Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died yesterday at age 94. Most conservatives will laud her love her husband, her concern, and care for him, recognizing her as his other, better half. Indeed, it seemed that both Nancy and Ronald had a love story made for the big screen.
But what most conservatives, and Christians, choose to ignore, is that she regularly depended on an astrologer, not a pastor, not God, for guidance and in making decisions that she thought would best protect her husband, the 40th president of the United States.
According to The Los Angeles Times archives, Reagan relied on astrologer Joan Quigley for most of her decisions.
In Reagan’s memoir, My Turn, she wrote that she called Quigley after the assassination attempt of her husband. Seeking Quigley’s advice about President Reagan’s movements, she told her, “I’m scared every time he leaves the house.”
The Times reports:
Quigley later said that over the next seven years, she issued guidance, for pay, that went far beyond mundane scheduling to matters of diplomacy, Cold War politics and even the timing of the president’s cancer surgery.
Nancy Reagan downplayed Quigley’s influence when news that the first family had an astrologer was met with a firestorm of criticism and jokes. But the scorned Aries astrologer struck back.
“I would participate in a more intimate way,” she said in a 1990 Times interview, “than the publicly recognized insiders of greatest importance.”
What was the reaction when the news became public?
For the most part, Nancy Reagan was mocked.
The New York Post’s headline read, “Astrologer Runs The White House.”
One joke suggested a Cabinet post in charge of voodoo be created.
In Reagan’s memoir, she wrote, “While astrology was a factor in determining Ronnie’s schedule, it was never the only one, and no political decision was ever based on it.”
But Quigley claimed quite the opposite in her 1990 book, What Does Joan Say?: My Seven Years As White House Astrologer to Nancy and Ronald Reagan.
“I was responsible for timing all press conferences, most speeches, the State of the Union addresses, the takeoffs and landings of Air Force One. I picked the time of Ronald Reagan’s debate with [Jimmy] Carter and the two debates with Walter Mondale; all extended trips abroad as well as the shorter trips and one-day excursions.”
According to The Times, Quigley spoke to President Reagan only once at a 1985 state dinner. She told CBS This Morning in 1990 that, “through Nancy, I really had a direct line to the president.”
Sadly, for Nancy Reagan, she could have learned about the God’s Horoscope, the Christian message of the gospel written in the stars. Instead, she relied on a secular astrologist to guide her decisions.