SHINING LOTUS™ METAPHYSICAL BOOKSTORE NEWSLETTER
The Original Metaphysical Bookstore, since 1972
2178 South Colorado Blvd, Denver Colorado 80222
KARMA CASH™ IS BACK!!!
Every year from December 1 until February 28, Shining Lotus™ offers it’s customers a fabulous deal with Karma Cash™.
Spend $10 and get $1 back!
With Karma Cash™, we will give you a $1 coupon for every $10 you spend from now until the end of February 2016. That means you spend $50, you get $5 in Karma Cash™ to use on your next shopping trip with us. Happy Holidays!!!
Of course, our Shining Rewards™ program continues during this time also. As you are shopping, and your purchases total $200, you will then get a $10 coupon to use on your next trip.
in this issue
AH, IF ONLY LIFE WAS SO SIMPLE…
by Mario C. Veo
As one of the Readers for the Shining Lotus™, I have one of the best jobs ever… I get to show people wonderful new opportunities, different solutions to their problems, guide them to see the bigger picture… and at times warn them of wrong choices.
I have a deep passion to help others grow and embrace all of their Gifts, to have the very best that Life has to offer, to blossom and flourish, and to make wise choices… sounds good, right?!… well, not so much.
My greatest disappointments are when they look at me with wide-eyed distress (fear?) and mumble under their breath: “It’s not that easy… Life is hard… you just can’t do that…” and then they start with all the (well-programmed) excuses: “It’s the economy/the government/the family/my husband-wife-children… we are not allowed to… I can’t just pack up and move… you don’t know what it’s like… Change is not easy… you are not out there!”
Actually, I am ‘out there’ (and beyond), and I do know ‘what it’s like’, and I also know about ‘changes’ (after all, my parents emigrated twice, and I did once more)… so let me tell you this very clearly: “You CAN do anything you want… create total changes… embrace love/health/wealth… create a peaceful and rewarding Life… and equally, you choose to bitch and moan, complain about your powerlessness (even as you still choose to invest in it), and keep your Life on this diminishing track… allowing whatever pain and sorrow from your past to still be directing your Life today (I’m not dismissing its devastating impact on your Life – just wondering how much longer it will take for the healing to be done… or, is its Karma going to play out in your next Life…?)
You see, you DO have Choices – it is your Divine Right, for you have Free-Will!
So, while your ‘choices’ may disappoint me (and my belief in Human Nature), you DO have the Right to them… just remember the Law – As Within, so Without. For every time you hold a limiting thought or belief, then you program your Life accordingly… until our very dear Law of Attraction kicks in, and now Like attracts Like… and you have just successfully programmed your Life unto diminishing returns. But there’s more – you see, even though all this is playing out in the negative, it still demonstrates that you ARE a Magnificent Manifestor… you just go turned around – so why don’t we put all that wonderful Power that you so aptly demonstrated, and create a brilliant New Life for you… humm, what do you say – you game for it??
This month’s classes are dedicated to Self Reflection, to Self Empowerment and Self Realization… so that, once again, you can loudly declare: “I am Happy… hear me purr!!!”
(and don’t worry, it is actually quite easy to achieve… just… close your eyes, take a deep breath, relax… and choose…)
Mario C. Veo is a teacher of Spiritual Science and a Healing Arts Practitioner. He teaches classes and individuals on Personal Transformation and the Expansion of Consciousness. Mario is available for personal guidance and consultations on Tuesday afternoons at the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore.
MARIO’S TUESDAY CLASSES IN DECEMBER
LIFE IS YOUR SCRIPT-DOES IT HAVE A HAPPY ENDING…?
December 1, 2015. 6:30 – 8 pm. $20.
DEVELOPING INTUITION-GUIDANCE FROM YOUR HIGHER SELF.
December 8, 2015. 6:30 – 8 pm. $20.
LOVE AND FEAR – WHAT SHAPES YOUR LIFE… AND WHY?
December 15, 2015. 6:30 – 8 pm. $20.
