6 September 2014
…And welcome to the crunch edition of SOTAnews. And I mean that crunch both literally and figuratively! First of all, September 25 is your last day to register for SOTA at the current rates. Fees will be going up as of September 26 and some options will no longer be available.
What options? Well, as of yesterday, the banquet is SOLD OUT. If you’re already registered and confirmed for the banquet you’re fine. If not, well, there are only a limited number of banquet tickets available, and they are first-come, first-served. We have revised the Deluxe package. Instead of the banquet, you can now get your choice of two luncheon lectures. (More about these in a minute…) And the Opening and Sweet Messages are also included. But be aware that this package will probably be a limited-time option, as tickets to the Opening are now also in short supply. When those are gone, so are the Deluxe packages. You will still be able to add Sweet Messages on to the Full package at an additional charge, but banquets are already gone and the opening will be gone too.
OK, what if you really, truly, want that banquet? When you register, simply tell me that you want a banquet ticket. If tickets are still available, I will notify you and let you know how to claim them, since they are no longer available on our web site. You will then be able to either exchange the 2 luncheons for a banquet ticket or add the luncheon on for $50. This will require a cheque; no email and no Interac, since I don’t want to be caught up with sending refunds and additional charges. Once your cheque is received (which needs to be by September 25 latest), you will get a banquet ticket. No cheque, no ticket. It’s that simple. But if your cheque arrives on time, I can pretty much guarantee a ticket, since I now have 19 on hand.
Tickets to the Opening and Keynote are another story. When they are gone, they are gone. And we are unlikely to be selling them at the door this year.
I apologize for the inconvenience, but don’t say you weren’t forewarned. This conference has always had a “snooze and you lose” policy.
Ok, so since we are now offering luncheons instead of the banquet, let’s look at those now:
Friday, October 23
Why Do People REALLY Come to Astrologers?
A challenging interactive lunch to discuss what the reasons may be as to why people seek us out and how well or poorly we serve their needs. Brad will offer a flexible structure to guide you through this fascinating and troubling topic of what constitutes “helping”.
Asian salad with crunchy noodles, mandarin oranges, and ginger dressing
Seared wild salmon with orange ginger soy sauce
Vegetable stir fry
Coffee and tea (Starbucks if you’re choosy)
Saturday, October 24
Astrology and Magic
Magic is an attempt to understand, experience, and influence the world using rituals, symbols, actions, gestures, and language. One of those languages can be astrology. The practitioner who understands the power of the stars can tap hidden forces in nature.
House salad with lemon garlic vinaigrette
Portobello and marinated/grilled vegetable sandwich on ciabatta bread
Four cheese grilled cheese sandwich
Homemade tomato basil soup
Coffee and tea
Sunday, October 25
Consider Yourself an Angel
We are taught to think of angels as celestial beings. However, the Greek term “angelos” actually means “messenger”. What qualities and attributes might you possess that, when communicated, awaken others to become better human beings or come into new understandings? Come join us for nurturing food and thoughtfulness.
Homemade jambalaya (shrimp, mussels, chorizo sausage, chicken)
Sauteed green beans
Rolls and butter
Coffee and tea
Now what happens if you can’t decide which two lectures to choose? Or what if you’ve already got a Deluxe package but now want to add one of these in? They are only $25 each until September 25. And at the moment, we have room in all of them, since we got a big room for the luncheons this year. So feel free to go to the Registration Page and sign up with PayPal. Or pay by cheque or email transfer (Interac) if that’s easier. These may not be banquets, but they certainly are feasts for both mind and body. And note that all are served buffet style; you don’t have to choose an option.
There are still rooms available at the hotel. We also have one attendee — female — looking for a roommate. Her name might be familiar to you; you may have even heard her lecture. But don’t be intimidated; she’s just folks like the rest of us and a delightful person indeed. So let me know if you’d like to share a room and I’ll put you in touch…Also remember that the last day to reserve a room at conference rates is September 22. Rates will go up on the 23rd…
Last but not least, we are also looking for one reader for the trade room. The table fee for the entire conference is only $100, and no, we do not take a cut of your reading fees. The ideal candidate would be an experienced reader. We would prefer not astrology. And we’d love it if you do runes or numerology or the like, though if you’re an experienced Tarot reader, psychic, or medium, we’d certainly consider you. Contact me and I’ll fill you in.
Ok, that’s it for this week, but just before I close, an assurance that yes, I WILL get back to Open Forum next week provided the dust settles.
Have a good week!