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DID YOU PAY FOR EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION FOR SOTA 2019?We are very pleased to announce that Donna Van Toen's family is now...
12/07/2020

DID YOU PAY FOR EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION FOR SOTA 2019?

We are very pleased to announce that Donna Van Toen's family is now in a position to offer refunds to those who prepaid for SOTA Astrology Conference 2019. I (Wendy Guy) have been asked to oversee this process on their behalf.

⭐️ DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 18, 2020. Requests after this date will be declined.

⭐️ For the estate records, proof of payment is required. (Receipt for cash/check, and also proof that your check was cashed. Some checks received by Donna may not have been deposited before Donna passed.)

⭐️ Refunds will be issued via PayPal, if possible.

To submit a claim or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Wendy Guy via email at [email protected] BEFORE December 18.

Please share widely, online, by email or organization newsletters. If you know of anyone not on social media who may qualify, please ask them to contact me.

Many thanks to all who have been so patient during the administration of Donna's estate. 🙂

04/20/2019

As many of you are aware, conference chair Donna Van Toen passed away last year. As a result, SOTA 2019 has been canceled. At this point in time, a 2020 conference is up in the air. Thank you for honoring the space around this conference for Donna's family. Please watch this space for any updates.

-Jo Gleason, Social Media Manager (any messages sent to this page, SOTA Astrology Conference will be received by myself.)

02/20/2019

As most of you know, our beloved conference chair Donna Van Toen passed away last year. Many of you have asked about the status of SOTA 2019. As of right now, the SOTA staff is allowing all the time and space needed for Donna's family to grieve and process. We will let you know any updates on the conference as soon as we receive them.

We appreciate your inquiries and dedication to SOTA! For now, let us continue to celebrate Donna's memory, legacy, and contribution to our community.

- Jo Gleason, SOTA social media

11/08/2018

Newsletter is slated to start coming out next week. Meanwhile, I am working on the roster...

10/31/2018

SOTA is on a partial hiatus between conferences. News about 2019 will come soon. In fact, I'm hoping to contact a keynote speaker today...

SOTA 2019, featuring Arielle Guttman, Wade Caves, Kim Farnell, Rick Levine, and many more! Subscribe to our newsletter t...
10/28/2018

SOTA 2019, featuring Arielle Guttman, Wade Caves, Kim Farnell, Rick Levine, and many more! Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date: donnavantoen.com

10/26/2018
Janie

John Green as Saturn STOLE the show at the SOTA 2018 banquet!

John Green as Saturn

Some highlights from SOTA 2018, generously provided by Katharine Gibson Stickevers! Feel free to tag yourself and share!
10/25/2018

Some highlights from SOTA 2018, generously provided by Katharine Gibson Stickevers! Feel free to tag yourself and share!

Some highlights from SOTA 2018, generously provided by Katharine Gibson Stickevers! Feel free to tag yourself and share!

Wade Caves - Astrologer speaking on Length of Life at #sota2018!
10/19/2018

Wade Caves - Astrologer speaking on Length of Life at #sota2018!

Map/Schedules #sota2018
10/19/2018

Map/Schedules #sota2018

10/19/2018

SOTA Astrology Conference Trade Room! - Open to Public daily at 8:30am - Vendors #sota2018

* Astrolabe - Astrology Software and Services
* Barr's Gems & Treasures
* Astrology Books!
* Time Passages AstroGraph Astrology Horoscopes
* IAA International Academy of Astrology
* Janie's Handcrafted Journals
* Lecture Recordings
* Lip Therapy with Amy Lyre
* Young Living Essential Oils

Almost there!!
10/17/2018

Almost there!!

Visit Buffalo Niagara
10/16/2018
Visit Buffalo Niagara

Visit Buffalo Niagara

Find yourself in Buffalo on a breezy day and you might just sniff out one of the city's most endearing hidden qualities - the smell of fresh baked Cheerios at General Mills Cereal.

Featured photo by Tyler Bauer (@teebau_ on Instagram)

10/13/2018

One of our attendees, Lucas Jackson, has had his housing plans fall through at the last minute. If you are looking for a roommate, contact him directly or contact me for his email address. It will save you BOTH money!

10/10/2018

At this time, SOTA registration is no longer on-line. And our room rate has expired, but I'm told we have a few rooms left. You will be able to register for the conference on-site, but at this point the Opening, the banquet, and all luncheons are full.. Again, there may be registrations available at the door, but we can't guarantee that...

For those of you with access to a car...
10/02/2018
Visit Buffalo Niagara

For those of you with access to a car...

