The self-destruction of John Edwards

John Edwards astrologyby Lynn Hayes.  Please note that the URL of this blog has changed and update your bookmarks.

Here in North Carolina where I live, the trial of John Edwards has all of the fascination of the OJ Simpson Trial but without the blood. This story has all of the classic ingredients of a Southern Gothic novel: an arrogant politician, a long-suffering wife dying of cancer, a mistress into “new agey” things like astrology and crystals and a reported $9,000 a month allowance.

John Edwards (see chart) is driven both by a sincere desire to help people and a fierce ambition combined with a brilliant intellect. But with four planets in Gemini, he has difficulty focusing. Gemini of course is the sign of the twins, the sign of communication. Gemini has a thirst for experience, an intense curiosity and a desire to digest as much information as possible. Gemini is the jack of all trades and extremely versatile; they are chameleons who can change their skins frequently and in fact they usually dislike becoming overly involved in one particular project.

Edwards was an extremely successful trial lawyer for 20 years, representing families and children before entering politics after the death of his son in 1996. Edwards’ progressed Sun, which delineates our evolving sense of Self, moved into Leo around that same time.  Leo is the sign of the Ego, and the transition of the progressed sun from Cancer (where it had been for 30 years, being focused on family issues and the family business) into Leo, where one’s own expression in the world becomes the primary matter, was the perfect fuel to feed Edwards’s ambition.

The four planets in Gemini in the chart […]

Share this article...
Share
By |2018-07-15T09:44:41-04:00May 23rd, 2012|Politics|13 Comments

The John Edwards Matter

John Edwards

Out of respect to the Edwards family and in response to the comments of my thoughtful readers, I have edited this post.

I confess that during the Presidential campaign I became disillusioned by John Edwards, beginning with his sudden passion for populism.  Having observed him during his time in the Senate, I knew that Edwards had never shown any interest in the working poor, and this sudden crusade rang false to me. The Edwards’ live in a famously huge mansion on 100 acres outside of Chapel Hill on a property that is ringed with “no tresspassing” signs, and their children attend the prestigious Chapel Hill schools even though they live outside of the district.  To me, this is the very two Americas that Edwards spoke so passionately against.

Last week I read in the news that Edwards had ended a a scholarship program that he began during lead-up to his presidential run now that his presidential aspirations had failed which appears to me to be a confirmation that the passion for the poor was a passing fancy.

I first heard of the National Enquirer rumors about Edwards’ supposed affair last winter but in view of Elizabeth Edwards’ battle with cancer I, like other writers, chose not to address these rumors.  Today Edwards admitted to ABC News that he had an affair back in 2006 with Rielle Hunter.  Ms. Hunter had a baby in February of this year that was rumored to be Edwards’ but campaign officer Andrew Young claimed paternity.  Young has since moved, with his wife and family, out to California to be with Mr. Hunter.

Last year I wrote this profile of John Edwards:

[…]

Share this article...
Share
By |2008-08-08T17:16:45-04:00August 8th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on The John Edwards Matter
Go to Top