Even concrete and metal couldn’t quell JP’s curiosity of plants and planets, growing up in a racially integrated working-class family in post-industrial Pontiac, near Detroit. He began his journey with astrology and herbalism in the mid-’90s, later wedding the two disciplines and beginning a practice in 2011. In 2013, he founded the largest astrology school in the U.S., the community-focused Portland School of Astrology. Active in the astrology community outside of PSA, JP has served for 5 years or more on the boards of the Oregon Astrological Association (OAA), and the Association For Astrological Networking (AFAN), and has worked for FindAnAstrologer.com and on the websites of several high-profile astrologers.
After graduating with a degree in Public Health, JP shifted his focus to full-time astrology and herbalism in 2014, his work with Cosmophilia seeks to reconnect people with both earth and sky, which includes a line of Astrological Herbals: planetary teas (link to product), tinctures (link to product), sprays (link to product), Plants Against the Patriarchy vibrational essences (link to product), and magical gift items. JP has completed 5 years of both herbal medicine school and herbal retail, 5 years at the Blue Iris Mystery School, holds a degree in Public Health and even attended university in Japan.
He currently sees clients and teaches in Portland, and is writing a book about Astral-Herbalism titled BioCosmophilia: the Confluence of Plants, Planets and People. His work has been featured at the Portland Art Museum, Portland State University, Reed College, Nike, Marriott Hotels, FM radio, NORWAC, several astrology and herbal medicine conferences, numerous venues and websites. JP also loves singing, studying comedy, coffee and cats.
JayP is an Aries Sun, Taurus Moon, Virgo Rising, and North Node in Gemini.