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MAY 2015

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MO TAROT with Mo Abdelba



LET’S GET STONED with Meghan Taft


by Sally Shotwell

Planets-PossibilitiesThe Sun (our consciousness) has been in the earthy, Venus-ruled sign of Taurus for a while but his influence really kicks in as we greet May. Traditionally, this is the time of year for communities to celebrate Nature’s fecundity by members participating in fertility rites, literally or symbolically. The holiday Beltane is one example but so is the dancing around the Maypole or decorating of baskets formerly favored by children. We may not have any formal activity scheduled but, with action-oriented Mars in the picture, let’s honor this magical time of year with a gesture of appreciation for all that’s manifested in our life. Venus, the planet of Love and Beauty and Taurus are all about our values and what we find pleasing. Realizing what we hold dear can be tricky but it’s worth our giving the topic great thought since our answers will give us a greater understanding of ourselves.

Are we finding fulfillment in our current circumstances?
If not, what do we yearn for that is missing from our lives?

May 3, serious Saturn in belief-oriented Sagittarius is influencing thought-provoking Mercury in mental Gemini. This combination promises to help us in organizing where our priorities lie. The Full Moon (culmination) in probing Scorpio allows issues to surface which will benefit from scrutiny while preparing for our future. The Sabian Symbol, “Telephone linemen at work installing new connections; the need to establish new channels of communication” pretty much covers the inclusive direction we are heading.

"Telephone linemen at work installing new connections; the need to establish new channels of communication"

“Telephone linemen at work installing new connections; the need to establish new channels of communication”

How may we better communicate to others our needs and desires?

Venus is entering the nurturing water sign Cancer May 7 and we can count on relationships to be a hot topic of discussion. Mars (action) joins accute Mercury in Gemini May 11 which, due to their objectivity, minimizes any sogginess in our personal exchanges. This is great because the better we understand each other, the better we reduce unnecessary friction.

Mercury travels backward March 18 (until 6/11) reminding us that the key message during this time of internalization is restraint in all we do. Saturn is usually exuberant Sagittarius (boundaries) is also backward and reinforces the need to refrain, reconsider and revise when possible in dealing with contractual and purchasing commitments.

May 17 the Taurus New Moon (new beginnings) complements the subdued mood and encourages us to appreciate and integrate what is already available to us. The Symbol again calls us to be conscious of what we have at our disposal which is a treasure.

"An old Indian woman selling the artifacts of her tribe to passers-by; peaceful adaption to collective needs"

“An old Indian woman selling the artifacts of her tribe to passers-by; peaceful adaption to collective needs”

Is there something material or spiritual that we take for granted?

The Sun enters airy, curious Gemini May 21 and there will be a tendency to monitor what’s transpiring between Venus and her two controversial dance partners. First she’s involved with transformative Pluto in serious Capricorn May 21 which means that previously concealed emotional complications will surface for review. This is healthy but not necessarily welcome. Then she engages in a tug-of-war with revolutionary Uranus in fiery, Mars ruled Aries May 25 and this can only lead to some real revisions regarding relationship expectations as we journey forward. We realize that our preconceived ideas about what’s “normal” in our lives are fading before our eyes so it’s really exciting we’re being offered new pathways to take. This flexibility is leading us to our very own authenticity. Isn’t this an exciting possibility?


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

PsychicThis is a true story [unfortunately so] – I once knew this woman, a single mom who had clawed her way to financial independence, with a 14 year old kid, too sensitive for his own good. One day the kid and his best friend were crossing the road when a drunken driver roared through the intersection … and killed the friend [yep, in front of his very eyes] … they never found the driver. So, what is a sensitive kid to do, with a mom who is all alone, working two jobs while studying to improve their lives …?

