Quigley, Joan (1927– )
San Francisco astrologer who claims that her astrological
advice had ‘‘absolute control’’ over the movements, and influQi
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enced the decisions, of former United States president Ronald
Reagan. She was born April 10, 1927. Her secret role as an astrological
influence at the White House was referred to by Donald
Regan, former chief of staff to Ronald Reagan, who was
quite critical of Nancy Reagan’s influence on decisions made by
the president. Regan’s remarks caused a major controversy that
eventually led to the complete revelation of the name and role
of Nancy Reagan’s astrologer.
In her book, What Does Joan Say My Seven Years as White
House Astrologer to Nancy and Ronald Reagan (1990), Quigley
made far-reaching claims. She advised Nancy Reagan from
1981 through 1989 and is sure that her astrological advice decided
the timing of key political events, including speeches,
televised campaign debates, the signing of arms control treaties,
and even the dates for Ronald Reagan’s cancer surgery
and the announcement that he would run for a second term.
Quigley claims that Air Force One would only take off if she reported
a favorable alignment of the planets and that she sometimes
also gave the president and his wife political advice.
Quigley states, ‘‘I was responsible for timing all press conferences,
most speeches, the State of the Union addresses, the
take-offs and landing of Air Force One. . . . I picked the time
of Ronald Reagan’s debate with Carter and the two debates
with Walter Mondale, all extended trips abroad, as well as the
shorter trips and one-day excursions, the announcement that
Reagan would run for a second term, and briefings for all the
summits except Moscow.’’ Quigley also claims credit for influencing
the president’s favorable view of the Soviet leader Gorbachev,
whose astrological chart indicated a genuine reformer.
The title of Quigley’s book derives from the period in late
1986 when the Iran-Contra scandal broke. She claims that the
president asked ‘‘What does Joan say’’ and that her advice was
to stay in the White House and say nothing, because his stars
were bad and she feared another assassination attempt.
Although the revelations of astrological influence on a modern
leader’s actions and decisions may seem bizarre to Western
people, it is my no means unusual in Eastern countries. Astrology
plays a significant part in the life of people in India, and
marriages, dates of important meetings, dedication of temples,
and other decisions normally involve the services of an astrologer
for millions of Indians in all walks of life, including politics.
Sources
Quigley, Joan. What Does Joan Say My Seven Years as White
House Astrologer to Nancy and Ronald Reagan. New York Birch
Lane Press, 1990.
Reagan, Nancy. My Turn The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan. New
York Random House, 1989.
Regan, Donald. For the Record. San Diego Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1988.