Womxn's Astrological Immersions

WOMXN’S EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGICAL IMMERSIONS

CYCLES OF INITIATION: Saturn Returns, the Plutonian Doorway & Midlife Uranian Opposition – Nov 2 & 3, 2019

CYCLES OF INITIATION: Saturn Returns, the Plutonian Doorway & Midlife Uranian Opposition

When: November 2–3, 2019
7–9pm on Saturday night, Nov 2nd
9:30am-5pm on Sunday, Nov 3rd
Where: HOLISTIC GATEWAY in Northeast Minneapolis – 1415 6th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Description:

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?

Can I handle the seasons of my life?
–Lyrics from the song, Landslide, by Stevie Nicks
In this evening and daylong immersion, we explore some of the major initiatory astrological transits we encounter over the course of a life cycle. Awareness of these threshold years gives us a map to work consciously with the planetary energies as catalysts for growth, meaningful change and fulfillment in our lives. Holding this map allows us to enter into relationship with the planets as allies, to align with the flow of their natural rhythms and receive the bounty of cosmic support that is available to us at these pivotal times.
SATURN RETURNS:
The astrological significance of the Saturn Return, the first of which occurs between the ages of 28-30, marks an initiation into the reality of Adulthood, into greater levels of maturity, responsibility and active manifestation of our individual desires/dreams.
The second Saturn Return unfolds between ages 58-60 as we cross the threshold into the beginnings of Elderhood. Here there is potential for our sense of purpose and Great Work to shift and evolve. Sharing the wisdom we’ve gained through our life experience becomes central.
 
PLUTONIAN SQUARE & URANIAN OPPOSITION:
Between the two Saturn Returns, we experience Midlife, marked by two major transits: the Plutonian Square (ages 36-38) and the Uranian Opposition (ages 38-43).
 
“Midlife marks the time to begin cultivating whatever was neglected during the first half of life.” –Carl Jung
The Plutonian Square initiates us into the beginnings of Midlife, where it serves us well to journey down and come face to face with the full spectrum of our deepest selves, our shadows and our light. Our best kept fears and unresolved wounding; our innate strength and personal power. We must undergo a process of inner transformation where the goal is wholeness rather than goodness; authenticity rather than even a shred of falsity. If we pass deeply and honestly through Pluto’s door, we move into the high potential of the Uranian Opposition where “authentic impulses, rather than addictions and crazy schemes will surface.”
–Virginia Bell, from her book, Midlife is not a Crisis
If we have done our honest Plutonian inner work, we experience a surge of breakthrough insights and energy giving us the clarity and where-with-all to make the necessary changes to align our outer lives more fully with our deepest, most authentic, inner selves.
 
OUR TIME TOGETHER WILL INCLUDE:
Astrological study, exploring the map of planetary initiations in-depth, through presentation and discussion, as well as embodiment of these energies through guided meditation, organic movement to music, sharing and ritual. Please wear clothing in which you feel most comfortable (layers).
On Sunday there will be an hour break for lunch. Feel free to bring a lunch to keep in the refrigerator or there are restaurants/grocery stores nearby. There will be tea and light snacks provided throughout the day.
 
YOUR BIRTH INFORMATION:
I will provide you with a copy of your birth chart to reference during the weekend along with the specific dates of your initiatory years, so you can track these cycles in your own chart/life as we explore them together. If I do not already have your birth info (date, time, place of birth), please email it to me when you sign up or soon after.
No matter where you are in the life cycle (age 18+), you are welcome to participate in this immersion. It can serve as a support in mindfully preparing for upcoming transits and/or to reflect upon and integrate the transits you have already experienced.
Total beginners to astrology are welcome. No astrological experience is needed.
Fee: $225
TO SIGN UP:
Please submit either your nonrefundable deposit ($50) to hold your spot OR your full payment ($225): paypal.me/jessawalters
I also accept payment via Venmo, check or cash. Once I receive your payment, I will send you an email to let you know.
If you submit the $50 deposit, the remainder of your balance will be due by Oct 20, 2019.
Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel, a refund, less the nonrefundable $50, will be offered through Oct 20, 2019. After Oct 20, 2019, a refund will only be given, less the nonrefundable $50, if your spot can be filled by another participant.

6–WEEK EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGY SERIES FOR WOMXN:

If you are interested in deepening your astrological exploration within an intimate setting with a small group of womxn who are all on a path of self-understanding and soul growth, this is an opportunity that is available. No astrological experience is necessary, except having had a birth chart reading with me before the series begins.

These series are a blending of sacred womxn’s circle (deep sharing, intentional held space, ritual) + evolutionary astrological study and exploration of each womxn’s birth chart.

Each series is a closed group (no drop-ins) to create as safe, predictable and cohesive a container as possible to facilitate depth of connection, continuity and capacity for vulnerability. Space is limited in each series to 8 womxn. Beginners to astrology are completely welcome! The only pre-requisite is having had a birth chart reading with Jessa prior to the series.

