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    Current Planets
    3-Sep-2015, 15:48 UT/GMT
    Sun10Virgo49'52"7n30
    Moon18Taurus23'10"13n34
    Mercury7Libra51'53"5s14
    Venus14Leo31'59"r9n26
    Mars16Leo28'29"17n00
    Jupiter5Virgo2' 0"10n29
    Saturn29Scorpio7'16"18s09
    Uranus19Aries54'40"r7n10
    Neptune8Pisces20'11"r9s12
    Pluto13Capricorn5'23"r20s56
    TrueNode1Libra8' 2"0n27
    Chiron19Pisces36'38"r0n17
    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
3-Sep-2015, 15:48 UT/GMT
Sun10Virgo49'52"7n30
Moon18Taurus23'10"13n34
Mercury7Libra51'53"5s14
Venus14Leo31'59"r9n26
Mars16Leo28'29"17n00
Jupiter5Virgo2' 0"10n29
Saturn29Scorpio7'16"18s09
Uranus19Aries54'40"r7n10
Neptune8Pisces20'11"r9s12
Pluto13Capricorn5'23"r20s56
TrueNode1Libra8' 2"0n27
Chiron19Pisces36'38"r0n17
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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