SOTA 3 May 2016

Hi All,

It looks like spring weather is finally showing up here. It also looks like SOTA is moving along towards heating up. We have gotten confirmations from a couple of readers and are hoping to finalize the list of mediums for the opening. We’re also moving closer towards having a bookseller. I would mention that we may or may not still need one more reader for the trade room. If this interests you, email me and I’ll be happy to send you more details.

Registration Special Offers

If you’re planning to take advantage of the at-par rate for Canadians or the 4-for-3 special, time is running out. These will both expire May 31. A word to the wise should be sufficient on that one.

Also, if you’re a potential vendor, be aware that we will not hold space for you beyond June 25. Any space left at that time will be strictly first-come, first-served and we may not be able to accommodate requests for either wall space or multiple tables. ‘Nuff said on that one too.

Not a lot of news this week, since I have been kept busy with tax season and various domesticities that got behind while I was away. Hopefully there will be more news next week. Meanwhile, let’s look at another lecture:

Speaker: Shelley Ackerman

Shelley Ackerman was here years ago. At that time she did a lecture on the charts of entertainers — a lecture for which she is well qualified, since Shelley has been active in the entertainment field herself. In the interim, however, she has made quite a name for herself in the astrological pond with her mundane work. Here’s her lecture:

Rude Awakening Uranus in Taurus 2018 -2025

Spring 2018: The daunting and “muscular” transit of Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn will be met and ignited by Uranus in Taurus.

How will Earth respond this time? Historically, Uranus in Taurus has always coincided with the introduction of new values while shaking up the economic status quo.

But this particular planetary combination is unprecedented. How will it play out? We will explore several likely scenarios.

Now I ask you, how can you possibly ignore an opportunity for a look ahead presented by a top astrologer. Don’t miss this one.


I’d also like to briefly mention the banquet. Last year, if you’ll recall, we held it in the Courtyard, which was a lovely venue — EXCEPT for the kids splashing and squealing in the pool. The hotel will not close the pool to other guests, so we have moved the banquet to the Fillmore Room. It’s not as glamorous, but the acoustics are better and there will be no noisy children unless one of you decides to bring some. The food will be buffet and a menu will turn up in the summer.

While I know that you can NEVER please everyone with a banquet menu, this one got very high marks for both quality and variety of food. We DO try to accommodate both vegans and vegetarians as well as carnivores. And if you have special needs we will do our best to meet them if you let me know in advance. Note that I am saying special needs — for example if you have celiac disease, diverticulitis, nut allergies, or anything along those lines. If you are simply a picky eater or are on some kind of self-prescribed diet, you may simply have to pick and choose. But we DO have a variety — and as I said, people were pretty well-pleased with the fare. This hotel is noted for its food and is a popular local spot for weddings and banquets.

We have decided against a band. This is another place where you can’t please everybody. However, a band is expensive and we would rather put the money into speakers — because really, that’s what SOTA is about. We will, however, have the usual infamous 50-50 draw (which has been known to be good entertainment all on its own) and REAL entertainment by the fabulous Franco and his cast of several. Who knows? Maybe this year he’ll convince Shelley to be a part of it?


Oh, and for those of you who missed last year, we now have pictures up on our Facebook web page, courtesy of long-time attendee Bill Buchan. Just  search for SOTA Astrology Conference and you’ll find them along with a bunch of interesting articles and commentary. Thanks go to Demetrius Bagley for keeping this up-to-date.

And on that note, I have 4 bags of laundry  warning me that if  I don’t put stuff away I will be forced to iron — which may not be as bad as doing taxes, but it’s definitely in my top 10 tasks to avoid list. Have a good week — and don’t forget to share SOTAnews with your friends!