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in this issue

An Angel Story  ………………………..  by Mario C. Veo

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

The Buddha, Karma, and Liberation  …………………….  by Bruce Johnson

Change… Or Not – It’s Your Choice  ………………………..  by Mario C. Veo

Shining Lotus™ Events and Classes in January


An Angel Story

by Mario C. Veo

In a time so long ago that only legends speak about, there was a different civilization on planet Earth…one where Man was gifted with powerful occult knowledge – much Magic was revealed, and commonly done.

Great forests bowed down to the Will of these fierce magicians…trees bent to shape themselves into houses, mountains brought forth many beautiful jewels, simply to please these mighty masters, and even the seas parted to ease their travels… Yet no matter how much Nature gave – and gave freely – it never seemed enough… for now, these ‘mighty Men’ took more and more, without care nor remorse [some would even say they plundered the Earth without foresight of the consequences that would come] And so Man ruled, some would loudly declared ‘benevolently’, yet many argued with too strong an authority over this bountiful world created by the Gods… “But we are created as Gods… we were given these powers so we may rule – justly so – over those who are less than us… That is the proper way – those who are stronger must, indeed, govern over those of lesser skills … It is only right… and more, rightfully ours – and let any who oppose this, confront us…if they dare !”

Well, no sooner was this arrogant braying spewed forth that a passing Angel took notice… Now you must understand that this was no ‘great’ Angel, nor was he one of the mighty Archangels with dark and dreadful powers that could level whole mountains with a simple breath…not at all, this was just a small little Angel, who happened to be passing by…and, just out of curiosity, decided to look into this latest creation called ‘Man’ [there had been quite a stir among the Angelic Kingdoms, a loud debate whether this new Race was ever going to grow up…or would they simply blow themselves up out of sheer foolishness… Yep, so great was the amusement of the Angels that some even took bets that Man would not last a decade… but, no matter what, everyone agreed that Man’s antics was very bizarre, and quite funny in their own way]

And so this young Angel found himself wandering through this verdant Planet when he heard these boastful challenges… Well, what else could he do but respond…after all, it would be rude not to allow these ‘Mighty Men’ to prove their powers. Soon he approached them – but not in his full guise for they would have run to their patron Gods for help, and that would not have served at all…and so he cloaked himself in the same shape as Man [and a youth at that] He offered a simple challenge:- they would have three tries to defeat him, and then it will be his turn…

If they won, they would be crowned ‘Rulers of this Planet, Masters over land and seas’ and all of creation must accept them as Kings…nay, as Emperors… and if he won…well, they would have to give up their arrogance, and live simply as all others, just Mortal Humans. Affronted by what they saw as an conceited youth [far too below their own station… How dare he even approach them !!…] and yet how could they refuse and lose face… and so they formed a pact:- that they would all attack him together, and not wait for the challenge to begin.

No sooner had they agreed that they turned as one upon this mere youth  – thunder filled the skies and lighting struck down, over and over again… alas, to no avail… More thunder followed mighty quakes, volcanoes spewed forth fiery lava, devastating acres of land… but left the youth unharmed… The seas boiled with hurricanes, icy winds tore across enormous waves, swallowing all in their path…and still the youth remained… smiling at these foolish ‘mighty men’… waiting until they spent their forces…

And now was his turn… he looked upon them, these once powerful and arrogant men – who still stood defiant in their pride and ego… and simply said: “Let me show you your Karmas… and what will become of you…out of your own choices and actions… See the future lives that you will have to live in order to truly understand the purpose of Life… This you’ve done to yourself ...!!!”

The Heavens parted and Time stood still, as Life after Life flashed before them, revealing the self-inflicted Darkness they created out of their narcissism… and which each vision they lost some of their mighty powers, with each cry they shrunk more and more, until, at the end, they were just shriveled husks blown away by the now calm wind.. “Ha! mighty men indeed… just fertilizer now”… and so the little Angel moved on, knowing that he had spoiled the amusement of his brethrens…but man, did he feel good about it!

