to believe, ladies and gentlemen—but true. Wisecracking,
smart aleck, sarcastic David Letterman has a heart—and a good one,
too. In fact, according to the cardiologist who performed quadruple
bypass surgery on Letterman last month, it's "the heart muscle of
thing, too. An angiogram found an irregularity in Dave's heartbeat
on January 14. More tests revealed he had a clogged artery, too. Now,
none of this would have made headlines back in the Home Office had
Dave's dad not died of a heart attack at age 57, a major hereditary
"red flag" that's prompted 52-year-old Letterman to be on his toes,
health-wise—literally. He runs, eats a mainly vegetarian, low-fat
diet and doesn't smoke.
could someone who's the absolute picture of health end up with a heart
problem? Well, it might have been Mom's fried bologna sandwiches,
or the chipped beef she served up on Tater Tots. But, astrologically
speaking, it may also be the fact that Dave has both the Sun and Mars
in Aries. This stress-hungry, adrenaline-craving sign is the personal
property of the planet Mars, who rules the muscles in the human body—and,
of course, the heart is at the top of the list. Put both the fiery
Sun and the red planet himself in this action-oriented sign, and there's
no time to waste—no matter what's on the agenda.
Motto: Take Action Now
let's say you've got those two planetary fireballs in Aries, and you've
got a potentially fatal heart condition, too. What do you do about
it? Well, you do what comes naturally—you take action. You immediately
schedule yourself for surgery. Not next month, next Tuesday, or even
tomorrow morning. You set up the operation for that very day.
You bet. But there's really no other way for anyone with all that
energy in Aries to handle things. This is the sign that's as hot,
fast and spontaneous as a bullet, braver and more daring than any
other. When there's a battle to be fought—whether the enemy is someone
else, or your own body's weakness—Aries rushes in. They're the front-line
warriors, the guys who stormed the castles back in Arthur's day. Let's
get the show on the road. Now.
is He, Psychic?
astrologers don't usually plan much of anything without the aid of
the planets. In fact, we often reach faster for our chart software
than our calendars, no matter what we're setting up. As such, it astounds
us that folks actually get married, climb aboard planes and vote for
president without consulting astrology first.
enough, however, if any one of us had been asked by Dave to set up
a surgery date, we'd probably have made the same choice he did, because
there were some favorable astrological factors in place. So how'd
he "know" that the time was right? Or was he just acting
on that Aries impulse thing?
Dave was also born with cerebral Mercury in the sign of Pisces, which
is classically known to be quite "psychic." Pisces planets run on
intuition rather than facts. They "feel" their way around a situation,
adjust their antennae, and make a decision. So it makes sense that
this fast-acting Aries with his Mercury in Pisces would act quickly
on his "gut" feelings—and that he really couldn't have chosen a better
day to do it.
the King of Optimism, and the "Mood" of the Moon
seems that on the morning Dave made his rapid-fire reservation for
the OR, the Moon was in Aries. Take a sign that impulsive and push
a planet as emotional and intuitive as the Moon through it, and you've
certainly got the potential for snap decisions. But that's not all.
Right around the time Dave was weighing the facts of the matter, the
planet Jupiter was right next to the Moon. Since Jupiter functions
much like Santa Claus, his presence near the Moon suggests a "positive
ending" to an emotional decision—and so far, so good.
what's the future look like for Dave? Well, you don't have to be an
astrologer to know that there's nothing like illness to make you popular
in the eyes of the public. Look what happened to Reagan's popularity
after he was shot, for example. So The Late Show is
already predestined to increase its ratings—no doubt about that. Astrologically
speaking, that plays out, too. Jupiter, old Santa Claus himself, is
sidling up to Dave's Saturn, the planet we examine for career indicators.
Dave looks like he's sounder than ever, too. He's just come through
a major period of sudden change and major physical renovation—and
both Uranus and Pluto, the planets who respectively rule those conditions,
are on his side.
downside? There really isn't one, astrologically. Still, if I were
Dave, I'd be watching my back for the return of all the "victims"—um,
I mean "guests"—he's mercilessly turned his warrior energies on over
the years. You know what they say about payback, Dave. It's on the
Top Ten List of things that are hard to swallow.