SOTA 23 August 2017

Hi Everyone,

First of all, a reminder that if you are planning to attend David Cochrane’s Opening, pre-registration is strongly advised. Once we put in our food orders, we will be unable to add anyone else in.

And speaking of food, this is what we’ve tentatively got planned for the Opening. I’m still waiting to hear from the hotel about several things, so this, as well as our banquet, is still subject to change. Here we go:

  • Assorted finger sandwiches (depending on what they can offer)
  • Fresh seasonal vegetable display with dip
  • Prosciutto and melon
  • Assorted mini quiche (depending on what they can offer)
  • Baked brie with French bread and raspberry sauce, fresh sliced apples, and pears
  • Swedish meatballs
  • There is a cash bar and there will additionally be coffee and tea.
  • And we may add to this later on, depending on what we hear from the chef.

Vegetarians, this is your last chance to give input. So far I’ve heard from nobody. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem!

Still on the subject of food, I promised to give you the luncheon lecture descriptions. But before I do that, I just want to let people know how luncheons work.

  1. First of all, you can sign up on site.
  2. Go to the reg desk and you’ll get a menu.
  3. Fill it out and return it to the reg desk by 10 am.

That’s all there is to it. But please note that they DO need to be in by 10 am. We can’t guarantee to accommodate you after that, as we have to turn the menus in. Lunches, by the way, are generally sandwiches or salads in one variety or another.

And what about the lectures du jour?

Featured Speakers: Luncheon Lectures

On Friday our feature is Tamara Small:

Stricture or Warning Sign:  Debunking the Myth of the Invalid Horary Chart

This workshop will explore the “considerations before judgment,” giving the astrologer the interpretive understanding for each of them, with chart examples.  Participants are encouraged to bring questions or so-called “invalid” charts of their own for discussion as well.

Tamara was well-received last year. I’m sure this year will be the same. She is both passionate about and experienced with horary.


On Saturday our feature is Emmajay Paterson:

Rocking Your Retrogrades

In our own charts and in the sky, retrogrades can drive us a special kind of crazy! Bring your chart – we will work hands-on to make lemonade of our retrograde lemons!

Also note that Emmajay will be lecturing on Friday morning on Discovering and Maximizing Personal Genius.


On Sunday our feature is John Marani:

Learning Tarot Archetypes Through Pop Culture

This presentation will examine several archetypes in the major arcana of the tarot and discuss how pop culture can play a pivotal role in understanding the true nature of each card.

John is a knowledgeable and entertaining presenter. If the Tarot interests you, this will interest you.

Featured Speaker: Donna Van Toen

Also, I am doing a transiting Uranus lecture on Saturday, September 16, and as a result, I have been asked what the differences will be between that and my conference lecture. Well, first of all, the September event is an all-day workshop and it will be focusing very heavily on aspects and phase cycles. This is the blurb for the conference lecture:

Uranus Transits and Liberation

Yes, Uranus can symbolize things breaking up or breaking down. It can also symbolize the process of liberation. Uranus helps us change and move beyond conditioning and what we’re used  to. We’ll explore the Uranus cycle of transits through the houses in this lecture. Find out where your next breakthrough is coming from and what you might be freeing yourself from.

This is not quite as entry level as it sounds, as we’ll be discussing the impact of Uranus in the houses in quite a bit of depth as well as how to spot your next breakthrough, We know that Uranus will not be active for the full duration of its time in the house. Learn to spot when it WILL be active and what it will be doing.


And there you have it. A bunch of food for thought about food for the mind and food for the body.

Catch you next week!.