RuPaul (source: Vulture)

November 17 is RuPaul’s birthday.

I once had the chance to interview RuPaul. I’m sort of a smart-ass (just in case you didn’t know), so when I interview celebrities I like to make it all about me. I not only set them up to make jokes about themselves, but also to draw attention to my own delusions of grandeur. Some play along with me, while others don’t.

RuPaul didn’t play along. I suppose the reason was that I was interviewing the man in the photo above, not the woman who appears on the main stage of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” When you watch the show, you can see these two distinct characters for yourself. There’s RuPaul in the workroom, staring down a contestant like Pearl who needed to be reminded that you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. And then there’s RuPaul on the runway: the epitome of camera-ready professionalism, witty one-liners and drop-dead gorgeous looks.

If I am to believe the data on is correct, RuPaul has a Gemini rising sign that would account for this duality. Otherwise, he’s a Scorpio through and through, with his natal sun, moon, Mercury and Neptune all in Scorpio and all within the borders of the fifth house. He’s also got Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn, and Mars in Cancer. I believe that he’s lucky to have Gemini rising because these planetary placements could endow him with a rather morose personality. Gemini lightens him up and the preponderance of fifth-house planets in his natal chart makes him eager to share his talents with the rest of the world.

It’s obvious to me that he’s quite a deep thinker, but I thank my lucky stars that he lets the more superficial aspects of his character shine through on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” It’s the funniest show on TV and I’ve never missed an episode. Without his Gemini rising, I believe we’d be watching something completely depressing, like “Sylvia Plath’s Drag Race.” It just wouldn’t be the same.

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