SHINING LOTUS™ METAPHYSICAL BOOKSTORE NEWSLETTER

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NOVEMBER 2018

2553 South Colorado Blvd, Unit 104
Denver Colorado 80222

303-758-9113

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in this issue

MESSAGES FROM TWO ASCENDED MASTERS   …………………….   by Mario C. Veo

PLANETS & POSSIBILITIES: A LOOK AT THE ASTROLOGY OF NOVEMBER   …………………….  by Sally Shotwell

THE SECRET MEANING OF DRAGONS  …………………….  by Bruce Johnson

LIFE AT A CROSSROAD  ………………………..  by Mario C. Veo

SHINING LOTUS™ EVENTS AND CLASSES IN NOVEMBER

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“GOOD KARMA DAY IS THE NEW BLACK FRIDAY” SALE

10 AM – 12 NOON — Door Buster Bargains —– Crystals and Stones are 20% off.

12 NOON – 2 PM — Blue Plate Specials —— All Jewelry (necklace, earrings, rings) are 20% off.

2 PM – 4 PM — Not Used, I’m ‘Previously Owned’ —– All Used Books, Decks, CDs are 20% off.

4 PM – 6 PM — Retail Aromatherapy —– Essential Oils, Incense, Candles are 20% off.

Friday, November 23, 2018 — 10am to 6pm

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY PSYCHIC FAIR AND 25% OFF EVERYTHING SALE
Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Shining Lotus™ Metaphysical Bookstore

$1 a minute Psychic, Palmistry or Tarot Card Readings

$1 a minute Chair Massage

25% off your purchases

ALL READING SESSIONS ARE $1 A MINUTE, $10 minimum.

  • 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.
  • I Ching Readings. Kendara Laurel will help you identify and replace negative, self-defeating beliefs with positive, constructive ones.
  • Medium/Intuitive. Shane Sale will bring messages from beyond the veil to help you live a more harmonious and balanced life.
  • 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 our spiritual awakening, healing, self-awareness 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 24, 2018.

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MESSAGES FROM TWO ASCENDED MASTERS

by Mario C. Veo

Every time that Man stands at major crossroads in Life great Masters reach out with guidance and support. Here are two channeled messages from Ascended Masters… enjoy –

First, Man looks within himself  –  and ‘sees the Seeds of the World’… and where there is yet no Light, no Spirit… these he has to strike awake on his own

Then he looks outside of himself… and sees all that is different… some with Inner Light, others locked by their own Power… Still by quiet realization, he knows one of his Powers to be Change… and so applies this to that which he desires to grow within…

Now stronger  [and further on the Path], he steps onto the External and plucks that which has not blossomed… choosing only that which is rich, and of value to his own Self… Planting this in his own garden, he tends it all together, blending it into a personal Portrait… a Design of his own Will, of his own Choice… fostered through his Power of Change

THUS is his World made and remade… allowed to grow, to blossom, and to prosper… through Choice and Change… ever the Power of Free Will…” 

“Yet walk quietly, my young friend… for many would say that you took that which was not yours… they seek to plunder even as they shame and deceive you… Ha! even if they should style themselves ‘pious’ or ‘wise’ or  –  indeed  – ‘educated… they be still vile in their Thoughts and Actions…

Thus be clear… be warned and aware… Never display your Garden until it has fully rooted and blossomed… for many seeks first to destroy that which was not first theirs… and then claim its ruins as your faultYou have been warned… the rest is up to you…

You are master of yourself… never doubt it… Your Power will not destroy you  – indeed, it cannot… for it is YOU… should it try to destroy you, it destroys itself…

…Still, do not try to hold more than you can absorb… As for ‘injustice’ all you can do is live one day at the time… meet one challenge, one Change at the time… and always, always remember that it is your  Life  –  yours to live, no matter where / how you are… it is up to you to make it the very best Life you can… or choose…

…Thank you for sharing the music… remember that you’re not alone, that there is always the Music, connecting all of us, and the whole World too… and, as you’re going to make all kinds of change in Me… I can see that I’ll make all kinds of change in you… Now I rely on you… used to be I didn’t depend on anybody but Myself  –  and then, not so much either… So that’s the Tale of the World… and of Man… IF he so wishes [and do].”

Mario C. Veo was born in Italy and grew up in Africa, and has been on multiple spiritual pilgrimages to India and other sacred places.  From an early age his love for Spirituality and Metaphysics led him to study with great Teachers and Masters from around the  world. He is a dedicated Spiritual Practitioner and Counselor, a Healer and Shaman Initiate, a senior T’ai Chi / Chi Gong instructor, a Feng Shui Master… Mario is in private practice in Denver, and teaches and guides Spiritual Seekers on the path of Self-Empowerment and Transformation.
You can reach him at 303.525.7223
/email [email protected]
/website – www.YourPathtoSpirit.com
Mario is available for personal guidance and consultations on Tuesdays and monthly on the last Sunday at the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore in Denver.

