Speaking Schedule

I am privileged to be speaking at several local and international events in 2017 and 2018. I hope to see you at some of them!

03 June 2017 - 11 am
5th Annual Halifax Spirit Expo

Halifax Forum
2901 Windsor Street
Halifax, NS B3K 5E5
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Introduction to the Zodiacs 

Most people know their Tropical Sun Sign and refer to this as " I am an Aries" or "I am a Virgo". Did you know that nearly every culture in the world has its own Zodiac? How does the Western one compare with others in the world? Which one is True?  Come broaden your understanding of the Round Art with Astrologer Mj Patterson in support of the APAA.

19 August 2017 - 10:30 am
Full Day Astrology Intensive

Nan's Rock Shop
13995 Nova Scotia Trunk 1,
Wilmot, NS B0P 1W0
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Full Day Astrology Intensive  $40 Prepay

Looking at the Stars is a lot  more fun if you know how to read them!  Deborah Clahane and Mj Patterson of the APAA will co-teach a full day intensive on how to accurately and effectively make sense of a basic natal chart. It takes years of training to become fully qualified in astrology, but this workshop will give you the basic tools to do a quick "read" for friends and family. Bring a packed lunch. 

15 to 17 September, 2017
Canada's Astrology Conference

Royal Executive Hotel
2828 – 23 Street NE
Calgary, AB  T2E 8T4

Fate vs Free Will

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to sail through life, almost as though they were here on holiday, while other folks seem to end up at the mercy of external circumstances?  The birthchart can offer key insights into how fate and free will play out in our lives as well as pointers on how to work the chart to come out whole, even in the face of daunting circumstances. 


31 January to 04 February, 2018

28th International Astrological Conference  ~  Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology & Institute of Vedic Culture for Public Welfare Kolkata

Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) Bidhan Nagar, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, 



Chocolate-Coated (Math-Free) Time-Check Techniques

Rectification is stuffy and boring right? – too complicated and way too much math?  What if you had a bag of easy tools to rough-check a birth time, so that you could begin with confidence knowing the chart actually belongs to the client? Some of these tools are even fun! (Chocolate not included)


29 May,2018 11:00am - 12:15pm

United Astrology Conference (UAC) 

540 N Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL


The Progressed Sun: Who Are We Becoming?

As a predictor, the Progressed Moon gets all the glory, but the Progressed Sun, as the Evolving Self has its own story to tell. Let's explore how the Sun moves through signs and houses, what happens when it converses with (aspects) other planets and how we can use this information to map our way forward

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Hamm sees a need to 'be clearer' 

Tory message not getting through, Premier says

By Kevin Carmichael, the Canadian Press -- Halifax Mail Star, Mon, Nov 22 1999 p.A1&A2

John Hamm

This is Day 99 of John Hamm's reign in Nova Scotia and already the Tory premier, who's been called callous and mean-spirited, says he feels misunderstood. "We have to be clearer in terms of telling Nova Scotians what we're doing and why we're doing it," Hamm said in a recent interview at his office. The Tories' first legislative session, which draws to a close this week, aroused the anger of unions, the disabled and even a religious order.

In the last few weeks, the new government has withheld $2.2 million in charity-destined casino profits; scrapped a plan to improve the accessibility of public buildings; outlawed a strike by the country's lowest-paid paramedics; and cancelled a nursinghome licence sought by a congregation of Roman Catholic sisters. Hamm told a business crowd last week that the days of governing for special interests are over but said the business sector is a "big interest" rather than a special interest. His words and actions have sent a chill through the province's social-activist community. "I think it will be quite difficult to get an audience," said Pauline Raven, a child advocate from the from the Annapolis Valley, who says Nova Scotia's child poverty rate is, "among the worst in the country."I don't think John Hamm is being as responsive as he was during the election campaign".

Hamm bristles at labels, especially the tag that he's a Maritime version of Ontario Premier Mike Harris. This is not Ontario. The solutions that would work in Ontario, in my mind, are not solutions that would work here in Nova Scotia",sald Hamm, pounding his fists on his desk. "We are a different province. We have a different economy. We have different social requirements.We have a different culture." Hamm says his critics don't understand what he's trying to do - get the province out of hock so it can afford good social programs.

The province's October budget showed a $497-million deficit. About 940,000 Nova Scotians are Carrying a $10-billion debt, the highest per capita debt burden of any province. The government promises to balance the budget in three years and introduce a tax reduction in the fourth . Hamm has embarked on a massive program review. Every government activity - he's tallied 1,126 programs so far - is on the table. And an independent committee dominated by business people has been assigned to suggest areas where the Tories can sink their knife. The premier said it would have been silly to go forward with new programs in a time of "restraint, noting that everything scrapped over the first three months in office was in the works but not yet operational. "We are very clearly concerned about access for the disabled. We are concerned about the programs charities deliver. We are concerned about all Nova Scotians who

 need help," Hamm said. But Hamm's words ring hollow to Rick Clarke, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. That's because the Tories signed a $2.2S-million deal to train 300 new call-centre workers for the Bank of Nova Scotia, which made more than $1 billion in profits last year. "That money could have gone to charities or the disabled," said Clarke, adding that the bank can afford to train its own workers.

Hamm refuses to apologize for the deal. Training was a campaign promise, he says, and the new jobs will pay for themselves in new taxes within three years. "1 am concerned about the fact that the majority of Nova Scotians seem to continue to think that we have written a cheque to the Bank of Nova Scotia, which is clearly not the case," said Hamm, banging his desk again. "1 think that's a good investment. And we will continue to make those kinds of investments."

