Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore

The Original Metaphysical Bookstore

2553 S. Colorado Blvd. Unit #104
Denver, Colorado 80222


In this issue

As You Give, So You Will Receive… Lessons In Love And Creation  ………………………..  by Mario C. Veo

Planets And Possibilities: A Look At The Astrology Of December  ………………………..  by Sally Shotwell

Ancient Wisdom And The Step Pyramid  ………………………..  by Bruce Johnson

A Tale Of A Simple Family… And A Life Revised  ………………………..  by Mario C. Veo

Events And Classes In December

As You Give, So You Will Receive… Lessons In Love And Creation
by Mario C. Veo

We often say [but seldom truly accept] that ALL is available in Creation… in fact even science tells us that ‘we live in an Expanding Universe’; and that with each and every second something new is being created… and with it the future expands, offering us unforeseen opportunities.

Basically EVERYTHING which we can possibly imagine –  and more –  is potentially available to us… all that is needed is our ability to ‘see it, accept it, and claim it as ours!’ Yet in our view of Reality this belief includes positive as well as negative aspects… Now many will say “Be careful what you wish for… for you shall receive it!” [implying that there is always a ‘negative catch’ to our desires and manifestation] This concept is so deeply ingrained in our subconscious that it becomes an effective block to this Universe of Unlimited Abundance… and the more people believe it, the more they impose their limitation on others. But… you don’t have to blindly accept this, for you have Free Will, and now you can choose to create a different Reality for yourself…IF you can align yourself with the Energies of Creation…  In a World of Infinite Possibilities, it is our perception which decrees its Reality

How we look at Life – and ourselves – determines the Magnetic Fields which we create… and through these, shape and manifest our Reality…

So, no matter how well you accept this Principle, know this to be Truth:-  As Within, so Without
Whatever is Within You  [physically, emotionally, mentally, Karmically]…so will your Life be

The Principle of ‘Free Will’ rests firmly on Self-Determination – your Right to choose the Life that best expresses you – and all your wonderful abilities… It is your belief / attitude / perceptions  [of self and others] which crystallize as Manifested Reality.

Here are the Principles of Life / Reality / Creation / Manifestation –
You cannot manifest Love, if you do not know yourself to be loved and lovable
You cannot manifest Peace / harmony / prosperity / health / success…  until you first become these
“Reality” does NOT exist outside of you… it is an inseparable part of the Inner You

So take a good look at your Life – at the many times you have judged, criticized, or even ridiculed another… These are not the Energies of Creation, but of destruction – they are not part of the Expanding Universe, not aligned with the flow of unlimited opportunities… They are expressions of negativity, Dark Energies of corruption… and what is worse, they always come back to you and create even more disruption, more disorder, more negativity

Remember this –  those who scorn others only reveal themselves to be less-than… Now the question is, “Why do so many people do this… and what future are they creating… for themselves and others ?”… That is an important question… consider it carefully…. We live in an Expanding Universe, filled with great choices and opportunities… choose wisely… As we approach the end of a turbulent year, so we look forward to New Beginnings…and for those who wish a better future we dedicate December to the following classes and workshops – may they serve you well…

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 Tuesdays and monthly on the last Sunday at the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore.

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Planets And Possibilities: A Look At The Astrology Of December
by Sally Shotwell

