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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!

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City News Changes

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , on July 28, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

Hey there

A quick note. If you are in Brisbane and you can’t find your stars in this week’s City News, it’s because they are no longer there. It’s a bit of a story, so hang in. I received a note from the editor last Thursday saying that word had come from on high for them to drop all their local contributors. That means me, my column and others. She was very apologetic and and somewhat shocked herself. What to do?

If you feel like writing to them please do – but be kind. The present editorial team have treated me very well during their tenure. It’s plainly their bosses who are pulling the strings here. Maybe a few honest voices and a shift in readership might have some effect. Who knows.

Please contact me for details of where else you might find my stars. Or check the links to the right in this blog.

Love and fun
Sudhir

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

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.

What Exactly is a Blog? I Need to Know

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

The Pitch

My Book “Astrology For Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested” is out there awaiting your purchase. If your local bookshop has conniptions trying to order it in, you can get it on-line at http://www.boolarongpress.com.au or http://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 at the bottom of this blog.

The Rave

It’s been over a month since I wrote one of these things. That’s a bit shocking. It doesn’t make me one of the more prolific bloggers in the universe. Hopefully quality makes up for the lack of quantity. Ok – the truth is I’m having teething troubles with this blogging thing. Supposedly blogging leads to community, which leads to many interesting and controversial discussions, which leads to a proliferation of services being bartered – and a general air of happiness enveloping all within its orbit. Hmm…..not quite happening like that.

So far my blogging has been a kind of extended diary. I feel like I’ve come to a fork in the blogging road. The diary thing’s not really working for me and it’s not really working for anybody else either judging by the almost complete lack of comment – though I have enjoyed very much the comments that have come – positive and negative.

My madcap brain, as Mr Gurdjieff would say, is conceiving of two things. One is to do Daily Astrology Haiku’s on Twitter – and the other is to invite questions from you my visitors and readers. Maybe I should do both. I love responding to interesting questions. Here’s your chance to lure me into discussion. Fire away! The ball is in your hand, dear readers and visitors. I’m guessing that those of you out there who read my columns around the known world must have plenty to say or ask. Say or ask away. I will come back at you.

Sessions, and Workshops

I am available for experiential astrology sessions (Ask me what they are!), to run workshops and give talks. Write to me at astropoetica@gmail.com or via the comment gateway here.

Towards an Existential Astrology

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 2, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

Zen – A Celebration of What Is!

The Pitch

My Book “Astrology For Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested”  is out there awaiting your purchase. If you are in Fremantle, Dymocks is the place. If you are in Brisbane, Angus and Robertson in Post Office Square has it – as does Mary Ryan in New Farm and Milton. Other good bookshops around Australia and New Zealand do have it or can get it in. You can also get it on-line at www.boolarongpress.com.au or www.amazon.com If you have any trouble getting it or need further details (ISBN etc) please contact me. My e-mail address is at the bottom of this blog.

 The Rave

Recently I got some new business cards made. That is always an interesting journey because it makes me wonder who I am and what I am offering exactly – what to call myself. This time round I opted for ‘Existential Astrologer’ and I am very happy with it. Essentially my heart lies in the land of Zen which is a clear land free of the mind-stuff of archetypes, symbols, concepts and even experiences. (Or experiencer) This love has made being an astrologer, who deals with all of the above a strange fit.

 It is clear that between here and there, between Zen and our everyday somnambulism is a big jump. In fact to all sense and purposes it is a quantum leap. It is a quantum leap that can be bridged by meditation – and to make meditation really essentially available, there needs generally to be some kind of preparation. Before one can effectively watch, be a witnessing consciousness – the very essence of meditation – one has to learn how to love oneself. Here’s where all therapeutic processes, including astrology, have their part to play. Astrology describes who we are not, but who we are not is where we need to start our journey, because that is where we are identified – that is the glue that has to get unstuck before anything more existential can happen. Thank you Osho.

 Existential is a beautiful word, unfortunately corrupted by the existentialists. In questioning their existence, in white-anting the various beliefs instilled by thousands of years of religious tradition, the existentialists (Sartre, Camus etc) landed in a philosophical cul de sac full of nausea, ambivalence and nihilism. They didn’t actually get to the sheer delight of Zen, the full comprehension of the magnificence of life as it is without the extra decoration of personality or belief. They got off the train one station too soon. The shadow is as much an ego trip as the manufactured personality. One never feels so special as when one is in misery.

 So – Astrology and a genuine existential presence a la Zen – yep, I’ll wear that one. I am an Existential Astrologer. Why not? More soon….   

 Sessions, and Workshops

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

Love and fun

Sudhir

The Moon’s In Cancer

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 23, 2010 by sudhirastropoetica

Proteus

The Pitch

My Book “Astrology For Those Who Won’t Admit They’re Interested”  is leaping up and down excitedly awaiting your purchase. If you are in Fremantle, Dymocks is the place. If you are in Brisbane, Angus and Robertson in Post Office Square has it – as does Mary Ryan in New Farm and Milton. Other good bookshops around Australia and New Zealand do have it or can get it in. You can also get it on-line at  www.boolarongpress.com.au or www.amazon.com

The Rave

Emotions – lots of them. I feel like I have left my emotional lifeline behind. I am flying out in the wild blue yonder. It’s most likely water I am travelling through – currents of wild flowing water. I live on the assumption that life is a Zen Master that is cooking me according to his own inspired recipe of No-Mind and Enlightenment. I live on that assumption because experience has confirmed it again and again over the years. Following each patch of unknowing there comes a moment when all is revealed as making the most perfect intuitive sense. Still in the midst of every peeling away, every stripping of the illusion of ‘I’, there is naturally doubt and panic and a thousand varieties of emotional wobble. That’s where I am right now. It’s a vulnerable place. It’s a place where it is handy to have metaphors of alchemy on hand to ease the way.

Sessions, and Workshops

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

Love and fun

Sudhir