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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Kat DeWitt

Greeting SAMS community! Excited to be here and feel fortunate that I found the Shamanic Astrology paradigm and it found me. Almost five years ago after a very productive harvest in California, I set out on a round-the-world trip that had been culminating for many years. Between stops in Myanmar and the Philippines I made an almost obligatory stop in Bali, not knowing all of the unexpected magic that the island held. The first few days of walking around I felt myself being unexpectedly opened by all the wonder and beauty. If you have been there, you know that it’s a very powerful place. Every week there was an astrology talk at the Yoga Barn given by none other than the one and only Levi Banner. I immediately felt resonance with his wizard like explanations and his all-black attire… like I had known him before. Having dabbled in astrology since my teenage years, this wasn’t new territory, but something felt very new and different this time. I attended a Shamanic Breathwork Session and then booked a reading with him before leaving for my next destination.  Although I didn’t know it at the time, that reading would change the course of my life.
Time passed but after that reading I started researching and finding everything I could about Shamanic Astrology and the archetypes. I signed up for Levi’s month-long training and my path was looking promising!  On my return to Bali, I severely broke my ankle in Sri Lanka and had to postpone the training and the in-person scripts course with Daniel. Yet, I was determined and successfully returned to complete Levi’s yoga and breathwork training, and the Inner Sacred Marriage and Timelines Courses in person with Daniel.
Last year after apprenticing with Levi and beginning to dive deeper into my astrologer path, it was time to return to the US for a bit. What better reason to come back than the SAMS gathering in Oracle last March to meet some of the members on this side of the world. We all know what world events transpired after that, and since then, I’ve been navigating where life will take me next. A highlight of being back stateside was a self-created month-long astrology residency in Joshua Tree which included an epic visit to Grandfather Rock and graduating as Foundational Astrologer in May.
On a practical note-I’m Virgo Moon with the Libra job, Venus in Cancer, Mars in Gemini, Virgo rising, Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter in Leo although this is obviously the very simplified version of my chart.
I grew up in Atlanta, GA, went to college in Flagstaff, AZ studying Botany and Spanish, served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia and attended Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Bisbee, AZ. Having spent most of my life in some relation to plants and the natural world, my current calling is the marriage of Earth and Sky. Very much looking forward to the many adventures ahead and am hoping to connect with some of you along the way. Much love and huge thank you to both Daniel and Levi and the SAMS paradigm for giving me so much magic and substance to my life.

Beginner’s Corner With Sheridan – October 2021

Astrology is Based on Intentions

It is so easy to get caught up in thinking, “Saturn, why are you doing this to me?” “Pluto, can’t I get a freaking break?” We anthropomorphize the planets and celestial bodies, treating them like Gods and Goddesses of old, feeling at the mercy of their whims. But, we’re not. As Hermes taught us, “As above, so below.” The solar system is simply and profoundly the mirror reflection of the energies we are all experiencing. We are born into a specific energetic soup, reflected in the heavens above. That stew isn’t a mandate sent from Spirit, saying you will be like this or do exactly that. It is the intention of your beautiful Soul desiring to learn, grow and evolve. Timing is everything and your birth alignment was exactly perfect for what your Soul had in mind. Our astrological charts don’t lock us into who we are, but instead offer us a way, a path we can choose to follow or not.


We still have free will

We can always skip the growth and evolution part. That choice may not bring a lot of ease or grace, but it is valid, nonetheless. We can choose to engage with our Soul’s intent to whatever degree we want. How interested are we in our Soul’s intention? It is our path, and we can walk it however we choose, conscious or unconscious, without judgement. Heck, you may be here to learn the lessons of completely shining your Soul’s intention on. Who are any of us to judge one another?

For me, understanding my Soul’s intention through my birth chart and transits simply feels better. I feel more in command of my experiences. Co-creating with my Soul provides me with a deeper understanding of what I’m experiencing. I can engage with my lessons more consciously and that feels purposeful. It brings deeper meaning to my life. Being conscious of what I’m here to learn and how I’m here to learn it takes the victim energy out. I know this is my path, my Soul’s evolutionary path, and I just need to put on my big girl pants and seek the maximum education out of it. It feels sacred to help my Soul evolve!


Intention not prophecy

2020’s Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunctions or 2021’s Saturn-Uranus squares are examples of intentions, not prognoses. We could estimate something big was coming, huge even, but we didn’t know what it was exactly. They demonstrated a collective intention, to grow and evolve. (It’ll take some time and hindsight before we’ll know how we did.) There is nothing deterministic in these alignments, saying there would be a pandemic and we would respond in a set way. It was simply a reflection of our internal energies, providing an opportunity for change, growth and transformation.

