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in this issue


LIFE IS A TRIP… JUST DON’T GET LOST! …………. by Mario C. Veo




AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK SIGNING …………… with Sarina Baptista, author of My View From Heaven and A Bridge To Healing

LET’S GET STONED… A $5 MEET-UP GROUP …………… with Meghan Taft

HIGHER BRAIN LIVING …………… with Lucy Wirth



NOVEMBER 28, 2014   –   10:00 am to 6 pm

CardReadingat Shining Lotus™ Metaphysical Bookstore

$1 a minute Psychic, Palmistry or Tarot Card Readings

$1 a minute Chair Massage or Foot Reflexology

20% off your purchases


Clairvoyant/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 healing.
Chair Massage. Edna Garcia will add a relaxing, healing and therapeutic chair massage to your Small Business Saturday 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 readings throughout the day, helping you find clarity and insights right in the palm of your hand.

This is an entire day dedicated to  spiritual awakening and working toward enlightenment.

If you feel guided to be with people of like mind on this auspicious day, please come to the Shining Lotus on Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2015.



by Sally Shotwell

ScorpioNovember 1, Mercury(our thought processes) joins the Sun(our consciousness) in watery, intense Scorpio offering us his assistance in our processing of the information recently gleaned from Saturn’s stay in this sign. Saturn, taskmaster that he is, created a situation which had the feel that we were engaged in a Ph.D. program in Depth Psychology using our own unconscious as a curriculum. Congratulations! We gained insights into ourselves and freedom from previously concealed aspects of our psyche which have been fouling us up. Positive inner resources are now acknowledged allowing us to take advantage of welcome gifts we were clueless about.

November 2, we should benefit from our increased self-confidence when loving Venus and passionate Mars join together in earthy, modest Virgo to do a graceful minuet. They have a special relationship and this influence emphasizes balance and harmony. How refreshing!

scorpioThe atmosphere becomes more charged November 11 when Mercury(our communication) holds hands with the Sun in Scorpio opposite the New Moon(new beginnings) in earthy, resistant Taurus. The Sabian Symbol states, “A parrot repeats the conversation he has overheard; the capacity to transmit transcendental knowledge.” This knowledge is only available when we break through our collective mind set which may be threatening but necessary.

Where do we seek out information?
Where do we find information which offers us solace?

On this note, let’s look at the profound placement of two planets who are really getting on each other’s nerves. Saturn, we know, means business and values order. He is now in fiery, belief-oriented Sagittarius and may feel the need to organize our philosophical and spiritual orientation along conservative lines.

Dreamy Neptune, on the other hand, is in his own watery, illusory sign of Pisces and strives to guide us to a transcendant state which may border on the delusional. The philosopher/astrologer Dane Rudyar suggested that for our purposes we divide the concept of time into generic “objective” time and “individual” time. Objective Time is the domain of Saturn and is measured by the calendar which orders our practical lives. Individual Time is experienced as an organic, psychic feeling involving altered states such as dreams, meditation and other times when we’re released from our ego. It’s helpful for us to remember that over-identifying with the lure of “security” or the promise of “escapism” side tracks us from our task of reconciling our rational and inspirational natures so that we can be in touch with our actual existence.

Neptune goes forward November 18 increasing his impact which promises to enhance our intuition, dreams and expectations. He sometimes promotes deception, so it’s good to be alert to any situation which seems iffy. Mercury(the Trickster) enters fiery, adventurous Sagittarius two days later(11/20) and is quickly joined there by the Sun on the 22nd. This combination should generate optimism which we parlay into plans for our future and incorporating our deepest values when making choices.

ExperienceThe November 25 Full Moon(culmination) in airy, social Gemini has a Sabian Symbol urging us to embrace our honored traditions to foster a sense of continuity in our lives. “Holly and Mistletoe awake old memories of Christmas; a longing for the pre-intellectual state of consciousness.” We sometimes forget that these rituals really touch our feeling/emotional core which resonates with our mind/body connection. They’re all wired together so we pay a price when we ignore or deny any component.

Do we have traditions or rituals which nurture our connection to our feeling self?
Should we create a tradition for ourselves which feeds our soul?

