SOTA 17 May 2015

Hi All,

Hoping to get this issue out in a timely fashion for a change.

A few announcements are in order. Some of these are repeats from last week, so feel free to skip down to the featured speaker if they don’t apply to you.

First of all, we have ONE staff position open at this time. Duties are taping and monitoring. You would need to be available for October 22-25 inclusive. There is no remuneration, but you WOULD get a free conference. And if you are selected to work a luncheon or the banquet, that meal would also be paid for by SOTA. We’ve had one person express interest, but so far he has not committed. So if you’re interested, message me. The worst that can happen is that the slot will be filled. In which case I’ll put you on the back-up list.

Second, all trade room space is now either reserved or committed and I’m waiting for checks from those who have reserved. We’re holding space until June 20, after that we will release it  and offer it on a first-come, first served basis. If you are interested in a spot, you can get back to me at that time or let me know now and go on a back-up list.

At the moment, Billee Dommell/David Jordan and their wonderful jewelry and minerals are ready to go. So is Sue Morris of Sue’s Salves. And of course Al and Carol Godzick of A-C Tapes will be there for all your recording needs. We’re expecting to hear from Joy White and Mary Lou Vaughan (carvings), Nora Sturtevant Bouvier (prints), Cosmic Patterns software (Fei Cochrane and Pam Gallagher), Linda Kane (original design meditation and chakra disks), and Helene Arts (books).

We’re also hoping to hear from Astrolabe; the last I heard they were looking for someone to staff their table.  As far as readers go, Tim Brainard and Psycho-Chic have confirmed and Patricia Beers has reserved space. If attendance warrants, we will add more readers, but at the moment I think three will be ample given that we also have Sweet Messages Friday night.

Third, if you haven’t reserved you hotel room, the best time to do it is NOW. Call 1-800-323-3331 and tell them you’re with SOTA. As always, our block of rooms is small and while we will try to increase it if we run out, we have no guarantee we’ll be able to do so. You’ll save both of us a headache if you reserve now.

As far as lectures go, one of your requests last time was for more predictive techniques. We’ve done our best to oblige. We have 3 full hours on transits at the Pre-Conference (Eileen McCabe), 2 hours on Profections (Maria Mateus), 2 hours on Dashas (Ronnie Gale Dreyer) and an hour on eclipses (Carol Godzick), plus 2 full hours on Solar Arcs with Janet Markham. We’ve talked a bit about the first 3, and we’ll talk about Carol’s lecture another time.

Meanwhile, here’s Janet’s topic:

Solar Arcs in your Astrological Toolbox

Solar Arcs are an effective astrological trending technique and a handy  tool for chart rectification purposes. Learn about the theory and background as well as how to combine solar arcs with other trending techniques.

Janet Markham is a Toronto based astrologer and teacher. Involved in astrology education since 1990, she is one of the founding members of the Canadian Association of Astrological Education (CAAE) where she served as President from 2005 – 2010. Janet obtained her MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, in July 2013, with a dissertation in archaeoastronomy.

What Janet doesn’t say is that she is an excellent teacher and invariably winds up on our ask-back list. So we are welcoming her back once again. Expect a worthwhile presentation. All of Janet’s presentations are worthwhile.

Also note that we have made sure that NONE of the lectures on predictive techniques overlap, so if your primary interest is in prediction, consider this a crash course in predictive tools.


OK, once again I am trying to get these out in a timely fashion this week, so without further ado, have a good week and check out that New Moon tomorrow. It could be MOST interesting.