The alignment of the Sun and planets at your birth is the same thing, an intention not a prediction. It’s kind of cool to connect with your Soul in that way and marvel at your higher Self’s desires for growth. It sure makes the journey feel a lot more worthwhile. It takes the randomness out of life and makes it all much more fun. Who doesn’t want to support their Soul’s evolutionary growth? I sure do! It also takes the sting out of all the crap we each have to endure. If I can focus on the gifts I’m cultivating from the challenges, aka the growth and power that comes from them, then wow that is so much more empowering. Take it from a lady who has an underworld signature to just about everything on her chart!

It’s easy to get caught up in saying Jupiter is doing this or you’re going to be like this, but that is wrong. All we can see is your intention. It’s up to you to engage with that as much or as little as you want. I like to think of the image Daniel Giamario, the founder of Shamanic Astrology, taught me several years ago. Imagine your Soul is about to incarnate and must appear before the council to get the final ok for its new life plan. It lays out what it wants to do, reflected in the energies present at your impending birth. The council says, “This is a pretty big shift from what you’ve been doing. Are you sure you want to go in this direction?” Your Soul, says, “Yup! I think this will be great! Look at everything I’ll be challenged to learn! Imagine how much I’ll grow! I got this!” The council stamps your proposal with approval and off you go, riding the Milky Way to incarnate through the Silver Gate of the Sacred Hoop. Enjoy!

Sheridan Semple


Ramblings, Ruminations and Reflections – Libra New Moon, Mars in the Underworld, and Other Matters – Oct New Moon 2021

From Daniel Giamario

October 10th is my 73rd birthday.  This is now my 52nd year since discovering astrology in 1969, after reading Dane Rudhyar’s book “The Astrology of Personality”.  This is also my 9th Venus return, as well as another Mercury return.  Being born with Mercury Retrograde means any Mercury synodic return will be Mercury retrograde at my birthday.  Here are a several things that have captured my attention for this week, and upcoming lunation.

THE LIBRA NEW MOON on Wednesday October 6th at 4:05AM PDT at 13Libra25

Mars is in the Underworld, behind the Sun until November 22nd.  I was not born with Mars in the Underworld, (though I do have Mars in Scorpio, the sign where Mars exits the Underworld on November 22nd), but the events around this New Moon are quite astounding for the world and the United States.  The following astrological events are unfolding:

October 1st:  Mars in Libra opposes Chiron in Aries

October 3rd:  Sun in Libra opposes Chiron in Aries

October 5th:  Moon in Libra opposes Chiron in Aries

October 6th:  Exact New Moon at 4:05PM PDT at 13Libra25

October 6th:  Moon in Libra conjunct Mars in Libra (5:04AM PDT) which is not visible.

October 6th:  Pluto SD at 11:29AM PDT at 24Capricorn18   — A three day Plutonian initiatory intensity magnified by the long square with Eris, now at 24Aries20.

October 7th:   Sun conjuncts Mars at 9:01PM PDT at 15Libra05 in the Celestial Underworld.

October 9th:  Sun conjuncts Mercury retrograde in the Interior Underworld at 9:18AM PDT at 16Libra35

October 9th:  Mercury and Mars conjunct in the Underworld at 16Libra16 at 3:48PM PDT,   Mercury is in-between the Earth and Sun, and Mars on the other side of the Sun; neither are visible.

October 10th:  Saturn SD at 7:17PM PDT at 6Aquarius52   — A three day Saturnian initiatory intensity (see below).  This also ends the nine month Saturn conjunction with the US South Node.

October 17th:  Jupiter SD at 10:30PM PDT at 22Aquarius19

October 18th:  Mercury SD at 8:17AM PDT at 10Libra07 is close to the New Moon degree and also opposes the US Saturn.

This all is quite an amazing, rare, and deeply intense initiatory time-frame, with personal and collective implications.  The gathering of Mars, Sun, Moon, and Mercury all together in the Underworld at the same time, with Chiron involved (as well as Eris at 24Aries22 opposing Mercury, whilst maintaining her long square to Pluto).

Implications for the United States

With Saturn direct on October 10th, , this will complete the 9 month initiatory time-frame of Saturn conjunct its South Node at 6Aquarius35, which began February 3, 2021.  I have written about this as an opportunity for the United States to face facts about its past and take responsibility for the betrayal of the original Aquarian ideals.  The Chironic and Plutonian aspects are foreshadowing the US Pluto and Chiron returns of 2022 and 2023.  Meanwhile, The Neptune transit to its second only opposition to the US Neptune continues, with its square to the US Mars in Gemini.  Certainly the confusion, numerous deceptions, and increased bifurcations can be expected.  Mercury also being retrograde now adds to this.  The United States, incidentally, also has Mercury retrograde natally.

The Mars in the Underworld factor

Our hopes are that a war scenario will not break out to distract attention.  The current Mars synodic overtone is the sign of Aries, and is in the Underworld phase from August 23-November 22nd.  The previous times that happened were Summer/Fall of 1910, Summer/Fall of 1942, and Summer/Fall of 1989.  A deeper look at this rhyming pattern is useful and revelatory.  It’s always roughly the same season with the Aries overtone.

