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Timeless Articles

These articles stand the test of time, as we humans know it.  Examples include how Shamanic Astrology came to be, what is Shamanic Astrology, understanding astrology as it relates to Earth history from an alternate perspective.

Astrology News

Information and announcements on all things Shamanic Astrology.  It can include special planetary alignments and other events not listed in the other categories below.

School News

This news concerns updated information about what the school is doing, including new events, teleclasses, products and fundraising efforts.

Daniel’s Articles

Articles Daniel Giamario has written over the years with some pre-dating the formation of the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School.

Articles on Venus, Mars and Mercury

As the title suggests, all the articles on Venus, Mars and Mercury can be found here.  In addition, some classes and/or teleclasses on these planets can be found here as well.

Articles on Sun and Moon Eclipses

Lunar and Solar Eclipse seasons are times of potent celestial energy and so they evoke creative spirit to witness, take in, write and study the patterns of remarkable events.  SAMS covers the eclipse seasons and over the years articles have been written on them, primarily by Daniel Giamario and Cayelin Castell.


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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Welcome Helpers, Healers and Counselors

We are glad you are here! Our mission is to assist all helping and healing professions with these life changing tools, including but not limited to: psychologists, counselors, coaches, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, energy workers, massage therapists, etc.

The Shamanic Astrology Mystery School (SAMS) helps you expand your ability to effectively assist your clients. Knowledge of the archetypes and the life cycles is often life changing for you and your clients. Understanding the Life Map of those you are working with is a powerful tool allowing you to quickly zero in on places they may be stuck or over-identified. It also gives you clues on how to assist them in understanding their Life Intent/Purpose and how you can assist them in moving toward greater fulfillment in their life.

Knowledge of archetypal psychology and the Shamanic Timeline, is an extremely helpful navigational tool that also greatly assists organizations, schools, and individuals with an already established practice. In addition to individual and team support, SAMS offers effective presentations to the various organizations and schools of healing, counseling and coaching that already exist. Read More

What Constellation was the Sun In at Birth? Illuminating the 13th Sign Misunderstanding

by Cayelin K Castell

This article on the 13th sign created quite a stir a few years ago. So here is the short answer from the Shamanic Astrology perspective. Signs and Constellations are NOT the same.

Plus here is a YouTube mini-teaching on this issue with great visuals Read More

Events In-Person and Online

Shadow Dancing as Rock Art on the Sep Equinox 2012

Events Listing

This is a vertical listing of all in-person events that will be held by SAMS over this year and beyond.


Shamanic Astrology Handbook and Card Deck

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The Shamanic Astrology Handbook Revised and Expanded in 2014 is $42 including Domestic Priority Mail Shipping, and $60.95 for International Orders including International Shipping.

The New Cover for the Revised and Expanded version of the Handbook

This book is a journey through the 12 signs/archetypes, the planets, Moon and Sun as well as the centaur Chiron. Daniel and Cayelin pour into the cosmology of the Turning of the Ages, how to see astrology in a new light and bring attention to a non-judgmental form of interpreting one’s astrology chart.  This is the core resource for anyone wanting to see a truly unique view of astrology and how you can have awareness for your soul’s intent.

Here are some of the great endorsements we have received for the New Handbook.

“I highly recommend The Shamanic Astrology Handbook as this form of Astrology is a gift to humanity and to the planet. This approach to my individual chart provided me with transformational insights that have changed my life.” ~ Christiane Northrup, MD, best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“Shamanic Astrology is a revolutionary educational system utilizing the astrological wisdom of the ages as a tool in ones path toward self-realization. I feel that the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School Co-Founders Daniel Giamario and Cayelin Castell are the two top shamanic astrologers in the world and this Handbook is a great resource for these invaluable teachings.” ~Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, author of Conscious Eating and Spiritual Nutrition

Shamanic Astrology ranks right up there with my other favorite insight tool, Past Life Therapy. ~ Norm Shealy, MD, author of Medical Intuition and Energy Medicine

“Daniel Giamario’s Shamanic Astrology Handbook helped me, and my husband Tomas, clearly see the archetypal energies that WE came to embody. We have a deeper, more profound understanding and respect for each other and for the way we can bring our unique gifts to the world. I highly recommend this book to explore the unique contributions of Shamanic Astrology.” ~Joan Heartfield, PhD, author of Romancing The Beloved

The Shamanic Astrology Handbook is revolutionary. This unique, compassionate and liberating insight has helped to lift the art and science of astrology beyond tired patriarchal empire-laden concepts, to the high feminine principles of compassionate and receptive contemplation, regard, nurturing and celebration of all the possible places on the wheel of life. Truly an astrology for the Turning of the Ages. Beware! This book may change your life.” ~Hal Bahr, Certified Professional Astrologer ISAR C.A.P.

