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Hugo Chávez & The Bolivarian Revolution
This article was written & published on 7th February 2006
For the last few years Venezuela has been undergoing major change. Since Hugo Chávez was elected in 1998 the country has been re-organising itself, rejecting the form of 'globalisation' and 'market liberalisation' practiced and promoted by countries such as the USA. Chávez calls this the 'Bolivarian Revolution'.
An outspoken critic of what he sees as the USA government's attempt to dominate Latin America, Hugo was elected on a platform of reforms based on social justice. But implementing those reforms has not been easy.
Chávez has faced a military coup, which he says was backed by the USA government. His political opposition boycotted Congressional elections - even though they were independently certified as free and fair - in what some say was an attempt to undermine Hugo's subsequent victory. There have been general strikes causing fuel shortages, and a recall referendum called by his opponents which actually served to consolidate his popularity and mandate.
A founding member of OPEC, and the world's fifth biggest oil exporter, Venezuela occupies an influential position not just in South America, but in the world. Hugo Chávez was elected in order to use those resources to primarily benefit the people of Venezuela, 80% of whom live in poverty. He has brought in participatory democracy, increased literacy, established free speech and access to healthcare as rights, and more. Yet George Bush has accused him of trying to 'roll back democratic progress'.
Speculation has been rife for some years now that Bush wants to force 'regime change' in Venezuela. Chávez's decision to work with Cuba hasn't helped to allay Bush's concerns. Of course, the facts that Venezuela accounts for 15% of the USA's oil imports, and a third of USA exports to Latin America go to Venezuela, have nothing to do with it, do they? Neither, presumably, does Venezuela's large gas reserves.
There is an astrological fact that will seem odd to those new to the subject: even after someone has died, their legacy responds to transits of their birth chart.
Hugo Chávez has named Simón Bolívar as one source, among others, of his inspiration. It is the ideals of Bolívar that gave rise to the change of Venezuela's official name: the country's title is now the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (República Bolivariana de Venezuela). Simón Bolívar is known as 'El Libertador', a reference to his leading of the war to throw off the imperialism of Spain, and he wanted to unite South America as a continent. Hugo Chávez is also seeking to build consensus for his 'ALBA' idea, which is an alternative to the USA-proposed FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas).
So let's first look at what transits have been taking place to Bolívar's chart during the rise of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution.
The election Hugo Chávez won was held on 6th December 1998. If we compare the positions of the planets on this date with the chart of Simón Bolívar we find:
Mentioned above was Jupiter opposite Venus. This is an important connection, because Chavez's Venus is in the same degree of the same sign as Bolívar's Venus. Venus is associated not just with economics, but with social justice. This Jupiter transit then suggests that the two men's shared values on justice and redistribution were experiencing an opportunity to grow and enlarge their circle of influence.
Hugo Chávez's birth chart: NB no house cusps are shown because his birth time is not known
As well as having their Venuses, Suns, and Mercuries conjunct, Hugo and Simón have Mars in septile to one another, which is an aspect of inspiration involving the planet of action and heroism. Other septiles between them are: Venus septile Uranus, Mercury septile Neptune, Jupiter septile Pluto. These indicate inspiration at the levels of viewpoints, social change, economics, and international power.
Chavez's Star Parans: Achernar & Betelgeuse
Hugo has taken on a daunting and daring task. Judging by his public statements he seems able to rise to the challenge he has set for himself, and for Venezuela. His star parans (a paran is a little-used form of aspect) are informative: his Sun is in paran to Achernar, in the constellation of Eridanus:
This paran is indicative of someone who is associated with crisis, but who can, if they have the wherewithal to do so, provide solutions to that crisis.
Another paran involves Mars and the star Betelgeuse, which is in the constellation Orion:
This planet-star combination symbolises someone who can achieve much by taking on an ambitious task requiring much hard work and determined focus. Those who support Chávez must certainly be hoping so.
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