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in this issue






ABUNDANCE IS MINE by Norma Mitchell

HUMAN SOFTWARE with Ellen Hughes

THE ART OF TIMING by Marci McCaffery



by Bruce Johnson

Phoenix rises from the ashes

The Greek philosopher Herodotus describes the spectacular Phoenix or Firebird, in his historical writings. The body of the Phoenix was said to be covered in fiery purple feathers, with a tail of alternating red and blue feathers. The light colored head had a characteristic and distinctive tuft of feathers on the back. The Phoenix lived for 1000 years, died on its nest of incense and flames, and then was reborn from its own ashes.The Firebird represented to the ancients- immortality, initiation into the mysteries of death and rebirth, spiritual transmutation, and cycles of time. The Firebird was sacred to the sun, and the symbol of the deathless soul. The Phoenix as the celestial ruler of all birds lived in the heavens, and was the highest expression of the astrological sign Scorpio. The Phoenix was a universal symbol of the periodic cycles of creation and destruction in nature. Like the Dragon, the Phoenix is one of the four sacred creatures of the Chinese. It was the bird of resurrection into eternity to Osiris and the Egyptians, and a companion of Quetzalcoatl, the Mayan Sun God. The symbolism of the Phoenix is identical to the winged Singh of the Hindus, and the fabulous Simorgh of the Zoroastrian sun worshipers.

Initiates of ancient mystery schools were called Phoenixes in that like the Firebird, they had been reborn after three days. Jesus, as a mystery school initiate, taught and demonstrated this truth voicing that” Unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The meaning of the Phoenix as a symbol of alchemical transmutation was well known to the Rosicrucian’s and Masons of Europe and the early United States. The bird on the first Great Seal of the United States in 1782 was a Phoenix before it was later replaced with an eagle, despite the objections of Benjamin Franklin and other founders.

The Theosophical Glossary by H. P.Blavatsky is a great book for defining esoteric terms.

© Bruce Johnson 2012
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.




Cara Cantarella performs at the Shining Lotus Friday, October 19th at 7 pm.  The theme of the concert is “Grace.” Cara will be joined by Deborah Klepsch, conscious channel, who will give a short channeling by her guide Marstuthnik before the show.

Cara Cantarella is a Denver-based singer/songwriter who writes music with a depth and understanding that bridges lifetimes of experience.  With a deep respect for those who have influenced her—Joni Mitchell, Sarah MacLachlan, and James Taylor, among other admired performers—Cara now shares her music alongside contemporaries Dar Williams, Patti Griffin, Norah Jones, and Ani DiFranco.
Cara’s music expands listeners’ minds and brings them closer to their hearts.  Her songs tell of lessons learned and moments cherished.  Her songwriting reflects the amazing details of life while exposing its larger truths all at once.
Cara’s latest release, Now I Know, is a tribute to that inner voice in all of us.  We like to say that it has been whispering to us quietly, but in truth it probably has been shouting out for a while now, trying to get our attention.  And we finally have the fortitude to listen.

Please visit to purchase tickets to this event or call 303-758-9113 to purchase tickets in advance.



by Marci McCaffery

Astrologer Marci McCaffery

In a year of accelerated change, it is important that we don’t lose ourselves in the highs and lows.  May we stay centered in gratitude and acknowledge the gifts in our lives. No matter how things around us may seem, we must remember that we are immensely powerful.  Fear is the opposite of love. When we focus on love, we become invincible to fear ~~Michelle Karen

This month we are advised to ground anything uncomfortable into the earth for transformation. The period between late September and early October may be considered a critical time, based on the intense concentration of planetary aspects. The aggressive, fiery Aries Full Moon conjuncts with Uranus in Aries and opposes the Sun in Libra, on September 29th. Imbalances and the need to awaken to our own collective shadow are highlighted. Pluto joins into the mix and forms an exact square at 7 degrees cardinal. Anyone with planets at 7 degrees of a cardinal sign (Cancer, Libra, Capricorn or Aries) or within a 5 degree orb will be especially sensitized to this impact. This is an enormously significant pattern involving two powerhouse planets that can usher in dramatic changes.

Josephine Wall Libra

Libra by Josephine Wall

Three significant planetary sign changes headline the month. Venus moves out of dramatic Leo into service-oriented Virgo, but not before making a conjunction with fixed star, Regulus, at 29 degrees Leo. Regulus, is the brightest star in the constellation, meaning little King in Latin. This may suggest that someone of national prominence may become of prime importance. Expansive Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, turns retrograde on October 5th for the next four months, deepening our ability to grow in consciousness on an internal level. Mars enters optimistic Sagittarius on the Oct 7th pushing the envelope for expansion. Saturn makes a planetary shift out of diplomatic Libra, into the emotionally introspective depths of Scorpio, beginning October 6th for the next two and a half years. Saturn in Scorpio highlights emotional inconsistencies between the ego self and the higher self through major transformation. Karmic lessons (Saturn) related to the desire nature and the lust for power (Scorpio) must be purified. Emotional upheavals due to crystallized mental attitudes must be dissolved.We can rest assured, knowing that we have Divine guidance in this process. We are releasing the energies of struggle and the negative past. Meditation, yoga and other introspective practices help to counter fear and restore peace within. Pay close attention to your dreams and visualize how it feels to function from a compassionate place, where the head and heart are integrated.

The Libra New Moon on October 15th suggests a need for balance in relationships. This is a good time to assess whether there is a reciprocal balance of give and take in our relationships. We are advised to relax into the deeper part of who we are, authentically (pure Spirit.) The ego self must surrender to the essential self, if we are to move forward together in Oneness. The last of the four power moons this year is represented by the Taurus Full Moon at 7 degrees, on October 29th. We are encouraged to lead with our gut and not from our minds. We are advised to value (Taurus) our inherent self-worth as we move forward in faith and trust.

