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JULY 2015

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in this issue


DON’T WALK ON MY SOUL… by Mario C. Veo



LET’S GET STONED with Meghan Taft


AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK SIGNING with Sarina Baptista, author of My View of Heaven

INTRODUCTION TO THE I CHING with Fredda Kendara Laurel


by Sally Shotwell

Planets-PossibilitiesJuly 1 welcomes a Full Moon(culmination) in earthy, industrious Capricorn. Consistant with the monthly Moon cycle, it is opposite the Sun(our consciousness) in watery, intuitive Cancer. Let’s check out what tone will be set for the month since this power house combination engages two cardinal, assertive signs which actively initiate new attitudes and are proactive in the face of change once balance has been achieved in the interaction.

Cancer seeks to nurture self and others but can tend to emotional insecurity. Capricorn wishes to contribute through practical achievements but, in the process, may become emotionally detached from others. Their approach to reaching their goals is dramatically opposed since Cancer relies on the Crab’s indirect sideways navigation while Capricorn personifies the Mountain Goat’s assertive mission to reach the top of the peak. The planets who rule them must be investigated to figure out where there is common ground between them.

Mother Moon represents our subconscious needs and emotional ties while Father Time Saturn acts as a teacher guiding us to maturity. Both are invested in ensuring our wellbeing through security(Cancer) and stability(Capricorn) which is no easy task in this time of chaos. They understand the difference between security and stagnation and stability vs. rigidity and promote creative change shedding previously held assumptions and expectations when no longer useful. They are aware that nurturing our inner life and investing in self-knowledge is the means by which we flow with the tide, allowing trust in ourselves to develop.

"An albatross eats from the hand of a sailor."

“An albatross feeding from the hand of a sailor, the overcoming of fear and its rewards.”

The Sabian Symbol addresses the outcome of our efforts with “An albatross feeding from the hand of a sailor; the overcoming of fear and its rewards.” The sailor and bird recognize a mutual sympathy because they are at peace with each other. We’re given support in overcoming agitation by Mars(action) and Mercury(thought) pouring Cancer’s nurturing energy over us to promote our flexibility.

Are we cultivating activities and/or practices that lend us succor?

Maintaining our equilibrium is important when the Sun is compromised July 6 by intense Pluto and then July 12 by revolutionary Uranus in fiery Aries. Isn’t it fortunate that we have resources to combat the furor that these outer planets insist on causing. Let’s get out the Rescue Remedy and review the list of calming, grounding aids. We want to be in great shape when the Sun enters generous, spontaneous Leo July 22.

The ruling planet of Leo is the Sun and is depicted by the powerful, authoritative Lion. When Leo is involved, we can count on high spirits and drama which leads us to believe the Sun, playful Jupiter and, to a certain extent, pleasure loving Venus hanging out together should be interesting. This is great but we must remember it’s a combination which can be a little extreme.

What pleasurable activities should we pursue to take advantage of these high spirits?

July 25, Venus goes retrograde and Uranus follows suit on the 26th. During the periods when there’s a backward movement, it’s thought that the planet’s energies may be internalized. With Venus, let’s revisit our most valued relationships and with Uranus, where we find ourselves to be at our most authentic.

Blessings for July.

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.

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by Mario C. Veo

Mario VeoLife is movement – Stagnation is death… yet too often it is our passive acceptance of a situation which makes it so. Everything is in motion – be it a flower, a science, or a civilization … all hoping to fulfill their destiny [or at least have fun trying].

What makes this movement successful or not are the Qualities contained in the person and the Path taken – these now become the ‘fuel’, encouraging us to achieve our goal… or miring us in failure. Thus if we embrace love/beauty/happiness … then so we will be rewarded – while if we wallow in criticism/anger/bitterness… then this [by our choice] will be our Life.

Everywhere I look I see people struggling to better their life, consciously trying to be happy, be kind, be generous… while others simply sit with their noses up in the air, taking advantage of the situation, using, abusing, and manipulating others… even as they congratulate themselves that they are ‘entitled’… that they ‘know better’… that, in fact, they are better.

