Welcome to the third week of September. Venus is in Scorpio and the nights are getting noticeably longer. The Sun still shines in Virgo and Mars pushes on besides our burning luminary, lighting fires under our cauldrons and warming up those of us with serious burnout. Wood and smoke just might be the theme, then, of this Earth-tinged week, especially when the first quarter moon rises in Sagittarius on the 13th. When the Sun in Virgo makes an opposition to Neptune in Pisces in the early hours of the 14th, it might feel like a lot more work than we imagined to get even a few sparks going, but that’s no reason not to dream big. Perhaps it’s simply the fall of Mercury Retrograde’s shadow, reminding us that while even the best laid plans can go awry, there’s no harm in planning — and especially in planning for contingencies.
Mars moves under the stars of Libra on the evening of the 14th, and while our willful planet might struggle under Libra’s synergetic stars, it also reaps the benefit of her mindful approach. When the Sun in Virgo makes a trine to Pluto in Capricorn on the night of the 16th, we’re reminded that being measured when it comes to the magically mundane doesn’t mean relinquishing our indulgences. Ask any Virgo worth their salt (of the Earth) what their nights are all about: You work hard, you play harder.
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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.