Is Bradley really okay? Trends imply possible complications.
Presidential candidate Bill Bradley’s recently disclosed heart condition
bears watching. Looking fit amidst snappy exchanges with Al Gore during
their December 19 debate, Bradley appeared far removed
from the scare that had sent him to hospital just nine days previously.
However, a look at Bradley’s astrological picture in regard to health
issues gives cause for concern.
is the Sign of the Heart
was born with the Sun in Leo (4 degrees to be exact) on July 28, 1943.
Astrology associates both the sign Leo and the birth position of the
Sun with the heart. This does not mean that all Leos are predisposed
to cardiac problems, but it does mean that astrologers pay close attention
to the position of the Sun—especially in Leo—when questions of cardiac
condition—atrial fibrillation—was first diagnosed in 1996 when the
planet Uranus first reached 4 degrees in the sign of Aquarius. Leo
is the sign opposite Aquarius on the zodiac wheel. (The opposition
is a 180 degree angle that represents the challenge of a new perspective.)
There are pros and cons to this Leo/Aquarius opposition, but the tension
is considerably increased when it is exactly opposite by degree, for
example Bradley’s Sun at 4 degrees of Leo opposed by transiting Uranus
(Uranus' current position) at 4 degrees of Aquarius.
Bradley’s rude surprise in ’96 is typical of the shock impact of Uranus.
Such trends challenge individuals to re-invent their lives in the
wake of sudden and often radical new developments. Following mild
electric shock treatment to his heart (very Uranian!) and medication,
Bradley got a Stairmaster exercise machine, which he continues to
Health Sensitized by Neptune
moved away from the opposition to Bradley’s Sun in ’98, as Bradley
stepped up his efforts to lay the groundwork for a possible campaign.
However, beginning in the spring of 1999, another planet—Neptune—reached
4 degrees of Aquarius. Unlike radical Uranus, Neptune's effects are
diffuse. Neptune pervasively increases the sensitivity of whatever
Neptune phases are often associated with a time of healing. Sabbaticals
are typical during Neptune transits, as are hospital stays—hardly
the setting for conducting a presidential campaign. Sometimes the
healing energy of a Neptune transit is synchronistic with medical
or herbal remedies, and can bring about a softening of attitudes and
on occasion a more mystical outlook.
opposition to Bradley’s Sun is suggestive of overlooked factors or
hidden complications. Increased cardiac sensitivity may have developed
since Neptune’s arrival at 4 degrees of Aquarius this past spring.
Bradley’s vulnerability sounds suspiciously understated in an aide’s
remark that Bradley had “felt a little different” the evening prior
to his December 10 hospital visit.
Students of astrology should take note that Mars—the adrenal planet—was
zipping through early Aquarius during and just prior to Bradley’s
unscheduled hospital campaign stop. Planets with faster orbital cycles—especially
Mars—tend to act as “triggers” during long-term trends. Flaws or weaknesses
are often revealed during these shorter intervals. Mars trends generally
signal hectic periods of increased activity, pumping more adrenaline
into the system.
are key dates to watch Bradley over the next year, times within which
health-related episodes are more likely to occur.
20 - 21
transit raises communication issues
24 - April 1
transit may force the action
1 - 2
24 - July 29
transit touches creativity and fame
3 - August 11
29 - October 3
with Bradley Throughout 2000
atrial fibrillation—an irregular beat of the heart’s upper chamber—affects
at least 2 million Americans, voters are likely to remain sensitive
to what so far has been a downplayed as a medical condition that “does
not in any way interfere with his ability to function.”
Bradley remains relatively strong and stable through the coming months
of the presidential campaign he will have probably weathered the worst
of it. Neptune’s last exact contacts with Bradley’s Sun occur in 2000,
but its influence could linger well into 2001.
Bill Bradley: A Humble Leo by David R. Railey