Hello, I'm Tessa and I'm very glad to meet you!
I live on Djiringanj country within the Yuin Nation and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Yuin First Peoples are the Traditional Custodians of the land, rivers, lakes and seas of the Bega Valley, New South Wales where Astrotessa is based. In the Dhurga language of this area “Giiyong, come to welcome”.
Like you, I am familiar with the waves of change in life. Times of happiness and opportunity; times of loss and separation; and times when we seek guidance.
When I was 25 years old, living in Melbourne and working in a picture framing studio, I became curious about Astrology and began my journey by reading the 1981 edition of Julia and Derek Parkers’ “The Complete Astrologer”.
Delving into the mechanics of chart calculation and interpretation really suited my brain. When I drew my own chart by hand, I could understand what was happening from a new perspective. I could see the patterns laid out before me.
The wheel of life
As it turned, the wheel of my life took me on a long journey into many different types of work and learning, eventually leading me back to Astrology as my principal occupation.
Throughout this journey, I held onto Astrology as a guiding light, regularly reading charts, and learning from teachers. Around the time of my second Saturn return, I began operating my own business as a Consultant Astrologer.
Skills and Qualifications
I know the pain of losing hope and the joy of finding a spiritual practice to cope with whatever life brings.
I can guide you to use Astrology in this way. Being fully accredited with the Federation of Australian Astrologers, I uphold a high standard of confidentiality and ethics. I am also a member of the Association of Professional Astrologers International. You can view my published papers online:
I received the 2018 FAA Silver Medal, Allan Johnson Award.
My degree in social work and training as a spiritual carer ensures that you are held gently and professionally as we work together.
Spiritual Care for Life training has taught me to stay with what the person gives me, empathise with their situation, and reflect on the inner resources that they draw upon when faced with illness or major change in hospital and aged care settings.
Loss and Grief
- Midwifing Death course with Dr Michael Barbarto, Palliative Care physician, taught me about the death process and the importance of truth-telling and deep listening.
- Violet Guide training showed me how to help caregivers clarify their dying person’s wants and needs. Knowing what matters to the person who is dying will help to reduce the regret experienced by family members after the person has passed. This experience has strengthened my ability to journey with people through one of life’s most challenging situations.
- Bereavement counselling with the National Centre for Childhood Grief has provided a framework to support people through their grief after various types of loss.
Live a Happier Life
Astrotessa is located on Djiringanj tribal lands in Yuin country. This land was never ceded and always was, is and will be Aboriginal land. Astrotessa pays rent to the TwoFold Aboriginal Corporation. Astrotessa acknowledges Aboriginal sovereignty and supports the Call for an Indigenous Voice in Australia.