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Qixi: Chinese Valentine’s Day


Qixi is otherwise known as The Double Seventh Festival, based around a romantic legend story. So named, for falling on the 7th day of the 7th month (Chinese Lunar), in 2020 that falls on Tuesday 25th August.

Could your love-life do with an injection of romance? Then 6 months after our own Valentine’s Day, why not embrace the Chinese equivalent called Qixi?


Dating: Is it time to start?


Today, we are discussing dating: Did you find yourself going through the UK lock-down (as a result of the Covid19 crisis) alone? Maybe you are separated or divorced, or just happily single… Whatever the reason for not being in a relationship, many folks have found themselves evaluating their lives during this period. Some have thrived, and not found the solitary living an issue, but others may have decided that in the future it might just be time to dip their toes in the dating pool once more!


Leap Year Proposal

Leap Year

Did you realise that 2020 is a Leap Year? Bringing with it a 29th day in February. It’s not just there to catch us out, and make you think “Am I actually going to get paid for going to work that day?”. It’s there to synchronise our calendar year with the astronomical period.


The ancient Egyptians realised that the solar year and the calendar year did not match up. It actually takes the earth 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds to travel round the sun. Over a period of centuries an extra day was added to the calendar, to make up the difference. The Gregorian calendar set in motion only having an extra day every 4th year. It was the Romans who designated the 29th February as ‘Leap Day’.


Last Christmas

Last Christmas - Universal Pictures
Film Poster courtesy of Universal Pictures

Last Christmas? I know what you are thinking, it’s only November? So, why am I talking about a Christmas film? Well, this movie does have a Christmas back-drop, but really it is a fun-loving, light-hearted British rom-com, that just happens to be out in UK cinemas from the 15th November 2019.

The Cast

Emma Thompson features in the film, but she is also one of the writers. In fact, the film was inspired by a George Michael song ‘Last Christmas’. George Michael was involved in the early stages of the film, but sadly he passed away before the project really got off the ground.


Has Your Relationship Run Its Course?


Sometimes a relationship has an obvious end, but in other cases one or both of you may be feeling that things are not right, but haven’t been brave enough to walk away. There may be many reasons keeping you together, from children, to finances, a family house and more. But whilst these all need consideration; they are probably not the answer if the love has gone.

If you are really struggling to know what to do, then here are some things to think about:

Are you both unhappy?

Has your partner expressed to you that they are feeling unhappy, or is this something that you are feeling and they are blissfully unaware? Or perhaps you are arguing a lot, are spending less and less time together, are pulling in different directions etc?


Book Club

Book Club MovieThe Book Club film is released in the UK on the 1st June by Paramount Pictures and has an all-star cast featuring Jane Fonda (our cover star this month), Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen.

As you might imagine from the film title ‘Book Club’ the four stars play friends that meet regularly for a book club, where they bond over literature. That is until one day when Vivian played by Fonda suggests they mix things up a bit by reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’!

Whatever you might think about the premise of the Fifty Shade trilogy, in terms of the writing quality or the films. There is no doubt that few things have created quite such a phenomenon in popularity for adults in modern times. So, I suppose it is natural a film has been created about the phenomena itself. (more…)

Valentine’s on a Budget

Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is here again, and there is nothing better than the feeling of love. However, Valentine’s Day does bring with it the issue of money and gift buying. Just how much should you spend? If money is tight, does that mean you love them any less?

In 2017, the UK spent a whopping £713 million on Valentine’s Day. It was found that there was a peak in spending on the weekend prior to the 14th February. As a result, ‘Red Saturday’ was coined. A massive £69 million was spent on flowers and a further £42 million on chocolates. Research found that £77m went towards buying a loved one jewellery, while one in every £8 spent went on a romantic getaway.

But if you are not flush with cash, then there are many ways to say ‘I Love You’ without the need for a string quartet or breaking the bank… (more…)

Finding Love

Searching for loveWhat to do and what not to do, if finding love is a goal for you this year…

Things to do:

Be You!