  1. September, 24, 1909:  This Mars Aries Overtone began at the Sun/Mars opposition at 1Aries.

The Underworld phase was from August 13th- November 11th, 1910.  The exact Sun/Mars conjunction was at about 3Libra on September 27th.  Mars rose from the Underworld at 3Scorpio on about November 11th, 1910.  This time-frame included the set-up for WWI and the secret collusion of the robber barons to present themselves as saviors of the failing US economy and soon create the Federal Reserve and the income tax.

  1. October 11, 1941:  This Mars Overtone Aries began at the Sun/Mars opposition at 17Aries.  The Underworld phase was from August 22nd-November 20th, 1942.  The exact Sun/Mars conjunction was October 5th at about 12 Libra.  Mars rose from the Underworld at about 12Scorpio on November 20th, 1942.  This was obviously the intensity of WWII, and during the underworld phase was the Battle of Stalingrad with millions of deaths, as well as the first use of the word “holocaust”, as the death camps were first revealed.
  2. September 28, 1988:  This Mars Overtone Aries began at the Sun/Mars opposition at 6Aries.  The Underworld phase was from August 16th-November 15th, 1989.  The exact Sun/Mars conjunction was October 4th at about 10Libra.  Mars rose from the Underworld at about 7Scorpio on November 15th, 1989.  This time-frame included when the Berlin Wall came down beginning the breakup of the Soviet Union; also the massive Savings and Loans economic scandal in the United States.
  3. October 13, 2020:  The current Mars Overtone Aries began at the Sun/Mars opposition at 21Aries.  The Underworld phase, currently happening, is from August 23-November 22nd, 2021.  The exact Sun/Mars conjunction is October 7th at 15Libra05.  Mars will rise from the Underworld at 15Scorpio48 on November 22nd, 2021.

Please be aware of this pattern, as much can be learned from it.  I, at some point, also want to research the times when Mars and Mercury retrograde, are in the Underworld at the same time.  This is happening now from September 27th-October 18th.  So much negative-tinged emphasis (too much in my opinion) is given to Mercury retrograde, but coupled with a much rarer Mars in the Underworld, as well what I have commented upon in the previous article on the “Neptune Effect” with the US chart, suggests to be a truly significant time-frame for the United States.  And it’s always good to learn from history.  So far, not so much seems to have been learned.  In addition, so much about these 2021 cycles are but mere foreshadows of what is to come in 2022-2024.

It’s interesting to note that the chart of the United States has Mercury retrograde at 24Cancer11.  This week, with transiting Neptune exactly squaring the United States Mars in Gemini, and now coupled with Mercury retrograde, one can only imagine the increased confusion, delusion and expanded bifurcation already occurring.  Try trying to “figure it out”, if you dare.  All is not as it seems.

Individually, the very same inquiries apply.  It’s hard to imagine when the Three Worlds Approach has not been more important.  As Mercury is transforming into its Libran overtone, with the Libra New Moon, may the best qualities of Libran diplomacy and peace-making be put to use, whilst not being naïve about it.  In some ways, Libra, at this time, with Mars and Mercury in the Underworld, can very much imply: “No more Mister Nice Guy”.  But remember to also be compassionate and aware of all points of view.

I have recently been reading a book written by Kary Mullis, winner of the Nobel Prize for inventing the PCR test.  It’s called “Dancing Naked in The Mind Field”.  The PCR test is being fraudulently used for creating “cases”.  Mullis, who died just before the pandemic scenario was launched, warned that the test should not be used as a diagnostic tool.  I mention this because he also was Mercury Retrograde (in Sagittarius).  And amazingly he also had Mars (in Sagittarius) in the Underworld on his natal chart!  He loved astrology, and I will quote here a passage from his book:  “I was born at 17:58 Greenwich Mean Time on December 28, 1944 in Lenoir, North Carolina.  You can find out more about me from that than you can from reading this book”.  (page 153).  I highly recommend this book, written in 1998, which explains current unfolding events with an uncanny prescience.  Mullis died in 2019.

I still plan a Part 4 to the extensive US chart research soon, to look at progressions, the Jupiter conjunction with Neptune in 2022, and the Lunar Standstill season of 2024-2025.

You can find out more about the Mercury and Mars cycles here:

March Equinox 2021 Seminars

September 2021 Equinox Seminars

2021 Daniel’s Investigation of the US Chart Series

2021 Daniel’s Investigation of the US Chart Series

Ramblings, Reflections, and Ruminations From Daniel Giamario


This month, I have chosen to focus on the United States Horoscope from this year, 2021, through 2025. Back in 2017 when I helped create the SAMS summit: “Preparing for 2020”, the majority of the attention was on the greater global cycles. It was really obvious that something extraordinary would happen in 2020. During those presentations, as well as in a variety of seminars, vlogcasts, and Facebook posts, in the last few years, I have weighed in on certain important features of the US chart. This article will attempt to give a more comprehensive account of what’s next. As best as I can, I will use the “Three Worlds Approach”. While there are a variety of different charts used by other astrologers for the United States, I continue to value the Dane Rudhyar rectification of the July 4, 1776 as the most useful and valuable when using the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm ™.

