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    Current Planets
    3-Jun-2015, 20:30 UT/GMT
    Sun12Gemini56'50"22n21
    Moon27Sagittarius32'49"18s26
    Mercury6Gemini44'13"r18n22
    Venus28Cancer15'17"23n01
    Mars15Gemini52'41"23n13
    Jupiter17Leo1'53"16n34
    Saturn0Sagittarius46' 6"r18s11
    Uranus19Aries25'31"7n01
    Neptune9Pisces47'51"8s37
    Pluto15Capricorn1'32"r20s34
    TrueNode7Libra45'49"r3s05
    Chiron21Pisces21'48"0n46
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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
3-Jun-2015, 20:30 UT/GMT
Sun12Gemini56'50"22n21
Moon27Sagittarius32'49"18s26
Mercury6Gemini44'13"r18n22
Venus28Cancer15'17"23n01
Mars15Gemini52'41"23n13
Jupiter17Leo1'53"16n34
Saturn0Sagittarius46' 6"r18s11
Uranus19Aries25'31"7n01
Neptune9Pisces47'51"8s37
Pluto15Capricorn1'32"r20s34
TrueNode7Libra45'49"r3s05
Chiron21Pisces21'48"0n46
Explanations of the symbols
Chart of the moment
Astrologer watching the sky through a telescope, by Eugene Ivanov
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