WAR AND PEACE… OR, HOW I LEARNED TO REMEMBER WHO I WAS AND RECLAIMED MY HAPPINESS.
December 22, 2015. 6:30 – 8 pm. $20.
TWO MEDITATIONS FOR SELF TRANSFORMATION – CALL IN THE NEW YOU.
December 29, 2015. 6:30 – 8 pm. $20.
PLANETS AND POSSIBILITIES: A LOOK AT THE ASTROLOGY OF DECEMBER
by Sally Shotwell
As December arrives, we’re becoming aware that the natural world is preparing for a major transition. The increasing shortness of our days (as in daylight) will be replaced by the advent of the return of the light” on Winter Solstice(December 21). Before this event, we find ourselves experiencing a Sun(or consciousness) bathing in the optimistic glow of fiery Sagittarius the sign whose symbol is a centaur shooting his arrow to the stars. It’s ruling planet is expansive Jupiter, who is sometimes known to forget that there can sometimes, actually be too much of a good thing. Mercury(our thoughts) is tagging along until December 9 and may be tempted by unrealistic thoughts himself. Serious Saturn, not totally comfortable in Sagittarius, comes to the rescue in offering a moderating influence on any tendency we may have to over-extend ourselves, emotionally, materially or physically.
This is extremely helpful as we assimilate the December 4 entry of relationship-oriented Venus into intense, secretive Scorpio. Her natural partner, Mars(action), is in beauty loving, airy Libra. She, herself rules Libra and with her help, his aggressive approach may be channeled into a harmony-based demeanor. For our purposes, it’s good we keep in mind how we are interacting with others during this emotionally charged season. This may be particularly evident as Mars finds himself in a stressful situation December 6 clashing with transformative Pluto in earthy Capricorn. From that skirmish, he is confronted with a Kabuki drama December 10 involving erratic Uranus in fiery Aries. Aries in is Mar’s home base so this could be a strange encounter. As these transits are taking place, we’re being given the opportunity to re-calibrate our reactions to the unexpected. Saturn represents stability and boundaries and let’s consider where our perceptions are enhancing our peace of mind.
Do we need to make adjustments to accommodate changing realities?
Are we arranging for down time during which we may relax?
The December 11 New Moon(new beginnings) in fiery Sagittarius carries the ambiance of the sign and also something else, too. It reminds us of the vision needed to further the well-being of our communities which has come down to us from ancient times. The Sabian Symbol states “In an old-fashioned village men cut the ice of a frozen pond for use during the summer; the foresighted use of natural resources to supply future human need.”
Loving Venus and transformative Pluto connect December 17 to offer us conditions conducive to opening up ourselves to greater intimacy in our relationships. This is good since this season is calling of us to deal with togetherness successfully. Let’s always remember this requires us to employ discrimination. We’re vulnerable right now as the darkness surrounds us. We may benefit from lighting a Himalayan Salt Lamp or candles to promote the feeling of coziness.
How are we nurturing ourselves?
Being kind to ourselves prepares us to welcome the December 21 Winter Solstice with open arms. Since ancient times i’s been considered a sacred time when the Sun is reborn. There have long been festivities galore, whither it be Scandinavians celebrating the god Thor, or Romans throwing themselves into Saturnalian feasting. Our own Christmas date of December 25 was derived from early Christians picking up on the Mithrian idea. For us, this is important because the “Light” symbolizes our own inner radiance which is also reborn now. We replenish it by our commitment to continue to become more self-aware.
The Sun in earthy, practical Capricorn supplies us with the persistence we need to pursue our goals. The motivation to achieve can be of personal benefit to us while it facilitates our ability to contribute to others. The sign’s symbol is the goat fish, a mythical creature who aspires to connect body and spirit. Let’s carry this cosmic connection in our consciousness as we immerse ourselves in the holiday season.
December 25 brings us the Full Moon (culmination) in watery, sensitive Cancer, Christmas Day and the forward motion of individualistic Uranus in fiery Aries. This combination portends real interesting energy swirling around the emotional terrain. Having a grounding mantra or affirmation to silently repeat may go a long way in staying detached. Let’s also not forget to have an exit strategy as a back-up plan.