2021: Three Major Cycles

  1. TRANSITING SATURN CONJUNCT US SOUTH NODE at 6Aquarius35: from Feb.3, 2021–Oct.11, 2021.

This transit can only occur once every 29.5 years and as all Saturn transits, lasts about 9 months. Like all Saturn initiations, it’s a teaching of how to grow, change and evolve via limitations and boundaries. I like to think of it like a referendum on the past history and responsibilities of the US. The lineage of the US is the Gemini job in the Aquarius tribe. This is strongly related to the original intent/dream of the founders: freedom, egalitarianism, a belief in intellect and rationality, and sovereignty and autonomy (not to be confused with democracy). The inquiry revolves around the Aquarian shadow issues I have been writing and speaking about for 4 years now. Is it Saturn controlling Aquarius, in a top down way, or is it prompting a look at authentic Aquarius and the original ideals?

  1. TRANSITING LUNAR NODES CONJUNCT the US DSC/ASC Axis of 13Sagittarius10/13Gemini10: Dec.26, 2020—June 26, 2021.

This transit can only occur once every 19 years (or 9 and a half years if alignment is North node with ASC). The transit time-frame is generally about 6 months, 3 months on either side of the March 26 exact point. I have found this transit to be one of the most beneficial transits possible on individual charts. It aligns universal intent with individual intent. With clients, I sometimes say that it’s when the “future” self reaches back to get our attention. In this case, with the US, the “future” point is the North Node aligned with the US DSC at 13Gemini10. This is the US looking for friends, allies and collaborators. I have always felt that the strong Gemini element in the US chart (including Mars and Uranus) is part of its shadow. The US is infamous for using and often selling out its friends and partners. But here there could be a chance to change the road it’s on. Let’s hope for an awakening here.

  1. TRANSITING JUPITER CONJUNCT THE US MOON at 27Aquarius12 from April 16, 2021—December 12,2021.

This transit occurs about every 12 years. This cycle of initiation specifically applies to the US Moon, and highlights the entire lineage storyline as seen with the Saturn conjunction to the South Node referenced above. Generally, the intent of a Jupiterian initiation is to expand and activate its target. Expanding an Aquarian Moon can at its best create a soul retrieval of the original intent for the US in having an Aquarian Moon in the first place. This could include a greater ability to see an objective and expanded view of our history, and to honestly address whether the ideals of the “Enlightenment” have been met. The downside of this can be cognitive dissonance, willful ignorance, light polarization, and what can be called “toxic positivity”. There is much that can be seen as hopeful about having the nodal alignment be immediately followed by this Jupiter activation.

2022-2023: Two Major Cycles

  1. TRANSITING SATURN CONJUNCT US MOON at 27Aquarius12 from June 4th, 2022—February 12, 2023.

This transit occurs about every 30 years. This initiation, specifically applies to the US Moon, and the lineage storyline of the US, as referenced above with the Saturn conjunction to the South Node. Saturn teaches us how to grow, change, and evolve via limitations and boundaries. I feel that it’s yet another testing ground as to whether the US has “right use” of its Aquarius Moon (and the entire Gemini job in the Aquarius tribe storyline). At its worst, this is yet another possible example of a “top down” attempt by Saturn to control the ideals of Aquarius. This is connected to the “shadow” of Aquarius, including the totalitarianism of collectivism, highjacking of the egalitarian freedom ideals, for the “greater good”, and the belief in trans-humanism, artificial Intelligence, and democracy becoming the rule of the majority. These tendencies are very different from the ideals of “The Enlightenment” that inspired the founding fathers and revolutionaries that created the United States. At its best, paired with the earlier Saturn transit of the South Node, facts and truth could become important again, and objective reality could inspire a change in course that can remember the original ideals of freedom, liberty, and individuality. How the US responds to this Saturn transit will go a long way towards determining how these next two cycles will be experienced.

  1. UNITED STATES PLUTO RETURN at 27Capricorn32 from January 22, 2022–October 11, 2023

In most eyes, including mine, this is the Big One. A Pluto return can only occur every 248 years. At best, in certain generations, a person can conceivably experience a Pluto opposition, but never a return. But a country can, and that is about to happen with the United States. Natally, Pluto is opposing Mercury retrograde in Cancer and squaring Chiron. Also of note is that the US has the Sun, Jupiter and Venus all in Cancer, in the 8th house.