© 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

For free, valuable resources visit her web site at



with Joy Vernon

Monday, October 1, 2012. 7 – 9pm. $25.

Portrait of Mlle. Lenormand by J. Champagne

The petit Lenormand oracle is a 36-card deck that developed in the nineteenth century as a game and a fortune-telling tool. Lenormand cards each contain a single, simple symbol, not the complex layered symbols of tarot. Many readers consider them to be less psychological and more straight-forward than tarot in the way they answer questions. This class will start with a brief overview of the history of Mademoiselle Lenormand and the cards which were named after her, and then we’ll learn some basic techniques for working with this interesting and historical cartomantic system. Bring your own Lenormand deck, borrow one of mine, or buy one at the store.

Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Joy Vernon

“Wow, how fun. The Lenormand system is a lot to learn and Joy made it seem very easy.” – Sherry P.

Joy Vernon suddenly became enamored of the Lenormand oracle in April of this year, and proceeded to buy fourteen Lenormand decks before bothering to learn how to read them. Her diligence in research and her intuitive understanding of divination systems combined with her optimistic confidence in all new endeavors had her instructing others in the system within a few months. Joy has been teaching energetic and esoteric modalities for over twenty years. She is one of the Psychics of Isis and teaches Tarot, Astrology, Qabalah and Traditional Japanese Reiki. Find her on the web at or on Facebook at  Joy Vernon’s Facebook page.


Healthy Chocolate Tasting – Free

Sat. Oct. 6, 12noon – 2:00pm

Healthy Chocolate Nuggets

X Power Squares

Join Karen Korona, M.S. at the Shining Lotus Bookstore to sample Xocai Healthy Chocolate products.  Taste delicious unprocessed cocoa in four dark chocolates, a milk chocolate peanut butter cup, energy drink and more!  Discover how you can reverse your aging, prevent disease and restore your vitality with Healthy Chocolate, the # 1 antioxidant on the planet.  Enter a drawing for a free box of chocolate!



by Norma Mitchell

Do you feel somehow empty – that something is missing?
Are you fearful you’ll never get what you really want?
Do you give yet not receive?
Are you under-appreciated or unsatisfied with your job?
Do you have the money you want?

When we think of abundance, many of us tend to think about our material world abundance first. Although money is important as one of our tools to help us create a successful life, true abundance is more than money. It is our well-being with Spirit, self and others.

When we realize Spirit is our true source for everything that is within our lives, we allow Spirit to work through us to create more magnificent lives than we could ever imagine. The opportunities Spirit provides us are part of Spirit’s love for us. These opportunities assist us to grow, to love, to enjoy, to share and to be all that we are created to be as expression of Spirit.

The Abundance Book by John Randolph Price

There are times we don’t get what we want immediately and we sometimes think we are being punished or that for some reason Spirit doesn’t want us to have something. Actually, when we don’t get what we want, it is because on some level WE are the ones who don’t believe we deserve what we want.

This workshop is designed to help you understand and release any restrictions you have concerning your abundance. The first part of each session will be discussion, followed by the use of relaxation techniques to explore old ‘programming’ – whether of this life or others – that has caused a resistance to allowing abundance in one or more areas of your life.
This workshop will allow each of us to interact with loving support of each other and to create or anhance the belidf that true abundance is available for us in every area of our lives.

Join Norma Mitchell on 1st and 3rd Thursday Evenings from 7 – 9 pm, to create prosperity in love; balance with self and others; health in mind, body, emotions and spirit; enjoyment of life; and true abundance of Spirit’s gifts in all areas of our lives.



with Ellen Hughes, author of Adventures in Alternative Healing

Sunday, October 7, 2012. 2 – 3pm. FREE PRESENTATION.
The human body is like a computer.  The physical body is the hardware and signals that make it perform is the software.  The body can pick up harmful signals, similar to computer malware.  This makes the body less efficient and run slower.  Performing regular maintenance using “human software” makes your body run better.  There are many techniques at your disposal.  Some are diagnostic.  Others work directly on chronic and acute issues.  Most techniques can be performed quickly, on yourself, by yourself. Some can be used on pets.  Come and learn these techniques Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 pm.  Ellen Hughes, author, lecturer and self-professed “alternative health junkie” will teach you “human software” to make your body run at optimum level.
Ellen Hughes is a nationally-recognized author, lecturer and hypnotherapist.  She is trained in EFT, The Work, Tellington Touch, Energy Medicine and other alternative health methods.  Her best-selling book, Adventures in Alternative Healing, explores 27 methods.  It gives a unique perspective on the complementary and alternative medicine arena.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge with people and has taught classes at Denver Parks and Recreation, Academy of Lifelong Learning, Malley Senior Center and other venues.  She also runs an alternative health website, that includes interviews with experts, articles and event reviews.



by Marci McCaffery

Sunday, October 14, 2012. 2 – 3pm. FREE.  Have you experienced good timing in your life? Was it ‘right place, right time’? Consider that you were following an intuitive impulse based on gut instinct. Consider that you were also responding to the planetary energies at that time.

Choosing the right timing:
~ Gives you the advantage by selecting the most appropriate time to achieve a successful outcome.
~ Approaches the matter beforehand and elects an appropriate date and time to achieve a desired outcome.
~ Gives you the most beneficial planetary alignments on any given day.
You are able to learn how to choose auspicious times and favorable dates in advance to avoid problematic outcomes and align your goals with the Cosmos. Join Marci McCaffery for this lively discussion. Space is limited, call 303-758-9113 to register.

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