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    Current Planets
    28-Feb-2015, 05:26 UT/GMT
    Sun9Pisces17'48"8s05
    Moon8Cancer36'12"17n57
    Mercury12Aquarius48'37"17s32
    Venus9Aries4'37"2n55
    Mars6Aries18'14"2n03
    Jupiter14Leo56'18"r17n17
    Saturn4Sagittarius45'19"19s04
    Uranus14Aries25'12"5n06
    Neptune7Pisces20'30"9s30
    Pluto14Capricorn58'24"20s31
    TrueNode10Libra27'20"r4s08
    Chiron16Pisces46'35"1s08
    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
28-Feb-2015, 05:26 UT/GMT
Sun9Pisces17'48"8s05
Moon8Cancer36'12"17n57
Mercury12Aquarius48'37"17s32
Venus9Aries4'37"2n55
Mars6Aries18'14"2n03
Jupiter14Leo56'18"r17n17
Saturn4Sagittarius45'19"19s04
Uranus14Aries25'12"5n06
Neptune7Pisces20'30"9s30
Pluto14Capricorn58'24"20s31
TrueNode10Libra27'20"r4s08
Chiron16Pisces46'35"1s08
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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