November 26 is Thanksgiving Day and gives us an opportunity to practice our groundedness. Saturn and Neptune clash so we’re well served by approaching every interaction with a kind detachment and perhaps, an exit strategy if things get tense. The spirit of the holiday still fills us with gratitude for all life offers us so we come out ahead of the game!

Happy Thanksgiving and Blessings!

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

I usually teach my students that ‘Life is for living… joyfully‘… sounds good, right?! I mean, after all who would want to live ‘unhappily ever after‘… and yet so many people do. I can’t tell you how many people come to me with just that problem – a bad relationship… and even worse divorce… abusive or neglectful parents, rude bosses, the list goes on and on…

WhereAreYouGoingAnd I always ask them how long ago did they realize this was going on?… would you believe ‘5 years’!! So, for the last 5 years they simply sat there, allowing it to go on… with feelings getting more and more abused, and the offenses mounting… and for what!?

Oh, they have many, many excuses: I did it for the kids (and what did they learn from all this?) He got a shark-lawyer (there are plenty of those, get one yourself)… It’s difficult to find work (try a temp job, they are plentiful). These are just excuses for their own lack of action… so, instead they waited until things got so bad that their very survival was at stake… and NOW they must do something to save themselves.

O.K., better late than never… but really, wake up and smell the roses (or in this case, the stinky compost). YOU make all the difference to the quality of your Life… not them, not the economy, not the bosses… YOU DO… so, do something about getting some of the joy you so rightfully deserve! (and if you don’t believe you ‘deserve’ it, I’ve got some very good counseling techniques to share with you).

Mario VeoOh, one more thing, Whatever you create in this Life, will follow you in the Afterlife AND in your next Incarnation… yeah, you just can’t get away from it… Karma is a bi*#* (but you do have choices, they’ve always been there!”). Which brings me to this month’s classes – we are dedicating November to a unique understanding of Creation and Manifestation… much, much more advanced than your lil’ ol’ granma’s… and to teach you how to write a better Life’s script… so that which you choose will shape your Afterlife to be a much, much more pleasant experience. (if you thought your relationship was hell, what did you think your Afterlife would be….? a trip to Hawaii?!?).

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 November

ADVANCED MANIFESTATION TECHNIQUES – Tuesday, Nov 2 – 6:30 pm to 8 pm.

LIFE IS YOUR SCRIPT – DOES IT HAVE A HAPPY ENDING? – Tuesday, Nov 10 – 6:30 pm to 8 pm.

THE AFTERLIFE… YOU JUST CAN’T GET AWAY FROM IT! – Tuesday, Nov 17 – 6:30 pm to 8 pm.


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by Bruce Johnson

Ancient and modern religions have used many different labels to describe that plane of life that all souls migrate to immediately after physical death. The many names attributed to this plane that is composed of matter much finer than the most rarified gas include-the spirit world, heaven, the afterlife, and by Occultists- the astral plane or “the astral”. Here we find Valhalla of the Norse legends, Kama Loka of the Hindu scriptures, and the Happy Hunting Ground of the Native American. Within the many subdivisions of the astral plane are levels that correspond to the Catholic Purgatory as well as the Hells of all religions.

AstralPlaneThe astral plane is not a location in space, but a sphere of life as real as the physical world. It is symbolically portrayed in the Bible as a room within God’s many mansions. The finer matter of the astral plane interpenetrates and surrounds the dense physical matter of the physical Earth plane, with both grades of matter occupying the same points in space at different rates of vibration.

Occultism teaches that our system contains seven major planes of life with the physical plane containing the densest matter and the astral plane composed of matter the next densest after that of the physical plane. The remaining five planes exist in increasingly finer grades of matter, with the seventh plane containing atoms of matter more tenuous and of a higher vibration than the matter of the six planes below it.

The astral plane, like all seven planes, can be divided into seven sub-planes with each of these divided again into 49 lesser sub-planes making a total of 343 divisions of the entire astral plane. The great variety of life, environment, and levels of consciousness of the astral plane, which is synonymous with the densest level of the  spirit world surrounding Earth, accounts for the varied descriptions of the spirit world given by mystics, clairvoyants, and sensitives. Unless highly developed and experienced, it is easy to mistake a small portion of the astral plane for the entire plane.

