Category Archives: SOTA 2017

SOTA 28 February 2017

Hi  Everyone,

We’re almost in March. And spring. Mind you, the weather has been very pleasant here for February, but I suspect that winter is going to have one last hurrah. It usually does… It DID snow last night here, but by noon it was all gone. Not exactly a hurrah… Just a reminder.

Single Day Registration

I’ve had a number of  queries  on a number of things. First of all, people who can only attend for a day and wonder which day would be best to attend. That’s a question I don’t feel I can answer, because to a large extent it depends on you and your choices. There are good speakers and good topics every day, it just depends on what you’re interested in and who you want to here.

Several of our most-requested speakers are speaking on Friday, so if you can make it on  Friday, that might be a good choice. But Saturday  is good too — especially  if you  like psychological. And Sunday  offers a lot of topic variety, plus the prize draw. So trust your gut and  choose accordingly. And yes,  you can come for a day or come for the duration. What works for you  works for us.

New and Returning Speakers

We have brought back those speakers whose feedback was particularly positive  last time, including Christopher Renstrom. Dawn Silver, Franco, Ellen Bourn,   and Jessica  Lanyadoo, so those of you who were here last year know some of what to expect. Additionally, we have our Pre and Post  Conference speakers,  Greg Bogart, Grace K. Morris, Gary  Caton, and Adam Gainsburg, all of whom are known for their high-quality presentations.

And we’ve even managed to hook in some new voices for the jaded among you — Gabriel Rosas  (who was drawing raves from a couple of  speakers last year, despite being  only an attendee), Darri Low-Murphy (who has lectured at major conferences but seems to be somewhat underknown), Carmine, Inge Lohse (a seasoned pro from Edmonton who has probably  forgotten more than some of you ever knew), and  Naomi Bennett (an astrologer from Texas who has many interesting  ideas.) So as usual, there’s no  lack of talent  or knowledge this year.

Featured Speaker: Dawn Silver

As an example,  let’s look at Dawn  Silver. Dawn was at SOTA for the first time last year,  and if request to bring her back are any indication, she was one of your favorites. Here’s her 2017 topic:

Cosmic Origins of Crystal Healing

We are one with the unified energy of the cosmos…. connected to the universal crystalline umbilical cord of coded light.  How did we get here?

In this class we shall explore the cosmic origins of crystals as seen thru the eyes of spiritual science and learn effective ways to utilize gemstone energies for your well being and their natural vibrational medicine healing.  You will learn which stones are best suited for you ancestral patterns.

We shall cover various techniques including: sympathetic resonance, the spectrograph (bio-illuminations of gems via color emanations), elemental signatures and cultural aspects, including Vedas and Anthroposophy. This class incorporates unique scientific and healing techniques, as well as astrology.

Some of you may know that I’m fairly snotty about a fair number of gem books, Not  Dawn’s, however. She knows her stuff! So  if this topic interests you, or if you enjoyed Dawn last year, you are guaranteed to enjoy this lecture!

And don’t forget that Dawn will also be reading with her Gemstone Oracle Deck at  the Divination Night on Friday night. This is definitely different from a traditional Tarot reading.  The Divination Night, including one free reading, is included in the Deluxe Conference Package.


If I’ve convinced you and you haven’t registered yet, I invite you to go to the Registration Page  and register now. Fees go up next month, so why pay more?? We’d love to see you there for the day or for the duration. Just choose the day that meets your needs and interest best. Sign-up is quick and easy.

And meanwhile,  please share SOTAnews with your friends. We NEED more attendees if we are to keep on growing — or just plain keeping on. So if you like us, share us. Let your friends like us too. There’s plenty of room for everybody, here, and you can be assured that you won’t be just another body…

Until next week, have a good one!




SOTA 21 February 2017

Hi All,

All is quiet on the SOTA front at the moment, possibly because the NCGR conference is on. I am sitting here feeling kind of sorry I missed it, but the weather really put me off. Last time  they did Baltimore in February I missed connections, missed the hotel shuttle because it wasn’t operating by the time I got there and then coming back, they lost my luggage, which had my diverticulitis meds in it and as a result wound up at emergency  2 days later with a flare-up. It was a great conference — and I’m sure this one is too — but not great enough to tempt me to go through the weather/transportation hassles again this time. And in any case, I had stuff to do here, some of which has been hanging fire for far too long. So here I am…

And speaking of being here, I want to thank the great many of you who are regulars at SOTA. Some of you have been coming  to SOTA  since the very beginning in Toronto. We appreciate your support and hope you’ll be once again supporting SOTA this year. Many of you talk about  SOTA being not only an educational experience with great lectures but also a  great  social experience and a gathering of the clan. We are very happy to see you once again and yes, for  me too it’s a great chance to catch up with as many of  you as possible.  That said, we’d also love to  attract new attendees, because without  growth, we can’t  keep SOTA   alive. So  as usual we’re asking you to  share  SOTAnews with friends and talk it up.

