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MARCH 2016

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in this issue



ON HEALING… AND DESIRE …………… by Mario C. Veo

BRIGHID OF THE FLAME …………… with Andarta

RELEASING LIFE PATTERNS …………… with Norma Mitchell




by Mario C. Veo

ExpandI have always been fascinated by ‘people’ – no, not you ‘n me, or those who Walk the Path… for they are not ‘common folks’ by any means… I’m talking about ‘the good ol’ joe’, the neighbor next door, the guy who is happy to simply put one foot before the other as he meanders through Life… for he is truly Blessed! (did that get to you… were you expecting me to sprout forth on some kind of Higher Spiritual ego… No?! good for you!)

The reason why they are – indeed – Blessed, is in the clarity they have reached in life. They are much more direct, more open, and approach life plainly… they know what they want, and go after it without qualms… even ‘though it may not be what you or I would consider “Esoteric”, still, in its materialism it brings them fulfillment and even satisfaction.

So now I ask you – “Are we, the self-styled Seekers of a Higher Truth, in any way ‘better’, are we living a simple, direct Life? Are we happy in our Search, and, more importantly, are we satisfied…?!

thankfulYou see, if you are not ‘happy’, if what you do does not truly, 100%, fill you to the brim and back… then I think this Life is merely a ‘potential’ and not all that it could be, (and by being so, I wonder of the Karmas left unfulfilled… and more still to come). Do we, as Seekers, understand that we are to be “the living examples of Spirit-in-Form”, and as such must hold ourselves to a much higher standard…? Not because of any fear, or punishment (Karma is more than enough)… but simply because “that is the Life we have willingly and joyfully embraced… and as such, can do no other…”

… so, I ask you again, “are you happy…?

Things to think about… not with remorse, or even anger or frustration… but with peaceful clarity. Whatever… but DO think about it.

This month’s classes are offered as an invitation for deepening this self-exploration… from Love and Fear, to healing “Lack”… from sabotage and self-sabotage, to Energy Vampires… so that, in the end, we may know ourselves – not through our Ego – but by our Radiance, now fully able to Walk the Path with Love, and Light… and above it all, with Wisdom, (hope to see you on the Journey… just don’t get lost, please…?)


Tuesday, March 1, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25

Tuesday, March 29, 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.

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by Sally Shotwell

Planets-PossibilitiesWe are now in Pisces Season which means that Spring will arrive soon. This also indicates that it is time for us to tie up the loose ends which remain from the astrological year which is coming to a close. This water sign stresses sensitivity and tolerance so, hopefully, we employ these qualities with ourselves as we sort through our own issues.

Right now the Sun(our consciousness), inspirational Neptune and mental Mercury(beginning 3/5) are hanging out in the sign whose symbol depicts two fish swimming in opposite directions, in the depths of the ever-changing ocean, surrendering to the flow of the great unknown. This gives us a clue that we are encouraged to release our dependency on strictly rational thought. This can be scary but we’re needing to turn to our feelings and instincts to be able to pick up the nuances of mysterious Neptune(ruler of Pisces) is sharing with us. To pick them up, we need to be quiet and pay attention to our inner voice.

Pisces and Neptune, as a team, are fully capable of guiding us into marvelous realms way beyond our ken but they can also conspire in misleading us through illusion and glamour. When we deal in ideals, we are frequently disappointed and feel we have been misled(propaganda anyone?). Our challenge is to remain functional in this world, free from the temptations of escapism, while embracing an expanded world-view, making room for the transcendent in our lives. Artistic and other types of creativity access energy which opens all types of doors to our potential. Sometimes this leads us to feeling ungrounded and confused.

PiscesTo help us keep in mind the need to be aware of our fuzzy thinking as we experience reliable boundaries dissolve before our very eyes(through a fog), assertive Mars enters fiery, wise Sagittarius (March 5) somewhat shifting the focus from our inner realm to our outer obligations. The New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces March 8 further helps us hone in on what is of the most import to us as we forge ahead. Solar Eclipses happen during a New Moon, initiating changes arrived at by turning inward and sorting through our past in order to clear the decks for new projects.

Haven’t we  heard about this process ad nauseum?
Well, it’s still important for our journey to self-empowerment and the mystical is now a strong component. The Sabian Symbol gives us a glimpse of this: “A master instructing his disciple; the transfer of power and knowledge which keeps the original and spiritual creative impulse of the cycle active and undeviated“.

Are we allowing ourselves time to explore new avenues of thought?
Are we retiring to stillness on a regular basis?

