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Back in Blogging Land

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 30, 2016 by sudhirastropoetica

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It’s been a very long time between drinks – but here I am back at my keyboard tying up a blog entry. My life has been immersed in the world of acute mental health support. And what a journey it has been. I’ve am having a very real encounter with the system and met a wonderful collection of characters along the way. Still, no matter what has been going on I keep tapping out astrology columns for various newspapers and www.osho.com. Astrology continues to be a vehicle for expression. Mythology keeps being a way to understand things in that mid-land between logic and meditative silence. People keep finding me to have sessions; mostly on-line these days. Life goes on.

The other thing that I have done over the last year and a bit is an on-line Certificate in Trauma and Stress Studies put together by the Trauma Centre in Boston. I even went to Boston in June/July to go to the 27th Annual Trauma Conference. I am truly gob-smacked by the work that is going on in this realm. It is the future of mental health. Check out Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score), Peter Levine, Steven Porges and more. They are empirical scientists whose research is starting to affirm the sanity and effectiveness of such things as body awareness, meditation/mindfulness, relating, creativity and flow. Bless them for bridging a whole lot of really important gaps.

For the rest, it’s feels like consolidation time. My book is now available on Etsy. Go to www.etsy.com and search for Sudhir Astrology. You’ll find two shops with it. Either work. $20 with free shipping anywhere in the world. Also, I have a remastered collection of old songs up at https://sudhir.bandcamp.com/ Bandcamp now take Credit Card payments as well as Paypal. They have finally made life easier. I also post articles from time to time on Linked In. If you feel like getting in touch – do. Love and fun – Sudhir

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Free Music, Academia and The Pole Star

Posted in Astrology, Music with tags , , , , , , on September 2, 2011 by sudhirastropoetica

I’ve just been and had some fun on my Bandcamp page. www.sudhir.bandcamp.com Having managed to get my mastering program up and running on my new computer, I have remastered all my old songs, and put 12 of them up for downloading. You can name your price – which includes FREE if you so desire – and are one of the first couple of hundred to do so each month.

And oh my god – it’s been over nine months since I updated this page! So – where have I been? aside from going through floods and storms and having a solid encounter with the fact of aging, via my 94 year old mum, I have been studying. Somewhere near the end of last year I got possessed by the idea to get a Counselling Degree. As it turns out, I am having a whole lot of fun with it. I’m studying on-line via the Jansen Newman Institute in Sydney and am pretty damn impressed so far. There’s been heaps of sociology, which has meant me getting my head around folks like Michel Foucault after years of avoiding them – and I’m discovering counselling models that I really like. Mostly those that have arisen through a trail that leads to Milton Erickson (Narrative/Brief Solution Focussed). Erickson had the idea that the Unconscious is a huge positive resource, rather than a fathomless Freudian cesspit. I like it.

Astrology goes ever onwards and upwards however. I am intrigued by the idea of the Pole Star – that point in the sky that doesn’t move – which symbolises that within us that also doesn’t move. I found a meditation technique in ‘The Book of The Secrets’ by Osho that is all about remembering this stillness, as everything around it dances, shifts and changes. It’s a lovely metaphor for astrology. The planets dance and change. The Pole Star hints at the axle around which it all dances. The parts of us that are represented by the planets and signs go through their crazy dramas; the bit within us represented by the Pole Star, doesn’t. It is a witness.

Lovely.

The Pole Star

Posted in Astrology, Music with tags , , , , on June 15, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

I’m erratic that’s for sure on the writing front. Consider subscribing to this blog if checking in and finding no rhyme or reason to the timing of my musings is driving you barking mad.

My book is still very much out there waiting for you to trip over it. I have been doing a tour of Brisbane Greater Metropolitan Shopping Malls signing copies for lucky punters who take the giant leap of approaching me and discovering that I don’t bite. Copies are available around Australia. Or you can get them direct from my publishers at www.boolarongpress.com.au    

Since writing that I am getting back into doing Experiential Astrology Sessions, people have been turning up at my door wanting the same. The strange thing is that their presence seems to have no logical connection to any publicity or advertising that I have been doing. Synchronicity seems to be alive and well even in the midst of the apparently non-magical personality of our times.

News – there’s plenty. I have left Lion Island which is a bit of a disaster. In fact it cuts me like a knife. One unworkable relationship was all it took. Damn. The guys have been in the studio in the meantime and I’m sure they will come up with a fantastic set of Lionised Mathew Vale masterpieces. I’ve been practising some old blues songs to while away my musical time as a kind of cure. I’ve also been exploring one of the meditations from Osho’s “Book of The Secrets”. It involves listening to a sound as it is struck and as it fades – right through to the moment when it finally ceases. It’s extraordinary what happens in that tiny moment. Silence fills up the space like it was some kind of nectar of the gods. I can now be found in my lounge room in my spare time banging gongs and listening intently to what follows. These may seem small and innocuous exercises – but they are dynamite – like splitting the inner atom.

