About Cayelin Castell

Taken in April 2019 age 63

See below for a more personal sharing.

Cayelin Castell is the co-founder, a lead teacher and facilitator of the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School an educational non-profit that got its start in the mid-90’s.

She is also the co-founder of Venus Alchemy with Tami Brunk. Cayelin and Tami have created a profound experience of the powerful Venus Journey – including a series of classes and guided journeys honoring, celebrating and working ceremonially with the 19 month cycle of Venus as it relates to the story of Inanna. Each one of us goes through a Venus return every 8 years and working with it ceremonially has been life changing for those who have engaged this journey. Venus Alchemy was founded on more than 22 years of working with the Venus Cycle personally and with clients.

Founded in 2014 Venus Alchemy added the very popular Venus Signature Class Getting Personal With The Goddess online class series in 2016 and 2018.

In 1996, Cayelin created the Celestial Timings, one of the first ever astrological/astronomy monthly newsletters (e-zines). The Celestial Timings are still available in 2020 (24 years later).

Cayelin has been a guest on several radio shows, online-summits, and google hangouts. She is also
available for personal sessions

Here is Cayelin’s Short Bio listed on the Visionary Women’s Page
CAYELIN CASTELL – is the co-founder of Venus Alchemy and the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School. In addition to writing monthly Celestial Timings for nearly 25  years, she enjoys sharing these mysteries through personal readings and teaching both Online and Inperson Events, changing lives and perspectives from the visionary understanding that we inform the mysteries as much as they inform us. Cayelin also wrote and narrated the popular Twelve Tribes Journey through the archetypes of the signs

My Story

September of 1999

A 1999 photo when I was age 43

From 2002 to 2006 I went through radical life changes that forced me to let go of life as I knew it thanks to a powerful Pluto cycle! The change included creating a new identity via a name change. (See more about the name change at bottom of page.)

With gratitude for the understanding provided by Shamanic Astrology, I knew these changes were empowering me. I also knew I couldn’t escape what was happening to me – in the same way the caterpillar can not escape the cocoon before it becomes a butterfly.

My Beloveds

At the end of my second marriage in 2005, I met my beloved, Peter. After our initial meeting, we didn’t connect again for several months. However, fate was in motion and before long we realized we were destined to be in a long-lasting loving relationship.

I am grateful every day for the many wonderful gifts in my life. I’m especially grateful for Peter’s profound ability to meet me as an equal and to appreciate my relentless pursuit for personal growth. He is a great mirror for the progress I have made and the places I am still growing.

You can read more about our sacred marriage journey. Many have told me it is an inspiring story providing hope no matter where a person is in their relationship journey.

March 2013 birthday hike in Fay Canyon Sedona

Peter and Cayelin March 2013 birthday hike in Fay Canyon Sedona

My Remarkable Children
My most remarkable achievement in this life is being a Mom to my 4 beloved children. In 2018 they each celebrate another year. Ryan, age 38 (July 2020), Twins Ian and Jenna, age 35 (March 2020), and Jeremy, age 30 (May 2020). They are all bright lights, full of love and enthusiasm and they constantly delight me with their insights and wisdom. (See pictures of them at bottom of page.)

Shamanic Astrology (as taught by the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School)

My Shamanic Astrology journey began in May of 1990 when I attended a workshop Daniel Giamario was giving at the Tucson Astrologers Guild. My life was forever changed on that day and I have been studying, promoting and often teaching Shamanic Astrology ever since. I love Shamanic Astrology and I love that I get to share these mysteries with others.

Daniel and Cayelin UAC 2012

Daniel and Cayelin UAC 2012

As the co-founder of the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School, an official 501 (c) 3 educational non-profit organization, I assisted Daniel in developing The Shamanic Astrology Certification Program. In 2012 and 2014, I updated, expanded and revised the original collaboration (1994) with Daniel for The Shamanic Astrology Handbook.

I have been a guest presenter on talk radio shows, conferences, online summits, and workshops in the U.S. and internationally. I have appeared on national cable TV and have several YouTube videos, with more to be added soon. View HERE.


My Name Changes

In 2006 at the age of 50, I birthed into a new life and legally changed my name from Carolyn Brent to Cayelin K Castell*. As my second marriage was dissolving, I realized I had been given names throughout my life, starting with my parents. Then I took my first two husband’s last names – so at age 50 I was ready to choose my own name and a whole new life to go with it.

About a year and half after I legally changed my name I was reading the book Message From Forever, by Marlo Morgan and was inspired by a section in the book. It explained that aboriginal cultures choose or are given different names at different times in their life.

“It is our way to learn from our names. We outgrow each name as we gain wisdom, and select a new one periodically that better describes who we are.”

I felt this was true for me as I considered taking on a new name to better describe the new me and the new chapter of my life that was beginning. I chose the name Cayelin because it means “pure joy” and Castell is the old English way of spelling “Castle”.

Complete name changes like this are not easy to do. I knew it would take time to get all my records updated. What I didn’t know was – it would take me 6 years to complete the name change process. In 2012 with the update and republishing of The Shamanic Astrology Handbook the last name change was finally in place. In 2012 the Twelve Tribes CD got a new look and was republished with my new name. Both the book and the cd had been published before I changed my name.

It took 6 years to complete the name change but was so well worth it as I still loooove my now not so new name!

**I had three incarnations with the name Carolyn:

Carolyn Carter from my birth in 1956 up to 1978
Carolyn Van Cleve from 1978 to 1990
Carolyn Brent from 1990 to 2006

In August 2006 I legally changed my name to Cayelin K Castell, for good! One of the reasons I chose this name is because Caye means pure and in the Chinese hexagrams Lin means Profound Joy. Hence I was choosing a new name that would support me in even more fully living Pure Joy every time it is said or written.

This name also resonates with accomplishment for the greater good, being true to my word and fulfilling my responsibilities. Yep that’s me.

Here is more about my name change journey in an article called Name Changers are Game Changers 

One more thing that was life changing for me…

Many life-changing shamanic experiences, or initiations, have dramatically altered my life. You can read about one of these initiations that took place in 1998 HERE before my name changed to Cayelin Castell. I describe how I mid-wifed my mother’s conscious death process and deepened my own journey and understanding with the death mysteries. Again many have told me this is a powerful story that has assisted their own journey with the passing of a loved one.


Christmas 2019

2015 Christmas

Christmas 2015 with Jeremy, Jenna, Me, Ryan, Ian

Ryan, Ian, Me, Jeremy and Jenna in Dec 2006

Jenna and Me in May 2008

Jeremy, Me and Ryan May 2009

Cowboy Ian at work at Old Tucson in 2008

Ryan, Ian, Jenna and Jeremy 2011