SHINING LOTUS™ METAPHYSICAL BOOKSTORE NEWSLETTER
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in this issue
PLANETS & POSSIBILITIES: A LOOK AT THE ASTROLOGY OF APRIL
by Sally Shotwell
Spring, and its promise of renewal, is here and the Sun(our consciousness) is in the dynamic sign of Aries. He is joined by mental Mercury(until 4/5), eccentric Uranus, and relationship-oriented Venus(as of 4/5) and we are picking up this cardinal signs commitment to enthusiasm, independence and adventure. With the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, we encounter the bravery which is attendant to pursuing heroic goals. Jason and his companions traveled far to liberate the Golden Fleece from the possession of an evil dragon. Success was achieved but we are reminded of the pitfalls which may follow success if we are impetuous along the way. Jason relied on the assistance of Medea, a very iffy ally/sorceress/princess and, in the end, tragedy ensued. The moral of this story is that courage is admirable but the repercussions of our actions must be considered. Karma, anyone?
The planet Mars, the Cosmic Warrior, rules Aries and has an intimate relationship with each of us. We are charged by his essential, fiery energy and need to calibrate this formidable part of our make-up to serve us well. This requires us to understand our instincts and how we may incorporate them into our efforts to achieve personal and sociatal goals. He is now in fiery, spiritual Sagittarius so we’re experiencing his influence in this area of our life. As the month begins, he is slowing his pace before actually turning backward April 17. This ushers in a period of reflection which, in turn, leads us to reassess belief-systems from the past which may need to be overhauled.
Venus, Goddess of Love, enters fiery Aries April 5, offering us a passionate take on relationships while Mercury, Messenger of the Gods, moves into earthy, affectionate Taurus at the same time. Venus rules Taurus in her value-oriented capacity which includes a huge commitment to Nature. Mercury, in this practical position, plugs into her appreciation of material beauty, guiding us to embrace opportunities of natural beauty, suggesting we should open up to our environment.
The April 7th New Moon(new beginnings) in inspirational Aries supports this expansive trend. The Sabian Symbol states “The ‘magic carpet’ of oriental imagery; the use of creative imagination” alludes to a viewpoint to which we aspire. Creative detachment opens us up to input beyond our logical thought. Thoughtful Mercury cooperates with ethereal Neptune in watery, transcendent Pisces, April 12, encouraging us to arrange for quiet time to entertain our daydreams.
Where do we find an environment conducive to ruminating?
How do we honor our personal space?
April 18, the day after Mars turns backward, transformative Pluto in serious Capricorn follows suit, further stressing the emphasis on our turning inward to review the implications of the changes we’ve been processing for years now. Whether we like it or not, the structures in our lives are shifting and we need to ponder how we’re dealing with this. Both Pluto and Mars rule watery, profound Scorpio and healing is this sign’s ultimate aim for all of us. Delays we now face promise to bring us future rewards. Let’s think of our greater awareness and current confusion as good investments in expanding our perceptions.
The Sun moves into earthy, Venus-ruled Taurus April 19, closely followed by the Full Moon(culmination) in Scorpio April 21. The Moon is always associated with our emotions and in Scorpio our feelings may become intense. Let’s take to heart the Symbol’s message lauding the benefits generated when we participate in activities which support us all. “A house-raising party in a small village enlists the neighbors cooperation; the feeling of community demonstrated in a basic joint effort.” We are not alone on our journey so let’s have fun sharing this wild ride.
April 22 Venus expresses an interesting facet of her multi-layered nature. She embraces unconventional Uranus in Aries, forging an alignment based on their common appreciation of individual autonomy. We may find new alliances ourselves by extending our interpersonal reach while practicing discernment, always keeping in mind the over abundance of glamour surrounding us.
Mercury(thought) joins his colleagues retrograde April 28. His presence in earthy, methodical Taurus asks us to rethink issues affecting our home territory. He’s also bringing up unfinished issues relating to how we value ourselves. Venus arrives in her home sign April 30 to guide him in tackling where our perceptions need to be recalibrated.
