Pia Gurgel

Pia Gurgel just graduated among seven other Shamanic Astrology students and is now newly certified as a foundational Shamanic Astrology Counselor. At the age of 32, this is an exciting time for her with Saturn and Jupiter cycles happening in addition to her Inner Sacred Marriage which she vowed to in a ceremony Levi Banner and some of her fellow students were holding recently.
Pia discovered astrology during a time filled with a lot of transformation and transition on her life, and fell in love with the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm when she was training with Levi in Bali for Yoga and Shamanic Breathwork in 2019. She has continued to study with him mostly online while being in Germany before finally returning to Bali in May 2021- just in time to graduate under the Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse!
What she is fascinated by the most in the paradigm is the interweaving of archetypes and psychology while bringing in Shamanic elements and acknowledging the Great Mystery. As a Sagittarius Moon and Rising, Pia has found a way to find a deeper truth and meaning in life through the school. She is very grateful and humbled about all the personal insights she’s received and is more than excited to dive further into the material.
She believes that Shamanic Astrology has been one of the most powerful tools and that the teachings have greatly enhanced her understanding and the compassion she’s having for herself, for whatever life is bringing up for her and for others. She offers individual readings and also includes Shamanic Astrology in her work as a Life Coach since it’s her true passion to work with people over an extended period of time to support them on their personal quest of self-exploration in a deeper and more meaningful way.
Pia-Rebecca Gurgel
Located in Germany/Bali
Certified in 2021

Talis Jacobsen

My name is Talis Shai and I am from Canada, and have been living in Bali since the beginning of 2020. In Bali I was introduced to Shamanic Astrology by Levi Banner, and, since then, I was enchanted by it and wanted to learn everything I could. Which is what I did for the past year, immersing myself in the three foundational courses, doing countless ceremonies and spending as much time as possible with the night sky.
Shamanic Astrology came as a natural complement to something that I was already passionate about: Tarot Reading. Previous to coming to Bali, I had been working for years as a Tarot Reader in Sydney, Australia. Often my clients would ask me for astrological information in the sessions and, however, at the time, I only had a basic understanding of mainstream astrology and it never felt right. Learning about astrology was something that I had wanted to do for a long time, yet, most of the courses and schools I looked into felt too mainstream, half-cracked or superficial. This is why I was so thrilled to discover Shamanic Astrology, which offered me the depth, knowledge and spiritual connection to the earth and sky that I had been seeking.
I am an Aquarius Moon with the job in the Leo tribe; And, I am a Leo Rising with a job in the Aquarius Tribe. So, where I am coming from and where I am going to are linked and inverse each other. With the Aquarius moon, not surprisingly, I have felt often in my life like I am an outsider and that I don’t fully belong – yet, paradoxically have always felt this free-electron kind of expansive energy that I belong everywhere and have been able to create a life of diverse energies and experiences. I am confident that this astrology paradigm will help me to eventually embody the fullness of these archetypes – and others– ultimately helping to create more love and expansion of consciousness in this world – for myself, for others, for the planet.
Since I was a child spending summers in Northern Canada watching the Aurora Borealis in the sky amidst a tapestry of stars, I have been fascinated by the magic and mystery of the celestial dances. I am so excited to have had this initiation into this school at this very significant time in the Turning of the Ages. I am excited to now offer both Tarot and Astrology, and feel like I am now overflowing with more astrological knowledge than I could have imagined when I first felt inspired to learn about the stars and planets! I am filled with passion and inspiration to bring the message of the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School into the minds and hearts of people all over the globe.
Talis Shai Jacobsen
Certified in 2021
Based in Bali
Phone/WA: +61 499 499 249

Beginner’s Corner with Sheridan – September 2021

Use Astrology to Become More YOU

We all want to know why we’re here, who we really are, what’s our purpose, and what are we meant to be doing. Right? That’s often a big part of what draws us to astrology in the first place. We’re trying to make sense of our lives, our experiences. We’ve got big questions and we’re searching for big answers.

