Baddie Winkle came on the Instagram scene in 2014. Helen Ruth Elam Van Winkle was 85 when her granddaughter helped her post a photo of herself wearing her great-granddaughter's clothes to Twitter. Rihanna followed her, and the rest is history. Now Baddie is a world-famous Insta star, posting photos of herself in bright, colorful outfits with the bio "stealing your man since 1928."
This is my favorite current example of a Uranus Return working out brilliantly.
Uranus takes approximately 84 years to move through all 12 signs of the zodiac, which means that he finally returns to his position in your natal chart when you're about 84 years old.
The other major Uranus transit is what we call the mid-life crisis. Around age 42, Uranus opposes the natal Uranus, causing people to re-evaluate their priorities and sometimes act out in surprising ways. When people go through a Uranus opposition, they're shedding some of the fears that have kept them from living to their full authenticity. They're realizing that if they're going to have the life they want, they have to go get it NOW! People who have already been living their truth may still find that they have a sudden inspiration to do something surprising. People who do their mid-life crisis well have either already stopped caring about what other people think, or the Uranus opposition is when they fully stop worrying about it.
By the age of 84 and the Uranus return, one hopes, there really are no fucks left to give. And that's when an octogenarian can make an unbelievable breakthrough, living brilliantly and teaching the rest of us how to live. The full genius of one's individuality, shed of conventional expectations, can now shine through.
This is Baddie Winkle's solar chart. I don't know her time of birth, so we don't have her rising sign. If she was born between midnight and 1:16 AM, Venus was at 29 Cancer. Based on her fashion personality, I'm inclined to believe she has Venus in Leo though!
From 2012 - 2014, Uranus was making passes over Baddie's natal Uranus at 7 Aries. It was most intense for her in the two years prior to becoming a social media star, but the transit was still in orb of her natal Uranus in 2014. It's often at the end of a transit, or just after, that we see the external results of the inner changes.
She's a Cancer woman with Lilith exactly trine her sun. A fiery Uranus trines her Leo Venus and Sagittarius Saturn. She says she's always been a rebel. I love that she's a Cancer, because so much of her internet fame and personality has to do with her family. With Uranus in Aries, and that Leo moon and Venus, I'm not surprised that she says she was always a fashion risk taker! She speaks in Stylist about the importance of staying young at heart. I think that's her Leo moon + Uranus return lesson for the rest of us. She's radically ageless. Her other Uranus return lesson? If someone says bad things about you, pray for those basics and keep doing you.
December 2014 is also when Saturn entered Sagittarius, beginning Baddie's THIRD Saturn return. She has of course done an amazing job of this too, spinning her Instagram popularity into contracts with two major cosmetic lines, a clothing brand, a Smirnoff commercial, a red carpet appearance, and a book deal. Structuring and sustaining that wild, rather lucky career of the Instagram influencer.
Notice she's on a throne wearing a crown in her book cover? LEO MOON. Bow down.
What else do you see in Baddie's chart? Feel free to add in the comments!
Leo season is coming! To celebrate the warmth of this sign, I'm hosting a special workshop with yoga instructor Keilly Cutler at Sacred Brooklyn.
Each participant will receive a copy of their astrological birth chart. You'll learn about Leo's light and shadow, discover strategies for accessing the Leo part of yourself, journey through a guided meditation, and enjoy a heart-opening yoga sequence.
This workshop is open to everyone. We all have Leo in our chart somewhere!
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The moon is full at 17.09 degrees of Capricorn on Sunday, July 9 at 12:07 AM EST.
Nothing stops a Capricorn. Not the freezing rain and howling winds of January, or the pain of hard work, or an apparent obstacle to a goal. The sign of Capricorn is represented by the constellation the sea-goat, an impossible creature with a dubious mythological background, that couldn't feasibly survive in water or on land. Not that "impossible" is a word any Capricorn actually knows. Outside of the mythological, Capricorn is typically represented by the mountain goat, which is not actually a true goat, but a hybrid goat-antelope. Mountain goats live in harsh alpine climates. Capricorns are known for surviving the harshest of realities and turning survival into a triumph. They scale mountains of ambition, sacrificing everything that isn't strictly necessary on a single-minded quest toward their goals. And when they reach the top of that mountain, there is always a higher peak to climb. Raw ambition is the Capricorn's strength. This sometimes gets them stereotyped by their shadow side: the Scrooge, amassing great wealth but remaining impoverished in love. Of course, it's possible to achieve great worldly success and strong relationships at the same time. If anyone could win at that impossible game of "having it all", it's a Capricorn.
At the new moon in Cancer two weeks ago, I wrote about Capricorn's complementary sign, traditionally associated with the fourth house of home, family, and roots, and with the tarot card The Chariot. Cancer's primary concern is home, and a chariot is a kind of home away from home, providing safety and protection should the Crab ever have to venture too far. Capricorn is traditionally associated with the tenth house of career (or vocation) and public image. Growing from the roots, growing up, is Capricorn's primary concern. She may be invested in building a chariot, probably a very impressive, well-made chariot for the people she loves, but she is unlikely to stay there. She will leave home to go to work, unsheltered from the harsh conditions, focused only on whatever mountain she is climbing next.
This full moon is the time to venture out in the Chariot you built at the New Moon. It's not an easy moon. It's a moon that meets Pluto, Lord of the Underworld. Pluto in Capricorn is transforming things from the very bones. It's demolishing any flimsy structures and calling you to take a good look at what's under those foundations. It's unearthing skeletons you thought were long buried. You're left with the good bones of that particular "home" in your life. You'll need to rebuild. This has been happening for years, and will continue to happen slowly for years, but at this full moon you could notice something you missed before.
Now you need to re-assess the sturdiness of your chariot, the pitfalls in the terrain ahead. You may need to backtrack to find a better path toward your goal. You might just abandon the chariot when it's no longer useful and go on foot. Pluto transits to your chart, and lunations on Pluto, can feel like The End. It can feel like all is lost and the Chariot is no good, and the path is full of hellish dangers. That's when it's time to access the raw ambition that Capricorns are known for. Nothing is impossible. The only tools one needs for success are endurance and the unshakeable belief that eventually, one way or another, you will reach your goal.