The fourth week of August opens up with a second full moon in Aquarius, and while the dog days of summer might be behind us, the stars are shining bright even as the storm clouds are still gathering.
August 22nd isn’t just the day of the full moon, it’s also the day that Mars in Virgo makes a trine to Uranus, which has only recently begun its retrograde transit under the ever patient stars of Taurus. There’s definitely something to discern under these stars about willpower and flexibility, about learning to recognise how we need to adapt the methods we brought with us to attend to what's in front of us.
“The old way wasn't working. So it's on us to do what we gotta do to survive,” said Gemini Tupac Shakur in “Changes'' decades ago, and our Gemini North Node echoes the call, making a trine to Venus in Libra, a position that values justice, and Saturn in Aquarius, a position that recognises the collective dream. Mercury’s opposition to Neptune on the 24th might have us sweating the small stuff, and it’ll take great spiritual power to remember a fish is born to brave the ocean alone, and yet is also part of a school. Mercury’s trine to Pluto on the 26th can offer up a remedy to all this, a reminder that valuing the power we have takes energy — especially in a world that conditions us to give it away to those more powerful rather than applying it in unison.
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More than £70,000. That’s the basic cost of raising a child to the age of 18 for couples in the UK, according to the Child Poverty Action Group’s latest “Cost of a Child” report. More than £70,000 per child, that is. Throw in additional expenses like food – which, somewhat bizarrely, isn’t classed as a basic cost – and childcare and that figure rises to more than £150,000 per child. Or £600,000 if you’re a mum of four like me.
Ten countries are on the red list, Switzerland has effectively banned British travellers, EU countries are tightening entry rules – and Nicola Sturgeon is calling for an eight-day quarantine for all UK arrivals… our travel horizons are becoming murkier by the day.
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It was almost too good to be true. We were sliding into the ski season without a bump in our path, then in a matter of days travel restrictions around the globe went from being in the favour of skiers and snowboarders, to threatening to push the start of the ski season off a cliff.
An amendment to the law could make photographing breastfeeding women without their permission a criminal offence. This follows a ‘Stop the Breast Pest’ campaign launched by Stella Creasy, who was photographed breastfeeding her baby.