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    Current Planets
    13-Feb-2016, 18:27 UT/GMT
    Sun24Aquarius29' 0"13s22
    Moon4Taurus5'27"9n34
    Mercury29Capricorn46'43"20s32
    Venus25Capricorn47'12"20s56
    Mars21Scorpio4'59"16s39
    Jupiter21Virgo11'23"r4n48
    Saturn15Sagittarius3'24"20s56
    Uranus17Aries34'50"6n20
    Neptune8Pisces55'28"8s57
    Pluto16Capricorn29'12"20s54
    TrueNode22Virgo2'45"3n09
    Chiron19Pisces27'25"0n21
    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
13-Feb-2016, 18:27 UT/GMT
Sun24Aquarius29' 0"13s22
Moon4Taurus5'27"9n34
Mercury29Capricorn46'43"20s32
Venus25Capricorn47'12"20s56
Mars21Scorpio4'59"16s39
Jupiter21Virgo11'23"r4n48
Saturn15Sagittarius3'24"20s56
Uranus17Aries34'50"6n20
Neptune8Pisces55'28"8s57
Pluto16Capricorn29'12"20s54
TrueNode22Virgo2'45"3n09
Chiron19Pisces27'25"0n21
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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