Strictly Come Dancing 2021 – Part 4

I am tying up loose ends here, as I did not complete the roll call of Strictly Come Dancing contestants.  There are two I need to blog about (before it is too late), one of them likely to leave this weekend!  They are A.J. Odudu and Rhys Stephenson.

A.J. Odudu

A.J’s dancing astounded from the word go, though she had never danced before.  She is a larger than life personality, with the broadest Blackburn accent, and the longest legs I have seen on Strictly.  I first noticed her on the show “Big Brother’s Bit on the Side” years ago, and then she recently took part in a cooking contest show before popping up on our Strictly screens.  She has been a frontrunner in the contest all the way through.

She has the Sun in Aquarius, a sign noted for its long limbs!  With Mercury also in Aquarius, she has the capacity for quick-thinking.  Sun exactly sextile Mars gives her great physicality, to balance with the more cerebral qualities of Aquarius.  The Sun is also sextile Jupiter, being equidistant in the middle of a hugely enthusiastic trine between Jupiter and Mars in the Fire signs.  And a superb exact trine between the Sun and Chiron gives her healing qualities too, even if it is just through her infectious joie de vivre.  The Moon is unaspected in her chart, which is a curiosity because she is close to her mother and comes from a big family of 8 children.  Mercury sextile Mars gives her quick mental reactions.  An exact conjunction of Saturn and Uranus may give her personal earthquakes in her life, especially in past relationships given that the conjunction squares her natal Venus.  Let us hope her current relationship, with her dance partner, Kai Widdrington, brings more relationship stability.  It could be that her Saturn-Uranus has forged her character, and, as they say, made her stronger.  Her transits this weekend show Mars trine her natal North Node (fire and energy), Uranus opposing her natal Pluto (great change in her life), Pluto square her natal Jupiter (power) and Pluto sextile her natal North Node (karmic power).  At the end of the contest Mars will be trine her natal Venus (likely to be in the final, she’ll put in a passionate performance), Pluto will still be square her Jupiter and sextile her North Node.

Her dance partner (and current boyfriend, by all accounts) is the new heartthrob of Strictly, Kai Widdrington.  He has his Sun in performing Leo conjunct Venus in fastidious Virgo, and is a superb impressionist.  He is intensely disciplined, with Mercury exactly opposite Saturn, and he also has a complex conjunction of Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn, common to those born in his year (1995).  From the outset, their chemistry was spotted, and they quickly became a couple outside the dance floor.  So you would expect sizzling astrological synastry:  Kai’s  Sun/Venus conjunction in Leo is exactly trine A.J.’s power conjunction of Saturn and Uranus, so they can steady each other  in a profound way.  This makes for a powerful bond.  Kai’s transits this weekend are: the Nodal Axis square his natal Venus (karma around his artistry) and Mars sextile his natal Neptune (bringing out the essence of his spirituality and sensitivity).  At the end of the contest the Nodal Axis will be square his Sun (karma around his creativity and performance), and Jupiter will be square his Pluto.  These transits suggest that while they are likely to reach the final, they are not the most likely to lift the glitterball trophy.

Rhys  Stephenson

CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson may not be as popular with the public as Dan Walker, as he has been in the dance off more times than he would like, but I find his dancing very enjoyable to watch.  He is particularly skilful at the fast-paced dances.  Looking at his chart, you can swiftly spot why, for he has a close triple conjunction between Mercury, Mars and Pluto in Scorpio.  With Mars also sextile his Neptune/Uranus conjunction, this gives him electric and complex energy.  His transits this weekend (when he is in danger of going out of the contest, despite being top of the leaderboard) are a Mars Return, Mars square  his Saturn and Mars conjunct his Pluto: he’ll be fighting for his place, again, on the dance floor.  At the final, he will have Jupiter trine his natal Jupiter (a triumphant feeling) and Pluto sextile his natal Pluto (psychological self-empowerment).  That may be his satisfaction about his progress overall, unless he can win the public round in the meantime in order to put him in the final.

