Looking Back at Nancy Reagan and What She Saw in the Stars

By Barnard Law Collier

I spoke often with Nancy Reagan and I was aware that after the Hinckley assassination attempt she and her husband made very few personal or policy decisions without Joan Quigley and/or two other astrologers blueprinting horoscopes to determine the wisdom and timing of meetings and decisions.

I knew next to nothing then about the celestial mechanics of astrology, nor do I now. However, my personal astrologer was the late Sidney Omarr (born Kimmelman), who was, in wartime, the chief astrologer for the United States Army, and later for a cluster of Hollywood celebrities.

Destiny decided that for a while I’d edit Sydney’s writings and he persistently advised me, a Leo, to marry an actress client of his, Angie Dickinson, a well balanced Libra. “She’s a perfect match,” he said. To no avail. C’est va.

I didn’t know then if Nancy Reagan was reviled or beloved in Washington, and I didn’t care. Toward the conclusion of the Reagan years in office she clearly owned 90 percent the family’s mental juice. Her eyes were remarkable in their brilliance and intensity. She could speak eloquently with her eyes alone from 100 feet across a crowded room. She could speak daggers with a glance.

She wielded, for a considerable time, her power to shape her husband’s mind and to link her decisions to a star chart.

My question to myself at the time was: “Are the CIA or FBI briefings any more likely to sooth-say success or failure?”

I concluded it was up to destiny to decide, and somehow America lived through it.

Interestingly, the most unfriendly relationship between Nancy and other First Ladies was with Barbara Bush, whose brain power, will power, and domineering desires were remarkably like hers, especially when it came to guiding and romantically protecting their man.

Barney Collier describes himself as cultural anthropologist, writer, former New York Times correspondent and bureau chief, and publisher.

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