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PLANETS AND POSSIBILITIES: A LOOK AT THE ASTROLOGY OF NOVEMBER

by Sally Shotwell

As the month begins we’re immersed in Scorpio territory and probably understand why it’s the sign associated with Depth Psychology, whose aim is to assist us in assessing and coping with unconscious material. The Sun (our consciousness) and Jupiter (our belief systems) continue to reside in this fixed, watery sign and our vision is turning inward to discover the source which influences our motivations and patterns of behavior  we don’t have a clue about.  The idea is that as we become more self- aware, we are able to merge with others, blessing us with authentic emotional connections. Venus (Rx), Goddess of Love, Beauty and Money, has been traveling backward in this sign, insisting we pay attention to our intense emotions. Her backing into more relaxed, airy Libra (11/1) offers us a more subtle approach to nurturing our new-found sensibilities.  Mercury moved into fiery, optimistic Sagittarius October 30 but his profound observations continue to help us dissolve our unwanted emotional blocks, opening us up to wisdom. Nature is complicit with us in our seeking time to reflect and commune with friends as the days grow shorter. (Daylight Savings Time ends 11/4).

What are we discovering about ourselves that we now feel comfortable releasing?

November 5/6 the Sun and compassionate Neptune, in watery, spiritual Pisces help us combine logic and intuitive awareness as we interact with our environment. This reassures us about our capabilities as electric Uranus (Rx) returns to fiery Aries, his home base, and freedom becomes his priority after being grounded in Taurus. We may find ourselves having an energy surge and feeling compelled to start new activities, let’s just remember his influence is unpredictable.

November 7 the New Moon (new beginning) in transformational Scorpio is aspected by Neptune and regenerative Pluto, in earthy, responsible Capricorn, as well as the Sun and this combination fuels our imagination and confidence in our personal choices.  The Sabian Symbol states “A girl’s face breaking into a smile: The fervent reaching out on the part of the young at heart to new experiences.”  Are we venturing into new situations which elicit warm feelings?

Expansive Jupiter returns home to fiery, adventuresome Sagittarius on November 8, and we should feel our attitudes become lighter as our interests move towards intellectual and global subjects. The King of the Gods remains here until December, 2019 so have time to explore new horizons. In the meantime, the 9th Venus (Rx) and Mars(our passion) rendezvous and social and romantic (?) relations get a real energetic boost, they’re the Zodiac’s natural couple.  This may parlay into something substantive when the Sun and Pluto combine their extensive resources on the 11th to support activities we deem worthwhile. Let’s embrace this vitality!

From November 15 on it may seem like the planets are playing musical chairs so a list is helpful for us to keep track of who’s where;

  • 11/ 15 Assertive Mars in airy, quirky Aquarius makes friends with Uranus  Rx (Aquarius’s ruler) in fiery, individualistic Aries (Mars’s ruler) Excitement is in the air and let’s do something new.
    Twelve hours later, Mars enters watery, receptive Pisces and sheds his aggressiveness, softening his take on things.
  • 11/16 Lovely Venus (still in her Shadow) moves forward in harmony-oriented Libra, urging us to continue re-evaluating our resources and the information we’re basing our decisions on.
    Mental Mercury turns retrograde in Sagittarius, reminding us to allow developments to progress without our forcing issues or jumping to conclusions.
  • 11/19 Mars, subdued by transcendent Pisces, squares off with Jupiter in dogmatic Sagittarius and we may be stimulated to a crusade – let’s hold off until our vision is clearer.

November 22 the Sun enters Sagittarius, the sign of philosophers and travelers and our joie de vivre may go up several notches as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a time to historically celebrate The Harvest and our own blessings.  Adding gravitas to this is event the Full Moon (culmination) takes place in airy, communicative Gemini, with the Moon aspecting Jupiter, Pluto and Mars. The Symbol is “A glass-bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders: The revelation of unconscious energies and submerged psychic structures.” With these energies swirling around, let’s be sensitive to our environment and remain grounded, not succumbing to any overheated exchanges. This practice serves us well the 24th when Mars and Uranus provoke each other. Happily, Neptune comes to the rescue when he turns direct and he shares the creative, soothing Piscean qualities we seek.

November 26 the Sun and Jupiter share Sagittarius’s embrace of optimism and faith with us, planting adventurous seeds in our minds and affirming our future potential.  Mercury and Mars argue but we can avoid getting hooked by their displeasure as we hold on to the wonderful aspects the 27th hold for us. Mercury and the Sun help us unite our hearts and minds as we trust in their good will, reinforcing our self-confidence and desire to support others. Mars and Saturn in Pisces and Capricorn put their heads together to practically make things happen, guiding us to accept authority while being thoughtful of others.
Mercury and Jupiter also add their so let’s consider how we may take advantage of this positive environment. Are we being drawn to new activities or studies?

