Strictly was a way to rediscover my bliss and bring it back into my life”
Our beloved resident astrologer and sparkly Strictly Come Dancing fave Russell Grant gives us the inside goss on this year’s contestants, and tells us how his spiritual routines saved him. Our editor Rosalind sat down with him to relive the memories.
Rosalind Moody: Hi Russell, thanks so much for your time! How’s life?
Russell Grant: Hello, darling! Well I’ve been busy planning my mum’s birthday and I’ve just finished a theatre workshop I did in the West End for a new musical called Body Count. I only finished that on Saturday, then I came up to the North West to care for my mum.
RM: So you haven’t stopped the theatrics! What inspired you to do Strictly Come Dancing back in 2011?
RG: Beforehand, I didn’t think I was well enough, I was 60 years old and I’d gone through a difficult time. I had only just lost weight the year before; I was nearly 30 stone having had serious depression after the loss of my grandmother. I asked myself a simple question: ‘What is it you’re missing in your life that is making you the way you are?’ I realised it was what I’d been trained to do: theatre. I started walking to lose weight, I started directing plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and through that, I brought the joy back into my life which had been missing.
RM: What spiritual practices did you turn to that you knew would help?
RG: What was important to me to me were my crystals, especially rose quartz. I used them because I wanted something to hold on to; there’s nothing better than something from Mother Earth. I couldn’t dance with them because there were no pockets in our very tight-fitting costumes, but I would leave them with the guys backstage. I know that Chelsee Healey had a good feel and so did Harry Judd. Crystal energy is very powerful and is something tangible to hold on to.
RM: I think a lot of our readers would identify with that – wanting to reconnect with something familiar when you feel like you’ve lost yourself.
RG: Exactly. I loved my grandmother dearly and I was looking after her, but when you lose a person who you love so much (Russell’s grandmother died at 99 from Alzheimer’s Disease), you go ‘oh goodness me, I’ve lost my bliss too!’ So Strictly was a way to rediscover my bliss and bring it back into my life. Grief is a very funny thing. My other granny, Alice, brought me into this world, and apparently I died when I was born. Doris Stokes, the late great medium, said that very often when someone dies at childbirth they go over to the other side, but when they come back they’re born naturally psychic. I became great friends with Doris, as well as Doris Collins, also a famous psychic, both of whom were friends of mine. The styles of dancing I did with them at balls wasn’t anything like I did on Strictly!
RM: And what was it like dancing with Flavia – did you align?
RG: I am Aquarian and have Venus in Pisces, so I needed a Piscean to dance with, and Flavia is a Pisces with Venus in Aquarius which connected with me. That’s why we still talk, and we had huge success with our dance fitness DVD. A couple of years later I danced with Joanna Clifton, another world champion, and her Scorpio sun sign made a direct connection with my Venus in Pisces.
RM: And how would the producers have known that – they would have never!
RG: Exactly, so it was meant to be. And of course Venus is the planet of the arts, and music, and if music be the fruit of love, play on!
Find the FULL interview inside our December issue, on sale this Thursday 15th November, and don’t miss his regular 7-page horoscopes in every issue of Soul & Spirit! You can also find more from Russell at russellgrant.mobi.
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