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MAY 2016

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by Mario C. Veo

Ah, the good old days, when you could leave your front door unlocked… your bike on the porch and even misplace your wallet AND have it be returned intact!! Ah… those days of pure innocence, when people were kind, gentle, and trust was rewarded… not so much anymore! Today you are strongly advised to install an alarm system / close-circuit cameras / keep a watch-dog and even put bars on your windows..

ritual & ceremonyWhy?
Because the world is going through a dark patch, where just being dissatisfied is no longer a stimulus for getting better, but a justification for violence and abuse… where ‘those that have’ do not feel any responsibility towards ‘the have-nots’, but keep exploiting them, all in the name of ‘entitlement’ And I could go on and on, but you get the picture – it’s no longer a ‘nice’ world…

So, why am I ranting…?
Simple -we must all learn how to protect ourselves, and our loved ones… else suffer the consequences. Now, most of you will say that you do lock your doors, buy insurance, keep yourself as safe as possible… and to these I say: “Good job… for baby-steps !”

You see, it’s not enough to take care of the obvious, material things… nope, you must equally pay attention to the Energies you have around you [after all, paranoia may well turn your home into a fortress, but that ain’t no way to live, bro!]

MudrasLook, it’s quite simple – the other day I was at a my favorite grocery store [yes, organic], shopping for ingredients for my famous lasagna… looking forward to a delicious week-end… and… I just kept getting more and more aggravated, stressed, brusque, and even downright snippy[now – those of you that know me, would reassure y’all that I may well be many things… but ‘snippy’ is not one of them!]

So, in the end I left my shopping temple, frustrated and upset [for no apparent reason!]… and guess what… I forgot to buy the cheese… !!! [of all things !]

Yes, there is a point to my rumblings… hold on to your horses…
Visible acts of violence or abuse are seen clearly… they are obvious… but we always forget that there are more ‘invisible’ negative / contaminating! corrosive energies… AND that these are ALL around us, at all times… we literally [yes, I use the word correctly] literally ‘swim’ through the most yucky energies you’ve ever see… everyday !!!

SmudgeThey are not necessarily ‘evil’… just your common everyday ‘worry’, stress, illness, concern… or just a lovers’ quarrel… all this gets dumped, willy-nilly, where-ever you go… and you step on it without even realizing it… now trekking it back into your home… all because you are not aware![no excuses bro ! you still got s**t on your shoes]
Which brings me to my final point [yes, you can relax now… well, just a little…]

I am offering a 4 week course on “Protection” – from the most essential Aura Cleansing to the most advanced Psychic Attacks, from simple contaminants to deep purification… we’ll examine it all.

The course starts on May 14th, for 4 consecutive weeks. We meet on Saturdays, from 11 to 12.30 registration is through the Shining Lotus™ [303.758.9113]… but the program will be held at The Center for Alternative Therapies, 4155 E. Jewell Ave, # 1102, Denver 80222 …
See ya’… and, careful where you step…

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 every Tuesday afternoon and the last Sunday of each month at the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore.

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by Sally Shotwell

Planets-PossibilitiesMay 1 has historically been a day when people throughout the world celebrate and offer thanks for the gifts Mother Nature bestows upon us. The creative energies which Aries unleashed are now manifesting in earthy Taurus where we find the Sun(consciousness), mental Mercury and beauty-loving Venus hanging out. Her presence here is appropriate since she rules this sign which guides our relationship to the natural world and our own physicality. This requires us to be in tne with our senses, creating pleasure in our lives. Dreamy Neptune in watery Pisces(5/1) and expansive, inspiring Jupiter(5’3) kick off the month joining the Sun  in an optimistic environment and encourage us to think big in forming future plans.

Here we must pause for a moment because there are major astrological influences insisting we pull ourselves together before venturing forth to implement our ideas. We have five planets going backward(retrograde) sending us the message that there is work to be done before we’ll have the resources available needed for our ultimate success. They are thoughtful Mercury, aggressive Mars, expansive Jupiter(until 5/10), controlling Saturn and ruthless Pluto, requiring us to refocus our efforts at integrating their energies within ourselves.

This inner realm consists of our belief systems which we’re asked to closely scrutinize. As we traverse the minefield of our chaotic environment, perceptions and values we once considered sacrosanct are dissolving.
Can we Distinguish between our personal beliefs and what our conditioning dictates?
Jupiter, now in earthy Virgo, representing higher education and religion, is at odds with aggressive Mars and somber Saturn, both in his home sign of Sagittarius(philosophy) and their unease is contagious.


