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Postmodern Astrology

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2012 by sudhirastropoetica

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I love astrology – mainly for its mythological, hence psychological, depth. The superstition that still surrounds it however has always driven me to distraction. That people in the 21st century still cling to the idea that it has scientific credibility in its present form, defies belief. Perhaps one day someone will find an empirical connection between the planets, stars and life on earth. Maybe once in the days of genuine intuitive cognition it was understood correctly. Presently it’s a dog’s breakfast.

Up until now, rather than get tangled in the muddy soup of that argument, I have focussed on identifying the witness of it all. There is a witness to the whole dance of energy that we are and that life is. This witness is the core of awareness which provides the hub of silence that offers refuge from the noise – or a counterpoint to the noise.

Going to Uni has opened up another way of looking at these things for me. I am blessed to finally get my head around postmodernism. We are made up of stories – and these stories are malleable. To put astrology into this mix is a fascinating journey. The stories, archetypes and mythological patterns that form the template of astrology, are malleable. We can read them however we want to read them, make meaning of them in whatever way we want to make meaning of them – and shift them around to affirm the very best of who we are, as we please. That takes all the dogmatic lunacy out of astrology and empowers we lovers of grand archetypal narrative, in whole new ways.

My greatest joy so far in finally doing a counselling degree, is to have discovered narrative therapy – and in particular the works of Michael White and David Epston. To sum it up briefly, narrative suggests that when we are in a bit of a ditch, we are often plagued by problem-saturated narratives that distort our view. Through externalising our problem/s, we can deconstruct them, see what ideas beliefs etc drive them – and then go looking for other, hidden healthy narratives that are also present in our lives but are operating out of sight. As we strengthen these alternate narratives, so we can move from ‘problem’ to creativity, strength, awareness, love, whatever.

To put astrology into this context, imagine not being hoodwinked into certain not very constructive predictive interpretations of your sign, or your present day transits but instead being free to rewrite the interpretation according to your unique healthy creative narrative – the one that lives underneath any deterministic power-drenched superstitious nonsense you might have had put on you by some apparently authoritative astrologer, or cook-book astrological manual. This opens up the possibility of each person finding their most unique astrological self – one that identifies their strengths and celebrates them.

And then we can find the witness!

Much love
Sudhir
PS I still have books for sale. $25 including postage anywhere in the world!

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Books for Sale

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 5, 2012 by sudhirastropoetica

There are exactly 300 copies of my book in existence and available for sale. They are $25(Australian) each. Get one while you can. The postage is free worldwide. To buy one, contact me here or at astropoetica@gmail.com or send $25 Australian to my e-mail address via paypal. Be sure to include your name, postal address and contact details. It’s a very cool little book with a unique take on astrology – and because it is small and full of colour pictures, it’s makes a great gift. Let’s get these little babies out of here.

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Astrology Gift Vouchers – Available Now!

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 19, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

It being a week before Christmas, and you are still looking for a last minute gift. Here’s an idea – A ‘Gift Voucher’ for an Astrology Reading. They are $70 (Australian Dollars) and can be paid for by Paypal wherever you are in the world – or by Direct Deposit if you are in Australia. E-mail me at  astropoetica@gmail.com for all the details. I can send them anywhere in the world on MP3 by e-mail or post. They are about an hour and a half in length – and cost $70 (Australian Dollars).

I can do Natal Charts, Transits, Relationship Readings – whatever. The whole tone of my readings matches the angles I take on Astrology here on this Blog site – and in my columns if you read them in newspapers, magazines or on websites around the world.

My book “Astrology For Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” is also out there ready to make it into your Christmas Stockings. If you are in Australia it can be found in most good bookshops. Notably Collins Smithfield in Far North Queensland, Dymocks in Fremantle, Angus and Robertson, Mary Ryans, Black Kat, New Farm Editions and more in Brisbane – and at  www.boolarongpress.com.au if you are anywhere else.

Reading or Book, I can promise you a thoroughly original and entertaining take on the stars. Now is a very good time to check them out!

Sudhir

The Buddha Image is drawn by and Copyrighted by Jinesh Wilmot

In the Mood for doing Astrology Sessions!

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

Diana, Artemis - The Moon

I’m in the mood for doing Astrology Sessions. Why?

In western culture it has been historically assumed that if one has a genuine existential crisis, where one’s ego blows out at 300 kilometres an hour on the open road, the only real options are to self-destruct – usually via madness or suicide (slow or fast) – or to deny ones feelings in the form of orthodox belief. In the east there has always been a third option. It has been part of the culture for thousands of years – and that option is to dance on the table. The lie is gone and now the truth can come. Yahoo! 

