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Full Time Instructors


Jaysen Paulson Hawthorne

full time instructor, Director, Founder

Jaysen Paulson is a practicing astrologer, health educator, medicine maker, community organizer, speaker and teacher. Raised in a racially integrated family in Detroit, he began studying astrological basics in 1995. His professional background was in Retail Management, Restaurant Management and Business Ownership until 2009, when he decided to leave the professional world to go back to school and to develop his astrological practice and community.

Since 2009, JayP has been active in the Astrology community, serving for 5-years on the volunteer board as Secretary, Media Director and Vice President of the Oregon Astrological Association. JayP has also worked for Find An Astrologer.comAssociation For Astrological Networking, several high-profiles astrologers and launched his long-running and highly-subscribed spiritual, wellness and astrologically-focused podcast Cosmophilia. JayP's astrologically-focused work has been featured at Portland Plant Medicine Gathering Conference, Lost Secrets of Renaissance Medicine Conference, the Herb Shoppe, Clary Sage Herbarium, Oregon Astrological AssociationPortland Art Museum, Portland State University, Reed College and has written housing horoscopes for trulia.comHe began seeing clients in 2011.

JayP has formally studied Japanese language at Hokkaido University, Western Herbal Medicine at Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine and The Traditional School of Western Herbalism with Matthew Wood, completed a B.S. in Public Health: Community Health Education from Portland State University and is currently studying at Blue Iris Mystery School with Colette Gardiner. He is currently co-writing a book with former PSA teacher Jen Gouvea titled 'Plants & Planets: Herbal Medicine, Flower Essences and Astrology.'

JayP is an Aries Sun, Virgo Rising, Taurus Moon and North Node in Gemini. Full chart information is available upon request for 1st-Year students and potential students. www.Cosmophilia.us 


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Rhea Wolf

Full Time Instructor, Advisor

Rhea Wolf is a feminist, witch, astrologer, writer, and mother whose life purpose is to help people awaken their inherent creativity, activate their authentic selves and deepen their connections to the larger world. Rhea is motivated by a vision of an emerging culture based on respect, beauty, justice and relatedness.

Rhea Wolf has been a workshop facilitator for over twenty years, bringing creative writing, theater arts, pagan spirituality, and The Work that Reconnects to a variety of groups, including at-risk youth and women in prison. During her Saturn Return, she began her journey as a practicing astrologer. Rhea has worked for nonprofits like Write Around Portland and has been a performing artist her entire life. She has a BFA in Theater Performance from Wichita State University, and is currently completing her Masters at Marylhurst University

Since 2000, Rhea has trained extensively with world-renowned author Joanna Macy, becoming a facilitator of the The Work That Reconnects, which helps people awaken to their power as conscious healers and activists in service to the life-sustaining power of the Earth. Rhea is also a trained priestess of Colette Gardiner's

Rhea Wolf is a feminist, witch, astrologer, writer, and mother whose life purpose is to help people awaken their inherent creativity, activate their authentic selves and deepen their connections to the larger world. Rhea is motivated by a vision of an emerging culture based on respect, beauty, justice and relatedness.

Rhea Wolf has been a workshop facilitator for over twenty years, bringing creative writing, theater arts, pagan spirituality, and The Work that Reconnects to a variety of groups, including at-risk youth and women in prison. During her Saturn Return, she began her journey as a practicing astrologer. Rhea has worked for nonprofits like Write Around Portland and has been a performing artist her entire life. She has a BFA in Theater Performance from Wichita State University, and is currently completing her Masters at Marylhurst University. 

Since 2000, Rhea has trained extensively with world-renowned author Joanna Macy, becoming a facilitator of the The Work That Reconnects, which helps people awaken to their power as conscious healers and activists in service to the life-sustaining power of the Earth. Rhea is also a trained priestess of Colette Gardiner's Blue Iris Mystery School, from which she graduated in 2009.

She is the author of The Light That Changes: The Moon in Astrology, Stories and Time, and several zines and chapbooks on witchcraft and poetry. Her articles have appeared in The Mountain Astrologer, hipMama, MUTHA, Perspectives and VoiceCatcher.

Rhea’s passion for astrology began in childhood when she was given an impromptu tutorial of the zodiac by her hippie teen-aged babysitter. She remembers feeling a sense of wonder and also familiarity. Rhea brings her love of the Earth, the spirit of wonder, and her desire to deepen relationships to all that she does. She enjoys helping people find ways to claim more beauty and magic in their daily lives.

