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    Current Planets
    13-Feb-2016, 05:26 UT/GMT
    Sun23Aquarius56' 6"13s32
    Moon26Aries18'53"7n24
    Mercury29Capricorn6'27"20s36
    Venus25Capricorn7' 0"21s02
    Mars20Scorpio50' 1"16s35
    Jupiter21Virgo14'47"r4n47
    Saturn15Sagittarius1'17"20s56
    Uranus17Aries33'33"6n20
    Neptune8Pisces54'16"8s58
    Pluto16Capricorn28'16"20s54
    TrueNode22Virgo1'57"3n10
    Chiron19Pisces25'35"0n22
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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
13-Feb-2016, 05:26 UT/GMT
Sun23Aquarius56' 6"13s32
Moon26Aries18'53"7n24
Mercury29Capricorn6'27"20s36
Venus25Capricorn7' 0"21s02
Mars20Scorpio50' 1"16s35
Jupiter21Virgo14'47"r4n47
Saturn15Sagittarius1'17"20s56
Uranus17Aries33'33"6n20
Neptune8Pisces54'16"8s58
Pluto16Capricorn28'16"20s54
TrueNode22Virgo1'57"3n10
Chiron19Pisces25'35"0n22
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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