The astrology of

Steve Jobs's life

This page provides an introduction to the birth chart of Steve Jobs and looks at his milestones from the perspective of planetary cycles and transits. See also our post about the history of computers and the rise of IBM and Apple.

Interpretation of the planetary alignments in the birth chart

The following delineation of Steve Jobs's birth chart focuses on the alignments between the terrestrial planets and the giant planets, as described in our page about how life stories are connected with the stars.

The Grand Cross: an unavoidable challenge

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".

Such a configuration can be interpreted in many ways: "It symbolises an unavoidable challenge. Meeting this challenge demands considerable dedication and effort." (Astrowiki) but it can also be associated to "perpetual change".

Both Venus and Mars are involved in this configuration. They represent two important sides of his personality, and they are highlighted by higher, social or transpersonal principles, represented by Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.

  • Venus is described by Richard Tarnas as "the principle of desire, love, beauty, value; the impulse and capacity to attract and be attracted, to love and be loved, to seek and create beauty and harmony, to engage in social and romantic relations, sensuous pleasure, artistic and aesthetic experience; the principle of Eros and the Beautiful; Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty."

  • Mars is "the principle of energetic force; the impulse and capacity to assert, to act and move energetically and forcefully, to have an impact, to press forward and against, to defend and offend, to act with sharpness and ardor; the tendency to experience aggressiveness, anger, conflict, harm, violence, forceful physical energy; to be combative, competitive, courageous, vigorous; Ares, the god of war." (The Planets, Richard Tarnas)

This already explains two aspects of Jobs's character that were both his strengths and weaknesses: a high esthetic sense that made him an outstanding designer with strong values (Venus) and a forceful business leader with a reputation for being harsh and even brutal (Mars).

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A designer, entrepreneur and innovator

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 (Jupiter-Uranus).

A rebellious zen buddhist on a mission to change the world

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).

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. Both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were born during the 1955 waning square of Uranus to Neptune. They were the key personalities that pioneered the personal computer revolution.

Visionary genius

The Uranus opposition to Venus, and the Neptune-Venus square correlate to visionary genius. Leonardo da Vinci had Venus sextile Uranus and trine Neptune. This genius translated in Steve Jobs's unique approach to designing end-to-end solutions which provided consumers with a new level of simplicity in their use of a personal computer, a portable music player or a smart phone. His creations were not just beautifully designed: they disrupted and transformed existing business ecosystems like the music industry and the smartphone market.

Neptune's quality is visible in the highly rounded designs of Apple products and the transparent case of the original iMac. But perhaps it's in the iPhone where the power of Neptune's visionary nature is most tangible. The very nature of the iPhone, a multipurpose communication device designed to be a gateway into a new ecosystem of apps - the App Store - reflects Neptune's proteiform, holistic and systemic perspective. It is Neptune's dissolving quality that removed the physical keyboard and transformed it into a software module, only appearing on the touchscreen when needed.

The digital revolution

From the perspective of the planetary cycles of the giant planets, a further look at the birth charts of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates shows that they were born during the Uranus-Neptune square of 1954-56. Steve Jobs, born in February, has a tight Jupiter-Uranus conjunction, and Jupiter trine Saturn. Bill Gates was born in October, when Jupiter was 25 degrees passed Uranus, within 1 degree of Pluto and separating from a square with Saturn. Bill Gates's Jupiter is within 2 degrees of the star Regulus, the alpha star of constellation Leo.

In other words, they were born during a complex alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. This means that their life stories resonate with all the cycles of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, as described below. It also explains why they played such an important role during the pivotal years of the digital revolution, which can be correlated to the major alignments of the giant planets that occurred in the two decades around the Uranus-Neptune of 1993. See below for more details.

Life events correlated to planetary cycles

Multiple transits often occur simultaneously. Therefore, the correlation of a life event to a single planetary transit is not straightforward. As an example, Apple's decision to acquire NeXT in late 1996 and the return of Steve Jobs to Apple in 1997 coincided with Jupiter's transit over his natal Venus in December 1996 and with Saturn's transit over his natal Moon in June to August 1996 and in March 1997.

From the perspective of planetary transits, it's important to keep in mind that what makes a Grand Cross configuration unique is that, when one of the planets in the Grand Cross is activated by a transiting planet, all the other planets are also activated.

Saturn's cycle: life, death and rebirth

The following milestones in Steve Jobs' life can be correlated to the cycle of Saturn around his birth chart:

  • His daughter Lisa was born in May 1978, which coincided with the Saturn's closing squares from August 1977 to April 1978.

  • 1985 was the year when Jobs was fired from Apple. It precisely coincided with his Saturn return, which spread from December 1984 until August 1985. Jobs submitted his letter of resignation on September 17th. His mother was striken with lung cancer and died in early 1986.

