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    Current Planets
    24-May-2016, 11:25 UT/GMT
    Sun3Gemini43' 0"20n53
    Moon3Capricorn2'23"18s32
    Mercury14Taurus28'37"12n54
    Venus0Gemini5' 9"19n39
    Mars1Sagittarius5'16"r21s37
    Jupiter13Virgo35'31"7n40
    Saturn13Sagittarius50'13"r20s40
    Uranus22Aries50'20"8n20
    Neptune11Pisces55'34"7s51
    Pluto17Capricorn10'40"r20s55
    TrueNode18Virgo27'27"r4n34
    Chiron24Pisces44'41"1n45
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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
24-May-2016, 11:25 UT/GMT
Sun3Gemini43' 0"20n53
Moon3Capricorn2'23"18s32
Mercury14Taurus28'37"12n54
Venus0Gemini5' 9"19n39
Mars1Sagittarius5'16"r21s37
Jupiter13Virgo35'31"7n40
Saturn13Sagittarius50'13"r20s40
Uranus22Aries50'20"8n20
Neptune11Pisces55'34"7s51
Pluto17Capricorn10'40"r20s55
TrueNode18Virgo27'27"r4n34
Chiron24Pisces44'41"1n45
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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