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    1-Sep-2015, 12:48 UT/GMT
    Sun8Virgo46'29"8n17
    Moon17Aries36'31"5n31
    Mercury5Libra40' 4"4s04
    Venus14Leo51'12"r9n07
    Mars15Leo7'23"17n23
    Jupiter4Virgo34'19"10n39
    Saturn29Scorpio1' 0"18s07
    Uranus19Aries58'15"r7n11
    Neptune8Pisces23'42"r9s11
    Pluto13Capricorn6'46"r20s56
    TrueNode1Libra5'21"0n26
    Chiron19Pisces42'26"r0n19
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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
1-Sep-2015, 12:48 UT/GMT
Sun8Virgo46'29"8n17
Moon17Aries36'31"5n31
Mercury5Libra40' 4"4s04
Venus14Leo51'12"r9n07
Mars15Leo7'23"17n23
Jupiter4Virgo34'19"10n39
Saturn29Scorpio1' 0"18s07
Uranus19Aries58'15"r7n11
Neptune8Pisces23'42"r9s11
Pluto13Capricorn6'46"r20s56
TrueNode1Libra5'21"0n26
Chiron19Pisces42'26"r0n19
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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