SOTA 19 Dec 2017

Hi Everybody,

This will be the last newsletter before Christmas, so before I do anything else, I want to wish all of you who are celebrating Christmas or Hanukah the very happiest of holidays and all the best for the New Year.

I also want to remind those of you who want to take advantage of the attendees-only registration fee that those cheques must be in by December 31. We will not honor the attendees-only rate after that. Sorry, but all good things must come to an end…

SOTAnews will be back with more news in the New Year.
Meanwhile, let’s talk about 2018:

Panel Format

One of the things mentioned on the 2017 feedback form was that you like the panel format. I do too, but panels are labour-intensive. Forunately, Brad Kochunas came to my aid this year with a topic — Confessions of Failure. Now we tried a panel on failed predictions once before. The speakers then INSISTED that they NEVER failed. Which is probably bullshit, because most of us have missed the mark more than once. However, so far, Brad has been successful in finding three panelists — and by the way, none  of them are shabby astrologers. On top of that, they’re honest, gutsy, and authentic.

These are the kind of lecturers and astrologers we need in our ranks, because how do we get better if we pretend that we never fail? Now maybe YOU’D like to join Brad, Kelly Surtees, Wade Caves, and William Stickevers on a panel. Clearly you’d be in good company. And you don’t have to be a speaker to get in on this. You simply need to be sincere, honest, and desirous of making astrology better. Oh, and registered for the conference. Does that sound like you?

If it does, email me and I’ll put you in touch with Brad. While this is unpaid participation, you WILL  be heard, noticed, and appreciated. And maybe we’ll let those of you who are never wrong do another panel next year and fight to the death for your chosen techniques. Meanwhile, I think this year’s panel promises to be a good discussion with much food for thought. And note: A new flyer is ready for download that reflects William’s participation thanks to Jo Gleason.

Now let’s end the year’s SOTAnews with a look at another of SOTA’s new speakers for 2018.

Shawn Nygaard

Shawn is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a Tutor for MISPA (Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology), as is one of our post-conference speakers, John Green. Shawn has spoken at the AA conference in England, Nightlight Astrology, SFAS, and the Minnesota Jung Association. His writing has been published in The Mountain Astrologer. Shawn graduated from the CMED Institute, where he studied with Caroline Myss. So while he may be new to you, he is a seasoned speaker with excellent credentials. And his topic?

Pluto’s Riches

Pluto is the ruler of the Underworld, a realm of depth, well-suited for archetypal exploration. Curiously, “Pluto” means “riches.” As ancient coins were minted from precious metals under the ground, Pluto’s riches, gems, and jewels can be mined from materials found within the psyche. What will we find?

Sounds intriguing, huh? I think it will be. Check Shawn out on Friday if you’re interested. I don’t think you’ll be sorry!

And if you want still more Pluto, stick around for Sunday, when Wendy Guy will be discussing Out Of Bounds Pluto. More on that one another time.

Meanwhile, I’d like to once again wish all of you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukah, or simply a good couple of weeks. And please do share SOTAnews with your friends.