JP was raised in a racially integrated working-class family in Pontiac, Michigan, a post-industrial Detroit suburb (occupied land of the Objiwa, Huron-Wynadot Nations). Even concrete and metal couldn't quell JP's curiosity of plants and planets. He began his journey with astrology and herbalism in the mid-'90s, later wedding the two disciplines and working with clients in 2011. In 2013, he founded the largest astrology school in the U.S., the community-focused Portland School of Astrology with a unique and challenging goal of continually striving to teach astrology through social justice frameworks. PSA sees hundreds of students a year from all around the country, despite PSA not being an online school.
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. Cosmophilia produces a line of Astrological Herbals: planetary teas, tinctures, elixirs, sprays and Plants Against the Patriarchy vibrational essences. JP has completed 2 years of herbal medicine school, 3 years of 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 Portland Art Museum, Portland State University, Reed College, Nike, Marriott Hotels, FM radio, NORWAC, several astrology and herbal medicine conferences, numerous venues and websites.
- Important Issues: accessibility/class issues, social justice (particularly racism, sexism, queer identities), food politics, consumerism and environmentalism.
- Work History: store manager in retail, food/beverage/kitchen management, taught cooking classes, fraudulent prescription investigator, bookstore, owned a short-lived coffee cart called Macchiato Moon.
- Lived: Born/raised in an industrial Detroit suburb (Pontiac), Phoenix for 2 years, Sapporo Japan while attending University, Portland currently.
- Hobbies: Portland's beverage culture, creative cooking and indulging in foods from around the world, listening to and exploring 1980's post-disco R&B, finding unique combinations of chocolate and peanut butter, thrift and vintage shopping, watching YouTube clips of Steve Harvey reactions or Wendy Williams disses, communing with cats, comedies and old television shows on repeat, drawing and beginning other creative projects but not finishing them, working with plants/magic/astrology in numerous ways, listening to/crying to/or shouting at political and social justice podcasts.
- 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. He also enjoys taking additional classes, workshops and conferences in Astrological topics, anti-oppression topics and Western Herbal Medicine.
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: 2019 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
- Queer Astrology Conference co-producer, co-organizer: 2018
- ZEDTalks: zodiacal education and discovery Event - creator, producer, organizer of annual astrology-themed “TEDTalks” fundraising event: 2014-2017
- Canvas and the Cosmos at Portland Art Museum - creator, weekly public facilitator of astrology and art project: 2014-2017
- Cosmophilia Astro-Herbal Plant Medicine Product Line - creator of planetary sprays, planetary tea formulas, planetary vibrational essence blends, wildcrafted herbal medicine elixirs and tinctures: 2015-present
- Astrological Detective - co-producer, engineer and occasional guest of long-running weekly podcast: 2016-present
- Urania Press - founder, publisher: 2019 expected
- Portland School of Astrology (PSA) - full-time instructor for quarterly term programming, online classes and multiple yearly cohorts of the 1st-Year program, 2nd-Year, and 3rd-Year programs: 2013-present
- Institutions, Shops and Venues - Reed College, Portland Art Museum, Portland State University, Camas Public Library, SoHiTek Art Gallery, Multnomah Athletic Club, the Herb Shoppe, Fettle Botanic Supply, Be Space, Clary Sage Herbarium, Fly Awake Tea Garden, Seagrape Soap, Psychic Sister, Marriott Hotels, Inc.: 2013-present
- 5th - 10th Portland Plant Medicine Gathering Conference - featured presenter: 2013-2018
- 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: 2014-2017
- Astro Throwback: Traditional Astrology Conference - featured presenter: 2016
- Astro Playground Embodiment Conference - featured presenter: 2017
- 34th Annual Northwest Astrological Conference (NORWAC) - featured presenter: 2018
- PDX Astro Social Meetup.com - support to local group: 2011-2015, 2018
- Oregon Astrological Association (OAA) - positions have included secretary, media volunteer, media director, vice president: 2011-2016
- Queer Astrology Conference - visioning and planning committees, sponsor: 2013-2018
- Jen Gouvea Scholarship Committee Member - working to advance/make accessible astrology, art, healing practices and education in historically/repeatedly 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 Against the Patriarchy - with Iris Misciagna, educational zine: 2017
- BioCosmophilia: The Confluence of Plants, Planets and People - book co-authored with Jen Gouvea: 2019 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 - event entertainment: 2015
- Reed College - astrology for incoming Freshman: 2016
- Portland State University - space-related artist collaboration: 2016
- Beautiful Astrology Podcast - with Melanie Gurley: 2016
- FM Radio - XRAY 107.1, FreeForm KFFP 90.3: 2016, 2018
- Marriott Hotels, Inc. - regular event entertainment: 2017
- Astrological Detective Podcast - with Andrea L. Gehrz: 2016-present
- Blogs - Trulia.com, Astrology Thoughts, Planetary Apothecary, Witch’s Forge: 2012-present
If you are interested in having JP Hawthorne speak or do an interview, please contact.
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.