Jaysen Paulson Hawthorne is a practicing astrologer, herbalist, podcaster, blogger, health educator, food and wellness advocate, Voluntary Simplicity facilitator, community organizer, activist, speaker, teacher and student.
Jaysen grew up within a racially integrated family in Detroit, ventured out west to Arizona after high school and even lived in Sapporo, Japan but has enjoyed being in the wondrous Pacific Northwest since 2006.
Jaysen's hobbies include being a foodie, bicycle commuting, creative cooking, different cultures and ethnic foods, coffee, tea and cocktails, herbal medicine, healing modalities, spirituality, Astrology, knowledge, documentaries, languages and of course nature. JayP is involved with and believes strongly in food politics, local economies, conscious consumerism, the Voluntary Simplicity movement, Queer Astrology movement and DIY. Jaysen believes that he has never lived a day on this earth where he was not actively seeking a learning experience, an adventure, a conversation, another's personal truth, knowledge of any kind, spiritual enlightenment and universal understanding.
Previously in the professional world, Jaysen has been a retail manager, a restaurant manager and owner of a coffee cart. He has developed business plans and forecasting, taught cooking classes, lead training workshops and developed talent. He left it all to return to and pursue Astrology, Medicine and Healing.
- B.S. Public Health Sciences/Community Health Education, Leadership and Nutrition focus (GPA: 3.25) - Portland State University
- Certificate of Herbal Medicine (300+ hrs) - Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine
- Certificate of Herbal Medicine (200+ hrs) - Traditional School of Western Herbalism
- Certificate of Japanese Studies - Hokkaido University
- Certificate Protecting Participants in Extramural Research - National Inst. of Health
- Astrological Interpretation studies - Kepler College of the Astrological Arts and Sciences
- Magical Training (5 years) - Blue Iris Mystery School in Portland, Oregon
- Jaysen also has been certified as a Medical First Responder and has a ServSafe Food Safety National Certification.
- Jaysen also enjoys taking additional classes, workshops and conferences in Astrological topics and Western Herbal Medicine.
Jaysen Paulson can also beat-box and is addicted to corn.
I took up astrology as a young hobbiest in 1995, learning the signs and planets, glyphs and archetypes. In 2009, I challenged myself to take it from a hobby to an interpretive art.
In 2011, I launched my highly-subscribed spiritual, wellness and astrological-focused podcast Cosmophilia as well as a business of the same name, providing low-cost astrology readings for clients. Along side, Tony Howard, I've also hosted astrological events and speakers in our home including Austin Coppick, Erin Sullivan and Mark Jones. I've been blessed to have also done work for Find An Astrologer.com, AFAN(Association For Astrological Networking), Queer Astrology Conference and astrologers Steven Forrest, Erin Sullivan, Madeline Gerwick and more, as well as a continuing to be a volunteer Vice President for the Oregon Astrological Association.
My primary interest in the diverse field of Astrology lies in Health and Wellness, Medical Astrology is my passion. I've studied with Remedialist Andrea L. Gehrz, Medical Astrologer and researcher Judith Hill, Hellenistic Astrologer Demetra George and attended classes at the Seattle-based Kepler College of the Astrological Arts and Sciences.
In 2013, I began teaching lectures and workshops online and around town. Thanks to a grant from AFAN, I founded the Portland School of Astrology, a physical school with a 1st-Year curriculum housing the talents of Rhea Wolf, Carol Ferris, Gary Lorentzen, Jen Gouvea, Andrea L. Gerhz, myself and more.
As for my herbal medicine experience, I've always been fascinated with health and wellness, even as a 9 year old. I was so dorky about it, I built an "herbal pharmacy" website at 18, but it wasn't until Saturn in Virgo crossed my Ascendent in 2009 that everything changed. I began to clearly see how my passion could serve the community and I began to pursue it. I enrolled in Portland State University for a B.S. in Public Health: Community Health Education and enrolled in Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine, completing over 300 hours with Erico and Scott Kloos. The next year, I enrolled in the second-year program at the Traditional School of Western Herbalism with world-renowned teacher Matthew Wood, completing over 200 hours. Later that year, I began pairing herbal consultations with my astrological readings. In 2013, I began working with Clary Sage Herbarium, an herbal medicine shop in Portland.
My experience would be nothing without the countless hours spent reading tens of books, listening to hundreds of podcast episodes, attending dozens of lectures, workshops and conferences and by interacting with the astrology community by either serving the community or by being an active member. I've been incredibly blessed to have done work for people and associations which have been key to catapulting my knowledge base, expanding different theoretical orientations and making connections with astrologers I admire and have studied under.
I am also a professional member to National Council for Geocosmic Research, Association for Astrological Networking and the American Herbalist Guild.
