SHINING LOTUS™ METAPHYSICAL BOOKSTORE NEWSLETTER
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in this issue
SPIRITUAL WORKSHOP GROUP by Norma Mitchell
DECEMBER ASTROLOGICAL UPDATE with Marci McCaffery
12/12/12 PSYCHIC FAIR is December 12, 2012
THE NUMEROLOGY OF 12/12/12 by Mario C. Veo
MORE THAN POCKET CHANGE with Linda Davis
PLANETARY ENERGIES AND THE MAJOR ARCANA by Bruce Johnson
AWAKENING CONSCIOUS CHOICE with Solei Hannahs & Jennifer Larkin
LOCAL AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING with Richard Hartnett
SPIRITUAL WORKSHOP GROUP
by Norma Mitchell
SPIRITUAL WORKSHOP GROUP with Norma Mitchell.
Thursday, December 20, 2012. 7 – 9pm. $20.
Some of us have felt like the ugly duckling who has never fit in with our family connections or our peers in work and social conditions. We hunger to share with others who understand us, our issues and the directions we are pursuing spiritually.
This interactive workshop is designed to help us apply Spiritual Principles with love, humor and understanding in our everyday life. We will share our concerns and assist each other to see more choices than we realized were possible. We will also examine ourselves to see what we really do want in our lives and how to create the life we want and deserve to live.
God/Spirit resides within each of us rather than outside in the Spiritual ethers. When we understand and accept we can have Divine Guidance on everyday issues rather than basing our choices on our own or others experiences in life, we empower ourselves and our lives with joy, peace and love.
In this ongoing workshop, we will explore topics that assist us in understanding how Spiritual Principles apply in our everyday life. We will examine how and why conditions affect our choices; the process of choosing our experiences and the probable consequences; share experiences and thoughts; and help each other with designing and fulfilling our desires. Each session will end with a guided relaxation to help release blockages and expand our abilities to assist us to create a healthier, more abundant life.
We will meet each third Thursday evening of the month from 7 – 9 pm at the Shining Lotus. Please call Norma at 303-847-6942 for questions and call the store (303-758-9113) to make your reservations. $20 for each session.
I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!
DECEMBER ASTROLOGICAL UPDATE
by Marci McCaffery
SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21)
At worst we might feel as if everything is coming apart. At best we align with the flow and open to the opportunities presented to us in this shifting field of cosmic energy
Well it’s finally here, December 2012. After decades of ponderings, prophecies, speculations, and forewarnings, the most talked about time in human history is upon us. The world has not ended, but we do stand at the threshold of tremendous change. We have reached a crossroad in consciousness where our altered sense of reality has separated us from an unconscious past, to an uncharted future. In retrospect, 2012 has been a year in which we awakened from our own illusions. Where we go from here is one of free will choice. We can stay with the status quo or bravely choose the unknown and move forward.
This month, we are likely to feel more optimistic. The Sun moves out of Scorpio into the enthusiastic, forward-moving, fire sign of Sagittarius. This sign represents the search for truth and the perception of the higher mind to embrace the “big picture.” Its energy serves to elevate the consciousness of the human vibration through the highest possible level of spiritual awareness. It offers the virtues of faith, hope, trust and vision to accomplish the impossible.
It’s by no coincidence that two major events occurred last month, delivering compelling messages of change, unity and hope. We watched as the East Coast braced itself for one of the most devastating hurricanes in US history. It was considered the second-costliest storms, only surpassed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. When Hurricane Sandy hit, people took to the Internet to document the aftermath of storm’s horrific damage, death and destruction. For some, it was the only source of news and information following the storm. It brought people together through community and new ways of being. People continue to offer their generous support with heartfelt compassion, highlighting what truly matters; the unification of heart in the greater collective of humanity. See random acts of kindness on Facebook
On November 6th, the future voted. The momentum was set on “Forward,” as the majority opted for change. President Obama scored a decisive second term victory for four more years, signaling the irreversible triumph of a new 21st-century. His victory speech conveyed a powerful message of hope, inclusion, unity and possibility for all. He/We have much work to do collectively and individually move towards that goal. Only a can-do consciousness, held in constant vision of possibility will prevail.
