The youth years of an entrepreneur
The transits for Steve Jobs from 1972 to 1976
In this post we focus on the transits on Steve Jobs' birth chart from 1972, the year he graduated from high school and enrolled at Reed College, to 1976, the year he cofounded Apple, when he was only 21 years old:
- How did planetary transits and alignments resonate with Steve Jobs' birth chart during that timeframe?
- What do they tell us about what Apple meant for Steve Jobs?
A designer, entrepreneur and innovator on a mission to change the world
Steve Jobs's birth chart contains the following planetary alignments:
- a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction and a Jupiter-Venus opposition
- a Mars-Neptune opposition
- the two axis are making a square to each other, creating a highly dynamic configuration known as a "Grand Cross".
The Jupiter-Venus alignment can be correlated to business (Jupiter) and art (Venus), and Jupiter's conjunction to Uranus adds the dimension of technology and innovation. The square of Mars to Jupiter adds an adventurous approach to the business-oriented nature of Jupiter, which translates into entrepreneurship. And the sextile of Saturn to Venus adds a practical approach to art which translates as design.
Together, this Venus-Mars-Jupiter-Uranus configuration, helped by Saturn, reflects how Steve Jobs was at the same time a designer (Venus-Saturn), an entrepreneur (Mars-Jupiter) and an innovator (Uranus). The Mars-Uranus square adds an element of rebellion (Uranus) and breaking the status-quo through conflict, struggle or violence (Mars).
Neptune adds a spiritual, mystical, utopian or visionary approach. The Mars-Neptune opposition can be described as a utopian (Neptune) warrior or adventurer (Mars). Neptune's square to Venus translates into the highly rounded designs of Apple products. It's also reflected in the transparent case of the original iMac.
One or both of the Mars-Uranus or Mars-Neptune alignments can be seen in the birth charts of revolutionary historical figures that saw themselves as "heroes on a mission to change the world", such as Mao Zedong, Che Guevara, Georges Danton, Maximilien Robespierre, Napoleon Bonaparte, Lenin, Simon Bolivar, Emiliano Zapata, Salvador Allende and Pablo Neruda. Those born during Uranus-Neptune alignments, such as Salvador Allende and Pablo Neruda, helped bring forward major political breakthroughs that marked the beginning of new cultural, social and political eras. Steve Jobs was born during a waning square of Uranus to Neptune. He was one of the key personalities that marked the beginning of the digital revolution that started at the time of the Uranus-Neptune conjunction of 1993.
The young entrepreneur meets the history of computers
In the years 1972-73 there was also an important, once in a lifetime transit of Neptune making a square to the natal position of the Sun. This transit correlates with Steve Jobs' first experiences with LSD and his interest in eastern mysticism that started precisely in 1972.
Between 1972 and 1976, Uranus activated Steve Jobs' Grand Cross. First through a square to the natal Jupiter-Venus axis in 1972-73, and then by a transit on natal Neptune, making an opposition to natal Mars in 1974-75. These transits activated Steve Jobs "designer entrepreneur innovator" potential (Venus-Jupiter-Uranus) and the "hero on a mission to change the world" (Mars-Neptune).
In 1974-75 Saturn added its own energy to the transits of Uranus by transiting the natal Jupiter-Uranus conjunction, which translated as a pressure to materialise his ideas into something tangible.
This culminated in March-April 1976 with Jupiter's transit on natal Mars, followed by the Jupiter-Uranus opposition in the sky.
As described in our post about the rhythm of innovation in the history of computers, Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus alignments are strongly correlated to the birth of new generations of computers. Steve Jobs' rise as an entrepreneur, and to the birth of the Apple I personal computer can be seen as powerful resonance between:
- the 1976 T-square alignment of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus
- and the Grand Cross in Steve Jobs' birth chart
... which translated into a very rare sequence of transits of Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter on his birth chart, awakening his potential as a designer-entrepreneur-innovator. Remarkably, a very similar configuration occurred for Napoleon Bonaparte in 1796, as described in our post about the alignments of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.
The transits of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune on Steve Jobs' birth chart between 1973 and 1976
The alignment of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus in 1976 on Steve Jobs' birth chart.
How Steve Jobs' birth chart is reflected in Apple's values
The fact that the foundation of Apple coincided with the transit of Jupiter on Steve Jobs' natal Mars-Neptune axis helps us to understand what Apple meant for Steve Jobs on a more personal level. In a way, Apple not only manifested Steve Jobs' potential as a designer, entrepreneur and innovator (Venus-Mars-Jupiter-Uranus), but it also manifested his "hero on a mission to change the world" potential (Mars-Uranus-Neptune). This explains the very specific posture he always had about Apple: for Steve Jobs', founding Apple was not just about starting a new business or designing innovative computers. It was literally about "changing the world". He vividly pitched this to Apple employees in his 1997 meeting:
"What we're about isn't making boxes for people to get their jobs done, although we do that well. We do that better than almost anybody, in some cases. But Apple's about something more than that. Apple at the core, its core value, is that we believe that people with passion can change the world for the better. That's what we believe."
