SOTA 19 June 2016

Happy Summer To All,

Time to enjoy this glorious weather!

Also time to remind you that the current registration rates for SOTA will expire on June 25 at 10 pm Eastern. Also time to remind you that vendor table fees are due June 25. And for you vendors, please note that any space I am holding for you will be released on that date. It may still be possible to get that space back after that date, but there are no guarantees.Please contact me for further details.

OK, we continue to do well as far as registration goes. And we have a new reg form that does all the calculating and whatever for you. Makes it MUCH easier for all of us. And we DO take checks, though at this late date I fear they will not make it here by June 25. Email is a transfer on this side of the border, but note that since all fees are in US funds, you would need to add a surcharge to your email transfer. At the moment, that’s around 25%, though as of Friday the rate appeared to be dropping.

I’ve had queries on a couple of things:

First of all, I have had queries on the luncheons. We will again be using the choose your own menu option for these, but please note that in order to accommodate the kitchen, these need to be restricted to light lunches — salads, sandwiches, etc. You get your lunch as well as the lecture for a mere $30. If you were to get a recording of just the lecture, that would be $10-$15 all on its own — and regrettably none of the luncheons will be recorded.

So if you want to attend you need to be there — and if you luncheon lectures are spreading the word, please make sure your friends know this. At the moment, we have plenty of room in all 3 of the lectures, but since these are held in a small room, space is limited and it will be first-come, first-served. That said, if space is available, we will sell tickets up until 10 am the morning of the lecture — but again, once they are gone, they are gone. So if you really, really, really want to hear one of these very interesting topics, sooner is better than later if you want to guarantee yourself a space.

I had hoped to have the How To, What To roster ready today, but a couple of those who said they were interested have not gotten back to me with topics. That means we may be looking for a couple of other presenters.

Note that these slots do not give you a free conference admission; you will need to be registered for SOTA in order to claim one. You will then get an honorarium at the conference for presenting. So this is like getting a small discount on your conference fee — plus a fair bit of exposure for your skills. If this interests you, email me and I’ll fill you in on details, Note that I will not know how many slots will be available until after June 25, but if I know who is interested I will get back to you promptly.

And while we’re on the subject of How To, What To, I’ve also had several queries on the software demos. One is what will be covered. My understanding is the presenters will cover what you would like to see covered, which at this point seems to be primarily Vedic and Traditional techniques and systems plus a basic overview of what each program contains. These are not crash courses in harmonics or firdaria or phase cycles or anything else; they are designed to show you what the programs can do. And should you want more specific information on any of these things, both Richard Smoot and Fei Cochrane will be in the trade room for the duration and happy to oblige.

I’ve also been asked about discounts for the various software programs. Astrolabe will be offering a 20% discount on the purchase of any new program, and a 10% discount on any upgrade. I am expecting to hear from Cosmic Patterns some time this week and should have information for you in the next SOTAnews. Do note that these are on-site discounts and that cost of all programs are in US funds.

Now then, having mentioned Traditional astrology above, it might be time to have a look at one of our presenters and his topic. Ryhan Butler was a hit last year so he is back again. I think his topic will interest a lot of you. Here it is:

Speaker: Ryhan Butler

Of Seeds and Stars

In classical medicine, parts of the body, diseases, and medicinal herbs are all said to have planetary rulerships.  This creates an interconnected chain of astrological correspondence that is based on the philosophy of cosmic sympathy.  In this talk we’ll identify and discuss herbs belonging to each planet using the works of Culpeper, Galen, and modern herbalism as a guide.  We’ll learn how to apply these principles to our own lives to develop a great addition to any health regimen.

This one should be of value and interest to many of you, even if you don’t consider yourself a classical or traditional astrologer. Ryhan is a great presenter with just the right mix of humor and solid information.

Ok, that’s it for now. Will see you next week. Have a good one! And remember your sunscreen!