NOTOCON VII ~ Vendors redux and volunteering

Well, there was a slight hiccup for the online vending application. If you used the online vending application before Feb 11th, please re-apply. There were technical difficulties with the tool in the form of me making a typo and not testing after making changes to the config.

However, there’s now also an app for those interested in volunteering on the contacts page, and a note about volunteering from the Onsite Assistant.

NOTOCON VII ~ Seattle, WA ~ Aug 7-9th, 2009
NOTOCON VII: the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference
August 7-9th, 2009 EV ~ Seattle, WA

NOTOCON VII ~ Vendors

The Vendors page is up and the vending application process is open for NOTOCON VII:

Vending will be open throughout NOTOCON VII. Please continue to watch this page for further vending related updates. Currently, the vending application process is open, and will be open until full. We will first begin accepting initiate vendors on February 1st. If there is still space available, we will then open to non-initiate vendors on April 1st.

Things are starting to hop quite a bit more, as NOTOCON is just around the corner now.

NOTOCON VII ~ Seattle, WA ~ Aug 7-9th, 2009
NOTOCON VII: the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference
August 7-9th, 2009 EV ~ Seattle, WA

NOTOCON VII ~ speakers, presentations and registration is open

There’s a bunch new over at the site for NOTOCON VII today. I put up the speakers and presentations information. So, you can check out some of what’s going to happen over the conference. The formal schedule and vending aren’t up yet, so there’s more to come. But, there’s definitely several of the presentations I’m interested in, and a couple of those I won’t be able to go to … C’est la vie!

Also, even more importantly, registration is now open. There’s a couple of first-come, limited-capacity events that one can choose to attend as part of registration, but only one of them I can actually go to.

Still, it looks like there’s going to be quite a lot going on that will be interesting.

NOTOCON VII ~ Seattle, WA ~ Aug 7-9th, 2009
NOTOCON VII: the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference
August 7-9th, 2009 EV ~ Seattle, WA

Update 1jan09 @ 11:49pm:

There’s a post now over at the official NOTOCON VII Blog about registration being open. I think there’s going to be something posted to the blog about the speakers and presentations soon also.

NOTOCON ~ National Ordo Templi Orientis Conferences

I made a big update to the root NOTOCON ~ National Ordo Templi Orientis Conferences sited today. I’ve had this mostly ready for a while, but had some last minute changes to make, was waiting for the AIT site to be up, and needed final go-ahead. The update features archives of all previous NOTOCON sites for which a site existed. There are two stubs for the earliest NOTCON events, which I hope to fill in with more information as I collect it.

Also, I’ve started the cross-promotion of sites. So, this update includes links to both the new AIT and the already existing Kaaba sites. And, over at the new AIT site, I’ve added cross-promotion to NOTOCON and Kaaba in the sidebar.

A container and the contained

Over at the NOTOCON VII Blog, Beth posted “An Essay Related to my experience with NOTOCON VI in Salem, 2007e.v.“. In this essay, among other things, she mentions what she sees as the express purpose for attending NOTOCON:

“When one attends NOTOCON it is for the express purpose of gathering within the bonds of our Fraternity; to bask in the company of our brethren. Without the hospitality of our hosts, however, it would be a pale shadow of that which each of us finds in our own Thelemic communities.”

But, I have to say that gathering in the bonds of Fraternity and experiencing Hospitality seem to me to be good enough on one level, as an important experience; but, these seem to me to be the containers, not the contained. I mean that the fraternal experience may be a direct experience of the egregor of the order, but I see this more as the intentional marker that indicates which side of the liminal boundary one is on.

So, then what do I see as the contained? There’s always a lot of work put out for any conference trying to make the value case for people to attend. Much of this stuff also applies to a NOTOCON, I would imagine. Some of this has been going into my thinking about the new design for the root notocon.org site I’ve been working on.

My current draft, about why to attend, for the root NOTOCON site is this:

“There are many reasons to attend a NOTOCON, or any O.T.O. gathering, such as new learning and new nuances about old learning, meet luminaries, to socialize with peers, to meet Grand Lodge, to connect with far-flung members, meet new friends and renew old friendships … & c.

Any time there’s a large number of O.T.O. members together, there’s bound to be new memories made and old memories shared. This is an opportunity that should not be missed, whether you have been a long-time member, just started showing up to your local body events, or anything in between. There will be things that you will experience that inspire and motivate you. There will be things that you experience that will open new paths of your own work, and not just in the order.”

The primary reason, I suspect, to go to NOTOCON VII is To Go [see, also]. There’s certainly a lot of reasons, but it is the urge and motivation to exceed that seems to me to be the best reason and one that is sufficient for anyone. Attending NOTOCON is a chance to be informed by the past and to initiate the future.

NOTOCON VII ~ Seattle, WA ~ Aug 7-9th, 2009
NOTOCON VII: the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference
August 7-9th, 2009 EV ~ Seattle, WA

The NOTOCON VII Blog is now up!

Here’s something new today: the blog over at the NOTOCON VII site is now up with its first post. There’s a lot more planned over the next year, with lots of updates and interesting stories, so you might think about checking it every once in a while or adding it to your subscriptions: NOTOCON VII Blog.

In “Welcome to the NOTOCON Blog!“, Melissa, the onsite coordinator, says:

“It’s my wish for this blog to become a resource not only for the most timely updates about the conference, but also for insight into what it takes to put the conference together, memories of cons gone by, and tips for how to get the most out of your NOTOCON experience.”

And, that’s a great thing for those interested in not just updates, but also the shared history of O.T.O. and NOTOCON.

NOTOCON VII ~ Seattle, WA ~ Aug 7-9th, 2009
NOTOCON VII: the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference
August 7-9th, 2009 EV ~ Seattle, WA

NOTOCON VII: Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for workshops at the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference is now online at the NOTOCON VII ~ Speakers page. The proposals deadline is Oct 15th, 2008 for this conference in Seattle, WA on Aug 7-9th, 2009.

Registration for the conference isn’t open yet, but the reservation code for the hotel is available on the conference site for those wanting to get their rooms now.

NOTOCON VII ~ Seattle, WA ~ Aug 7-9th, 2009
NOTOCON VII: the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference
August 7-9th, 2009 EV ~ Seattle, WA

NOTOCON VII in Seattle, WA on Aug 7-9, 2009

Yeah, so it’s not until next year, but the website is up for the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference which is happening in Seattle in August of next year. Actually, the conference is in Tukwila, but the organizing is being done through Horizon Oasis with the other PNW bodies helping out, such as Vortex Oasis and Sekhet-Maat Lodge.

Anyhow, it should be all kinds of interesting with chances to hang out with U.S. Grand Lodge and other luminaries, meet people from across the country and do lots of networking, and get an opportunity for much formal and informal learning. It’s something that only happens every other year, so going seems like an obvious thing to do.

Registration for the conference isn’t open yet, but the reservation code for the hotel is available on the conference site for those wanting to get their rooms now.

NOTOCON VII ~ Seattle, WA ~ Aug 7-9th, 2009
NOTOCON VII: the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference
August 7-9th, 2009 EV ~ Seattle, WA