President Ronald Reagan met with astrologer Joan Quigley often when he was in the oval office. She reportedly “convinced him to soften his stand toward the Soviet Union.” Quigley died on October 23 at her San Francisco home at the age of 87.
It was First Lady Nancy Reagan who introduced the president to the Vassar-educated socialite-turned-astrologer Quigley. According to Nancy Reagan’s memoir, My Turn, she began consulting Quigley after the 1981 assassination attempt on her husband. Nancy wanted to keep the president from getting shot again. The Reagans denied that any policies or decisions were based on astrology but Quigley’s memoir, What Does Joan Say?, says otherwise. Quigley wrote, “Not since the days of the Roman emperors—and never in the history of the United States Presidency—has an astrologer played such a significant role in the nation’s affairs of State.”