As we enter a month which offers us a change of season and the anticipation of a New Year, we have the Sun (our consciousness) in mutable, fiery Sagittarius. This is the sign ruled by benevolent Jupiter, King of the Gods, who encourages us to adopt and embrace a positive vision of the options we envision for ourselves. Adventure and fun  may be at the top of our list but this sign of the Archer also offers us another compelling message as well, that of nurturing our relationship with our belief systems. Even though things may be screwy around us, we have an inner core we can nurture and Jupiter, in his home sign for the first time in 12 years, lends his support to the Sun’s efforts to lead us the our Higher Self. Let’s take advantage of the benevolence available to us as we connect with others.
December 1 mental Mercury Rx  returns to intense Scorpio (until 12/13) which means our communications should prove anything but frivolous as he connects with gracious Venus (entering Scorpio 12/2) where her penchant is to establish INTiMACY. Simultaneously, the Sun and assertive Mars in watery, mystical Pisces, are not seeing eye to eye, embroiled in a long struggle about how we should express our idealism. The 5th dreamy Neptune adds his take on things, irritating the Sun with his watery input to the situation. Let’s wait until the 6th to make any moves as Mercury finally turns direct and we’re able to emerge from our stupor and begin to resolve pressing issues. This is very helpful as we prepare for the New Moon in Sagittarius.
This December 6/7 New Moon (new beginnings) aspects Jupiter, Mars and Neptune so it’s extremely charged and we want to carefully consider our intentions for the coming days. The Sabian Symbol states “Sea gulls fly around a ship in expectation of food: The easily acquired dependence of psychic desires upon the stimulation of circumstances…Natural instincts feed on the reactions…of the socially conditioned mind-ego.” The circumstances we find ourselves in are certainly loaded with entities attempting to impose group-think but we can resist it. Mars in Pisces is interacting with Neptune and freedom-loving Uranus in fiery Aries to motivate us to tap into our Free Will and individuality. How are we stimulating our imagination with new ideas?
December 12 our minds surface from the deep with Mercury entering adaptable Sagittarius and our communication with others becomes more candid. Let’s keep in mind that our sense of humor may become more terse and people are sensitive as the Holiday Season approaches and memories may be flooding our minds. Intriguing Venus and grounded Saturn, in his home sign earthy Capricorn, lend a feeling of stability the 16th as they promise a long-term partnership may be in the works. The 17th this is fueled by Mars cozying up to relentless Pluto, also in Capricorn, bolstering our understanding of complex issues associated with usually concealed, subtle influences. The 20th we make the most of the revitalizing energies that the Sun and UranusRx cook up, firing our self-expression, preparing us for the return of the LIght.
From ancient times,  December 21 has played a major role in the lives of humankind since it marks the beginning of the return of the Light after a long darkness. The Sun enters serious, earthy Capricorn and, although this is seen as a serious sign,  celebrants throughout the ages have participated  in festivities honoring this sacred time. With the stabilizing presence of Saturn, now in his home sign of Capricorn, we’re being motivated to start working towards making a reality of our goals. Magnetic Venus and compassionate Neptune are holding hands and inspiring us to open up to others and, in kind, be receptive to their warmth. Do we have plans to share this meaningful time of year with others?
December 22 the Full Moon (culmination) in watery, security-oriented Cancer is  opposite the ambitious Sun in Capricorn which brings up the polarity between our home and the greater world.  With introspection the demands of each realm can be stabilized but we need to be present  and aware if our current priorities are in sync with what we value. The Symbol is “On a ship the sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one:  The radical change of allegiance exteriorized in a symbolical act: a point of no return… the individual…exults in his ability to make a ‘free decision‘” which can only be achieved though self-knowledge.
Do we arrange for the stillness required to be able to muse on our thoughts and how they affect our actions?
December 24 communicative Mercury and unfocused Neptune may lead us to be absent-minded as we attend holiday gatherings or just try to take care of  regular business. What ever our penchant, let’s remember that this is a very emotional time and we need to be gentle with ourselves and others. Let’s take note of the Full Moon message and make free decisions for ourselves as much as possible to avoid being around negativity.
December 28 and 29 profound Pluto first makes contact with magnetic Venus which promises depth in interactions with meaningful others,perhaps precipitating relationship changes. The Lord of the Underworld then encounters the Great Awakener UranusRx and our unique talents come to the fore. Let’s pursue this creativity! The 31st Mars cooperates with us on this front as he enters his home sign of Aries where he can indulge his assertive energies, inspiring us to begin the New Year with enthusiasm.
Happy New Year’s Eve and Best Wishes for a Fulfilling 2019!

Sally Shotwell is a life-long student of esoteric spirituality whose focus on studies in Astrology have spanned decades. She has entertained and informed our readers with her articles for a few years now.

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Ancient Wisdom and The Step Pyramid
by Bruce Johnson

Encore Publication: This article was first published in the December 2014 issue of our newsletter. We thank Bruce Johnson for allowing us to share his writings and insights into the ancient mysteries and the occult.

The step pyramid at Sakkara built during the reign of King Djoser or Zoser, combines the symbolism of the sacred temple mountain with a staircase leading into the sky. Imhotep was the architect of this first monumental Egyptian structure to be built entirely of stone rather than traditional mud bricks. This 20 story truncated pyramid built in Lower Egypt in 2630 B.C. is a wealth of Egyptian esoteric truth.

The step pyramid is a pyramid made of six levels with a flattened peak. These six levels symbolize the six manifested planes of life that emanate from the invisible capstone at the top of the pyramid. This capstone symbol of formless spirit combined with the lower six planes creates a seven- fold occult symbol expressing the  oneness of all life, the involution and evolution  of spirit, as well as other esoteric and mystical truths. Similar symbolism can be seen in the hexagon with the central point, and the Star of Vishnu, better known in the West as the Star of Solomon.

The capstone symbolizes three-fold infinite spirit as the source and cause of the materialization of all forms on denser planes. It corresponds to light, unity, the root of being, the positive polarity, and the Soul or the Divine Self. The pyramid’s base signifies spirit solidified in its most concrete manifestation. It represents the plane of dense physical matter and the world of effects. It reflects darkness, diversity of forms, the negative polarity, and the physical body or vehicle. In between these two poles, and interconnected with them, are five intermediate planes of being. Together they symbolize the totality of the universe as a macrocosm, and the human individual as a microcosm.