Some of us even come to astrology looking for psychic answers. We want to find out what’s going to happen in our lives and when. Should we do this or is doing that better. We approach our sessions as if astrologers are clairvoyant and have a magical connection to other realms of knowledge we don’t. 

Shamanic Astrology isn’t predictive and won’t tell you what is going to happen and when. We don’t pretend to know what Great Mystery has in store for us. Our special sauce is using astrology to help you become more YOU! That’s what really gets us excited. We look to the sky to better understand you and your unique path. 

Your birth chart holds the clues to your Soul’s intention.

The precise alignment of our Solar System at your first breath is the outward energy you chose to birth yourself into. Where the planets were in relationship to one another and the archetypes they were present within shows us what you came here to learn about, experience and explore. This is your Soul’s intention for this lifetime that you are living right now.

 Use astrology to mine the gold that is you! No one else has your exact birth chart, born under the same sky, at the same time, in the same place. Not even your identical twin.  You actually are a special snowflake, so live it. Your birth chart is the map to discovering those reasons. Astrology is the language used to decipher that mystery.

Still unclear why you’re here?

Before you put undue stress and pressure on yourself, know that this unfolding is a process. A lifetime process, so you’re only job is to keep getting clearer and clearer as you go. None of us will ever arrive at a perfect moment where we have all the answers. Hopefully, we will all be evolving right up to our very last breath. But, continuing to study your birth chart and the transits you go through teach you everything you need to know for that evolutionary process.

Your natal chart is the starting place. What are the predominant archetypes you are learning about this go round? Start there. Then, once you’ve got a feel for the archetypes playing the leading roles in your life, begin to understand their significance within the planets held by those signs. Is Libra big on your chart. Learn about Libra first. Then, what does it means to have both your Venus and Mars in Libra. Look at your personal planets first: Moon, Sun, Mars, Venus and Mercury. These are the lesson plans of your life.

Next, look at the outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, and beyond. Which of them are in a dynamic aspect (conjunct, square or opposite) with your personal planets. These outer planets are your guides and teachers for the above lesson plans. How have they guided your experiences that make up you? How do they guide you into expressing more of you? Initiation cycles aren’t always easy, but the intent is to clear away more of the muck that isn’t you.

Finally, look at the transit cycles you are currently experiencing. These are your current life teachers and initiation cycles. The more you understand, the more you can interact consciously with what you are trying to learn. It doesn’t necessarily make it all easy breezy, but it sure helps to feel like you’re steering the ship of your own life. Knowing where you’re going and the intent behind it makes all the difference between feeling like a victim and feeling like a student of your own life.

It’s a process, so be patient and allow yourself the space to blossom into you

Like learning a new language, it’s a process. It takes time and simple tuning into… you! It’s not rocket science and you don’t need a genius IQ to get there. You just need a willingness, a desire, and taking the time to feel into yourself. If things don’t feel right in your life, go deeper. There’s always a silver lining, even if it’s hidden behind a huge storm cloud. 

It’s all about unraveling the mystery that is you. It’s about learning those lessons and bringing yourself more and more into alignment with your Soul’s vibration. You’re always walking on your path, but does it feel right? Do you feel in alignment with your higher self and purpose? If not, then dive more deeply into your chart to get the clues as to where your Soul wants to go. That is always the solution to feeling better. 

Astrology is here to help you, step by step, see the path in front of you and learn more about yourself, your true nature, who you are and what you’ve come here to be and do. You may not like the path always, but it’s yours, so don’t fight it. Keep going. It’s an uncovering process that takes a lifetime, your lifetime. You got this or you wouldn’t be here.

Sheridan Semple


Florence Boissenin

My name is Florence Boissenin and I was born in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. My journey into astrology started on 1 January 1988, on the 2nd pass of my first Uranus square, almost to the day. I had been backpacking on the most Western island of Brittany but was forced to return to the mainland by an upcoming winter storm. It was New Year’s Eve and pouring rain.

