News Notes, Updated July 30, 2016

by Richard Grossinger on December 29, 2012


Portland and Southwest Harbor, Maine: July 28 – August 19

East Montpelier, Vermont: August 20 – 28

Southwest Harbor, August 29 – September 3

Portland, Maine, September 4 –


I have finished a rewrite of New Moon, my nonfiction novel/memoir published in 1996. I spent about 1400 hours last year and this rewriting it, more than twice what I spent composing it the first time. I am now working on its sequel, Episodes in Disguise of a Marriage, using a 1976-77 manuscript and 1990s journal notes. I am also working on Bottoming Out the Universe: Reincarnation, Karma, and Personal Identity, up-to-date versions of which are posted on this website. New Moon, A Coming of Age Tale will be available September 23.

North Atlantic Books published a retrospective Io anthology in November 2015. This marks the fiftieth anniversary of Lindy’s and my launching the magazine in Amherst, Mass, in 1965. The anthology has prefaces by us and by both our children: Robin Grossinger and Miranda July. Yes, there are typos and errors (for instance, some of the contents of the Dreams Issue, Io/8, appear under Mars: A Science Fiction Vision, Io/9), but it was a massive job compiling it and working from documents that needed to be converted into digital form. Io was last published in 1976, but work from subsequent Io-numbered and related anthologies was included in this new book. If interested, check out Io Anthology: Literature, Interviews, and Art from the Seminal Interdisciplinary Journal, 1965-1993, edited by Richard Grossinger and Lindy Hough.

Other recent material can be found in my selected Facebook posts on this website.

Pluto anthology, Table of Contents

Introduction Richard Grossinger

  1. Pluto on the Borderlands Dana Wilde
  2. Pluto and the Kuiper Belt Richard Grossinger
  3. New Horizon … for a Lost Horizon Richard C. Hoagland
  4. Pluto and the Death of God J. F. Martel
  5. Hades James Hillman
  6. Pluto (excerpts) Fritz Brunhübner
  7. The Pluto/Persephone Myth: Evoking the Archetypes Gary Rosenthal
  8. Old Horizons Thomas Frick
  9. The Inquisition of Pluto: A Planetary Meta-Drama in One Act John D. Shershin
  10. Pluto and the Restoration of Soul Stephan David Hewitt
  11. Our Lady of Pluto, the Planet of Purification Jim Tibbetts
  12. Love Song for Pluto Shelli Jankowski-Smith
  13. I Feel Bad about Pluto Lisa Rappoport
  14. Pluto Robert Kelly
  15. Pluto Maggie Dietz
  16. Falling in Love with a Plutonian Dinesh Raghavendra
  17. Dostoevsky’s Pluto Steve Luttrell
  18. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Philip Wohlstetter
  19. Plutonic Horizons, or My Sixty-Nine-Year Search for Planet X Philip Wohlstetter
  20. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Jonathan Lethem
  21. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Robert Sardello
  22. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Ross Hamilton
  23. What the Probe Will Find, What I’d Like It to Find Jeffrey A. Hoffman
  24. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto College of the Atlantic Students
  25. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Nathan Schwartz-Salant
  26. The Ten Worlds of Pluto Charley B. Murphy
  27. Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto Timothy Morton
  28. The End of the World Timothy Morton
  29. My Father Pluto Robert Phoenix
  30. Pluto is the Reason We Have a Chance Ellias Lonsdale
  31. Pluto: Planet of Wealth Rob Brezsny

About the Contributors



August 10, 2014

My new book, the revised and much enlarged version of The Night Sky, this time under the subtitle Soul and Cosmos (the last time it was The Science and Anthropology of the Stars and Planets) will ship from the printer tomorrow. However, because of the lag-time between the printer and Random House distribution’s full processing, it will not go to customers until September. (August 20: I received my first copy on August 18 and, after getting up early the next morning to absorb its physical reality, I added this note to the end of my piece on it in Watkins Mind Body Spirit Quarterly (“Writing The Night Sky”):

“Finally, in looking at the first printed copy and making my peace with the tininess and ephemerality of the artifact as compared to the vastness of the vision and its space-time object, I realize that whoever dictated this book—and I am neither joking nor being falsely modest, believe me—is a lot smarter and has a much higher security clearance than me.


The Night Sky: Soul and Cosmos (pub. date in August 2014). This is a revision of the 1981 Sierra Club and 1988 J. P. Tarcher editions.