November 30 let’s take a deep breath as relationship-oriented Venus opposes unpredictable Uranus – this suggests we may seek new avenues of excitement. We’re constantly adapting to change which, though stressful, is proving that we have the flexibility and stamina needed for our journey. Let’s give ourselves credit!

Blessings!

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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THE SECRET MEANING OF DRAGONS

by Bruce Johnson

Encore Publication: This article was first published in the December 2013 issue of our newsletter. We thank Bruce Johnson for allowing us to share his writings and insights into the ancient mysteries and the occult.

Good and evil dragons are one of the most universal symbols in mythology ,religion and Occultism. The constellation Draco, a dragon flying through the heavens, has positive and negative symbolism. Let’s begin with the adversaries of good, the evil dragons.

The sun god or hero slaying the evil dragon takes varied forms in different cultures and nations. The Babylonian hero Merodach, defeats the dragon monster Tiamet. Thoth, the Egyptian sun god, vanquishes Typhon, the dragon of darkness and chaos. Greek mythology shows us Hercules, slaying the nine- headed hydra, and Jason overcoming the dragon that guards the Golden Fleece. The Indian   avatar Krishna stands on the back of the evil dragon Kaliya, like the Buddhist saint Kwan Yin, standing with a water dragon beneath her feet.  St. George and Archangel Michael are examples of Christian dragon- slayers. Ancient myths and religions show diverse and numerous dragons and dragon-slayers.

The evil dragon symbolizes death, darkness, chaos, ignorance, negative power, lower passions, and bestial qualities. It indicates the force of negativity that opposes the positive force of light and goodness. It is slain or conquered by the force of light and truth, represented by the sun god, saint or angel. The evil dragon is a symbol of the lower animal nature in humans that is conquered and subjugated by the Divine Self within. Spears and swords used to vanquish the evil dragon are symbols of spiritual light penetrating and subduing the darkness of ignorance, death, and destruction.  Satan, serpents, scorpions, and fantastic monsters are interchangeable symbols with the evil dragon in various religious scriptures.

Positive dragons include the Magical Crocodile of the Egyptians, the Yellow Dragon of Asia, and Quetzcoatl, the flying serpent of the Maya.  Dragons and serpents are interchangeable symbols in many mythologies. Fiery Serpents or Serpents of Wisdom are identical to Fiery Dragons. The” Fiery Dragons of Wisdom” are the adepts of the secret heavenly knowledge, and demonstrate soul perfection and immortality. The Hierophants of ancient priesthoods were called “Sons of the Dragon” or” Flying Fire Dragons”. Having awakened their own spiritual fires, they taught the Ancient Wisdom to the initiates of their respective temples.

The book- Dragons, by Peter Hogarth and Val Clery, is a great source of further dragon lore.

The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom by Mark Amaru Pinkham intelligently explores the ancient mystery school connections to the Fiery Serpents or Dragons of Wisdom.

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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LIFE AT A CROSSROAD

by Mario C. Veo

One of the hardest lessons to accept is that – for the most part, but not always – people do not learn unless they create major discomfort for themselves. Imagine this – if your Life is idyllic, perfect in every sense, rich and abundant…then there is absolutely NO reason to change it…after all, how much better could it get.

So, what happens now – you have to ‘protect’ that which is yours…didn’t you [or your parents] work hard to get here…don’t you deserve to reap your just rewards…and doesn’t that make you – somehow – ‘special’… let’s be frank: aren’t you now different than the ‘unwashed peons’ out there…?

Well, there are many who think this way…but is it right…? or are they forgetting something…? Yep, there’s this little thing called ‘Change’… just saying…

Haven’t we learned that NOTHING ever remains the same…heck, even our bodies don’t stand still [no matter how much Botox, or Viagra we take…well, it’s just not the same as ‘youth’ !] Now don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against those who wish for a little injection here and there… or the occasional pill – you know, just for the fun of it… but… never fool yourself that you are recapturing your past prowess… ’cause that ship has sailed, so just accept it, and move on…

So, what’s that got to do with our current situation…? In case you haven’t noticed, we are currently going through MAJOR changes… nothing – and I mean nothing – is going to stay the same.. All you have to do is look at how fast technology is developing – from smart phones to smarter houses, to drone deliveries and self-driven cars, to virtual reality and artificial intelligence… and whatever else the future has in store for us… I’ll tell you this: “It’s greater than you can imagine !”