I was hitchhiking and starting to resent the tricky situation my adventurous spirit had yet again gotten me into when a car that had just passed by stopped, drove back, and its driver asked if I needed help.

This man, who became a dear friend, turned out to be an astrologer, so the first thing he did the next day was to draw my chart. I don’t remember anything about the reading he gave me but when I got back home, I hung his drawing above my bed. In the weeks that followed, Neptune started appearing in my dreams.

It was really intriguing because the dreams were clearly connected to the drawing and it was as if Neptune was teaching me, showing me things about my chart. I talked to one of my teachers about it, who had an interest in astrology, and she recommended that I read a book by Liz Greene she lent me. I liked Liz Greene a lot, but still had no idea what was going on. In the next months of that year, I had the opportunity to look at many books on astrology, first at my friend’s in Brittany, and later in California, where it turned out that the stepmother of the friend I was staying at was also an astrologer.

My friend in Brittany had showed me how to calculate charts (since there were no computer programs available back then) and I was able to do so, but I couldn’t bring myself to actually read any of those books from the beginning to the end. All I did was gather bits and pieces of information from them to try and connect the dots and understand my chart better. So when some people I had met and told about this asked me to read their charts, I said I couldn’t. But they insisted and I tried.

To my surprise, they loved it and the next day people started lining up behind my door asking for readings. To this day, I do not know how I gave those readings, I can’t remember a thing I said, nor what method I used. This went on for a few years, first in California, then back in Switzerland. I was even asked to give a course at an adults’ evening school, and I did.

Surprisingly, perhaps, it did not elate me to be in that position. There was a part of me which was extremely reluctant, extremely aware of the fact I had no idea what I was doing, and I always felt that I had to be very careful. However, I could see that the readings were helpful for people, and I sensed that it was not right to refuse doing something that was helping, even if I had no clue why. I decided I would continue until the day this stream of clients stopped or I would feel I was not helping anymore.

I acted with great care and integrity but nonetheless remained very uncomfortable, so at one point I decided I had to get some sort of ‘official’, ‘proper’ training. Back then, there weren’t too many options available to me in Europe. I couldn’t travel to London to learn at Liz Greene’s school (which I would have done, otherwise, since I liked her Jungian psychoanalytical approach) but there was a school in Zurich, the Huber school.

I went there for an introductory weekend and at one point Mrs Huber, the founder of the school, glanced at my chart. This old lady, whose wrinkles – believe it or not –  formed a Neptune glyph between her eyebrows, at first looked puzzled, then shook her head and handed me back my chart saying: You don’t need this training. 

I couldn’t believe it. Here I was, trying in good faith to figure out what to do with this astrology business which had ‘fallen on my head’, and the only person I knew of who could have given me some ‘legitimacy’ and peace of mind was refusing to teach me. So I asked her: What am I supposed to do, if it’s not what you do? She simply said: I have no idea. This is when I gave up on learning about astrology the ‘normal’ way.

I later did find someone who seemed to be able to tell me more and for a few years practised something different which is called ‘Shet’, an ancient Celtic word which means ‘knowledge of the forces of the planets’. This was more like channelling short messages from planets, stars and constellations to help people with the issues they were currently working on. But at one point I felt it was not right for me to continue, so I stopped using astrology professionally and only kept track of my personal transits and those of the people close to me, all the while still remaining curious about understanding my own chart better.

At the very beginning of my Chiron Return, I was ‘grounded’ by illness and realized that my life had to change or I would not survive. This is when the idea of doing astrology professionally came back to me and I decided to give it another go. I studied with the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London (which could now be done via the Internet) and passed their Certificate but realized that this kind of work was making me ill because it is much too intellectual and it depletes me of my life force. So I tried other approaches and this is how I came across Gemini Brett, who mentioned Shamanic Astrology and talked about Virgo during a session I did with him in a way which really intrigued me. Curiosity about the Virgo Mystery School led me to take all the online SAMS courses.