Table of Contents

Foreword by Bernadette Mayer

Note for the Reader

Introduction to the 1981 Edition

Introduction to the 1988 Edition

Introduction to the 2014 Edition

I. Histories and Philosophies

1. The Night Sky in the Human Universe

2. The Night Sky as View

3. Scientific and Occult Astronomy

4. Ancient Astronomy

5. The History of Western Astronomy i. The Sun in the Center

6. The History of Western Astronomy ii. The Planets

7. The History of Western Astronomy iii. The Gravitational Field

8. The History of Western Astronomy iv. The Stars

9. The History of Western Astronomy v. The Elements

10. The History of Western Astronomy vi. The Space-Time Continuum

11. The History of Western Astronomy vii. The Atom

12. The History of Western Astronomy viii. The Big Bang

13. The History of Western Astronomy ix. Pulsars, Quasars, Black Holes, and Hyperobjects

14. The History of Western Astronomy x. Creation

15. Language, Mind, and Astrophysics: The Phenomenology of the Night Sky

II. Planets


16. The Solar System and Sun

17. Molten Worlds: Mercury and Venus

18. Rocky Habitation Zone: The Moon, the Earth, and Mars 19. Gas and Ice Giants: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

20. The Moons and Rings of Jupiter and Saturn

21. The Moons of Uranus and Neptune, Pluto and Other Kuiper Belt Objects

22. Astrology

III. Mythologies and Legends

23. Star Myth

24. Science Fiction I: The Origin of Celestial Worlds

25. Science Fiction II: Self and Cosmos

26. Science Fiction III: Jesus of Nazareth

27. Flying Saucers, Crop Circles, and Extraterrestrial Life

Blurb from Brian Swimme

“Richard Grossinger’s new book, The Night Sky, should be heralded as the publishing event of the decade. This is a book that has the power to change your relationship to the universe. I would even say it has the potentiality to participate in the evocation of a new civilization. You should know from the start that it is not an easy read, and I am not referring to the cutting edge science which is all presented with great clarity. In fact, the real difficulty in reading The Night Sky is directly related to its power, for to understand Grossinger’s vision of the universe one needs to open up the soul in ways that have been forgotten, ignored, and even explicitly oppressed by Western civilization for over 400 years now.

“Let me make a prediction. In the far future, when humanity has found its way beyond our present hyper destructive industrial form of society, and when historians are looking back on the 21st century to identify the crucial events that showed the way, The Night Sky will be very high on their list. I especially hope the young creative personalities of our time find their way here. To them I make one more prediction. You will have a wide range of experiences as you read. Sometimes you will be thrilled by the energies and structures of the universe, sometimes you will simply marvel at how much our contemporary sciences have discovered, sometimes you will be confused by the wide range of experiences and interpretations offered, sometimes you will argue against the vision in the book, sometimes you will argue for, but most of all as you swim about in The Night Sky you will find yourself exploding with new ideas, your own fresh ideas, new ideas sparked into existence by your interaction with this profound work that serendipity or just pure chance has placed in your hands.” Brian Thomas Swimme, Program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness — California Institute of Integral Studies

Our trip across the continent (June 26-August 2) is detailed in my travel blog “Driving the Labyrinth” on this website.



News Notes (June 1, 2014)

Lindy and I sold our Berkeley house and will be leaving for Maine on June 27. We are planning to drive east and take a meandering route through southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Michigan, Ontario, and Quebec. I will post our itinerary when it is definite. We moved to Berkeley from Vermont in June 1977 with children 8 and 3, who are now adults in their forties with children of their own.

In terms of projects, I have finished the revised edition of The Night Sky and it will be out in August. It combines a book on the history and anthropology astronomy, a book on the solar system, and a book of star myths, science fiction and UFOs, so it came out to 800 pages. I plan to rewrite Out of Babylon next and perhaps work on a  fourth volume of Dark Pool of Light.

Maine Psychic Group

My psychic group  meets at 7 PM on Tuesday nights in Manset when I am on Mount Desert (next meeting in spring 2015).  Inquire if interested. Everyone is welcome.


In his three-volume work Dark Pool of Light, Richard Grossinger weaves neuroscience and the phenomenology of being and reality together with psychospiritual views of “that single thing which is most difficult to understand or vindicate: our own existence.”

Dark Pool of Light Volume One addresses the mystery of how subjective consciousness gets into a material universe to witness itself objectively in egoic systems. In particular, it gauges the various degrees and qualities of gap between mindedness as an experiential state and the brain as a physical object, calling out the schizophrenia of scientists who assert that consciousness is a mirage while living as if they themselves are real.

Volumes Two and Three explore the remote ranges and exquisite meanings of consciousness, whether it is real or not.

Volume Two leads the reader from a consideration of the psychic aspects of everyday life to engagement with energies outside the human range.

