3 March 2014
And happy March! Granted, I think many of us would be a lot happier if it was warmer, but spring IS coming. Isn’t it??? Or is Mars retrograde gonna hold it hostage? I hope not, but it’s starting to feel like anything is possible.
In order to keep warm, you’ve gotta keep moving, and that’s what we’re doing here in SOTAland. We’re now about 3 weeks away from the early bird registration process and are nearing our target, but if YOU haven’t registered yet, then there’s somebody missing. You can remedy that by going to http://donnavantoen.com where PayPal is awaiting you. Or you can send a cheque, made payable to Full Circle Seminars, to me at 35 Brock St., Suite 1405, Hamilton, ON, L8L 4L7. And yes, email transfers work too so long as you adjust your fees to reflect the exchange rate on US funds. Last time I checked, the banks were charging 11%. We’re only charging 10%. If we had a choice, we wouldn’t be charging that, but we unfortunately have no choice.
And what do you get for your money?? In addition to hearing many of your requested favorites, we have also added some new speakers to the line-up to keep you on your toes and stimulate your astrological appetite. One such speaker is Maria Mateus. Maria is a writer, translator, and lecturer who hails from Texas. She is a Kepler grad (and yes, I have to admit I’m kind of partial to Kepler grads), and was also the co-founder of the traditional track at IAA (International Academy of Astrology). But it’s hard to pigeonhole her into one category. While she DOES have keen interest in and knowledge of ancient techniques, she is also very research-oriented and has an understanding and knowledge of syntax and semantics that transcends any one type of astrology. I think this lecture will be of value to all, whether your bent is traditional, psychological, or spiritual:
Change: Form and Matter in the Chart Language
Classical philosophy is fundamental to understanding astrology. In this lecture, Maria will present Aristotle’s definition of change and illustrate how it can be applied linguistically to chart interpretation. With this philosophically-rooted syntax, you will be able to consistently decipher any potential outer world manifestation in any chart.
Now that’s quite a claim. Will Maria deliver? Do you need a Ph.D to understand this? All I can tell you is that as most of you know, I’m not a traditional astrologer. Nor am I a history buff or a philosopher. But I have heard Maria twice — both times at UAC — and come away impressed both times. Her work is original; her presentations have been clear, interesting, and thought-provoking. I haven’t heard this lecture, but I’m hoping the conference gods will allow me to sneak in for at least some of it. And I think you will both enjoy it and learn from it.
On other fronts, I am STILL sorting out the staff list, but it looks like we have a full contingent of monitors now, including back-ups. If that changes, I’ll let you know. And I’m hoping to get vendors and readers sorted out by month-end. And speaking of month-end, if you’re a reader, your fee is also due by month-end. You can mail it to the address mentioned above, or you can pay by email transfer on this side of the border. Sorry — we don’t take reader fees or vendor fees by PayPal. Oh, and by the way, we still have space for one more vendor, so if you’re interested or know someone who might be, please spread the word. And as usual, please feel free to pass this newsletter or the attached flyer on to others. We have some great speakers and we’d like them to have a great turnout.
…Ok, that’s it until next week. Stay warm and don’t let that retrograde get to you!