Should we gently begin a new health program?
Do we want to enlarge our social circle?
With five planets being retrograde by the end of the month, it’s likely that we have the sensation that we’re in a tug-of-war, being torn between expansion and contraction as each day goes by. Beside the planets we’ve observed to change course in April (Mars, Pluto, Mercury), we have two giants who have been retrograde for some time. They are expansive Jupiter in perfectionist Virgo and strict Saturn in spiritual Sagittarius. These energies don’t co-mingle well and continue to require a nuanced approach for their goals to be reconciled. This will take time and in the meantime, we have our own projects to keep us busy!
Sally Shotwell is a life-long student of esoteric spirituality with 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.
THE POWER YOU HAVE… WHICH NO ONE WANTS YOU TO KNOW
by Mario C. Veo
In my many years as a counselor, I have been intrigued by how people are so easily led astray by how others see them… and through all this, fail to recognize all their wonderful gifts and abilities.
Think about it for a moment: “Do YOU really know yourself…?”
No, I’m not talking about your level of education, not even your job, money, age, health, disease, or relationship status… no, not even your Astrological Sign. If you take all this away, what is left…? WHO are you…?!
Most people will struggle to find a proper answer (and for all you New Agers, please do not respond with that trite comment, “I am a Soul having a Human Experience“. Until you have achieved a proper Soul-Fusion, and are fully enlightened, then – at best – you are a Seeker who is trying to walk the Path of Light… but hey, so are we all…
To get back to the Question – this search to ‘know our Self’ is not posed in vain (no, I’m not that much of a tease, ‘though I may from time to time)… This is a very, very(are you paying attention?) very important Question… for within you is your True Essence, the Power you have fought so hard to achieve over the many Incarnations(and if you are one of the shy violets who isn’t comfortable with ‘power’, it’s just Light… pure, radiant, joyful, glowing Light, through which so, so much can be revealed and achieved).
So, if it is so simple, (hey, just go within and check out the bright lights…), then why aren’t we all ‘Enlightened’?! (and just an FYI – if someone tells you that they are enlightened, there is a sure-fire test: just ask them to walk on water… after all, it’s been done before, so we know it’s practical proof!)
But I digress – We are not ‘Enlightened’ because we have been caught in that sticky mess which we call Life… not that wonderful, joyous, loving, prosperous, laugh-my-head-off Life… but the other kind. The one where we bitch and complain, gossip and moan about all that is wrong… until, at the very end we are so tired, so depleted of energy that all we can do is imbibe one more drink so we can go to sleep… blotto… no one is home…(not a pretty picture… alas, far too common…).
So – just to pique your interest – this month’s classes are dedicated to YOU… the struggles you may have with Life, with energy vampires, a wounded heart or a torn aura, and how to find your Center once again… and, just for fun, how to create two talismans for blessings and protection… Oh yes, there is also a Rejuvenation Process… in case you were interested.
MARIO’S TUESDAY CLASSES IN APRIL
ENERGY VAMPIRES AND THE TORN AURA… HOW WE FEED THE VERY CAUSE OF OUR DEMISE
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25
CREATE YOUR OWN TALISMANS
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25
ADVANCED AURA CLEANSING
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25
THE REJUVENATION PROCESS
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25
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.
with Fredda Kendara Laurel
LEARN TO MEDITATE IN 2 NIGHTS with Fredda Laurel.
Mon. Apr 18 and Wed. May 11. 7 – 8:30 pm. $30 for both classes.
Connect with Spirit, Increase your Intuition, and attain Inner Peace. Everyone can meditate and this 2-part class is open to Meditators of all levels and abilities. We will talk about meditation basics and how to overcome excuses, helping us to find the best ways to incorporate an effective practice into our lifestyle. Both classes will include lots of practice and guided meditations. Learn a practice which will help and support you.
Fredda Laurel has been teaching meditation for over 20 years. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, a metaphysics teacher, and mentor. She is also the organizer of The Intro to Metaphysics Meetup. [email protected]
INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY HEALING FOR ANIMALS
with Joan Ranquet, author of “Energy Healing For Animals”
Wednesday, April 20, 2016. 7 – 9 pm. $25.