This silence and centring is what determines the direction of my approach to astrology. I have discovered the Pole Star as a metaphor. The Pole Star stays dead still while all the others whirl and dance around it like Krishna’s Gopis. It is a perfect symbol for the witnessing consciousness at the heart of our inner universe. The whole work is to disidentify from the drama of Star Signs and Planets and Aspects and Houses and all the rest – and find the Pole Star. Of course we have to love the drama to be able to trance-end it.

It’s cold and a cup of tea is in the offing. If you are in Brisbane I will be at Angus and Robertson’s Post Office Square Shop this Thursday lunch time (12 – 2pm) signing books. Come along and say hello.        

Sessions, and Workshops

I am available for experiential astrology sessions, to run workshops and give talks. They can be tailored to the needs of Individuals, Couples or Groups (Share houses, bands, work groups etc). Write to me at astropoetica@gmail.com for further info or to book – or via the comment gateway on this site.

Existential Astrology

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

Lion Island Rehearsing Under the House

Lion Island Rehearsing Under the House

The Pitch.

My Book is in the following bookshops that I know of and more . In Fremantle – Dymocks. In Brisbane – Angus and Robertson, Post Office Square, and Mary Ryans in Milton and New Farm. You can also buy it on-line at www.boolarongpress.com.au or on www.amazon.com if you are elsewhere than in Australia or New Zealand.

The Rave

I am listening to the new Patti Griffin album. It’s stunning. My ears pricked up when i heard that it was produced by Buddy Miller. The man is a genius. Genius meaning he is all heart. Makes me want to go and track down some old Staples Singers stuff. Buddy honours Pop Staples as his guitar main man. Hopefully all this filters through vicariously into Lion Island. There is such a varied collection in this band. Matthew has a new guitar and a new haircut and seems to be playing an awful lot of Rockabilly riffs between songs. I like it.

I’m craving sessions – craving getting right in there and working around in the real stuff of psyche and soul – not just talking about it. Not just story-telling it. Let’s face it nothing changes without entering experience. Endless theorising is a cop-out. Been out of the saddle so long it’s a bit of a journey back. The business cards are ordered. Next comes some intro nights and session demo’s here in south-east Queensland – or anywhere else anyone will have me.

The one great issue that comes up and bangs me in the head around working with people is that of authority – projection – transference. There are so many potholes to fall in there. Making the mistake of thinking one knows when one plainly doesn’t ain’t pretty or helpful – for one’s own journey let alone anyone else’s. In fact it generally nauseates me so much that I have chosen to steer clear of it for years. Travelling the pathless path with Osho has made it abundantly clear that any kind of spiritual middleman is there only to fleece sheep. Ultimately all any of us need is to get some kind of a handle on meditation – meditation being a fundamentally scientific endeavour that requires one’s own experience only, not anybody else’s, to bear fruit. It is its own touchstone.   

 The kinds of experiential sessions that I now do are really a journey into meditation. They have their roots in various techniques from the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra (see ‘The Book of Secrets’ Osho) which is ancient stuff. They are about confronting the mind with paradox and stopping it in its tracks – or about finding the middle way – or the peace of the heart – or falling in love with emptiness – or weightlessness – or…….  It’s a lovely endless journey.

Astrology is my starting point. As such it is as good a starting point as any.   

Love and fun

Sudhir

Email – astropoetica@gmail.com

Hitting the Astro Accelerator

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

Experiential Astrology

The Pitch.

My Book is in the following bookshops. In Brisbane – Angus and Robertson, Post Office Square, and Mary Ryans in Milton and New Farm. In Fremantle – Dymocks. You can also buy it on-line at www.boolarongpress.com.au or on www.amazon.com if you are elsewhere than in Australia or New Zealand. Or you can get it directly from me if you want to say hi or if none of the above works. 

Also – Lion Island is playing at The Zoo in Brisbane on Saturday Night 28th Feb as part of the Brisbane Sounds Concert. We’re up first so be early! Check the Zoo or Brisbane Sounds websites for details.

 The Rave

I’ve been wondering why it’s taken me so long to get this next Blog up and running. I just realised it’s because I am having an Astrological crisis. I love writing my columns so there’s no crisis there. It’s in how I practise astrology with the people who come to me for sessions. I was trained in an experiential form of Astrology that is all about getting in boots and all, using Gestalt, Voice, Dialogue, Psychodrama, Energy Work and more to get a real live hang of what each part of your chart feels like and means. It is hands on, necessitates a journey into feelings, sensations, intense personal reflection and above all awareness. It doesn’t involve me telling those friends who come for a session what everything means. It involves setting up a situation where one finds out for oneself. It’s juicy and it’s real. 

