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Nancy Reagan, the horoscope fan, had true star power

California gubernatorial candidate Ronald Reagan holding hands with wife Nancy while on the campaign trail.Bill Ray/The LIFE Picture Collection/Gett

California gubernatorial candidate Ronald Reagan holding hands with wife Nancy while on the campaign trail.

“I have been criticized and ridiculed for turning to astrology, but after a while, I reached the point where I didn’t care.”

— Nancy Reagan

The Reagan presidency exemplified the seemingly incompatible — yet extremely successful — blend of West Coast spiritual philosophy and conservative political strategy.

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Donald Regan, former White House chief of staff under Pres. Reagan, once wrote all major decisions went through an astrologer in San Francisco during his time in the administration.Hamburg, Harry

Donald Regan, former White House chief of staff under Pres. Reagan, once wrote all major decisions went through an astrologer in San Francisco during his time in the administration.

While it may have been the most closely guarded secret of the Reagan White House, according to Donald Regan’s memoir, “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’s own birth chart shows an acutely sensitive and protective, spiritually attuned nature, as well as her desire to use metaphysical principles in practical ways.

Dominated by the emotional water element, her natal sun in the nurturing sign of Cancer was tightly joined with Pluto, Mercury and Mars, all in the house of “higher mind.”

Daily News back page January 21, 1981, Headline: Ronald Reagan sworn in; Pledges 'era of renewal'New York Daily News

Daily News back page January 21, 1981, Headline: Ronald Reagan sworn in; Pledges ‘era of renewal’

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This shows a tremendously sensitive, fiercely protective nature, and underscores how utterly devoted she was to her husband and his success.

She was a woman who would put astrology to use in shrewd, practical ways to support those she loved.

American actor Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan gaze at one another across a table, circa 1952.Hulton Archive/Getty Images

American actor Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan gaze at one another across a table, circa 1952.

Kings and queens throughout history used astrology as a matter of course, and political leaders and bastions of industry continue to do so today.

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Yet it was Nancy Reagan’s behind-the-scene astrological savvy that brought this to the attention of the American public.

Fred Ryan helps Nancy Reagan place some flowers as she visits the grave site of her husband on the 10th anniversary of his passing.GUS RUELAS/REUTERS

Fred Ryan helps Nancy Reagan place some flowers as she visits the grave site of her husband on the 10th anniversary of his passing.

As an astrologer, it is extremely gratifying to know that such an American icon as Nancy Reagan religiously read her daily horoscope.

The Reagan years had an immense impact upon the course of American and world history — and Nancy’s role in guiding that influence cannot be underestimated.

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