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    Current Planets
    4-May-2015, 12:10 UT/GMT
    Sun13Taurus43'12"15n57
    Moon17Scorpio48'17"14s03
    Mercury4Gemini27'35"23n34
    Venus26Gemini10'26"25n51
    Mars24Taurus35'59"19n09
    Jupiter13Leo36'13"17n37
    Saturn2Sagittarius58'50"r18s36
    Uranus18Aries0'38"6n29
    Neptune9Pisces24'42"8s44
    Pluto15Capricorn28'18"r20s30
    TrueNode9Libra42' 9"r3s51
    Chiron20Pisces25'53"0n20
    Explanations of the symbols
    Chart of the moment
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The national chart of Australia

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There are many charts for various stages in the development of Australia, beginning with Captain Cook's voyage in the 18th century. However, the birth of modern Australia, with its federal system, occurred in 1901, when both the Sun and Saturn were together in the tenacious, goal-orientated, earthy sign of Capricorn.

Although some people might imagine that Australia is represented entirely by Dame Edna and Crocodile Dundee, the tough, enduring, determined quality of this horoscope, enriched by far-ranging, innovative thinking and enormous creative power, suggests an altogether different and more potent entity. The emphasis in Australia's birth chart is in those spheres connected with philosophy and the deeper levels of existence, and this is reflected in the work of the great novelist Patrick White as well as a thriving, sophisticated astrological community and a film industry whose creative versatility often puts Hollywood to shame.

Pluto, moving over the four planets placed in Sagittarius in Australia's chart, is likely to expand and enrich the creative potential of the country, as well as bringing to the boil that ferociously independent spirit which seeks complete freedom from its British past. It is likely that over the next few years Australia will indeed make its own way in the world as a fully independent nation state.

Despite a deep love of material stability and of the land itself, reflected by the nation's Moon in Taurus, Pluto's powerful transits are likely to be reflected in some necessary upheaval and change in political and economic structures as well as in a deep re-evaluation of the relationship Australians have with their native Aboriginal population. The next few years are likely to be exciting, turbulent, productive times which release great creative potential and demand the expression of a new and more potent identity to the outside world.

Liz Greene, 1999

(Data used: 1 January 1901, 1.25 pm GST, Melbourne)

Current Planets
4-May-2015, 12:10 UT/GMT
Sun13Taurus43'12"15n57
Moon17Scorpio48'17"14s03
Mercury4Gemini27'35"23n34
Venus26Gemini10'26"25n51
Mars24Taurus35'59"19n09
Jupiter13Leo36'13"17n37
Saturn2Sagittarius58'50"r18s36
Uranus18Aries0'38"6n29
Neptune9Pisces24'42"8s44
Pluto15Capricorn28'18"r20s30
TrueNode9Libra42' 9"r3s51
Chiron20Pisces25'53"0n20
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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