Archive for October, 2009

Fire-birds and Serpentine Monsters

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica
Klimpt Gorgons

Klimpt Gorgons

The Sun has gone into Scorpio – at least by western reckoning – and I’ve been fossicking through images on the internet that visually flesh out the various mythologies associated with the sign. Think Hydra, Medusa, Perseus, Pegasus, Phoenix’s etcetera. It amazes me just how much of Greek Mythology has made it into classical art. There is generally a stunning image from a stunning artist to represent each mythical character or tale. So far there is none I have looked up that has lacked a great painting. I had no idea Klimpt painted Gorgons for example. The English Romantics and Pre-Raphaelites got right in there – as did Rubens and Botticelli and the Renaissance and Medieval Artists. There’s something about a rich visual image that fills in the missing pieces in the tales that tell the stories of our unconscious habits and patterns, that no words can say. Scorpio is such rich pickings. Sex, Death and Transformation abounds. Who is not fascinated? I am.

Not Saturn this Time

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

Life certainly has a sense of humour. Last time I wrote I was waxing eloquent about how Saturn was up to tricks and slowing me down. The moment I said it everything went in the completely opposite direction. Things have sped up exponentially. Lord knows what planet can be blamed for this one. In half an hour I received five requests for readings. The band has been rehearsing like a bunch of mad people to get ready for our spot at the Valley Fiesta (Brisbane) tomorrow night (6.45pm in the Brunswick Street Mall). Lion Island is as much a social experiment as a band. Getting nine people in one place at the one time is challenge enough – but oh when it goes off as we play – it’s an instant trip to harmony heaven.

It’s lovely to watch the slow unfolding of friendship within the band. Tentatively and tenuously we all discover a little more about each other (and ourselves) each day. Every time someone gets to know me I have to get to know the me that is ‘astrologer’, ‘seeker’, ‘person of a certain age’ and much much more,  again. Friendliness seems to be the ultimate value. On the inside and the outside. Aiki. Aiki-do the way of friendliness. To offer a welcoming heart to feelings that aren’t comfortable is the only alchemy I know that works. Anger pain sadness grief grumpiness are my guests. I am the host. This is witnessing. When I remember.

Friendliness is a great angle to take astrologically too. It’s all about getting friendly with the parts inside represented by the planets. It works beautifully as Gestalt, Psychodrama. Haven’t done that for a while. Must be near about time.

Still waiting for that book. I wonder when the news will come from my publisher – saying it is steaming hot off the press. It will be steaming in this sub-tropical heat. That will be a good day. A fresh beginning. X

I am available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks. My songs are up at Bandcamp.com, itunes and more. Lion Island is to be found on Bandcamp too and at MySpace. All the links are here on the homepage. I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Enjoy! Sudhir

Dancing to the Tune of Saturn

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 19, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

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Today I found myself walking at half pace behind my mother who is now 92. We were doing the shopping. It entered my head that Saturn is now in Libra, that my Sun is in Libra and that this was a perfect metaphor. Lovely misrepresented Saturn. He slows us down and makes us be with what is. If we are smart we go with it and discover the beaming white light of his existential wisdom. Considering that for the previous two days I had been travelling like a bat out of hell, this sudden slowness brought a smile to my eyes.

I played my first midnight gig with the band on Friday. We launched our EP. On the 2.05am bus home there were half a dozen young souls pawing over their brand new Lion Island CD’s. Another smiling moment. Two days of recovery later and I am trailing Saturn as he initiates me into the mysteries of old age. What a strange and fragile thing it is to become ancient. Walking fragile and incrementally through a shopping mall full of young fast people who don’t even seem to notice. One man did. An older man. He picked up something my mother dropped, with care, tenderness and understanding. channeling the intrinsic goodness of existence in the very midst of the most mundane part of the universe. Little things stagger me. And they are found by moving more slowly. My mother commented on how much more she sees now that she moves at her new found ninth decade pace. To be finding blessings at such a ripe old age is bordering on the miraculous.

My Book is way past its gestation time. It should be hot off the presses any day soon. I am available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks. Lion Island is to be found at http://www.myspace.com/lionisland and at Bandcamp.com. My solo songs are up at Bandcamp.com too.

I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Enjoy!

Sudhir

Transformation Stars

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

Astrology serves no purpose unless it is in the service of transformation. Mostly it isn’t. What is transformation? For me it is bringing the possibility of love into the world – through the agency of increased awareness. At present we don’t seem to be as capable of that as we think we are. If there’s any symbol for awareness it would have to be that of the Buddha. This is not the historical Buddha. This is a state of reflective presence whispered in stone, or paint. I place the Buddha in the centre of the astrological wheel always – as a reminder of this state and that this direction I am heading with my readings. The Zen Enso could also be used. A symbol of emptiness. The Buddha will do.

