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Thoughts and Songs Compiled

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

It’s a dirty hot Queensland night. Finally the mosquitoes have joined in the party, after having been strangely absent for the early part of summer. Soon I will go and hide in my mosquito net and ponder sleep, as I perspire and roll around wrestling with this hot December night. It’s ‘Take a good look at this moment and see what you see’ night. So, what do I see? My book is out and doing it’s mysterious business, quietly and hopefully fruitfully. I can hear it slipping off bookshop shelves into paper bags. I can hear it moving off it’s pallet at the book making factory and slipping into postbags and flying off to places unknown. I have now decided that I like the songs I have up at  www.sudhir.bandcamp.com  The act of making a compilation has rescued them and me from a certain ambivalence. Now I’m not ambivalent at all. It’s clear, I like them. They are what they are. Nothing more and nothing less. The band has played it’s second last gig for the year. We’re on at Rics on New Year’s eve if you happen to be in Brisbane. That will be fun. New PA. New stage. We might even fit on. We’ve been contemplating the next move there. Looks like it might be an album. We shall see. I have been doing plenty of Astrology Readings of late. Mostly for folks in WA or Italy. Mostly they are a journey into the incredible relevancy of mythology via a tour of the planets. That plus a whole huge angle on meditation and psychology that comes from 32 years with Osho. Yep – 32 years last Friday. Happy Birthday Sudhir. I have no idea who is reading this thing – but I love a free form place to write. A place where all the bits and pieces that stick out the edges of the stars and get binned can star in their own right. Love and fun to you all whoever you are xxx

To Buy my book 

“Astrology for Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” RRP $19.95 (AUS) The simplest way, wherever you are, is to order it directly from the Boolarong Press website,  www.boolarongpress.com.au It can be shipped anywhere in Australia, NZ or the rest of the world.

The following Bookshops are carrying it. There are bound to be more. In Queensland – Mary Ryans in Milton/Bulimba/Noosa. In Western Australia – Dymocks in Fremantle/Midland Gate and Planet Books in Mount Lawley. In South Australia and Victoria – Dymocks in Adelaide and Dymocks in Murray Bridge

 The other option in in Australia or New Zealand is to order from your local bookshop. Quote the title “Astrology for Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” the author “Sudhir” The ISBN 978 1 921555 07 7 and the publisher – Boolarong Press (Salisbury – Queensland) Note – Boolarong Press is the Distributor as well as the Publisher, should they ask. Doing it this way helps us to get bookshops to notice it and stock it all around the country.

Also I AM definitely available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks.

My e-mail address is astropoetica@gmail.com

Sudhir

CENTAURS

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 7, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

It being the beginning of the next monthly Zodiac cycle, I have been collecting visual images that illustrate the mythology, as is my wont. This month it is the time of the Centaur. I also read my favourite chapter in “The Astrology of Fate” by Liz Greene, to get my mythological bearings. No matter how many times I read these things I keep finding new information and new angles. Centaurs seem to be described as alternately as ruffians, wounded souls and wise teachers. They are earthly creatures who aspire to the heavens. The most fully formed Centaur in mythology is Chiron, who is a beautiful, painful, wise and compassionate creature who never really recovered from receiving one of his own arrows, tipped with a particularly lethal poison, in the thigh. He ached the pain of mortality and was finally released when a swap was made for him and Prometheus. Prometheus being the one who wanted to bring the fire of the heavens to earth. It’s a long story but fascinating. Prometheus (associated with Aquarius) wants to bring the heavens to earth – and Chiron (Sagittarius) wants to rise from earth to the heavens. In the end both their dreams come true via a truly Olympian and perhaps Machiavellian swap. (Read the chapter ‘Mythology and Fate’ in the book mentioned above for the full yarn).

I love how bountifully and how beautifully this stuff was painted in medieval antiquity – and most recently in the English Romantic era. Gorgeous pictorial interpretations that celebrate our rich yet oft neglected pagan history.

For the rest – Lion Island is playing at the Troubadour in Brisbane (yet again) this coming Sunday the 13th of December. We are supporting a band called “Why?”. From Canada I believe. There are still tickets available – but not many. Come along if for a rollicking good time. We will be rolling out at least one new song and honing, evolving and continuing to create and grow the rest. An old friend described us as being the music that goes with Mullah Nasrudin type characters riding donkeys and selling pumpkins the other day. I will be pondering that on stage.

To Buy my book “Astrology for Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” RRP $19.95 (AUS)

The following Bookshops in Australia are carrying it. There may be more but these are the one’s I know about for sure.

In Queensland – Mary Ryans in Milton/Bulimba/Noosa and The Museum of Brisbane Shop in the Brisbane City Hall

In Western Australia – Dymocks in Fremantle/Midland Gate and Planet Books in Mount Lawley

In South Australia and Victoria – Dymocks in Adelaide and Dymocks in Murray Bridge

The simplest way to buy it, wherever you are, is directly from the Boolarong Press website. http://www.boolarongpress.com.au It can be shipped anywhere in Australia, NZ or the rest of the world.

