All Sessions FAQ
What Does a Session Include?
Each Astrology+ session can include Astrology, Shamanic Astrology, invocations and/or Shamanic Healing. Astrology fees include the session, prep time, charts and reports, and an MP3 of the session. Shamanic fees include the session and the session MP3.
Long-distance Astrology+ clients can choose to see everything on my computer screen during their consultation via Zoom or Skype; no extra charge.
What Will My Session Be Like?
Your AstroShaman session will be unique and completely customized to your needs. It will be shaped by your needs, desires, and questions, as well as my experience and inner guidance.
In Astrology+ sessions, we typically explore your horoscope’s most important soul messages, as well as your most important challenges and opportunities during the next 12 months and beyond. If you choose to include invocations and/or Shamanic Healing in your session, you might also experience healing and spiritual awakening.
Technically speaking, an Astrology+ session might include discussion of your natal chart, moving energies (transits, progressions and/or solar arcs), solar return(s) and/or Relocation Astrology.
If you prefer, we can focus on an astrological time period shorter than a year, and cover it in greater detail.
When and Where Can I Do a Session?
Sessions are available by appointment days, nights and weekends. You can do your session by phone, Zoom, or Skype, or in person at my Asheville, NC office. Solo digital recordings are also available for Astrology+ sessions, most commonly for children’s charts.
Is Benjamin a Psychic?
While I routinely receive intuitive insights for my clients during Astrology+ and Shamanic Healing sessions, I don’t consider myself to be a “psychic.” My intention is never to tell someone exactly what’s going to happen to them, such as a specific foreordained event at a particular time. In my Astrology+ consultations, my intent is to educate clients about the best use of their natal and moving astrological energies. With this understanding, they can use their free will to make better decisions about how to consciously partner with these energies for a more happy, successful and fulfilling life.
Will My Session Include Invocations?
I lead my clients in invocations during all Shamanic Healing sessions, and some Astrology+ consultations. These invocations give my clients a simple, powerful way to maintain and deepen divine states of consciousness, and call in healing energies. For my Astrology+ clients, invocations often provide an effective way to work through the challenges revealed by their charts. Whether or not we include invocations as part of your Astrology+ session is completely up to you.
What If I Don’t Know My Time of Birth?
I can do an Astrology+ reading with you even if you don’t know your birth time. But without a precise birth time, I can’t know the location of your planets within the astrological houses. And without houses, certain astrological information isn’t available.
To find your birth time, you can try to locate a birth certificate, baby book, or other document that may give the time of birth. (Visit this website to learn how to get an official copy of your birth certificate.) Or you can contact a family member who might know your birth time.
But if you can’t determine the time using those methods, there’s another way: rectification. This technique allows an astrologer to work from a list of significant life events to determine a client’s time of birth. I can refer you to an astrologer who does this, and who gives my clients a special reduced fee of $125 to determine their birth time.
You can also have your chart done with no birth time, which means no astrological houses. This still gives me most of your astrological information, and is enough for an accurate and helpful consultation. And, of course, any invocation and/or Shamanic Healing work we might do during the session (your Astrology+ session can also include these modalities) is independent of your astrology chart.
How Does Astrology Work?
I work from the basic idea that we’re each an evolving soul temporarily inhabiting a human body. Prior to birth, we each choose the time and place where we’ll draw our first breath. This critical moment sets up a unique energy matrix marked by the positions of the planets. The resulting natal chart serves as the blueprint for that lifetime.
The more you live in harmony with this blueprint, the more wonderful and fulfilling life becomes. I can help you awaken to your soul’s intentions by accurately interpreting your natal chart. I can also tell you about the important energy shifts (transits, progressions, etc.) that affect your life.
Astrology shows your highest potential, as well as your ever-changing “cosmic weather.” But the astrology I practice isn’t fortune-telling: free will is always at play. My clients find that astrology helps them understand themselves better, fine-tune their life directions, and be much better prepared for life’s important challenges and opportunities.
Shamanic Healing FAQ
What is Benjamin’s Shamanic Background?
I’ve done energy healing for over 40 years, and have been a professional Shamanic Healer since 2012. I was called to this work by ayahuasca, the living spirit of a powerful sacred plant medicine. For thousands of years, ayahuasca has been used for healing and spiritual awakening by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon.
I traveled to the Peruvian jungle four times to participate in deep-immersion ceremonial work with ayahuasca. As of May 2019, I’ve done about 200 plant spirit ceremonies with ayahuasca and other plant spirit teachers.
This profound work turbocharged my healing and awakening process, and has been central to the development of my shamanic healing abilities. As a result, I can now easily and reliably access the spiritual dimensions to assist my clients.
I began my healing plant spirit work in 2006 by attending several San Pedro ceremonies. I spent seven years cultivating the healing power of the Pachakuti Mesa, based on indigenous Peruvian healing traditions, and have also studied Sandra Ingerman-style Core Shamanism. I’m an ordained Shamanic Minister and a certified Shamanic Breathwork™ Facilitator.
After all that, I embarked on an intensive multi-year personal apprenticeship with two powerful shamanic teachers. Maeikisala and I received training as a twin flame team from these teachers during the apprenticeship’s final stage. We continue to learn from other teachers, and are also taught from within by our divine allies.
What Happens in a Shamanic Healing Session?
I conduct Shamanic Healing sessions at a shamanic mesa, which is based on ancient healing technologies. It consists of a cloth on the floor supporting a powerful energy grid of stones and crystals. The mesa also includes rattles, tobacco, elixirs, musical instruments and other sacred items. My divine allies fine-tune the mesa’s divine frequencies to give you the best possible support during your session.
I activate the mesa by calling the directions in Q’echua, the ancient power language of the Incas. I then energize the mesa by calling in archangels, ascended masters and other benevolent beings from many spiritual traditions.
I act as a conduit for divine energy during healing work. I follow the guidance of the client’s higher self, as well as my inner direction. Some ceremonies are low-key, with most of the work done quietly and subtly. Others can be quite dramatic! I usually do a great deal of drumming, rattling and singing, and use focused conversation to guide you to your best possible outcome.
Even when I ask for the healing of a particular issue, I always include a “karma-free safety clause”: let this take place only if it serves the highest good. I always strive for the best possible outcome for each client, but the end result is ultimately in Spirit’s hands. My clients have been very pleased with the results of this divinely directed approach.