And Happy New Year!
It’s a new year, so it’s time to announce our new offering. Each year we try something new and this year is no exception. On Saturday at 8 am. Susi Rosinski will be joining us to lead a session of Qi Gong.
Susi has extensive training — some of it overseas — as well as an active program in the Buffalo area. This is a gentle exercise, so even if you hate exercise, there’s no need to be afraid of it. Beginners are welcome. In fact, all registered attendees are welcome, even if you’re new to Qi Gong. If weather is good, we’ll be doing it outdoors. If it’s raining (and no, folks, it won’t be snowing!) we’ll do it indoors, probably in the trade room. Either way, this is something to kick-start your energy level. And unlike coffee, you won’t be running on nervous energy afterwards. So try it — if you like it, we’ll do our best to bring you more next year!
And of course along with the Qi Gong, we have plenty of new speakers with new topics. You’ve heard about some of them already. What I’d like to do to kick off the new year is talk about one of our top-draw speakers from last year, Ryhan Butler. Here’s his Saturday topic:
Crisis Alert: Illness, the Moon, and Critical Days
The critical days are a technique native to the field of medical astrology which tracks the progress of an illness by following the motion of the Moon. Explore the history and development of this inventive technique and how it unites astrology and medicine.
I know a great many of you are interested in medical astrology topics and additionally a great many of you are Ryhan fans. So how could this not be a good idea? Come and check it out!
Meanwhile, Ryhan is also doing the keynote and we haven’t talked about that yet. Here’s the description:
Keynote Address – Putting the U in Community
Astrology has experienced several ups and downs throughout its long history. How does the current state of astrology relate to some of these peaks, valleys, shifts, and developments of our art’s past? What are we astrologers doing to facilitate our own sense of community and represent that to the outside world? Are we to devolve into warring tribes or can a greater sense of togetherness prevail?
Now for those of you who are sighing heavily, I’d like to reassure you that this is NOT going to be either tedious or political. This is Ryhan. He is neither tedious nor political. If I’d wanted a tedious political keynote I could have done it myself and then you WOULD have been sorry!
And now for some politics…
Secondly, and I hate to say this, but pretty much EVERYTHING has a political component to it. Just going out for dinner with friends these days can have a political component. Some won’t eat meat, some won’t eat carbs, some don’t eat salads, and on and on we go. Sometimes you win the vote and get to go to the place of your choice. Sometimes you don’t and you then have to decide whether the company will make up for the food or not. And if it doesn’t, you may have to go looking for dining companions with whom you have more agreement or a restaurant that will meet everyone’s needs.
The thing about politics is that the majority generally wins. And yeah, there are times when what’s good for the majority is not good for you or at least is not your preference. Third, I know some of you are going to say that you’re not part of the astrological community.
You don’t belong to ISAR, NCGR, AFAN, AFA, or ACVA. Well, yeah, ok, fine. But if you’re coming to SOTA, you’re still part of a community. Because everyone who comes to SOTA will tell you right away that there is a sense of community here. You feel it.Many make friends. And if you’re not here, many ask if you’re ok. Note that this is not about speaking or not speaking; it’s about being here.
Oh, and those acronyms you don’t belong to? I just want you to know that if there was no AFAN, there’d be no hospitality suite, because SOTA probably couldn’t afford it. Also note that AFAN never asks for your membership card before they let you in or feed you or serve you. They do this for the community. And yeah, of course they’d like you to join, but I have never seen them hard-selling anybody. Oh, and AFA? If it wasn’t for AFA, we wouldn’t have books. They are pretty much the only place where you can do a one-stop book order. They are also very active publishers, which is important to all of us.
The deal with any community and any segment of any community is that you get and you give. There are benefits to all of them, not the least of which is the people you meet. But don’t just take my word for it. Come and hear what Ryhan has to say. And yes. there will be good food and some drink to make the medicine go down, but I have a feeling it won’t come to that. Expect lots of food for thought and a pleasant evening. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.
Oh, and speaking of AFAN, here’s information on scholarships that can be used for SOTA:
(2) $300 Conference-of-Your-Choice Scholarships (such as AFA, NORWAC, NCGR, SOTA, or similar conferences)
Recipients of the Conference-of-Your-Choice scholarships will be required to perform a minimum of 1 hour per day service at the AFAN booth during the conference should AFAN host one at that specific conference.
(2) $700 Full Conference Scholarships, for registration, hotel, and meal expenses at a conference of your choice.
One Full Conference Scholarship is reserved for an international (non-U.S. or Canada based) applicant while the second is open to any recipient regardless of location. Recipients of the Full Conference Scholarships will be required to perform a minimum of 1 hour per day service at the AFAN booth during the conference.
And yes, you DO have to be a member to be eligible…
Now off I go for another week. Stay warm. Don’t want anybody in this community losing fingers or toes or ears the this god-awful cold…Keep counting down the days to spring. It will be here before you know it. At least I hope so…
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