In the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm ™, Plutonian (and Chironic) initiations are seen as “underworld” or lower world initiations. Pluto’s job is to compost what is dead, decayed and spent. All that needs composting will be composted. And out of that will emerge new growth, new life, a re-birth, or even a renaissance. When applied globally, and not only to the United States, these final few years of Pluto in Capricorn can easily symbolize the death throes of patriarchy, hierarchical controls, and rotten bureaucratic systems. Out of this can come a new and re-animated version of the “circle of grandmothers” and Council of Elders that are dedicated to honoring the remaining wisdom of the past, all the way back to our matrilineal gatherer/hunter roots, as well as conceiving the necessary new ways for caring about the many generations to come. This must involve composting the notion, of the Kali Yuga, that humans have dominion over the earth and its plants and animals. This is leading to the 6th Mass Extinction. Instead what can be possible is a reanimation of a shamanic and animistic awareness that humans are part of the web of life. Without that, humans are alien to their own planet.


  1. UNITED STATES CHIRON RETURN at 20Aries08 from April 2024-February 2025

Chiron returns happen about every 50 years, making this the 5th Chiron return for the United States. As indicated above, the Chiron placement on the US chart is connected to Pluto, as well as the Cancerian placements of the Sun and Mercury. Chiron returns seem to have two primary functions: 1) For indicating where a specific wounding or fracture point is located, and 2) to serve as a teacher to help digest the wound and transform it into an elixir, a medicine. The sense I get is that this highlights one of the three main challenges of the US chart. In this case, it’s the shadow side of Cancer itself, meaning provincialism, clannishness, and a disinterest in other cultures, other than its own. This manifests as the blindness of the belief in American exceptionalism, in utter disregard of the objective evidence. This also includes a sentimental Cancerian attachment to notions of our past that actually never existed. And I cannot fail to mention a failure to acknowledge the imperialistic actions, disguised as being humanitarian and exporting democracy. Here is also a connection to the Saturn transits through Aquarius, that revealed another of the shadow elements of the US chart, as explained above. This Chiron return adds on to the implications of the Pluto return. It’s hard to not see this as a deep reckoning and referendum on the original intent and promise of the American project.


When taking into account the larger global story, including the bottoming out of Kali Yuga, the end and beginning of a 25,920 year precessional cycle, the possible end and beginning of 12 precessional cycles, the great mutation of Jupiter/Saturn and the Fourth Turning of the US, Europe, and even China, it’s quite hard to ignore that something truly extraordinary is taking place. (SEE GLOBAL UPDATE). Whilst this may seem ‘negative’ to some, rather it’s truly a Three Worlds Approach:

  1. Upper World: The Universe is unfolding as it should. All is well. Gaia and Great Mystery are orchestrating all this and it is impossible to completely know the intent. If we can see and experience all that is happening from a healthy expression of objective awareness, high witness, and cosmic overview, it can be possible to hold a non evaluative and non judgmental stance. This includes knowing who we really are as sovereign and autonomous sparks of divinity, Atman within the Brahman. Toxic positivity and light polarization is not useful, and only polarizes the darkness.
  2. Middle World: This requires a courageous ability to be willing to look directly into the reality of the world situation; the amazing possibilities of transforming the world, as well as the reality of the evil that can exist in Kali Yuga, and at any great “Turning of the Ages”. It has never been more important to find your place on the wheel, know your archetype, and to show up with your contribution. Be willing to question what it really means to be “human” and that maybe trans-humanism and human 2.0 is not actually what we want. Very possibly it’s “devolution” and not a version of linear “progress”.
  3. Lower World: I believe that it is important to include the possibility that the 6th mass extinction is natural and inevitable. Composting, and the reality that Autumn and Winter, naturally follow Spring and Summer. Surrender, and the expectable chaos, is completely natural. Here we find the linkage with the Upper World approach. It is critical that we connect with the essence of who we really are, far beyond our knowledge, resumes and peak experiences. And that our frail ego identities are transitory and not of any actual truth or substance. And yet, we have a part to play.

Lastly, the role of a Shamanic Astrologer is to communicate with Great Mystery, to try our best to connect with universal intent, and to play our part in the reciprocal relationship between Great Mystery and an awakened and co-creative human. We inform the “Mystery” as much as it communicates with us. For me, my prayer is that the expectable “suffering” will be as minimal as possible, while also knowing that we are not ultimately controlling the outcome, or the prime reason for any of it.

In PART TWO, I will explore the remarkable additional meanings potentially inherent in the synodic cycles of Venus, Mars, and Mercury; as well as a closer look at the implications of the “Fourth Turning” for the United States, Europe and China.

For further background see the 2020 seminars, the December Solstice 2020 seminars, and my vlogcasts about the Age of Aquarius and the Jupiter/Saturn “great mutation”


For this Part Two, I plan to cover three topics. First will be a look at how the upcoming Eclipse season impacts the US chart. Then an investigation of the amazing and utterly unique situation with how the eclipses of 2017, 2023, and 2024, cross over the United States, which we can call the “Triple Cross”. This part will include the stunning zodiacal connections. The last section will place the United States into the larger context of its unique saeculum, and the Fourth Turning, which the US is in the final few years of.


