News Notes, Updated August 20, 2014

by Richard Grossinger on December 29, 2012

August 10, 2014

I will update these notes time on top of the last update (June 1) for context.

Lindy and I are presently going back and forth between Southwest Harbor and Portland, Maine, trying to rearrange our life around this new axis.

We will be in Maine till August 23, in New York City for about a week after that, then back in Maine indefinitely. I will re-start the Manset psychic-group meetings probably in September.

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.

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

I will technically remain the publisher of North Atlantic Books through April 2015, at which point I go off full salary and become founding publisher, and Douglas Reil becomes publisher.

Right now I am not working on any project but, when I do work, it will be on the manuscript formerly marked Dark Pool of Light (Existence), now titled Bottoming Out. I will also rewrite the recent travel blog (“Driving the Labyrinth”) and re-post. Hopefully I will get some technical assistance in WordPress and figure out how to add the photos.

My main literary activity now is reading manuscripts for North Atlantic and bringing our Pluto anthology to closure. I will put the tentative table of contents at the end of this note. I am also working on an “Anthropology of Exchange” anthology, plus I have an ongoing role in the two fiftieth-anniversary Io anthologies that will be published next year by North Atlantic. Lindy and I are writing forewords to them, and our son and daughter, Robin and Miranda, are writing introductions, Robin to the science/anthropology anthology, Miranda to the literary one.

Pluto: New Horizon … for a Lost Horizon —Astronomy, Astrology, Mythology

Table of Contents

Dana Wilde: Pluto on the Borderlands

Richard Grossinger: Pluto and The Kuiper Belt

Richard Hoagland: New Horizon…for a Lost Horizon

J. F. Martel: Pluto and the Death of God

James Hillman: Hades

Fritz Bruhubner: The Mythology and Astrology of Pluto

Gary Rosenthal: The Pluto/Persephone Myth: Evoking the ArchetypesThomas Frick: Old Horizons

John D. Shershin: The Inquisition of Pluto

Stephan David Hewitt: Pluto and the Restoration of Soul

Jim Tibbetts: Our Lady of Pluto, the Planet of Purification

Shelli Jankowski-Smith: Love Song for Pluto

Lisa Rappoport: I Feel Bad about Pluto

Robert Kelly: Pluto

Dinesh Raghavendra: Falling in Love with a Plutonian

Steve Luttrell:Dostoevsky’s Pluto

Philip Wohlstetter: Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto

Jonathan Lethem: Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto

Robert Sardello: Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto

Ross Hamilton: Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto

Jeffrey Hoffman: What the Probe Will Find, What I’d Like it to Find

College of the Atlantic Students: Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto

Charley B. Murphy: The Ten Worlds of Pluto

Timothy Morton: Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto

Timothy Morton: The End of the World

Robert Phoenix: My Father Pluto

Ellias Lonsdale: Pluto is the Reason We Have a Chance

Rob Brezsny: Pluto: Planet of Wealth


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 in Maine (next meeting in mid-2014).  Inquire if interested. Everyone is welcome. Please call 207-244-0471 for directions.

Most Recent Book

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 isThis?

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




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

Raw 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


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:


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I am not sure that I can get the photos on (skill level), but this is posted on Facebook.   Los Angeles/Scottsdale I am unlikely to write much about our cross-country trip from Berkeley to Maine, but I will track our progress, note highlights, and post snapshots. It was 377.4 miles door to door, Kensington […]

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Free Books (Through June 15, 2014)

January 2, 2014

A Book Giveaway and Call for Assistance   Dear Friends,   I need your help if I’m going to make this work. For years I have been carting around a case of each of my books from the 1970s plus the last two traditional issues of Io (#’s 22 and 23), moving them from Vermont […]

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Anthology on Pluto, Submissions Deadline 2-28-14

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Letter from Richard Grossinger I am writing you as a friend, a colleague, and a part-time resident of a community in coastal Maine that is profoundly interesting and moving to me. Lindy and I have been involved both directly and peripherally in a project called The Common Good Community, Inc. Among other things, we helped […]

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