The Universe helped me by throwing in the Covid lockdown, which gave me time for this which I was not supposed to have. When I looked at the cover of the Handbook, I couldn’t believe it: Here was the Callanish stone circle I had visited the summer before, where I had received such a powerful transmission: The stones greeted me into their Sacred Circle and called me one of their own. I remembered the pledge I had made in that circle long ago to return to the Light.

To me the stones felt like Living Beings, and they bowed in respect as I took leave. For a reason I cannot explain, it had felt then like I may never be able to return and be with them, so I had said farewell, but they have been accompanying me ever since and knowing of their presence I feel I am never alone. 

Finally, in May 2021, I was blessed with being part of the beautiful certification ceremony we did online and have been immensely grateful ever since for being a part of the SAMS community. For yet another reason I cannot explain, on this long journey which has been mysterious from the beginning, and I suppose will remain so to the end, it really feels like this is a kind of astrology and a group of astrologers I can call home.

This is why I say ‘Thank You’ from the bottom of my heart to Daniel, to Cayelin and to all of you who make up SAMS, not least for giving me a chance to tell my story and for listening to the end. 

Florence, certified in 2021, based in Switzerland


P.S.: For those who might be curious, I have the Taurus Job in the Aquarian Tribe and yes, I have been desperately trying to land on this planet. Venus at 29° Leo was conjunct Regulus when I was born on the eighth day of the eighth month (the famous Lion’s Gate which is NOT such a big deal, apparently, as we read in a recent newsletter).

And, as you will have gathered by now, I have been trying to figure out what the heck my Sacred Work is, like any other Virgo Rising person, except that in my case it’s even more of a headache since I have Jupiter in Virgo conjunct the Ascendant, so that no extra hint can be gleaned from the ‘Dharma planet’… except that Sacred the Work must be, and that I did not land on Gaia by chance: There clearly is a Pattern to it all. However, as you certainly can guess from the story, Neptune has been making the whole thing completely fuzzy (yet oh so magical): I am an honorary Piscean who has no planets in Pisces but Sun-Mercury, Venus and Mars in Leo in the 12th house, with Neptune squaring all of them except Mars (which it trines)… so at some point I WILL achieve radical, radiant Self-Love and Sovereignty, but there have been many delays…

The Shamanic Astrology Paradigm™ is not predictive!

By Daniel Giamario

“It’s Tough to Make Predictions, Especially about the Future” – Yogi Berra, baseball playing philosopher

“Prediction is Very Difficult, Especially about the Future” – Niels Bohr, Danish Physicist

The assumption is often made that astrology is a predictive science.  Many still cling to that notion. But it had seemed in the late 1960’s, and early 1970’s, that the era of predictive astrology was over. In these times now, within the time-frame of a great Turning of the Ages, prediction is a dubious and often perilous enterprise. 

It often seems that simply making a prediction, and placing attention on something, be-it positive, or negative, could even be seen as a strategy to insure that it does not happen!  This may well be related to a principle of quantum mechanics, where the consciousness of the observer connects mysteriously to the outcome. The Shamanic Astrology Mystery School™   has never been about prediction. Let me explain.  

I first became aware of astrology through the books of Dane Rudhyar (1969 through 1973), and was part of a movement that, at that time, was known as Humanistic Astrology. Later, Rudhyar changed the name of his approach to “Transpersonal Astrology”.  I had the great fortune of having Dane and his wife Leyla Rael as early mentors.  It was the era of an astrological renaissance, with many, many young people taking a keen interest in astrology. This was actually a part of the overall cultural revolution that gripped the world in the late 1960s.  

Interestingly, the excitement and interest that astrology held for us had little connection with a predictive or deterministic kind of astrology. Rudhyar, and the others who inspired us in those days (including Zipporah Dobyns, Stephen Arroyo, Tony Joseph, Richard Idemon, and many others) favored an approach blending mythology, psychology, and spirituality. Before I even began using the expression “Shamanic Astrology” (starting in the early 1990s), I had always steered clear of predictive astrology.  

