Requirements and Degrees

How Does One Become a Shamanic Astrologer?

Can you take the Courses without getting Certified?

What are the Steps?

Where and How does one take the Courses?


We currently have 2 primary programs:

You do not have to have a specific program in mind in order to learn Shamanic Astrology. Many who learn Shamanic Astrology are most interested in personal growth or are curious about this system.

Regardless of your intent, the best place to begin is with our foundational online course, The Map of Life and Archetypal Journey of the Soul, aka Script & Archetypes and Basic Chart Analysis..

In addition, you can contact our Managing Director at with any questions and/or to discuss more about what SAMS has to offer.

Associate Program

Designed especially for those incorporating this work into their existing practice OR as a step toward Full Certification

Associate Program Details

Currently, one needs to take and pass three online (or in-person) courses:

The Associate Program is designed for people interested in doing basic readings or furthering their personal growth. This program does not guarantee you will become a certified Shamanic Astrologer of any degree but is a step along the way.

Certification Program

The Shamanic Astrology™ (SA) Certification Program supports individuals who desire to deepen their personal relationship with these mysteries.

This program involves a series of “degrees” intended to help a person focus on the courses that is aligned with their desire. Previous experience with astrology is not required to begin your journey. This program provides additional tools for those who already have a healing or astrology practice, individual self-care and/or have a general understanding of life’s mysteries.

The seven degrees or levels of certification can be applied to counseling, astronomy, self-help, spiritual work, helping and healing practices and so much more.

To obtain a specified degree it is essential to complete the listed requirements. Many of these courses are now available online with more being added each year. Be sure to visit our events page to find out what courses are available.

There are currently four essential courses offered online at These 4 courses are sometimes offered in-person on an irregular basis.

The place to begin is The Map of Life and Archetypal Journey of the Soul course (a.k.a the Script and Archetypes) offered online.

Except as noted, any ongoing teleclass series or individual webinars currently do not count toward certification. However, they are a great way to learn more about the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm™.

Find more information at these links: Overview, Curriculum, Registration, Testimonials, Video Testimonials

You can register for the certification program here.

The 7 degrees are as follows:

1) Shamanic Astrology Counselor with an emphasis on Chart Analysis

2) Shamanic Astrology Cosmology with an emphasis on the Night Sky

3) Fully Certified and Initiated Shamanic Astrologer

4 ) Shamanic Astrology Mentor

5) Shamanic Astrology Cosmology Teacher

6) Shamanic Astrology Counseling Teacher

7) Master Shamanic Astrologer/Master Teacher


1st Degree – Shamanic Astrology Counselor with emphasis on Chart Analysis

To complete certification in this Degree there are seven courses and currently at least one of these courses is to be an in-person class. The first degree does include a course on Night Sky Cosmology. Additional requirements are listed below:


Other Requirements:

  • Mentoring from a qualified Shamanic Astrology Mentor. Daniel Giamario, Cayelin Castell and Erik Roth are the current mentors available
  • Pass a Final Exam
  • Practicum of 15 readings with feedback


2nd Degree – Shamanic Astrology Cosmology Practitioner with emphasis on Night Sky 

To be certified in this Degree, three classes are required with one in-person class on the Night Sky needed to complete the requirements. This degree does NOT qualify a person to do Shamanic Astrology readings. However, the knowledge gained from this degree takes you deeper into the Cosmology of our world and can be woven into your own astrology and/or spiritual practice.

Requirements and classes for the 2nd Degree:

Venus Pyramid at Tula in Central Mexico

Venus Pyramid at Tula in Central Mexico

Additional Requirements:

  • Work with a Heirophony (a stone circle or other site for at least one year)
  • Pass a final exam
  • An all-night vision quest under the stars


3rd Degree – Fully Initiated Shamanic Astrologer

This Degree is a combination of the first two Degrees representing the original certification (from the inception of the school) of a Shamanic Astrologer. Fulfilling the requirements of this degree provides in-depth natal chart analysis and planetary initiation cycle readings, update readings, along with a deep understanding of how Shamanic Astrology works for yourself and others.

Classes to complete for the 3rd Degree:

Other Requirements:

  • Mentoring from a qualified Shamanic Astrology Mentor (minimum of 5 Mentoring Sessions)
  • Pass all final exams (from 1st and 2nd degree)
  • Practicum of 15 readings with feedback
  • Complete a graduation project (Thesis)
  • Work with a Heirophany (a stone circle or a site you create for one year)
  • Do an all-night vision quest under the stars
  • See Additional Certification Requirements at the bottom of this page


4th Degree – Shamanic Astrology Mentor

This degree is for those who desire to mentor those training to be Shamanic Astrologers, representing an expanded original certification. After fulfilling the requirements of a Certified Shamanic Astrologer Degree, one is eligible to take Mentor Training. (This course is still in development)


  • Engage in mentor training (coming soon)
  • Complete the courses and pass all the exams for the previous degrees