Astrological Curriculum Vitae
- Personal self-study 1995-present
- Conferences, Lectures, Podcasts, Professional Organizations 2009-present
- Judith Hill 2010-2014
- Demetra George 2011-present
- Andrea L. Gehrz 2012-present
- Kepler College of Astrological Arts and Sciences 2012-present
- Rhea Wolf 2013-present
- Portland School of Astrology 2013-present
RELATED WORK HISTORY
- Cosmophilia - founded consultation practice: 2011-present
- FindAnAstrologer.com - content editor, maintenance, community building: 2011-2016
- Raven Dreams Productions - content editor and website maintenance for astrologers Steven Forrest, Erin Sullivan, Madeline Gerwick, Demetra George, Judith Hill, Terri Zee and more: 2011-2016
- Association for Astrological Networking (AFAN) - recording secretary: 2013-present
- Portland School of Astrology (PSA) - founder, director, administrator, instructor: 2013-present
- Urania Press founder - director, administrator, publisher: 2016 expected
Projects and Productions
- Cosmophilia podcast - creator, producer, 50 episodes with over 50,000 subscribers: 2011-2013
- Portland School of Astrology (PSA) - founder, organizer, administrator, director: 2013-present
- 1st, 2nd Symposium Astrologica: Teaching Event - co-creator, producer and organizer: 2014-2015
- Portland School of Astrology Annual Conference Weekend -
- 1st Lost Secrets of Renaissance Medicine Conference co-creator, producer and organizer: 2014
- Astro Diagnosis: Medical Astrology Conference creator, producer and organizer: 2015
- Astro Throwback: Traditional Astrology Conference creator, producer and organizer: 2016
- Astro Playground Embodiment Conference co-creator, co-producer and co-organizer: 2017
- ZEDTalks: zodiacal education and discovery Event - creator, producer, organizer of annual astrology-themed “TEDTalks” fundraising event: 2014-present
- Canvas and the Cosmos at Portland Art Museum - creator, weekly public facilitator of astrology and art project: 2014-present
- Cosmophilia Astro-Herbal Plant Medicine Product Line - creator of planetary sprays, planetary tea formulas, planetary flower essences blends (producer only), wildcrafted herbal medicine elixirs, hand-drawn botanical art prints: 2015
- Astrological Detective - co-producer, engineer and occasional guest of long-running weekly podcast: 2016
- Urania Press - founder, publisher: 2016 expected
- Portland School of Astrology (PSA) - full-time instructor for quarterly term programming, online classes and the 1st and 2nd-year programs: 2013-present
- Institutions, Shops and Venues - Reed College, Portland Art Museum, Portland State University, Camas Public Library, SoHiTek Art Gallery, the Herb Shoppe, Fettle Botanic Supply, Be Space, Clary Sage Herbarium, Fly Awake Tea Garden, Seagrape Soap: 2013-present
- 5th - 8th Portland Plant Medicine Gathering Conference - featured presenter: 2013-2016
- Oregon Astrological Association (OAA) - featured presenter: 2014
- 1st Lost Secrets of Renaissance Medicine Conference - featured presenter: 2014
- Portland Art Museum - weekly public facilitator of astrology and art project: 2014-present
- Astro Throwback: Traditional Astrology Conference - featured presenter: 2016
- Astro Playground Embodiment Conference - featured presenter: 2017
- PDX Astro Social Meetup.com group - occasional support to local group: 2011-2015
- Oregon Astrological Association (OAA) - positions have included secretary, media volunteer, media director, vice president: 2011-2016
- Queer Astrology Conference - visioning and planning committees, sponsor: 2013-2016
- Jen Gouvea Scholarship Committee Member - working to advance astrology, art, healing practices and education in minority and marginalized communities: 2015-present
WRITING, Illustration or Collaboration CREDITS
- Cosmophilia blog - kosmo kitty, astro transits, herbalism, spirituality, playful pieces, Ascend-a-Scopes: 2011-present
- Trulia.com - housing, money and investment horoscopes: 2015-2016
- Portland State University - collaboration on a space-related art and story-telling experience under the vision of visual artist Renee Sills: 2016
- AstroloBey - Astrology and Beyoncé educational zine: 2016
- Plants & Planets: Astrology and Plant Medicine - book co-authored with Jen Gouvea: 2017 expected
- Iron Powaqa Radio Podcast - with Gillian Cheyse: 2012
- Astrology Heals: Awaken the Soul of Your Work - tele-summit with Marina Ormes: 2013
- Esoteric Voices Podcast - with Kent Bye: 2013
- Nike - holiday party entertainment: 2015
- Reed College - astrological lessons with incoming Freshman: 2016
- Portland State University - space-related artist collaboration: 2016
- Astrological Detective Podcast - with Andrea L. Gehrz: 2016
- Beautiful Astrology Podcast - with Melanie Gurley: 2016
- XRAY.fm 107.1 - Morning Radio Show hosted by Jefferson Smith: 2016
- Blogs - Trulia.com, Astrology Thoughts, Planetary Apothecary, Witch’s Forge: 2012-present
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Astrologically speaking, JayP is an Aries Sun, Taurus Moon, Virgo Rising, with North Node in Gemini. Constitutionally, he is sanguine-melancholic. Chart information available by request.