Rhea is a Leo Sun, Leo Rising, Taurus Moon and North Node in Scorpio. Full chart information is available upon request for 1st-Year students and potential students. www.RheaWolf.com


Andrea L. Gehrz

Full Time Instructor, Advisor

Andrea L. Gehrz is an astrological scholar. Andrea has been a practicing astrologer and psychic channel for over 10 years and has lectured to countless groups on the uses and mechanism of Astrology. Andrea regularly reads the Ephemeris, hand draws charts, reads the bible in ancient Greek, hosts her radio show the Astrological Detective (currently produced by PSA), and teaches Astrology to anyone who will listen. A Kepler College graduate, she has spent her time reading and translating ancient Greek astrological texts in order to bring back the ancient and magical study of Astrology.

Andrea spends her days writing and running the Moira Press, a publishing company dedicated to the resurrection of ancient knowledge of all kinds. Here, she has published her pivotal textbook Astrological Remediation: A Guide for the Modern Practitioner, A Wonderbook of True Astrological Case Files (co-authored along with Judith Hill), and her own English rendering of Vettius Valens: Book One, Vettius Valens: Book TwoAn Introduction to the Tetrabiblos: Porphyry of Tyre, and Ensoulment.

Andrea loves doing consultations as well as astrological research, and her current interests are astrological remediation, the astrology of relationships, children’s readings, addiction relief through astrology, and the intricate timing of everyday life in order to optimize the energies of the chart. Andrea Gehrz is also a musician, sign language interpreter and a mama, currently living in North Portland.

Andrea is a Scorpio Sun and a Pisces Moon with a Gemini Rising. Full chart information is available upon request for 1st-Year students and potential students. www.MoiraPress.org

Adjunct Instructors


Carol Ferris, MA

Adjunct Instructor

Medical Astrology, Philosophy, History

Carol Ferris is an astrologer with a full-time consulting practice in Portland, Oregon with four decades of experience. Her introduction to, and subsequent study of Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) philosophy led to a Masters Thesis from Marylhurst University in 2013. Titled "The Sky's Body: Constellations and Medicine," it delineates the relationship of the macrocosm of the heavens to the microcosm of the body in both western and Chinese cultures. 

Carol tutors private students in astrological practice; teaches private classes in her home; has taught and lectured at both NCNM (National College of Natural Medicine, Portland) and OCOM (Oregon College of Oriental Medicine); and has presented at academic conferences nationally and internationally.

Carol is a Virgo Sun, Taurus Moon, Aquarius Rising and North Node in Cancer.


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Lauren Sage Balin, MA

Adjunct Instructor

Evolutionary Astrology

Lauren Sage Balin first became interested in astrology in the 1970's. Over the years she learned from a variety of talented astrologers, most recently receiving a Certificate in Evolutionary Astrology from Steven Forrest. Lauren Sage Balin also has a degree in Humanistic/Transpersonal Psychology and a Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University, and was a teacher for two decades. Now, Lauren has a full time astrology practice and lives in Southwest Portland. Consultations, classes, and workshops are the synthesis of many years of study, continued professional growth and experience in the field of psychological and spiritual astrology.

Lauren is a Sagittarius Sun, Capricorn Rising, Cancer Moon and North Node in Capricorn. www.IntentionalAstrology.net 


Aubrie De Clerck

Adjunct Instructor

Vocational Astrology

Aubrie De Clerck is a career coach and astrologer who helps people open doors to a lifetime of fulfilling work. Known for being highly inspirational and deeply practical, she delights in bridging two of her favorite tools and worlds in a way that opens up possibilities.  

Her own connection to astrology happened in her late 20’s, when she found that every part of her life being turned upside down was no accident and wasn’t forever - it was her Saturn Return. Since then, astrology has given Aubrie comfort in the unknown and an avenue for greater self acceptance, things she loves bringing to her clients as well.  

As a career coach, Aubrie has over 9 years of experience in corporate, non-profit and education environments and is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.  As an astrologer, she is proud to have completed an apprenticeship with Emily Trinkaus at The Alcyone School for Engaged Astrology.  Aubrie was featured in Willamette Week’s 2012 Best of Portland as “Best Cosmic Career Coach” and named of one of the 100 Most Powerful Women 2007 by Northwest Women’s Journal.   She works full time in her private practice, Coaching for Clarity, in Portland, OR and is available to work with clients and give talks/workshops in any location.   

Aubrie is a Cancer Sun, Capricorn Moon, Virgo Rising and North Node in Capricorn.

www.CoachingForClarity.net


Iris Mae Misciagna

Adjunct Instructor, Administrator

Special Interest Topics, Medical Astrology, Magical Astrology

Iris Misciagna is an artist, tarot reader, teacher, and priestess. She is a graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School and currently works there as a student teacher and ritual priestess. She has been practicing the craft for 15 years and teaching for 7. Using the language of symbols, she creates divination tools, magical essences, and altar art. Her artist’s heart, connection to faerie, and work with the animal council strongly influence her work as a priestess. 

