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    Current Planets
    18-Dec-2014, 21:50 UT/GMT
    Sun26Sagittarius53'34"23s24
    Moon16Scorpio36'29"14s23
    Mercury2Capricorn46'10"25s17
    Venus10Capricorn18'23"24s02
    Mars10Aquarius48'54"18s43
    Jupiter22Leo27'40"r14n47
    Saturn29Scorpio28'46"18s10
    Uranus12Aries34'26"r4n21
    Neptune5Pisces6' 9"10s19
    Pluto12Capricorn42'48"20s39
    TrueNode16Libra45' 4"r6s35
    Chiron13Pisces23'32"2s11
    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
18-Dec-2014, 21:50 UT/GMT
Sun26Sagittarius53'34"23s24
Moon16Scorpio36'29"14s23
Mercury2Capricorn46'10"25s17
Venus10Capricorn18'23"24s02
Mars10Aquarius48'54"18s43
Jupiter22Leo27'40"r14n47
Saturn29Scorpio28'46"18s10
Uranus12Aries34'26"r4n21
Neptune5Pisces6' 9"10s19
Pluto12Capricorn42'48"20s39
TrueNode16Libra45' 4"r6s35
Chiron13Pisces23'32"2s11
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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