Well, what everyone else does, of course:- turn to drugs! and when anti-depressants fail … well, he turned to pot, speed, downers … anything he could find to simply ‘dull the pain’ … and he succeeded beyond his wildest expectations – you couldn’t find a better ‘functional addict’ if you tried! Move forward 10 years and the kid, now a dedicated addict, is fully riddled with Elementals and Entities, all feasting on his Life Force as if they were at an ‘all-you-can-eat-buffet’ at the local Vegas Strip Joint [hey, when they say “that monkey on your back”, they ain’t being figurative].

So, one day the mom happens to be in New York for work, and finds herself walking into a ‘Psychic Parlor’ … there she meets this most charismatic woman who, right off the bat, proceeds to tell her that her son is ‘possessed’ and that his addiction will only get worse … unless he’s ‘healed’. Yep, you guessed it, she then proceeds to sell the mom a ‘Charged Crystal’ … guaranteed to ‘cast out these Demons’ … for the paltry sum of $ 5,000!
Well, what’s a mom to do – of course she buys it [“a bargain at the price … where else would you find such
a ‘special, charged crystal’ … ! ?”] Coming back home she gives her son the crystal, with all due instructions, and, would you believe, IT
WORKED … well, for a few days, anyway. The kid went into the worst Healing Crisis I have ever seen in a long time.
So the mom calls back the Psychic, with full intention of giving her a piece of her mind … but, did I tell you she was ‘charismatic’ … the Psychic claimed that the son ‘was in fact healed … but the addiction just pulled him right back in … but, good news, for only another $ 2,000 she would charge the crystal again’ … and so she did [a mother’s love never ceases to amaze me] I will spare you the tawdry details on the rapidly deteriorating relationship between mother and son, and the ugly results [interestingly enough, nothing was ever directed at the ‘Psychic’]

So why am I telling you all this…? Not because I want you to be ‘outraged’ at the Psychic’, nor at the weakness of the kid, or the desperation of his mother … rather to gain insight as to what happened:- was the Psychic for real? Absolutely yes ! She could see the kid’s addiction and ‘possession’ quite clearly without any prior knowledge … crystals can be ‘charged’ with Healing Energies, and have been used relatively successfully … charging for one’s services is normal and accepted … so, what’s bothering you …? Is it the Ethics and Morals, of someone who would take advantage of others’ misfortune …? [if this is the case let me introduce you to a slew of lawyers / cops / doctors / politicians …].

Mario VeoSo, what’s the problem, really !?! It is the lack of Spirituality, the lack of Light, of Wisdom and Compassion [now I sound just like a Preacher … well, the burdens of many Past Lives …] IT IS NOT ENOUGH to be ‘Psychic’ … without Spirit, the person is just wallowing in Ego at best, or is an active Black Magician at worst … so watch yourself – just because you may have a true and deep calling to walk this Path, it is not without its ‘dangers’ … you have been informed – consider yourself warned.

This month I am dedicating the classes to the true understanding of Personal and Psychic Development … be it Inner Sight, Empaths, Higher Intuition … or the basic ‘Psychic Gifts’ … and – most important – how to bring Spirit into all this [after all, without Spirit we are just an empty shell, and, as my Mad-Shaman Teacher would say … “food – just food for Darkness to gobble up . . .yumm ..”].


6:30 – 8 pm. $20.

6:30 – 8 pm. $20.

6:30 – 8 pm. $20.

6:30 – 8 pm. $20.

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.


by Bruce Johnson


Occultism teaches that a sun is a trinity, and that each sun is a macrocosmic expression of a microcosmic atom. A microcosmic atom is spheroidal in form and contains at its core a nucleus of life, as do all suns. A microcosmic atom contains three major spirals and seven lesser spirals within itself. This is paralleled in the three primary aspects of a sun being expressed through its seven rays. The three fundamental principles of any sun are- the central spiritual sun, the “heart of the sun”, and the physical sun. Each of these three principles correlates to one of the three astrological fire signs.

