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    25-May-2016, 08:30 UT/GMT
    Sun4Gemini33'37"21n03
    Moon14Capricorn4'26"18s11
    Mercury14Taurus38' 0"12n52
    Venus1Gemini9'56"19n54
    Mars0Sagittarius46'46"r21s35
    Jupiter13Virgo37'55"7n39
    Saturn13Sagittarius46'24"r20s39
    Uranus22Aries52'46"8n21
    Neptune11Pisces56' 9"7s51
    Pluto17Capricorn9'49"r20s55
    TrueNode18Virgo18'41"r4n37
    Chiron24Pisces46'12"1n46
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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
25-May-2016, 08:30 UT/GMT
Sun4Gemini33'37"21n03
Moon14Capricorn4'26"18s11
Mercury14Taurus38' 0"12n52
Venus1Gemini9'56"19n54
Mars0Sagittarius46'46"r21s35
Jupiter13Virgo37'55"7n39
Saturn13Sagittarius46'24"r20s39
Uranus22Aries52'46"8n21
Neptune11Pisces56' 9"7s51
Pluto17Capricorn9'49"r20s55
TrueNode18Virgo18'41"r4n37
Chiron24Pisces46'12"1n46
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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