The Full Moon’s symbol addresses the inner dialogue we may be holding with ourselves, sorting out contrary information which has risen from the depths of our psyche. We’ve been making inroads growth-wise but changes cause shifts and require re-balancing. It stated “A cat arguing with a mouse; an attempt at self-justification.” We’ve already made a lot of progress!
Loving Venus enters sparkly Sagittarius December 29 and let’s parlay this promising placement to a lovely experience, welcoming in the New Year.
Blessings and Joy!
P.S. As we review the year which is passing, what do we wish to retain to pursue further. What experiences, commitments and relationships must we release to become a more whole person?
Sally Shotwell is a life-long student of esoteric spirituality with a super-natural curiosity and an undying thirst for knowledge. Her focus on studies in Astrology have spanned decades, and have included studying with Mario C. Veo, John Joseph, Mark Husson and C. A. Brooks.
LET’S GET STONED – A $5 MEETUP GROUP
with Meghan Taft
Wednesday, December 9, 2015. 7 pm to 9 pm. $5.
Hello again! I am excited to give you the stones for the next meetup! The stones for this month will be Aventurine, a beautiful green stone. Staurolite, also known as Fairies Cross which forms in the shape of an equal sided cross. And Jet, a black fossilized resin. These are the next group of magical specimens we will be working with. Don’t forget to bring your pieces if you have any, otherwise bring yourself, so come on out to Shining Lotus on Wednesday and Let’s Get Stoned!
LET’S GET STONED…or ‘The Art of Being Distracted by Shiny Things’, is a guide for working with gemstones to help you balance your life. Doing so helps you heal yourself, manifest positive changes, and develop your psychic abilities. There are many gemstones to work with, and many different things they can do for you! We will go over the basic of the basics about gemstones and how you can work with them. Also, if you have any stones that you can’t identify, bring them with you and I can help you to learn how to identify your stones! We are going to have a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing you there, so come on and Let’s Get Stoned!
Meghan Taft has been studying geology and working with gemstones for 14 years. She works with gemstones by setting up grids in houses and businesses and does gemstone readings.
Please contact Meghan Taft at 303-789-0646 and ask for ext 47 to sign up for the group, admission is $5, we will go over a different set of stones each month and you will be emailed the updated info for each group.
For more info on the Meet-up group, go to:
LEARN SOME BASIC HEALING TECHNIQUES
with Fredda Kendara Laurel
Wednesday, December 16, 2015. 7 – 9pm. $20.
Everyone can heal. In this fun hands on presentation you will learn about Chakra clearing, practice basic healing techniques and learn to read auras. You will leave this Meetup knowing how to do basic hands on healing and more. Call 303-758-9113 to register.
Fredda Laurel is a Reiki Master Teacher. She works as a healer at the First Spiritual Science Church, and teaches classes in basic healing. She is also organizer of the Introduction to Metaphysics Meetup.
Fredda can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contacted on her website: http://www.freddalaurel.com/journal/
44th Anniversary Sale
25% off everything – Dec 26 thru Dec 29
then we will be closed Dec 30, 31 and Jan 1, re-opening on Saturday, Jan 2.
During this, the coldest season of the year, winter is regarded as the season of dormancy, darkness and cold. The coming of lighter days after the winter solstice brings a more festive mood. This return of the light is a fantastic reason to celebrate that nature’s cycle is continuing.
It is during this season, we also celebrate our store’s birth 44 years ago in the dawning of the “new age”. When widespread study of Metaphysics was being re-focused in 1972, our store was born on the east end of Colfax Avenue.
Please join us during the week between Christmas and New Year’s for our 44th Anniversary Sale, when you may buy anything in the store at 25% off. We will also have special door prizes, cookies, cake and stuff.
Shining Lotus™ Metaphysical Bookstore, The Original Metaphysical Bookstore, founded in 1972, has been Denver’s best source for metaphysical books and supplies for 44 years.