SOTA or the State-of-the Art of Astrology is held yearly in Cheektowaga, New York, a suburb of Buffalo.  If you have never been, you will be overwhelmed by the shopping in the nearby Galleria.  You can reach Cheektowaga by car, airplane, bus or Amtrak, so make your reservations now for the best price all around.   It is at the  Millenium Hotel — tell them to you are attending SOTA for whatever discount they are giving.  They have no garage parking and do not give complimentary breakfasts, so be prepared.


This is the latest news from Donna van Toen on the SOTA activities.  More information is at her website.


Chiron: Learning to Fall — Brad Kochunas

Chiron is well-known as the “Wounded Healer.” In this we recognize that his (our) wound is a lifelong condition. How can we come to understand our perpetual woundedness (our various pathologies, failures, defects) as the necessary compost to spur our psychospiritual growth and help shape who we are, and how can psychological astrology help?

This should be very interesting for those of you interested in Chiron and psychological astrology. But don’t expect Brad to give you an excuse to keep from growing. In fact, if you know him, then you already know better. That said, this will be an interesting lecture. Just don’t expect to come out of it with a brand-new crutch… Brad Kochunas has also organized a panel for Saturday called Confessions of Failure that includes Kelly Surtees, Wades Caves, William Stickevers with himself moderating.  While we all fail, but many of us don’t admit to these failures. And really, it might be good to discuss them.

5 Kinds of Something – Gabriel Rosas

The traditional zodiacal dignities (domicile, exaltation, triplicity, term, and face) are often taken as a vague collection of “rulerships”, all the same except in degree. But they are distinct modes of being, encoding specific inter-planetary relationships and guiding, or directing, the planets’ behaviors in distinct and meaningful ways.

Gabe is a traditional astrologer  who is respected by his peers. However, this material is not only of value for traditional astrologers, but gives a better understanding of rulership, exaltation, detriment, and fall that are rarely explained in modern literature.  Don’t be afraid of this lecture.  Gabe has great insight into the difference between detriment and fall…why domiciles are meaningless and why we should ignore faces.

The schedule is here.