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.



Planets and Possibilities: A Look at the Astrology of January

by Sally Shotwell

A new year and a new month begins with the Sun (our consciousness), Saturn (Father Time), and Pluto (Lord of the Underworld) in cardinal, earthy Capricorn. January 4 Mercury (our thought processes) joins the group, adding his communication skills to impress upon us the message the sign of the Sea Goat wishes to impart to us. This refers to the necessity of being focused in creating a stable foundation from which we can initiate a strategy to pursue our best interests. We may feel the influence of Capricorn’s ambition as we objectively scrutinize our current life situation as so much turmoil surrounds us. We’re not being selfish since, when we flourish, we contribute to the well being of those around us. Assertive Mars just entered his home sign of fiery Aries and we may feel some pressure from his enthusiasm to be adventurous but we need to go one step at a time to build our new foundation. There are two eclipses this month and want our equilibrium intact to see what they have in store! Let’s check out what other events are in the works. Are we scheduling time to be in stillness?

January 1 the Sun and Saturn embrace and we’re aware that what we engage in and lessons are offered which enhance our maturation process if we let them. The 3rd, Mercury and brilliant UranusRx combine forces to deliver revelatory concepts which open thought processes which come in handy as we prepare for the Capricorn Solar Eclipse.

This New Moon (new beginnings) on the 5th is heavily aspected by Saturn and Pluto and encourages us to prepare for the future. The downside of this single-focus may prevent us from experiencing what is going on in our lives. The Sabian Symbol is “School grounds filled with boys and girls in gymnasium suits: the need for physical activity and play, especially in adolescence. Society has learned that a balanced combination of intellectual study and physical activity is necessary for the harmonious development of the human personality…” Let’s also include the need for meaningful relationships in this recipe. How are we welcoming others into our lives?

January 6 unconventional Uranus turns direct on the last leg of his seven year journey in dynamic Aries and we should experience unexpected developments which accompany him. Here’s where the earth elements come to our rescue. The 7th, lovely Venus enters fiery, optimistic Sagittarius and this warms up the social scene with adventurous possibilities!

The 11th, Sun and Pluto co-mingle and, though it may seem daunting, the light from these powerhouses may yet shine their light even more brightly on previously concealed, unconscious treasure which will impact our future perceptions. This applies to the connection taking place the 13th between expansive Jupiter in fiery, optimistic Sagittarius and etherial Neptune in watery, other-worldly Pisces. Illusions may be exaggerated and we need to guard against jumping to inflated conclusions. The 14th Mercury cooperates with Neptune so we are finally inspired by creative insights and benefit from going inward for inspiration. How do we tap into our inner voice?

January 18 relationship-oriented Venus and high-energy Mars, the romantic pair of the Zodiac, connect and sparks fly. Being in fire signs, they welcome new relationships or inject new excitement into existing ones. This energy builds as we prepare for the Sun’s entry into fixed, airy Aquarius, the sign associated with electricity. This is the sign of detached humanitarianism and in modern times is ruled by quirky, innovative Uranus in which permeates our upcoming Full Moon (culmination) Lunar Eclipse in fiery, dramatic Leo.

The Symbol’s message for the Supermoon the 20th is “Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilized under the spur of ambition: An eruption of bio-psych energies into the ego-controlled field of consciousness… Leo represents Solar Fire, the energy is released from an integrated person…” As we experience this ‘metalization’ process, we must keep in mind the dangers inherent as we raise our energy from the heart to the head. Dane Rudhyar cites, “…just as a man standing with his head uncovered for a long time in tropical regions could be sunstroke…,” we, too could be over-zealous in our pursuit of higher consciousness. Let’s drink lots of fluids and remain grounded!

January 21 the contrary styles of Mars and Saturn clash as we consider the means by which we forge ahead with our plans. This, in turn, may cause us to feel unsettled but hope is on the way. The 22nd Venus and Jupiter embrace and optimism and gratitude infuse the environment. We need to absorb the emotional warmth we share and pass it on to others. Where do we seek reassurance?