  • Jobs's father, Paul, died in March 1993, which coincided with Saturn's opening square of February 1993.

  • 2000 was the year when Steve Jobs formulated a completely new strategy for Apple based on the concept of the personal computer as the "digital hub" of everyone's "digital lifestyle". Also that year, Steve Jobs dropped the 'interim' in his title and officially became Apple's CEO. Saturn reached the middle of his cycle in May 2000 and there was a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on May 28, 2000.

  • The iPhone was announced in January and released in June 2007. Saturn's closing square spread through Sep-Oct 2006, February 2007 and June 2007.

Saturn transits on his Venus-Jupiter-Uranus alignment: peaks of creativity

  • In June and July of 1975 Saturn transited Jobs' natal Jupiter-Uranus conjunction. That year Steve Wozniak started developping what would become the Apple I, and Steve Jobs had the vision that they could sell it and start their own computer company. They would found Apple in April 1976, within weeks of the Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus T-square (see below).

  • The Saturn retrograde cycle of 1990 occurred over Jobs' natal Venus and his third Jupiter return occurred in July 1990 and coincided with a Jupiter-Saturn opposition. The years 1989-91 were a pivotal period in Steve Jobs' life: he met his future wife Laurene Powell in October 1989 and they married on March 18, 1991. During that same timeframe Jobs was turning around Pixar: he shut down all of Pixar's hardware operations in April 1989, and in March 1991 he fired almost half of Pixar's staff.

  • Saturn's second transit on Jobs' natal Jupiter-Uranus conjunction occurred in Aug-Sep 2004, Jan-March 2005 and Apr-May 2005. It was another pivotal year when Steve Jobs redefined once again Apple's strategy and started the iPhone project. This was a full Saturn cycle after the 1975 transit when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started the development of the Apple I.

Saturn's cycle around the birth chart of Steve Jobs

Jupiter transits: life-changing decisions, successful products and wealth

Jupiter transits coincided with important events in Steve Jobs's life. Some of them shaped his destiny, like his decision to drop out of Reed College in 1973, or the power struggle with Apple CEO John Sculley in 1985. Others coincided with moments of success related to new products like the NeXT workstation, the iPod and the iPhone. The Initial Public Offerings of Apple and Pixar can also be correlated to Jupiter transits.

  • Jan 1973 Jupiter transit on natal Venus: dropped out of Reed College.

  • Jul-Aug 1978 Jupiter transit on natal Jupiter-Uranus: the Apple II becomes the first mass-market personal computer, with impressive sales around the US. Apple becomes a symbol of the personal computing revolution. Steve Jobs is already a millionaire thanks to Apple’s success, founded only two years earlier.

  • In December 1980 Steve Jobs became a millionaire within a few days of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of Dec 31st 1980. The conjunction was making an opposition to Jobs' natal moon.

  • Dec 1984 - Jan 1985 Jupiter transit on natal Venus: start of the power struggle with his CEO John Sculley.

  • In July 1990 the Jupiter transit on natal Jupiter-Uranus coincided with a Jupiter-Saturn opposition. Steve Jobs met his future wife in 1989, and they married in 1991. The first NeXT workstations were released in September 1990.

  • November 1995: Jobs became a billionaire within a few days of Jupiter's transit on his Imum Coeli (IC). Toy Story was released on November 22. Pixar held its IPO on November 29 and became the biggest IPO of the year.

  • Dec 1996 Jupiter transit on natal Venus: Apple announced its intention to acquire NeXT on December 20, 1996.

  • June-July 2002 Jupiter transit on natal Jupiter-Uranus: the second generation iPod was released in July 2002.

  • April, June & Nov 2008 Jupiter transit on natal Venus: the second iPhone model and the App Store were introduced in July 2008.

Jupiter's cycle around the birth chart of Steve Jobs

Uranus and Neptune transits: corporate turnarounds and the iPhone revolution

The 1993 conjunctions of Uranus and Neptune fell within 3 degrees of Jobs' natal Venus. Uranus and Neptune transited his natal Venus in 1993 and in 1994 respectively. 1993 is when NeXT dropped its hardware business and 1994 coincides with the production of Toy Story. The whole timeframe from 1989 to 1995 is when he was confornted with the toughest challenges as a CEO. It was when he learned by experience how to turnaround a company. And that's what prepared him to return to Apple and achieve one of the greatest comebacks in corporate history.

A few years after the Uranus-Neptune conjunction of 1993 and the transits of Uranus and Neptune on Jobs' natal Venus, Uranus reached Jobs' natal Mercury. Between 1999 and 2000 Uranus transited his natal Mercury in Feb-Mar 1999, July-Sept 1999 and Dec 1999-Jan 2000: this is around the time when Steve Jobs was turning around Apple, after his return in 1997. The most straightforward interpretation of a transit of Uranus on natal Mercury is a revolution in one's way of thinking and that is exactly what happened to Steve Jobs at that time. It translated into the “Think Different” advertising campaign, started in 1997.