Four planetary realignments are featured this month, including the Sagittarius New Moon which occurs on December 13th at 21 degrees Sagittarius. We are encouraged to explore our spiritual potential and soul contracts to understand the meaning of “inner truth.” On the same day, Uranus, “The Awakener Planet”, makes a shift forward, ending past frustrations encountered during its five month retrograde cycle. Its significance suggests that it’s time to embrace something new. On the 10th and 15th respectively, both Mercury and Venus move into optimistic Sagittarius, restoring confidence and providing new opportunities for love.
On December 21, 2012, for the first time in 26,000 years, the Sun will align to conjunct the intersection of our Milky Way (the galaxy that contains our Solar System.) This date, recorded in the Mayan “Calendar,” has long become the focal point of end-time predictions.
The Winter Solstice on December 21, 2012, like all Winter Solstices is the darkest day of the yearly cycle. It represents the beginning of the return to the light and is considered an ending, but not the end of the world. The timing of this galactic alignment is significant because the “Great Cycle” resets to a totally new era, unlike the present one. It holds the promise that the end of one cycle is simply the beginning of the next. The orbit of our Solar System will align with what is called the “Dark Rift” in the equator of our rotating Milky Way Galaxy. This forms a planetary configuration known as “A Yod”, called the finger of God, representing an aspect of destiny which appears to point the way forward. Its shape is like an isosceles triangle which is created when two planets make a favorable sextile to each other (a 60 degree aspect). The third planet is at the inverse midpoint, forming a quincunx, (150 degree angle) to the two planets in sextile, at either end of its base. A quincunx is a challenging aspect requiring difficult adjustments and compromise. Its energy demands practicality, suggesting that something must be eliminated, to allow for necessary changes to take place. Often described as “being between a rock and a hard place.” There is no backing down. We are compelled to take action and trust our intuition in the process. When this configuration is activated, very radical changes occur that are strong enough to affect the personality in a way that produces much uncertainty, unusual tensions and great unrest. The three planets involved include; Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn and the finger points to Jupiter in Gemini. All planets are at eight degrees which in numerology signifies power and transformation, suggestive of a rebirth. This also represents a channel opening for cosmic energy to flow through the earth, cleansing it and raising it to a higher level of vibration. In Mayan cosmology, the Dark Rift is associated with a spiritual awakening.
Things You Can Do Now
} Think positive thoughts
} Embrace change
} Whenever it feels like things are too much – bring it back to your breath and breathe
} Trust your instincts
} Stay in Gratitude for all that is
} Do good deeds for others without attachment to outcome
} Forgive often
} Take nothing personally
} Get into nature as much as possible
} Take time to do the things you love
} Don’t obsess too much about what you can’t change
Happy Holidays! I leave you with this uplifting video on 2012. In gratitude, I appreciate your love and support during this past year. Collectively, we can hold a vision for possibility to thrive in the coming New Year!
Copyright Stardirection 2012 All rights reserved
Marcia McCaffery is an NCGR certified astrological counselor specializing in life purpose, career and relationship readings. She is also a Reiki master teacher, a spiritual advisor, and an accredited business/life direction coach with a private practice in the Denver area. She has a lifelong involvement with meditation, spiritual studies and the healing arts. She is a featured astrological consultant at Shining Lotus™ Metaphysical Bookstore To learn how these changes impact you personally, contact Marci at firstname.lastname@example.org For free, valuable resources visit her web site at http://www.stardirectionastrology.com/
12 / 12 / 12 PSYCHIC FAIR – ALL DAY LONG
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 – 10am to 6pm
Free 12/12 meditation led by Mario C. Veo at 12:00 noon and 4:30 pm
Energy Healings. Kelly Whetstone will bring her clairvoyant and intuitive gifts to assist you in expanding your energetic health and advancing your spiritual growth.
Intuitive Readings. Norma Mitchell will provide very accurate intuitive readings that help clear negativity and invite peace, love, good health and prosperity into your life.
Tarot Readings. SuEllen Shepard will invoke the power and mystery of Tarot Imagery to help you reveal the possibilities as you move forward in your life during this powerful time of 12/12/12.
Tarot Readings. Karma Joe is back for one day only. Joe is an excellent and talented card reader that will astound you with your Tarot reading.