The other option in Australia or New Zealand is to order from your local bookshop. Quote the title “Astrology for Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” the author “Sudhir” The ISBN 978 1 921555 07 7 and the publisher – Boolarong Press (Salisbury – Queensland) Note – Boolarong Press is the Distributor as well as the Publisher, should they ask. Doing it this way helps us to get bookshops to notice it and stock it all around the country.

Sessions, Workshops, Talks, Music etc

I AM definitely available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks.My e-mail address is  astropoetica@gmail.com  Lion Island can be found on MySpace and at bandcamp. My solo songs are up at Bandcamp.com, itunes and more. The links to all these are here on this homepage. (To your right)

Enjoy!

Sudhir

Bookshops and Lightning Strikes

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

At last I’ve got some clues as to what bookshops in Australia are carrying my book. Here goes –

In Queensland – Mary Ryans in Milton/Bulimba/Noosa

The Museum of Brisbane Shop in the City Hall

In Western Australia – Dymocks in Fremantle/Midland Gate

Planet Books Mount Lawley

In South Australia and Victoria – Dymocks in Adelaide

Dymocks in Murray Bridge

 (If you know of any others, or if you are a bookshop and want the world to know, let me know and i’ll post the names here)

It has been a big week. My eyes are nearly falling out of my head and my kitchen has become as unfamiliar as a foreign country. Four gigs with the band in a week, plus rehearsals, plus a book signing – and more. There are more Lion Island gigs coming up in the next couple of weeks. Go to our www.myspace.com/lionisland for details.

As far as the stars are concerned I am aware of the presence of the Centaur season. Yes – the Sun is in Sagittarius. I associate Sagittarius with a photo I seem to have lost of a bolt of lightning striking a tree – a sudden dramatic flash of illumination. An arrow of light hurled down from on high by Jupiter, or Zeus. Whether that lightning strike illuminates or burns is pretty much in the lap of the gods. It illuminates if it isn’t tainted by hubris. It burns if it is claimed and possessed by the self-satisfied ego that thinks that it knows. This seems to be the fundamental Centaur dilemma; To enter experiential knowing in such a way that ones openness and innocence remains intact.

 To Buy my Book

If you are in Australia or New Zealand the best way is to order from your local bookshop. Quote the title “Astrology for Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” the author “Sudhir” The ISBN 978 1 921555 07 7 and the publisher – Boolarong Press (Salisbury – Queensland) Doing it this way helps us to get bookshops to notice it and stock it all around the country. The recommended retail price is $19.95 (AUS)

You can also buy it directly from the Boolarong Press website. www.boolarongpress.com.au It can be shipped anywhere in Australia, NZ or the rest of the world.

If you have any problems sourcing it, let me know and I will do my best to sort it out. My e-mail address is astropoetica@gmail.com

I AM definitely available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks. Lionisland can be found on myspace and at bandcamp as well as at our website www.lionislandband.com My solo songs are up at Bandcamp.com, itunes and more. All the links are here on this homepage. (To your right)

Enjoy!

Sudhir

 

A Book Signing, Lions and the Big Smoke

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

This week is my first ever book signing. It is at Mary Ryans in Milton (Brisbane) from 11am on this Saturday November 28th. Get yourself down there. I’ll be practising the art of my signature and short written one-liners all day today.

Getting a book out and about in the world is quite an adventure. Having just done a massive mail-out to all the ex-subscribers of my ex-website, and having delivered all the clues of bookshops I know around this country to my publisher I now feel like a fisherman who has cast his line and now gets to wait – whilst telling tall stories to whoever will listen. All the details about how to buy the book, wherever you are around the globe, are below in this blog.

I am intrigued by the relationship of Astrology to the place of No-mind, Zen, Dhyan, Witnessing, whatever you want to call it, that is at the very heart of my quest. Astrology is a description of the wheel and how to navigate it. Witnessing is the hub. Astrology only works for me when it is an aid to resting at the centre of the wheel. It seems that there is a way to use astrology so that it becomes a working description of the nature of the wheel, an opportunity to make peace with one’s foibles, and hence have an easy passage to the miracle of centering. Without the wheel there would be no sense of what the centre could be. Without the centre, the wheel wouldn’t exist. To define a genuinely holistic version of the stars in this lifetime seems to be one of my tasks. Finally I really feel like taking it on. Then there is of course also the band…..

I just got back from playing with Lion Island in the Grand Finals of the Tooheys Uncharted competition. 2,000 bands entered and we made it to the last three. That’s pretty damn amazing. I am glad we didn’t win. I could see a potential pact with the devil looming there. We did however have a great time playing at The Annandale Hotel using fantastic equipment, in front of a bunch of music industry personages. It is always so much fun to play. Definitely one of our best gigs. There is a recording of it in existence. Who knows it might make it into circulation. I’ve only heard little bits but it sounded pretty good.