From 2004 to 2005 Neptune transited his natal Mercury. The iPhone could be described as a highly "neptunian" artefact. It is a means of communication (a phone), but it's also an entry point into an ecosystem of apps (the App Store), which makes it the most versatile multipurpose digital device ever invented. Luc Bigé suggests that this proteiform quality, related to the myth of Proteus, is correlated to Neptune. It is that proteiform quality that made the iPhone so disruptive. The introduction of the iPhone in 2007 started a huge transformation in the field of digital devices and internet services that was later referred to as "the iPhone revolution".

The Uranus-Neptune cycle and the stellia of the giant planets

Another interesting perspective is to look at the bigger picture of the Uranus-Neptune cycle, and how it correlates to milestones in the history of computers. After the Uranus-Neptune square of 1955, when Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were born, a series of stellia of the giant planets occurred in the two decades before and after the Uranus-Neptune conjunction of 1993.

Some important milestones in Steve Jobs's life can be correlated to those stellia:

  • The 1983-84 Jupiter-Uranus-Neptune stellium coincided with the development and release of the Macintosh in 1983-84.

  • The Saturn-Uranus-Neptune stellium of 1989 coincided with a pivotal time in Steve Jobs life when he was struggling to turnaround both his ventures Pixar and NeXT. This alignment reached its climax in September with Jupiter's opposition to that stellium. Steve Jobs met his future wife in October 1989.

  • The 1997 Jupiter-Uranus-Neptune stellium coincided with Jobs' return to Apple in 1997. It coincided with the transit of Saturn over Jobs's natal moon. Remarkably, the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction of February 1997 occurred precisely on Jobs's natal Chiron. The figure of the wounded healer couldn't have been more explicit, as Steve Jobs came to save Apple like a doctor comes to heal a seriously sick patient. See the chart below.

  • The 2009-2010 wide Jupiter-Uranus-Neptune stellium coincided with the iPhone's success and the release of the iPad in 2010.

Timeline of Steve Jobs's life correlated to planetary cycles and transits

1973: drops out of Reed College

  • Jan 1973 Jupiter transit on natal Venus. Steve Jobs had enrolled at Reed College in September 1972, but he decided to drop out after his first semester, although he continued to attend some classes.

1976: cofounds Apple Computer

  • June-July 1975 Saturn transit on Jobs natal Jupiter-Uranus conjunction. This can be described as a strong pressure to materialise his innovative entrepreneurial ideas into something tangible. Steve Jobs took back his job at Atari in mid-1975.

  • March-April 1976 Jupiter transit on natal Mars; and Saturn station 1 degree from natal Uranus. Jupiter-Uranus opposition in the sky. Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak on April 1st 1976.

1978: birth of his daughter Lisa

  • Aug 1977 - April 1978 Saturn closing square to natal Saturn: his daughter Lisa was born in May 1978.

1980: Apple goes public, Steve Jobs becomes a millionaire

  • Dec 31st 1980 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction making an opposition to Jobs' natal moon. Apple went public on December 12, 1980, making Steve Jobs a millionaire at the age of 25.

1984: the Macintosh

  • the development and release of the Macintosh, the first personal computer with a graphical user interface, coincided with the 1983-84 Jupiter-Uranus-Neptune synod. The Jupiter-Uranus conjunctions occurred in February, May and September 1983 while the Mac was being developed. The synod culminated with the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction of January 19, 1984. The Mac was introduced by a US$1.5 million Ridley Scott television commercial, "1984". It aired during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984. And the Mac went on sales two days later.

1985: fired from Apple, founds NeXT, invests in Pixar

After the Saturn and Jupiter transits of 1976, the next major transits occurred when Saturn returned to its natal position while Jupiter transited natal Venus.

  • Dec 1984 - Jan 1985 Jupiter transit on natal Venus and opposition to the natal Jupiter-Uranus conjunction: start of the power struggle with his CEO John Sculley

  • Nov 1984 and Jul-Aug 1985 Saturn return: Steve Jobs resigns from Apple in September, after being relieved of his positions as Apple VP and General Manager of the Mac department on May 31st. He is already making plans for his new venture, NeXT.

  • Apr 1985, Jul 1985 and Dec 1985 Jupiter transits on natal Mercury: Steve Jobs founded NeXT Computer in Sept 1985 and in February 1986 he invested 10 million dollars in Pixar, becoming chairman.

