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    7-Mar-2015, 05:01 UT/GMT
    Sun16Pisces17'48"5s24
    Moon2Libra2'53"1s29
    Mercury21Aquarius33'25"15s43
    Venus17Aries36'28"6n31
    Mars11Aries37'29"4n13
    Jupiter14Leo12'50"r17n30
    Saturn4Sagittarius53' 1"19s04
    Uranus14Aries46'20"5n15
    Neptune7Pisces36'21"9s24
    Pluto15Capricorn7'26"20s30
    TrueNode9Libra59'51"r3s58
    Chiron17Pisces12'32"0n58
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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
7-Mar-2015, 05:01 UT/GMT
Sun16Pisces17'48"5s24
Moon2Libra2'53"1s29
Mercury21Aquarius33'25"15s43
Venus17Aries36'28"6n31
Mars11Aries37'29"4n13
Jupiter14Leo12'50"r17n30
Saturn4Sagittarius53' 1"19s04
Uranus14Aries46'20"5n15
Neptune7Pisces36'21"9s24
Pluto15Capricorn7'26"20s30
TrueNode9Libra59'51"r3s58
Chiron17Pisces12'32"0n58
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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