SOTA Banners

We’ll  also be asking you to spread the word by posting a SOTA banner on  your website or your email. If you are a speaker or have already registered, you’ve got yours already. Staff, yours will be coming. And if anyone else wants  one, just let me know. This is a tasteful banner, which was done by the amazing Wendy Guy.  We  even have  a special one for speakers that says you’re speaking. So keep your eyes open for this and please consider helping us by displaying it.

Price Increase: March 21st

Meanwhile, we are about a month away from the first cut-off, which is when prices increase. If you haven’t registered already, take a minute and go to the Registration Page. Why pay more? And if you wait until the rates go up, you will. Though you DO still have plenty of  time to get in on the lower  rates via PayPal.

For those of you who prefer to send a cheque, you can do that  too. Make it payable  to Full Circle Seminars and send it  to me at 35 Brock St., Suite 1405, Hamilton, ON, L8L 4L7 CANADA. And if you’re planning to pay by cheque, better do it soon. Canada Post is not speedy with international mail. A cheque from the  US  can sometimes take 2 weeks to get from you to me. Other times, it takes only 5-6 days, but since there is no rhyme or reason, you’re best to play it safe. If it doesn’t make  it  here by March 21, you’ll be in for the higher rate. And note that we don’t get mail here on Saturdays…

Featured Speaker: Ellen Bourn

And let’s talk about one of the speakers  who has become  a perennial favorite, Ellen Bourn. Ellen has been with us at  SOTA  almost since its inception. Why? Because she gets rave reviews, that’s why. She also has  excellent and original material. This year will be no exception. Here’s her topic:

Spiritual and Kabbalistic interpretation of Transits.

Spiritual Astrology believes that the Soul has selected its birth hour, place and time prior to incarnating on the Earth Plane. Your natal chart is a map of your Soul’s progression in this lifetime. Earthly conditions that arise during transits are an opportunity to reposition yourself Karmatically.

When there is also an understanding of the Spiritual and Evolutionary meaning of the Transit, in concert with the Spiritual lesson a more meaningful reading and life understanding can be offered by the Professional Astrologer. Our discussion will be regarding how to share this information for the client’s benefit and improve your ability as an Astrologer. You will be able to communicate this level of information and create a more meaningful reading for your client.

Sound good? Well then, come and join us. You won’t be disappointed.

OK,  see you next  week. Have a good one  folks!



SOTA 16 February 2017

Hi All,

Here we are again.  And it looks like winter is back too. Hang  in there. It will soon be spring, then summer, then fall and SOTA-time. The time passes quickly.

SOTA: A Friendly Setting

We know you count on SOTA to be an enjoyable conference with friendly, accessible speakers. At bigger conferences this isn’t always the case. Speakers hang  out with  other speakers and sometimes  have  little  time for rank-and-file attendees. That’s not the case here.  We all play nicely together and the speakers have time for you unless you’re trying to monopolize them. That said, there is also an element of reunion at  SOTA, because a great many of our attendees have been coming to SOTA for a long time. But don’t worry — if this is your first SOTA, they will also go out of the way to make you feel welcome. Because that’s how SOTA is.  And it’s very hard not to meet people at SOTA. A lot of friendships have formed over the years and each year a few more form. So don’t be afraid that you’ll be wandering around alone for the duration of the conference. You won’t be.

Featured Speaker: Grace K. Morris

Not only are we friendly, we pride ourselves on good, solid, interesting lectures from top-notch speakers, both well-known and not-so-well-known. One such lecturer is Grace K. Morris. As you  probably already know, Grace is doing a Pre-Conference  on Thursday  on The Stock Market and the Economy (as in Global Economy). But she’s also doing another 2-hour presentation that may be of particular interest for those of you looking to get your feet wet in Financial Astrology. Here it is:

Introduction to Financial Astrology

Everything you wanted to know about the field of financial astrology and how you can get started and profitably participate. Questions welcome.

Short, sweet, and to the point. Just like Grace, who is nothing if not clear. If you’ve always wanted to learn about financial astrology, come and check  this out! You’ll be learning from one of the best!
Grace has presented at SOTA before, but it’s been years since she’s been here. Please welcome her back.

