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We have two times of birth for RuPaul. We know he's a Double Scorpio, but does he have gender-bending Gemini rising, or female-impersonating Cancer rising? As far as I can see, either chart stands to reason from an astro-logical viewpoint
Gemini Ascendant, Scorpio Sun, Scorpio Moon, Eris Yod
his astro-chart
6.52PM chart (click to enlarge)
ASTRoDATA: RuPaul Andre Charles, born 17 November 1960, 19:58 (7.58 PM) PST (8hW), San Diego, California, USA. [John McKay-Clements and Pat Taglilatelo quote birth certificate for data. RR: AA].
Cancer Ascendant, Scorpio Sun, Scorpio Moon, Eris Yod
his astro-chart
7:58PM chart (click to enlarge)
Sy Scholfield [copyright] quotes data from RuPaul's official website (www.rupaul.com): "1960: I was born November 17th, 7:58 p.m. at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. When asked what she named her baby boy, my Mother replied, "His name is RuPaul Andre Charles and he's gonna be a star! Cause ain't another mother f**ker alive with a name like that!" [RR: A].

FEATURES: PERSONALIZED PLANETS: Cancer MARS (conjunct Ascendant ?; trine Luminaries), Virgo PLUTO (conjunct North Node; rules Luminaries), Capricorn Venus (conjunct Descendant ?), Capricorn JUPITER (conjunct Descendant), Capricorn SATURN (conjunct Descendant ?), Aries ERIS (conjunct Zenith ?). PATTERNS: CARDINAL T-SQUARE (Mars opposite Saturn, both square Eris), YOD (Pluto sextile Mercury-Neptune, all quincunx Eris), FIXED T-SQUARE (Chiron opposite Uranus, both square Sun). SHAPE: HORSESHOE (Sun in 5th is pivotal). CHINESE SIGN: METAL RAT. NUMEROLOGY: "8" LIFEPATH.
Wikipedia Biography [with Astrology comments by Sy Scholfield].

RuPaul first gained fame in the 1990s when he appeared in a wide variety of television programs, films, and musical albums. Previous to this he was a fixture on the Atlanta and New York City club scenes. RuPaul has on occasion performed as a man in a number of roles, usually billed as RuPaul Charles. RuPaul is noted among famous drag queens for his indifference towards the gender-specific pronouns used to address himóboth "he" and "she" have been deemed acceptable. "You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don't care! Just as long as you call me" [In the Cancer-Rising chart he has gender-indifferent Mercury-Neptune trine Ascendant, and non-specific Mercury-Neptune conjunct the Moon, ruler of the Ascendant. If we use the Gemini-Rising chart then Neptune is conjunct Mercury, the Ascendant ruler]. He hosted a long-running talk show on VH1, and currently hosts a reality television show called RuPaul's Drag Race.

Born in San Diego, California, RuPaul struggled as a musician and filmmaker in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1980s [transiting Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, crossed his Scorpio stellium during this period]. He participated in underground cinema [filmic Neptune in underground Scorpio conjunct Moon], helping create the low-budget Starrbooty (and an album by the same name) [RuPaul's Sun (the star planet) is conjunct his Vertex]. In Atlanta, RuPaul often performed at the Celebrity Club (managed by Larry Tee) as a bar dancer or with his/her band, Wee Wee Pole, which included the late Todd Butler [].

In the early 1990s, RuPaul worked the Georgia club scene and was known by his full birth name. Initially participating in "genderfuck"-style performances, RuPaul performed solo and in collaboration with other bands at several New York nightclubs, most notably the Pyramid Club [performer Neptune in a Yod with gender-bending Mercury, fucker Pluto and collaborative Eris]. He appeared for many years at the annual Wigstock drag festival and contributed an appearance to the documentary Wigstock: The Movie [Big Crazy Hair?: Uranus in Leo square Sun]. In the '90s, RuPaul was known in the UK for his appearances on the Channel 4 series Manhattan Cable, a weekly series produced by World of Wonder and presented by American Laurie Pike about New York's wild and wacky Public-access television system [Wild and wacky?: again Leo Uranus quincunx MC].


In 1993 RuPaul recorded dance/house albums which included Supermodel of the World. They were released through the hardcore rap label Tommy Boy, spawning the dance track hit "Supermodel (You Better Work)", which was a hit song for Rupaul [Supermodel Jupiter-Venus in the work-horse 6th House, or supermodel Jupiter-Venus in the 7th House trined by Pluto, ruler of 6th??]. The music video was an unexpected success on MTV channels, as grunge-rock (Nirvana) and gangsta rap were popular at the time. The song peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100. It further charted on the UK Singles Chart, peaking on the top 40 at #39. The song found the most success peaking at number 2 on the US dance music charts (known as the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart). Airplay, heavy rotation of the music video on the MTV network and television appearances on popular programs like The Arsenio Hall Show popularized the song [Jupiter-Venus in fame-seeking Capricorn = popularity as a 'supermodel'].

ď What other people think of me is not my business. What I do is what I do. How people see me doesnít change what I decide to do. I donít choose projects so people donít see me as one thing or another. I choose projects that excite me. I think the problem is that people refuse to understand what drag is outside of their own belief system. Ē óRuPaul, [4]

His next two songs/videos, "Back to My Roots" and "A Shade Shady (Now Prance)" both went #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts and further developed his campy persona [Moon ruling Cancer Ascendant from the 5th cusp indicates family roots and shadows]. Between them, House of Love was released without a video. It failed to place on any US charts, despite rising to #68 on the UK Singles Chart.