We travelled well. Airports and taxi transfers and hotel rooms and lots of luggage and eight fellow lions to yabber on to at all hours of the day and night in the big smoke of Sydney. If this becomes a lifestyle it could become a source of much writing. Lord knows what it will do to my stars. It’s not all glory that’s for sure. Fun nevertheless. And what a blast to get to play this wild and wonderful music in a great band in my pre-dotage years.

We are playing three gigs in three days this weekend if you happen to be in Brisvegas. Friday night supporting The Gin Club at The Zoo (We’re on at 8.50), Saturday Night at The Troubadour, not sure what time we are on (Check out The Troubadour website) and at 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon in the park behind the Ithaca swimming pool in Paddington (Opposite Suncorp Stadium). Be there.

To Buy my Book

If you are in Australia or New Zealand the best way is to order from your local bookshop. Quote the title “Astrology for Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” the author “Sudhir” The ISBN 978 1 921555 07 7 and the publisher – Boolarong Press (Salisbury – Queensland) Doing it this way helps us to get bookshops to notice it and stock it all around the country. The recommended retail price is $19.95 (AUS)

You can also buy it directly from the Boolarong Press website. http://www.boolarongpress.com.au It can be shipped anywhere in Australia, NZ or the rest of the world.

If you have any problems sourcing it, let me know and I will do my best to sort it out. My e-mail address is astropoetica@gmail.com

I AM definitely available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks. Lionisland can be found on MySpace and at Bandcamp as well as at our website www.lionislandband.com My solo songs are up at Bandcamp.com, itunes and more. All the links are here on this homepage. (To your right)

Enjoy!

Sudhir

Book and Band – Life is Going Gangbusters

Posted in Astrology, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 18, 2009 by sudhirastropoetica

My Book “ASTROLOGY For Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” is now out. It is very beautiful. I am proud of it and of all the people who have contributed to it. Boolarong Press here in Brisbane have done a wonderful job. It really has come out as the perfect gift. All the guff about how to get it, if it hasn’t found it’s way into your local bookshop as yet, is here below. It seems some bookshops are being a bit precious about ordering from a small publisher – so if you have any problems let me, or Boolarong Press know. By following up on every story we get to make a bond with the bookshop that generally more than solves the problem.

The other big news is that Lion Island has gotten itself into the grand final of an Uncharted competition. (Tooheys not JJJ) and we are off to Sydney to play at the Annandale Pub next Tuesday night in front of a bunch of music industry personages. First prize is amongst other things, a spot on the Big Day Out calender this summer. That would be fun. My weekly astrology columns will no doubt be informed by that experience. We also have a new website. www.lionislandband.com

To Buy my Book – If you are in Australia or New Zealand the best way is to order from your local bookshop. Quote the title “Astrology for Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” the author “Sudhir” The ISBN 978 1 921555 07 7 and the publisher – Boolarong Press (Salisbury – Queensland) Doing it this way helps us to get bookshops to notice it and stock it all around the country. Oh – the recommended retail price is $19.95 (AUS)

You can also buy it directly from the Boolarong Press website. www.boolarongpress.com.au It can be shipped anywhere in Australia, NZ or the rest of the world.

You can also buy it directly from me. My e-mail address is below.

I am available for sessions, to run workshops and give talks. Lionisland can be found on myspace and at bandcamp as well as at our website (above) My solo songs are up at Bandcamp.com, itunes and more. All the links are here on this homepage. (To your right)

I can be contacted at astropoetica@gmail.com

Enjoy!

Sudhir

 

Book – Yes!!!

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

I just read an e-mail from my publisher telling me that my book is ready. Yee Harr!!!! I will get to see it for the first time on Monday. It has been years getting to this point. What an amazing feeling it will be to finally hold it in my hands. Then comes the interesting bit where it gets to find it’s way and place in the world at large. A new curve in the journey of learning the ways of the world. As soon as I have all the details I will post them here on this site.

For the rest it has been a very full few days. Three gigs with Lion Island. One in Brisbane on Thursday night supporting Luluc, one in Toowoomba supporting Luluc – and one this arvo at a big outdoor market. Luluc are fantastic. Soft gorgeous warm harmonies that demand presence and listening. Check them out. And lovely people. A delight to share a bill with. Warm and friendly like their music. May they have a great time in the USA.

It was good to hire a van and go on our first road trip. A two hour drive up the mountain. Op shopping. Wide streets. Friendly punters. The occasional hoon. Lots of space. There’s something about driving west that opens my heart. Spaciousness is what I recognise as this land – and what I forget most in the big smoke. Best go and tune my banjo now.

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

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