These three basic aspects of a sun form a triangle with the central spiritual sun at the peak, the “heart of the sun” in the left-hand corner, and the physical sun in the right-hand corner of an upward- pointing triangle. The central spiritual sun is the true sun, and the invisible source of life, light, and heat to a solar system. The central spiritual sun is blue in color and expresses spirit, life, will, unity, and electrical energies. A central spiritual sun focuses its life- giving rays through the lens of its reflection, the visible physical sun. The central spiritual sun corresponds to the fire of Aries.


The” heart of the sun” is that core of spiritual fire at the center of a sun. The “heart of the sun” is the balance point between the central spiritual sun, and the tangible material sun. This aspect of the triple sun radiates the dual ray of love/wisdom, and corresponds to the human heart, which is the center of life for humans. The light from the “heart of the sun” radiates golden rays, consciousness, love, and electro-magnetic energies. The “heart of the sun” is also that part of the sun from which the seven color rays emanate. These seven rays demonstrate the seven-fold expression of the sun in addition to its basic triple nature. A “heart of the sun” describes the fire of the sign Leo.

The physical sun, which is a combination of etheric and dense physical matter, is a reflection or instrument of the central spiritual sun, and draws its power from it. Our physical sun is a giant magnet that acts as an enormous reservoir and distributer of electrical, magnetic, and pranic vitality for our solar system. The three streams of energy radiated by a sun are the cause of all life manifesting in solar systems throughout the galaxies. The visible sun is the physical body of the spiritual sun in the same way that our dense material bodies on earth are vehicles for our immaterial souls. A physical sun focuses and materializes the light rays and energies emanating from its corresponding central spiritual sun. The physical sun symbolizes tangible matter and form, while it radiates vital pranic life force. Physical suns conform to the color red and the fire of Sagittarius.

There are many mysteries linked with our sun, the “eye of Osiris”, including those connected with its three primary aspects. These three aspects relate respectively to the mystery of electric fire, the mystery of electromagnetism, and the mystery of pranic vitality. Esoterically, our solar system like all solar systems is the physical body of a stupendous spiritual entity called a Solar Logos.

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.

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Denver Tarot Convention SL ad April


with Mo Abdelbaki

Saturdays, May 9, May 23, June 6, June 20.
1 pm to 4 pm. $160.00.
Pay $50 non-refundable deposit by May 6, then $90 at the first class (a $20 savings).
Or, pay $40 for each 3-hour class, $160 total.

mo_lgLearning Tarot correctly will change your life.
Tarot is a philosophy, a way of living and much more than just a tool for divination. In the hands of a Master, any question can be answered and a new confidence won in every part of your personal world. Mo’s mastery of the Art of Tarot will help bring the cards to life and set you on a journey of knowledge, clarity and happiness.
Much more than the meanings of the cards will be taught. You’ll learn about the World of Tarot and the proper approach for asking questions, as well as techniques for personal development. If you have any interest in learning this powerful art, or improving your skills, don’t miss this limited opportunity.
This is Mo’s first “in person” tarot class in over 20 years.

Tarot cards

Mo Abdelbaki is a scheduled speaker for the 2015 Denver Tarot Convention and is currently working on a book, with new information about the Thoth Deck that’s bound to shake things up.
The Aleister Crowley, Thoth Tarot will be used and taught. It’s suggested that you have one of these decks, although after this class you will be able to read any Tarot, or even playing cards accurately.

Mo Abdelbaki – Some consider him a local celebrity – reclusive and yet prolific. Of Egyptian heritage, Mo Abdelbaki has been a student of the mysteries for over fifty years and has been a professional consultant for over thirty. His intensive studies have encompassed Vedic Astrology, Tarot, I Ching, Hermetic Qabalism, Runes and numerous other spiritual systems.

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by Mario C. Veo

Sundays, May 17, May 31, June 14, June 28.
9:30 am to 12:30 pm. $160.00.
Pay $50 non-refundable deposit by May 10, then $90 at the first class (a $20 savings).
Or, pay $40 for each 3-hour class, $160 total.

