Category Archives: SOTA 2017

SOTA 17 September 2017

Hi All,

I just got back from an all-day workshop on transiting Uranus for Astrology Toronto, where we covered everything BUT the transits through the houses. Not only was there a good turnout, I saw people I hadn’t seen in 30 years — literally — plus a friend I had lost touch with between her moves and mine. All in all, a great day. And yes, I DID give out SOTA flyers. Many thanks to those of you who came out and those of you who made this a reality and a happy memory for me!

Canadian Discount

A reminder that the Canadian discount for Full (no-frills) registrations is still on. $250 Canadian at the moment. However, that price will go up to $275 Canadian after the 21st and as I said last week, it’s checks or email transfer only. This is a good way to save money.

Monitor/Tapers Needed

Another good way to save money would be to volunteer to work as a monitor/taper. At the moment we are 2 people short, so we really could use you and you’ll get a FREE conference, plus some other perks like free lunch if you work the lunch or a free banquet if you work the banquet.

You don’t need to have experience, but you DO have to be at the training session at the hotel on the evening of the 18th at 7:30 pm. I’ve had a couple of people ask if they could get the training at other times. I fear that isn’t possible. We don’t have the staff to do training on demand. And we start bright and early Thursday morning. Sorry.

Maybe some of you speakers have a student or a friend who would love to come and can arrange to be free Wednesday night. If so, please spread the word. It is to your advantage and theirs. They get a free conference (and if they are friends, maybe they can share your room), and you get a guarantee that your lecture will be recorded, your handouts passed out, and your requests for water, etc. accommodated promptly.

Please spread the word. I fear I don’t know everybody and I can’t contact everybody myself. I count on you folks to spread the word. The same with the reg rates. People will thank you for saving them money, no matter which side of the border they’re on…

Featured Speaker: Patty Mac

And here’s another good reason to spread the word: Patty Mac is back! You loved her last year and wanted her in a longer format. We’re happy to accommodate. And yes, she’s doing mediumship basics and giving you a chance to experience some of these techniques firsthand. Here’s the blurb:

Basics of Mediumship

Mediumship has to be experienced. Everyone has the ability to connect to the other side of life/the spirit world. Using different exercises to open your third eye and activate your clairvoyance Patty Mac will demonstrate and show you how simple it is to be guided by your intuition as you put aside the material world and connect to the spiritual realm. This is a lecture and a hands-on demonstration for everyone to participate in, practicing Clairvoyance. Clairaudience and Clairsentience.

What about it? Sound good? Well, show up then…
More news next week. Until then, Happy Fall! And don’t forget to share SOTAnews!



SOTA 5 September 2017

Hi Everyone,

Price Break for Canadians

The big news this month is for you Canadians. Now that the dollar is rising, we are able to give you a little bit of a price break for Full or Single Day admissions. By which I mean, you can pay in Canadian funds at par for these until September 30. This is a savings of about $50 until September 21 when the price goes up. Then it’s actually a savings of about $55 in exchange.

As usual, there are some kickers, though:

First of all, this offer is restricted to Canadians. I say this because it wouldn’t be the first time an American has tried to send me Canadian funds when I’ve done this. It won’t work, so be forewarned. This is Canadians only.

Secondly, this is cheque-only. No PayPal. We can’t afford PayPal fees on top of this kind of discount.

Third, this offer is ONLY good for Full Conference or single days. You would STILL have to pay in US funds for Pre and Post Conference stuff and for food functions such as the opening, divination night (yes, there will be snacks at divination night), the banquet, and luncheons. And those can STILL be paid for on the web site.

Fourth, note that our fees go up on the 22nd. The current rates will only be honored until the 21st. That means your cheque must be received by that date. However, you can still pay the increased rate for Full or single-day admissions after that date and until September 30th.

Offer expires September 30th. Cheques should be made payable to Full Circle Seminars and sent to me at 35 Brock St,, Suite 1405, Hamilton, ON L8L 4L7. Or if you happen to be going to my September 16 workshop at Astrology Toronto, (on t.Uranus aspects) you can bring them there and save yourself the postage. And yes, I will also have flyers at the event.

