Patricia Godden writes: 'At the time of writing, the new Moon in Aquarius is imminent, just a few hours away. This new Moon, when the Moon and Sun as well as Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and

retrograde Mercury are all in Aquarius, is a time of social responsibility. In the UK and other countries, lockdown continues. By isolating ourselves from other households we help to control the spread of the coronavirus. Limitation of interactions with other members of the community very much illustrates Saturn in Aquarius. However, the presence of the two planets called the ‘benefics’, Venus and Jupiter, brings a feeling of goodwill even under the current restrictions. There is a sense of hope and optimism that all will be all right in the end. There is plenty of opportunity for thought and considering these diverse facets of the present situation as Mercury is retrograde until 21st February.

The emphasis on the mind and thoughts is further emphasised by harmonious aspects between the planets in Aquarius and the north node of the Moon in Gemini. The north node of the Moon is an indicator of what we are currently striving for. Both signs are in the air element, which relates to the mind and communication. The air element is associated with the soul lesson of brotherhood. Many people are longing for the opportunity to go on holiday but are unable to do so in the current situation. This is an example of forsaking what we as individuals want in favour of considering the welfare of others: other people and other countries.

Aquarius is ruled by both Saturn and Uranus and so much of what is happening both globally and in our individual lives relates to their positions and interaction. Saturn in Aquarius links with the isolation of being socially responsible. However, while you have had to stay at home, have you noticed the number of programmes on television about nature and the benefits of nature to human wellbeing? This is one of the many manifestations of Uranus, the second ruler of Aquarius, currently being in Taurus. Uranus is associated with technology and television is a form of technology. Taurus is an earth sign linked with nature. We are learning about nature through technology.

There is a square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus for the rest of 2021. During this time there are three periods when it manifests more strongly. One of these periods is during the second half of February and the first few days of March. This time highlights what we are learning through the restrictions of lockdown about our dependence on other people, society and nature. Previously, we were happy to be in our own world doing what we wanted to do, often with little thought about the wellbeing of the wider spectrum of life. The pandemic has brought this to our attention, prompting us to look with respect at those around us, our environment and all that we depend on for our individual and collective lives. Having five planets in Aquarius during the third week of February underscores this.

Uranus in Taurus is also associated with original and radical changes in our sense of values, security and the economy. Through the events of the last year, our sense of comfort and welfare may have been shaken but this could have led to establishing a deeper sense of inner security. The Saturn-Uranus square suggests we are really learning so much about topics ranging from personal values to the global economy. At times, it can seem as if our whole value system is being overhauled and this is part of becoming more conscious of our role in the whole of life.

The square between Venus in Aquarius and Mars in Taurus from 18th to 21st February offers opportunities to bring novel ideas for the benefit of society into practical reality. While this requires effort, there could be a lot of determination and perseverance to implement those ideas. Mercury goes direct on 21st February and so in the days that follow, we could see the outworking of some of the deeper thinking that went on during the last three weeks when the planet was retrograde. As Mars in Taurus is trine Pluto in Capricorn from 22nd to 26th February, these ideas could be put into physical action and lead to changes at the material level.

It is worth remembering that when changes appear at the physical level of life, there is a spiritual counterpart going on at the same time. As humanity strives to reach a peak of physical or material attainment, it is also striving towards greater awareness of spirituality and the finer realms of life. At the time of the full Moon on 27th February, the Moon is in Virgo, the sign linked with striving for perfection, and the Sun is in Pisces, the sign of kindness and compassion. While so much has been happening in our physical lives, many people have become increasingly aware of the inner levels of life. For some, this has been realised as feeling greater empathy for other people. Others have devoted more time to meditation and going within to the infinite source of wisdom that is actually within all of us. At the time of the full Moon, Venus is in exaltation in Pisces, highlighting the opportunity to be gentle and kind in our service to others. Neptune, also in Pisces, continues to emphasise our ability to transcend boundaries of human kindness as we strive to manifest our divine nature while living on Earth.

Keep well, stay happy.'