Reagan astrologer Joan Quigley dies

Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan’s schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance towards the Soviet Union, has died.

Ms Quigley, 87, died at her San Francisco home after an unspecified illness, the San Francisco Chronicle, quoting her sister Ruth, said.

Nancy Reagan began consulting Ms Quigley after the 1981 assassination attempt on her husband because she wanted to keep him from getting shot again, Mrs Reagan wrote in her 1989 autobiography My Turn.

Entertainer Merv Griffin had told her that Ms Quigley had predicted that the day the president was shot was going to be a dangerous one for him.

Ms Quigley would go on to advise Mrs Reagan on dates for presidential trips and news conferences.

The president became aware of the consultations and warned his wife to be careful because it might look odd if it came out, Mrs Reagan said in her book.

“If it makes you feel better, go ahead and do it,” she said he told her.

The consultations were revealed to great embarrassment for the White House in a 1988 book by former White House chief of staff Donald Regan, who blamed the first lady for his removal a year earlier.

Mr Regan said almost every major move and decision the Reagans made during his time as chief of staff was cleared in advance with a woman in San Francisco who drew up horoscopes. He did not know her identity.

That woman was in fact Joan Quigley, an heiress and Republican political activist. Ms Quigley told The Associated Press in 1988 after her identity was revealed that she was a “serious, scientific astrologer”.

“I am really not one of these clowns, and I really don’t like this circus atmosphere,” she said.

Both the president and Mrs Reagan denied that any policies or decisions were based on astrology, b ut Ms Quigley told a different story in her 1990 autobiography What Does Joan Say?

Before Mr Reagan’s 1985 summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva, Ms Quigley said she advised Nancy Reagan that “Ronnie’s ‘evil empire’ attitude has to go”.

“Gorbachev’s Aquarian planet is in such harmony with Ronnie’s, you’ll see … They’ll share a vision,” she recalled telling the first lady.

Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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