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    Current Planets
    10-Feb-2016, 01:29 UT/GMT
    Sun20Aquarius43'56"14s35
    Moon10Pisces16'21"6s44
    Mercury25Capricorn22' 3"20s52
    Venus21Capricorn12'28"21s32
    Mars19Scorpio21'27"16s11
    Jupiter21Virgo33'52"r4n39
    Saturn14Sagittarius48'32"20s55
    Uranus17Aries26'22"6n17
    Neptune8Pisces47'18"9s00
    Pluto16Capricorn22'42"20s55
    TrueNode21Virgo59'51"r3n10
    Chiron19Pisces14'57"0n25
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The national chart of Belgium

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Belgium formally proclaimed its existence as an independent state on 4 October 1830, under the aesthetically sensitive, diplomatic, clear-thinking sign of Libra. With a powerful aspect between the Sun and Pluto in the national horoscope, Belgium is never quite what it seems; for although geographically small and without military might, this nation has the capacity to wield tremendous power from behind the scenes.

The Moon in the national chart is placed in the pleasure-loving, earthy sign of Taurus, reflecting another important quality in the collective psyche of this nation. Recently the country has enjoyed what is known astrologically as its "Uranus return", when Uranus, moving through early Aquarius, reached its own place in the country's birth horoscope, also making an extremely positive aspect to the national Sun. This has reflected, in part, the culmination of European union and the fulfillment of many political and social ideals of equality which have always been so much part of Belgium's vision of how the world could be.

Now Neptune, moving through Aquarius, will, over the next few years, also make an extremely positive aspect to the Sun in the national horoscope. This reflects a time when even more progress is made in social and economic reform, and a true sense of being part of a much larger, harmoniously functioning whole can offer a sense of enormous well-being to the country. There is little tension or conflict shown in the planetary movements coming up, with the exception of two difficult aspects.

Uranus, moving into the last part of Aquarius, will challenge Saturn in the national chart, suggesting that the more defensive, proud, entrenched elements in the nation's psyche are likely to be shaken up and transformed. There is also a challenging configuration from Neptune to the Moon in the nation's horoscope. This suggests that there is a price to be paid for the fulfillment of ideals ­ a need to relinquish some of the more earthbound, prosaic qualities which have, at times, caused a resistance to change which has proved problematic. H

owever, this is likely to occur without great inner tension, and the sacrifice will undoubtedly seem worthwhile, to you and most others, because of the relatively trouble-free, tranquil, serene vision of the future which is now opening up to the Belgian people.

Liz Greene, 1999

(Data used: 4 October 1830, 12.00 pm LMT, Brussels)

Current Planets
10-Feb-2016, 01:29 UT/GMT
Sun20Aquarius43'56"14s35
Moon10Pisces16'21"6s44
Mercury25Capricorn22' 3"20s52
Venus21Capricorn12'28"21s32
Mars19Scorpio21'27"16s11
Jupiter21Virgo33'52"r4n39
Saturn14Sagittarius48'32"20s55
Uranus17Aries26'22"6n17
Neptune8Pisces47'18"9s00
Pluto16Capricorn22'42"20s55
TrueNode21Virgo59'51"r3n10
Chiron19Pisces14'57"0n25
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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