Archive for September, 2009

Morphing Images of Justice

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 29, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

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Finally the dust has cleared. There are beautiful clear skies here and an unseasonal crispness in the air. The Sun is well and truly in Libra by now. Every month I scour the net for images to line up with the myths and themes of the sign we are in. I’m building up an interesting collection. I found this amazing old image of the goddess of justice (above) in my travels. She is primitive and earthy – not airy at all. It seems the symbol of the scales evolved from the claws of the scorpion (the chelae), through the form of an earthy goddess who represented the order of nature (more akin to Virgo), to the blindfolded damsel we now see outside our high courts. As she is now, she is a celebration of the evolution of the jury system – where justice is in the hands of the common people. I am fascinated by the history of these things – and by the mythological antecedents of our present populist versions of the signs. History and myth adds depth. That depth shows the depth of our projections. We have projected meaning onto the environment around us, including the stars. If astrology is a map of who we are not, which is how I see it, then these are the ideas we have to untangle ourselves from, in order to come back to the pure potent space that is our essence.

My Book is due out soon. Watch this space! Yes – I am available for sessions. Yes – I am available to run workshops and give talks. And my songs are now up at Bandcamp, LastFM and more.. Check the links on this site. I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Have fun!

Sudhir

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Astrosophy and Zazen

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 25, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

Yesterday I came across the word Astrosophy. I like it a lot. Stars and philosophy. More honest really. Stars and science don’t mix – unless it’s astronomy. But Astrosophy works a treat. There is a wealth of great information buried in the symbols of astrology, and it is closer to philosophy than anything else. Even psychological astrology, which is largely Jungian, is closer to philosophy than anything else; archetypes, synchronicity etc. I’m very happy to take on the name astrosopher – even though i’d be surprised if it ever took. Still you never know.

This morning I sat Zazen. It’s the first time for a while. I’ve been doing other meditative things. I make it Zorba Zazen by having a good strong dance first. Zazen is amazing. It is really nothing but being with what is. That means no dreams and fantasies and no going anywhere. How to put astrology together with zazen? It seems it is my destiny to do just that. Astrology is so much about going somewhere – either in events or in psychological processess. To add zazen is to effectively stop the wheel. Astrosophy fits. I can wear that.

My Book is due out soon. Watch this space! Yes – I am available for sessions. Yes – I am available to run workshops and give talks. And my songs are now up at Bandcamp. Check the links on this site. I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Have fun!

Sudhir

Under a Bright Orange Sky

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

A lot happens in 24 hours. There has been a dust storm in the sky today that turned it orange. Seriously strange. Yesterday at Lion Island music practise I heard we had been offered a gig by The Harbour Agency which is pretty amazing. They are big bananas. Looks like we are off up the mountain to Toowoomba later in October. And all while somehow mulling over the symbol of Leo. I would love to simplify astrology and do surgery on the superstition it is riddled with. An astrology software salesperson sent me an e-mail yesterday claiming that a certain person’s transits proved that they were an axe murderer, even though they were adjudged innocent. This is idiocy. What’s worse is that when I pointed out that it was a rather long bow to draw, he had no sense whatsoever of the irony. I choose to persist with the soothsaying anyway. I look forward to my book getting out and about on the streets, coffee tables and bookshelves of the world, so I can finally have my angle circulating through the collective unconscious. 

My Book is due out soon. Watch this space! Yes – I am available for sessions. Yes – I am available to run workshops and give talks. And my songs are now up at Bandcamp. Check the links on this site. I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Enjoy!

Sudhir

Songs, Virgo and Queen Victoria’s Petticoats

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

Yesterday I put a compilation of my songs up at Bandcamp. Finally a website elegantly designed for independent artists to sell their stuff without getting tangled in other peoples musically mercinary business adventures. Go to the links on this blog and you’ll see what I mean. It’s refreshingly simple. Enjoy! 

On the astrological front I am going to keep bringing these blogs back to the themes of the month – and for now that means Virgo. The original Goddess represented the order of nature. I could contemplate that forever. She can be seen in the spine of a leaf, heard in the rustle of the morning trees, felt in the spring heat. And what is in her way are all the ludicrous ideas about what is right and wrong that have been layered on top of her. The primal virgin has got more petticoats, dresses, hats and corset on than Queen Victoria. She is the very nature that runs through our veins. She needs to be disrobed. That means undressing the real me from his conditioning. Dancing seems to help. The body likes to move. The armour cracks and falls off when dancing freely. Slowly day by day a little bit more hits the dust. Natacha Atlas and Arabic rhythms seem to work for me. Oh and Shooglenifty. 

My Book is due out soon. Watch this space! And – Yes – I am available for sessions. Yes – I am available to run workshops and give talks. I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Enjoy!

Sudhir

 

A James Joyce Mini-Epiphany

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , on September 21, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

Ulysses was sitting in the second-hand bookshop looking at me. For the first time it felt like the right time to give it a read. So far I’m only in the introduction. James Joyce doesn’t even have a voice yet. Never-the-less it has been revelatory already. The fundamental premise to my version of Astrology (with hat tipped towards George Gurdjieff and Osho) is that it is a map of who we are not. And that map is made profound by the fact that underlying all the zodiac symbols are the stories of Greek (and other’s) mythology. We live the story cycles of mythology in our present day, unconsciously. This is Ulysses too. A day in a very ordinary life, underpinned by the story cycle of The Odyssey. James Joyce and many since have been saying and demonstrating the same thing in literature for well over a century. Joyce meets Jung. The difference is with the influence of Mr G and Osho and a wee bit of personal experimentation, these story cyles don’t become a rat’s maze. Once seen they hold the key to leaving all rat’s mazes behind. Moksha, freedom, the great gift of the East. It’s sitting there at the heart of the wheel, looking a lot like a laughing Buddha, who upon seeing the flimsiness of the prison walls is celebrating accordingly.

Yes – I am available for sessions. Yes – I am available to run workshops and give talks. I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com
Enjoy!
Sudhir

The Virgin Forest is Perfect but not Chaste

Posted in Astrology with tags , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica
Persephone - Lucien Levy-Dhurmer

Persephone - Lucien Levy-Dhurmer

Virgo is actually all about the intrinsic order of nature. Virgin is virgin forest. How it got to be about being pedantic and myopic is a long historical journey that involves understanding something about the end of the matriarchy, the beginning of the patriarchy – and birth of the Christian Empire. It’s a theme that is very rich and full and once unfolded will help many Virgo’s around the universe feel much better about themselves. It will be told.

In the meantime – Yes – I do sessions. Yes – I do workshops. Yes I do talks. And Yes my book is due out any time soon. Watch this space. I am contactable at astropoetica@gmail.com

Enjoy!                                                                                                                                   Sudhir

Virgo Ahoy!

Posted in Astrology, Music with tags , , , on September 14, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

Persephone

Finally I’m back on deck in the Blogging department – and a lot has happened in the meantime. Firstly and most excitingly, I just signed off on the proofs of my book. It should be printed within a month or so – and then comes the whole journey of getting it out and about in the real world of bookshops etcetera. Add that to a musical bonanza on the Lion Island front and I’m a satisfied little fire monkey. More soon. Hang on to your hat.