March 12, the planet of personal love, Venus swims into Pisces adding an emphasis on our earthly relationships. This is a happy melding of Venus’ devotion with the transpersonal inclusivness of Neptune’s universal love, leading to expanding our horizons.

Do we nurture our heart-connections to allow for us to grow in mutual understanding?

Our active engagement in getting our act together pays off big time when we welcome the Vernal Equinox March 19. The Sun enters fiery, dynamic Aries ushering in the New Astrological Year, seen from ancient times to epitomize rebirth. The first day of Spring is equal in length between night and day and represented the reappearance of both spiritual and physical shoots of life. Gatherings were held to celebrate the resurrection of Persephone from the annual tenure in the Underworld. In modern times, it is the time the faithful around the world congregate to honor the resurrection of Jesus.

campfireThree days later, March 23, we have the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse(culmination) in airy, harmony-loving Libra. The Symbol refers to the need of individuals to convene to share with each other their deepest longings to connect: “Around a campfire, a group of young people sit in spiritual communion; the necessity to unite with kindred spirits as one enters unbeaten paths illuminated by still-insecure light of a dawning intuition of new values“.

How are we acknowledging this fertile time to initiate new beginnings?

This renewal requires increased energy to fuel our new ventures and March 21, communicative Mercury enters Aries to assist in this sign’s message of change and progress, leading to inspiring new ideas. Fiery Mars, the planet that rules Aries is in equally hot Sagittarius, and the Sun, Saturn, Mercury and Uranus are also contributing their flames to the furnace. To temper this potentially volatile confab, we have lovely, airy Venus still hanging out in compassionate Pisces connecting with transformative Pluto in stabilizing, earthy Capricorn on March 29. Just to be on the safe side however, let’s have our soothing music and Bach Flower remedies at the ready!

Blessings and Happy Spring!

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

PalmsI have spent the early part of my Journey seeking to study ‘Magic’, actively looking for Teachers to satisfy my insatiable curiosity… I wanted to know all the deepest secrets – “how things work… what makes them tick… and , above all, WHY…?!” … and in my (not so innocent) youth, thought that ‘Magic’ would, finally, grant my answers. Well, it didn’t quite work out that way… you see, the more answers you get, the more questions arise… (it’s truly never-ending – but the Journey was fun).

So, in my quest, I studied with great Shamans, Medicine Men(and Women), Spiritual Teachers of different Lineages… and they all demanded that I first master two things:
1) Learn how to Meditate… for it would grant me Peace, and teach me to be Still.
2) Learn how to Heal… for in any ‘search for Power, it is too easy to hurt another’
And so my Journey went forth, bringing me more information than I ever thought possible… and here’s the most important thing I learned:
Pain and sorrow, grief and tears, are unfortunately far too common in Life… Man is NOT the wonderful Enlightened Being he believes himself to be… he stumbles around, unconscious of the hateful thoughts and dismissive words that he casts so easily around him… and how often these hurt another… especially those sensitive of Heart.

HealYourselfWhile many may say, “This may well be… but certainly I do not…” to them I would ask, “Have you not watched the News recently… and had you not a strong response… Be aware that even a Thought is Power Projected… and, whatever you send forth, so it shall come back to you…
So my training progressed – a bit of study on Magic, and a lot of study on Healing… until, finally I understood Why

We are all ‘Beings of Power’, yet most is locked in our pain and sorrow… and only once we are fully integrated, will we be granted access to our own Gifts, and only now able to craft a Life of Love and Wonder… to do otherwise is to risk becoming a Black Magician…

Which brings me to the purpose of this account – for the next two months I will be offering a workshop on Healing and Desire, to explore not only various techniques for healing self or others, but also to understand the Spiritual Causes behind Disease… (lest it repeat itself).
We meet every Saturday, from 11 to 12:30, at the Center for Alternative Therapies (4155 East Jewell Ave., Suite 1102, Denver 80222), starting March 12. Registration is through the Shining Lotus Bookstore (303) 758-9113… class size is limited, so pre-registration is advised.

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

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 — 7:00 to 9:00 pm — $25 prepay or $30 at the door.

BrighidRed hair, passionate creativity, and the protectress of the Hearth: the Goddess Brighid has been worshiped and honored for thousands of years throughout Europe. Join Andarta for a class and short ritual for the Celtic Goddess Brighid. Learn how Brighid can inspire you in your various crafts and arts, as well as bring protection and healing to your home. Pre-register at the store $25 or pay at the door $30.

AndartaAndarta holds a PhD 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.