A symbolic battle between ‘Swords and Torches’

The May 6 New Moon(new beginnings) in stable Taurus offers advice regarding how we interpret our confusion and how to move beyond it. “A symbolic battle between ‘Swords and Torches’. Refusing to depend on the past, the seeker turns warrior, fighting the eternal ‘Great War’.” Our challenge is to channel the interval friction we feel into productive outlets, otherwise we face frustration with delays, and more.

May 9 Jupiter turns direct, as sensuous Venus takes a turn on the dance floor with other-worldly Neptune, we should bathe in their soothing ambiance. Also the Sun conjoins brainy Mercury, emphasizing the Taurus stabilizing effect. May 10, 12 and 13 we have Venus and Mercury actively engaging in earthly delights. Let’s use them as role models and follow their lead.
What would delight us?


White-capped waves display the power of the wind over the sea

May 20 the Sun enters airy, communicative Gemini and it’s a new ball game. This is the sign ruled by a Mercury who is sometimes equated with the Trickster. The atmosphere lightens up and sparks are in the air. May 21 is the Full Moon(culmination) in inspirational Sagittarius. The Symbol alludes to the “Big Picture” which is appropriate for this sign. “White-capped waves display the power of the wind over the sea. The mobilization of unconscious energies under the pressure of super-personal motives.” In our search we encounter unusual developments which aren’t always fun but their challenges expand our horizons and present us with new life choices.

May 22 Mercury turns direct still fueling the grounding Taurus energy we need to balance our emotional reactions as delays continue to plague us. The Gemini Sun gets in a tussle with Mars since he;s ready to indulge himself in his massive curiosity and isn’t interested in soul-searching. Let’s strategize the means by which we can deflect Mars’ frustration by keeping calm. Whether we find time alone to regroup, resort to Rescue Remedy or have another means, be kind to ourselves, it’s important to defuse unwanted energy.

3GeminiLovely Venus joins the Sun in lively Gemini May 24 bringing a breath of fresh air to our attitudes toward our relationships. One note of caution, Gemini’s symbol is the Twins, one human, one divine, and there’s always duality in any equation involving them. There’s fluidity which doesn’t necessarily promise permanance but a lot of fun can be had by all. May 28 Mars slips back into watery, penetrating Scorpio, returning to territory be covered during February and March. Issues which were left dangling may now be resolved as we revisit them. Scorpio always reminds us that our instincts generate our Life Energy and understanding our viceral responses allows us to integrate them.
When our buttons are pushed, are we gentle with ourselves in investigating the source of our response?

May 30 we encounter a cordial meeting between thoughtful Mercury and profound Pluto(the higher octave of Mars) which enhances our ability to understand our motivations in order to approach our authenticity. We are on the right path in embracing this goal and our mutual support makes all the difference!


Sally Shotwell is a life-long student of esoteric spirituality with a healthy 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

There are times in our life when we must be more aware, more cautious of our thoughts and words, more sensitive to Energies and what causes them… for here we stand at the very crossroads of Life, and the future is ours to shape … if [and only if] we are aware. So, give up your mewling… your common complaints … shrug off the past, with its losses and lacks, and once and for all claim your Right to live fully and joyfully.

No, it’s not a slogan, nor a political platitude – yuck!
telepathyIt is a call to clean yourself off of all those negative energies, those contaminating thoughts and feelings, to brush off the belittling people in your Life… and figure out what you really want what will make you happy… and, if for some weird reason you believe that you ‘don’t deserve’, then it’s well past time for you to change… to grow and see the True Beauty that you are.

It all starts with your Aura – that simple conglomeration of the Energies given off by your thoughts and feelings… add to this its magnetic properties and you have a recipe for success or absolute catastrophe… the choice – as I have been telling you many times over – has always been up to you…

No one has more power than you and your Aura – together you can create miracles.

What? you don’t believe me…?
kundaliniConsider this simple statement – All is vibration [Quantum Physics proves this] and is very fluid, shifting and changing, creating Flows of Infinite Possibilities… until fixed and crystallized by Thought or Belief, now becoming rigid and immovable, it shapes Reality in its own image[for all you metaphysical practitioners out there the Law is ‘Energy follows Thought, and is crystallized through Word and Action’… thus you free – or damn – yourself… no one else does it!].

