Our theory is that Claire Richards was born with that proverbial spoon in her mouth. Why, is she so lucky? Well suffice it to say she is a stunning young celebrity, first known for her membership of the pop group Steps, secondly for her communicative talent, and thirdly for her capacity to morph into the “incredible shrinking woman” after losing the four stone she put on as a result of pregnancy. Initially, she was picked for Steps due to obvious talent. She has a delightful vibe. Mercury in Virgo gifts her with a versatile approach to her craft, communicative skills, and a certain artistic sensitivity. She is a Leo too, and most Leos have something “larger than life” about them. Claire is no different; she possesses a charismatic persona, with the capacity to touch the heart of an audience.
Showbiz executives cottoned on to those gifts of hers fast, but she was told to lose weight if she wanted a long-term career in Steps. She always had the will power to slim down but it was not easy for her to control that feeding frenzy when pregnancy encouraged her to “eat”, “eat”, “eat”, but as she inferred on a television interview later on, she wanted to relax, and just enjoy the experience. She later won her battle of the bulge, and has morphed from a plump neo mum into a svelte performer with an exercise DVD, various spots in Woman’s magazines, and a future that beckons new frontiers. As we said, Claire is a magnificent Leo, but she has does have some issues with self-confidence, and the needs of an ever expanding personality. Getting “ahead” and “getting noticed” will be part and parcel of her personality. That Leonine tendency to say, “look at me, look at what I can do!” might clash with her Virgo moon’s rather self critical and pedantic attitudes. She will look at herself and say, “I should change that, do better here, be more positive there, etc.” until she drives herself bonkers. Nobody is more critical of herself and her look than Claire.
Of course, it was very exciting to be a star so young, and fast, but certainly not always easy to be “in Vista”, and deal with that grinding publicity machine. She wanted fame, and to move ahead at break neck speed nonetheless, and this could have created tension within Steps. She has low tolerance for what she perceives as small mindedness and being such an individualist, groups crowd her. She did resign from Steps eventually, and she and Ian Watkins began a singing duo doing well with a number three in the charts. Her North Node in Libra would make her very “stand alone with my talent”. She can push to get what she wants, and will get fed up and short tempered in the process, not wanting to wait long for anything. After a while, she dropped the singing completely, and decided to marry Steps dancer Mark Webb; they split but later she got romantic with Reece Hill, and gave birth to their boy, Charlie, in 2007.
Her approach to romance is “Gone with the Wind” thunder, passion and intensity; she likes a man to woo her, to make her feel a thousand dollars. She wants things intense in most areas of her life, and her “all or nothing” Leo sees to it that patience is not number one on her list. Yet her big heart and loving attitude will bring her all the internal balance and harmony she needs to succeed. More maturity will certainly build on fame and further her already star studded career. Certainly she needs to get over those Virgo moon self-critical perceptions, and reach the top with a dynamism that is so natural to her. The fact is, this lass was picked on by the fates to carry a special message to the world, a message of joy and warmth, but in the process she will learn a little more about her own soul. As the years unfold understanding that success is not the “be all and end all” will relax her, refine her thoughts. Add on self-acceptance and learned patience and she will grow in stature as a human being and performer.
2009 shows her doing well. She will reach a wider audience and expand her field of action. The good she receives will be worth all the hard work. She loves being a mum, but she will also enjoy getting out there, with the rest of ‘em, working on standing up to obstacles along her path. There should be some interesting projects to get involved in over the next couple of years for our Claire, and a new approach to her act will stun her fans. A change in routine, a tweak to her repertoire, a capacity to move forwards, experimenting and enhancing her performance, confirms our theory that this delightful young celebrity was indeed “born with silver spoon in her mouth”.
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