My Story

There have been many changes that have radically altered the course my life. The best one so far was from 2002 to 2006 when I was undergoing powerful initiation cycles designed to empower my life’s direction in ways I hadn’t even imagined.

The changes I encountered included leaving my second marriage, moving, letting go of my youngest son (who was age 16 at the time) to go live with his dad, getting married for the third time and creating a new identity via a name change. See more about the name change below.

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 Beloved Partner
At the end of my second marriage in 2005, I unexpectedly met Peter who I now
lovingly refer to as my BHE – Best Husband Ever!

After our initial meeting in June of that year, 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 including getting married in October of 2006.

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.

Read about our Sacred Marriage and Secret Wedding HERE Many have told me it is an inspiring story providing hope no matter where a person is in their relationship journey.


My Beloved and Remarkable Children 

My most remarkable achievement in this life is being a Mom to my 4 beloved children – Ryan, age 39 (July 2021), Twins – Ian and Jenna, age 36 (March 2021), and Jeremy, age 31 (May 2021). They are all bright lights, full of love and enthusiasm and they constantly delight me with their insights and wisdom.

My Joyous Grandson Gryffin Ryder born April 5, 2020 shown here sitting on my lap and giving me one of his most delightful smiles is the hope of  the next generation that will go forth and help to further change the world!

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

Daniel and Cayelin UAC 2012

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 teaching Shamanic Astrology ever since. I love Shamanic Astrology and I love that I get to share these mysteries with others. 

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) I did with Daniel to create 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.

Bio Descriptions I have used for summits and interviews.

Cayelin Castell co-founded the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School in the late 1990’s helping to create a curriculum that was only available through live classes and now is accessible online. In 2014 Cayelin cofounded Venus Alchemy inspired by the alchemy and magic of each Venus Signature and Venus Return facilitating a profound ceremonial and initiatory journey via the 19 month Venus Cycle. Cayelin also began writing the monthly Celestial Timings over 25 years ago – inspiring ceremonial and intentional magic from the visionary understanding that we inform the mysteries as much as they inform us. This understanding and perspective inspires magical experiences that are often beyond anything previously imagined.😍

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. https://venusalchemy.com

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 see current timings in the menu link.

Cayelin has been a guest on several radio shows, online-summits, and google hangouts. Most recently she presented at the Conscious Life Expo both in 2020 and 2021. She is also available for personal sessions. (See readings page in Menu)

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 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.