Jair Bolsonaro

For me the most important event of the week was the burning of the Amazon rainforest and its implications for the planet.

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, bears a huge responsibility for this  catastrophic event, and the destabilization of the earth’s ecosystem.

Just this lunchtime at the G7 Summit, £18m was pledged to help put out the fires, mainly for aircraft and technical support.  US President Donald Trump, who refuses to acknowledge the seriousness of climate change, was notably absent from the discussion.  Bolsinaro is an admirer of Trump and seems to model himself on him.

The Science Bit

The huge fires in the Amazon basin, which includes the largest tropical rainforest in the world, contribute to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

The forests (the “lungs” of the planet) remove carbon dioxide, for photosynthesis, and produce much needed oxygen.  In the course of plant transpiration, vast amounts of moisture are also given off which provides much needed rain and fresh water for the Amazon river.

After the fires have died down, the soil in the  resulting cleared land  does  not support crops for very long, because it lack nutrients.

His Birth Chart

Born on 21st March (1955), with his Sun at 0 degrees Aries, that is possibly the most potent degree of the zodiac for the Fire element.  Interestingly, his great grandfather was also an Aries.

The Sun from 9th House of global impact trines Uranus (which is on his Ascendant) very much highlighting his Inner Rebel, or Disruptor.  The Sun also exactly squares his Nodal Axis, which could symbolize the misuse of the “Solar Fire” karmically.  Mars sextile Jupiter, can be inflammatory, though usually it is harmlessly exuberant.  Likewise his Jupiter conjunct Uranus, usually seen as enterprising, but in this case perhaps opportunistic.

Neptune is at the base of the chart, on the 4th House cusp, signifying that he may build his empires on shifting sands.  In terms of his career, that may certainly be true.

Venus square closely Saturn may indicate a lack of feeling: certainly he does not seem to take seriously the human cost of what is happening.  Donald Trump, whose values he shares, has Venus conjunct Saturn.  Some of their values stem from a lack of feeling. [disclaimer: not all people with a Venus/Saturn connection are anti-abortion etc.!]

Mars conjunct the Midheaven (the Careerpoint) describes his 15-year military career, but now also a reputation linked with Fire.

Jupiter square loosely Neptune can point to a skewed or deluded religious outlook.  He is quoted as having said “God above everything. There is no such thing as a secular state”. Though he later in his campaigning to be president stretched to include atheists, there is no sense of humanity in the ethics of his policymaking, especially towards the indigenous people of his country.  Possibly his most destructive aspect is Saturn square Pluto.

Chart of his Presidency

Bolsonaro came to power as the 38th President of Brazil on 1st January 2019, and the chart of that event is very interesting.  The Sun closely conjunct Saturn indicates a repressive regime.  Mars is at 0 degs Aries, transiting exactly on his Sun at that critical degree, and squares Bolsonaro’s Nodal Axis, a very fiery karma. Chiron conjunct Mars indicates some sort of wounding.  Uranus closely squares the Nodal Axis, bringing in harsh changes.

Parallels with Donald Trump

A denial of and disinclination to act on climate change is only one of the shared policies with Donald Trump.  They are both right wing populists.  In views such as anti-homosexuality and opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion, he is probably more extreme than Donald.  But these values tend to be held by many in Donald’s republican party.  Bolsonaro (like Trump) is a misogynist, with many unsavoury quotes to his name.  He is also a staunch supporter of Israel, like Donald.  In their synastry, their Jupiters are squared, which means they can encourage each other’s excesses or extremism.

Effect on Indigenous Population

It is rumoured that the fires were started (a few weeks ago) just after an Amazon tribe’s rights to preserve their lands were upheld by a court (though not in Brazil itself).  The finger was then pointed to other bodies who had vested interests in deforestation.  Bolsonaro, who has made no secret of his lack of sympathy for their cause, has made comments attempting to deflect his own government from suspicion in this matter, especially this week.  His advisers have indicated plans to expand nuclear and hydroelectric power into the region.   The figures for deforestation have soared since Bolsonaro came to power.

Let’s hope the combined efforts of the G7 can bring the fires under control as soon as possible, and that there is a sensible change of regime in Brazil in the near future.


Did you spot the deliberate mistake from last week?  I ended with the words: “Eat, drink and be merry, for on Monday the daily grind awaits.”  Of course, it is Bank Holiday Monday today, and most of us won’t be working.  Who would want to be working in this heat?  Possibly the odd blogger here and there…

This afternoon (Monday 26th) we have a splendid trine between Venus and Uranus, which might be wasted on a working day.  It favours socializing, reunions, surprise meetings, heart-centred telepathy and empathy.  In the field of the arts, it can bring originality and surprise, e.g. to a performance.

Wednesday (28th) brings another trine, Mars trine Uranus.  So we are held in the first part of the week between two trines. Even if we are returning to work on Tuesday, we may be glowing from their effect.  Mars trine Uranus also brings excitement, but of a more active variety.  In science, technology and mechanics there could be progress and advances.  Engineering and electrical themes also benefit, so sparks fly, but in a good way!

Mercury enters Virgo on Thursday (29th), and work themes may be really bedding down by then in your schedules.  There will also be more emphasis on health and ecological awareness, such as dealing with the rainforest fires.

Another trine for Uranus occurs on Friday (30th), so this could be an exciting week, all in all.  The Sun trine Uranus highlights performance, self-expression and creativity of the most inventive and original kind.  You may be embellishing themes and projects which started earlier in the week, if you found them successful and want to build on that.  Group meetings and endeavours are favoured under this trine, too.

There is also a New Moon on Friday, at 6 degrees Virgo.  As the New Moon (Moon plus Sun) is trine Uranus, this heightens the excitement of the new beginning.  Aspirations around the New Moon in Virgo could be very work-orientated, but Uranus brings new life and futuristic vision to any work project you are involved with, and that could be very engaging.  It’s a great week for making changes.  Ecology and the environment are one of the provinces of Virgo, so benefits could accrue for the planet if enough minds are concentrated on this aspect of life.  Greta Thunberg should have arrived in America by then, so she may have something memorable and potent to say that day.

The week in bullet points:

  • Monday – Originality in the Arts
  • Wednesday – Dynamic
  • Thursday – attending to detail
  • Friday – Originality in Creativity, and a new beginning