“Animals are so receptive to healing energy,” explains Joan, “that they are often easier to work with than our fellow humans.” In this engaging book, Energy Healing For Animals, Joan, a renowned animal communicator offers a broad spectrum of holistic techniques that will empower you to help your beloved companions with behavior issues, pain relief, anxiety, and overall well-being. She will present a wealth of practical tools and guidance for pet bodywork, Reiki, chakra systems, acupressure, aromatherapy, Healing Touch, and much more.
Join author JOAN RANQUET, as she presents her new book, Energy Healing for Animals. Want to know more about the energetic field of both the animal and their human? And what happens when they merge? Joan’s book introduces the animal chakra system, what the chakras individually mean for animals and how to clear and balance them. Call 303-758-9113 to register.
Joan Ranquet is an animal communicator and energy healer who teaches basic and advanced workshops nationwide. She is the author of “Communication with All Life”. Joan is the founder of Communication With All Life University. Her work has been featured on the Today show, Good Morning America, and Animal Planet. For more information, visit www.joanranquet.com.
MEET LORELL FRYSH, author of “Jewels In The Net Of The Gods”
Sunday, April 3, 2016. 2 pm to 3 pm. Free Presentation.
Spend some time with Lorell Frysh, author of the new novel, Jewels In The Net Of The Gods, a book of wisdom and life lessons, carefully hidden in the disguise of a beautiful story, half poetry and half magic. It takes the reader on a journey through time, culture, spirit and space-rich with beauty, mystery and understanding. From the Bushmen in Africa to high society in Egypt, from Morocco to the caves of ancient Jerusalem, Moghul India to Medieval France, we meet priests and priestesses, Swamis and monks, midwives and healers, medicine men and aristocrats as we discover the intriguing stories of two souls, and two intertwined destinies.
Lorell Frysh, PhD, has spent over forty five years exploring, studying, and receiving initiation in many of the great spiritual, mystical, and healing traditions of the world. Lorell has a doctoral degree in East-West psychology, is an Interior architect and designer focusing on the creation of Sacred space. She lives in Boulder, CO. where the beauty and grandeur of the Rocky Mountains provide daily inspiration, as do frequent trips to visit her children, and annual visits in the African bush with her family.
SIMPLETALES™ ASTROLOGY: A FAVORITE SUNDAY AFTERNOON INDULGENCE IS BACK!
with C. A. Brooks
Sunday, April 17, 2016. 2 – 3pm. FREE PRESENTATION.
This event will take place on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
If you are thinking about your future, your past, or just your place in the physical present, you owe yourself a visit with C. A. Brooks. C. A. has been a student of astrology for more than 25 years and a professional astrologer for over 2 decades. She has studied Tarot, Feng Shui, Space Clearing and Animal Communication. Join C. A. and friends for a fun and informational look at the astrology of the month ahead, and you may even get a personal Tarot mini-reading. Don’t miss this class. Call 303-758-9113 to register.
C. A. Brooks has been a student of astrology for 25 years and a professional Astrologer for more than two decades. Her astrological experience was started by a series of classes from Colorado’s leading astrology expert, Gayle Bachicha in the 1980′s at the Metaphysical Bookstore. In addition to astrology, her training includes Instinctive Feng Shui, Space and Clutter Clearing, Voyager Tarot, and Animal Communications, working closely with animal communicator, Joan Ranquet.
C. A. is certified as a Soul Coach by Denise Linn and as an Angel Therapy Practitioner by Doreen Virtue. She is also a popular advisor on 12Listen, an instructor on 12Academy, writer of the “Week Ahead” column for “Mark’s Power Peek” at 12House, and host of the number one rated weekly radio program, “Simple Tales™: Where Astrology and Spiritual Alchemy Rocks” on 12Radio.
C. A. is available for readings at Shining Lotus™ from 11am to 6pm on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
Her Website: www.simpletales.com
Her Email: [email protected]