RuPaul caused a controversy at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards when he presented an award with actor Milton Berle, who performed an altogether different type of drag early in his career. The two had conflicts back-stage, and when Berle inappropriately touched RuPaul's breasts, RuPaul ad-libbed the line "So you used to wear gowns, but now you're wearing diapers." A surprised Berle replied, "Oh, we're going to ad lib? I'll check my brain and we'll start even." The press picked this up as a crack in the "love everyone" message RuPaul presented, and depicted the incident as a young newcomer treating a legend poorly. This year would also mark his biggest hit on The UK Singles Chart, a remake of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Elton John, which went to number seven. It was around this time that RuPaul co-hosted the BRIT Awards in London, also with Elton John [Eris conjunct Zenith (or Eris high in the sky) = famous duos with famous friends].

RuPaul (left) without Drag in March 2009RuPaul was signed to a modeling contract for MAC cosmetics, making him the first drag queen supermodel. Various billboards featured him in full drag, often with the text "I am the MAC girl." As well at this time he released his autobiography, Lettin' It All Hang Out. He promoted that book in part with a 1995 guest appearance on ABC's All My Children, in a storyline that put him on the set of Erica Kane's talk show "The Cutting Edge."

The next year he landed a talk show of his own on VH1, called The RuPaul Show, where he interviewed celebrity guests and musical acts. Nirvana (even though Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994), Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Mary J. Blige, Bea Arthur, Dionne Warwick, Olivia Newton-John, Beenie Man, Pete Burns, Bow Wow Wow, and the Backstreet Boys were notable guests. His co-host was Michelle Visage, with whom he also co-hosted on WKTU radio. On one episode, RuPaul featured guests Chi Chi LaRue and Tom Chase speaking about the gay porn industry.

Later in the year he would release his second album, Foxy Lady, this time on the LA based Rhino Records label. Despite his growing celebrity, it failed to chart within the Billboard 200. However, the first single "Snapshot" found success in the dance market and went to number four on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. It also enjoyed limited mainstream success, charting at number ninety-five on the Billboard Hot 100 (which was his second and only other Hot 100 entry). The second single "Little Bit of Love" only charted at number 28 on the hot dance music/club play chart. The album featured covers of a 1981 Diana Ross song Work That Body co-written by Paul Jabara and "If You Were a Woman and I was a Man" originally recorded by Bonnie Tyler. Because of his strong fan base within the gay community, RuPaul has performed at gay pride events and numerous gay clubs. During this time RuPaul helped launch the return of WKTU radio in New York City and would serve as host (with Michelle Visage) of the morning show until 1998.

In 1997, he released a Christmas album entitled Ho, Ho, Ho. He has had guest appearances in many films, including both Brady Bunch movies, in which he played Jan's female guidance counselor. In 1997, RuPaul teamed with Martha Wash to remake the classic disco anthem, "It's Raining Men". The song was included in the 1998 compilation CD RuPaul's Go Go Box Classics, which was a collection of some of his favorite dance songs by other artists; this would be his third and final release through Rhino Records and a major record label. It was during this time that he appeared in Webex TV commercials and magazine ads. In 2001 he recorded with Brigitte Nielsen, credited as Gitta, the Eurodance track You're no lady.

In 2004, RuPaul released his third album, Red Hot, on his own RuCo Inc. label. It received some dance radio and club play, but very little press coverage. On his blog, RuPaul discussed how he felt betrayed by the entertainment industry, particularly the gay press. In one incident, it was noted that the magazine Entertainment Weekly refused to review the album, instead asking him to make a comedic contribution to a fashion article. He likened the experience to "a black person being invited to a party, but only if they'll serve." Despite his apparent dissatisfaction with the release, "Red Hot" showed RuPaul returning to the top of the dance charts in the US with the lead off single "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous" hitting number two on the dance chart. The second, "Workout", peaked at number five. The third and final single from the album "People are People" a duet with Tom Trujillo peaked at number 10. The album itself only charted on the Top Electronic Albums chart, where it hit number nine.[5] When asked about this in an interview, RuPaul said, "Well, betrayed might be the wrong word. ĎBetrayedí alludes to an idea that there was some kind of a promise made to me, and there never was. More so, I was disappointed. I donít feel like it was a betrayal. Nobody promises anything in show business and you understand that from day one. But, I donít know what happened. It seemed I couldnít get press on my album unless I was willing to play into the role that the mainstream press has assigned to gay people, which is as servants of straight ideals."[4]

On June 13, 2006, RuPaul released ReWorked, his fifth album . It features reworked versions of songs from his back catalog, as well as new recordings. The only single released from the album is a re-recording of "Supermodel (You Better Work)", reaching number twenty-one on the U.S. dance chart. June 20, 2007 saw the release of "Starrbooty (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on iTunes in the US. A CD version is available from RuPaul's official website. The single "Call Me Starrbooty" was digitally released in 2007. The album contains new tracks from the singer as well as interludes with dialogue from the movie. The film was released on DVD in October 2007.

In mid 2008, RuPaul began producing RuPaul's Drag Race, a reality television game show which aired on Logo in February 2009. On the show, top drag queens compete to be selected by RuPaul and a panel of judges as the number one drag performer in the country. The winner of Season 1 was Bebe Zahara Benet. One of the contestants, Nina Flowers, was chosen by fans as "Miss Congeniality" through voting on RuPaulsDragRace.com. In publicity preparation for the new show, RuPaul made appearances as a guest on several other shows in 2008 including as a guest judge on Season 5, Episode 6 of Project Runway[6] and as a guest "chef" on Paula's Party.[7]

Logo's Second Annual "NewNowNext Awards" 2009 were hosted by RuPaul. There he performed his new single "Jealous Of My Boogie".

© 2009
Sy Scholfield