Strictly Come Dancing

I am so glad that we survived to see the final of Strictly Come Dancing!  What a National Treasure of a television programme, suitable for viewers from the ages of 8 to 80.  Every year they say it has been the best series yet, and with 3 excellent finalists this year, it may be true.

The first show was aired on 15 May 2004 (not, as now, scheduled in the Autumn), with Jupiter (success) trine the North Node (a karmic pathway).  Since then, it has gone from strength to strength.

A topless Louis Smith took the glitterball last night, having won a sliver medal in the London Olympics earlier in the year.  With the Sun conjunct Venus in Taurus in his chart, he would have the musicality to elevate his dancing.  Could dancing be part of his karmic mission, with a North Node in Pisces (the sign of dance)?  At the time of his Olympic triumph, Neptune was transiting his North Node, Neptune being in inspirational mode.  At the time of his Strictly win, Neptune is sextile with his Sun (more inspiration) so Neptune is a key planet for Louis, although we do not know his birth time.

Denise van Outen, who also made the final, is a versatile Geminian, with a difficult T-square in her chart between Uranus, Mars and Chiron.  Mastering the T-square I feel has been key to her being able to master so many disciplines and bring her technical ability to the dance floor.  During the contest she had come in for criticism for already having had some dance experience, and by the final she had two oppositions in place: Jupiter opposite her Neptune and Uranus opposite her Pluto.  I did feel quite emotional about her journey, and confess that I voted for her.

Lovely Kimberley Walsh danced beautifully, and attained the perfect score of 40 I think three times during the contest.  She is a Scorpio, and was able to produce the sultry tones needed for some of the Latin dances, with aplomb.  Her show dance was set to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”, in which she displayed her raunchy side.  She would have been an equally worthy winner.  I think they should have divided the glitterball into three sections.  Her natal chart has a conjunction of the Sun and Uranus, across the Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp which gives her a wide range of ability and telepathy.  Telepathy may have been one of the strengths of her dancing partnership with Pasha Kovalev, but there is also a good chemistry with her Venus exactly trine his Mars, and a conjunction between her Mars and his.

All the judges on the show are wonderful, but I just wish I had the gift of the gab of Bruno Tonioli…He has the sensual sextile between Venus and Mars in his chart, plus the powerhouse of energy of Jupiter conjunct Pluto, Jupiter being the ruler of his Sun sign Sagittarius.  His love of life is contagious!

And I can’t leave it without mentioning Lisa Riley, who did it for us larger ladies (well I am a little old larger lady).  I have two different charts for her, so will not pronounce astrologically, and I would have liked to have seen her in the final, too.  But there was no more room at the top.

Ah well, it’s over for another year…but you might like the image that Hubby sat at the computer during the final, with his back to the programme, and declared at the end that it sounded good.  It’s a woman thing.


Today Venus opposes Jupiter, at the frivolous end of the week (don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds). There may be some double booking in the pre-Xmas social whirl, perhaps splitting yourself between two or more sets of friends and  family, with a little social embarrassment involved.

On Christmas Day (Tuesday 25th) there are no major aspects, but the Moon is in Gemini and squaring Neptune, so the whole day may pass in a haze of food, charades and television, or alternatively inner contemplation.

Boxing Day, Wednesday (26th) begins with Mars entering Aquarius in the early hours, setting a determined and idealistic tone.  You may wake up determined to uphold the underdog, or set up a new network.

This is followed by the Sun square Uranus, so somebody may be cantankerous: perhaps the teenage nephew who had one too many pear ciders on Christmas day, or the chief cook and bottle washer who feels like going on strike and putting his or her feet up.  There is an opportunity for a family argument, if two sides wish for it.  Hopefully, though, the rebellion is quelled by a general consensus of good will.

Thursday 27th is the day:

Saturn sextile Pluto

This is the serious half of the week, but only in a constructive, realistic way (not in a scary way).  And make no mistake, it’s a big aspect.  Big enough to begin plans or lay foundations for major reconstruction, after the end of the end of the Mayan calendar, towards a successful 2013.  Saturn and Pluto are both serious planets, and they are both in serious signs.  What is more, they are in mutual reception, that is they appear in each other’s signs.  Saturn is currently in Scorpio, and Pluto is currently in Capricorn, and you can build a new lifestyle under this sextile.  If you know the Houses they appear in natally for you, you will find that the House area that Saturn appears in will be stabilizing, and the House issues that are occupied by Pluto will be more transformative.  This aspect confers strength, such as the strength needed to make changes, or perhaps to stand your ground.

Thursday’s efforts receive additional support through another sextile between the Sun and Chiron, adding healing qualities and inspiration to your ideas of how to proceed in the future.  Make the most of these auspicious aspects.

Friday brings a Full Moon in Cancer, so you may feel a weight of emotion being released as the week draws to an end, over family issues most likely.  It may be a day when, if you are so inclined, you might want to watch old weepies such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Apartment” accompanied by a box of tissues.  If you want to work with the energies on a different level, visualize how you would like your home and family area of life to work out over the coming year.

The End of the End of the Mayan Calendar

I was flattened by the energies of Friday…I think the Universe just wanted me out for the count  (A mild tummy bug the night before resulted in complete exhaustion for the festivities – I couldn’t make it to Bugarach).  Whatever your conclusions about the conclusions, there was a nice quote in the Guardian by the president of Bolivia about it:

“According to the Mayan calendar, the 21 of December is the end of the non-time and the beginning of time…It is the end of hatred and the beginning of love, the end of lies and beginning of truth”.

Here’s wishing all my readers a Light-Filled Christmas!

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – frivolously fill your Christmas stockings
  • Wednesday – some spirited banter
  • Thursday – serious reconstruction and a healing touch
  • Friday – nostalgia, and/or projecting emotion forward positively