So there it is. I wish it could be more, but it’s the best we can do. And it IS a deal open to all Canadians, so please share the news with your friends.

Special 2018 Price for Attendees

And note, that ALL registrants for at least one day this year are eligible to take advantage of the attendees-only rate for next year. This is again a limited-time, cheques-only thing, but the price is even lower than the early bird rate. And this is the ONLY time we take Canadian funds at par for the Deluxe package at this point. So this is another reason you might want to show up for at least a day this year. We’re hoping to have a good line-up including a couple of overseas speakers next year, so it will again be good.

Half-Day Admissions

For all of you on tight time or money budgets, note that you will be able to get a half-day admission at the door for $55 US. This is cash only. In fact, all registrations at the door are cash only. Please note.

And note that once again we have decided against offering single-session admissions. Sorry. And regrettably, half-day admissions are not eligible for the attendees-only rate for 2018. Sorry again.

Book Your Hotel Room NOW

And if you haven’t reserved your hotel room, it’s time. Call the hotel at 1-800-323-3331 and tell them you’re with SOTA to get the discount. Speakers, you need to do this too. We don’t reserve rooms. You have to do that.

Meanwhile, have you seen our page at SotaAstrologyConference on Facebook??? Check it out! It has all kinds of little tidbits including some wonderful speakers/posters featuring those on our roster and links to their lecture blurbs. All thanks to the amazing Jo Gleason!

Featured Speaker: Marilyn Mazzotta

And speaking of speakers, here’s another blurb, this time from Marilyn Mazzotta:

Moon Families

Just as life often displays patterns, so does our moon. Each new moon creates a cycle. This pattern spans approximately 2 1/4 years. When a new moon cycle conjoins a planet, in our chart, it could activate a very profound working tool for timing. A great concept for all astrologers who uses forecasting or predictive astrology.

Marilyn lectured last year. If you heard her then, you may want to hear her again. If you didn’t, well, here’s another chance.


Note that there will be no newsletter next week. I need to catch up on program book stuff and also to prepare for my workshop in Toronto on the 16th. I will, however, be back with more news the following week.

Meanwhile, have a good one! And please share this newsletter!



SOTA 30 August 2017

Hi Everyone,

Going to start this edition of SOTAnews with:

A Few Requests…

Speaking Slots 2018

First of all, if you are interested in a speaking slot, there aren’t any. You would need to apply in November for 2018. I will be looking at blurbs and bios for 2018 at that time. Sending them now will NOT get you a foot in the door. In fact, chances are good that I’ll misplace them between now and then.

Trade Room 2017

Secondly, we have some space in the trade room. Can you please tell your friends? We are open to pretty much anything other than books, soaps, minerals, or software. These are small spaces, so the cost for the duration (Thursday -Sunday) would be only $100 US. Have your friends contact me or contact me yourself if you’re interested.

Reserve Your Hotel Room NOW

Third, please reserve your hotel room if you haven’t already done so. Once the rooms are gone, they are probably gone, since we can’t guarantee that we can get any more. Reserve NOW by calling the hotel at 1-800-323-3331 and tell them you’re with SOTA. This will save both of us headaches.

Lecture Recordings

Fourth, I am already getting asked about the availability of recordings. I don’t handle this. That would be Sara Cartwright. And Sara can’t guarantee availability until she knows the lecture has been recorded successfully. So again, your best bet is to wait until AFTER the conference to submit your requests. That said, I will  include Sara’s email closer to the date.

Featured Speaker: Julie Simmons

OK, announcements/requests over. Let’s look at another lecture topic: As you know, Julie Simmons is one of our regulars. And she has a very good knack for coming up with something fresh and timely each and every year.

Here’s her topic for 2017:

Astrology in the age of Gender Bending

The language of astrology is as fraught with stereotypes and political correctness the same as the surrounding culture. In this session we will challenge our assumptions and play with possibilities.