The Shamanic Astrology Handbook has been a favorite companion since the mid-1990’s. Dog-eared and highly treasured, this book has both enlightened my personal journey and provided a rich source of wisdom that I often access in my work with clients. With its non-judgmental approach to the stars, this book is a foundational tool for my own transformational journey. I’m extremely grateful for this work, and highly recommend it. ~Shaeri Richards, author of the award winning book, “Dancing with your Dragon: The Art of Loving your Unlovable Self.”

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An eBook version of the Shamanic Astrology Handbook was released in March, 2014!  Go to Amazon to pick up your copy here! 

Shamanic Astrology Divination Card Deck (OUT OF STOCK)

The deck has 64 cards: 12 mystery schools, 12 houses, 24 gods and goddesses, 10 planetary initiations, and 6 wild cards. Included with the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdeck is a booklet that describes the use of the deck, layouts, and other ideas for using the cards, along with a detailed description of the meaning of each card.

Purpose of the Deck

The deck can be used for personal and group divination. Additionally it can serve as a teaching of the Shamanic Astrology paradigm. Shamanic Astrology practitioners can also use the deck to illustrate key points in consultations and talks. A further value of the deck is that each card is an evocative work of art, in and of itself, the result of merging a powerful teaching with a world-class artist.

Getting the Deck

CURRENTLY, THIS PRODUCT IS NOW OUT OF STOCK – We are in the process of creating a NEW package for the card deck including a hardcover book with additional material.  We appreciate your patience in this matter.

However, we do have a score of card decks available with damage to the box cover.  If you are still interested in obtaining it, please
email our Managing Director, Erik Roth at for more details on how you can obtain one or more. Thank you.



A Shamanic Look at the Turning of the Ages

Author’s note: The original form of this article appeared in the second edition of the, The Shamanic Astrology Handbook, co-written by Cayelin K Castell*. The essence of this information, developed in the late 1980s, has been a regular part of my classes and workshops for years. For me, the original spark igniting this investigation came from a wonderful essay written by Robert Hand in Essays On Astrology (and elsewhere) concerning the movement of the solstice and equinox points into new constellations. Hand’s essay was inspired by C. G. Jung’s treatment of the same subject in his book, The Aeon. Read More

The Difference Between Signs and Constellations

And Why Both are Important
by Cayelin K Castell

And we now have a New YouTube mini-teaching (15 minutes) on this issue with great visuals that explains this even more!

Signs and constellations are not the same thing. The confusion occurs because a time long ago when people forgot they were different they named the constellations and the signs the same names. However, they are not the same as the signs describe the seasons or months of the year and are measured from the Solstice and Equinox points. The zodiacal constellations are the back drop the signs or seasons move through and are found along the ecliptic or the path the planets track through the sky. The signs, or seasons of the year are slowly moving through all the constellations, precessing one degree every 72 years. Approximately every 26,000 years every sign will move through every constellation along the ecliptic. It is this movement of the signs, or seasons, through the constellations that is the mechanism of how myth and symbol change over time.

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Unlearning Judgment Thanks to Shamanic Astrology

by Sheridan Semple

I’ll admit it, I’ve been a judger. I’m not proud of it, but thankfully Shamanic Astrology is challenging me to do better… much better. Even as I began to write, I was embroiled in judgment and felt so hypocritical writing this article. Then, I realized this is exactly what I need to write about because it reminds me that Shamanic Astrology is teaching me to stop judging other people. What a gift!
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A Silver Gateway on a High Hand

by Mary Kern, President of SAMS

The June Solstice, the longest day of light in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day of light in the Southern Hemisphere is a portal beyond normal time.

The term “Solstice” literally means “Sun Stands Still” which it what it does for 3 consecutive days, creating a “still point”— a portal for information and new creation coming in from our life-giving Sun.