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Pollsters' predictions proved less than stellar

By Michael Lightstone,
--  Halifax Chronicle Herald, Wed 28 July 1999 p.C1

The Conservative majority victory showed that polls done during the 39-day campaign fell short of their neck-and-neck predictions, says an analyst. "Polls are just a snapshot, they're not 100 per cent accurate," political scientist Agar Adamson said 'fuesday night. "They don't give you an exact picture, they give you a fuzzy picture of voting intentions." The most recent poll was done by Toronto-based Logit Group. Its results, released July 22, found 37 per cent of decided voters supported the Tories, 36 backed the NDP and 2S favoured the Liberals. Mr. Adamson said most voters still value poll results, though some people appear to "be getting tired of polling and pollsters." He said there are problems with today's polling and how findings are reported. "You can cook your results by the way you ask your questions," he said. "Also, I'm ... of the view that publication of polls should be limited. I would like to see the last two weeks of a campaign prohibiting the publication of polls."

Results from two other polls released July 19 indicated a too-close-to-call vote that would spawn another minority government. At that point in the campaign, a Corporate Research Associates poll showed the Tories with 32 percent of decided voters, the NDP 31 and the Liberals 28. A parallel Omnifacts Research poll had the NDP slightly ahead, with the backing of 35 percent of decided voters, the Conservatives 34 and the Grits 31. An early campaign poll from Corporate Research showed the Liberals ahead, with support of decided voters at 34 per cent, the NDP 30 and the Tories 26. Politicians have used polls to promote themselves and their parties, attack the opposition or pin a loss on the results.

In 1988, former Liberal leader Vince MacLean said a poll cost him the election. The poll had suggested John Buchanan's Tories were far ahead of the Grits. Mr. Adamson, who teaches at Acadia University in Wolfville, said poll results can cause a bandwagon effect, in which voters are swayed to support the projected winning party. "People like to support a winner," he said. "In the Maritimes, particularly in the rural areas, people don't want to be on the opposition side of the House. A lot of that thinking is outdated, but it's still there."

It turned out astrological indications were more accurate than polls. After analysing charts for the three mainstream party leaders, Dartmouth astrologer Mj Patterson predicted the Tories would win the election.

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Tory Win Written in the Stars

By Patricia Brooks, Staff Reporter 
--  Halifax Chronicle Herald, Sun 18 July 1999 p.A1&A2

ToryWinDartmouth Astrologer Mj Patterson does not like to make predictions.  But when asked to analyse the astrological charts of the three mainstream party leaders, she said her data indicates the Tories will win the July 27 provincial election. However when Nova Scotians discover the "true impact" of the election, she warns there will be "angry words and backlash". A student of astrology since 1980, Ms. Patterson is one of few people in Canada to pass and international exam in Chicago to qualify as a professional astrologer. She has a Masters in Education and once taught high school, but now teaches Astrology.

With the help of Montréal Astrologer M. Axel Harvey, Ms. Patterson was able to chart out the path of the election by matching the charts and personality progressions of NDP Leader Robert Chisholm, Tory Leader John Hamm and Liberal Leader Russell MacLellan against the chart of the province and the planet positions on election day. "I'm doing this by the seat of my pants," said Ms. Patterson, a professional counselling astrologer and military computer technician. " I had no other information to go by... but it's an experiment, not gospel. 

"I'm not into politics at all" she said " My mother had to tell me who the leaders are." There is no astrological chart on record for the founding of Nova Scotia, so Ms. Patterson chose the first proclamation of "responsible government" in the province, - 12:13:56 pm, Feb 2, 1848 in Halifax to determine its political birth. "This date marked the beginning of elections and elected officials. These people all want to be the legislative leader of this province, so I thought it was fitting."

Ms. Patterson considered the place of birth, date of birth and approximate time of birth for all leaders except Mr. Chisholm. His exact time of birth was not known. Time of birth needs to be within four minutes of the actual time of birth to be totally accurate, Ms. Patterson said. The charts show some interesting details. A Virgo, Mr. Chisholm is a perfectionist, and his chart indicates he is' a serious person who works hard and aims to please. The chart suggests Mr. Hamm, an Aries, "might come across as stand-offish, or cold, regardless of his true feelings," Ms. Patterson said. "But he is warming up as he ages."Mr. MacLellan, a Capricorn, is a man who "looks for the 30-year plan. He is not a five-second man," she said of the premier. "He views things almost in geological time." He is also very secure as a person. When it comes to the election odds, Mr. Chisholm "may be falling short of his goal," Ms. Patterson said. "That's not to say he will automatically lose the election. It could mean he may end up with a minority government instead of a majority."

Things are looking up for Mr. Hamm, as the charts indicate "fame and luck." "People may have strong positive feelings about him, and things are picking up for him in the election campaign," she said. From the charts, there are several signs of "behind-the-scenes support" for Mr. Hamm's agenda, which she said may not be the same as the platform the public sees."It could be that the public is misunderstanding what he is saying," Ms. Patterson said. "But there is an indication that his platform is not what Nova Scotians believe it to be." The planets show that Mr. MacLellan may "bear the brunt of the  dissatisfaction Nova Scotians are feeling," she said. There are no signs in his chart for success or failure, she pointed out. "I am not worried about him at all," Ms. Patterson said. "His fair-weather friends may leave him ... and he may suffer a bit of a setback, but his chart shows that his inner life is very rich. He will be fine."

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