candidate Bill Bradley is not the flamboyant Leo of popular zodiac portrayal. His thoughtful
unassuming demeanor contrasts sharply with the show-off reputation
of this dramatic fire sign. The Gore camp has even accused Bradley
of being “timid” for accepting only part of the debate agenda they
proposed. Of course timid folks don’t tend to go into politics, much
less run for president.
there was nothing timid about Bradley on the basketball court in college
or as an NBA star. Neither is Bradley’s low-key style, the result
of what can happen to a Leo reared in the Mid-West, any more than
growing-up in Arkansas made another Leo named Bill a little too
outgoing. Instead, such wide disparities underscore the significance
of the planets and the Moon in understanding the complexities of human
nature. In Bradley’s case the position of Venus
provides revealing clues about this humble Leo’s enigmatic nature.
Bradley's Venus in Virgo
have seemed hard put in their attempt to define Bradley. Critics have
labeled him as aloof, priggish, diffident, withdrawing and socially
uncomfortable. Yet, in considering some of the basic astrological
features of Bradley’s makeup a pattern emerges. On one hand there
is the extroverted leadership urge of Leo, yet on the other hand there
is the introverted tug of Virgo and Taurus. Even Bradley’s potentially
gregarious Moon in Gemini is held in check by crusty Saturn, repeating
this theme of outgoing energy countered by inward turning energy.
Bradley's Moon, Mercury and Mars
magazine writer Eric Pooley gets it right when he describes this tension
in Bradley as “the essential contradiction of an introspective man
forcing himself into that most outgoing of roles.” Bradley prefers
to think of himself as “the leader that people didn’t know was a leader.”
Bradley cringes at such cynical media terms as “marketing one’s virtue.”
Yet, in truth, Bradley’s Venus in Virgo elicits such notions.
(he even married a woman named Ernestine), sincere, dependable and
trustworthy, Bradley’s boring brand of integrity is already proving
attractive to voters soured by nearly two terms of people-schmoozing
Venus in Libra charm-gone-awry in the oval office. Regardless of the
outcome, the neck-and-neck race between Bradley and Gore for the Democratic
nomination is heating up.