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John Edwards to Announce he is the Father of Rielle Hunter’s Child: A Tale of Venus and Mars

Posted by on Tuesday, September 22 20094 Comments

John EdwardsThe final nail in the coffin of John Edwards’ political career may be hammered in very soon with a public announcement: he IS the father of Rielle Hunter’s child. How did he get from where he was to where he is now?

John Edwards was born on June 10th 1953 at 7:02 AM in Robbins, Michigan. I know the data is rated C because of other conflicting reports of his birth time, but the birth time is not necessary to validate my observations, although in some instances they may actually bolster the argument that the 7:02 AM is correct.

John Edwards' natal chart (click for larger image)He was born at the end of Venus’s post-retrograde shadow period, after Venus went retrograde in Aries, a natal indication that Venus retrogrades will be particularly relevant for him. He was also born with the Sun, Moon, Jupiter and Mars in the 12th house (using the 7:02 time), the house of personal rivals and self-undoing. His Mars in the 12th house in particular will turn out to provide a good deal of self-undoing.

They Meet

John Edwards and Rielle Hunter met at a bar in New York City in late February 2006. Earlier that month, Venus had just stationed direct on Edwards’ Capricorn Descendant, throwing the topic of relationships into a tailspin, with the introduction of the woman into his life who would be the cause of his downfall. They maintained the affair throughout the year, during which time the Saturn Return of his marriage to Elizabeth (July 30th 1977, about 29 years before) was taking place.Really?

In December 2006, Edwards hired Hunter to make a mini-series behind-the-scenes documentary of his presidential campaign. On December 28th 2006, Edwards made his announcement of his presidential candidacy in New Orleans. Venus was back in late Capricorn, where it had been when he first met Hunter.


Secret’s Out

National EnquirerOn August 27th 2007, the National Enquirer made its first mention of a possible relationship between Edwards and Hunter with its Page Six feature by stating: “WHICH political candidate enjoys visiting New York because he has a girlfriend who lives downtown? The pol tells her he’ll marry her when his current wife is out of the picture.” Venus was retrograde in Leo, about to station direct.

On October 10th 2007, the National Enquirer was the first to break the story in no uncertain terms, that presidential candidate John Edwards was cheating on his cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth with a campaign worker, Rielle Hunter. Mainstream networks rejected the story, dismissing it as typical campaign-season silliness. Uranus was hovering around Edwards’ Midheaven, and the new Moon was square his natal Uranus as Mercury was about to station retrograde, a clear description of the explosive nature of these charges that would disrupt his career and aspirations.

The story came out at the end of the Venus post-retrograde shadow period when Venus was at 1 Virgo, which is clearly of importance because Edwards met Hunter during the previous Venus retrograde. Mars was in Cancer, gearing up to go retrograde over Edwards’ natal Mars, which would spell his eventual loss against the starpower of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The Baby

On January 30th 2008, Edwards suspended his presidential campaign, having just weathered a retrograde Mars return, which like the announcement of his candidacy, occurred when Venus was in Capricorn. Barely a month later, Rielle Hunter gave birth to Frances Quinn Hunter on February 27th 2008, at 9 am in Santa Barbara, California. The baby was born with Mars at 28 Gemini, within a degree of John EdwardsMars. Mainstream networks began to tentatively investigate the story, and quickly speculation reached a dull roar.

And the Father Is…

John Edwards admits affair on ABCOn August 8th, 2008, Edwards admitted that he had had an affair with Rielle Hunter. He did this when Venus was at 3 Virgo, very close to where it had been when the National Enquirer broke the story the year before. He denied he was the father of the child. The admission marred his reputation and he was barred from appearing at the Democratic National Convention, and his political future was very uncertain.

March 4th 2009, Venus stations retrograde in Aries, the same part of the Venus cycle that Edwards was born in. The National Enquirer reports Edwards confessed to his wife that he is the father of Hunter’s child. Whether that happened or not is disputable, but given the National Enquirer’s surprising track record on this particular story (as well as what we know about Edwards and Venus retrogrades), it shouldn’t be dismissed too easily.


On September 19th 2009, the New York Times indicated that John Edwards is in fact the father of Hunter’s baby, and strongly suggested that John Edwards will make an announcement very soon. Currently, Mars is back in Cancer, on his Ascendant no less, and Venus is back in early Virgo, where it was when the story was first publicized by the National Enquirer in 2007, and when he publicly admitted to having the affair in 2008.

Venus tends to figure pretty prominently in other tales of fall and redemption such as these (i.e. Bill Clinton), while Mars tends to be more purely destructive. Time will tell if John Edwards can survive this particularly tragic and shocking sex scandal.



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Patrick is an astrologer originally from High Wycombe, England. His personal practice is based on a blend of ancient and modern astrology. He is a member of the Association for Young Astrologers.

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