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    Current Planets
    3-May-2015, 15:23 UT/GMT
    Sun12Taurus52'51"15n42
    Moon6Scorpio59'15"11s35
    Mercury3Gemini24'46"23n21
    Venus25Gemini12'24"25n48
    Mars23Taurus58'55"18n59
    Jupiter13Leo32'18"17n38
    Saturn3Sagittarius2'21"r18s37
    Uranus17Aries57'53"6n28
    Neptune9Pisces23'38"8s45
    Pluto15Capricorn28'44"r20s30
    TrueNode9Libra45'39"r3s52
    Chiron20Pisces23'42"0n19
    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
3-May-2015, 15:23 UT/GMT
Sun12Taurus52'51"15n42
Moon6Scorpio59'15"11s35
Mercury3Gemini24'46"23n21
Venus25Gemini12'24"25n48
Mars23Taurus58'55"18n59
Jupiter13Leo32'18"17n38
Saturn3Sagittarius2'21"r18s37
Uranus17Aries57'53"6n28
Neptune9Pisces23'38"8s45
Pluto15Capricorn28'44"r20s30
TrueNode9Libra45'39"r3s52
Chiron20Pisces23'42"0n19
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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