There are two eclipse seasons each year, separated by about 6 months. The first one in 2021 is from May 26th-June 10th, featuring a total lunar eclipse and an annular solar eclipse. The second 2021 eclipse season is November 19th-December 4th, featuring a partial lunar eclipse and a total solar eclipse of nearly 2 minutes length. At least 3 of these eclipses appear to have strong connections with the US chart and can indeed foreshadow or presage the Pluto and Chiron returns written about in the Part One article, as well as having great relevance to the other 2021 aspects to the US chart.

The May 26th Lunar Eclipse: Although not visible in the US, the South Node at 10Sagittarius43 is nearly conjunct the US ASC. The Sun at 5Gemini25 is very close to the US Uranus, and the Full Moon at 5Sagittarius25 is also near the US ASC. The nodal axis is in alignment with the US DSC/ASC axis, which always signifies past and future destiny, a linkage between fate and original intent. Meanwhile during this first 2021 eclipse season Saturn continues its transit to the US South Node, and Jupiter continues its transit to the US Moon.

The June 10th Annular Solar eclipse will sweep through Canada and just briefly touch the edge of Northern Michigan. Annular solar eclipses are underrated. The syzygy is as exact as a total solar eclipse; only the Moon is just slightly too small to cover the whole of the Sun, creating a unique ring of fire effect. At 19Gemini47, this super new moon will also align really close to the US ASC/DSC axis of 13Sag10/13Gemini10, as well as a pretty close conjunction with the US Mars. Transiting Mars has just recently passed over the US Mars, and also the US Jupiter, Venus, Sun and Mercury.

The December 4th Total Solar eclipse, though not visible in the US, is also quite fascinating relative to the US chart. Happening at 12Sagittarius22, it’s within one degree of the US ASC at 13Sag10. The North Node is 1Gemini44, marking this as a North Node forward looking super new moon, as was the June 10th eclipse. As Pluto is closing in on natal Pluto, with the final Saturn square Uranus about to happen later in the month, and Jupiter making its final pass over the US Moon; I think events surrounding this second eclipse season of 2021, centering on the Dec.4th eclipse, will establish in a major way, which way things turn for the USA, as we now dive deeper with the 2023 and 2024 eclipses.

THE 2023 and 2024 ECLIPSE TRIPLE CROSS Section Two

The eclipse seasons of 2021, and the Jupiter and Saturn initiatory cycles to the US chart are mere forerunners of what is to come. Part One detailed the Pluto and Chiron returns. Now we will look at one of the most remarkable coming phenomena that I have ever encountered. Three different solar eclipses, two total and one annular, in the short space of seven years, will create three crosses over the continental US.

We all remember the marvelous total solar eclipse back on August 21, 2017. A number of us in SAMS gathered in Oregon to witness it. This eclipse, beginning at 5:48AM at sunrise just west of Portland in the Pacific Ocean, then traversed the entirety of the continental US from Oregon, through the heart of America, exiting over South Carolina into the Atlantic. Although lasting but 2minutes and 40 seconds of totality, it was witnessed by many millions across the US, and was quite the sensation. Chart-wise, this eclipse took place at 28Leo50, a North Node eclipse, with the nodal axis at 24Leo13/24Aquarius13. This was closely in opposition to the US Moon, with the South Node also close. We can also notice how connected this is to Donald Trump’s ASC of 29Leo and his Mars at 26Leo. Those connections in greater detail have been covered elsewhere.


On October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse, at about 6:10AM, will arise in a similar area of the Pacific Ocean west of Oregon, then travelling through Oregon over Eugene, then over parts of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, then through the Yucatan, parts of Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Columbia, and finally the Brazilian Amazon, and exiting over the Atlantic Ocean. Some significant locations in annularity include Kayenta, Window Rock, Roswell and Los Alamos.

The two eclipse tracks cross just off the Oregon coast. This area has a major fault-line that has generated massive tsunami’s that inundated the Northern West coast only several hundred years ago. This Solar Eclipse occurs at 21Libra08, with over 4 minutes of annularity. This is a South Node eclipse, with the nodes at 24Aries52/24Libra52, really close to the US Chiron. The Eclipse degree is pretty close to the US Saturn. At the time of the eclipse, Chiron is 17Aries31. But most importantly, at the time of the eclipse, Pluto, at 27Capricorn53, is squaring the nodes and near EXACT conjunct the US Pluto, the US having been in its Pluto Return from January22, 2022. (This uses the orb for a person, whilst many of us feel that the Pluto return of the US, as a country, actually could be seen to begin in 2021 and continue into 2024).