For me this week transformation seems to be about taking responsibility. And taking responsibility seems to be about noticing and owning up to the fact that the source of my thoughts and emotions is in me; that others might provoke those thoughts and emotions into action – but they aren’t caused by external provocation. They are dormant within. Someone says something which provokes my anger to the surface. I can turn on that person – expression – or I can turn on myself – repression. Or I can somehow find a way to use this feeling of anger as a door – by welcoming its presence and riding it like a wave wherever it wants to go. This week I have been using the meditation of the great Tibetan teacher Atisha to play with my reactions. Taking these uncomfortable feelings into my heart on the in-breath, and breathing out bliss or joy on the out-breath. It is very difficult but it does work. When it touches the heart, the energy of anger does change in miraculous moments into bliss. (See Chapter five of the Book of Wisdom by Osho for a full rundown) One little taste promises a bigger deeper one.

So where does this fit in Astrology? Scorpio is all about transforming poison into nectar. Pluto the same. Also if transformation is the context in which the stars are read, then all the symbols take on new meaning. They each carry a story of darkness turning to light. Of personality transmuting into essence. Of sleep turning to awakening. This is my angle on the stars.

On the Lion Island front – I have seen our new EP. It is looks gorgeous and sounds great. We are launching it tonight at Ric’s Bar in The Valley in Brisbane – at midnight! Ah – the lifestyle of a musician. Then at the Valley Fiesta at a more reasonable hour next week. Getting nine people pointed in one direction to make beautiful music is a transformative task that’s for sure. Watch this space.

My Book is due out soon; in fact i’m expecting it any day. I am available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks. My songs are up at Bandcamp.com, itunes and more. Lion Island is to be found on Bandcamp too and at MySpace. All the links are here on the homepage.

I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Enjoy!

Sudhir

Funny Monday

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 12, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

Every day is a funny day. I can hear a voice calling the horses on a cheap am radio. The birds don’t seem to mind. This morning a woman asked me to edit her love letter while I was sitting at a cafe. She sat down. I said nothing. Then she congratulated me on having done such a splendid job. It being Monday I get to write the stars first up. Today was one of those days where I knew I had to sit back, take a deep breath and give the planets a really good once over. Having had a deadline or six to write stars for nearly 15 years now, I can say for certain that as symbols they have enough depth to handle a whole lot of looking into them. Naturally every time I look, I am looking into myself. I trust that there’s enough universality to my experience for it to translate to other people’s experience. I have been accused of having a camera in my reader’s bedrooms. I’m trusting that is a good piece of feedback – and not paranoia that will come back to haunt me. And isn’t ‘pronoia’ a great word? The exact opposite. Seeing all the hopeful possibilities when projecting ahead. The bloke who writes Free Will Astrology in the States has written a book about it. I tip my hat.

My Book is due out soon; in fact i’m expecting it any day. I am available for sessions. I am certainly up for running workshops and giving talks. My songs are up at Bandcamp, itunes and more. Lion Island is to be found on Bandcamp too and at MySpace. We are launching our first EP at Rics in The Valley (Brisbane) on the 16th of October. Go to the links over there to your right. And be there if you can.

I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Have fun!

Sudhir

At the Heart of the Stars

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 9, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

Emptiness is the most interesting thing to me. Not just blah emptiness but the shining open space that is there when the mind and time stops. I know it singing. I know it dancing. I even know it in a moment beyond fear playing football as a schoolboy. It is full of light yet free of all objects. Astrologically if there is anything I really want to do, it is to put the stars into the service of those who wish to find this space. It is the space that relaxes the heart and gives significance. The only way I can imagine doing that is to start from the statement attributed to George Gurdjieff (in ‘Remembering Gurdjieff’ by Fritz Peters) that astrology is a map of who we are not. It points to the knots that are there to be untied in order to taste the taste of emptiness – the taste of one’s original face – the space that makes love possible, that embody’s creativity – and that even puts the fear of death in its place. All that I do in the name of the stars is a painting that tries in some way to embrace that end.

My Book is due out soon; in fact i’m expecting it any day. I am available for sessions. I am available to run workshops and give talks. My songs are up at Bandcamp, itunes and more. Lion Island is to be found on Bandcamp too and at MySpace. We are launching our first EP at Rics in The Valley (Brisbane) on the 16th of October. Go to the links over there to your right.

I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Have fun!

Sudhir

Libra, War, Peace and a Cold Morning Breeze

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 8, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

I’ve been focussing on the aspect of Libra that is about a love of beauty. For years I have been making the point that beauty involves understanding and accepting the balance of darkness and light. Though I still feel that to be true, it has taken me away from the perhaps deeper Libran theme of peace. And of course once one introduces the idea of peace one has to allow in the opposite – war. The Aries/Libra axis is really the axis of war and peace; in their shadow forms. Anger and fear. A peace that is just fear of anger is fey. And an anger that has no respect for peace is thuggery. The classic romantic idealist Libran is often deathly afraid of his or her more powerful emotions – and hence that romanticism is illusory. Life doesn’t abide it for long. Beauty has to be real, not just an escape from ugliness. It has to have the same power. In order to do that our Libran friends (I am one of them) must enter the gritty embrace of anger. Absorbing the power that comes with that. Adding Mars to the equation and not being just all Venus (though she is a mighty handful mythologically) 

The day is splendid. Strangely cold. My banjo is off to the doctor again this morning. She is an antique attempting to make it in the contemporary world. The Lion Island EP launch is on October 16. We are playing at midnight – which means my previously simple lifestyle has now officially gone arse up. 