Currently, no in-person series are scheduled due to just relocating from Minneapolis, Minnesota to the San Francisco Bay Area. Watch for online group experiences coming soon! You may view a couple of past series descriptions below:

MARS: HEARTS ABLAZE – SERIES IS FULL (Thurs nights)

MARS: Hearts Ablaze

***THIS SERIES IS NOW FULL. If you’d like to be on the waiting list, please contact Jessa.***
DATES: Thursdays, November 1 – December 13, 2018 (no meeting on Thurs, Nov 22)
 
TIME: 7pm–9:30pm
 
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” –Anais Nin
 
Mars – Raw Fire of Life.
Primal Eros.
The function within us which fuels our Will to Survive – in body, mind and spirit. Our Will to Thrive through passion, fierceness and valor.
Mars is the Warrior within.
 
In our birth charts, Mars lets us know where our souls crave the heat of risk, the life-giving thrill of adventure, where we must passionately engage with Life in order to have a healthy sense of gusto in our day to day. We discover through Mars where boundaries are needed. Becoming a warrior in the face of fear is the high path of Mars. Building courage is the evolutionary aim.
 
With Mars being the classical ruler of Scorpio, and the solo ruler of Aries, we explore both faces of this planet of desire – both of which are inextricably linked to our sexuality/eros. In this vein, we will also take a look at the Cycle of Sex, which is represented in the birth chart by the relationship between Mars and Venus.
We will examine where Mars is transiting each woman’s individual chart and discuss how to consciously work with that fiery stimulus in ways of benefit rather than destruction. Transits are catalysts for development and growth. Transiting Mars calls us to decisive action. We must take the initiative and claim what is ours.

Each week, we will have structured time for check-in/sharing. During our first evening together, I will give a talk on Mars. In weeks 2–5, we will dive into individual chart analysis and discussion. Our last evening together will culminate in a Courage-Building Ritual.

Prerequisite to a series: You must have had an Evolutionary Astrology Birth Chart Reading with Jessa prior to the series.

All who participate will receive a copy of each woman’s birth chart who is in the group, so we can reference and learn from each others’ charts, as well as our own.
LILITH & SAPPHO – SERIES IS FULL (Monday nights)

LILITH & SAPPHO

***THIS SERIES IS NOW FULL. If you’d like to be on the waiting list, please contact Jessa.***
DATES:Mondays, November 12 – December 17, 2018 
TIME: 7pm–9:30pm
We enter into the untamed, instinctual realm of the feminine through the 3 faces of LILITH (Triple Dark Goddess): Asteroid Lilith, Dark Moon Lilith and True Black Moon Lilith. We will find each of these aspects of the Dark Goddess in our charts and come to understand more deeply how we relate with these parts of ourselves and in relation to our journey as womxn. We will explore the mythology of Lilith and how she has been demonized by the patriarchy. Through this process, we have the opportunity to acknowledge and work transformation on any of the ways we may have internalized this demonization of the deep, dark, untamed, sexual, wrathful, embodied feminine within ourselves and in other womxn.
In the words of asteroid-focused astrologer, Demetra George, in her book, Finding Our Way through the Dark:
“The Asteroid Lilith describes the first stage in the mythical journey where she is suppressed, humiliated and flees in a fiery rage to the desolate wilderness. The Dark Moon Lilith depicts the pain of her exile where she plots and executes revenge. The Black Moon Lilith shows how she transmutes her distorted image back into its natural healthy expression.”
Amidst our deep dive into the powerful, primal energies of Lilith, we allow ourselves to be supported by the inspiring, creative, womxn-centered energy of SAPPHO: Champion and Lover of Womxn. We will come to understand Sappho’s energy in each of us by locating this asteroid in our charts and exploring its meaning.
Sappho was born around the year 615 B.C. in Greece and lived on the island of Lesbos. She taught at an academy for unmarried women and became well-known for her wide collection of poetry (often accompanied by a lyre). Even in the male-dominated world of classic literature, Sappho has long been considered one of the greatest lyric poets of all time. Plato named Sappho “the tenth muse.” She served as the inspiration for countless paintings and sculptures, but unlike the nine mythical muses, Sappho did not exist to facilitate anyone’s art but her own.

 

Each week, we will begin by grounding/centering, followed by structured time for check-in/sharing. Then, we will move into chart analysis and discussion. During our first evening together, I will give a talk on Lilith & Sappho. Our last evening together will culminate in ritual. 

Prerequisite to a series: You must have had an Evolutionary Astrology Birth Chart Reading with Jessa prior to the series.
All who participate will receive a copy of each womxn’s birth chart who is in the group, so we can reference and learn from each others’ charts, as well as our own.

4–WEEK ASTROLOGICAL EMBODIMENT SERIES FOR WOMXN:

The 4-week series differs from the 6-week series in that we will not be doing individual birth chart analysis during our time together, rather this series focuses upon the embodied integration and expression of the energies we are exploring. No astrological experience is necessary prior to the series.

