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    Current Planets
    18-Apr-2015, 05:29 UT/GMT
    Sun27Aries52'24"10n43
    Moon20Aries7'45"7n00
    Mercury6Taurus50'49"14n20
    Venus7Gemini39'25"23n22
    Mars12Taurus52'39"15n46
    Jupiter12Leo43'54"17n53
    Saturn3Sagittarius58'21"r18s48
    Uranus17Aries7' 3"6n09
    Neptune9Pisces1'13"8s53
    Pluto15Capricorn32'45"r20s29
    TrueNode9Libra58'55"r3s57
    Chiron19Pisces40' 6"0n00
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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
18-Apr-2015, 05:29 UT/GMT
Sun27Aries52'24"10n43
Moon20Aries7'45"7n00
Mercury6Taurus50'49"14n20
Venus7Gemini39'25"23n22
Mars12Taurus52'39"15n46
Jupiter12Leo43'54"17n53
Saturn3Sagittarius58'21"r18s48
Uranus17Aries7' 3"6n09
Neptune9Pisces1'13"8s53
Pluto15Capricorn32'45"r20s29
TrueNode9Libra58'55"r3s57
Chiron19Pisces40' 6"0n00
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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