A Clue to Rectify Herman Cain’s Chart?
Through a very interesting turn of events, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain is now in the top-tier if not a front-runner among the Republican presidential candidates. I’ve personally inquired about his birth time, but unfortunately it has not been recorded on his birth certificate so our only chance of getting a time is from him or someone else in his family. However, another method by which an astrologer can determine a birth time by is “reverse-engineering” it from the events in their life, a process known as rectification. This requires compiling large amounts of data about a person’s life, as precisely timed as possible. While we do not have enough information to do a proper rectification for Herman Cain, I’ve noticed something that may be helpful.
First of all, Herman Cain was born on December 13th 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee, but that is all we know at the moment. You can find Cain’s noontime chart for reference here. A story not many are familiar with is that Cain’s first arrival on the political scene was a debate with President Bill Clinton! On April 7th 1994, Bill Clinton was holding a televised townhall in Kansas City to promote his health care reform plans. Cain charged that Clinton’s plan would force him and other small business owners to cut jobs as a result of having to cover health insurance costs for employees. What followed was an impressive flurry of off-the-cuff number-crunching between the two men. Although Clinton performed well, he was clearly on the defensive from the well-prepared Cain. Conservative commentators have said in hindsight that Cain’s encounter with Clinton spelled the beginning of the end for Clinton’s health care reform effort, and Republicans, including then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took notice of him. There were several interesting transits that night, but I would like to point out Venus’s position at 7 Taurus which seems to be a relevant point for his career aspirations.
- The next big political moment for Cain was on May 24th 1995, when Newt Gingrich appointed him to a Republican tax reform commission. It was specifically designed to study the effects of a flat tax rate for all Americans, the basic principle of which some people may recognize as Cain’s so-called “9-9-9” tax plan. Venus was at 9 Taurus.
- 8 years later, a Venus synodic cycle, on May 21st 2003, Cain announced his run for Senate in Georgia for the 2004 elections. He was an unknown going up against a popular incumbent in the primaries. He lost the primary election, but he had put up more of a fight than anyone had expected and very nearly forced a run-off vote. Venus was at 6 Taurus on the day he announced his run for Senate.
- Exactly 8 years later, another Venus synodic cycle, on May 21st 2011, Cain announced his run for President in the 2012 elections. Venus was at 7 Taurus, conjunct with Mars at 7 Taurus and Mercury at 8 Taurus.
I gave my first speech at our church. I was eight years old and I can still recall my first words: “I wish my parents would stop talking about who I look like.” I lost my first election in the seventh grade. It was for class president. Five years later, as a high school senior, I ran a second time, having been urged to do so by some of my classmates who recognized leadership qualities in me before I did.There is a latter day parallel of sorts: In 2004, I ran in Georgia for a Senate seat but lost that election. Now, seven years later, I’m out there campaigning for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination! There’s a message in that time-frame between defeat and success!
It’s probably worth mentioning he had flirted with running for President before for the 2000 elections, to the point of filing a presidential exploratory committee with the FEC. His campaign quickly petered out as the Republican Party began to coalesce around George W. Bush, Cain joined the campaign of flat-tax champion Steve Forbes. I don’t have exact dates, but it appears his campaign was active between March 1999 and July 1999, during which time Saturn had transited across 7-9 Taurus.
He was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer sometime in March 2006. What this means is that he had had it long enough for it to spread to his liver. I couldn’t help noticing that only a short while before the diagnosis, Mars had stationed direct at 8 Taurus, very close to his solar return on December 9th 2005. This was in fact the same part of the Mars retrograde cycle that Cain himself was born in (he was born 10 days after Mars stationed retrograde), since Mars runs on a rough 15-year synodic cycle. The only other time in Cain’s life when Mars had been retrograde at this degree was in September of 1973. It would be interesting to see if that had been another time coincident with a health problem.
Now the interesting thing about this point, 7-9 Taurus, is that it makes virtually no aspects to any of the general placements of the planets on the day he was born, except for a loose-ish square to his Pluto at 11 Leo. I don’t think we would see this level of recurrence and importance for someone just because it’s a square to Pluto. This makes me suspect that one of the angles in his chart is 7-9 Taurus. If he was born with 8 Taurus on the Descendant, he was born close to 3:37 am with 8 Scorpio rising. If he was born with 8 Taurus on the IC, he was born close to 8:56 am with 18 Capricorn rising. If he was born with 8 Taurus on the Ascendant, he was born close to 2:13 pm with, duh, 8 Taurus rising. If he was born with 8 Taurus on the Midheaven, he was born close to 8:53 pm with 15 Leo rising.
I’m tempted to consider one of these times, but the bottom line is we need a lot more precise dates in his chronology, and more to the point, we need to get a quote from Herman Cain to see if he knows his own birth time!
UPDATE: Almost exactly 8 years (Venus) before his confrontation with Clinton, on April 1st 1986, he became the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. Venus was close but not really at 7-9 Taurus, at 29 Aries. However, it was 1 day before Jupiter perfected it’s square with Saturn though, a recurrence transit of Cain’s natal Jupiter-Saturn square. Uranus was also on his Sun. Click to enlarge.