17 July 2014
Well, just as Mercury went direct, my computer started to go retrograde. It has had minor surgery to remove a Trojan which kept redirecting me to sites advertising Russian women and big winnings of one sort or another when I was actually searching for dim sum. It now seems to be happy, healthy, and quick once again, so I’m off and running with another edition of SOTAnews.
Over the past week, we’ve had some discussion of Sweet Messages and have done some restructuring in order to streamline it so nobody will be waiting until 10 pm to get a message. Here’s what we’ve done: Instead of having a big room with rows of seating, we will now have round tables. Each will hold 5 people plus a medium.
When the doors open at 6:30, one of our lovely monitors will greet you and escort you to a table. She will continue escorting people until 7 pm when Chantal Patenaude will welcome all of you and briefly introduce the mediums. Then our monitor will again escort each medium to a table. So nobody will know who will be getting a message from whom until the actual time comes.
I know this is a little bit different than how we have done it in the past, but it has worked very successfully in Lily Dale for a number of years, and I’m sure it will work for us as well.
Should it happen that you don’t get there until 7:30, fear not. There will be some seating at the front where you can wait until there’s a vacancy at one of the tables. You can even have a cookie and a cup of tea or coffee while you wait. However, if you’re VERY late and don’t get there until 8:55, be aware that you’ll be out of luck. Our last seating will be at 8:45 so as not to abuse the generosity of our mediums, all of whom are donating their time at this event.
Note that Chantal Patenaude will be doing double-duty this year. Not only will she be mistress of ceremonies at Sweet Messages, she will also be discussing the paradigm shift in her lecture on Friday. Here’s the description:
Heaven and Earth: The Quantum Effect
We on earth have a direct link with the bodies in the heavens around us. That relationship has gone through many changes over time; the changes continue to this day. Have we uncovered all there is to know or are we on the verge of a major paradigm shift on all levels? Let’s explore this perspective together.
I just heard that Chantal’s lecture at Lily Dale this week drew a whopping 44 people. And she’s been lecturing at Lily Dale for a number of years, so it sounds like people know a good thing when they hear it. Come and find out for yourself!
Another person who will be doing double-duty this year — as he does most years — is Franco. Franco has always described himself as a renaissance man, and I would have to agree with him. Engineer, astrologer, musician, pagan, and lately world traveler, Franco invariably amazes, both in his role as organizer and presenter of the banquet entertainment and as a lecturer. As usual, I can’t tell you what he’s got up his sleeve in terms of banquet, because I never know. Nor have I ever been disappointed — and I don’t think you will be either. But we’ll leave that discussion for another newsletter. This time, I would like to note that Franco is displaying yet another talent this year — that of a researcher. Here’s his topic:
Astrologers: Analyze This!
Many astrologers notice a pattern in four charts and make a conclusion they have discovered a technique or a “signature”. Many mistake this as being research. As a member of Alphee Lavoie’s Astrological Investigators (aka Gators) and as a mechanical engineer, Franco is familiar with the statistical approach to research. This presentation will give you insight into how to conduct a proper astrological analysis.
Franco has been doing some interesting research in the area of cancer of late, and I’m sure if you ask, he’ll be happy to tell you about it. In fact, I think he’s still collecting data so as to have a bigger sampling. So do ask him about this when you see him, but maybe not at the banquet. Cancer just isn’t very funny…
If you’re planning to come on Friday, you can make a day of it and hear Franco, Chantal, and a couple of other fantastic speakers. Maybe Ellen Bourn (who will also be at Sweet Messages) for example. Or maybe Adam Gainsburg. And maybe lunch with Brad Kochunas so you can find out why people really come to astrologers. No matter who you hear, you’re pretty much guaranteed a good lecture featuring new material. So come for the day or come for the duration, but by all means come and join us. We’re friendly, we’re fun, and we try to stimulate both sides of your brain…
Oh, and just in case you don’t want to be all on your own, you need to know that it’s perfectly fine to share copies of the newsletter or the flyer and to direct people to http://donnavantoen.com. The more the merrier — and the more we’ll be able to do for SOTA 2015 as well. So spread the word!
I hope to see you there.