the song
was completed by the swimming pool at their motel in Jacksonville
FL (where the Stones played on May 8th), support the idea
that they stayed there the night following the show. However,
even if the reverse proved to be true (that they stayed in
Clearwater the night of the 5th/6th), the Mars-Uranus conjunction
transit would still have been in effect.
Similarly, there is a minor conflict as to
the exact time Satisfaction was recorded. Karnbach & Bernson
(p.225) state that the song was recorded, along with the
tracks My Girl, Good Times, Cry to Me, I’ve Been Loving
You Too Long, The Spider and the Fly and One More Try, during
sessions that took place in Hollywood between May 11th/12th.
However, Davis claims (p.124), “The final stereo mix
of Satisfaction was finished by 5 a.m. on May 11, 1965.” This
is a conflict because Karnbach & Bernson claim the Stones
had been at a recording session at Chess Studios in Chicago
on May 10th (where they made their first attempt at recording
Satisfaction), which would make it close to impossible for
them to make it over to Hollywood and complete the song by
five o’clock the next morning. Regardless of this conflict,
the Mars-Uranus conjunction would be present at any of these
The author wants to express his wish that every
conceivable event in human history was recorded in precise
atomic clock time. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m
not the only one.
The reason Mars was conjunct Uranus during
both the release of the Beatles’ I Feel Fine in late
November 1964 and the recording of (I Can’t Get No)
Satisfaction in May 1965 is because Mars had been retrograde
between January and April of 1965 – which means it
made three exact conjunctions to Uranus between Nov/Dec 1964
and May 1965. Interestingly, there were only three instances
during the 20th century where a Mars retrograde coincided
with multiple conjunctions to Uranus: 1907 (long before the
Stones or probably even their parents were born), 1943-44
(when Keith Richards was born) and of course 1964-65. There
will be a close call this coming summer (2003), as Mars goes
retrograde in Pisces. Close, but no proverbial cigar. Keep
your eye on Richards, though: he and Jagger just had their
second Saturn Returns, and Jupiter stationed direct conjunct
his natal Pluto and pre-natal Solar Eclipse this past April.
Prosperity or doom? You never know what else this guy could
face down and survive.
The author thanks Michael Lutin for introducing
him to the concept of recurrence transits.
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