TOTAMS Annual Gathering 2024 in Scotland

Join us for a seven night gathering to share in the experience of the Moon Walking the Land of TOTAMS at the

Callanish Standing Stones



June 19-26, 2024


Island of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland


Cost of Event:

Make a deposit now! More Details coming soon!


Event Details:

TOTAMS Annual Gathering – 2024

For this year’s Annual Gathering, we have reserved an entire hotel 

closest to the powerful Callanish Standing Stones! 

The stones of Callanish are at least 6000 years old and comprise the largest ceremonial site in the world dedicated to the Lunar Standstill phenomenon. This will be the final Lunar Standstill within the time frame of the unfolding Great Turning of the Ages, 1962-2034.

The hotel has 5 single rooms, 5 twin rooms, 5 double rooms, one family room, and a room for the primary staff. Pricing includes breakfast and dinner as well as all our many excursions. We have space for 31 persons.

Due to the increasing popularity and ceremonial significance of the Lunar Standstill, we are announcing this event more than a year out. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and our list is filling up very fast. With world-events as they are and with constantly changing exchange rates, it is anticipated that the cost will be in the range of $1500-2000 per person, your travel to/from Stornoway not included. 

Daniel has been to Callanish thirteen (!) previous times, starting back in 1984. He will be happy to respond to any questions you might have about this epic adventure.

You won’t want to miss this chance to learn, share and connect IN PERSON with other members of the TOTAMS Community!


Food and Lodging

The cost of this event includes teachings, guided tours, breakfast, dinner and lodging. If you feel a need to communicate any special needs, please contact our event coordinator, Shiva Faranpour at

The Venue

We are excited to hold this event at the Doune Braes Hotel

From the hotel’s website:

“The Doune Braes Hotel extends a personal welcome from your host, Eileen MacDonald, and her staff. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation, fine food and spectacular surroundings. Part of the hotel’s charm and tranquil feeling is accentuated by the beautiful lochan that fronts the hotel. Seen from the dining room and almost every guest room, the colours and views from early morning to dusk provide a beautiful setting during your stay.

The Doune Braes Hotel is situated in the township of Carloway on the west side of the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles and is within minutes of lovely beaches, excellent fly fishing, world class archaeological sites and breathtaking walks.

The hotel’s location makes it the perfect base to explore all of Lewis and Harris.”

Event Pricing and Lodging Options

Pricing details coming soon. Make a deposit now to reserve your space!

For deposits, please note, the full amount will be due on or before March 25, 2023. After making your reservation, you will be contacted by our event coordinator to select your room and room share if applicable. Please also indicate if you have special dietary restrictions. 

Cancellation Policy:
This policy refers to cancellation for any reason (Includes Covid19 related cancellations)
Please note, all cancellations incur an administration fee of $100

Cancellation on or before February 11: Full refund will be issued*
Cancellation between February 12 and March 25: 50% refund*
Cancellation on or after March 25: No refund *(Tuition Transfer option still applies, see below)
*Tuition Transfer: Instead of a refund, you may instead choose to transfer the full amount paid to another participant or have the option to receive credit to be used towards a future event or online course hosted by the school.

In the unlikely event the school postpones or cancels this event for any reason, participants will be issued a full refund (minus administrative fee) or have the option to receive the full amount paid as credit to be used towards a future event or online course hosted by the school.

From Our School’s Founder, Daniel Giamario:

Our School’s yearly tradition of an all-school gathering or conference was unceremoniously aborted because of the unfortunate events of early 2020.  Now in 2023, we are beginning again as if for the first time.

We have been able to secure the same great conference location about an hour North of Tucson in the appropriately named town of Oracle, AZ.

We have added a day to our gathering but have kept the pricing the same.  Our presenters cover a wide range of knowledge, interests, and expertise. 

We also are delighted to have with us two old friends that many of you know: John Dumas and Gemini Brett.

This event is designed to create community among our school members and friends, and offers a chance to experience the power and love of in-person sharing.  I think some of us are growing tired of Zoom.  There will be beginners presentations as well as more advanced research presented.

I have my own flight booked and am looking forward to being there together with you all!

The night skies of Arizona that time of year are quite incredible and activities to highlight that will be featured also.

