Kim Chi (source: Cosmopolitan)

August 8 is Kim Chi’s birthday.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I looked up Kim Chi’s natal chart. I certainly didn’t expect to see the sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars all in Leo. And then I noticed that the moon was sitting on the opposite side of her chart, and things started to make a little more sense.

I don’t have a time of birth for Kim Chi, so I can’t put the planets into the houses. However, as someone who also has a waxing gibbous moon, I can say that I understand how Kim might not give off Leo vibes at first. Leo is a far more “out there” sign than Aquarius, and an Aquarius native is far more likely to seek fame through social media than through traditional channels (television, for instance). Yet having the sun and moon occupying opposite signs without actually opposing one another creates a unique balance between the two luminaries. It makes them agree to disagree rather than argue with one another. I know this. I have the same thing happening in my natal chart.

Sometimes it takes a while for people with these planetary positions to figure out who they are. Once they learn to integrate these contrary but complementary energies, they can go far in life. Kim Chi didn’t start doing drag until well into her twenties, and she didn’t do anything like “RuPaul’s Drag Race” before she was cast on the show. She was considered to be a “look queen” who was popular on Instagram but inexperienced as a performer.

That last sentence sums up the Aquarius/Leo dynamic in a nutshell. While both signs have a relationship to glamour that I explore in depth in “Star Struck Style,” Leo glamour is innate and far less contrived than Aquarius glamour. Aquarius glamour is an artifice, put on for an audience, whereas Leo glamour is a by-product of an individual’s fabulousness that just happens to appeal to the world-at-large.

Kim Chi didn’t really tap into the Leo side of her nature until she was cast on “Drag Race.” Right up to the season finale, her story line was basically “I know I have the looks, but do I have the talent to be here? Am I worthy of this audience?” Someone with those four Leo planets and the moon in another sign may never have questioned their place in the competition. The only winner of the show with a Leo sun, Yvie Oddly, spent most of her time trying to justify to her competition why she deserved to be “America’s Next Drag Superstar” rather than questioning why she was there in the first place.

An Aquarius moon in someone else’s chart might not have had the same effect, but in this case it made a Leo native like Kim Chi into the walking contradiction that she was on her season of the show. She was one of the most fabulous-looking queens ever to be cast on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” one of the most insecure contestants of all time, and one of the only stars with a growth-arc worthy of its own sequel.

I am delighted that she is doing so well in her post-show career.

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