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    Current Planets
    26-Dec-2014, 02:24 UT/GMT
    Sun4Capricorn13' 5"23s22
    Moon28Aquarius57'55"8s24
    Mercury14Capricorn13'56"24s49
    Venus19Capricorn19'35"23s15
    Mars16Aquarius26' 1"17s03
    Jupiter22Leo8'28"r14n55
    Saturn0Sagittarius15'24"18s19
    Uranus12Aries34'38"4n21
    Neptune5Pisces14'50"10s16
    Pluto12Capricorn57'36"20s38
    TrueNode15Libra36'58"r6s09
    Chiron13Pisces35' 2"2s09
    Explanations of the symbols
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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-Dec-2014, 02:24 UT/GMT
Sun4Capricorn13' 5"23s22
Moon28Aquarius57'55"8s24
Mercury14Capricorn13'56"24s49
Venus19Capricorn19'35"23s15
Mars16Aquarius26' 1"17s03
Jupiter22Leo8'28"r14n55
Saturn0Sagittarius15'24"18s19
Uranus12Aries34'38"4n21
Neptune5Pisces14'50"10s16
Pluto12Capricorn57'36"20s38
TrueNode15Libra36'58"r6s09
Chiron13Pisces35' 2"2s09
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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