Step symbolism, similar to Jacob’s ladder of the Bible, relates to the soul’s ascension into spirit or light, and the linking together of all the terrestrial and celestial levels of life. Steps are a type of symbolic bridge between the mortal and divine spheres of consciousness.  Each step of the pyramid corresponds to a plane of existence with its individual vibration, tone and color. Every step has an affinity with a number, letter, Sacred Planet, Archangel, metal and gemstone, major chakra, and one of the seven bodies.

The Pyramids and Sphinx- by Desmond Stewart, is a good book that describes the architectural wonders of Egypt.

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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Sunday, December 2
10:15 – 11:15 am
Free Presentation

In The Realm of Faery, Who Are The Sidhe? with Elizabeth Carroll. Join Elizabeth Carroll in this short introduction to the Sidhe, the “People of Peace”. She uses the David Spangler/Jeremy Berg collaboration called “Card Deck of the Sidhe” to help forge a reconciliation with the Faery realm and in particular the Sidhe. R.J. Stewart – author of The Living World of Faery and one of the best modern exponents of contact with the Sidhe and with the Faerie worlds – calls these beings our “cousins”. There are many different stories in folklore about mankind’s split with the Faerie, but now in the age of climate change and environmental crisis, there is a need for reconciliation and for humanity to be whole again. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, December 2
2:00 – 3:00 pm
A love donation bowl will be available

A Spirit Channeling with Norma Mitchell. The Source (Spirit, or maybe you call her God) talks to us, and we need a channel through which to hear these messages. Norma is just that channel. The valuable information that comes through her is lovingly supportive and profound. Please join us for a small introduction to the beautiful and spiritual messages that come directly from Spirit. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, December 9
10:15 – 11:15 am
$10 Workshop

Trusting Yourself… The Key To Success with Mario C. Veo. Self-Realization (knowing exactly Who you are – and embracing it) is a State of Consciousness which will guarantee that, no matter the situation, YOU will always be successful… Sounds too good to be true…? Well, consider how easy it is to ‘give your power away’ (“yes, that dress does make you look fat“)… and how hard it is to be Confident in your Choices…
So, are you now ready to take back your Power? Or, shall we look at your wardrobe some more… Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, December 9
2:00 – 3:00 pm
A love donation bowl will be available

The Intention Project with SuEllen Shepard. The Earth level isn’t always an easy one. Sometimes we see or hear about big world problems and we are left uneasy and not knowing what we can do. It seems too big. We feel overwhelmed or helpless. This is where intention comes in! Intention is a web of energy exchange that can be channeled and focused to reconcile mind with matter and bring about positive change in our lives. Human thought and intention has been defined as an inexhaustible and tangible energy with the potential to focus our lives, heal our illnesses, clean up our communities, deal with negative forces, and hopefully improve our planet for everyone. Each month will have a different topic. Come join us for an hour of discussion and intention! Call Shining Lotus 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, December 16
10:15 – 11:15 am
Free Presentation

Don’t Just Sit There… Meditate with Kendara Laurel.    Join Kendara Laurel for an insightful and informative talk about combining meditation and intentional prayer; a powerful & effective combination. It is said when we pray we ask and meditate we listen. Both are equally important. Kendara has been a meditator for over 40 years and has recently begun adding Intentional prayer as an effective way to enhance the benefits of both while increasing a connection to Spirit. The advantages of combining the two are powerful and incredibly effective. This class will include a discussion about how Meditation and Intentional Prayer works, also a demonstration of how to combine the two for a powerful effective experience. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, December 16
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Free Presentation

SimpleTales™ Cosmic Astrology Monthly Update with C. A. Brooks. 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.

Sunday, December 23
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Free Presentation

Introduction to the Cosmovision of a Peruvian Curandero’s Mesa with Garry Caudill.   Join Shaman Garry Caudill for this introduction to the tools and traditions of Peruvian Curanderos. Mesas are used for healing, ceremony, journeying, manifesting, divination, transformation and communion with the spirit realm. The mesa is a reflection of you, and an extension of your Self. The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism was originated by don Oscar Miro-Quesada, respected Kamasqaf Curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, December 30
10:15 – 11:15 am
Free Presentation

New Beginnings – The Opportunity to Recreate with Mario C. Veo.   As long as we choose to remain within the same old patterns, doing the same old things, thinking the same thoughts… then only more of the same, boring, limiting stuff can come to us… Now life becomes repetitive… dull… simply blah… even though we know that we deserve more, desire better, are more capable, more worthy… still, nothing much changes UNLESS WE CHANGE! With New Beginnings come unlimited opportunities… if… we truly desire them… Call 303-758-9113 to register.

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Please call 303-758-9113 if you have any questions about our schedule. Most of our events require a registration call to ensure your seat.