Welcome to Astral!

Our history:

While the Universe may have been formed 13.7 billion years ago; Astral was founded on July 13, 2016 by a tight knit group of six friends who wanted an out of this world place to gather!

In our orbit we enjoy conjugating to chat, and encouraging each other to shoot for over the moon account improvement. We aim to challenge ourselves, and our members, everyday. We offer help in all areas of account improvement, as well as a calendar of guild wide events to help keep us active, involved, and help us build lasting friendships.

Sit back, have a read through our website and if you like what you see please neomail a member of our council to join our journey through space.

Our Requirements

Please meet 7 out of 21 of the following requirements from any category:

Collections

100+ avatars


2 of Big Three lends (MSPP, BGC, SuAP)


Size 5+ gallery


3+ site themes


5+ NC Mall Album pages


20+ Neodeck Cards


20+ Stamps

Games/trophies

150+ games played


2+ game trophies


5+ site event trophies


25+ kads fed


1+ plot completed


1+ Neopian Times submission(s)


Rank 5+ in Altador Cup

Pets

3 painted or limited edition pets


1 fully customized pet


1+ Beauty Contest Trophies


100+ HSD pet

General Account

6+ month old account


Have a portfolio


Size 5+ shop



NOTE: We do make exceptions to the requirements for new members and members returning from a hiatus. We ask that if you do not reach 7 of 21 requirements at joining, that you do reach seven by the end of your trial period.

In addition to meeting 7/21 of the above requirements, we are also looking for a member who:

i. Is really lovely, super friendly and respectful of others, and their accounts.
ii. Has a strong desire to improve your account.
iii. Willingness to be chatty on the guild message boards.

Our Ranks

Rank

Post Count

Caught Recruiting?

Activity Participation

# of Challenges

Notes

# of members at this rank

Atom 0 No No None Starting guild rank 7
Cloud None No No None Completed trial period 14
Star 500+ non spam posts Yes Yes 1+ 4
Galaxy 1,000+ non spam posts Yes Yes 5+ 7
Nebula 2,000+ non spam posts Yes Yes 10+ 17

Our Rules

i. No drama: We want all members to respect each other and feel comfortable. There is nothing worse than feeling like you are not liked or welcome in a guild. For more information on protocol for drama and official warnings, please check here.

ii. Literacy: We consider ourselves a semi-lit guild. Please feel free to toss in some emoticons on your post, we like those :) However, please try not to use intense chat speak ex: $up d@wg. Commonly used abbreviations are welcome though, such as RL, RE, NM, NC, etc.

iii. Activity/participation: Participation and activity are some of the most key aspects of keeping a guild fun and fresh! We understand that real life can take over sometimes, but we ask that you try to post once every week. We hold member sweeps once a month. After one week of inactivity, we will send you a message checking in and letting you know we've missed you! After one additional week of activity, we will send another message. After a month of inactivity, you will be swept from the guild. If you are swept, you will have one invitation to rejoin at a time that is less busy for you! We do offer extended hiatuses as described here, so please let a council member know if you are going on vacation, stressed with school, swamped with work or children - we understand!

iv. Font: Please keep a well maintained font, we want to be able to read the nice messages that you post in the guild chat. It is not mandatory, but preferred if you would have you name included in your font.

v. Guild mailing: Please enable your guild mailings! This helps us send out important information regarding announcements, activities, etc. If you are not sure how to access this and change your setting please contact a member of council, we will be glad to help!

vi. Posts: We ask that as you post on the guild boards, that you are trying to make your posts mindful of others, purposeful, and inclusive to all members. Repeated failure to do so can result in an official warning as described here. Also, please do not change the subject line on the guild board - council uses this for reminders and important information!

vii. Enjoy: Lastly, we want you to have fun! One of our goals is to make lasting friendships and have fun with our friends. We hope you find joy, entertainment, friendship, and a home in Astral!

Our Council

Astral works as one council together. Often times, the leader position will go to someone who is most active and will change as council's lives change!
Kadie - bubblegum_girl230
Hello everyone, I am Kadie! I am finishing up nursing school in a few short months to be a critical care nurse! You will find me online anywhere between 8 AM NST - 10 PM NST. I am always online lurking. You will find me chatting in the guild or lurking the NCC, Trade Boards, or AC. I am a dog and cat mom and love to foster kittens. I am a friendly and chatty person and if you ever need anything please feel free to message me at any given time!
Bunny - subjectively
Hey I'm Bunny! Cute things on neo completely suck me in. I love customization and changing my layouts all the time. Other than that, I love avvie collecting and kad feeding! I like mushrooms, trees, anything to do with the forest, chokato, and cupcakes. I love to cook, and am a classically trained Chef! My little boy is my world, and I spend most of my time outside of neo with him when I'm not working. I love making friends, so come chat with me on the guild board!
Erin - bowlingchick1992
Hey! I'm Erin and I'm 25 years old! While on Neo I can usually be found chatting, hunting down avatars, NC trading, or kadding! Off neo, I work in corporate compliance, but more importantly I am the fur-mom to two cute pups and a tabby cat! In my spare time I like to read, play Pokemon, and go to the dog park. Feel free to neomail me if you have any questions about Astral, or just want to chat!
Sarah - goldie11147
Hi, I'm Sarah! On neo you can find me chatting with my guild friends, trying to raise my avatar count, buying disturbing gelatin, and recruiting for our awesome guild. Off neo, I live with my boyfriend and our cat, Olive, and am currently looking for a job as a music teacher. I really like watching Netflix, practicing my instruments, and knitting.
Alexis - littlemissmaizy_
Hello, I'm Alexis! I am 24 and an English teacher at a high school. Currently you'll find me online from 12 PM NST-7 PM NST, but I do check messages earlier than that! On Neopets you'll find me on the NCC or trying to get some game avatars, and failing...miserably! Off Neopets you'll find me cuddling with my pup, Maizy, and watching Netflix! I love helping others, so if there is anything I can ever do for you, please let me know! I look forward to meeting and getting to know you!