This translated into the "Think different" advertising slogan and the "Crazy Ones" advertisements. It is no surprise that the 20th century personalities featured in those ads have prominent alignments between Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune: Albert Einstein (Jupiter-Uranus opposition of 1879), Thomas Edison (Jupiter square Saturn-Neptune), Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and John Lennon (born during the Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus conjunction of 1940-41), Jimi Hendrix (born in late 1942 during a Saturn-Uranus conjunction trine Neptune), Mohandas Gandhi (Saturn-Uranus-Neptune grand trine), Martin Luther King (Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune grand trine), the 14th Dalaï Lama (Jupiter-Uranus and Saturn-Neptune alignments), Frank Loyd Wright (Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus grand trine), Pablo Picasso (born in 1881 during a Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune conjunction, with Uranus trine Neptune) and Miles Davis (Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square).
The impressive sequence of transits from 1972 to 1976
In 1972-73, a number of very important transits started on Steve Jobs's birth chart, which help us to understand why this was such an intense period in his life, why he only studied in college for about a year , and why he would become an entrepreneur by the early age of 21 years old.
The following outline summarises the transits, which are described in greater detail in the next paragraphs:
- 1972-73: Steve Jobs drops out of college and travels to India in search for enlightenment
- Neptune square on the natal Sun: a new wave of inspiration (Neptune) that opens his consciousness (Sun) and puts him on a spiritual journey.
- Uranus square to the natal Jupiter-Venus axis in November 1972, April 1973 and Aug-Sep 1973: the spark that ignited (Uranus) his creative process as an entrepreneur (Mars-Jupiter). This transit activated his "Designer" spirit. This period coincides with his attending a calligraphy course in college that would have a great impact on the Macintosh's famous typefaces and proportionally spaced fonts.
- Jupiter transited his natal Venus in January 1973, adding to the activation already started by Uranus.
- Saturn transited his MC in Sep-Oct 1972 and again in May 1973. This transit pushed him to search for his vocation with a great sense of responsibility.
- Uranus reached its first square to its natal position in October 1973. By this time, Jobs had already dropped out of Reed College, lived in a hippie commune and had decided to find his own life path.
- 1974-75: from Atari to India, and back to Atari (see the more detailed analysis below)
- Uranus square to its natal position: a major breakthrough in the creative process.
- Uranus transit on the natal Mars-Neptune axis: dreaming of changing the world.
- Saturn transit on natal Jupiter-Uranus, and opposition to natal Venus: the pressure to materialise his projects, designs and ideas into something tangible.
- first and second Jupiter squares to the natal Venus-Jupiter axis: the first milestones in his journey as an entrepreneur.
- 1976: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the Apple I and founded Apple Computer
- On February 9, transiting Jupiter made its third and final waning square in its cycle to its natal position, and on February 13 an opening square to natal Venus: the final steps in the entrepreneurial process.
- Saturn approach to natal Uranus: the pressure to materialise his ideas into something tangible.
- On March 17, transiting Jupiter made an opposition to Jobs' natal Neptune, and on March 22 it passed over Jobs' natal Mars.
- On March 28, transiting Saturn reached its direct station about 1 degree away from Jobs' natal Uranus.
- On April 18, the Jupiter-Uranus opposition became exact in the sky, and was aligned with his natal Mars-Neptune: this marks the rise of the "crazy revolutionary entrepreneur who wants to change the world".
A closer look on 1974-75: from Atari to India, and back to Atari
In early 1974 Steve Jobs returned to his parents' home. He got his first job at Atari, saved money, and went to travel through India for 7 months, from mid-1974 to early 1975.
- April 1974: Jupiter transit over Jobs' natal Sun.
- Uranus made its second and third squares to its natal position in May-June and July-Aug 1974.
- Uranus transited natal Neptune, in opposition to natal Mars, in January and October 1974, and June-July 1975: these transits activated Jobs' search for spiritual enlightenment. By Oct 1974 he was travelling in India. Upon his return in early 1975 he experimented with psychedelics and became a practitioner of Zen Buddhism.
- April 1975: Jupiter transit on Jobs' natal Moon.
After that extremely unstable period in Steve Jobs' life, it seems that a new chapter started when he took back his job at Atari in mid-1975. Both Saturn and Jupiter played a highly significant role during the year previous to the foundation of Apple.
- In 1974 Saturn had slowly approached Steve Jobs' natal Jupiter-Uranus conjunction and in November 1974 it reached its retrograde station only 2 degrees away from Jobs' natal Jupiter.
- In June-July 1975 Saturn transited Jobs' natal Jupiter and natal Uranus.
- Jupiter's retrograde cycle from August to December 1975 resulted in 3 squares to the natal Jupiter-Venus axis in late June 1975, in early October 1975 and in early February 1976.
These series of transits can be correlated to a deep process of learning how to share (transiting Jupiter) and give birth (transiting Saturn) to his own potential as a Designer, Entrepreneur and Innovator (the natal Venus-Mars-Jupiter-Uranus alignment) .