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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

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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

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

Daily Astro Weather Reports

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

Ok – so life has taken a turn – and who am I to be surprised, as a Libran with Saturn now firmly planted on my scales? No more City News – but instead a chance to rocket onwards towards that happy destiny of creative fulfilment. The next step is in place. 

I am now officially sending out a Daily Astrology Weather Report via Twitter and Facebook. If you want a little one-liner to travel with you as a friend through your day then please either follow me on Twitter. @SudhirAstrology is my moniker there – or befriend me on Facebook. Sudhir Daily Astro is my Facebook address. I look forward to getting some momentum going with this. I did my first one today and it was a buzz. The beauty of Twitter is the smallness of the posts. 140 Characters is a wonderful limit to put on. It’s like writing Haiku’s. To say something substantial in such a small space means one has to find what’s essential, or fall on one’s face. I really hope lots of people jump in, pass comment, tell tiny tales – whatever. 

It has taken nearly a fortnight of frigging around to get going with all this. It’s such a blast to be finally up and running. Upasana, who edited my book, has been a shining light on the Facebook front. 

This WordPress blog will keep pottering along as it has been. There will be no changes here. 

Hopefully I will soon come up with a system to make it easier for people to buy my book. I’m looking for a reliable on-line shopfront to link in with somewhere. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime my book is available from many good bookshops in Australia and New Zealand, at www.boolarongpress.com.au or directly from me astropoetica@gmail.com I’m also firing on all cylinders on the Astrology Session front. Contact me if you want one. In person in Brisbane – or on MP3 elsewhere. 

Boolarong Press have had me go out to libraries and give talks about astrology and my book. So far I have done two. I look forward to doing many more. I love rabbit-ing on it seems – and people seem to enjoy discovering a whole new angle on astrology. If you want one – contact Boolarong or me. The more the merrier. 

Enjoy!

Pete Townsend and Planets

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

It’s cold in my little cave. I’m listening to Pete Townsend. I have a soft spot for him because of his connection to Meher Baba. Google your socks off on that one! It’s a fascinating tale. I actually like his voice better than Roger Daltrey. It’s softer.

Speaking of spiritual journeys, we have a One Day Osho Meditation Day happening in Brisbane this Sunday. (August 25th) Active meditations for frenetic contemporary bodies, hearts and minds. Simple principle. If you want to be still – swing the pendulum the other way first. Move wildly and exhaustively – then stillness follows as night follows day. Athletes know it without knowing that they know it. Dancers too. Check my links for further clues or to book. (Osho Brisbane) 

If you are in Brisbane I have a heap of copies of my book at home right now all for sale. I am more than happy to sell you a copy or three. E-mail or call. Come and have a session and buy a book while you are here. Why not! 

Last weekend I went out to the Bracken Ridge library and did a talk on Astrology, Self-Enquiry, Mythology, etcetera. It got my juices flowing. I love sharing the ideas that are in my book with people who are curious at the very least – or as thirsty as those lost in the desert at the best. If you are a member of a Book Club, or any other kind of club, official or not, get in touch and let’s see what we can work out. If I can sell a few copies of my book while I’m there that’ll do me fine for now. You can find me here or by contacting my publisher. E-mail Shannon at   publish@boolarongpress.com 

I have been getting more Experiential Astrology Sessions of late. I love them. Every person is such a miracle and a mystery. The session context is one of the most special occasions on the planet to discover that – quickly. No matter your attitude to astrology, it does contain metaphors that can be incredibly helpful in crystallising our psychological and spiritual resources. Imagine being able to identify the very feel of your voice of wisdom, power, or transformation, so that whenever you feel lost, it’s there clearly identifiable in your memory banks to be brought to the surface and deliver insight. We are here to be liberated. It’s pretty clear that liberation really only has legs if it’s personal. 

Sessions, Talks 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, businesses, social groups etc). Write to me at astropoetica@gmail.com for further info or to book – or via the comment gateway on this site.   

