SOTA News 9 Feb 2014

9 February 2014

Hi Everyone,

And a happy Mercury Retrograde to you! Speaking of which, Mercury may be going backwards, but SOTA is going forward, though we are building on the past to do that. How? By paying attention to what you asked for last year and bringing it back for 2014 if at all possible.

One person we’re bringing back is Adam Gainsburg. We got extremely positive feedback on his lectures AND his software last year, so he’ll be joining us again in 2014. His topic?

The Phases of Mars

Learn how the thirteen phases of Mars are delineated in natal and mundane work and discover the little-known celestial factors which link modern astrology to the very origins of astrological tradition. We will investigate each phase through the framework of our personal masculine dharma (residing in both women and men), Adam will demonstrate how knowledge of Mars’ sky factors combines with sound astrological delineation to greatly increase scope and accuracy in working with Mars’ higher manifestations.

While this lecture comes too late in the year to take advantage of its insights for this Mars retrograde, you’ll get plenty of information that will stand you in good stead for the next Mars retrograde in 2016. You’ll also get good insight into your own natal Mars phase. That’s priceless because Mars is not a planet everyone uses well. Especially some of us women who weren’t trained to use it at all.

Additionally, Adam will be in the trade room once again. He will not only have his books available; he will also be demonstrating his software, Intrepid and Sky Engine. If you are one of those people who longs for more of an interface between astrology and astronomy, you’ll love Adam’s programs. There is nothing else on the market like them — and yes, with this software, you can calculate your client’s Venus phases or Mars phases or pretty much any other phase you care to work with. So drop in and get a demo, get your book signed, or simply ask Adam about his work.

…And speaking of the trade room, we are now actively seeking vendors. A number are already confirmed —in addition to Adam, Billee Dommell and David Jordan of Sticks and Stones will be back with their wonderful array of jewelry and minerals, plus incense, astrology reports, and a few other goodies; Carol and Al Godzick of A-C Tapes will be back with recordings of all of the 2014 lectures and possibly some goodies from past conferences as well; we are expecting both Cosmic Patterns (Pam Gallagher and Mindy Whitt) and Astrolabe (vendor TBD) to be back, and Helene Arts will again be back as our official bookseller and will have an array of books for your perusal and purchase, including some out-of-print books. I am also actively contacting other vendors who have been recommended and am hoping we will have a good variety of wonderful things for you to treat yourself with or take home for a friend.

But that’s not all — we have readers, too. Lorraine Hughes, Patricia Beers, and Tim Brainard are committed to coming back, and I am hoping Navika will be back as well. Returning this year after a hiatus is Deirdre Norman, another excellent reader, who will be lecturing this year as well. We DO have space for one more reader. If you think that might be you, contact me and tell me a bit about yourself. If you think that might be someone you know, have them contact me and do likewise. And remember, the trade room is open to the general public, so if you have friends in the Niagara-Buffalo area, please spread the word.

Last but not least, Wendy Guy has done a wonderful job on the website, and Mercury retrograde or no, PayPal is up and running and waiting for your registration. Or if you prefer to pay by cheque or Interac, email me and we can arrange that too. Just remember that fees this year are in US funds, and that applies regardless of how you pay. I regret the inconvenience to those of you on this side of the border.

So check out the latest flyer (in the sidebar, at right), check out our website at, and if you have any questions, please email me. Mercury may be retrograde, but those prices are going to move forward come March 25. That’s not too far away. Register now and be done with it. Then you’ll be paid and will have more money to spend in the trade room when you get there.

Until next time, keep warm. And don’t forget to share SOTA News with your friends. Your willingness to spread the word makes a huge difference in terms of keeping us up and running.