Svetlana Godillo, 55, who had contributed an astrology column to the Style section of The Washington Post since 1979, was found dead Dec. 31 at her Washington apartment. The D.C. medical examiner's office said she died of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Her columns discussed astrological portents for persons in the news and national and world developments.
Miss Godillo was a native of Warsaw. Her mother was a physician and her father a caricaturist. Her first husband, a White Russian, served with the German Army and fought Russian Communist forces after World War I. Before the end of World War II, Miss Godillo and her husband divorced. She lived in Czechoslovakia, France and displaced persons camps.
In an interview that appeared in The Post in 1978, Miss Godillo said that after the war, "I met my second husband, the American, in Paris. Anybody who had non-Communist papers could have had me."
She and her new husband moved to Chicago where she worked as a waitress, usherette, dancing teacher, bar girl and computer key-punch operator. They also lived in Kentucky and California before divorcing.
Miss Godillo moved to Washington in the late 1950s and worked as a medical writer and translator before becoming interested in astrology. She said she became interested in astrology when she tried to convince a friend that it was a fraud.
"But in order to prove it, I had to learn something. Before long, I started to notice that it was working, even if I didn't know why," she said in her interview with The Post.
She continued her studies of astrology, became friends with another astrologer, Barbara Watters, and eventually took over her clients. By the late 1970s, Miss Godillo was charging fees of $75 an hour.
She once read her own chart, concluding that she saw "a person . . . incredibly tough. There is a great deal of afflictions, with a certain amount of luck. I say this about my life: if every woman knew how much I envied the average woman who married when she was young, happily, and had a house in the suburbs, and I could put up preserves and help him . . . . "
She leaves no immediate survivors.