The Revelation of the Reagans’ Reliance on Astrology

It’s difficult to remember a time when the Reagan presidency’s connection to astrology was unknown. The secret was revealed in 1988, when the president’s former Chief of Staff Don Regan wrote his memoir For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington (their astrologer would later publish her own book, with chapters such as “How Merv Griffin Introduced Me to Nancy Reagan,” and “The ‘Teflon Presidency’ and the President’s Health and Safety.”)

Don Regan teased his bombshell in the book’s foreword. “Because actions that would otherwise bewilder the reader cannot be understood in its absence, I have revealed in this book what was probably the most closely guarded domestic secret of the Reagan White House.” He waited until the second paragraph of Chapter 1 to spill the beans:

“Virtually every major move and decision the Reagans made during my time as White House Chief of Staff was cleared in advance with a woman in San Francisco who drew up horoscopes to make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment for the enterprise.

Nancy Reagan seemed to have absolute faith in the clairvoyant powers of this woman, who had predicted that ‘something bad’ was going to happen to the President shortly before he was wounded in an assassination attempt in 1981. Before that, Mrs. Reagan had consulted a different astrologer, but now believed that this person had lost her powers. The First Lady referred to the woman in San Francisco as ‘My Friend.’

Although I never met this seer–Mrs. Reagan passed along her prognostications to me after conferring with her on the telephone–she had become such a factor in my work, and in the highest affairs of the nation, that at one point I kept a color-coded calendar on my desk (numerals highlighted in green ink for ‘good’ days, red for ‘bad’ days, yellow for ‘iffy’ days) as an aid to remembering when it was propitious to move the President of the United States from one place to another, or schedule him to speak in public, or commence negotiations with a foreign power.”