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Astrology, Narrative and Pronoia

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 12, 2014 by sudhirastropoetica

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It’s been a long time between drinks, which seems to have become the case as I have been making my way through the land of academia for these last three years. The good news is that in approximately three and a bit months I will have a counselling degree. Aside from giving me some extra street cred, it has certainly rounded and strengthened and deepened my approach to counselling. It’s also brought me in touch with some fantastic new approaches to counselling in the form of narrative therapy and existential counselling, as articulated by Amy Van Deurzen. I’m sure there will be more to do with those two subjects as this next round of blogs arise. Adding solid counselling skills to astrology is a passion of mine. I guess that comes from having done way too many sessions in the past to help people recover from having had astrology sessions. Superstition is not the way to encourage people to trust life and empower themselves oh overly predictive friends of mine.

My conception of astrology is rightfully morphing, changing and growing, in a lovely protean, creative fashion. Astrology is if nothing else a glorious web of stories, hiding within the enigmatic surface of a set of ancient symbols. These stories, often with their roots in Greek mythology, but not always, are ways of identifying and defining our own story lines. By identifying our story lines we can start to figure out where they reinforce who we are and where they get in the way. If they are getting in our way, then our job is to find the alternative, hidden seam of experiences and narratives, that may serve to empower and awaken us. This is the work of narrative therapy. To identify and begin to perform the threads of narrative that can lead us where we want to go. It is to get out of the thrall of the stories we carry in our hearts that keep us chained.

Which brings me to Pronoia. Pronoia is a word picked up and extended on by fellow maverick astrologer Rob Brezsny. In fact he has turned it into a book which I am reading right now. Pronoia is the antidote for paranoia. It is not blind, Christianity-in-drag, new ageism. It is a way of looking at what’s going on in the world that acknowledges reality, while hunting for and threading together all the beautiful, life affirmative things that are happening before our eyes – that we miss seeing because we are so stuck in collective negative dross. I thoroughly recommend checking him out. He’s got his own way of telling his tale, which may or may not sit well with you – but he really does have a fine tale to tell – so bear with him. Anyone that quotes Hafiz as freely as he does is all right by me.

On a practical note, I still have books for sale. They are $20, Australian with free postage anywhere in the world. You can pay using paypal. I am available for Skype sessions wherever you are in the world. I charge $100 Australian (you get a session, a recording of the session and a copy of my book for that – as long as stocks remain). Contact me here through wordpress or by e-mail (astropoetica@gmail.com). If you are in Brisbane, or close by, I can come and do group sessions with you and your buddies whenever you want. Feel free to get in touch.

Much love and fun – and lots of good will and wishes for 2014. It feels like it will be a good one to me.

Sudhir

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Skype Sessions + Free Books

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by sudhirastropoetica

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I am on a semester break from uni, so at last some moments free from assignments and some seriously interesting reading to post some news.

The big news is that I am now set up to do Skype Astrology Sessions. Wherever you are in the world, I can now interpret your chart, your transits or do a relationship reading face to face on Skype. I really look forward to connecting with those of you who are interested enough in the approach you find in these pages, in my astrology columns, or in my book, to send me an e-mail and book yourself in.

The first couple of hundred people to book in will get a free copy of my book – ‘Astrology for Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested’ along with their session. Each session will last for a little over an hour. If you can’t record it, then I will – and send you the recording as an MP3 file on a flash drive. You will also have the opportunity of a short (half hour max) follow up question and answer session should you need it, as part of the session price (and of course a free book if you get in early).

This all works, wherever you are in the world (as long as we can figure out time differences and if you have paypal). I charge $100 AUS.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. My e-mail address is astropoetica@gmail.com  Send me an e-mail and I’ll send you all the practical details. They are very simple.

Much love and fun

Sudhir

Sudhir Astrology in Print and on Your Coffee Table!

Posted in Astrology with tags , , , , on February 3, 2013 by sudhirastropoetica

A bit of brilliant Jinesh illustrative geniius in my paw.

“Astrology For Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” is a lovely colourful gift book I have out, that looks at Astrology and the meaning of the star signs, in unique and original ways. It’s designed to go on your coffee table or kitchen bench and inspire discussion, conversation and assorted ‘aha’s’. It is cheekily illustrated by my good friend Jinesh. It’s also a mighty fine present for anyone you know who might be up for a good astrological ponder – and a chuckle here and there.

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For those who are just hearing about the presence of this little literary gem, all you need to do to order your copy, is to send me a message via this blog, or e-mail me at astropoetica@gmail.com. It’s $25 including postage, to anywhere in the world. There’s a limited supply of copies of this edition left, so get in soon. You can pay by PayPal (worldwide), or cheque/money order, or direct deposit (if you are in Australia). I’ll need your name and postal address, however you order it – and will get your copy on its way to you ASAP.

Roll on regenerative year of the Snake!

Sudhir

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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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.

In the Mood for doing Astrology Sessions!

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

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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

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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