Welcome! My name is Jessa Walters (she/her). I am an Evolutionary Astrologer and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator.
Astrologically speaking, I have a 3rd house Cancerian Sun with a 12th house Aries Moon and late Taurus Rising, with Venus in early Gemini on the Ascendant.
I have always had a hunger for learning, evolution and change. I studied psychology in undergrad and received an MA in Women’s Spirituality from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco in 2006, which is where I was first introduced to Evolutionary Astrology.
I had further life experience to gather before I would dive fully into professional study of Evolutionary Astrology with a teacher (Steven Forrest’s Evolutionary Astrology Apprenticeship Program), but this particular lens of astrology changed my life from the moment it crossed my path. Evolutionary Astrology became an integral part of my daily life and frame of reference.
Around the time of my Saturn Return (age 30), just after graduate school, I moved to Daegu, South Korea, to live and teach at a university for three years, immersing in Korean culture and community, learning so much about so many things I never knew and finding my voice as a teacher.
TRAUMA CENTER TRAUMA-SENSITIVE YOGA–
I returned from South Korea to my birth place of Minnesota in 2011, where I became a Registered Yoga Teacher and began teaching yoga. I had been practicing yoga since 2000, and it felt like a natural next step to begin sharing what had so deeply informed and supported my own embodiment and life. It was through teaching yoga at the Domestic Abuse Project in Minneapolis, that I chose to deepen my yoga education and specialize in Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) through the Justice Resource Institute in Boston with David Emerson, founder of TCTSY.
Since 2015, I have been offering Evolutionary Astrology readings, both individual and relationship readings. You may read some testimonials, if you’d like.
You may also find testimonials from a couple of participants in astrological series I have facilitated. On that same page you will find several descriptions for astrological series and immersions I have offered as a way to gain a sense of my astrological perspective.
This short video offers a brief introduction to Evolutionary Astrology and my approach to giving readings.
In addition to my astrological study with Steven Forrest in his 3-year apprenticeship program, the following astrologers (to just name a few) have and continue to inspire and enrich my astrological perspective:
–Chani Nicholas – queer, feminist + illustrating so clearly that social justice has a place in astrology
–Jessica Lanyadoo – queer + relationship astrology
–Demetra George – classical astrology + asteroids**
**I work deeply with Asteroid Lilith as a function, within one’s birth chart/psyche, of confronting oppression, particularly patriarchy (male domination). Feminist and cultural critic, bell hooks, names patriarchy as not only male domination but a more complex interlocking of oppressive systems that work together in their functioning: “Imperialist, White Supremacist, Capitalist Patriarchy.” Lilith in one’s birth chart points to ways in which we can work to confront and resist oppressive conditioning and experience in our culture and lives.
–Melanie Reinhart – Chiron as portal to ancestral connection and healing
–Maurice Fernandez – Evolutionary Astrology + Neptune/12th house themes
And many more!
If you wish, you may view a full list of my credentials along with acknowledgements of my teachers and mentors here.
I am currently located, with my partner Daniel Gaustad, SEP, in the small, coastal town of Montara, California (25 minutes south of San Francisco) on Ramaytush Ohlone land.