Linda Goodman (real name: Mary Alice Kemery), was an American astrologer and poet; born 9th April 1925, in Morgantown, West Virginia. She was most notable as the author of the best selling Sun Signs and Love Signs, both making the New York Bestsellers List.
After graduating from Parkersburg High School in 1934, Linda began her career as a radio host for a popular show called Love Letters from Linda, where she would read letters written by soldiers to their loved ones. This would be followed by a corresponding, popular song of the day. After that, she began writing for newspapers and even wrote speeches for American civil rights leader, Whitney Young. Linda had a huge role in the growth of the “New Age movement” with the success of her first astrology book, Sun Signs. The book, which explored the topic of astrology for relationships, made it to The New York Times Best Seller list setting a record with $2.3 million paperback rights. Over the years she also published several other astrology books. Linda proved her work by publishing another book ten years later, Linda Goodman’s Love Signs that also became a bestseller worthy piece
Linda had two marriages and was the mother to four children. Her eldest daughter, Sally Snyder disappeared in the 1970’s and the police eventually closed the case as a suicide. Goodman, however, refused to believe this after consulting her daughters astrological charts and continued to search for her daughter for the rest of her life. She spent a great deal of money and effort in the search for her daughter.
Her down-to-earth nature along with her sharp insights and elegance is what set Linda Goodman’s book apart from the rest. Goodman used examples from the lives of celebrities, historical figures and friends to encapsulate the meaning, in her books. She elaborated how people’s personality traits would play out against their own tendencies. This often made Goodman seem more like a psychologist than an astrologist.
Linda Goodman also founded a new religion, Manitou. This was a combination of teachings from certain Native American tribes and those of St. Francis of Assisi. She spent the later part of her life in Cripple Creek, Colorado and eventually passed away at the age of 70 due to complications from diabetes.
Goodman’s work played a huge role in inspiring people to consider all the realms of their Spirituality. Her work drastically pushed astrology from being viewed as something associated with the occult into mainstream culture.
If you are at all Spiritually minded or curious about astrology, numerology her books are essential reading.
- Sun Signs (1968) – The New York Times Best Seller list.
- Venus Trines at Midnight (1970)
- Love Signs (1978)- The New York Times Best Seller list setting an industry record with $2.3 million being paid for the paperback rights.
- Linda Goodman’s Love Poems (1980)
- Linda Goodman’s Star Signs: The Secret Codes of the Universe A Practical Guide for the New Age (1987)
- Gooberz (1989)
- Linda Goodman’s Relationship Signs (1998)
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