Intuitive Astrology. Marci McCaffery will help you realize your dreams and plans for the next year.
Chair Massage. Edna Garcia will add a relaxing, healing and therapeutic chair massage to your 12/12 experience.
Foot Reflexology. Reflexologist Linda Davis will make sure your body and “sole” are perfectly aligned with a foot massage.
Palmistry. Mario C. Veo will give palmistry and psychic readings throughout the day.
Mario will lead a free 12/12 meditation at 12 noon and then again at 4:30 pm, designed to awaken your awareness, embrace your spirituality and align your abilities with the Divine. This is an entire day dedicated to spiritual awakening and working toward enlightenment.
Save 12.12% on every product in the store, every book, every candle, every card, every gift. Everything is 12.12% off. If you feel guided to be with people of like mind on this auspicious day, please come to the Shining Lotus on December 12, 2012.
THE NUMEROLOGY OF 12 – 12 – 12 by Mario C. Veo
The great Persian Magicians believed that the number 12 could be used to reveal ‘great manipulations’ and expose ‘hidden, or dark deeds’. When this was ignored (either through ignorance, or by willingly turning our eyes away), then the number 12 would attract ‘great sorrow’. No matter which, positive resolution could only be accessed through the concept of Sacrifice, i.e. what are you willing to do to create ‘honorable and healthy changes’?
This is a time of Self Examination, a time when it does not pay us to ‘blindly accept any Propaganda’; for no matter the Source, there is more that has been kept away from us…and so we can be easily led astray – not only through our angers or resentment, but through our lack of true knowledge and half-truths.
So where is this most demonstrated…? by breaking down the presence of the contributing numbers we can see the pathway of these influences.
2012 – The first 2 represents the Couple or the Union – what do we attract, or repel – what becomes ‘attached to us’.
This becomes influenced by the number 0 = Spirit, or our Value System – what creates positive progress, both in our life as well as in the Expansion of our Consciousness.
Next, the number 1 represents the Self – how we see ourselves (our inner identity), and how we express this outwardly (a reflection of our ‘success/achievements’ in life).
The final number 2 represents our immediate friends and lovers – who and what we allow to touch our hearts – and how they influence us (our Circle of Trust, and our vulnerability).
When we examine all these together we end with an interesting statement: The year 2012 was an opportunity to examine Relationships – both intimate as well as those people and events which we have allowed to influence us. It was a year of ‘molding’ – either liberating us (through our own Inner Wisdom, clarity of thought, or connection with Spirit and Spiritual Insight), or binding us to a Lower Consciousness (by accepting external influences without much thought or deliberation).
Yet the year is not over…December – represented in our calendar as the 12th month, allows for a deeper insight into this relationship with people and events…have they been of benefit to our Path…or have they bound us to negative beliefs. Are we joyful in our perception of the Unlimited Opportunities of Life…or do we willingly embrace doom and condemnation? The very name ‘December’ comes from the root word “deca” meaning 10, numerically “the first step of a new path”.
When we add up 2012 (2+0+1+2), we end with the number 5, the number of Mankind, ruled by Mercury (the exotic, or the foriegn, travel, exploration, new opportunities, Man’s choices and influence). In its positive form it is joyful, progressive, adaptive and open to change…in its negative form it is irritable, restrictive, irrational and antagonistic…it also favors thieves, and theft.
The 12th of December 2012 = 12 / 12 / 12 reduces to 3 / 3 / 3 and adds up to the number 9 (Mars and conflicts) which represents the end of Spiritual Cycles, and the unveiling of it consequences (being made up of 3’s it is the influence of the ‘tribes’ in your life – religious/spiritual/social/political/familial). Now is your opportunity to be an individual. Think for yourself and become a source of Spiritual Insight, or enter the New Year – the number 13 – associated with strong superstition and prejudice.
While we all have strong influences in our Life, what matters most is our own Inner Radiance and Wisdom…are you a Divine-Human…or merely human…what you choose will determine your future year!!!
MORE THAN POCKET CHANGE
by Linda Davis, creator of the JOURNEY OF CHANGE coins
Sunday, December 9, 2012. 2 – 3pm. FREE PRESENTATION.