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with Norma Mitchell

Sunday, March 13, 2016  —  2:00 to 3:00 pm  —  FREE

Blessings From Spirit

Join Norma on Sunday afternoon for a refreshing look at options for releasing life patterns that have become harmful or destructive. Throughout our lives here on this planet, we have many relationships, interactions, activities, and personal events that color and shade our habits, beliefs and actions. Most of our experiences are helpful and beneficial in dealing with future events, but there are many that we are not able to let go of that hold us back from being our true, authentic self. How can we recognize, realize and release these harmful beliefs and habits?

The hardest part comes first: YOU make the decision that you are ready to change. Whatever it is, a limiting belief, pattern, habit, blockage, whatever. Becoming aware that the problem needs to be resolved is the key.
Don’t judge yourself. Your blame, anxiety and emotions related to those issues are valid and should be brought to the surface and shifted, reprogrammed, and released for the healing to begin.
Start replacing your old patterns with new ones. Ask yourself, “How can I make new choices that will help me relax into this occasion?”, or “How can I make this change easy and fun?”
Over time, our social programming has been conditioning us in ways that are specific to our experience, most of that programming has not been supportive and healthy for the beautiful, romantic, magical, mysterious and abundant life which we had always dreamed and most certainly deserved.

Norma Mitchell’s goal of “helping people help themselves” has served her for over 30 years as a spiritual counselor, medical intuitive, business consultant, medium, teacher and hypno-therapist. She has been working with clients at the Shining Lotus™ since 2008 and provides Intuitive Readings every Monday from 12 to 5 and also on the second Saturday of every month.

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A $10 WORKSHOP with Mario C. Veo

Sunday, March 20, 2016  —  2:00 to 3:00 pm  —  $10

vampireSooner or later we will all encounter people or places that are truly filled with Darkness – and when that happens we are automatically ‘attacked’, for Evil exists by feeding off that which is Pure, desiring only to destroy Light, and bind the person as a slave… a victim to be played with… Join us as we explore various systems of protection.
Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Mario VeoMario 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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collectables are now available

Vintage $20

Vintage $20

Thoth in blue box $60

Thoth in blue box $60

Shining Lotus has acquired a great selection of vintage copies of the Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot Decks at great, collector prices. This beautiful Tarot has been used for many years by Tarot readers throughout the world. What follows is a short history of this fabulous divination tool.


The Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot is the deck of 78 tarot card images invoked by Aleister Crowley and illustrated by Lady Frieda Harris. It grew out of Crowley’s work to create a thorough text of the Tarot which incorporated the latest scientific discoveries, philosophy, mathematics and anthropology, and united these systems with the form of the Qabalah (Hermetic Kabbalah). Originally, he had planned to form a deck based on the Medieval versions of the Tarot, but Lady Frieda Harris convinced him to create an original work which would be the visual representation of the Book of Thoth.

Vintage Gold Sleeve $40

Vintage Gold Sleeve $40


Vintage $75 (never been shuffled)

The entire Thoth deck is designed to be a pictorial representation of the Qabalah and especially the Tree of Life, a system of ten spheres and 22 interconnecting paths that is used to organize mystical concepts. Each card in the Thoth deck is intricately detailed with astrological, zodiacal, elemental and Qabalistic symbols incorporated in each card.

Even colors are used symbolically, especially the cards related to the five elements of Spirit, Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Unlike the popular Waite-Smith Tarot, the Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot retains the traditional historical order of the trumps, but changes the names for both the trumps and the court cards.
Creating such a symbolically rich tarot deck was no easy task, as some of the cards were re-imaged several times until they met with Crowley’s approval. The smaller-sized version of the Thoth has 3 versions of the Magus card, for a total of 80 cards in the deck.

Vintage New in Cellophane $80

Vintage New (never been shuffled) $80

Vintage New (never been shuffled) $80

The planned 3 months of work extended into 5 years, and was completed in 1943. Though it was destined to become one of the most popular Tarot decks of all time, the deck was not published for another 26 years, after both Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris had exited this plane. It was finally published in 1969 by the O.T.O. through the efforts of Grady McMurtry X°.

Thus, both book and deck were born. They are like the Yin and Yang versions of the Book of Thoth, and both deck and book have been referred to by the same title. Either one, or both, can be the springboard for a lifetime of study. A little booklet does come with the deck.
But if you want to really understand the deck, you need the book–and possibly another two or three–since Crowley was known for a unique writing style which expressed extreme devotion to both his subject and his own intellect; and no regard for anything like a common reader.