Iris is a Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon, Taurus Rising with North Node in Cancer. Brazenmae website

Program Adjunct Instructors


Demetra George, MA

Program Adjunct

Hellenistic Astrology, Philosophy, History, Topics in Astrology

Demetra George is a professional astrologer who received her Masters degree in Classics from the University of Oregon. She has been active in astrology since 1971, and in 2002 she received the renowned Regulus Award in Theory and Understanding. Specializing in archetypal mythology and ancient techniques, she is the author of Asteroid GoddessesAstrology for YourselfMysteries of the Dark MoonFinding Our Way through the Dark, andAstrology and the Authentic Self.

Demetra lectures internationally and since 1992 has facilitated educational pilgrimages to the sacred sites of Greece, Egypt and India. She is currently translating a corpus of Hermetic medical astrological texts from ancient Greek.

Demetra is the director of Thema: Foundations in Astrology which offers mentoring and individually tailored personal instruction in all levels of astrological education: the fundamentals of interpretation, chart delineation, Hellenistic astrology, mythic asteroids, and ancient Greek for astrologers. She has taught the history of astrology at Kepler College and the University of Oregon, and lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Demetra George is a Leo Sun. Demetra-George.com


Lu Yim, MA

Program Adjunct

Movement

Lu Yim is a choreographer and performer, whose most recent life has been dedicated to contemporary art, dance and somatic techniques. Lu is a teacher of the Gyrotonic Expansion System since 2009. Currently, Lu studies the Alexander Technique and Postural Restoration. Lu is part of Physical Education, an ongoing performance / critical engagement / support group with Takahiro Yamamoto, Allie Hankins and keyon gaskin.

Lu is an Aries Rising / Taurus Sun / Scorpio Moon. For more info on Lu’s teaching, please visit http://mightymovementstudio.com


Jessica Lanyadoo

Program Adjunct

Relationship and Compatibility

Jessica Lanyadoo is an internationally respected Astrologer in private practice since 1995 and has been the Astrologer for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, with over 100,000 weekly readers, since 2003. She has been featured on CBS 5 and Sirius Satellite Radio, was the Astrology columnist for Martha Stewart's Body and Soul Magazine, and has lectured several times for the San Francisco Astrological Society. She was named the best psychic in San Francisco by Refinery29 and SF Weekly. She specializes in medical astrology, intimacy issues, and prenatal conditions in the birth chart. She loves to help people help themselves through her readings, writing, and talks. Her approach with astrology is pragmatic, irreverent, and compassionate. 

Read her weekly horoscopes, buy her books, watch her weekly YouTube show, Astrology For Days, or schedule a private reading with Lanyadoo at www.lovelanyadoo.com


Gary Lorentzen, MA

Program Adjunct

Mundane, Electional, History

Gary Lorentzen has been a student and practitioner of astrology since 1972. He has a degree in Buddhist Studies from The Evergreen State College, a degree in History and a Master’s degree in Medieval Germanic Linguistics and Literature from the University of Washington. He was a founding board member for Kepler College and was responsible for the development of the Curriculum and Instructional Design and negotiations with the State for approval to offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Astrological Studies. He has been the president of both the Washington and Oregon Astrological Associations and is currently doing research in Astro-History.  Over the years he has authored numerous articles, some of which you can find on his website.

Gary Lorentzen is a Leo Sun, Aries Rising. GaryLorentzen.com

Guest Instructors


Local, national and international guests in the previous years have included:

Jenna Abernathy, Chris Brennan, Gemini Brett, Amanda Blix, Gray Crawford, Faye Cossar, Wade Caves, Austin Coppock, Casey Cardoso, Vanessa Couto, Jadzia DeForest, Pomegranate Doyle, Bill Frazier, Adam Gainsburg, Melanie Gurley, Ben Gitchel, Zyon Gray, Amy Herring, Tony Howard, Judith Hill, Will Hall, Laurence Jones, Jon Keyes, Gretchen Lawlor, Danny Lampton, Kate Petty, Gradey Proctor, Sajah Popham, Jessica Painter, Christopher Renstrom, Henry Seltzer, Tatiana Sakurai, Jeevan Singh, Renee Sills, Julie Savage-Lee, Brandie Taylor, Ian Waisler, Gwynne Warner Donovan, Matthew Wood, Jenn Zahrt PhD.

And our friend, community organizer, administrator and

Astro co-conspirator the late Jen Gouvea.

Speaker Requests:

If you are a practicing astrologer with public speaking credentials and want to speak for PSA, please visit our submissions page. Also, consider contacting the Oregon Astrological Association.