Preview

Astral was recreated 12/31/2016 due to the fact that Alexis (maizyann) was the leader and her account was frozen. TNT no longer removes frozen leaders from guilds and thus we created a new guild to be able to further grow Astral!
OG Astral
Page Views: 476527
Members: 45
Messages: 57270*
Founded: 07/13/16
Last Updated: 1/1/17
Last Sweep: 12/31/16


* Roughly 5000+ messages were deleted from our count.
Astral 2.0
Page Views: 1061537
Members: 53
Messages: 142703
Founded: 12/31/16
Last Updated: 1/20/18
Last Sweep: 1/1/18



More Information

Trial Period: We understand Astral may not be a perfect match for everyone so we offer all of our new guild members a two week trial period to test the waters to see if Astral fits your needs. In the event you feel like Astral may not be right for you, you are more than welcome to seek out another guild at any point during the trial. At the end of the two weeks, the council may also recommend another guild if they feel your activeness level and contributions to the guild during your trial were not up to par. You are also subject to removal if you do not post by the end of the first week of your trial. At Astral we strive to have a family atmosphere and want to work with you to make Astral your new home!

Member sweeps: To keep our guild active, we will be conducting monthly member sweeps. Two messages will be sent to you if you haven't posted on the guild message board in 14 consecutive days, if there is no reply you will be swept on the next member sweep two weeks later. We understand real life can be super busy, so if you are away for a few weeks just message a member of council so that you aren't swept. If you are swept, you will have one invitation to rejoin at a time that is less busy for you!

Extended hiatus: Members may take a full month away from the guild with no questions asked. After that month is over, you will need to renew your extended hiatus every TWO WEEKS with a member of council in order to stay on hiatus and not be swept. You can renew every two weeks until you have hit three months. Once the three month mark is met, this means that usually your real life has taken over at this point and usually is and should be more important than being in Astral. In the event you are swept at the end of an extended hiatus, you are more than welcome to join again at a time that you would be able to be more active.

Apply

Astral has a loose 50-60 member cap. Once we've reached 50 members, we typically hold off on actively recruiting and add new members on a case by case basis. We have a very active chat board so the loose member cap allows us to add new members when needed, but hold off if the board is active enough where it might become hard to keep up.

If you have stumbled upon Astral and we are not actively recruiting, feel free to send the application below to a member of council and they will get back to you! We do not believe in wait lists, but if we are at or nearing 60 members, we will not be accepting any applications.

To apply, please fill the following form out and neomail it to a member of council/an active recruiter on our board! Please make sure you have grabbed all nine questions within the text area below!

Official Warnings

Implemented December 1, 2017

Astral Council is implementing a "5 strike" policy. Strikes, or official warnings, can be handed out for behaviors that include, but are not limited to: being exclusive on the boards, speaking to members with malicious intent, misbehavior on and/or misuse of guild boards, spreading rumors about guildmates, and letting difficulties in personal relationships directly affect the running of the guild. You don't have to be best friends with everyone in the guild, but we expect our members to be respectful to each other regardless of the situation.

Strike consequences are as follows:

First and second offense: a message from council discussing the behavior seen, how it violates the policy, and what we expect moving forward.

Third offense: a message from council discussing the behavior seen, how it applies to a pattern (if applicable), and what we expect moving forward. You will also be issued a one day suspension.

Fourth offense: a message from council discussing the behavior seen, a reminder that you have reached four of five strikes, as well as a three day suspension from the guild.

Fifth offense and further: a message from council discussing the behavior seen, notice of fifth strike, and a harsh consequence. Council will decide the severity of the consequence and can range from a one week guild suspension to permanent expulsion from the guild, depending on the severity of the five offenses.

In special cases, members may be given a suspension/expulsion consequence at any point of the five strike scale, due to severity of the issue at hand. This is, again, at council's discretion.


Please note that these strikes / warnings are at council's discretion. Members coming to us with a complaint need to know that we *may* not issue an official warning, but we will always have everyone's best interest in mind. The other party may be communicated with, even without a warning submitted. If we do decide to issue a warning, these warnings are strictly between the person warned and council. Warnings are NOT public knowledge. When a warning is submitted, council will always be very transparent about the warning issued with the member who is receiving it. You, as a member, will always know when you are issued an official warning, and if you are unsure, please feel free to ask.

Even with a new policy in place, we always strongly recommend trying to resolve the conflict on your own depending on if you feel comfortable doing so and the severity of the conflict. This conflict resolution should ALWAYS occur in a direct / private mail, and should remain between the parties involved unless council needs to be brought in to mediate. Those who receive messages from other members expressing concern, please be aware of their feelings and remain gentle with the subject at hand. Know that no one is trying to accuse another of fault, but rather expressing reasons as to why their feelings were hurt.

**NOTE: that any and all lines of communication on Neopets and off that fundamentally disrupt the foundation of Astral are subject to this policy.



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