So … it’s time to pay attention – not only to Who and What we are… but also to what we give off… are you a kind, nice, gentle, loving Being… then “Whatever you give off shall be returned threefold“… or, are you still caught by Lack… starving yourself when abundance is all around you – free, just for the taking.

OK, it’s time to do something about all this … so, this month’s classes are offered to teach all of us how to be more prosperous, how to embrace Life’s riches, how to cleanse [or heal] our Aura … and there’s even a little Magic thrown in there…
Now is the time… choose… what will it be… ?!?


Tuesday, May 3, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm — $25

Tuesday, May 31, 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 every Tuesday afternoon and the last Sunday of each month at the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore.

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by Bruce Johnson

Occult America by Mitch Horowitz

Occult America by Mitch Horowitz

The term occultism is among the most misunderstood and misinterpreted words in use today. The Merriam-Webster dictionary New Edition defines occult as that which is secret or hidden. A second definition describes occultism as the knowledge of supernatural agencies and their effects. Replacing the word supernatural in the second definition with the term para-physical or ethereal would be more accurate, as Occultism recognizes the invisible spheres as part of nature and not beyond it. It is unfortunate that in the minds of many people unfamiliar with dictionary usage that the word occult is synonymous with witchcraft, negative magic, or alignment with evil forces.

The path of occultism is a balance to the path of the mystic. The occultist follows the path of knowledge of nature’s laws, works on the line of the will, and accents a head approach to truth. The occultist studies invisible forces as the unseen causes of effects on different planes of spirit/matter including the physical plane. Astrologically, occultists attune to the planet Uranus. The mystic focuses more on the path of love, the force of love, the personal religious experience, and through the heart chakra. Neptune is the planet connected with mystics. The ideal is to be a blend of the occultist and the mystic, blending scientific intelligence with soul love. This is the progressed soul that works strongly and equally well through the head and heart centers for the good of the whole.

Occultists are divided into two main categories or groups. The Brotherhood of Light is the occult order of positive love and selfless humanitarian service, empowering light and goodness in harmless ways. They are advocates of the Good Law, and work continuously for the manifestation of God’s plan on earth as revealed by the agents of the Solar Logos, the Dhyan-Chohans of the seven rays. The leaders of the forces of light include- Jesus, Buddha, Archangels, and the Perfected Adepts and their students, whether in spirit or physically incarnated. All are earmarked by a love of good, truth and soul Illumination.

wizardThe evil occultists that use their knowledge of nature’s laws for cruel and harmful work are called the brothers of the shadow. Selfishness, wrong use of power, and a lack of concern for a divine higher will are always present with the negative occultist. They oppose the work of good at every turn, empower forces that resist the unfolding of Divine Will, and so misuse their puny free will and ensure their own ultimate destruction if unrepentant. They are earmarked by their hatred, repulsion to truth, and a willful denial of the underlying unity of humanity. They and their teachings are to be shunned by all who love the light.

Occultists, like research scientists, are examining the subtle planes of life that permeate and surround our physical earth. Energies, forces, and the laws that govern them on these intangible planes of life, are the realm of Esoteric Science. Like any other field, it’s what is done with knowledge that makes it good or evil, not the knowledge itself. The judge who uses legal knowledge to block justice, and businessman who uses financial knowledge to cheat others, are no different than the occultist who foolishly chooses to use esoteric knowledge immorally. The law of karma is inescapable, and will guarantee a bountiful harvest of pain and suffering for each deserving harm-doer.

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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with Kathy Vik

Wednesday, May 4, 2016       7 – 9 pm.       $25.

thankfulKathy channels a group of energies known as The Council of Twelve. The Council delivers a group channeling, and then they break out into individual work, addressing specific questions. The Council enjoys discussing consciousness, reality construction, DNA, our biology, so many many topics, but their reason for being here now is to assist us in daily life application of universal truths. They do deep energetic work, and are eager to assist us with our individual and planetary ascension process. Observation without active participation is perfectly acceptable, because it is the participant’s presence which is honored above all. Call Kathy with questions at 720-271-1273, and reserve a space by calling 303-758-9113.

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with C. A. Brooks

Sunday, May 15, 2016.       2 – 3 pm.        FREE PRESENTATION.

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.

CA Brooks 2014C. 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.


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