Magazine article The Nation

Age of Aquarius

Magazine article The Nation

Age of Aquarius

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Last week's explosion of stories about revelations in Donald Regan's new book, For the Record. From Wall Street to Washington, that Nancy Reagan planned the President's activities according to the advice of an astrologer emitted a heavy cloud of publishing hype and tabloid journalism. It was as if the National Enquirer had merged with The New York rimes. All that was Missing were rumors that Elvis is alive and has been hiding out in the Lincoln bedroom for the past seven years. As it

was, we got Johnny Carson jokes mingled with political punditry assessing the impact of Regan's expose on George Bush's campaign and on Ronald Reagan's place in history ("very damaging," The New York Times quoted a "Republican strategist" as saying).

As for history, students of the Reagan years will now have to consult both the President's and the First Lady's charts in order to understand various momentous decisions. To give them a head start, we have culled some actual prognostications from the horoscope columns of The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times for important dates over the past seven years. We found the results disturbing, for they indicate that either Ron (Aquarius) or Nancy (Cancer) ignored some urgent if typically cryptic augurs.

For example, on October 23, 1983, the day that a bomb exploded in the Marine barracks near the Beirut airport, killing 241 Americans, Aquarians were advised by The Post's seer to "Stress security, safety measures." Or, to swing to a more trivial event, Nancy could have read in the Los Angeles Times, on the day the President made his off-mike quip, "I've signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes," the warning, "Amusements may be more costly than you plan on." More clear-cut, at least psychologically, was the insight in The Post the day of the bombing of Libya: "Logic could take back seat -heart tends to rule head, emotional responses dominate. …

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