Featured Speaker: Emmajay Paterson

Another lecturer back this year is Emmajay Paterson. Emma is a seasoned astrologer, but she’s only recently started to make a name for herself outside  of Canada. She is high-energy and dynamic in addition to having good material. So we’re going to keep her busy this year.  She will  be one of our openers on Friday with Discovering and Maximizing Personal Genius. Here’s a description of that lecture:

Fan Your Inner Flame –  Discovering & Maximizing Personal Genius

Each birthchart is unique and each of us possesses an inner magic uniquely our own. Let’s use the chart to unlock the secrets of that genius and discover how best to share it with the world.

Emmajay will then be back on Saturday to do a luncheon lecture:

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!

And you can also avail yourself of Emmajay’s expertise  at our Divination Night on Friday, where she will be Dukkering. And what’s that, you  might ask. It’s a Romany word for fortune telling with playing cards.  Should  be very interesting…

Divination Night

In fact,  we’re hoping our entire Divination Night will be interesting. Things are moving along there — we now have 3 committed readers: Emmajay Paterson, John Marani (Tarot), and  Dawn Silver (Jewels of the Lotus Gemstone Healing Oracle). I also have another 3 people to contact who have expressed interest. So it  looks like we will have  some interesting things for you to explore on Friday night too. If you would like to offer some divinatory wisdom, contact me.  We’re still open and you don’t have to be a speaker to have a table.

Promotional SOTA Banners Coming Soon

On other fronts, speakers will soon have a SOTA banner to put on their  website. In fact,  you will have your choice of  banner sizes. Please take advantage of this.  It will help you and us… And if you’re not a speaker but would  like to promote SOTA anyway, contact me. I’m sure we can arrange something.

Will catch you next week when  I hope it will be warmer!




SOTA 7 February 2017

Hi All,

I am back from teaching in Cincinnati and ready  to  get back to work on SOTA.

Divination Night

First up, let’s talk about what has happened to the mediums. For several years now, we have had mediums, so this year we’re looking at trying something new.  Specifically,  a Divination Night. There are a lot of you — both attendees and speakers — who have divinatory talents.

We want  to give 10 of you a chance to show  your  stuff. We are hoping to get  a  variety  of  divinatory techniques, Tarot, runes, crystal ball, maybe numerology. We’ll take  mediums as well.  We may even take horary astrologers if we get any. And that’s the catch — we first of all have to get 10 of you willing to give somewhere between 6 and 10 ten-minute readings. These would be unpaid, but any beyond that would be at  attendee’s expense.

So every attendee will be guaranteed one reading, but if they want to try out  more than one discipline/reader,  there  will be a nominal charge, which will go to the  readers.

You’ll be hearing more about this as it evolves. Right now we are calling for volunteers. And be aware that  we already have one Tarot reader. We would prefer not to have more than 2, so if you apply after those two slots are taken, you will be put on a back-up list. The way to apply is to  email  me and tell me what  you are willing to do. I  will compile a list and we will take it from there. Interested? Contact me!

And yes,  for those of you who just want readings, the first reading — along with the coffee, tea, and cookies—  is  included as part of your  Deluxe registration package. Or if you  don’t  have a  Deluxe  registration package, you can get a ticket for only $15.00.

Breaks Between Lectures

Just one more thing to make the conference more interesting. Which is what  we try  to do. Our goal is a well-organized conference where attendees, speakers, vendors, and staff can learn in a comfortable environment at a comfortable pace. Which, by the way, is why we’re back to half hour breaks between lectures. Fifteen minutes  didn’t give people the time they wanted and needed to hit the trade room, the bathroom, etc.

Featured Speaker: Wade Caves

…And speaking of interesting, I’m happy to report that  Wade Caves will be back. And those of you who are interested in medical astrology — whether traditional or modern — should be very happy too. Decumbiture charts are  a  very useful tool  for medical  astrologers, or so I think. Read the blurb and see what YOU think…

The Horary Astrologer’s Guide to Decumbiture

Historically, astrology and natural philosophy formed the cornerstone of medicine. Through decumbiture charts, astrologers assessed the true root of an illness, identified its severity and also its cure, while forecasting the cycle of critical periods. Decumbiture charts are judged very similarly to horary figures, with a few unique techniques. This presentation explores the basics of humour theory, the use of decumbiture charts through historical and modern chart examples, and the doctrine of sympathy and antipathy in determining cause of illness and the path to treatment.