My Book is due out soon; in fact i’m expecting it any day. I am available for sessions. I am available to run workshops and give talks. My songs are now up at Bandcamp, LastFM and more. Lion Island is to be found on Bandcamp too. Check the links on this site.

I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com 

Have fun!

Sudhir

Gogol Bordello, A Birthday and The Super-ego

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

Big few days. Tonight listening to Gogol Bordello. Anarchist gypsy punk joyous madness. I can’t believe this music. Zorba incarnate. Reminds me of one of the most amazing movies I have ever seen – Underground. Humour, music and some kind of altered state in the Balkans – as they went up in flames. Culture is a big complex thing that defies understanding really. Seems to be a state of wonder past understanding. I like it there – here – in wonder.

Lion Island nailed the Troubadour on Saturday Night. Playing live extends time and shortens it at the same time. So much happens on stage in one half hour. Nine people playing together is transcendental. Ego’s pop and magic happens – and then they come back in again. Mind to no-mind and back. The lure of the world of the artist. The lure of the soul hungry. Not only artists go there. Totality delivers a strangely wonderful state. It’s actually zen hiding in the clothes of ordinariness.

And of course a birthday. Acknowledged it for the first time in five years. Had to receive some love. Tough. Chuckle.

Been pondering Pluto’s journey through Capricorn. Today’s snapshot. The awareness of death (Pluto) tapping on the super-ego (shadow side of Capricorn) and showing it how pointless it is to be living in a world of ‘shoulds’. Time to stand on our own feet because there is no other time. Becoming our own fathers. Obscure? Consider it a poem and sit with it like that. The real sneaks in between the cracks in logic.

My Book is due out soon; in fact i’m expecting it any day. And yes I am available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks. My songs are now up at Bandcamp, LastFM and more. Lion Island is to be found on Bandcamp too. Buy a track or two and you’ll be helping to fund a whole lot of joy. Check the links on this site.

I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Have fun! Sudhir

Old Crow Medicine Show, Justice and Insects

Posted in Astrology, Music with tags , , , , on October 2, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

The Old Crow Medicine Show are playing in my ear. Crisp clean clear edgy contemporary bluegrass. I love the juxtaposition of my love of country music and astrology. One grounds. The other makes me rise high. Which one does which is anyone’s guess. The day is hot. The insects are singing a lament. Their noxious weed Chinese Elm homes were felled yesterday. The house looks and feels naked. Exposed to the summer sun.

I’ve been focussing on the issue of beauty with Libra. Today I suspect i’ve been doing a classic Libran thing and have been making it nice. Even though the aesthetic angle is all about real beauty as opposed to romantic beauty to me. There is the issue of justice though. The inanimate scales pointing to a non-instinctive, considered, rational, conscience, or consciousness driven justice. Justice. Punishment. Do crime in the name of curing the crime. State crime is ok. Individual crime is problematic. The scorpion’s claws still lie there under the pans of the blindfolded goddesses justice. The wolf behind the sheep. The shadow behind the gloss of civilisation. No solutions today. Just descriptions. The weekend promises celebration, music and a big fat old moon. The Crows keep exploring counterpoint, rhythm, harmonies and melody. The insects are growing lazy with their song in the afternoon heat.

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

Lion Island, Tiny Vipers and Humility

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 1, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

Lion Island is playing at The Troubadour in Brisbane this Saturday night if you happen to be in this part of the universe. We’re first up and playing a half hour set – so get there early. (Check the Troubadour website) We’re supporting Tiny Vipers – an artist from New York. There’s lot’s of Lion Island gigs around the traps in October. I’ll keep you posted – or go to our site. I’m the one on Banjo, Mandolin and Blues Harp if you’re wondering.

There’s nothing I like more than removing the fear that people project on the stars. Half-knowledge is indeed dangerous. To read the universe as a dangerous place is is to show that one is but an amateur in the realm of alchemy. Astrology used wisely can help to accept the flows and changes that invariably happen along the way. It is is a profound enough language once fully absorbed to do that. Acceptance, self-love and awareness – if these three ingredients aren’t the outcome of your encounter with astrology or an astrologer then something is astray. What can be more humbling for the ego than to bow to the fact that life is larger than it is? If this humbling happens then astrology has served it’s purpose in shifting the centre of gravity in one’s life. Ya Hoo…..

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