Love and fun

Sudhir

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.

What Is An Experiential Astrology Session?

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

The Ten Bulls of Zen

The Rave

I have gotten through my blogging yips for now. Today I am bursting at the seams to write. The inspiration comes from doing more and more Experiential Astrology Sessions. I guess the big question is – What is an Experiential Astrology Session? Here goes.

People are arriving at my door, not so much with a desire to fill their inner hard-drive with a heap of astrological information but rather with a sincere need/passion/hunger to sort out various issues in their lives. Usually these are related to work (creativity), relationships of all kinds and existential angst (the meaning or significance of this mysterious life).

Once presented with an issue, we can move in a variety of different ways. The simplest is to take what appear to be the archetypal characters most aligned to the issue (the relevant signs, planets, houses from the birth chart) and lay them out on a couple of cushions on the floor. For example the issue may be relationship, so we pick Venus and Mars. At this point I lay out three cushions, or chairs. One is for the person’s normal garden variety self and the others are for each of the planets. (Venus and Mars). Then we start exploring.

Essentially the process is like Gestalt or Voice Dialogue, or Psychodrama. I get the person to sit on the cushions one at a time and explore what it feels like to be that unconscious part represented by our example planets, Venus, or Mars. This is a slow, in depth journey of energy, feeling and insight that brings to light what resistances might be there, what resources might be there and what bearing this resource, or resistance has on the issue presented. That alone is often revelatory. The part on the second cushion is often very different from the first, and has a completely different often contradictory perspective on the presented issue.

Having identified both, we then come back to the middle and check to see how it feels to have these energies bubbling away on the inside. The process from here on in is two-fold. The first step is therapeutic. It is all about learning to love what we have found so far. This happens always and spontaneously as a result of investigating the effects of not loving each part. Once that is seen, acknowledgement and acceptance follows like night follows day.

The second step is the meditative step. This can happen in a few different ways depending on the person’s type, present space and lord knows what else. It can happen by bringing all that we have found so far into the heart. It can happen by simply finding the balance or the mid-point between the two parts. It can happen by holding the paradox.  It can happen by peeling away the different parts and discovering that none of them are actually who we are – by dis-identifying. There are all sorts of things that can happen at this point but they all involve centring in one way or another.

So – in this way Astrology works as a way to ease the conflict of the presenting issue and as a way to use the presenting issue as a path to centring, meditation, witnessing. How good is that? And how much fun is that?

There are other ways to do the same thing in a session. We can find the opposing threads within one archetypal energy, (e.g. the love and the hate inside Venus) or we can lay out whole slabs of the birth chart in a circle on the floor and walk through the various flows and obstacles that make it unique. The methodology is basically similar, though the physical approach may be different. Step one – acceptance, acknowledgement, self-love – and step two, witnessing, meditation.

The beauty of this approach is that it is an experience as opposed to a Birth Chart Reading which is really only an intellectual exercise no matter which way you look at it. This means that an Experiential Astrology Session can actually change us, not just inform us. Also, and perhaps the most amazing thing, is that it leads to the person coming for the session finding the resources within required to sort out their own dilemma’s. The symbols of Astrology hold within themselves, all sorts of positive, transformative possibilities. An Experiential session is fundamentally client-based and therefore empowering. My job is to direct traffic, not to impart knowledge or advice in any way.

I am having a blast with this stuff and would love more people to take a punt and come for the journey. I am presently in Brisbane, which makes me very available for SEQ locals – but I am available to travel anywhere there is interest, a grounded and friendly organiser and sufficient need. Talk to me!  

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.

My Book

My Book “Astrology For Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” is out there awaiting your purchase. If your local bookshop has difficulty trying to order it, you can get it on-line at www.boolarongpress.com.au or www.amazon.com If you have any trouble getting it there or need further details (ISBN etc) please contact me. My e-mail address is above – or leave a comment on this site.