Highly influenced by Rudhyar, I have always felt that astrology is about “intent” (see note below) with the capacity of the astrologer and the client to tune into, as best they can, the intent and purpose of a natal chart or any astrological timing. The chart, or any particular timing, is a set of potentials, likened also to a set of instructions, that can either be carried out, or not. 

As Jung so beautifully stated: “Free will is doing  gladly, and freely, that which one must do.”  It’s the responsibility of the astrologer to illumine the highest set of possibilities and the full potential of the client.  This will then assist in discerning the purpose and meaning of their lives, the higher purpose of a person, not the egoic desires of the client (or the needs of the astrologer to be right). 

By focusing on intent, it stands the predictive approach on its head.  Instead of looking for a fixed future outcome, by tuning into intent it’s easier to align with lines of probability that most likely will produce the intended outcome.  I suggest that we look at the extraordinary global configurations and my recent explorations of the US chart from that perspective.

Two other experiences have galvanized my non-predictive approach.  The first was my involvement with the Ridhwan School, also known as the Diamond Heart Approach.  The One Reality that we are all part of is in motion and it evolves according to certain natural laws. 

An expression of this is known as “The Holy Plan.” People who love astrology generally love getting close with this holy plan, and then end up believing that they have it all figured out. But the “problem” is that the astrologer is part of the evolving One Reality, and can never be separate and objective to it. Therefore it’s not really possible to know for certain what the holy plan is intending. That’s why it’s also known as Great Mystery

In concert with these insights, I have also been quite impressed by the work of English astrologer Geoffrey Cornelius, the author of The Moment of Astrology. One point he makes is that there is no such thing as “objective time.”  Without the existence of objective time, prediction as normally understood is simply not possible.  Astrology is actually just an infinite number of divinations. And as many of us are experiencing, there are seemingly an infinite number of possible timelines, even if not really infinite, then certainly a rapidly expanding number of lines of probability. 

These two sets of insights remove prediction, as it has been known, entirely off the table. There is no way of knowing completely, ahead of time, what is going to happen.  Each birth chart, or each specific astrological timing, when seen as a divination, in and of itself, can be seen to have an intention, with its own meaning and purpose, which the astrologer can then form a relationship with, in concert with the client. From this, an awareness can develop concerning the intent, meaning, and purpose of the chart, or any specific timing or cycle.

Shamanic Astrology is completely in harmony with this view.  As astrologers, and as lovers of astrology, of course, we love our closeness to the holy plan. We would not be in this field if we did not feel the intimacy derived from this closeness.  However, the greater this closeness and this intimacy, the greater a humbleness and humility will grow, because it’s not possible to really know what Great Mystery has in mind. We can only get close. And that is a thrill indeed. 

Much has changed since that halcyon late 1960s and early 1970s. Much to my shock and disappointment, a good deal of mainstream astrology has regressed in my view.  So much astrology has gone back into Medieval, Hellenistic, and often deterministic Vedic systems, not to speak of “Sun Sign Astrology”. Dane Rudhyar would be rolling over in his grave! 

Many of the gains from the astrological renaissance of the 1960s and 1970s have been seemingly lost, stranded on the shores of determinism and prediction.  I suspect it’s time for another Renaissance. Certainly there are other astrologers who are part of this Re-Renaissance. To name a few, there are: Mark Jones, Gemini Brett, Dale O’Brien and Eric Francis.  The Shamanic Astrology Mystery School will always stand firmly on its Rudhyarian, humanistic, divinatory and non-predictive foundation.

Note: Regarding the word “intent”. It stems from Old French and Late Latin: Intentus; meaning a “stretching out” and a “leaning toward”. It is actional, and includes concepts like goal, an end, aim and purpose.