He is partnered with Nancy Xu (another new professional), and their Suns are exactly squared, which means they have a connection, but have to work at it.  Also significant is that her Jupiter (luck and enthusiasm) is square his triple conjunction in Scorpio, so she is able to motivate him.  His Chiron conjoins her Venus, which is an artistic challenge.  At first he was told by the judging panel that he danced well on his own, but not so much in hold.  But as time has gone on, he has more than proved himself to the judges.  Her transits this weekend include a stunning trine of Uranus to her natal Uranus, so they could surprise us, and their dance last night was stunning.  Her transits at the final show that the trine will still be operational, and even closer.  That  is intriguing: perhaps this contest will be a stepping stone for her to greater things.

Remaining Contestants:

Looking at my previous blogs about the remaining contestants:

Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova

“At the end of the contest, Saturn will oppose his natal Saturn (a stuckness), Uranus will square his natal Saturn (he could go out unexpectedly before the end) and Uranus opposes his natal Uranus (a mid-life crisis or rebellion).  I feel that emotions will emerge through this process which have not come up for him before.

Her transits for the time of the final show Chiron square her natal Neptune, so she may be feeling a little disengaged by that time.  So overall, this does not look like the winning pair.”

Well, I have been well and truly surprised how far they have come!  And I have to admit he has improved.  The public just seem to want to keep them in the contest…

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice

“At the end of the contest, her transits will include Jupiter square her natal Pluto (a bid for supremacy), Saturn square her natal Mercury (there may be a small disappointment), Neptune still sextile her Neptune, and Pluto still sextile her natal Sun/Jupiter.  She seems headed for the final, but perhaps John Whaite will pip her to the post.

At the end of the contest he will have Jupiter opposite his Venus, Mars trine his Jupiter, and Uranus trine his Neptune, a favourable line up, which could put them at the top.”

That does sound promising…and Rose is definitely a favourite with the public.

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe

“At the end of the contest Uranus will still be trine his Neptune, but the other transits will be waning.  I am not sure how that will translate for the final, because he has done so well so far, it is difficult to imagine him not being there.

[Johannes Radebe]  At the final, he has Pluto square his natal Mercury (mental challenge), and Neptune still square his Saturn.  The transits are not as favourable as I would expect for such a dynamic duo.  There may be something I am missing…”

Could be that they will be runners up…

On these astrological analyses, surprisingly, the order would be:

  1. Rose Ayling-Ellis
  2. John Whaite
  3. A.J. Odudu
  4. Rhys Stephenson
  5. Dan Walker

But I can’t see the public voting Dan out, or keeping Rhys in.  We shall see how this weekend’s dance off plays out…


Mars will be sextile Pluto tomorrow (Monday 6th) so  you may have the energy to push through a pet project.  It is a dynamic and active aspect, and you may find yourself spontaneously clearing clutter.

The following day (Tuesday 7th) finds Mercury square Neptune, and you may lose the clarity and physicality of Monday’s push.  A different sort of tuning in is required: that of sorting fact from fiction, reality from illusion.  This aspect muddies the communication waters:  It is a good day for sorting out your finer feelings, and sensations.  This aspect may contribute to misunderstandings too, so keep your communications clear.

Wednesday (8th) brings another square: that between Mars and Jupiter. This is sheer over the top enthusiasm allied with energy. This aspect can bring spirited exchanges or sporting achievements, but there is a possible hint of damage through lack of control.

Venus conjoins with Pluto on Saturday (11th), bringing a deeper mood.  There is much more reflection about the enormity of changes, and the impact on humanity.  You may need to do some soul-searching in order to have a handle on your feelings.  In your interactions, deep honesty may be required. A strong dose of chamomile tea and lavender may be needed all round.

In the early evening, the general ambience may brighten, with a sextile between Mercury and Jupiter.  This encourages mental development and learning (if you are on a course of study, for instance), and is helpful to businesses in need of a lift.  If you are learning a new language, you may experience a shift and take off with it!  It will also be favourable for the teaching profession.

The week in bullet points:

  • Tomorrow – pushing through
  • Tuesday – mixed messages
  • Wednesday – over the top energy
  • Saturday – depth in relationships; mind-broadening