In ancient times this was a sacred time for ceremony to honor this Solar gateway, the arrival of new archetypal energy, set new intensions, gain new awareness and release what is no longer useful to be composted.
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Keeping Sane with Shamanic Astrology’s 3 Worlds

by Sheridan Semple

If you’ve been around the Shamanic Astrology block a few times, you’ve probably heard about the shamanic concept of the 3 Worlds from Daniel and Cayelin. Thinking about the 3 Worlds and trying to stay grounded in all three has really helped me navigate the pandemic.

I liken it to a ferris wheel. If I keep riding the wheel through all three worlds, I do fine. If I stop, or worse get off, at any one world, that’s where I start to get weird. My motto is don’t let my ferris wheel stop. Don’t get stuck in any one world for too long.

If the 3 Worlds is new idea to you, here’s a quick explanation. Our realities constantly exist in three different worlds: celestial, middle and under. We may or may not be aware of the worlds, but our experiences often live in one or more of them. In Shamanic Astrology terms we associate Uranus and Neptune with the celestial (or upper) world, Saturn and Jupiter with the middle world, and Pluto and Chiron with the underworld.
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A Gemini Teaching

by Mary Kern

I have heard it said a gift is never received until it is “fully” appreciated. I woke one morning recently with a grateful heart for the gift of my eldest sister, Dee. Our Shamanic Astrology paradigm allows me to see the flow of her soul and the beautiful gift she brought with her past mastery in Capricorn, (Capricorn Moon) perhaps patriarchal but dedicated to organizing and creating operating instructions to align community “in formation”.

Her current life intent (Rising Sign) was to evolve a higher level, a new octave of this Capricorn energy. This so perfectly aligns with what our collective consciousness now is dynamically exploring. Dee’s life story points the way to help us all navigate the seemingly current chaos.

Dee’s Venus, her current life version of the Sacred Feminine, is in Gemini. Learning Gemini gave her the capacity to bring imagination, humor and mischief to the world as an advocate to her higher octave of Capricorn.

She taught middle school for over fifty years employing her Gemini humor and its disarming, childlike innocence combined with the animated innocence of a Taurus Mercury, Sun and IC (in the 5th house) to illuminate, cajole, and playfully open space for what could otherwise be unruly, defiant, autonomous-seeking teen-aged behavior. What a trickster gift she had to get kids to do what they were asked to do. Read More

Skywatcher’s Guide

by J Awen Labow

June/July, 2020

Season of Arcturus

“Star light, star bright; the first star I see tonight!” And so it is that each night as the sun drops below the horizon and the light of day begins to dim, the brightest stars in our night sky are the first that can be seen by watchful eyes. Twinkling brightly “up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.” Except, they aren’t all diamonds. In fact, at this time of year, the first star I see shines with a reddish-orange glow that is more like a dazzling ruby, and its name is Arcturus: “Guardian of the Bear!”

Arcturus is the brightest star found North of the celestial equator, and is the brightest star in the constellation of the Herdsman, AKA Boötis. This constellation appears as a grouping of six stars shaped like a kite. Arcturus marks the point where the string would tie on to the kite, and then the rest of the “kite” shape stretches out back towards the Big Dipper. There are many different stories and myths regarding this constellation, but as the Big Dipper is also known as the Great Bear, it becomes obvious why this impressive star, part of a constellation so near in proximity to the Great Bear might have also been given the name, Guardian of the Bear.

The fourth brightest of all the stars that can be seen shining down upon the Earth, Arcturus is not hard to spot. It is especially visible in the early summer months here in the Northern hemisphere when it is rising near the top of the celestial dome in the early evening hours. Arcturus is easily distinguished as it shines with a reddish-orange color. In this way, it is quite similar in appearance to the other prominent reddish stars: Aldebaran (eye of the Bull), Antares (heart of the Scorpion), and Betelgeuse (shoulder of Orion) – however, it is brighter, and the only one of the bunch found so far to the North of the ecliptic.

If you are still unsure of how to locate Arcturus, just remember the old mneumonic: “follow the arc to Arcturus!” That is, follow the handle of the Big Dipper as it curves away from the bucket in an arc that, if extended, continues on to point right to our new reddish friend.

If you’ve got that, you might as well continue the same line and “Speed on to Spica,” brightest star in the Virgin Priestess constellation, and find yourself back on the ecliptic. Although Arcturus is 19 degrees North of the ecliptic, it shares the same zodiac degree of 24 Libra with Spica suggesting that these two stars are somehow linked astrologically.

