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    1-Mar-2017, 19:21 UT/GMT
    Sun1123'55"7s17
    Moon2239'31"5n06
    Mercury653' 9"10s51
    Venus130'48"11n09
    Mars242'23"9n21
    Jupiter2216'51"r7s16
    Saturn2646'23"22s05
    Uranus227'52"8n05
    Neptune1141'45"7s58
    Pluto1847'44"21s12
    TrueNode322' 7"r10n16
    Chiron2354'19"1n04
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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
1-Mar-2017, 19:21 UT/GMT
Sun1123'55"7s17
Moon2239'31"5n06
Mercury653' 9"10s51
Venus130'48"11n09
Mars242'23"9n21
Jupiter2216'51"r7s16
Saturn2646'23"22s05
Uranus227'52"8n05
Neptune1141'45"7s58
Pluto1847'44"21s12
TrueNode322' 7"r10n16
Chiron2354'19"1n04
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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