I am forever frustrated by how heady and academic Astrology becomes. In it’s intellectual form it becomes a tool for avoiding, or rationalising what’s going on in one’s life rather than being a tool for unlocking blocked emotions and bringing gorgeous new insights out of the dark. And here’s the crisis. I have managed to slip back in to giving talking sessions over the last ten years since I have been in Brisbane. Having found the whole process of explaining what Experiential Astrology is too painstaking, I have been giving people what they say they want – merely talking them through their charts or transits or whatever. I have learned the art of telling a good story, and hopefully telling a transformational story – but that part of me that craves the next step, feels parched and starved. So – what to do?

I reckon it’s time to get back on track with what I love most about these lovely pesky stars. So that means it’s time to invite whoever wants to come, to contact me and take up the invitation to explore who they are, using Experiential Astrology as our mode of travel. If you are not in Brisbane or nearby, I can travel. All I need is enough people who want to play to make it worthwhile. Group work is possible where individual or couples sessions aren’t.

Considering that this is me trying to educate and inform for now I am open to bartering as well as cash payment. Payment has a lot to do with how deep the appreciation goes, so one way or another it is part of the deal. I look forward to seeing who jumps out of the woodwork. 

Love and fun

Sudhir

Email – astropoetica@gmail.com

Prometheus

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

  

Today’s Pitch

Lion Island is playing in the Brunswick Valley Mall (Brisbane) this Saturday 6th Feb for free. 12pm will be an acoustic set – and at 1pm the whole band will crank up. Be there or be square! We’re also part of the whole Brisbane Sounds thing. Heaps of local bands. Compilation CD is out. Big Gig at the Zoo Feb 27th

“Astrology for Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” is now available in good bookshops around Australia – and at www.boolarongpress.com.au and www.amazon.com

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And now for some – Raving On

It’s a little cooler. The birds are gossiping where they would have been laying low a week ago. I have a slight belly ache. Maybe it’s the fumes from an enzyme cleaner I used to polish the bathroom with a little earlier. It’s Aquarius time – which means it’s time to brush up on the myth of Prometheus. It’s a good story to help get one’s head around Water-bearers. Liz Greenes call. I like it. The rebel steals fire from the gods to bring humanity out of darkness. He creates civilization and also inadvertently unleashes havoc at the same time. Pandora is involved. Innovation asks a lot of a person. Are you ready to be shunned? That’s as likely as to be worshipped. Are you aware of all the potential consequences of your actions? Einstein wasn’t. Are you being humanitarian with awareness or not? That’s the basic question – as it always seems to be. All patterns to be witnessed.

I am considering running some on-going Astrology evenings in Brisbane – with an eye to them perhaps doubling as an Astrology Course. If you are in this neck of the woods and are interested, let me know. My e-mail address is below. .

Groups, Sessions, Talks and Workshops etc

I am available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks. Your can find me at astropoetica@gmail.com

Sudhir

A Fresh Breeze

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 20, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

The Sky is the Ground for our Aquarian Friends

Sales Tales

“Astrology for Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” is now available in good bookshops around Australia – and at www.boolarongpress.com.au and www.amazon.com

(Wholesalers – buy Five Copies or more from Boolarong Press and postage is waived – Check with them for details)

Rave On

Naturally, it’s hot. I have a slight headache which possibly has something to do with an imbalance in my caffeine intake. I’m trying to balance it up with a cup of chai. I got a spectacular comment on my last blog so I’ll be especially aware as I write this one. It contained both the word ‘tripe’ and ‘Shakespearean’. Check it out and let me know if I am seriously off the mark or not. I’d like to know. That said – it’s a big week. Lion Island are supporting Dent May at the Troubadour in Brisbane on Thursday Night (we’re on at 9.30pm), I’ll be rabbitting on at 6.20am on Friday on ABC Radio (again Brisbane) with Spencer Howson. (After the gig the night before it could be interesting) – and I’m doing a book signing at Angus and Robertson’s at Post Office Square (again Brizzy) from 11am to 2pm on Friday. Fortune still isn’t dancing with fame – though I did get my first royalty cheque this week. That was a blast. It is the time of Aquarius. Did you know that the original image of the Water-Bearer came as a description of the water-bearing winds – the winds that delivered the rains to the Nile Valley. That’s all your average Aquarian is trying to do – to deliver you refreshing rains, fertilise your earth and rejuvenate your countryside. Go with it!

Sessions, Workshops and Talks

I am available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks. Your can find me at astropoetica@gmail.com

 Sudhir