Staff and Contributors


Gregory Ellison is the founder and original webmaster of, a website that grew from the community spirit developed at He was co-founder of that site, which was the original and official site for Linda Goodman’s ideas, in its time. He studied astrology, tarot, kabbalah, I Ching and other metaphysical subjects for more than 30 years and followed Linda Goodman’s teachings since the publication of Sun Signs. He taught Kung-Fu and T’ai Chi Chuan for many years and is the author of Wisdom and Power: A Philosophical Approach to T’ai Chi. He retired from Microsoft as Senior Technical Writer for Programming Tools and Languages but continued to write professionally and develop instructional materials until he crossed into spirit November 23, 2004.

Maria Barron is editor-in-chief of the newsletter, and also does some of the graphics, page design and web authoring. She is stepping into big shoes succeeding Gregory as webmaster of She has a degree in journalism and was a newspaper reporter and editor for 15 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. Her freelance work has won awards from the Colorado Press Association and the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. She has been fascinated since childhood with people’s heartfelt beliefs and how they move people to interact and mold the world we live in. She moved to Cripple Creek, Colorado, in 1995, originally for a year of studies with an Indian medicine man, and since then has had the blessing of becoming acquainted with some of Linda Goodman’s friends in the area. She is married to a long-time resident of the district and is mother to a teenager and a 6-year-old.

Terri Smallwood is the newsletter’s coordinator. Currently living in southwestern Ontario, she began her study of astrology as a pre-teen, about the same time she began her love affair with creative writing. Two years of living on Canada’s west coast (on her Uranus line, according to an astro-cartography map) opened many doors towards spiritual growth, including the beginning of her involvement with the various Linda Goodman discussion forums. A stay-at-home mom, Terri is also working on a novel and happily shares her journey with her husband, Matthew, their 7-year-old son and toddler daughter.

Sucheta Shetty lives in India. She uses her information technology skills as an associate web-author for the newsletter and all-around detangler. As a cynical, pessimistic and irritable teenager, she was introduced to the Celestine Prophecy series by a friend of her mother. That started a journey of learning and evolving that led on to discovering Reiki, feng shui, Linda Goodman and astrology. She looks forward to more wonderful and enlightening discoveries on her journey, a lot of which come from avidly following the varied discussions on the Conscious Evolution forums. A chronic bookworm, she also loves dancing, listening to music and learning more about life in different parts of the world in different time periods. Metamorphosis has given her a chance to do something she always wanted to try — writing to share, to inform, or for the sheer pleasure of stringing words together.

Anindita Basu was born one rainy full-moon night in autumn in one of the oldest cities of North India. She spent her childhood reading anything she could lay her hands upon (including bits of paper the ground-nut seller wrapped his nuts in). Today, she holds a master’s degree in business administration. When not working to earn her bread, she likes to read (fiction mostly), listen to music (Hindi mostly) and shoot (with a Canon SLR mostly). She has been interested in astrology for many years. And she still reads the bits of paper the puffed-rice seller wraps his delicious mixture in.

S. J. Lindquist-Hellman is a newsletter graphics contributor. She is also a writer and astrologer in the Twin Cities and Wisconsin, and a work-at-home mother of four girls: a Taurus Calf, two Fishes, and a 14-year-old Scorpio Eagle who helped write this bio. She enjoys encouraging her young children to read mountains of books and pursue their dreams. Stephanie and her Taurus husband live by a creek on Colorado Avenue in the Land of 10,000 Seas. They share their “crook-ed” little house with a menagerie of companion animals including a chocolate lab named Clifford, a 15-year-old black cat named Minor (Ursa Minor is his namesake), two Siamese cats named Isis and Simon, and a noisy blue and yellow macaw who is very goober-motivated.

Tracey Couto is a new contributor but an old friend to the site. She posted as Venus on the site, the predecessor to today’s After going to college and earning an associate’s degree in psychology, she is back, posting on the current site and contributing to the newsletter. Her homepage is at:

Frances Firesong Ellison was already a practicing astrologer when Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs was published in 1968, and her astrological thought and practice has been heavily influenced by Linda’s ideas ever since. As one of the original astrologers for the official website, Firesong wrote the popular weekly lunar transit reports received by thousands of website subscribers. Married to her soulmate Gregory for 23 years, she lives on the wooded slopes of Washington state’s Cascade mountains.

Layla Isis Ellison is Gregory’s daughter and one of the original members of his websites.

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