Last, but not least, there will be a graduation ceremony for those ready to receive their Foundational Certification.  If you feel that you are ready, or close to being ready, please contact me indicating your desire.

Love and Magic from Daniel

Event Details



5:30 – 6:30PM  Arrive and dinner

7:00PM – 9:00PM  Opening Circle


8:00 – 9:00AM   Breakfast

9:30AM – 12:00PM  (with a break) Basic Paradigm and beginners intro with Daniel Giamario

12:30PM -1:30PM   Lunch

2:00PM – 3:45PM   Marianna Voulgaris on Sacred Marriage experience

4:00PM – 5:30PM   Open discussion/free time

5:30PM – 6:30PM  Dinner

7:30PM – 9:30PM   Pluto into Aquarius and Saturn into Pisces with Daniel Giamario


8:00AM – 9:00AM  Breakfast

9:30AM – 12:30PM (with a break)  Cosmology with Daniel Giamario

12:30PM – 1:30PM  Lunch and Gemini Brett teaching how to locate the MC outside

2:00PM – 3:45PM   Pre-Columbian Mound structures with Vivian Hurley

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Beginners Circle Call with Mary Kern and Sheridan Semple

5:30PM-6:30PM  Dinner

7:30PM – 9:30PM    Gemini Brett Night Sky assisted by Daniel, Awen, and John Dumas


8:00am – 9:00AM   Breakfast

9:30AM – 10:45AM   Awen Labow and Daniel Giamario on Mercury

11:00AM – 12:30PM   Continuation on the Venus and Mars cycles 2023

12:30PM-1:30PM   Lunch

2:00PM – 5:30PM   Gemini Brett on Whole Signs, the Ascendant and the directional zodiac

5:30-6:30PM   Dinner

7:30PM – ?  Music Jam with John Dumas, Gemini Brett, Awen Labow, and others


8:00AM – 9:00AM   Breakfast

9:30AM – 10:45AM Turning of the Ages as revealed in the temple star alignments, zodiacs,

and mystical paintings of Washington DC

11:00AM – 12:30PM The magic of as above so below as within so without with Mary Kern

12:30PM – 1:30PM   Lunch

2:00PM – 3:45PM    TOTAMS – A Novice’s Perspective with Naraya Naserian

4:00PM – 5:30PM   FREE

5:30PM – 6:30PM   Dinner

7:30PM – 9:30PM   Group Astro Drama led by Gael Chilson and Daniel Giamario


8:00AM – 9:00PM   Breakfast

9:30AM – 10:45AM   The upcoming eclipses across America with Daniel Giamario

11:00AM – 12:30PM    Ceres in TOTAMS Astrology with Gael Chilson

12:30PM – 1:30PM   Lunch

2:00PM – 5:30PM (with a break) The year ahead and where do we go from here led by Daniel Giamario with contributions from all

5:30PM – 6:30PM   Dinner

7:30PM – 9:30PM   Graduations and Night Sky teachings


8:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast

9:30AM – 11:30AM   Closing Circle

12:00PM – 1:00PM  Final Lunch


THE ASTROLOGY AND COSMOLOGY OF April 11-17, 2023 21-25

Our gathering begins just before a last quarter Moon that is very far out-of-bounds.  The entire event will have dark skies as the waning Moon will rise after midnight, with the New Moon and an Annular Solar Eclipse 3 days later on April 20.

All major planetary placements are in direct motion.  This is true from January 22, 2023 through April 21, 2023, when Mercury turns retrograde.  This a remarkable total of 89 days!


SUN        21Aries54           —   27Aries20

MOON         04Capricorn54 –    23Pisces57

MERCURY        11Taurus12       —   14Taurus55

VENUS            01Gemini01      —   07Gemini27

MARS          08Cancer51       —   11CanceN.46

JUPITER          21Aries47           —   23Aries07

SATURN         03Pisces49          —   04Pisces19

URANUS        17Taurus22         —   17Taurus40

NEPTUNE       26Pisces07         —   26Pisces18

PLUTO             00Aquarius16   —   00Aquarius18

N.NODE           04Taurus04      —   04Taurus04

S.NODE            04Scorpio01     —   04Scorpio01

CHIRON           16Aries13         —   16Aries33

VESTA               28Aries21        —   00Taurus52

CERES               25Virgo54R      —   25Virgo05R

PALLAS             22Cancer07    —    24Cancer08

JUNO                18Taurus08     —    21Taurus24


Upon arrival on April 11, the Moon will be an astonishing 27S56 declination, approaching its maximum, considerably more than 4 degrees from the ecliptic. On the evening of April 12, its still 27S12 declination.  By the next evening it will have diminished to 24S42

The Moon will move from Capricorn through Pisces, with the Moon rising after midnight.  The last quarter Moon is the evening/morning of April 12-13 at 23Capricorn11. The New Moon eclipse day is April 20 at 29Aries50.