Back in 2017, it was pretty well known that the path of the eclipse would intersect with the path of another total eclipse of even greater duration (4 minutes and 28 seconds) that would also traverse a large portion of the continental US. On April 8th, 2024, at about 6:41AM, in the Pacific Ocean, the path of totality crosses Mexico over places like Mazatlan and Durango, and then through Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, and Northeast Canada, exiting into the North Atlantic from Nova Scotia. Many large cities will fall under the umbra. Quite likely, even more people will witness this eclipse.

The second cross happens over Carbondale, Illinois and the whole general area of the New Madrid Earthquake fault. Many things have been, and will be written about this. This fault-line, near the Mississippi River, was the location of the largest earthquake in US history in 1812.

This eclipse happens at 19Aries24, with the nodal axis at 15Aries37/15Libra37, and is a North Node Eclipse. It’s nearly opposite the degree of the 2023 eclipse. But what is incredible, is that the eclipse is exactly conjunct Chiron at 19Aries24. The US has Chiron at 20Aries08, and in the throes of its fifth Chiron Return. It’s hard to make this kind of stuff up. (See the two Sabian symbols for 20 Aries below) The transiting South Node is also conjunct the US Saturn. Meanwhile, Pluto has, by now, entered into Aquarius.


Considerably less well known, is a third cross. The path of the 2024 eclipse will cross the path of the 2023 eclipse in Texas, directly over San Angelo. San Antonio very nearly gets to be in the cross. As this is written in May of 2021, consider the significance of Texas in light of the primary global narrative unfolding now. If you consider the included diagram of the three crosses, notice the shape and any possible meaning there. There are many clues. It will certainly be interesting to see how this all unfolds.


To develop a larger context for understanding the possible meaning and intent of all this, I now turn to a rather important source of information for me; a book written in 1997 called “The Fourth Turning” (by William Strauss and Neil Howe). In addition to providing a new context for the Timeline material in the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm ™, it also provides an amazingly useful view of United States history. There is no astrology in the book, but it’s remarkably useful nonetheless. Sometime ago I reviewed this book in the newsletter.

In summary, the authors use the ancient Etruscan concept of the saeculum, a time period of about 90 years, a concept that originated from when they noticed that at any given time, the oldest respected elder was about 90 years old. They then also noticed that within that same 90 years, four generations would come and go.

This has a marvelously useful application to US history (and apparently all of Europe and even China, but not Russia). For example, a fourth turning has occurred about every 90 years or so, at a really major turning point in US and European history. The American Revolution was at a Fourth Turning from 1773-1794. The US Civil War was a Fourth Turning 1860-1865. And the next Fourth Turning was the Great Depression and WW2 circa 1929-1946. The current Fourth Turning began with 9/11/2001 and is speculated to end around 2025. Totally fascinating that this corresponds to the US Pluto and Chiron returns. The triple cross eclipses over America should certainly get our attention, if we are willing to look at history. Each Fourth Turning for the US has resulted in a total shift into a different national paradigm. But none have been with these additional factors. What can we expect?

Will it be the death of the American experiment? Will it be another revolution, and the breakup of the US as we have known it? Will it be something like post WW2 with the Cancerian development of the largest middle class ever? Will it be the sellout of the Black population after the Civil War? Or will the dominant energy of Saturn and then Pluto in Aquarius implement the technocratic, trans-humanist, top-down, Homo Sapiens 2.0, Great Re-set agenda of the New World Order? Or instead, maybe a Great Awakening, with the restoration of Primal Earth/Gaia, and a commitment to personal autonomy and sovereignty, with the greater emphasis on our humanity and connection to Spirit, Divinity, and with the capacity to co-create with Great Mystery. I vote for that one!

Just as in 2017, SAMS produced a summit called “Preparing for 2020”; in the same vein, I write these articles to prepare us for 2022-2025. It’s way better to be aware of all this, and learn from history. Awareness of all possibilities can help enable our ability to use the “Three World’s Approach” and to be better able to apprehend what role each of us, individually, is to play, as we align with our life purpose and take our place on the mandala of life.



From Rudhyar:


KEYNOTE: Overcoming crises through compassion.

Nature’s seasonal rhythms imply an oscillation between living and dying. Through creative imagination man can “fly over” the cycle, and discover means not only to escape from the fatality of seasonal decay or deprivation, but to assist other living entities to survive through crises. Migrating birds fly south (cf. symbol of Aries 12°), but by establishing a partnership with other creatures unable to escape wintry deprivation or death, man can maintain the life of the spirit (symbolized by birds) steady through all crises if, like a “young girl,” he is widely open to the promptings of love and sympathy.

At this fifth stage of the symbolic sequence we witness human activity motivated by sympathy overcoming the seasonal phase of impotency. Life potency in nature spirits reaches a higher level in the human being. The theme is THE TRANSMUTATION OF LIFE INTO LOVE.

