On Saturday, 3 December 2011, Herman Cain withdrew from the race for the Republican nomination due to the accusations of sexual harassment and a long-standing extramarital affair. This is a follow-up to a previous post about Mr. Cain’s troubles. What astrological factors was he experiencing at the time of his withdrawal? Here is a timeline with the most salient aspects in the fall of 2011 and quotes from the Solar Fire delineation of those aspects:
Oct. 21: Transiting Saturn conjunct secondary progressed natal Chiron ->
“Perhaps a physical illness is causing problems, or perhaps someone’s actions are inadvertently causing pain, or it could be simply a painful event or news. It is also possible that the current problems are connected with authority figures such as employers or parents.”
Oct 30: The first reports appear that two women are accusing Mr. Cain of inappropriate male-female conduct.
Oct 30: Transiting Saturn conjunct natal Jupiter ->
“You are being forced, whether you like it not, to reassess your goals in life. This can be a painstaking process. Any goals which have been impractical and far-fetched will need to be revised in a more practical light.”
Oct 31: Transiting Neptune conjunct progressed natal Sun (of the sunrise chart) ->
“Your perceptions of yourself and your life change in subtle ways during this transit. You may be experiencing confusion, lethargy or a sense of loss, but don’t despair. There is a spiritual purpose, which may be difficult to see at this time. The worst thing you can do is to push on regardless …” Modern occultists link Neptune to the tarot’s Hanged Man card, which often symbolizes a period of voluntary withdrawal, suspension of activities, surrender, renunciation, pausing, reflection, and willing sacrifice. In older tarot decks, the Hanged Man was called the “Traitor,” a reference to traitorous figures who were hanged upside down as a form of public ridicule.
Nov 11: Transiting Saturn square natal Saturn ->
“This is a testing time when the structures of your life seem less certain. Aspects of your life which seemed once to offer safety and security become less sure during this transit. It may be that you are viewing these areas differently, or it could be that someone else is shaking things up. Either way you are being forced to reassess your plans and purpose …”
Nov 25: Transiting Solar Eclipse at 2 Sag 36 falls in Cain’s natal sunrise chart 12th house conjunct the cusp. The 12th is the house of hidden enemies, secret affairs, and self-undoing. In traditional astrology it was considered one of the most unfortunate houses.
Nov. 28: A Georgia woman alleges a 13-year love affair with Cain.
Dec. 3: Cain withdraws from the race.