Reflections on Why I do What I Do

Ramblings, Reflections and Ruminations

March 2022 New Moon

By Daniel Giamario

Finding and Cultivating “Seed People” to activate a Renaissance

I first became aware of astrology in 1969, and was soon doing charts by 1970.  52 years later I will reflect on what has animated my journey.  Inspired by Dane Rudhyar, I gravitated towards an approach that blended psychology, mythology, spirituality, the esoteric, and global history.  I had the opportunity to study with, and be influenced by many of the revolutionary astrological guiding lights of the 1970’s, both well-known such as Rudhyar, Zip Dobyns, Marion March, Robert Hand, Liz Greene, and a few lesser known ones such as Tony Joseph and Charles Ponce.  What all had in common was steering astrology away from a deterministic approach, with the attempt to make it “scientific”.  Rather, the intent was the creation of the “whole” person, with the emphasis on assisting a person in discovering and aligning with their life purpose, including both shadow and light.  All were willing to challenge the foundations of traditional and mainstream astrology.

In my life, I was fortunate, pretty early on, to have a surprising clarity about my calling (or what I refer to as “sacred work”).  I was not so fortunate, though, in other areas of my life until considerably later!  In the 1970’s I was also deeply involved with a number of Indian meditational organizations as I was going through a “guru” phase, ultimately resulting in disillusionment.  In 1981 I had my first vision quest experience at Mt.Shasta with a master guide, Joan Halifax.  From that time onward I redirected my astrological approach to an Earth based and Night Sky oriented practice, out of which developed the Shamanic Astrology Paradigm ™ and the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School.  I developed the viewpoint that it was essential that if you wished to be an astrologer, knowledge and experience of the seasons, constellations, and planets was entirely necessary.

Out of this direct experience with the sky and land over the years, I developed a keen interest in the larger cycles of history, beyond one human lifespan.  Many years were spent in the 1980’s and 1990’s developing the schools unique and signature approach to the concept of the Turning of the Ages, that integrates and unites the stellar zodiacs and the seasonal/directional zodiacs, over the course of a precessional cycle.

In the last decade, I have succeeded in synchronizing six different timelines: 12 Precessional cycles (312,000 years), the Mayan/Hopi end of the Fifth Sun, Mayan Calendar, the end of Kali Yuga, the 6th Mass Extinction, and the non-astrological  “Fourth Turning”.  We should not leave out the Pluto return of the United States!  You can see a few of my recent presentations HERE.  In our school we have suggested the time-frame of 1962-2034 as the larger context of the convergence of all these timelines, converging on a singularity.

I feel that it’s not nearly adequate to make any sense of using astrology these days (Shamanic, traditional or mainstream) without taking these larger cycles into account.  These are not “ordinary” times.  In these subsequent weeks and months I will present ongoing research continuing my deep dives into Aquarius and its shadow, the Pluto return, the charts of the world “leaders”, the onslaught of AI and transhumanism, and the possibilities of a “Great Awakening”.  Always we shall use our signature “Three Worlds Approach”.

Most importantly, I see the primary function of our school is in finding and the cultivation of “Seed People”.

The Concept of the “Seed Person” or of “Seed People” was a phrase coined by a mentor and my primary inspiration, Dane Rudhyar, in 1973.  This approach greatly influenced a whole generation at that time, ushering in a veritable renaissance of leading edge astrology then.  The idea was that it was important, at a great Turning of the Ages, that enough aware people would emerge to preserve the wisdom of the past, in a non-specialized way, and then to plant the seeds for a new world, whatever might be the circumstances of the end of previous cycles.

In the past, there have been such figures, such as the Merlin, and the Persian Magi, who were at the cusp of a Great Turning.  They were both seeds, and nurturers of seeds, for future times.  They were aware that, like the present, it was a great Turning of the Ages.  Their job included honoring the best of ancient traditions, being honestly present in the current conditions of the times, and also being open to all the new transmissions that were coming in from “Great Mystery”.  Certainly this will be essential for a new Renaissance, one that can inspire the creation of a better and more loving global humanity.  Our School and Paradigm are inspired by their examples.  I cannot say it better than Dane Rudhyar himself, whose words ring so true from 1973:

A Seed by Dane Rudhyar


A Seed by Dane Rudhyar

written in 1973

I feel we are at the
threshold of a new age,
and that we need now,
more than anything else,

a new approach
to human relationships
and to social organization.

We need a planetary approach,
we need a synthetic approach.

We need something in which
the individual learns
his own function in the world

because if you are to have
a global world

the individual has to be
so well established
in his or her own identity
that he or she can afford to
co-operate with other people
all over the world,

independent of
their culture,
their race,
their traditions
and so on.
It is very important, therefore
that one should learn
how to establish oneself in
one’s own identity.

We need a new type
of human being.

We need something which is
based no longer, so much,
on conflict,

but on a
full acceptance of the
total human being
body, mind, soul, feeling

An esthetic approach
an ethical approach,

so that you can see
the relationship
in which everything
stands inside of the whole,
so you can look at the whole
and become identified with the
of that whole,
rather than with any particular part.

Now this is, of course,
a very difficult situation.

We are certainly
in a difficult time
and what is ahead of us today,
I do not know.

I am rather pessimistic
as far as the immediate future is concerned,
considering the way
the world and our nation
is moving at the present time.

But you must realize that
crises are sometimes
necessary to accomplish
what is to be accomplished.

The only problem, however,
is this:
something must be ready before
the great crisis comes

— when the new cycle begins —

for it will have to begin
on the foundation of those
seeds which have been sown
before the crisis.

If you have a winter
followed by a spring, but
there was no harvest
in the fall
no seed will germinate
during the spring,
and you will have to start
at the very beginning
into the most primitive time of manifestation.

That’s why I have stressed,
so much all my life the idea I call
the “seed man” and “seed woman”

the “seed person,” the individual

who is willing and able
to gather within himself or herself,
as it were,
the past of humanity
and particularly of our western world,
but also of other cultures

because what we want
to emerge from the future,
after whatever crisis will come
is a global world.

We therefore need
men and women of great vision,
individuals who are not specialists,
men and women who
have the vision and courage
to wait,

and to, in some way
through their lives,
through their example, and
through whatever they leave
after their deaths,
to become
the seeds
of the future world.

That’s of course,
the great choice
we have all to make,
and we all can make it.

We can follow
the mass vibration
and decay, like
all the leaves
of the world
in the fall
(however beautiful
the golden leaves may be),
they will have to decay
and become manure
for the future
of civilization,

but it is only
the “seed men and women” that really count,
and it is those
you should look for,

if you yourself do not
feel yet to the point of being ready to become
a “seed person,”
because it is that only which is
the insurance for the future rebirth of humanity.

I think today
it is of no use
to try to look
to the immediate future,
because it looks very dark;
but it is to look
to prepare —
for the possibility that
a new world may arise,
if not tomorrow,
the day after tomorrow.

I think it is the only thing
which gives value to
all our sacrifice,
all our courage, decisions and choices

it is to become seeds
for the development of the future world.

So I hope
every one of you,
each one in your own life,
in your way can —
some day soon, very soon,
(if you have not done it already),
make the choice, and become
“seed men” and “seed women.”

I thank you.
Dane Rudhyar ~ 1895 to 1985


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