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    Current Planets
    29-May-2016, 09:53 UT/GMT
    Sun8Gemini27'15"21n43
    Moon7Pisces13'40"7s58
    Mercury16Taurus5'35"13n03
    Venus6Gemini9'10"21n00
    Mars29Scorpio21'46"r21s29
    Jupiter13Virgo50'44"7n33
    Saturn13Sagittarius28'36"r20s37
    Uranus23Aries3'43"8n25
    Neptune11Pisces58'28"7s50
    Pluto17Capricorn5'38"r20s56
    TrueNode18Virgo3'16"r4n43
    Chiron24Pisces52'44"1n49
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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
29-May-2016, 09:53 UT/GMT
Sun8Gemini27'15"21n43
Moon7Pisces13'40"7s58
Mercury16Taurus5'35"13n03
Venus6Gemini9'10"21n00
Mars29Scorpio21'46"r21s29
Jupiter13Virgo50'44"7n33
Saturn13Sagittarius28'36"r20s37
Uranus23Aries3'43"8n25
Neptune11Pisces58'28"7s50
Pluto17Capricorn5'38"r20s56
TrueNode18Virgo3'16"r4n43
Chiron24Pisces52'44"1n49
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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