Now – what do you think those old fashioned ‘entitled’ people are going to do…? Yep, you got it – they’ll kick, and scream, punch and shove, resist as much as possible… and even tell you that it’s all ‘fake’, that the old ways are the best [and certainly will paint a pretty picture, with cute little meadows, and a perfect family living off the land… just don’t look too closely at the pollution, artificial food production, and – dare I say it – genetic manipulation and the rise of diseases…]

Oh, they’ll tell you that it’s not their fault…that they didn’t do this…that it’s those ‘unwashed peons’ with their bad lifestyles that are doing this to themselves… after all, they’ve never cared, so why should they do it now. And with all this Darkness will come more lies, more arrogance, more disorder, more ‘entitled abuse’… but do not worry, do not fear, do not despair…here’s a little forgotten ‘secret’: “Those who fail to learn from history, are bound to repeat it…” [ever heard of the French Revolution …?!]

So, here we are – at the very crossroads of Change – great, wonderful, irresistible, glorious Change !…and you can either be progressive, look forward to a better, greater, New World…or be dragged along… I can assure you – Life will not EVER stay the same !

As they say in Louisiana: “ Laissez le bon temps rouler !”… and if you still need a little more help, a little guidance and insight to these uncertain times…then check out our classes and workshops… and trust – nay, know – that change is good!

Mario C. Veo was born in Italy and grew up in Africa, and has been on multiple spiritual pilgrimages to India and other sacred places.  From an early age his love for Spirituality and Metaphysics led him to study with great Teachers and Masters from around the  world. He is a dedicated Spiritual Practitioner and Counselor, a Healer and Shaman Initiate, a senior T’ai Chi / Chi Gong instructor, a Feng Shui Master… Mario is in private practice in Denver, and teaches and guides Spiritual Seekers on the path of Self-Empowerment and Transformation.
You can reach him at 303.525.7223
/email [email protected]
/website – www.YourPathtoSpirit.com
Mario is available for personal guidance and consultations on Tuesdays and monthly on the last Sunday at the Shining Lotus™ Bookstore in Denver.

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CLASSES & EVENTS IN NOVEMBER

Sunday, November 4
10:15 – 11:15 am
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, November 4
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, November 11
10:15 – 11:15 am
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, November 11
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Free Presentation

Shamanism for Newcomers with Iskōn Rawa. What is Shamanism? Who are Shamans? And why has this field of practice suddenly captured the interest of seekers all over the world who are in search of answers? More now than in recent history, people are reconnecting and reshaping traditions and ways of ife that are connecting us into our ancient past and helping us repair our collective future. Many of us feel an innate yearning to listen to a deeper part of our souls. Shamanism can serve as a bridge in that transformation and has dynamically for its many seekers, practitioners and medicine people. Join us for a personal and informal introduction to Shamanism. We will explore a short history of Shamanism, identify the ways Shamans practice and discuss the many different modalities of Shamanism. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, November 18
10:15 – 11:15 am
$10 workshop

Clear Negative Energies from your Life! with Mario C. Veo. What are you worth ? and why are you accepting ‘lowered expectations’? Join us as we learn how to release these unnecessary limitations, and declare that we deserve more and more in Life! Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, November 18
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Free Presentation

Introduction to A New Tarot with Mo Abdelbaki. Tarot card readings have become an integral tool for many of us who yearn for enlightenment and self-awareness. They are part of the landscape of modern culture, and seem to be moving into more popular and mainstream acceptance. Mo Abdelbaki has been studying other people’s Tarot for over 50 years and now he has created his own tarot deck. Drawing on those many years working with the work of such luminaries as Pamela Colman Smith, Arthur E. Waite, Aleister Crowley, and Lady Freida Harris, Mo has brought his own inspiration and creativity to the tarot table. He would like to present this new product for your discernment and consideration. Call 303-758-9113 to register for a seat.

Sunday, November 25
10:15 – 11:15 am
Free Presentation

A Healing Meditation with Mario C. Veo. In this nurturing workshop we will discuss how to correctly release Life’s offenses… followed by a Healing Meditation. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, November 25
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Free Presentation

Birthstones And More… with Vella Rose. In the US, our modern ideas about birthstones were a marketing scheme, starting with a Poem by Tiffany in 1870, followed by a standardized list of birthstones in 1912 put out by what is now called the Jewelers of America , which they have updated a few times, most recently in 2016. However, the traditions of associating stones with planets and the zodiac have been used for over 3000 years. On Sunday, 25 November 2018, from 2 to 3, Vella Rose will share her knowledge of the history of Birthstones and other stones, our modern list, and some information on choosing your Zodiac or Calendar based Birthstone. Topics will include questions to consider when choosing a stone, the 4 C’s (Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat), and some information on treatments and enhancements that are used on many gemstones. This talk is free, but space is limited, so please call the store to register: Shining Lotus 303-758-9113.

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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.

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