The diverse life of the Astral World includes human souls who are at various stages of their evolution, with some having recently left the physical plane, and some preparing to enter it. Non-human entities include nature spirits, vitalized thought-forms, and beings of the Deva/Angel Kingdom.

The book- The Life after Death by C.W. Leadbeater is a good easy to read primer book about the after-life.

Denver’s Haunted Houses contain earthbound souls living in the lower sub-planes of the astral plane.

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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by Mario C. Veo

I’ve yet to meet someone who has never had their heart broken… for if I did, I would be suspicious that they never had a heart in the first place. Yes, Life can be very joyous, filled with many wonderful people, glorious sunsets, exciting adventures, rewarding careers, truly meaningful relationships and generous friends… aaaaand because we live in a world of Duality, the opposite is equally true!!!(just look at the news).

ForgiveMyHeartSo, understanding that Life can be (in the words of many Buddhists), “a moment of joy caught between two sorrows“… (not my opinion – I would rather see it as many moments of joy, with a few hiccups along the way… yep, I’m a strong believer in the Joy of Life)… now what are we going to do about our ‘heart wounds’?

Let’s see… we could allow them rule our Life, forever shying away from ‘happiness’ because, God forbid that I should let myself be hurt again (yes, that is a choice many do)… or, we could hold onto our pain and thrust it to other people’s faces, letting the whole world know that Life’s unfair – look at what was done to me (I’ve met quite a few of those)… or, we could participate in this dysfunction, and make everyone pay for it (psychotic killers anyone !?)… or, if we are meek and mild, just retreat into our shell to lick our wounds, and know that there is a big, bad world out there… and we just don’t belong.

Are there any other choices…? Oh heck yea!!

We could get up, clean up this mess which we used to call ‘Life’… spit in the eye of our offenders, and heal our wounded heart… after all “Success IS the best revenge!… (nope, I never claimed to be a traditional pacifist – just a Healer… but sometimes you just got to kick butt!)
But how do we do this… well, this brings me to our current workshop – HEALING THE WOUNDED SELF – PRACTICAL TECHNIQUES FOR SELF-HEALING AND SELF-EMPOWERMENT.

We meet every Saturday in November, starting on the 7th, from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Center for Alternative Therapies (4155 East Jewell Ave. Suite 1102, Denver 80222… southeast corner of Colorado Blvd Frontage Road and I-25).
Registration is through the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore (303-758-9113)… Costs are $20 per Saturday, or $70 prepaid. Each Saturday builds on the previous one, so no new registrations will be allowed after November 7.

See you there… or not… whatever you 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.

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with Andarta

ArthurianTarotMondays, Nov 16, 30, Dec 14 and Jan 4.
7 – 9 pm.      $30 each class.

WINTER SECTION — Learn the tarot, the Arthurian Legends, as well as the Druidic cycle of the year, with Andarta! We will cover the stones suit in this section (the pentangles or shields in traditional tarot decks). King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have been captivating people for centuries, and the mystical realm of Avalon holds many secrets for which many have searched.

AndartaAndarta holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature, having taught the Arthurian Legends at the university level for 12 years, and she also is a Druid of Avalon and uses her psychic skills to help people and the land to heal. We will be working with The Complete Arthurian Legends set by Caitlin and John Matthews. Register soon with Andarta either through her Facebook page (entitled Andarta)
or email her at

You can also call the store and register, 303-758-9113.

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with Sarina Baptista, author of My View From Heaven and A Bridge To Healing

SarinaBaptistaSunday, Nov 8, 2015.     2 – 3:30pm.      FREE PRESENTATION.

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 Meghan Taft

Wednesday, November 11, 2015.    7 pm to 9 pm.     $5.

MeghanTaftLET’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.

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with Lucy Wirth

Live Life JoyfullySunday, November 22, 2015.    2 – 3 pm.    FREE PRESENTATION.

Are you interested in a more powerful brain to direct you toward embracing your life with meaning and passion? ReBooting your Brain provides the clarity, focus and motivation you desire to release old patterns that do not serve you, and allows for the discovery of your authentic self and purpose.

Lucy Wirth of Higher Brain Living will present on a specialized technique and program that enhances brain health. Come learn how brainwave frequencies can become unstuck, improving brain health for less anxiety, stress, and a quieter mind. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

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