5th Degree – Shamanic Astrology Cosmology Teacher

This degree is intended to facilitate the ability to teach the Cosmology including the Turning of the Ages, astronomy and archeoastronomy at heirophanies and cosmograms. This degree builds on the Shamanic Astrology Mentor program.IMG_7563

Requirements for 5th Degree Certification

  • Obtain a 3rd degree certification
  • Pass the Cosmology written exam
  • Apprentice teach (two or more courses) at official SAMS Cosmology events in conjunction with a founder or another certified 5th degree teacher. Skills will be evaluated as to your readiness to gain teaching certification. Demonstrate teaching skills under the night sky and cosmology class material.
  • Interview with a founder or another 5th degree teacher
  • Complete a project. You can come up with a suitable project or use one of these:
    • Original research that adds to the existing body of knowledge
    • Creation of an additional, or expanded, or upgraded hierophany
    • Research and personal experience with a new (to you) sacred site location that features land, sky and calendric significance
    • Discovery of a hierophany
    • Document currently existing land/sky locations that are currently or have previously been used by SAMS. (Examples, Fish Lake Valley in Nevada, Faywood Hotsprings in New Mexico or other international sites like Callanish in Scotland or Portugal etc.)
    • Creating the Cosmology teacher manual (a one-time project) or later updating the existing one once it’s completed.

Additional Notes: Currently there is no application fee for the 5th degree though that may change in the future. There is, however, a tuition fee for student teaching. Some exceptions may apply. Previously qualified member discounts still apply. The applicant will not earn money for teaching official SAMS courses until successfully completing the 5th degree requirements.


6th Degree – Shamanic Astrology Counseling Teacher

This Degree is intended to facilitate those who want to teach the core material of Shamanic Astrology, including The Life Map, Journey of Soul, Sacred Marriage, Shamanic Timeline and Synodic Cycles of Mars, Venus and Mercury Intensives.


  • Complete Teacher Training on Counseling
  • Complete the courses and pass all the Final Exams for the previous Degrees
  • Complete the Shamanic Astrology Mentor Training


7th Degree – Master Shamanic Astrologer/Master Teacher

This Degree is intended to facilitate a person who wants to teach the entire paradigm of Shamanic Astrology, including counseling and cosmology. IMG_8131

In addition to completing the Previous Requirements:

  • Complete Teacher Training on Cosmology
  • Complete Teacher Training on Counseling
  • Complete the courses and pass all Final Exams for the previous Degrees
  • Complete the Shamanic Astrology Mentor Training


Certification Requirements (Summarized) 

Completion of all Shamanic Astrology Certification Program requirements prior to Graduation. It is recommended that the entry level and advanced core curriculum be taken in the suggested order. Course descriptions, recommended and required prerequisites, as well as additional details are available in the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School Core Curriculum document in the drop down list at left. See the events page for a current listing and details of classes offered.

Shamanic Astrology Entry Level Core Curriculum:

  • The Map of Life Journey of the Soul Chart Analysis: Mystery Schools, Archetypes, and Story Lines
  • The Planetary Cycles of Initiation and Shamanic Timeline Chart Analysis
  • The Turning of the Ages Cosmology Night Sky
  • The Cycles of Venus, Mars and Mercury Night Sky

Shamanic Astrology Advanced Core Curriculum:

  • Relationship and the Sacred Marriage Advanced Chart Analysis Intensive
  • Continuing Education and Updates to the Paradigm Chart Analysis Intensive
  • Take a Live Cosmology and/or Synodic Cycles class with additional opportunity for deepening your understanding of these mysteries including individual mentoring with the facilitators during the Intensive. We have found that it is rare for anyone attending these classes to really “get it” the first time.

Additional Certification Requirements:

  • Experience of the initiatory rite of the Astrological Vision Quest
  • Consistently participate in mentored sessions throughout the certification process.
  • After having gained some experience with Shamanic Astrology chart analysis readings, a practicum of 15 sessions with feedback forms obtained from your clients that will be provided.
  • Provide recordings of these readings (with permission from the client) that will be reviewed by a Certified Master Shamanic Astrologer. This is intended to provide an opportunity for mentoring and feedback.
  • Work regularly with an outdoor site for at least one year to gain a deeper understanding how the movement of the planets affect earth’s seasonal cycles.
  • Ideas for a graduation project demonstrating the Shamanic Astrology principles in a creative way or that somehow furthers the work of Shamanic Astrology with guidance provided by your mentor. Complete your project prior to graduation.
  • After establishing your mastery of the fundamentals of the Shamanic Astrology script material with your mentor, be prepared to pass an oral evaluation facilitated by the Shamanic Astrology Teacher’s Council prior to graduation.
  • Graduates are required to maintain membership with the school to maintain their certification status.
  • A program for continuing education credits online is also being developed. The exact requirements are still in process but Certified Shamanic Astrologers are required to maintain their certification by attending an online or in-person course designed to keep them up-to-date with the latest developments in the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm.

Plus find out more at these links: OverviewCurriculum, Registration, Testimonials, Video Testimonials