Volume Three addresses mortality and the nature of evil while presenting a unified theory of the universe that includes consciousness.

Dark Pool of Light: Reality and Consciousness: The Convergence of Physical, Philosophical, Psychological, Psychospiritual, and Psychic Views

Table of Contents

Volume One

The Neuroscience, Evolution, and Ontology of Consciousness


Chapter One: What the Fuck is This?

Chapter Two: The Scientific View of Reality and Consciousness

Chapter Three: Consciousness: Everything and Nothing

Chapter Four: Degrees of Consciousness: Protoconsciousness, Preconsciousness, and the Freudian Unconscious

Chapter Five: Systemic Consciousness: Nonconsciousness and the Loss of Consciousness

Chapter Six: Qualia or Zombies?

Chapter Seven: Consciousness as an Emergent Phenomenon: The Psycholinguistics and Phylogenesis of Meaning

Chapter Eight: The Quantum Brain

Chapter Nine: The Ontology and Cosmology of Consciousness

Chapter Ten: The Subtexts of Science

Deleted Scenes


Volume Two


Chapter One: Theosophy and the Hermetic Tradition

Chapter Two: Psychic Tools

Chapter Three: We Are Already Psychic

Chapter Four: The Seven Planes of Consciousness: Human Home Energy

Chapter Five: The Seven Planes of Consciousness: Frequencies Above the Range of Ordinary Experience

Chapter Six: The Seven Planes of Consciousness: Tuning Outside the Axis of Human Home Energy

Chapter Seven: Surfing the Operation of the Real

Chapter Eight: Focusing on What Is Happening

Chapter Nine: Buddhism and Theosophy: A Comparison



Volume Three The Crisis and Future of Consciousness


Chapter One: Demonic Entities and Their Symbols of Transformation

Chapter Two: Fear Has Its Own Intelligence

Chapter Three: How Did Evil Get into the Universe?

Chapter Four: One Encounter, One Chance

Chapter Five: Converting Thoughtforms and Riding Synchronicity: Roses, Tarot Cards, and Scapula Bones

Chapter Six: Family Constellations

Chapter Seven: The Cosmic Eternity System

Chapter Eight: We Are In Existence



New E-books

Migraine Auras: When the Visual World Fails; On the Integration of Nature: Post-9/11 Biopolitical Notes; Embryogenesis: Species, Gender, and Identity; Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings: How the Universe Makes Life; Homeopathy: The Great Riddle; Planet Medicine: Origins; and Planet Medicine: Modalities are now all out in e-bo0ks for Kindle.

On the Integration of Nature, Homeopathy, and Planet Medicine  have new prefaces that I am also posting on this website. All the books have been corrected with minor changes throughout.

The two volumes of Planet Medicine have been reedited and updated throughout for e-books.

The Bardo of Waking Life, 2013: Raising the Earth to the Next Vibration, and New Moon have been  in corrected e-book format and available for a while.


My Wife: Lindy Hough had a new collection of selected poems come out in the spring of 2011.  It is her first book since 1976 and is called Wild Horses, Wild Dreams. Check it out: She also has a new anthology on granparenting entitled Wondrous Child: It  has a video trailer:

My Daughter: Miranda July’s current movie is The Future: Her new book, It Chooses You, is a series of portraits of Los Angeles PennySaver advertisers: Her current performance piece is New Society. She has a forthcoming novel with Scribners: A Bad Man.

My Son: Robin Grossinger has published a book on Napa County through University of California Press: Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas: Exploring a Hidden Landscape of Transformation and Resilience.

My Son-in-Law: Mike Mills’ newest movie is Beginners:


Amherst Class of ’66 Fiftieth Reunion Notes

June 1, 2016

Amherst Class of ’66 Fiftieth Reunion Notes   First Installment   I wanted to share some of my thoughts about our just-completed reunion, partly to help me integrate the experience, partly to keep some of the reunion spirit going. We each have our unique perspectives, so I hope that classmates will provide their own retrospectives […]

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New Moon Afterword

November 17, 2015

Afterword   New Moon has had a serpentine prepublication history—thirty-six years in all, from its first words in 1960 to its appearance as a published book in 1996, though it spent almost two-thirds of that time, 1964 to 1986, in hibernation. As readers know, I began the book in creative-writing class in October 1960, the […]

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Writing the Night Sky

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Selected Facebook Posts through 2016

June 22, 2015

  I have not saved older posts except a few scattered ones that ended up in baseball notes. This is what I was able to salvage before beginning a current thread.   June 17, 2013 I’m not as much a follower of baseball or the Mets as I once was. It’s not that the team […]

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