Of course, he never expected his modest letters to constitute a bestseller or anything so grand as that. He was simply as delighted as a boy to see them at last in print, and so widely read - a private dream come true. The release of his letters to the press was very nearly the first thing he did upon becoming Pope, and I'm sure it was with deep inner satisfaction that he saw his humble secret wish granted. Those many Librans of both sexes and all faiths, who secretly write lovely poems or prose, and never have the chance to share them with any wider audience than a few intimates, will understand the gentle John-Paul's shy happiness.
But what touched me even more concerning Libran John-Paul was the first newspaper account I saw of his death, following the sudden heart attack on September 29th, that ended in less than two months, his cheerful, benign reign of goodness, and plans (no doubt) of Venus Peace and Justice. On the front page of the Los Angeles Times that day, within the article describing the mourning in Rome, in one column alone there were three clear references to Pope John-Paul's Sun Sign. The Times article, in referring to the discovery that the Pope had died in bed the morning after his 11 pm heart attack, said: "The light was on, an opened book of meditation lay nearby, and a senior Cardinal noticed that his face still bore its usual smile."
A few paragraphs further on in the story, readers were informed that: "A tearful woman who was praying in St. Peter's Basilica, said gently, his whole life was in his smile."
Then, at the close of the article, were the quoted words of Archbishop Aurelio Sabattani, as he told thousands attending the Pontiff's mass in St. Peter's, that: "John-Paul was a man who carried with him the smile of God… his smile will remain like a beam of light."
Yes. Libra's Venus smile, it's powerful force of energy and light, can be seen by the faithful, the believers and the skeptics alike. No one can resist it. No one can deny it. No one can fail to be moved by it. The Venus smile is what made Libran Eleanor Roosevelt a beautiful woman, despite her plain features. It won Libran Eisenhower the Presidency, and also had a great deal to do with the same achievement of Libran Jimmy Carter. It floods and brightens the memories of all those who grieve for the cheerful, kind John-Paul. The Venus smile of Libran Pope John before him was used more sparingly, but was, nevertheless always there, ready to flash its startling light when it was needed to gently persuade.
The Libra smile… and the dreamy Neptune eyes of Pisces, the Fish. Both indications of the indelible stamp of planetary influence upon the features of Earthlings. Speaking of the Fish, in passing, I meant to comment that St. Peter's Cathedral, where Archbishop Sabattani eulogized the late Pontiff's smile, is of course named after the apostle Peter - who (though he as a Sun Sign Aries) is traditionally called the 'Big Fisherman.'
Libra and Pisces form the 6-8 Sun Sign Pattern, which means that neither one has the foggiest idea why the other thinks and acts as he (or she) does. Libra's motives and attitudes, character and personality are totally foreign and perplexing to the Fish - and Pisces, to Libra, is likewise one huge puzzle. As with all other 6-8 influenced people, the Venus-ruled, dimpled Libran and the Neptune-guided, dual-natured Piscean would probably never ever get so far as the first 'hello' if they weren't somehow brought together by 'outside forces' - outside forces being a job or career, a matchmaking friend or relative, the non-optional accident of being born within the same family circle - or the unplanned (consciously) situation of just happening to live near one another as neighbours. All these influences manage to move Libra and Pisces into close enough proximity to be at least introduced. After that, they're on their own. Although they would seldom deliberately choose to form an association, once 'fate' has nudged them into a tentative exploration of each other's strange behaviour patterns, a fair number of them are so fascinated by the differences between them that they linger awhile, and finally decide to make the investigation of the mystery a permanent hobby.