The combination of both transits constellated a “Jupiter vs Saturn” pattern were Steve Jobs and John Sculley were mutually trying to overthrow each other. This occurred one full Jupiter cycle after the 1973 Jupiter transit on natal Venus, when Jobs had dropped out of Reed College. Both situations, although extremely different, share something in common: in both cases Jobs leaves an organisation that had become unbearable to him.

1989-1991: the entrepreneur of the decade meets his future wife and gets married

  • June 1989 Jupiter transit on the Midheaven (MC): Steve Jobs was named 'Entrepreneur of the decade' by Inc. magazine. Canon invests $100 million in NeXT, now valued at $600 million. Pixar’s Tin Toy won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

  • A series of Jupiter-Saturn oppositions near Jobs' Jupiter-Uranus-Venus axis occurred in Sep 1989, Nov 1989, Jul 1990, Mar 1991, May 1991

  • Steve Jobs met his future wife Laurene Powell in October 1989 and they married on March 18, 1991.

  • In July 1990 his Jupiter return coincided with a Jupiter-Saturn opposition.

  • Feb-Dec 1990: Saturn transit on natal Venus. Steve Jobs is in a serious relationship with his future wife, Laurene Powell.

1993 NeXT drops its hardware

It's fascinating to see how the main alignment in Jobs' birth chart, the opposition of Venus to Jupiter and Uranus, was activated by the Uranus-Neptune conjunction of 1993 and the corresponding transits of Uranus and Neptune on his natal Venus.

  • Uranus transited his natal Venus in March-June 1993 and in December 1993 - January 1994. This timeframe coincided with Jobs making a radical changes in strategy at NeXT, as it decided to drop its hardware business. 300 of the 540 staff employees were laid off.

1994: Toy Story's production resumes

A year later it was Neptune's turn to transit Jobs' natal Venus:

1995: becomes a billionaire

  • Nov 1995 Jupiter transit on the Imum Coeli (IC): Toy Story was released on November 22. Pixar held its IPO on November 29. Steve Jobs became a billionaire.

1997: returns to Apple

After the Saturn and Jupiter transits of 1984-85, the next major transits occurred when Jupiter transited natal Venus and Saturn reached his natal Moon.

  • Dec 1996 Jupiter transit on natal Venus: Apple announced its intention to acquire NeXT on December 20, 1996.

  • Jun-Aug 1996 & Mar 1997 Saturn transit on natal Moon: the acquisition of NeXT was finalized in February 1997.

  • Jobs became de facto chief after then-CEO Gil Amelio was ousted in July 1997, and was formally named interim CEO in September.

Steve Jobs' return to Apple also coincided with the Jupiter-Uranus-Neptune synod of that year.

  • The Jupiter-Neptune conjunction of January was closely followed by the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in February. Jobs returned to Apple in February, after Apple's acquisition of NeXT was finalized.

2000: new "digital hub" strategy focused on music

  • In 2000 Jobs' second Saturn opposition coincided with the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of May 2000.

  • in January he drops the "interim" in his title and officially becomes Apple's CEO.

  • Apple acquired SoundJam MP, the digital music player that would become iTunes.

  • This is half a Saturn cycle after Jobs was fired from Apple in the summer of 1985, and a full Jupiter-Saturn synod after Apple’s IPO of December 1980.

2001: iTunes, Mac OSX, first Apple Store and iPod

  • June 2001 Jupiter transit on Jobs' Midheaven (MC): iTunes was introduced on January 9, 2001. Mac OS X, was introduced on March 24, 2001. The first Apple Store opened on May 19, 2001. The iPod was introduced on October 23, 2001.

2004-2005: starts iPhone project

The development of the iPhone started in 2004 and coincided with important transits of both Saturn and Neptune:

  • Aug-Sept 2004, Jan-Mar 2005 and Apr-May 2005: Saturn transit on the natal Jupiter-Uranus conjunction. Apple acquired FingerWorks in early 2005 for its gesture recognition technology that would be used in the iPhone.

  • This is one full Saturn cycle after the same transit of June-July 1975 when Jobs took back his job at Atari, and was probably already thinking of founding a computer company.

  • From 2004 to 2005 Neptune transited his natal Mercury

2007: releases the iPhone

  • Nov 2007 Jupiter transit on Jobs' Imum Coeli (IC): the iPhone was introduced in January 2007 and released in June 2007.

  • 2007 Saturn closing square to its natal placement and Saturn-Neptune opposition in the sky. The closing squares in Saturn's cycle coincided with the oppositions in the Saturn-Neptune synodic cycle (August 2006, February 2007 and June 2007).

The transits of both Saturn and Neptune during the iPhone's introduction and release confirm the neptunian quality of the iPhone suggested above.

2010: the iPhone's success and releases the iPad

  • the success of the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 and the release of the iPad in 2010 can also be correlated to the wide Jupiter-Uranus-Neptune synod of 2009-2010.

Focus on 1976: 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".

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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) .

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