Our egos are bound to fail. They are false. All that we have learned to be, simply must fail – in love, creativity and in coming to terms with death. It has to fail because it’s got no realness in it whatsoever. It is simply impossible to love, create or know, with an identity that has been built to serve society. And our egos can be spectacularly sophisticated. In fact it takes a fantastically sophisticated ego to come fully unstuck. What greater hubris is there than to think that one can love, that one can create – and that one is immortal? This failure is inevitable. It is why depression is the greatest disease of modern man – and it need not be the end of the story. 

Imagine if one could keep one’s crap detector alive as one’s ego failed, not slip into the addictive haze of belief, not dull ones senses with substances or processes, resist the urge to go nuts – and instead stare into the abyss with eyes open? Those who have done so have invariably found that this conscious death of the ego is a doorway into bliss – and, paradoxically – fullness. 

This is why I am in the mood to give sessions. The greatest gift I have been given in this life is a sniff of this bliss – which comes as the ego burns up in the flames of its own falsity. And now I am possessed by the notion that this experience needs to be shared. What to do? 

The culture needs it. We all need it – in love, work and in living.

So, now, let me describe the things I do, in this context. 

I’m in the mood for doing some astrology sessions. What?  and   How?  

I offer Astrology Sessions both face to face and via MP3 anywhere else around the globe. 

Astrology has become my tool for story-telling the transformational journey. Astrology is a perfect medium to do the job. It is after all a repository of stories that has roots that go back to antiquity. It is a rich living web of metaphor that is flexible enough to grow, to be re-visioned. 

I discovered at some point, largely by coming across the work of Milton Erikson, that story-telling is potentially deeply healing. An Astrology Reading is a perfect vehicle for shifting inner perspectives around to make way for a rebirth in that lovely pregnant moment when our ego comes unstuck. Planting the seed of story is a powerful means. In those moments of darkness, annihilation, deep feeling, that we all have, usually provoked by our relationships, work, encounters with authority, or brushes with mortality, a story can be the thread that keeps it real – that keeps it open – that prevents us from going down.   

Experiential Astrology Sessions are a way of doing the same thing but in a more interactive and energetic way, using psychodrama, gestalt, voice dialogue body awareness and more to take it all a step deeper. 

If you like this intent, connect with me. Get on the blower or on the net and book yourself in. I charge $70 AUS for a reading – wherever you are in the world – or $60 if you are in Brisbane or nearby and can come and see me. If you are in Australia you can pay by cash or direct deposit. If you are anywhere else, I do Paypal.    

Putting it into the culture  

I also send out Daily Astrological Weather Reports via Twitter (@SudhirAstrology) and Facebook (Sudhir Daily Astro), write columns for newspapers and websites (www.osho.com) and when I get the chance I play music. My book “Astrology; For Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” is out and available around Australia, and on the web at www.boolarongpress.com.au It’s a great Christmas pressie option. Give one. 

Much love and fun

Sudhir

astropoetica@gmail.com

Love, Simplicity and Doing Less

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

Venus in all her glory!

Rave On

I don’t know whether it’s me or if there’s just a lot going on. My god it might even be the planets! This cup of tea sure helps – with ginger. Let me start from the broad expanse and work my way in. My girlfriend is showering me with the kind of love that really stuffs up the habit of complaint. Whew! And we all know how much the ego loves to feed on complaint. Right alongside that, my mother is now 93. Watching her move into frailty is the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever witnessed (besides a living buddha). Being with her is an opportunity to take love way past the place where it depends on conditions, reasons, or thanks. I alternate between clear kind competence, when it all gets real, to nutty nervousness and worry when there’s room for conjecture. Reality once again proves less fearsome than fear itself. 

Meanwhile, Saturn drifts gently over my Sun. Whether there’s any factual truth in astrology will always be controversial but there’s no doubting the splendorous ways it dove-tails into synchronicity. One of my favourite past-times for years has been exploring the Greek Myths behind all the astrological symbols. An even greater and more fun past-time has been finding painted and sculpted images from the world of fine art where those myths have been represented. I’ve been busy for years reading stories then making prints of images, turning them into cards and presenting them to my clients as a provocation for their inner journeys. It’s been complex and rich and deeply satisfying – but I seem to be taking a turn. Simplicity is regaining its flavour. Once again – the more room there is for my astrological enquirers to find their own meaning the better. The less I offer, even if I have a well-spring of information at my fingertips, the more uniquely creative their own process.

My father used to manage the building of large infra-structure projects. He once told me that if he was able to lean back in his chair, roll himself a cigarette and joke around with whoever was in the room, it means he was doing his job. Less is more. To master any skill seems to involve discovering this. And in some way mastering skills, really mastering skills, seems to give a taste of what it might mean to master life.   

