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    Current Planets
    26-May-2016, 12:42 UT/GMT
    Sun5Gemini41'18"21n15
    Moon29Capricorn3'45"16s37
    Mercury14Taurus55'57"12n51
    Venus2Gemini36'35"20n14
    Mars0Sagittarius22' 1"r21s34
    Jupiter13Virgo41'21"7n37
    Saturn13Sagittarius41'17"r20s39
    Uranus22Aries55'59"8n22
    Neptune11Pisces56'52"7s51
    Pluto17Capricorn8'38"r20s55
    TrueNode18Virgo10' 1"r4n41
    Chiron24Pisces48'11"1n47
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The national chart of South Africa

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South Africa has a long and turbulent history and many critical "births", beginning with the first European settlement at Table Bay in 1652. The Union of South Africa occurred on 31 May 1910, but this "incarnation" of the nation was not yet truly independent, nor did it reflect the will of the majority of its people. On 27 April 1994, under a powerful opposition between the Sun in earthy, tenacious Taurus and Jupiter in intense, passionate Scorpio, the new multi-racial constitution came into effect, promising an end to nearly four centuries of suffering, violence, inequality, and exploitation.

This birth horoscope, with its conjunction of the Moon and Pluto in Scorpio, subtly portrays the dark inheritance of the past, which at the same time contains enormous possibilities for transformation and renewal. For some time the transits of Uranus and Neptune, making difficult aspects to these planets placed in Taurus and Scorpio in the national chart, have described a situation of both extreme tension and enormous creative possibilities.

Pluto, moving through Sagittarius and making challenging aspects to the national Saturn (the entrenched, defensive elements within the country) and the national Mars (the aggressive and progressive energies within the national psyche), reflects a life-or-death struggle and a sometimes violent release of the poisons of the past. This astrological picture defines what has been, in effect, a long labour and a difficult, dangerous birth, and the tensions symbolised by these aspects are likely to continue on political, social and economic levels for some time.

However, over the next few years Uranus, moving into the inclusive and visionary sign of Pisces, makes extremely positive aspects to all these planets, suggesting that tolerance, understanding, and a truly democratic vision of the future will ultimately ensure a harmonising of conflicting elements and a willingness to relinquish the bitterness of the past.

Whatever your personal views on the present tension in South Africa, this nation, both old and new at the same time, has a phoenix-like capacity to rise triumphantly from the ashes of its long turmoil.

Liz Greene, 1999

(Data used: 27 April 1994, 10.59 am GMT, Pretoria)

Current Planets
26-May-2016, 12:42 UT/GMT
Sun5Gemini41'18"21n15
Moon29Capricorn3'45"16s37
Mercury14Taurus55'57"12n51
Venus2Gemini36'35"20n14
Mars0Sagittarius22' 1"r21s34
Jupiter13Virgo41'21"7n37
Saturn13Sagittarius41'17"r20s39
Uranus22Aries55'59"8n22
Neptune11Pisces56'52"7s51
Pluto17Capricorn8'38"r20s55
TrueNode18Virgo10' 1"r4n41
Chiron24Pisces48'11"1n47
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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