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In Memoriam: Ursula K Le Guin October 21, 1929 to Jan 22, 2018

by Daniel Giamario with additional comments from Cayelin K Castell

One of my favorite authors and a major source of inspiration to me (she appears as a listed source on my new website) passed away at age 88 on January 23, 2018. She was a towering force in speculative and imaginative fiction, succeeding in bringing respect to the often maligned fields of science fiction and fantasy. She was an early and articulate writer on sex, sex, feminism, ecology, and the dangers of technocracy.

Her books that inspired and influenced me the most included “The Left Hand of Darkness”, about a world where everyone was the same sex, neither male nor female, and then in certain seasons of ‘heat”, could for a brief time morph into either male or female, without knowing beforehand which one it would be. I also loved the “Earthsea Trilogy” with its theme of incorporating the shadow to create wholeness. Another special read was her novella “The Word for World is Forest”. And so many others. Read More

Latest Book Recommendations From The Founder

By Daniel Giamario, December 2017

The Soul Speaks: The Therapeutic Potential of Astrology by Mark Jones, 2015
More than any other contemporary astrologer, I really like and recommend English astrologer Mark Jones. His approach, like mine, is extremely influenced by Dane Rudhyar and is restoring Evolutionary Astrology to its Rudhyarian roots. Mark Jones was one of our presenters for our recent Preparing for 2020 Summit, where he spoke about one of his specialties, the planetary nodes. The Summit is over but can still be purchased for $87 including all 15 presentations and many other bonuses. All proceeds go to support the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School educational non-profit.  http://shamanicastrology.com/2020-home

The Soul Speaks has a really fine chapter on Saturn that is very much in harmony with the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm (tm). When I am asked if there are any other astrologers that I recommend, he is one of my first choices. Read More

Welcome Ceremonialist and Shamanic Practitioners

Our mission in this area is to support indigenous and earth-based traditions around the world. Invariably, most of these groups still emphasize ceremony and a living organic relationship with the As Above, So Below realities but they may no longer have direct knowledge or relationship with the night sky.

Ceremonialist benefit from the knowledge and experience of the night sky, synodic planetary cycles, and the Galactic Alignment all designed to further support these groups at this major Turning of the Ages. This includes working with stone circles, petroglyph sites, and taking journeys to sacred sites, cosmograms and heirophanies in the US and around the world.

Examples include the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Central and South American Shamanic and Medicine Traditions, Celtic Shamanism, Ceremonial Magic, Priestess and Priest Circles, and Vision Quest Traditions.

Celebrate the Sacred Union Between Heaven and Earth
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Ceremonial Ways to Connect with Cycles and Seasons

Catalinas Hiking as CeremonyThe Magic of Ceremony by Cayelin K Castell

(This was originally written in 2008 and recently updated in May of 2015)

When we engage in ceremony during special astronomical events like Solstices, Equinoxes, any New or Full Moon, or any rare planetary and/or stellar alignments our intentions are greatly magnified. Read More

A Deep Look at How Saturn Teaches Us

thumbnail-largeWhen life isn’t Fair there is hope…and another way to look at it!

Healthy Saturn is necessary in any system
as it is responsible for structure and form.
Life without the Saturn principle would be similar to
the experience of always being on a large dose of LSD.
This is why it is important to understand that Saturn
is not good or bad; it’s simply the rules, and
why the best strategy is to learn to work with Saturn.

~From The Shamanic Astrology Handbook
Sourced by Daniel Giamario (
Available HERE!)

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