corresponds to our social behavior.
Bill Bradley was born
July 28, 1943 at 11:37a.m., in Crystal City, MO when the social
planet Venus was in one of the least social signs – Virgo. Dry and
undemonstrative like the other earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn; Virgo
is more introspective than either. Unlike the “social Lion” label
generated by Leo charisma, Virgo is understated and generally
uncomfortable in settings where they are the center of attention. To
Bradley, social functions are just that, “functions,” practical
necessities required of anyone seeking political office.
Such discomfort is in
part the result of Virgo’s perfectionist tendencies, which with Venus
can make for a lot of anxiety about correct social behavior. A person
with Venus in Virgo can sometimes be downright self-effacing and overly
critical of what they perceive as their own shortcomings. But practice
makes perfect – especially with Virgo – “and so,” as a recent
Time magazine cover story points-out, “Bradley taught himself how to
meet and greet.”
shows the nature of our appeal.
of people-skills does not appear to be a contrivance. If anything it’s
Bradley’s genuineness that seems to impress those he’s charmed along
the campaign trail thus far. People comment on his down-to-earth sense
of reality, his sincerity, and his earnestness – all Venus in Virgo
Bradley is also known to quiz strangers about their lives,
(a curiosity in part whetted by his Gemini Moon, to be discussed), but
one can nearly feel the gears turning as Bradley quietly analyzes and
evaluates what the person is saying. Carefully he categorizes and
prioritizes his impressions. He could almost be an affable census taker,
patiently recording the details and facts of someone’s life before
politely moving on to the next person on his list.
Venus in Virgo list is practical and pragmatic.
Competence is valued
over glamour. Skill and expertise get high marks. Yet, a person with
Venus in Virgo is not inclined to woo the support of colleagues until
its necessary. Bradley’s 18-year legislative record as a Senator from
New Jersey, shows he could hob-knob with the best of them when he had
too, to gain the support for his landmark 1986 Tax Reform Act, or play
politics to help bring about water-use reform in California. But Bradley
did not go out of his way otherwise.
He seemed to prefer incremental
legislative tactics, a very Virgo approach to problem solving, i.e. the
strategy of the limited objective. Little by little he extended Medicaid
benefits to more pregnant women and to children and bit by bit increased
the Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as mandating a 48-hr. maternity
stay in hospitals. Such modest gains are the stuff of Virgo, and
unlikely to attract much attention.
in Virgo needs time to assimilate experience.
busy social whirl of campaigning takes its toll on introspective Virgo.
Staff and campaign workers have learned not to try and chat with Bradley
in-between campaign stops. Bradley prefers to curl up with a book – he
carries a stack with him – and reacts irritably to friendly attempts
to strike-up a conversation. His mental preoccupation is typically
Virgo. A little like Spock, he probably sees little logic in small-talk
with those already on-board. Better to conserve one’s supply of
congeniality for those not yet won over.
Bradley's Moon, Saturn, Mercury and Mars
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