PalmistryPalmistry has always fascinated me – it is both an Art and a Science – a science for it is a ‘language’ which any one call learn … and an art which expands your creativity, and helps you balance and manifest your Life as you best wish it to be. It is the messages from your Soul written as the lines in your hand, guiding you towards happiness and fulfillment … and also show you whether you are still ‘on-track’ or have deviated from your Destiny.
It clearly shows you your Karmas, challenges and obstacles … not to limit you, but to help you resolve them.
Palmistry offers you great insight into your Gifts and Abilities, and how they have become affected – positively or negatively – by your Thought and Actions … and what you can do about it all. Palmistry is one of the most powerful tools we can develop to help us shape our Life, to help us not only grow, but flourish and be truly happy. We are starting an in-depth study program which will cover both beginners and advanced teachings – so no prior experience is necessary.

Mario VeoWe will meet on 4 Sundays over a two month period, each for 3 hours, from 9.30 am to 12.30
[May 17 and 31; June 14 and 28].
Get $20 off — Pay $50 deposit by May 10 and $90 at the first class — This will be $140 instead of $160, if you pay $40 for each class.
Class size is very limited so registration is strongly advised.
For registration phone the Shining Lotus Bookstore at 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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by Mario C. Veo

Saturdays in May and June.
11 am to 12:30 pm. $100 for May and $80 for June.
Prepay $90 for May classes, then prepay $70 for June classes (a $20 savings).
Or, pay $20 for each 1 ½-hour class, $180 total.

AuraCleansingMuch has been written about the Aura – some of it is good, the rest is too superficial to be of any practical value. Our Aura shifts and changes with every Thought and Emotions, and when these become repetitive, it becomes ‘imprinted’ and now traps these Energies into our Consciousness and Identity.
It is here that we carry the pain, sorrow and betrayals of past events, it is here that we limit our self and future, it is here that we forget our Right to live a Life of Joy and Rewards. but there is more – this Energy Field which we call the Aura, is strongly Magnetic and, once imprinted, will now attract more of the same to it as a Cascading Energy, growing stronger with each pull … now dragging us along – no matter our wishes or desires. It is because of this ‘Cascading Quality’ that we keep falling into the same Patterns, it is here that we give away our Power, and our Right to Happiness. and well, there is still more – the solution to all this does not really lie in ‘Aura Cleansing or Balancing’ – don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we shouldn’t do it … rather, that it is only taking care of the symptoms and not the Cause For that we have to know more about our Emotional and Mental Bodies – how they function, and their Role within the Aura – until we address, and redress, our Emotions, then our Thoughts will be clouded, reactive, and lead us astray … we fail, even as we try harder. We are starting a 2 month, in-depth study program, designed to teach you about these Energy Fields, how they impact you – your Life and Identity, health and happiness, and your ability to create the Changes you truly want. We will also learn how to effectively cleanse and release Negative Imprints from these Emotional and Mental Fields, create Shields, and protect and strengthen your Gifts and Powers.

TrueSelfWe will meet every Saturday, from 11 am to 1230, starting May 2nd. – registration is strongly
advised as class size is limited.
For registration phone the Shining Lotus Bookstore at 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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
7 pm to 8:30 pm. $5

crystals (2)Hello! I have chosen the next 3 stones from my magic box of rocks! This month, we will be going over Smithsonite, Hemimorphite, and Septarian Stone. If you don’t recognize the names, that’s because they are all a little less common to find. Smithsonite is a wonderful botryoidally formed stone that can create a variety of colors, yellow, green, pink, white, and bright robin’s egg blue! Hemimorphite is also botryoidal, and can form in bright turquoise blue, white, and bright, sunny yellow. Septarian Stone is a combination of yellow Calcite, tan concretion, and brown Aragonite. All 3 combine to make a very unique stone with amazing capabilities to form some unique images. These are some amazing stones to work with and I look forward to sharing them with you, so come on out to Shining Lotus and Let’s Get Stoned!

Meghan Taft

Meghan Taft

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 gemstiones and how you can woek 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.



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