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    Current Planets
    13-Feb-2016, 16:11 UT/GMT
    Sun24Aquarius23'17"13s23
    Moon2Taurus44'26"9n12
    Mercury29Capricorn39'40"20s33
    Venus25Capricorn40'12"20s57
    Mars21Scorpio2'23"16s39
    Jupiter21Virgo11'59"r4n48
    Saturn15Sagittarius3' 2"20s56
    Uranus17Aries34'36"6n20
    Neptune8Pisces55'16"8s57
    Pluto16Capricorn29' 2"20s54
    TrueNode22Virgo2'37"3n09
    Chiron19Pisces27' 6"0n21
    Explanations of the symbols
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The national chart of the Netherlands

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The formal foundation of the modern Netherlands occurred in 1581, under the proud and independent sign of Leo. The planet Pluto, as it moves through Sagittarius, both emphasises and transforms this strong, independent and self-expressive core, and although obvious changes will be necessary through European unification it seems that the Netherlands will experience great benefits and a strengthening and validation of her national identity and creative contribution.

This may also be felt economically, as Pluto moves through the part of the birth chart concerned with national resources and wealth, suggesting that material as well as creative benefits are likely to enhance a sense of well-being over the next few years. Meanwhile, Uranus, planet of change and disruption, comes back to its place in the birth chart - a full 84-year cycle - and, despite invoking a certain resistance and conservatism, reflects a willingness to embrace the sense of a larger human family and all the changes this is likely to imply on the domestic level.

There is a curious paradox in the birth chart of the Netherlands: Saturn and Uranus both placed in Aquarius in the sphere concerned with roots suggest that there is a deep inherent conflict which impels the nation first toward isolation, then toward a more global consciousness. This fundamental tension is likely to be aggravated as Uranus and also Neptune move through Aquarius, but ultimately the innate willingness on the part of this nation to embrace new and challenging ideas - one of the most attractive dimensions of the country's history - will transform any reactionary elements and truly usher in a new age.

Liz Greene, 1999

(Data used: 26 July 1581, 12.00 pm LMT, The Hague)

Current Planets
13-Feb-2016, 16:11 UT/GMT
Sun24Aquarius23'17"13s23
Moon2Taurus44'26"9n12
Mercury29Capricorn39'40"20s33
Venus25Capricorn40'12"20s57
Mars21Scorpio2'23"16s39
Jupiter21Virgo11'59"r4n48
Saturn15Sagittarius3' 2"20s56
Uranus17Aries34'36"6n20
Neptune8Pisces55'16"8s57
Pluto16Capricorn29' 2"20s54
TrueNode22Virgo2'37"3n09
Chiron19Pisces27' 6"0n21
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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