Planet Waves Contributor/Staff Bios

Fe Bongolan

Fe Bongolan lives in Oakland, California. Her column “Fe-911” has been featured on Planet Waves since 2008. As an actor and dramaturge, Fe is a core member of Cultural Odyssey’s “The Medea Project — Theater for Incarcerated Women,” producing work empowering the voices of all women in trouble, from ex-offenders and women with HIV-AIDS, to young girls and women at risk. A Planet Waves fan from almost the beginning of Eric’s astrology career, Fe is a public-sector employee who describes herself as a “mystical public servant.” When it comes to art, culture and politics, she loves reading between the lines.

Chelsea Bottinelli

Chelsea Bottinelli is the business manager here at Planet Waves. She’s been working for Eric since 2002, way back when he started the subscription service. Chelsea lives in Florida with her husband, two kids (and another on the way!), dog, and some pretty amazing bugs and lizards. In her free time (wait, what is free time again?), she likes to play with her kids, listen to her husband’s band rock, paint, sew, cook and spend time at the beach.

Carlos Cedillo

Carlos Cedillo is a Mayan calendar Daykeeper, spiritual advisor and teacher. His travels have taken him through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala on sacred journeys to dozens of Mayan pyramid sites, the Zona del Silencio, and sacred Native American sites around the Southwest United States. In 2006 Carlos released a combination book of his travels and Mayan calendar journal called Cosmic Jaguar’s Soul Kin Journal: A Personal Guide to Navigating the End Times using the Mayan Calendar. He is a university-trained classical guitarist and electronic music composer, and has released CDs of music based on the vibrational properties of Maya calendar glyphs under the name “Cosmicjaguar.”

Amy Elliott

Having brushed shoulders with ancient mythology, Alexandrian Wicca, Qabalah and tarot, Amy Elliott has finally become a humble and grateful student in the variegated and transcendent world of astrology, with intentions to hang out for at least a while. She has secretly been in love with mathematics from early youth, and is incorrigibly addicted to cheese. Her astrology practice website is

Judith Gayle

Judith Gayle was raised in the hills overlooking the San Francisco bay and Golden Gate Bridge, hitting adulthood in the turbulent ‘60s. She followed a spiritual path, and passion for astrology and tarot, while raising a family and creating careers in education, business management and not-for-profit association administration. Jude has been student/teacher of A Course in Miracles for more than three decades and has written for Planet Waves for ten years, blending the politics of the day with Holy Spirit’s counsel and the whisper of her Higher Angels. She lives in rural Missouri with her son and an adored menagerie of critters.

Ali Gruber

Ali Gruber is a customer support specialist and has been a member of the Planet Waves team since 2010. She lives with her partner Louie and their feisty cat Bindi in Rosendale, New York, a lovely little rural town just south of PW’s Kingston headquarters. When she’s not happily helping Planet Waves customers, she is an all-analog vinyl DJ, hosting old-school dance parties throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Jessica Keet

Born in South Africa, in 2001 Jessica Keet immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Los Angeles, where she worked as a Traffic Manager/proofreader for a non-profit ad agency. Later that year, her love for reading, exceptional command of English, and meticulous attention to detail spurred her decision to start her own copyediting/proofreading business. Jessica has edited 160 manuscripts, as well as brochures, medical courses, articles, print ads, screenplays and horoscopes. To sharpen her English skills Jessica loves to play scrabble and do crosswords. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

Amanda Moreno

Amanda Moreno is an astrologer based out of Seattle, Washington. Her goal is to empower people to follow their own path while encouraging creativity and paradigm busting. In addition to one-time sessions, she offers ongoing therapeutic coaching that includes tarot, dream work, past life regression therapy and ritual design. Having spent her grad school years focusing on depth psychology, her primary areas of focus include rites of passage, grief and trauma, and “alternative” modes of relationship and sexuality. You can contact her at or visit her website at

Amanda Painter

Beginning in late 2009, Amanda Painter has, at one time or another: telephoned Planet Waves members and processed orders; contributed photography and original, personal writing; collaborated on the Daily Astrology column; written and edited news briefs, astro-biography articles, and CREATE. She’s now the editor for PW’s environmental newsletter (and one of its contributing writers); editor for the weekly blog columnists; and has been a proofreader/copy editor for the weekly mailings since 2010. Offline, Amanda lives in Portland, Maine, where she performs in theater and film, dances, revels in the local farm-to-table scene, and spends as much time as possible out in nature.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor is a tarot reader, writer, and trainer; counselor; and Sexological Bodyworker. She has a personal and professional interest in archetypal psychology, particularly as it pertains to the Dark Goddess as she is described in the works of analytical psychologists Marion Woodman and Sylvia Brinton Perera. It is this passion that she brings to much of her work: namely, the exploration, discovery and excavation of our disowned facets in order to integrate them into our lives. She believes that this is fundamental to our becoming whole, individuated, responsible adults in a world that is crying out for our unique gifts.

Carol Van Strum

Carol Van Strum is a parent, bookseller, author, editor, stage manager, farmer, legal and scientific researcher, and chronic troublemaker. She’s currently also a copy editor for Tropical Conservation Science and senior researcher/editor on environmental and related issues for Planet Waves.

Len Wallick

Len Wallick resides in Seattle, where he practices astrology as full-time professional in service to both Planet Waves and individual clients. Len began at Planet Waves in 2009, filling in while Eric was at Burning Man — one of the best things ever to happen to him. If you are interested in being one of Len’s clients, you may contact him via e-mail ( or telephone (206-356-5467). In addition to his professional activities, Len offers Reiki (both as a practitioner and teacher in Seattle’s Reiki Mastery Series) as a community service without receiving monetary compensation.

Chad Woodward

Chad Woodward has been studying astrology for nearly 10 years, ever since a serendipitous encounter with the subject as an interior design major in college. Primarily a self-taught writer and astrologer, he began writing astrology articles on his blog in 2009. He joined Planet Waves as an intern in 2013, and currently writes as part of the Monsanto ECO news team — focusing on nuclear as well as other environmental issues. Aside from astrology and journalism, Chad is a bodyworker living in Southern California, specializing in various modalities and holistic approaches to health and wellness.

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