Make your distinguished afternoon in Buffalo complete with a spot of tea at seven of the best tea rooms around town:

If you're a nature-lover, there are plenty of trails, including some close to the hotel...
09/27/2018
Visit Buffalo Niagara

If you're a nature-lover, there are plenty of trails, including some close to the hotel...

The forecast calls for cooler, sunny days. Grab your favorite hoodie, lace up your boots and step foot onto some of our favorite hiking trails to take in the autumn views:

Evolving Door Astrology
09/23/2018
Evolving Door Astrology

Evolving Door Astrology

FULL MOON in ARIES
24 September 2018

I'M BACK!!! 😀 Here is the update for the Full Moon in Aries. ♈

"When Aries the Ram is forced to slow down or is held back, it's usually not very happy about it—and might not comply without a fight! However, when combined with strategic, structured and purposeful caution, delays or limitation—by Saturn, for example—the result can be extremely impressive! This Ram becomes a powerful work horse, capable of accomplishing much more than if that horse was free to live by impulses alone..."

Read the whole article.

AND you can also read the missing Low-Down transits from August 26 to September 24. Links are at the top of the Low-Down article.

https://www.evolvingdoor.ca/lowdown/current/lowdowncurrent.htm

09/18/2018

BIG SOTA update: We just got our room rate lowered to $89 US plus tax per night. If you've been sitting on the fence, perhaps this will nudge you to register. But I'd do it soon. At this rate, rooms are going to go quickly...
Also note that you will not be able to buy Opening or Banquet tickets at the door. Reg for these is closing on September 21.

Not sure why they chose to use such an unappealing picture, but if it's good enough for The Wall Street Journal, there's...
09/07/2018
Visit Buffalo Niagara

Not sure why they chose to use such an unappealing picture, but if it's good enough for The Wall Street Journal, there's gotta be something here worth exploring...

Believe the hype. The Wall Street Journal has been paying attention to Buffalo's continuing rebirth and is here to say that you've been putting off a trip to the BUF for far too long.

Featured photo by Buffalo Aerial Photography

The Old Chapel Antique & Artisan Market
09/07/2018

The Old Chapel Antique & Artisan Market

TGIF GIVEAWAY!! Check out our upcoming happenings.. Like & Share this post and we will pick a winner tonight at 9PM to WIN a $10 Gift Card to ORANGE BRICK CAFE opening at The Old Chapel on September 21st.

3 Ways to End Things Using Saturn
09/07/2018
3 Ways to End Things Using Saturn

3 Ways to End Things Using Saturn

Saturn finally went direct! And while it might not seem like it...there was much rejoicing! His energy will produce new opportunitie...

Do you use lots? Have a read...
09/05/2018
Seven Stars Astrology

Do you use lots? Have a read...

Do you know which four lots Valens considered as important as the most important houses of the chart?

Lots are neglected these days, especially in predictive work. Valens advocated profecting the same four lots and even included a chapter dedicated to their profections. The profection of these lots is a powerful predictive technique.

These four lots, all of which are derived from the Lights (Sun and Moon) provide crucial insight into the body and mind, as well as friendly and adversarial relationships, allowing us to dig deeper into the themes of the 1st and 7th house. If you use just four lots, make them these ones.

In this article, I explore the four principal lots in depth, not just in natal delineation but also in prediction. The lots of Love and Necessity figure heavily in the timing of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, as explored in the article.

Recently edited for greater clarity and readability.

http://www.sevenstarsastrology.com/lots-introducing-four-principal-lots/

Sign of the impending equinox...
09/02/2018

Sign of the impending equinox...

AUTUMN IS COMING: The northern autumnal equinox is now only 3 weeks away. Residents of Arctic Canada, however, don't need to look at the calendar to tell them that. The signs are in the sky. "Last night (Sept. 1st), auroras came out at dusk and kept dancing all night long," reports Yuichi Takasaka, who sends this picture from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories:

Displays like these are a sign that autumn is coming.

Researchers have long known that, during weeks around equinoxes, cracks form in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind can pour through the gaps to fuel bright displays of Arctic lights. This is called the the “Russell-McPherron effect,” named after the researchers who first explained it. A recent study covering 75 years of historical geomagnetic records shows that September-October are among the most geomagnetically active months of the year–a direct result of “equinox cracks.”

Stay tuned for more auroras as the equinox approaches.

Visit Buffalo Niagara
09/01/2018
Visit Buffalo Niagara

Visit Buffalo Niagara

Buffalo was named one of the best travel destinations in America by Budget Travel. Now it's time for you to discover the Unexpected Buffalo for yourself!

