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    Current Planets
    27-May-2016, 23:24 UT/GMT
    Sun7Gemini4'33"21n29
    Moon17Aquarius55'35"13s02
    Mercury15Taurus26'24"12n55
    Venus4Gemini23'12"20n38
    Mars29Scorpio51'40"r21s31
    Jupiter13Virgo45'53"7n35
    Saturn13Sagittarius34'56"r20s38
    Uranus22Aries59'54"8n23
    Neptune11Pisces57'43"7s50
    Pluto17Capricorn7' 9"r20s55
    TrueNode18Virgo4'30"r4n43
    Chiron24Pisces50'31"1n48
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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
27-May-2016, 23:24 UT/GMT
Sun7Gemini4'33"21n29
Moon17Aquarius55'35"13s02
Mercury15Taurus26'24"12n55
Venus4Gemini23'12"20n38
Mars29Scorpio51'40"r21s31
Jupiter13Virgo45'53"7n35
Saturn13Sagittarius34'56"r20s38
Uranus22Aries59'54"8n23
Neptune11Pisces57'43"7s50
Pluto17Capricorn7' 9"r20s55
TrueNode18Virgo4'30"r4n43
Chiron24Pisces50'31"1n48
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
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