Join Linda Davis, founder and creator of two coins that are more than “pocket change” and in fact will impact your life. Beautifully represented in the design of the “I Can®” Coin, Linda will share the path of healing that guides her as an inspired energy worker. Linda will also demonstrate the use of the “Journey of Change®” Decision Coin as a pendulum alternative for achieving higher guidance and increased awareness when striving for inner clarity. Coins are available at the store or online. Great Gifts!
WHEN YOU ARE FACING CHALLENGES, REMEMBER… “I Can”
The inspiration behind this design came when my father was making his transition. He told us to remember “I Can” when things get hard. After he passed in March of 2000 everything that could go wrong did. Now I want to share these tools that developed throughout my journey, leading to the creation of this daily reminder coin. It is a reminder in these times of uncertainty that if we take time to remember the essence of who we are, we can bring many gifts to ourselves.
Front – I Can® … Receive, Laugh, Create, Love, Learn, Endure, Forgive, Grieve, Trust, Heal, Let Go, Feel
Back – I Can® … Be Grateful For The Journey, Overcome Obstacles, Have Courage, Call Forth Abundance, Listen With An Open Heart
“This Coin Is A Visual Reminder Of Your Power”… TO ACTIVATE THE SUNBURST QUALITIES DISPLAYED ON THE COIN AND TO GROUND AND CENTER YOURSELF, PLACE THE COIN BETWEEN YOUR HANDS AND TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS, AND SAY “I Can”…
USING the design as a healing and self-empowerment technique: The twelve qualities bursting from the “I Can” Sun in the center are a guide for your self-empowerment.
Take the first step to FORGIVE when you feel you are at your bottom emotionally, and go clockwise contemplating each quality to bring your life back into balance.
Allow yourself to GRIEVE the loss, then start TRUSTing.
The “I Can” was placed in four directions around the coin, representing the directions life can take and holding the qualities within. The lighting bolt on the other side of the coin represents the POWER of “I Can” that can be accessed by you right NOW!
Where to display it besides carrying it with you: display the beautiful coin on your desk, table, nightstand or altar. It will be there to remind you of your true strength.
Retail at $19.95 per set
1 Set Includes: 1 – 1.75″ Round Diameter 2.9mm thick I Can® Daily Reminder Custom Coin
1 – 3″ x 4″ Blue Velvet Pouch
1 – 1 1/2′ x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ Small Black Plastic Coin Easel
About the coin: Each coin is made with a high polish gold plate. It is approximately 2.9mm thick, 1.75 inch diameter (round) and weighs approximately 1.8 ounces. Each side of the coin contains colored lettering with gold finish recessed metal in the background. For more information on the coin, go to www.journeyofchange.com
This Custom COIN is a tool to access your higher consciousness and to assist you in making the right decisions! It is intended to be a “COIN FLIPPING” tool to help you decide between two alternatives or choices. It assists you in awakening to your own Empowerment and Intuition. Get to know your coin so you can ask your own questions and know how to use the choices to help you get closer to your true answer.
This divination coin has been divided into four quadrants and the middle. Each side of the coin in the quadrant corresponds to the opposite answer: You can use it to make decisions with regards to a definite YES or NO. Should you ACT (it’s time) or WAIT (not now)? Should you LET GO or HOLD ON? Is the situation (or Chakra) BALANCED or UNBALANCED? Should you proceed during the day SUN or at night MOON? Should you USE INTUITION or ANALYZE IT! ?
You can also make up you own two choices and use the outer black and white ring.
A ritual to activate your inner knowing and assist you with your decision: 1) Hold the coin between both of your hands. 2) Say or think to yourself your full name and your birth place. 3) Visualize or say your question 4) Ask for your inner or higher guidance. 5) FLIP the coin and know that you are fully supported in your decision.If you catch it or if it drops it is still showing you an answer. If the answer does not feel right, ask yourself a clearer and more precise question and flip it again.
This will lead you to your inner truth.
Remember, this coin is a tool, should not be used to replace your own inner guidance.
