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The Astrology of the Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Saga

Posted by on Friday, November 4 20116 Comments

On October 31st 2011, Politico broke the story that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain had been accused of sexual harassment by former employees of the National Restaurant Association. What followed were inconsistent statements from Herman Cain which conflicted with the daily drip of information coming out about the case. The facts now are that while Cain was CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990’s, he was accused by two women of sexual harassment, and those accusations resulted in the women leaving their jobs with cash settlements in the  range of tens of thousands of dollars with confidentiality agreements. A third woman has now come forward saying she accuses Cain of sexual harassment from the same time period of the earlier settlements. So what’s going on here, astrologically speaking?

One of the challenges of looking at the astrology behind this is the fact that we don’t have all the information, especially the dates of the incidents and settlements for all the cases, let alone the names or birth dates of the accusers, or even Cain’s birth time. I think however, I have been able to deduce one specific time period for the first woman who accused Cain of sexual harassment from information gleaned from Politico’s reports.

…POLITICO has learned new details making clear there were urgent discussions of the woman’s accusations at top levels of the National Restaurant Association within hours of when the incident was alleged to have occurred…

…The new details…come from multiple sources independently familiar with the incident at a hotel during a restaurant association event in the late 1990s…

…The woman in question, roughly 30 years old at the time and working in the National Restaurant Association’s government affairs division, told two people directly at the time that Cain made a sexual overture to her at one of the group’s events, according to the sources familiar with the incident. She was livid and lodged a verbal complaint with an NRA board member that same night, these sources said…

…She described it as an “unwanted sexual advance” to the other source. The woman took the matter immediately and directly to the board member because “she wanted this fixed,” the source said…

…The woman, who now works in New Jersey, left the NRA in May 1998, shortly after the incident — under an agreement that paid her one-year’s salary, in the mid-$30,000s, sources said…


What we know is that the incident in question happened at a National Restaurant Association event involving hotels, also described as a “trade expo” and that the woman reported it that night and left the job shortly afterward in May 1998. The biggest event the National Restaurant Association hosts is the weekend-long NRA Hotel-Motel Show, which in 1998 happened in Chicago, on the weekend of May 15th-18th 1998. I think this is a very plausible candidate for the time period Cain was first accused of sexual harassment.


So here’s where things get interesting. Without judging whether the allegations against Cain are true or not, it is probably not hard to imagine that such a charge against Cain might have had implications for his personal life, especially for his marriage with his wife, Gloria. Herman Cain married Gloria Etchinson on June 23 1968, when Saturn was at 23 Aries. Just under 30 years later, the Cains’ marriage reached its Saturn return in April 1998. Just a month later when Saturn was at 27 Aries, Cain was accused of sexual harassment. Fast forward to today. Politico broke the Cain sexual harassment story on October 31st 2011, when Saturn was at 22 Libra, almost exactly opposite the degree of Saturn at the time of his marriage, and quickly approaching the opposite degree of the time I suspect the actual alleged incident occurred, 27 Libra. It’s the Cain marriage’s second Saturn half-return. I’m going to take a wild guess and say that husband and wife are not pleased with this difficult period of their marriage coming back in such a dramatic way, amid such high stakes. Above is a tri-wheel chart. In the inner wheel, it shows Saturn at 23 Aries on the day of Cain’s marriage, in the middle wheel it shows Saturn at 27 Aries at the time of the alleged sexual harassment incident, and in the outer wheel it shows Saturn at 22 Libra on the day Politico broke the story. Click to enlarge.

Also, we don’t even know the name or birthdate of the first woman who accused Cain of sexual harassment, but Politico lets us know that she was “roughly 30”. To any astrologer, this is interesting because we know that the orbital return period of Saturn is 29.something years. This means this woman may very well have been born close to the time the Cains married, which is weird considering how she might have been an object of the cause or result in problems in the Cain marriage. There’s probably a lot more interesting astrology to mine here, once we find out more information about exactly what was going on in 1998 and 1999, and just as importantly for our purposes – when.

For more tales of Saturn, make sure you check out a new blog written by my friends Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim called Saturn Return Stories at!  If you have a cool Saturn return story, they’re accepting submissions from readers, check it out!

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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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  • Kristina says:

    Also interesting is that transiting Saturn at 22 Libra is square his natal Saturn and exactly on his natal Jupiter. I wonder if the problems he is encountering with Saturn might suggest a night chart? I heard clips on NPR and I believe he was lying, you could hear it in his voice.

  • Patrick Watson says:

    Yeah, it does make pretty close aspects with his natal Saturn-Jupiter square, but I thought it was simpler and more explanatory as a Saturn half/return of the marriage. I’m sure it would make more sense with any report of a birth time.

  • Kristina says:

    Thank you for finding and sharing this information, Patrick. This seems to be about Saturn both in his own personal fate and that of his marriage. It is interesting that his natal Saturn is square the marriage Saturn, which would indicate his marriage is tied in with his own Saturn issues. It will be interesting to see how this ends up. And yes it would be nice to know his birth time, like you say.

  • Leisa Schaim says:

    Nice finds on those Saturn cycles! And thanks for the shout-out about the Saturn returns blog, too. Always good to highlight that events can have Saturn cycles and returns as well, not just individual people. Also, I just noticed that Cain had a recurrence transit of his Mercury-Venus conjunction when the allegations were first announced, for whatever that’s worth.

  • Patrick Watson says:

    You’re welcome! I noticed that too, the Mercury-Venus thing, and I thought that was kind of a strange one because it wasn’t the same part of the Mercury-Venus cycle that he was born in (the 40 year cycle). It was also technically a recurrence of when he first announced his run for President too, and that was actually a Mercury-Venus-Mars conjunction.

  • AstrologyFan says:

    When the Cain scandal broke, there was a Mercury-Venus/Mars/Chiron-Neptune t-square in late fixed signs. Mars in this configuration set off the firestorm. I’m thinking this MUST be significant.

    Cain is under a MAJOR transit from one of the extra-Saturn planets to be getting so much attention all the time, and also for his fundraising to pick up during this scandal and for his poll numbers to remain relatively stable during this period.

    There weren’t any aspects to Saturn in late Libra when the scandal broke. I’m thinking Cain’s asc or MC falls about 28-29 degs of a fixed sign.

    On the Cains’ wedding dsy, Jupiter was at 1 Virgo, close to my speculative point.

    Interestingly enough, I read the Perry has a 28-29 Leo asc. He blasted into the race in late August with all the attention of the Sun opp Chiron-Neptune along his asc/dsc axis. His numbers began to collapse at the September 15 debate when Mars in Cancer formed an inconjunct to Neptune on his dsc. He had a major gaffe at the November 9 debate with Mars in late Scorpio forming an exact square to Neptune.

    Now, if my spec chart is right, Cain is STILL being hit by those same transits, BUT for the November 9 debate, he was fortunate to have Mercury-Venus conjunct his natal Mercury-Venus in Sag. For the next debate, he’ll be even luckier to have Mercury-Venus conjunct his natal Sun.

    Okay, my 2¢.