REMINDER: SOTA Ad space is filling quickly! Contact Jo Gleason for rates and details.
08/13/2018

REMINDER: SOTA Ad space is filling quickly! Contact Jo Gleason for rates and details.

Some damn fine pizza in Buffalo. I could do without the pepperoni, though...
08/13/2018
Is America’s Pizza Capital Buffalo, New York?

Some damn fine pizza in Buffalo. I could do without the pepperoni, though...

In his new book, ‘Buffalo Everything,’ Arthur Bovino makes the case that the Nickel City is the ultimate pizza destination.

08/12/2018

Yes, folks, it's been quiet on here. Hospitals just aren't very inspiring. But I'm out and I'll be working on a new SOTAnews tomorrow. Sign up for it and get ALL the news...And yes, there is still room at the inn and also in the Pres and Posts...

08/11/2018
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

See it while it's here!

The best meteor shower of the year is almost here! Here’s how and when to watch August’s Perseids.

Eclipses with a Skeleton Crew
07/22/2018
Eclipses with a Skeleton Crew

Eclipses with a Skeleton Crew

Moon: Sol, are you ready for us to do our eclipse dance together? Sun: Yes, Luna. I absolutely am; three of them total over five weeks. Bu...

07/22/2018
Integral Astrology

Armand says...

R & R...

Sunday's upbeat Sagittarius Moon starts to dry out the cosmic weather in advance of the Sun's entry into his home sign of Leo later this evening (5:01p EDT, 2:01p PDT, 9:01p GMT).

Before we get there, however, Sol swims through the last degree of Cancer, firing up our sense of connection to home and family, as well as reminding us of our security needs.

We might be inclined to stay closer to home with our nearest and dearest today. It's a good day for a little exploration 'in the neighborhood' or in the next town over.

While potentially uplifting, the Sag Moon might create a tendency in some folks for political polarization and black-and-white, dogmatic thinking. With out-of-bounds and retrograde Mars conjunct the South Node as the only planet in Air, we could have difficulty seeing others' perspectives, or the shortcomings of our own.

We're heading into a week that's packed with astrological aspects: A full Moon lunar eclipse that's conjunct Mars and square Uranus, Mercury stations to retrograde, Venus opposes Neptune and trines Pluto... you get the idea.

It might be a good idea for today to do a little preparation for both personal and work matters, although with the unexpected twists and turns over the next week, perhaps ensuring that you get some rest and relaxation could be the best preparation of all.

Moon, Mercury, Venus this weekend | EarthSky.org
07/15/2018
Moon, Mercury, Venus this weekend | EarthSky.org

Moon, Mercury, Venus this weekend | EarthSky.org

Good opportunity to view Mercury tonight as the young moon sweeps past it. Sunday night's sweep of the moon past Venus will be spectacular!

07/11/2018

Did you know that you can book for SOTA directly from this page? Just hit the blue book now button at the upper right....

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Will there be a SOTA in 2019 since Donna has passed?
I had a visitation from Donna around 4:15 this morning. It was wonderful. There was a group of us in her kitchen and eating and enjoying. Someone was passing different varieties of cheese samplings. There were many things on tall shelves we had to get down. Donna was cutting my hair and I hers. She had reddish brown hair and we were doing layered haircuts....and then she decided to go all silver and so did I. Her hair was long and beautiful and we cut long layered shags into our hairs all over again. We had so much fun talking astrology, learning from her and loving our hair. I wish I could tell you who else was there but we were so into each others hair. Then the party went to a hotel restaurant and we sat at a booth...there were four of us at the particular booth. Again no one I recognized but Donna. This part I felt may have been more of a dream....but not sure. We were speaking and I made mention to being so glad to be there for her memorial. Everyone got up in a panic, including Donna, as it was said that she did not know she had passed. a few moments later she came back to me and told me it was alright. While it was a bit of a shock she is fine and fearless. As we sat back down someone gave her a most beautiful gift, as if it turned into a baby shower. they gave her a white alpaca cloak with a furry hood and tassels with fur or fuzz. It was so precious and so soft. Gorgeous. I wanted to continually stay in the moment of cutting hair in the kitchen. We were laughing and having so much fun. Well there you have it. Just sharing. When I separated from the vision I realized her memorial was several days ago. I wish I could have been there. Much love to everyone
Sad to report Donna died on December 8, 2018. We don’t know if the SOTA conference will be held. David Jordan
I'm delighted to be a part of the 2019 SOTA Astrology Conference in Cheektowaga, NY. I've heard so many good things about it over the years.
John Green as Saturn