The 25th Mars and Jupiter find themselves in a happy exchange and we’re able to parlay their positive support to renew confidence in our projects. We can be serious and find pleasure at the same time. January 31 mature Saturn and transcendent Neptune conspire to help us blend our material and spiritual interests with our aspirations and visions. This reminds us that the work we are engaged in promises a practical influence with a compassionate outcome.

Amidst the chaos that surrounds us, 2019 promises many meaningful opportunities for us to transcend our current circumstances and I’m SO glad we’re supporting each other along the way!

Blessings for the New Year.

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.



The Buddha, Karma, and Liberation

by Bruce Johnson

Encore Publication: This article was first published in the February 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 Law of Karma or action, as the immutable and eternal law of causation and effect, is a fundamental truth of Buddhism and the Ancient Wisdom. Buddha obtained an understanding of this law as a result of many lifetimes of study, and demonstrated this awareness through his embodiment of Dharma, the Divine Law of the Buddhist scriptures. Buddha used his knowledge of nature’s laws to free himself from the restraints of human karma and consciousness, and so can we.

We have in previous lifetimes, and are in this lifetime, constantly sending out forces that have their effects on different planes, including  physical, astral, and mental levels. These effects in turn become forces of new causes in this ongoing chain. Causes work themselves out on their own planes- physical action on the physical plane, personal desires on the astral plane, thoughts on the mental levels, and so on. The effects of these previous causes can be happy or unhappy, emancipating or inhibiting, depending on the nature of the original action, or seed. Karma can be seen as the expression of perfect justice and equity  in the universe.

Each soul is the initiator and recipient of their own self-made karma. We all fashion our tendencies, capacities, and character through the exercise of our free will choices over many lifetimes. Early environment, our physical bodies, family members, mental and emotional predispositions, heredity, and genetics all reflect effects of previous karmic causes we have set into motion.

We can end old restricting karmas by balancing out forces that tie us to unhappiness and suffering as a result of our violating the Law of Harmony. We can offset and modify negative karma already created, with new action of a positive quality that neutralizes and overpowers the negative forces previously generated. Selfishness and the lack of goodwill are at the root of much negative karma. We can increasingly demonstrate selfless giving as a powerful way to explode binding past karmas. This is similar to the Buddhist teaching of earning merit through service or sacrifice. We can discharge karmic debts owed to others by making restitution to those we have harmed intentionally or unintentionally, and by so doing, free ourselves.

Family Karma by Kevin J. Todeschi, and The Basic Ideas of Occult Wisdom by Anna Kennedy Winner, explore karma further.

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.



Change… Or Not – It’s Your Choice

by Mario C. Veo

Everything changes … it’s the only constant

You can’t fight change – it cares not for you or yours, it will happen… and, as it does, you can either keep up, or be left behind – and this IS your Right. What you must also realize is that once you get left behind, you begin to age, grow old and slowly shrivel up and become decrepit… Yes indeed, ageing is not a product of years, but one of Mind and perception.

As the world progresses, it bring in a new vitality, a breath of fresh air which stimulates the senses and wakes up our Mind… here we grow and expand, realizing that something totally unexpected is now part of Reality. [Did you ever stop to think how primitive man must have felt when he first discovered how to work with Fire… and what loss he would have faced if he’d turned his back on it, thinking that “It’s just another new-fangled invention by some young upstart ! …Well, not for me – if a simple Life was good enough for my Pa, it’s good enough for me !”] Now, I’ll grant you that not everything that is new is healthy, nor is it actually good for our evolution [I can certainly point to detrimental effect of lead pipes for our water system – some of which are still supplying many home within the US … or GMOs…  or the brutal side effects of some medications…]

Yes, our world is flawed… but it has always been so – there was never a ‘golden age’ where everyone was healthy and happy…nor is our current state that great [just consider how common violence is, and how greedy and corrupt are many who are in power…] Yes, Life on planet Earth leaves much to be desired… but… we are evolving … and while at times it looks like we are taking a step forward and two back…well, there are also times when we actually take two steps forward, and accomplish something worthwhile  [think Doctors-without-Borders, the Heifer Foundation, Micro-lending,