Julie LIKES to be gently experiential, so be prepared to literally play with those possibilities as required.

Also note that Julie will be a part of the Something Old, Something New Panel, along with several others. This will also be good — especially for those of you trying to sort out your primary astrological focus, be it modern or traditional.


OK, I am behind with everything tonight, so II’m going to keep this short and sweet. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share:




SOTA 23 August 2017

Hi Everyone,

First of all, a reminder that if you are planning to attend David Cochrane’s Opening, pre-registration is strongly advised. Once we put in our food orders, we will be unable to add anyone else in.

And speaking of food, this is what we’ve tentatively got planned for the Opening. I’m still waiting to hear from the hotel about several things, so this, as well as our banquet, is still subject to change. Here we go:

  • Assorted finger sandwiches (depending on what they can offer)
  • Fresh seasonal vegetable display with dip
  • Prosciutto and melon
  • Assorted mini quiche (depending on what they can offer)
  • Baked brie with French bread and raspberry sauce, fresh sliced apples, and pears
  • Swedish meatballs
  • There is a cash bar and there will additionally be coffee and tea.
  • And we may add to this later on, depending on what we hear from the chef.

Vegetarians, this is your last chance to give input. So far I’ve heard from nobody. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem!

Still on the subject of food, I promised to give you the luncheon lecture descriptions. But before I do that, I just want to let people know how luncheons work.

  1. First of all, you can sign up on site.
  2. Go to the reg desk and you’ll get a menu.
  3. Fill it out and return it to the reg desk by 10 am.

That’s all there is to it. But please note that they DO need to be in by 10 am. We can’t guarantee to accommodate you after that, as we have to turn the menus in. Lunches, by the way, are generally sandwiches or salads in one variety or another.

And what about the lectures du jour?

Featured Speakers: Luncheon Lectures

On Friday our feature is Tamara Small:

Stricture or Warning Sign:  Debunking the Myth of the Invalid Horary Chart

This workshop will explore the “considerations before judgment,” giving the astrologer the interpretive understanding for each of them, with chart examples.  Participants are encouraged to bring questions or so-called “invalid” charts of their own for discussion as well.

Tamara was well-received last year. I’m sure this year will be the same. She is both passionate about and experienced with horary.


On Saturday our feature is Mj Patterson:

Rocking Your Retrogrades

In our own charts and in the sky, retrogrades can drive us a special kind of crazy! Bring your chart – we will work hands-on to make lemonade of our retrograde lemons!

Also note that Mj will be lecturing on Friday morning on Discovering and Maximizing Personal Genius.


On Sunday our feature is John Marani:

Learning Tarot Archetypes Through Pop Culture

This presentation will examine several archetypes in the major arcana of the tarot and discuss how pop culture can play a pivotal role in understanding the true nature of each card.

John is a knowledgeable and entertaining presenter. If the Tarot interests you, this will interest you.

Featured Speaker: Donna Van Toen

Also, I am doing a transiting Uranus lecture on Saturday, September 16, and as a result, I have been asked what the differences will be between that and my conference lecture. Well, first of all, the September event is an all-day workshop and it will be focusing very heavily on aspects and phase cycles. This is the blurb for the conference lecture:

Uranus Transits and Liberation

Yes, Uranus can symbolize things breaking up or breaking down. It can also symbolize the process of liberation. Uranus helps us change and move beyond conditioning and what we’re used  to. We’ll explore the Uranus cycle of transits through the houses in this lecture. Find out where your next breakthrough is coming from and what you might be freeing yourself from.

This is not quite as entry level as it sounds, as we’ll be discussing the impact of Uranus in the houses in quite a bit of depth as well as how to spot your next breakthrough, We know that Uranus will not be active for the full duration of its time in the house. Learn to spot when it WILL be active and what it will be doing.


And there you have it. A bunch of food for thought about food for the mind and food for the body.

Catch you next week!.