Mercury can be seen as a bright evening star approaching retrograde on April 20, 2023.  Mercury then closes in on Uranus by April 21.  Located in the Lakota Sacred Hoop just past Aldebaran, and 17-20 degrees from the Sun.  Mercury is in the Hermetic phase of its synod, within the Capricorn overstory.


Venus is also a much brighter evening star also in the hoop just past the Pleiades.  Venus is 40degrees from the Sun very high in the evening sky.  Within the Capricorn synodic overstory, she is between the 4th and 5th chakric gate after rising from the Inanna underworld last December 1.


Also in the evening sky, Mars is about 75 degrees from the Sun. Still rather bright, Mars is also found in the hoop, having past the galactic edge, and now winding his way through the Twins constellation on his way to Castor and Pollux.  His current Gemini synodic overstory began last December 7.  Mars now in the second Mars task/labor of the second phase, known as the quest or the labors of Mars.  


A major highlight of our gathering is the yearly Sun/Jupiter conjunction, on the day of our arrival.  The exact conjunction just hours before we begin is at 21Aries48.  Jupiter will not be visible, but will certainly be present.


Saturn will be our only morning star, about 53degrees from the Sun, high in the sky.  There will be a square all week with Venus.  Saturn can be found in the Water Bearer constellation in close proximity with the star Sadalmelik.


Currently in the hoop near the horns of the Bull.


Neptune is in the stars of the Fish Constellation, approaching the Vernal Equinox, when entering Aries in 2025.


A major event in Pluto’s cycle happened March 23, 2023, just weeks before our gathering, when Pluto entered Aquarius.  Pluto remains in Aquarius until 2043.  This is a big deal and will be explored as part of our seminar.  This is the area of the sky of the Goat-Fish constellation.


The next eclipse season is from April 20-May 5 and includes an Annular Total Solar Eclipse (not visible North America or Europe) and a penumbral Lunar eclipse.  Consequently, the Lunar Nodes are quite stationary right now.


Chiron has been in alignment with Jupiter and remains close by.


Presentations on all three of these are likely to be part of the curriculum.


Under dark skies, the evenings will host a great view of the Galactic Edge, the Lakotan Sacred Hoop, and Mercury, Venus and Mars.  We will have at least 2 nights of night sky viewing and teaching.

TOTAMS Wellness Policy to Apply to In Person Events

In support of our commitment to locate and provide knowledge and nourishment to Seed People,the Turning of the Ages Mystery School shall strive to, whenever possible, maintain a tradition of gathering in-person to hold school events and trainings.

During our in-person events, it will be our goal to encourage personal connection, togetherness, and communication as natural, organic human beings. We will not be requiring masking or social distancing. However, if local regulations unexpectedly change, we will re-examine the structure of the event in question.

As TOTAMS resolutely stands for personal freedom and inclusion, we strive to support a model that does not contribute to the bifurcation and separation that is rampant these days. TOTAMS will respect the decision of participants who are not ill to use a mask or social distance should they choose, and should anyone in attendance become ill prior to or during any in-person event, certainly masking, social distancing and self-quarantining are encouraged, just as they had always been prior to 2020.

In light of the sometimes physical and psychological discomfort that some experience when gathering in groups at this time, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, please be aware that we do not require our participants to disclose their vaccination or health status, and although some of those present at our gatherings may have received Covid-19 vaccinations prior to 2022, we expect that the majority of those attending our events will not have received any. Should any of this be of concern, please take this knowledge into account before you choose to attend.

When choosing to attend one of our in-person events, it is our expectation that each participant will take personal responsibility for their own health, and agree to not hold TOTAMS or any of the event organizers or facilitators liable should they become ill during or immediately following the event.

Should this policy be unclear, please reach out to us at for clarification.