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    Current Planets
    1-Jul-2015, 05:11 UT/GMT
    Sun9Cancer4'55"23n07
    Moon27Sagittarius42'30"18s27
    Mercury18Gemini5' 1"20n40
    Venus21Leo33' 1"14n49
    Mars4Cancer28'18"24n07
    Jupiter21Leo36'16"15n07
    Saturn29Scorpio4'42"r17s54
    Uranus20Aries14'44"7n19
    Neptune9Pisces43'23"r8s39
    Pluto14Capricorn23'51"r20s41
    TrueNode5Libra10'42"r2s03
    Chiron21Pisces32' 7"r0n55
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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-Jul-2015, 05:11 UT/GMT
Sun9Cancer4'55"23n07
Moon27Sagittarius42'30"18s27
Mercury18Gemini5' 1"20n40
Venus21Leo33' 1"14n49
Mars4Cancer28'18"24n07
Jupiter21Leo36'16"15n07
Saturn29Scorpio4'42"r17s54
Uranus20Aries14'44"7n19
Neptune9Pisces43'23"r8s39
Pluto14Capricorn23'51"r20s41
TrueNode5Libra10'42"r2s03
Chiron21Pisces32' 7"r0n55
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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