It is important that right from the beginning of a relationship you are authentic; you want to attract a partner based on your personality and your belief systems. It is natural that we want to put our best selves forward at the beginning of a relationship, but ultimately a relationship needs to be built on trust and honesty, and you want them to fall for the ‘real you’.

Love You!

It sounds corny but before embarking on a relationship you have to love yourself first, working on your own confidence, self-worth and self-esteem will lead to happiness for you. Once you are in a good place it is much easier to attract a partner that will find it easier to fall for you. After all you do not want to just settle for any person just to fill a void in your life. (more…)

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Bridget Jones's Baby Universal PicturesHelen Fielding (the writer of Bridget Jones), recently said “At heart Bridget Jones is about the gap between how we all feel we’re expected to be and how we actually are…” That quote really sums up in a nutshell why the books and films have been so popular – on some level we are all able to relate to Bridget Jones and the predicaments she finds herself in.

What we know so far…

The latest instalment is likely to be no different – its ten years on, and as Bridget says “Many positive things to note…”, she has a top job as a producer on a news programme, she has a cordial relationship with her ex (Mark Darcy), she’s got great friends, a good social life going to festivals amongst other things and oh yes – she’s pregnant!

The trailers give away the fact one of her exes is back – Mark Darcy played by Colin Firth, but there is a noticeable absence of Hugh Grant who played her other love interest in the previous films as Daniel Cleaver. But don’t worry there is a new lovable rogue to take his place in the form of Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy – Patrick Dempsey who plays billionaire Jack Qwant. (more…)

Valentine’s Tarot Reading

Tarot Card ReaderValentine’s Day has different meanings to different people, but there is no doubt it is a day that is aimed at those that are in love and in relationships. So if you are single, recently divorced or you’re in a relationship but it is not in a great place, then the day can be one to endure and get through rather than celebrate.

Like many other celebrations in the world, Valentine’s Day has become a bit of a commercial affair. As I write this article in early January, whilst Christmas stock is still being sold off – Valentines cards, chocolates and cuddly toys have made it on to the shelves. But this is a day with historical meaning that has in fact been celebrated since the 4th century BC.

Ways to embrace Valentine’s

One way to embrace Valentine’s Day this year is to have a Tarot reading; they are a great way of understanding your current situation and what future events might unfold. It might be that you want to know whether you will meet someone new who could be a potential long-term partner. Perhaps you are already in a relationship, but have some doubts about whether they are the one and you can go the distance? Maybe you are in a new relationship and it is too early to tell how you feel, and you just want some clarity on your choices? Or it could be that you have recently become separated or divorced and you are not sure whether you are ready to embark on a new relationship just yet…

Whatever your questions, there is a Tarot spread that could answer your queries. A simple one card reading, may just tell you the potential of your love connection! Or simply tell you the likely direction of your relationship or love life.

A more in-depth spread could be used to give you perspective on issues you are having in the relationship, reassurance that you and your other half are on the same page, or maybe give you some solutions to challenges ahead.

We have very gifted psychic readers that specialise in Tarot card readings, particularly involving relationship issues. For example Aelissa (PIN: 4444) who finds Tarot the most versatile of psychic tools. She feels that the causes of problems can be seen and likely outcomes of any situation can be made accessible to the client. Michaela (PIN: 3232) has read the cards for years and finds very specific meaning in the Tarot, especially in relationships issues – it’s as if the images and words just come to her as she deals and reads the cards…

If you need support or reassurance, are struggling to deal with a break up, or just want to gain a better perspective on where your partner is coming from, then a Love Tarot reading may just be for you.

Even if you are not in a very romantic place come Valentine’s Day you can still use the date to remind yourself of all of the love you have in your life from your family and friends. Take the day to reflect on your past relationships – both romantic and otherwise and ready yourself to be open to something new, exciting and loving in 2016.

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