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    Current Planets
    3-May-2016, 09:36 UT/GMT
    Sun13Taurus22'49"15n51
    Moon25Pisces27' 8"2s13
    Mercury22Taurus40'53"r19n58
    Venus4Taurus9'26"11n47
    Mars7Sagittarius19'14"r21s44
    Jupiter13Virgo18'46"r7n50
    Saturn15Sagittarius13'23"r20s49
    Uranus21Aries46'20"7n56
    Neptune11Pisces34'44"7s58
    Pluto17Capricorn25'46"r20s51
    TrueNode20Virgo31'10"r3n45
    Chiron23Pisces58'12"1n24
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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-2016, 09:36 UT/GMT
Sun13Taurus22'49"15n51
Moon25Pisces27' 8"2s13
Mercury22Taurus40'53"r19n58
Venus4Taurus9'26"11n47
Mars7Sagittarius19'14"r21s44
Jupiter13Virgo18'46"r7n50
Saturn15Sagittarius13'23"r20s49
Uranus21Aries46'20"7n56
Neptune11Pisces34'44"7s58
Pluto17Capricorn25'46"r20s51
TrueNode20Virgo31'10"r3n45
Chiron23Pisces58'12"1n24
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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