Does it sound good? I think so. And  by the way, while I am not a  traditional astrologer (though some of the people at this conference may convert me yet) I have managed to used  decumbiture  charts with remarkable accuracy. This one is truly one for your bag of tricks…

Webmistress: Wendy Guy

Last  but not least, a reminder that our webmistress, Wendy Guy, is for hire. And believe me, she will do a good job. I have  nothing but praise for her. But she’s happiest when she’s busy and I can’t always give her enough work to do. And since I’m happiest when she’s happy, you will make us both happy by checking out what she has to offer.

OK, folks, until next week.




SOTA 20 January 2017

Hi All,

In many respects, being an  astrologer is a rather solitary profession.  We  spend vast quantities of time alone — setting up  charts, studying  charts, reading, and studying. And most non-astrologers don’t understand what we do —not even if we explain. Some find it very glamorous — which it can be. If you do  well, you get to travel — but only after you’ve prepared all those charts and handouts. And once  you get there, you can expect to spend much of your time working. In fact, I know  several people who not only lecture and teach and  do  charts  while away but also take other work  with them. Some  people see it as an easy job and expect you to give them free readings. And some just plain  aren’t interested. And as you advance in your studies, it gets harder and harder to find kindred spirits to share your passion with on a fairly level playing field.

That’s  where conferences come in. At a conference,  you can  spend 3 days with kindred  spirits, socializing and eating, sleeping, and  breathing astrology with knowledgeable people who share your passion.  They understand  what you   do. They’re  mostly  interested in what  you do and  how you do it. And they are often willing to share their knowledge both  in  lectures  and  out of them. In fact, some of the best discussions I’ve ever had have not been in the  lectures at  all but rather in the hospitality room or in someone’s room or in the bar after lectures where you start to compare notes and see  where those lectures have taken people.

The other neat thing about conferences is that you not only get to hear those speakers you’ve read or seen on video; you get to talk to them. No book or video can do that.

Keynote Speaker: David Cochrane

Take for example, our keynote  speaker David Cochrane. David  has some excellent videos on  YouTube. And yeah,  you can watch them  at home for free. But  you won’t  get your  questions answered that way.  And  you won’t have the  benefit of other people’s questions or input either. (And yes, sometimes these questions can  be annoying or the input irrelevant. A good speaker knows how to deal with that, though, so he or she can deliver  what was promised  and sometimes  more.) Last year, David  Cochrane was one  such  speaker and many of you  wanted more.  So this year he’s back. He’ll be lecturing in  the main  portion  of the conference and  additionally will be doing our keynote:

The Astrologer’s Journey: Roller Coasters and Merry-Go-Rounds

David will share with us how his passion for astrology has resulted in a life-long roller coaster ride. On the other hand, some astrologers are enjoying a pleasant ride on a merry-go-round. David illustrates his points with humorous stories that also have some serious implications for how we can best pursue astrology and best serve our clients.

This will be an informal and informative event, complete with good nibblies and a cash  bar. So while  it  may be more expensive than staying home, you will have all the  comforts of home while listening, except maybe your pajamas.  And so long as your pajamas cover all the  appropriate parts,  you can even  wear  your pajamas  if you really want to —  though frankly, one  of the  things  I like about conferences  is that they give  us a  chance to dress up a bit.

David  will also be  lecturing in the main portion of  the conference.  And when not lecturing, you may sometimes find him and Fei at the Cosmic Patterns table in the trade  room. Drop by and have  a  look  at their programs, which are also largely David’s work.

Trade Room

We are still at first call for the trade room — and  STILL looking  for  a  jewellry vendor — but   I have it on good authority that Silver Raven Soaps will  also be back—  and  Lisanne informs me that there could very well  be some new products. If  you are a  vendor, now is a good time to reserve your space. So  contact  me, huh? We’re trying to get a good variety of items in the trade  room, and you just might have what we’re  looking for!

Divination Night

Oh,  and  for those of you  who  are  scratching your head  and asking “Where are the mediums?” here’s the deal. We’re having  something  a little different this year  on  Friday night — a Divination night.  This  allows some  of you with various metaphysical skills  to show them off, and we’re  expecting to have Tarot,  runes, and crystal  ball  among other things. And yes, there could well be some mediums too. I hope to have more news on this in a couple  of weeks once I get the  kinks  worked out.  So stay tuned.

The next SOTAnews will appear around February 7, since I will be traveling to Midwest School of Astrology in the interim as well as dealing with some SOTA-related administrivia and doctor’s appointments. In the interim, stay warm and watch out for that  freezing  rain that’s going around.