This coin won the 1st Place BLUE RIBBON in the Divination Competition at the Holistic Pavilion at the 1st Annual Denver County Fair, July 2011. www.journeyofchange.com
Retails at $19.95 per set
1 Set Includes: 1 – 1.50″ Round Diameter 3 mm thick Decision Assistant Coin
Antique Silver Finish
PLANETARY ENERGIES AND THE MAJOR ARCANA
by Bruce Johnson
Astrologically, the Sun, Moon, and eight planets exhibit affinities to those cards of a like nature contained within the twenty two cards of the Major Arcana. These ten orbs radiate dual spiritual energies that express both positive and negative polarities. Each planet is attuned to two cards of the Major Arcana, with the Sun and Uranus symbolizing the triple nature of manifestation and corresponding to three cards each.
Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus, combine to form the three-in-one trinity of invisible spirit. Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon, reflect the seven color rays and the seven-fold nature of life expressed in form or matter. Combining the three with the seven makes the sacred number 10, symbolized by the ancients in the 10 spheres of our solar system, the 10 globes of the Kabbalistic Sephirothic Tree, and the 10 dots in The Tetractys of Pythagoras.
Within the upper triangle of spirit, Pluto substituting for the hidden planet Vulcan has the Death card as its positive expression, and The Devil card as its passive manifestation. Mystical Neptune shows its positive polarity through The World card and its negative polarity in The Star. Uranus relates to The Magician in its active or positive aspect, The Tower in its passive or negative aspect, and The Hanged Man in its neutral or balanced nature.
Among the remaining 7 planets indicating matter, Saturn is actively expressed in The Hermit card, and passively demonstrated in the Justice card. The expansive planet Jupiter finds its positive correlation in the Temperance card, while The Hierophant signifies the negative expression of Jupiter energy. Assertive Mars expresses active attunement in The Chariot and passive attunement in the card called The Emperor. The life-giving Sun corresponds to The Sun card in its positive expression, The Fool card as its negative expression, and the Wheel of Fortune card as the third or neutral pole of its triple nature. Venus in her masculine form is the Strength card and in her feminine form is the Empress card. The positive mode of Mercury is shown in the Judgment card while The Lovers card shows Mercury’s negative polarity. Lastly, Luna the Moon shines actively through The High Priestess card and passively through The Moon card.
AWAKENING CONSCIOUS CHOICE: HOW TO MOVE INTO 2013 WITH EASE
with Solei Hannahs & Jennifer Larkin
Sunday, December 23, 2012. 2 – 3pm. FREE PRESENTATION.
What are you choosing to create as the end of 2012 draws to a close? Are you experiencing fear and anxiety as more and more natural disasters and reports of financial crisis fill the news? Would you like to learn some amazing skills to break free from the energetic drain on your body and soul?
Join Jennifer Larkin and Solei Hannahs live to learn some weird wacky tools to break free from limitation and create more opportunities for Conscious Choice in every aspect of your life. If you are seeking something more and have tried everything under the sun to transform, this talk is not to be missed. Jennifer and Solei are Access Consciousness™ facilitators who travel around the world “empowering people to know that they know” and to create lives by choosing from a place of total expansion rather than old programming and limitation.
What would it take for you to choose for you instead of being at the effect of other people’s choices?
Tune in to learn how!
Here are a couple links to free downloads of radio interviews http://www.untangledfm.com/index.php/replays/the-essence Susie Heath “Letting Go of Your Story” and http://www.blogtalkradio.com/free2live2/2012/11/14/how-to-move-into-2013-with-ease with Trevor Carter
AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
with Richard Hartnett, author of The New Old Gods
Sunday, December 16, 2012. 2 – 3pm. FREE PRESENTATION.The New Old Gods is both a personal spiritual journey and an exploration of the spirituality of one of the greatest civilizations mankind has ever known. It is an in-depth exploration of the relevance of Greek Mythology for modern society. The ancient wisdom in Greek mythology was the source of inspiration for the Golden age of Greece. The Gods, as portrayed by the Greeks ,represented influences and ideals that call out to all men to rise above their circumstances. The New Old Gods is written so that everyone can find inspiration in the ancient tales of Greek Mythology. Anyone can find a hero within to defeat their personal monsters. Each of us can heed the call of Aphrodite and learn to master the discipline of love.
Richard Hartnett has over 30 years experience as a spiritual counselor, Minister and teacher. His background includes Native American Spirituality, Sufism, Jungian Psychology, Gurdjieffs 4th Way and World Mythology.