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    Current Planets
    23-May-2017, 07:01 UT/GMT
    Sun220'42"20n38
    Moon2636'26"6n17
    Mercury729' 7"10n58
    Venus170'34"5n16
    Mars2143'11"23n59
    Jupiter1339'52"r4s02
    Saturn268'12"r22s01
    Uranus2635'17"9n44
    Neptune146'21"7s04
    Pluto198'42"r21s14
    TrueNode2831'51"r11n59
    Chiron2812'37"2n48
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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
23-May-2017, 07:01 UT/GMT
Sun220'42"20n38
Moon2636'26"6n17
Mercury729' 7"10n58
Venus170'34"5n16
Mars2143'11"23n59
Jupiter1339'52"r4s02
Saturn268'12"r22s01
Uranus2635'17"9n44
Neptune146'21"7s04
Pluto198'42"r21s14
TrueNode2831'51"r11n59
Chiron2812'37"2n48
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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