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    23-Jan-2017, 16:18 UT/GMT
    Sun351'16"19s17
    Moon1440'54"17s29
    Mercury106'47"22s23
    Venus2031'42"3s08
    Mars2635'30"1s49
    Jupiter2250'58"7s37
    Saturn2348'29"22s01
    Uranus2049'58"7n35
    Neptune1021'42"8s28
    Pluto1742'56"21s17
    TrueNode346'10"r10n07
    Chiron2155'48"0n22
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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-Jan-2017, 16:18 UT/GMT
Sun351'16"19s17
Moon1440'54"17s29
Mercury106'47"22s23
Venus2031'42"3s08
Mars2635'30"1s49
Jupiter2250'58"7s37
Saturn2348'29"22s01
Uranus2049'58"7n35
Neptune1021'42"8s28
Pluto1742'56"21s17
TrueNode346'10"r10n07
Chiron2155'48"0n22
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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