Well, don’t let that fool you – Karma is a jealous mistress and, once she has her claws in you, she won’t let go… [hey, here’s a question for you: “what do you think your next life will be remember – what goes around, comes around…“, and, as my witchy friends so love to remind me, ‘will come back threefold!’].

Which leads me to the most important point: “When was the last time you talked to your Soul?“… and why is this becoming so important now…?

Well, in case you haven’t noticed, there is a ‘quickening’ going on.. .a compression of energies too much stress … too many demands … too many people manipulating the ‘Truth’ … too many negative emotions ruling the mind … too many dark thoughts … and much, much, too much righteousness…

So now I ask you: “how much time are you dedicating to Love, to Beauty, to the enjoyment of Life… how prepared are you in dealing with this increasing craziness – and ifnot, how safe’ will you be … ? … what does your future hold … and what will you become … ?

OK, time to get back to our own Self-Empowerment, our own true Inner Self.., this month’s classes are dedicated to our communion with Spirit, to the Triple-Flame of Love-Light-Wisdom to embracing our own Inner Peace … and to explore the requirement we must meet for our next Spiritual Initiation …
No, it’s not difficult … after all, you’ve spent many, many, many past lives getting ready for this … [I know, I was there with you . . . but will you be here, now…?!]


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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.

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by Bruce Johnson

VulcanThe ancient Chaldeans knew of the invisible planet Vulcan, a world considered hypothetical by modern astronomers. The little known Vulcan lies veiled within the orbit of Mercury, always within 8.5 degrees of the Sun.  Esoteric Astrology teaches that Vulcan is related to the heart of the sun, is one with the sun, and is a symbol of the human soul on Earth, who like Vulcan, the divine fashioner, works in and through dense physical matter.  Vulcan energies are symbolized by fire deep in the core of Earth.

Vulcan is one of the many physically invisible and/or etheric worlds in our solar system that radiate subtle etheric forces affecting Earth. Vulcan signifies the miner who descends into the depths of the earth for materials to transform into tools of beauty and utility. Vulcan is the blacksmith of the gods who purifies and forges metals, and works in the most concrete expression of physical matter. He also creates tools to liberate the Soul from the chains of matter, leading to regeneration and rebirth. . Vulcan as ruler of the mineral kingdom uplifts and refines matter and similar to the mythical Phoenix, destroys forms only to rebuild them in a greater and more perfect pattern for the evolving soul within.

Vulcan is one of seven sacred planets of our solar system and corresponds to the spiritual will, or the Will of the Soul. Vulcan vibrates to the red ray, and works to unify the Soul Will with the personality will. By attuning to the high frequencies of Vulcan, one understands the right use of power, the Spiritual Will, the right use of physical substance in God’s plan for Earth, and the purpose for both the creative and destructive forces in nature. Vulcan, like the Hindu god Siva, is a transforming power for both the building and destruction of physical forms that encase and sometimes imprison the spirit or life within them. Vulcan energy never destroys the life within the forms.

Vulcan is the esoteric ruler of Taurus, the most physical sign, and is said to be sometimes veiled by the Moon which is exalted in Taurus. The positive influence of Vulcan will be increasingly felt as the Aquarian Age unfolds. The majority of humanity is not yet attuned to, and lacks the ability to respond to, the vibrations of Vulcan at this time. Vulcan’s spiritual energy will become more prominently felt and responded to as humanity’s evolution proceeds. Increasing numbers of humans through spiritual attunement will be able to bend the will of the small self to that of the Divine Self, becoming intelligent instruments of Divine Will for the good of the whole.

Alan Oken’s book-Soul Centered Astrology, is a great resource for more information about Vulcan.

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by Mario C. Veo 

numerologyWhy Numerology ? – it is accurate yet easy to learn, with clear and direct answers. It gives you a great insight on your gifts and abilities, and what you need in Life to make you happy … as well as the challenges – seen and unseen – you will be facing. It tells you in a very straight-forward manner, the Energies you were born with, and when these Patterns will re-align for you … giving you a clear insight on the influence of your name, your address, even the career and city you are in … [and simply by changing or adding to them you can promote a better quality to your Life].

