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Reagan astrologer, Joan Quigley, dies at 87

Astrologer Joan Quigley, shown with charts she used in 1990, died Tuesday in San Francisco.
Astrologer Joan Quigley, shown with charts she used in 1990, died Tuesday in San Francisco.
Published Oct. 25, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule, has died at the age of 87.

Miss Quigley died Tuesday at her San Francisco home, the San Francisco Chronicle, quoting her sister, Ruth, reported Friday.

Nancy Reagan began consulting Miss Quigley after the 1981 assassination attempt on her husband. She wanted to keep him from getting shot again, Nancy Reagan wrote in her 1989 memoir, My Turn.

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

Miss Quigley would go on to advise Nancy 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, Nancy Reagan wrote in her book. "If it makes you feel better, go ahead and do it," she quoted the president as saying.

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 ouster a year earlier. 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.

The woman was Joan Quigley, an heiress and Republican political activist. Miss 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.

The president and Nancy Reagan denied any policies or decisions were based on astrology.

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