Speaking of astrological links, 24 degrees of Libra, is a part of the sky which is currently in a direct square with 24 Capricorn, where Pluto has been hanging out (unseen by our naked eyes) since February. If you want to connect with this invisible planet, doing so via Arcturus could be a useful way. As the sky darkens, Arcturus will be near its highest point in the in the sky. Face south, and lift your arms so they both point up at Arcturus.

Next, keep your right arm where it is, and drop your left arm down until it is pointing 90 degrees from your right. You should be pointing towards the Western horizon and more or less right to invisible Pluto. To confirm, try this on June 26th, when Jupiter – visible in all its splendor – will be conjunct Pluto at that same 24 degrees of Capricorn. If you stay up late enough to see Jupiter rise, you will notice its 90 degree (square) relationship to Arcturus.

Arcturus is also known to have been classified as one of the Behenian stars, which were important to the ancients in the practice of alchemy. Still commanding its same place in our present day night skies, it is simply a magical star to observe and breathe in as you gaze up this Summer. I hope you will enjoy this time of the waning moon to get out under dark skies and see if you can spot it!




May, 2020

To what degree do the constellations inform the signs? Although in Shamanic Astrology we often ponder this question intellectually, I am always amazed at how much more clearly I can develop answers after spending time out under the night sky simply looking up… and it’s way more fun!

With comfortable Summer nights approaching (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway), it is a great time to get outside and spend some quality time under the stars. For those of us who are still learning the night sky and not sure what to look out for, here is something you may want to check out:

Although well known winter spectacles like the belt of Orion, the eye of the Bull, Sirius, and the “Sacred Hoop” are beginning to drop out of the sky just after sunset, all is not lost! Rather, the month of May presents one of the best times for viewing one of my favorite constellations, the Lion. It may not be as obvious or dazzling as those just mentioned, but it is certainly an easy one to spot if you know where to look.

To get started, first, find the Big Dipper. As most of us know, at the end of the bucket of the Big Dipper are pointer stars that point towards Polaris, the north star. Such handy stars, these same pointer stars, when used to draw an imaginary line in the opposite direction, point us right to the Lion. Follow that line, and look for a small triangle of stars that make up the Lion’s back legs and tail, and a group of stars shaped like a backwards question mark that make up the head and mane. It is a rather large constellation, so broaden your view, and once you see it, you will know it!

Although it is not the brightest constellation in the sky, the Lion is unique in that of all the zodiacal constellations, it is one of three that most resemble the creatures they are named after. As a result, we find that many cultures around the world all conjured similar images of lions or other great cats when observing this grouping of stars. King of beasts on Earth, the Lion in the sky can command our attention and is a powerful sight to observe!

Unlike some other constellations which are host to some extremely bright stars, the Lion’s form is made up of nine moderately bright stars that are all fairly close in brightness. Because of this, I find a really great time to distinguish the Lion is right after sunset when only the brightest stars in the sky begin to emerge.

It is at this time, that each star in the Lion constellation pounce to the forefront without any other stars to distract our viewing. At this time of year, the Lion is perfectly poised, sitting like a sphinx with his head facing West and his tail to the East. If you have clear skies tonight, try going out shortly after sunset and look to the South as the sky darkens and the first stars begin to appear to see if you can watch as the Lion emerges.

Another important factor for astrologers to consider is the usefulness of the Lion’s brightest star, Regulus, in locating and visualizing the path of the sun and all the “wanderers.” Regulus is actually the closest bright star to the ecliptic, sitting just 28 minutes north of the ecliptic. Also, at 0 Virgo 06, it gives us a great marker for the boundary between the signs of Leo and Virgo on the sky’s dome.

If you tune in to this star around on May 28th and 29th as the Moon makes it’s monthly pass, you may just be able to “see” as the Moon’s energies shift from Leo to Virgo. Or, how about over the next few nights watching to “sense” into the location of Mars – approaching opposition to Regulus. That means if you have it in you to stay up long enough to watch Regulus set on the May 12 and 13, with a low horizon, you will be able to turn around and watch Mars rise!

Although Venus in the evening sky and Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the morning sky have been providing quite a spectacle for the past several months, the anatomy of the night sky’s fixed stars give us a point of reference and a backdrop for observing the great dance of the luminaries. I hope you will add the Lion to your list of constellations to look out for this summer, and hope that observing this regal grouping of stars will guide you to new and magical insights!

Wishing you many blessings and starry skies!