SOTA 16 August 2017

Hi Everyone,

Lots of news this time, so let’s get started:

Special Offers

First of all, I am getting a lot of queries from people on a budget as to whether they can come for just one session. We haven’t made a decision on the single session thing, but we rarely allow this option.

We WILL be offering a half-day ticket for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. That will be $55 cash at the door. No advance registration.

Third, until August 31 we are offering a bit of a price break on single-day admissions in the main conference. They will still cost $100 but until August 31, you can get a free lunch thrown in. Just pick your day and you’ll get the lunch of the day with speaker until space runs out.

Lunches, by the way, are not fancy. They run to salads and sandwiches plus coffee or tea. But you will get to choose your own lunch; just turn in your lunch form before 10 am on that day. And you’re getting a lecture to go with that lunch. (I’ll post lunch descriptions next time.)

So that’s a bit of a savings for you I hope. We have a budget to meet too, so we have to be careful about cutting costs. But a free lunch is a free lunch. I’m hoping some of you locals may turn out as a result. And yes, please DO share this with your friends.

The only restrictions are: 1) These packages are one to a customer. 2) Payment is by cheque only. Make your cheque payable to Full Circle Seminars and send it to me at 35 Brock St., Suite #1405, Hamilton, ON L8L 4L7 Canada. And note that Canada does NOT have Saturday mail delivery. Allow 5 mail days for your cheque to arrive. And make sure it gets here by August 31. Because 3) This offer will expire as of midnight August 31.

Raffles and Prize Draws

Secondly, I’ve had quite a few queries about raffles and prize draws and the like. So let’s sort this out: We always have a 50-50 draw at the banquet. The winner gets half of what we collect. Occasionally there are other raffles at the banquet as well. Those depend on what we’re donated, if anything. And we may draw them at either the raffle or the prize draw on Sunday. In any case, we’ll try to tell you what’s being drawn when, though usually we don’t know how many raffles we will have until the conference.

The prize draw on Sunday is not a raffle. If you’re registered, you get a ticket. We then draw tickets for an assortment of prizes. These are all donated and vary from year to year — books, various astro-kits and Tarot kits, jewelry, astro-kitsch like candles and incense burners and pretty much anything else. You could go home with a very nice souvenir. Our speakers have been very generous with donations in the past and some of our attendees have been generous as well. Again, we never know what we’ll get, but a couple of years, we’ve had enough that some people won 2 prizes. So it’s worth your while to stick around for the closing because you have to be present to win.

Banquet Menu

OK, I mentioned the banquet earlier. The menu is still tentative, but this is what we have so far:

  • House salad
  • Rolls and butter
  • Fresh tomato and mozzarella display with basil vinaigrette
  • Seafood pasta salad
  • Lemon glazed chicken breast
  • Herb crusted salmon filet
  • Tortellini primavera
  • Au gratin potatoes
  • Green beans almondine
  • Dessert
  • Coffee, tea

At this time I am waiting to hear if the kitchen can do us a good eggplant parmesan or something else vegetarian that isn’t pasta. And for those of you who don’t eat cheese, PLEASE let me know. We can do separate plates for you, but I have to know when I put the orders in. The rest of you are also free to make suggestions; just remember I have a budget. And since this is buffet style, yes, you can taste everything.

Featured Speaker: Chantal Patenaude

OK, since we talked about one-day passes, let’s talk about a lecture. Last year, Chantal Patenaude did a lecture on what she calls “the unified chart”. It generated a lot of interest and a lot of positive feedback. So she’s going to talk about it again. Here’s the blurb:

The New ‘Unified’ Chart

The latest research on the unified chart and its implications for relationships of all kinds. What it is, how to set it up, the connection to sacred geometry and the twin flame phenomenon.

As you can see,  this is a synastry lecture. And no, it isn’t a rehash of last year. Nor is it a continuation of last year’s lecture. Whether, you attended last year or not,  you’ll learn something. So if you’re interested in synastry, this might be for you.


OK, luncheon lecture descriptions next time. Meanwhile I’m running late as usual. So have a good week and I’ll catch you later…