Joyce Jensen, founder of Astrological Institute, Inc., the first accredited astrological
school in the country, passed on, returning to the stars she so loved, on November
14th. Joyce often amazed me in so many ways. It was always a pleasure to watch
her animated face take in the comments made by others, and usually it ended up
in the same result-with an outburst of her outrageous giggle.
Scorpio, she personified the alchemical part of her birth sign as well as anyone.
When she and others started AI in Scottsdale, Arizona, it took the place of a
former pawn shop (now a pizza kitchen!) next to a gun shop. From this humble building
her vision expanded to taking on the government. She had the audacity to ask for
government loans for students wanting to study astrology. A long and difficult
battle, she persisted finally being awarded the accreditation.
the years I had many talks with Joyce. She would relate her plans. I would scratch
my head and ask how she was going to do all this. At this point she was predictable.
She'd say she didn't know and giggle. But somehow, in a non-ending series of miraculous
manifestations, she'd find a way. I am convinced she was not just an astrologer-she
was a magician. She pulled so many rabbits out of her hat over the years.
efforts to persevere would fatigue an observer. She worked relentlessly during
an obscene number of dedicated hours at all hours of the day or night. If you
called at 3 AM, she'd probably answer the phone. Her commitment to astrological
education was unyielding, her faith unswerving.
Joyce was always kind and gracious to me. On numerous instances she helped me
in ways that you can be sure another Scorpio would never reveal.
the 18th while driving to a service for her held at the school, I had a vision
of her directing mortals from the other side ensuring the propagation of astrological
education. I'm if not mistaken she was snapping her fingers like a corporation-commanding
Capricorn, unlike her style her on Earth.
true Scorpionic, resurrection style, Joyce's dream will continue!
NorthStar College of Astrological Studies, under the direction
of Jody Russell, founder and Co-President of RainStar University,
is applying for state licensure to carry forth and expand the
vision that Joyce Jensen so diligently brought into fruition with
Astrological Institute, Inc. Joyce will be missed and fondly remembered.
You may call, (480) 429-0009, or visit us at 4443 North Scottsdale
Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251. The e-mail address has not been set
up for the new location, but for now you can email