What’s Cooking

I’m off to the Tropical Writers Festival in Cairns on the 16th and 17th of October. Google Tropical Writers Festival for all the details. I will be there with Upasana who edited my book, and the guys from Boolarong Press. We will be signing copies at 1.30pm on both days. Upasana will be performing in Mapping the Heart on the Sunday. Google for times.

My column is now in The Westender in Brisbane, which comes out once a fortnight. They have done a wonderful job with the graphics, even including a photo of yours truly playing the banjo which is perfect. The more musical and the less esoteric astrology is, the better.

My book is turning up in more and more bookshops. I just spotted it in the Black Cat Bookshop in Paddington QLD. The more they sell it, the more they are inclined to buy it. So go get yourself a copy. Soon!

I am available to do Astrology Readings wherever you are in the world (MP3/Paypal) – and for Experiential Astrology Counselling Sessions if you are in South-East Queensland. I look forward to seeing you or hearing from you.

Sudhir

astropoetica@gmail.com

Ma Deva Padma and the Tao Oracle

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 12, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

Padma is my favourite living artistic phenomenon. Her visual art is breath-taking – as is her ability to live fully in the creative process. These days she lives in rural Victoria, Australia with her brilliant sculptor partner, Ashika. Aside from illustrating the Osho Zen Tarot, Padma has created the gorgeous Tao Oracle. I have seen a couple of the original paintings of these cards. They are stunning. The deck and book are really worth having – as both a guide for your intuition and as something incredibly precious and beautiful to hang out with.  This video above has just come out. It is a journey through all the cards. Hopefully it inspires you to go and buy a pack. While you are at it go check out www.embraceart.com where you will see a full range of both Padmas painting’s and Ashika’s sculptures.

Artists like these guys take a great and precious risk in daring to follow their creative passion. To support them by buying their stuff is an act of love. Imagine having not only a Tao Oracle deck in your living room but a Padma original on your wall – or an Askika stone piece in your back yard. It’s a whole lot more possible than you think!!! Check it out.

Sudhir

Social Media, Writers Festivals and Immediacy

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 9, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

Ceres - The Original Virgin Goddess

Ceres – The Original Virgin Goddess

It’s springtime. Warm days cool nights. Balmy indeed. The mulberry tree outside my back door has new leaves. For the last four days or so I have been going through a collection of inherited ambient music CD’s to figure out what’s worth keeping and what’s not. It has been a very weird experience. No matter what mood I’m in the soundtrack is blissful slow and hypnotic. My craving for the mangled voice of Tom Waits is growing exponentially with each new CD. When my phone rings and it’s Kashmir by Led Zeppelin calling I  pretty much have an epiphany. Almost the kind of epiphany I had last weekend when the Fremantle Dockers played out of their skins and put Hawthorn’s season to rest. There’s more to come on that front methinks.

On the astrology front it’s the time of the month when the www.osho.com newsletter comes out – which means a new Osho Horoscope. For those of you out there in the world at large who aren’t already aware of it, it is this little black duck that writes the Horoscope at Osho.com. Follow this rather ginormous link and give it a read. http://www.osho.com/main.cfm?Area=Magazine&Sub1Menu=LifeStyle&Sub2Menu=Horoscope&Language=English&CFID=2338816&CFTOKEN=88520040It’s my favourite one of all to write. I’m talking to my tribe there. There’s a beautifully chosen little Osho quote after each sign that puts the icing on the cake.

Life has played a wonderful trick. Having lost the City News Astrology Column here in Brisbane because of a newspaper downgrade that is being sold as an upgrade, my agent (Auspac Media) has landed me almost immediately a return to The Westender. So, if you are in this part of the world and need a star fix, head over to West End and pick up a copy. It comes out fortnightly. I’m pretty sure my first column will be in there around the 15th of September.           

For the rest I am delighted to be tweeting regularly. @SudhirAstrology is where all the action is. Daily Astro Weather Reports – my new writing pleasure. They turn up on facebook as well. Hunt down Sudhir Daily Astro for your social networking pleasure.

I am booked to go to the Tropical Writers Festival in Cairns on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of October. There’ll be a whole bunch of Boolarong Press writers up there signing books. Google ‘Tropical Writers Festival’ for more info. My girlfriend who is also the editor of my book, Upasana Papadopoulos will be performing there at 12pm on 17th as well. Catch her amazing voice if you can. Tropical holidays are the best!

 I am busy doing writing exercises to hone my craft and perhaps ignite the spark of a next literary creation. The real skill is observation. Writing it down seems to follow naturally. Look. See. Note. Awareness. Catch the tail of the moments magic with a simple lyric. Meditation – the key note yet again.

Enjoy!

Sudhir