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David Letterman Retiresdavid letterman

The recent announcement by David Letterman that he was quitting the Late Show some time in 2015 represents the passing of a generation of late night talk show hosts. Letterman was the last member of the Baby Boom generation (with Neptune in Libra and Pluto in Leo) to hold down a big name talk show. (Click here to see David Letterman’s horoscope.) He is to be replaced by Stephen Colbert who comes from the generation with Pluto in Virgo and Neptune in Scorpio.


Letterman indicated in his announcement that his decision to retire was relatively sudden. This would be typical of a Sun sign Aries, but Letterman has the Moon in Capricorn. In my new book Father Sun, Mother Moon: Astrology’s Dynamic Duo, I say of this combination of Sun and Moon signs, “You don’t feel comfortable rushing into things. You want to take time to plan and prepare.” So I have a feeling that this change has been in works, at least in Letterman’s mind, for a while.


Letterman’s last Saturn transit was last year, when Saturn crossed his Descendant. This is likely when the decision was made. Given that the Descendant rules the 7th House of marriage, it is likely that his relationship with his wife was an important factor.


There are some aspects in Letterman’s secondary progressed horoscope right now that indicate a change in the status of his career, but I’m thinking that it won’t be until Nov. 2014, when transiting Jupiter squares his Sun and conjuncts his I.C. that the notion of retirement really settles in for Letterman. This aspect reoccurs in Jan 2015 and June 2015. These will be the most likely the times when the last Baby Boom talk show host steps down.

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