Numerology shows you which new Energies are coming into play – not only for you directly, but also for those around you, and how these will impact your Life … it empowers you to make better decisions.
Numerology is not psychic fortune telling ‘- it is a Spiritual Science based on the Symbolism of Numbers, and their direct connection to the structure of the Universe … as such it can be taught in two different ways –

  • Pythagorean Numerology is a later development and, much like Sacred Geometry, investigates the relationship between ratios / form / structure – it looks at the bigger picture and tries to describe the Universe as such … but is not well suited to understand personal names or patterns.
  • Chaldean Numerology is the original mystical teachings of the Magi of the Orient [yep, the 3 Wise Men who went looking for baby Jesus]. As such it brings a deeper understanding of Spirit, of personal Evolution and the timing of events … and is better suited for personal guidance.

We are offering a 2 month course on Chaldean Numerology, with a unique insight on the meaning and symbolism of each number, how they affect each other and the impact they have on you personally. We will meet every Saturday morning from 11 to 12.30, starting July 11th. Space is limited so pre-registration is advised [discount is available for early registration].

Call the Shining Lotus Bookstore to sign-up, 303.758.9113.

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.

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with Meghan Taft

MeghanTaftWednesday, July 8, 2015. 7 – 9 pm. $5.
Alright everyone, it is time again, I have chosen the next three stones for our next meetup!  This month, we will be going over Aquamarine, Howlite, and Golden Tiger’s Eye!  Aquamarine is a beautiful, gemmy, light blue stone used commonly in jewelry.  Howlite is an opaque, white stone with grey veins running through it, often mistaken for white turquoise.  Golden Tiger’s Eye is a golden-brown stone with many striated lines in it making a light in it that looks like a cat’s eye.  I am looking forward to going over these stones with all of you, so come on out to Shining Lotus 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.

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$10 WORKSHOP with Mario C. Veo

ExpandSunday, July 12, 2015. 2 – 3 pm. $10.

Beyond Karma, beyond Ego … even beyond the petty minds of Men, lies the greatest Challenge for Spiritual Practitioners … they are the everyday Bindings, too common to notice, apparently inconsequential … yet each can too easily become not a boulder but a mountain, insurmountable on our Path. It is here that Higher Awareness and Conscious Perception can guide us towards Resolution … not through our whimpers, but through the Awakening of our Consciousness … [after all, do you really want your Future Lives to be re-runs?]

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.

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SARINA BAPTISTA, author of My View From Heaven

SarinaBaptistaSunday, July 19, 2015. 2 – 3:30 pm. FREE.

MyViewOfHeavenJoin internationally renowned speaker, author, spiritual teacher and psychic medium, Sarina Baptista for an introduction to her newest book, My View From Heaven. A story of her own son’s journey to Heaven and how to live a life of purpose here on Earth. You will never look at your life, or death, the same. Sarina teaches how to reconnect with loved ones and lead a guided life.

Sarina’s books, My View From Heaven, A Bridge To Healing, and its Companion Workbook will be available for purchase and she will also be signing books after the event.

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with Fredda Kendara Laurel

Fredda Laurel

Intuitive Fredda Kendara Laurel

Wednesday, July 22, 2015. 7 – 9pm. $25.

For centuries, The I Ching or Book of Changes has been consulted for sage advice at life’s turning points. When its wisdom is sought with sincerity and sensitivity, this Chinese oracle will help to promote success and good fortune and to impart balance and perspective to your life. Its everlasting popularity lies in the lessons that it teaches about how to use your positive qualities in order to attain life’s greatest rewards – prosperity, understanding, and peace of mind.

Please join Kendara as she helps you learn a new skill, receive answers to life questions, and connect with your higher self. Kendara has been a student of the I Ching for 30 years. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

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