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    Current Planets
    27-Dec-2014, 20:46 UT/GMT
    Sun6Capricorn1' 2"23s18
    Moon24Pisces14'43"0n36
    Mercury17Capricorn3'27"24s31
    Venus21Capricorn32'23"22s57
    Mars17Aquarius48'53"16s36
    Jupiter22Leo2'15"r14n57
    Saturn0Sagittarius26'31"18s21
    Uranus12Aries35' 5"4n22
    Neptune5Pisces17'12"10s15
    Pluto13Capricorn1'16"20s38
    TrueNode15Libra31'52"r6s07
    Chiron13Pisces38'16"2s08
    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
27-Dec-2014, 20:46 UT/GMT
Sun6Capricorn1' 2"23s18
Moon24Pisces14'43"0n36
Mercury17Capricorn3'27"24s31
Venus21Capricorn32'23"22s57
Mars17Aquarius48'53"16s36
Jupiter22Leo2'15"r14n57
Saturn0Sagittarius26'31"18s21
Uranus12Aries35' 5"4n22
Neptune5Pisces17'12"10s15
Pluto13Capricorn1'16"20s38
TrueNode15Libra31'52"r6s07
Chiron13Pisces38'16"2s08
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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