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    Current Planets
    26-Apr-2017, 01:05 UT/GMT
    Sun559'55"13n31
    Moon2928' 9"7n15
    Mercury2630'35"r10n16
    Venus2858'51"1n36
    Mars310'56"21n24
    Jupiter160'24"r4s51
    Saturn2728'39"r22s03
    Uranus258' 3"9n12
    Neptune1334' 4"7s16
    Pluto1923'27"r21s10
    TrueNode114' 4"r11n02
    Chiron274'38"2n18
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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-Apr-2017, 01:05 UT/GMT
Sun559'55"13n31
Moon2928' 9"7n15
Mercury2630'35"r10n16
Venus2858'51"1n36
Mars310'56"21n24
Jupiter160'24"r4s51
Saturn2728'39"r22s03
Uranus258' 3"9n12
Neptune1334' 4"7s16
Pluto1923'27"r21s10
TrueNode114' 4"r11n02
Chiron274'38"2n18
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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