These series are held within the container of sacred womxn’s circle as we weave together astrological themes/energy and embodied exploration through movement, sounding, guided meditation, group/partner work, reflection, sharing, ritual and more. 

This series is a closed group (no drop-ins) to create as safe, predictable and cohesive a container as possible to facilitate depth of connection, continuity and capacity for vulnerability. Beginners to astrology are completely welcome!

To find more information about the 4–week series, please click on the box below:

CHIRON: WOUNDED HEALER :: RAINBOW BRIDGE :: ANCESTRAL CONNECTION (Wednesday Nights)

CHIRON: WOUNDED HEALER :: RAINBOW BRIDGE :: ANCESTRAL CONNECTION

4–Week Astrological Embodiment Series

Wednesday nights, April 10 – May 1, 2019
at Yess Yoga
 
7:00pm–9:00pm

 

In this 4-week series, we explore the mythic origins of Chiron, a Centaur born half horse, half human, who was rejected and abandoned by his parents at birth and later wounded by a poisoned arrow, which could never fully heal. The story of Chiron centers around this wounding and how he was able to source profound empathy and healing power from his own healing crisis and became a great teacher, seer and healer who initiated others.

Chiron, discovered between Saturn and Uranus, is referred to as the Rainbow Bridge, the linking of the inner planets and the outer planets, the weaving together of the personal and the transpersonal, the intermediary between the world of form and the world of the unseen. Through Chiron’s intermediary, bridging function, we uncover a deep essence of Chiron, which is ancestral connection and healing.

During the 4 weeks of this series, we will work with our ancestral lines through guided meditation, movement, personal sharing and ritual. We will explore the healing energy of Chiron through the practice of Metta (lovingkindness), Tonglen meditation, healing circles and more.

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors, All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

No prior astrological experience is necessary.

 

TO SIGN UP:


Fee for the 4–week series:  $225

 

A nonrefundable $50 deposit reserves your spot. Once you’ve submitted your deposit or full payment, I will be in touch to confirm.

Your balance must be paid in full by April 1, 2019.

To submit your deposit or pay in full via PayPal, please use this link: paypal.me/jessawalters

Once at the PayPal link, please enter the amount you wish to submit and follow the prompts from there.
PLEASE NOTE: If you transfer money using your PayPal balance or from your bank account via PayPal, there is NO extra fee. 
If you use a *credit card* via PayPal, there IS a processing fee (2.9%+).
If you use a *credit card* please add $1.75 to your deposit of $50 for a total of $51.75. OR if paying in full via *credit card*, please add $7 to your total of $225 for a total of $232 to cover the fees. Thank you so much!

 

If you prefer to mail a check, please let me know you are sending one, and I will email you my address.

 

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, a refund, less the nonrefundable $50 deposit, will be offered through April 1, 2019. After April 1st, a refund will only be given, less the nonrefundable $50 deposit, if your spot can be filled by another participant.

 

Please bring: A journal/notebook and pen for taking notes, if you wish. A water bottle. Please wear clothing you can move freely in.

Location: Yess Yoga Studio
23 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

 

SPECIAL NOTE: Chiron Readings – For those who participate in the series, 20-minute Chiron readings will be available, if desired, at the rate of $45/reading. I will record the reading and email you the audio, with a copy of your birth chart featuring Chiron, before the series begins. I will need your date, time and place of birth, if I don’t have it already. These readings are totally optional, and just available if you so desire.

 

If you wish to purchase a reading along with the series, please just add the fee for the reading ($45) onto the amount you send via PayPal for the series. I will be in touch to collect your birth info if I don’t have it already.

There’s so much I could say about the truly transformational nature of Jessa’s planetary series, but what keeps standing out is the joy that comes from the experience of engaging in self-inquiry within the context of community. Often our spiritual paths can feel so personal and, at times, a bit lonely. Yet, Jessa’s series allowed me the opportunity to find greater clarity about my own path within the embrace of circle of women. Such an embrace allowed for an upsurge of acceptance and love. It allowed for strength to face life’s challenges and move toward the greatest gifts I can manifest in this lifetime.  To have a community recognize and lift up those gifts is truly a magical feeling.

Erica Seltzer-Schultz

In Jessa’s astrological series circles and the Women’s Retreats that she offers, Jessa creates a safe container for women to be held and heard. And, also for each of us to learn how to hold that space for the other women in the group so each woman can be heard without anyone interjecting opinions or giving advice. It is a valuable learning experience that gives us the tools we need in our circles of friends and family and the greater community.

Typically, you begin a circle as strangers but very quickly become so much more than friends. We laugh and cry together and share intimacies that we may have never shared with anyone else, knowing it is held in the utmost confidence, without judgment. This is true healing. Jessa is a master at creating space to explore our vulnerability. There are no words to describe what I’ve received from being a part of these women’s circles. The experience is truly magical. We need more of these circles to heal ourselves and heal the world. The bonus is you get to learn about astrology, ritual and a bunch of other really cool things, but the main thing is you learn about yourself!

Gini Loch