From Lonsdale:

ARIES 20: An empty courtyard.

Nothing is left. Reality is scattered. Self-obliterated. The familiar rendered irrelevant. Apocalyptic changes, personal and collective, take over. No being, only action. You become a projectile of intent, literally identify with what you can do now. A barren wasteland of an inner world. A thrust outside. Stark and surreal. You feel compelled to dare, pushed over the edge, no going back–destiny as frenzy. And in this wild, volatile mix, creative forces are released that would never come out any other way. Yielding to the role of the purging and cleansing agent of changes, you are unable to wriggle out of anything ever again. 

An Investigation Of The Astrological Chart Of The United States: 2021-2025
Part 3 of 4 by Daniel Giamario


Introduction and an embarrassing admission

I have been working extensively on the chart of the United States for maybe six months now, in monthly “ramblings” newsletter posts, a number of FaceBook posts, as well as seminars and vlogcasts. I have covered the quadruple eclipse pathways, the Chiron return, the Pluto return, as well as important Jupiter, Saturn and Lunar Node transits. I have even been mentioning the US natal Neptune square to Mars. But through email exchanges with Greg Knell, who has become a marvelous researcher in related areas of inquiry, out of nowhere, I realized that I had totally not seen that the United States is in its Neptune opposition! I just had not noticed! Very humbling indeed! This part three will hopefully remedy this situation. I will weave this currently happening second Neptune opposition to the natal US Neptune into the larger scenario that I have been developing. And I think you will agree that it’s as important as any of the other factors so far presented.

The Neptune Factor

I believe that the natal square of Neptune to the US Mars is one of the most important elements of the US chart. Neptune is 22Virgo25 in the 10th house, and Mars is 21Gemini22 in the 7th. Using the windows of initiation that we use with the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm ™ applied to a natal chart, here is a complete accounting of cycles of 2021-2022 related to this US natal square. The window of initiation lasts from March 3, 2021—December 4, 2022. Read More

Zeina Yazbek

I stumbled upon Shamanic Astrology at the lowest point in my life to date in 2017. Fresh out of New York City and Lebanon, running multi-million businesses as a development consultant, I thought I had life figured out: Work.
What else is more important?
At this point I had already felt that I don’t belong for a very long time. I didn’t belong anywhere other than my self-built reality of 17-hour workdays and a handful of toxic relationships. Little did I know, the darkest of them was my own with myself. I had managed to absolutely hide myself from my eyes and get me farthest from my own heart.
After not having taken a vacation in 6 years and facing mystery body pains for 2, Bali showed up out of nowhere. She took me out of an excruciating existence including physical abuse threats. Bali saved my life.
Till today, I can never mentally describe what had happened within me, but in a few days I had dropped all of my business accounts and just stopped.
A workaholic drops her entire life’s creation in four days?
A teacher with the sweetest warmest voice drew me into yoga then Shamanic Astrology. Levi Banner was the pivotal person in my life. A spirit-sent messenger. I cried on my first reading I had with him. I cried for days. I that feeling that I had been listening to everyone but me, trying to justify me to me or hide me from the world.
There was a sense of strength that grew within me from that day onwards. I felt like I had my own back all of a sudden.
Here is a funny fact! For one year I thought I had Moon in Virgo due to being given the wrong time of birth.
I had deprived myself from being seen to such a space where I really connected with the beauty of Virgo and her sacredness. But then when my birth certificate surfaced, so had my soul retrieval. I was truly Leo Moon in hiding. How else would one explain being a TV teenage celebrity in the Middle East for a decade?
That is how far I had been from myself. Daniel, the other pivotal person in my life with his teachings. So full of love. A channel who walks the teachings he talks. “Everyone has an equal role to play on the wheel of life” , a foundational harmonious mystery school with a progressive core and an openness to uniqueness, free will and Spirit. I have found it! I have found the one that restored my faith in life and death and everything in between and around!
Dreaming the dream of the Self through these teachings has made the adventure of life worth diving into, feeling, savouring, witnessing and sharing through embodiment and infinite innovation and discovery.
And before I share my actual placements with you, I would like to say that I do recognize all 12 archetypes within my being. Thanks to the wrong time(s) of births, I witnessed the oneness and the uniqueness that we all share. I couldn’t have been more thankful for this journey.
Moon in Leo, South Node in Aquarius. Venus in Taurus, Mars in Aries. Rising in Aquarius.
From today until the end of time of no time, I thank you for existing, sharing and opening your heart to welcome a tribe of mystery and magic.
Today, I am a speaker and spiritual mentor living in Bali. I am currently building a brand new online platform and teaching courses that I cannot wait to launch and share. I am practicing patience with my journey, compassion and lots of love. Thank you for the tribe and the friendships. Forever thankful from the centre of my heart. I love you so so much.
Zeina Yazbek
Based in Bali
Certified in 2021