Operation Smile… none of that could’ve been accomplished without a few dedicated people who simply focused on goodness, and did the right thing…

So, what does that have to do with you and me…?! … Everything, actually… We are facing tumultuous times – a critical stage in our evolution – both as a nation and as individuals – where corruption, personal greed, and abuse of power is rife… and you have to make a choice: are you going to join the circus, and be just another clown, sprouting forth the same propaganda that belittles anyone who doesn’t think or look like you… or are you going to be in the cutting edge of evolution, looking forward to a greater and better future… AND doing your part in this !

Remember those famous words: “ All it takes for Evil to succeed is for good men and women to do nothing”

But many would say that each of us, as simple individuals, can do little – if anything – to create positive change…and to you I’ll point out that change occurs first on an individual basis… and that each of us must live the change we wish to see created.

So yes, many new, modern practices are not the best, and some are downright nasty … but don’t condemn evolution for this…just keep on growing, keep expanding your awareness, embracing this breath of fresh air that revitalizes your old bones… or not… You can just turn your back to everything, and be an old curmudgeon, bitching and complaining about the youth of today, and all their weird music / clothes / hairstyle / new-fangled speech… and, if you are really, really good at this, they’ll make a movie about you… [except it will be made as an interactive, Virtual-Reality, personal experience… well, I guess ‘good old movies’ are out … Oh, well, c’est la vie !]… and if you need some insight / support / guidance, then check out our classes… for change is here to stay! [and it’s the only thing that can offer salvation…]

Mario’s classes are held at his office on Tuesday evenings. Call him at 303-525-7223 to register.

2019 – A Time Of Blessings… Or Conflict – You Choose
Tuesday, Jan 8 — 6:30 – 8:00 pm

It’s Time To Clear The Past…
Tuesday, Jan 15 — 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Life At a Crossroads… And A Fresh New Start
Tuesday, Jan 22 — 6:30 – 8:00 pm

You Can Manifest Even More Than You Believe
Tuesday, Jan 29 — 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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.



Sunday, January 6
10:15 – 11:15 am
Free Presentation

Empower Yourself for the New Year with Dr. Lawrence Quell. Learn chakra mantras with yoga poses. Discover the power of energy flowing through your body. See how alignment is everything. As a bonus, experience a deep breathing technique that creates balance in your body for more power and better physical presentation for you in the world. You may bring a yoga mat or blanket for work on the floor. Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, January 6
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, January 13
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, January 13
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Free Presentation

On Being a Medical Intuitive with Shane Sale. Join us as a local Medical Intuitive (Shane Sale) shares with you: 1. What is a Medical Intuitive/DNA Healer? 2. How would a Medical Intuitive help me? 3. His story on how he became a Medical Intuitive. 4. Demonstration on willing participants. Shane has a dynamic and engaging style of presenting. Take advantage of this opportunity! Call 303-758-9113 to register.

Sunday, January 20
10:15 – 11:15 am
Free Presentation

Cleansing And Clearing Negative Energies with Mario C. Veo. JoinCleansing and Clearing Negative Energies with Mario C. Veo. Energy is everywhere…some of it good, others quite contaminated… Simply by walking through these Energy Fields they stick to our Aura, now affecting our thoughts and feelings until we behave and react in ways that are not who we truly are… If left unchecked they will contaminate our Life, and even affect our health and well being… So – do something about it!

Sunday, January 20
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, January 27
10:15 – 11:15 am
Free Presentation

Predictions For 2019 with Mario C. Veo.   2019, in numerology is a 3 year. 2019 will be a journey of inspiration, creative expression, and a new optimism. Mohandas Ghandi said, “Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” Join Mario for a fun look at the possibilities of 2019 and the “new optimism” we will be celebrating on our trip through this new year. Call 303-758-9113 to register.
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.