When you’re an Aquarius with Moon in Gemini, you are a self-created, paradigm buster who does it with wit and panache; you’re Bessie Stringfield.
Born in 1911, she was a stunt motorcyclist, the “motorcycle queen of Miami,” World War II bike courier, six times wife – always with much younger men, mother, and non-stop defiance merchant.
Bessie Stringfield was the first African-American woman to traverse the United States by motorbike. It would be an achievement in any era. But picture this in the 1920s and 1930s, when people of color were not even allowed to stay in hotels. She’d sleep wild and was an early proponent of couch-surfing.
In an era where women who wore pants were the object of societal scorn, Bessie competed in races and supported herself by doing bike stunts at carnivals. She owned 27 Harley bikes and was a devout Catholic, giving thanks to God for her freedom to “toss a penny on the map” and ride there.
She kept riding right up until her last day, passing just before her Uranus Return at age 84. No birth time is available, so we don’t know her Rising Sign. But I see Leo in the love of glamor and the self-creation of herself as a performer.
She was also big on doing her hair and make-up every damn day, no matter what.
And there was a lot of ‘what’ in her life.
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