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by Bruce Johnson

PlanetsThe Ancient Wisdom affirms that every solid, liquid and gaseous particle in physical manifestation is surrounded by an envelope of intangible etheric matter. This etheric aura contains within itself the energy form variously called the vital body, etheric body, etheric double and the etheric duplicate among other names. The etheric duplicate is the foundation of, and the pattern for, the dense physical body of all things, whether a stone, a human or a planet.

An etheric vehicle is always an instrument of pranic life-energy to whatever physically manifest form it underlies and animates. Composed of four grades of invisible etheric matter, the vital body receives, distributes and transmits solar prana throughout the etheric double via a network of golden-colored channels called nadis and thence to the respective dense physical form. Prana or Vitality is the life-principle of any organism and the integrating force that holds and coordinates its physical molecules together.

Earth’s etheric body is a macrocosmic form of the human etheric vehicle with its nadis, major and minor chakras, and is the receiver, distributer and transmitter of pranic energy for our planet. The etheric vital body of Earth absorbs solar prana, assimilates what it needs, and radiates off excess energy in the form of a planetary radiation. Like a web of light, our planet’ pranic body is a continuous and unified whole that links every form and entity on the planet together with interconnected streams of vital life-force.

All humans live within the aura of Earth’s vital body while being bathed in its pranic radiations. Further, all individual human etheric vehicles are microcosmic life-atoms in the greater totality of Earth’s macrocosmic etheric duplicate. Additionally, the etheric double of each person is an interlinked living cell within the greater etheric body of Humanity, whom Occultism sees as one entity. Esotericism has always taught of the One Life manifesting through diverse forms. An aggregation of lesser lives forming one greater life. The doctrine of the One Life is the scientific basis for the unity of all life.

A person’s etheric body is not a limited and isolated separate vehicle of vitality, but an integral part of the planetary etheric body from which it can’t be disconnected or divided without physical death resulting. We as humans, whether incarnate or discarnate, are all miniature lives within the greater vital body of our planet. The illusion that we are separate and distinct living entities and not part of a Greater Life is rooted in our limited physical sense perception. As yet, relatively few people are able to observe and understand, or have read about, the forms of energy and life that exist on etheric levels.

Believing oneself to be an isolated being disconnected and separate from the rest of Humanity, is to give power to a mirage of the senses and participate in an unreality.  In the future, more widespread investigation of etheric levels combined with the development of etheric vision will prove the existence of etheric duplicates.  

Earth’s etheric double is a portion of the etheric body of our solar system, which is part of a larger system containing seven solar systems. The etheric duplicate of these seven solar systems is a fraction of a galactic etheric vehicle, which is a small fragment of the vital body of the universe we call space.  

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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by Bob Romero

Meditation LakeLately the news has been dominated by authoritarian countries and politicians trying to assume power over others. But I have seen a shift happening slowly. I read three books that all talk about Oneness and Spiritual Love. One book is by Gary Craig called “The Unseen Therapist”,  and the other two are by Melanie Beckler called “Energy Healing with Your Angels” and “Channeling the Guides and Angels of the Light”. The ebooks are free downloads at the authors’ websites. All three deal with handling negative emotions and the oneness of all. In “The Unseen Therapist”, negative emotions that happened to us during our lives, are the reasons for illness and disease, and it talks about the bliss of Spiritual Love for all. Melanie Beckler says to offer any negative emotion that you may feel, to the light. She also says that an act of kindness causes a quantum shift, and as it goes out into the universe and propagates, it comes back to you tenfold. My pastor often talks about how learning about our differences with others of all faiths, leads us to enrichment. He also says that when you react to meanness with meanness, you have just handed your power over to that person. In my class, our teacher always ends class says to go out have fun, enjoy life, and be an example of Spirit. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a pushover, and people who do bad things do need to be held accountable. Just don’t let the negative energy throw you off your balance and force you to respond with negative energy.

There was a movie some time ago called “Pay it Forward” about a little boy who as a class project to change the world says that if you receive a favor, then you pay it forward three times rather than paying it back. It ended up affecting thousands of people. My wife often tells me that when she goes to pay at the drive-thru at Starbucks, someone has already paid for it. So, often she does the same. If someone cuts me off in traffic, I figure that they may be in a hurry, and I back off so that there is plenty of room between us. One day I was trying to turn left into a recycling center on a busy street. There were a long line of cars coming towards me. Then a pickup truck flashed his lights and slowed down, allowing me to quickly make the turn. That was much different than the road rage that we all hear about.

As a grandfather, I get to watch a lot of animated films from the past and the present. This year’s recipient of an Academy Award for best animated film, “Encanto”, is about a family in Columbia in which all the family members have a special power except for one girl. It turns out that she has the greatest power of all, which is kindness, and ends up saving the family.

I was watching my grandchildren while dinner was being made. My granddaughter, Alene, is five and my grandson, Theo, just turned two. My grandson really liked this one toy and was playing with it for most of the time. My granddaughter had also wanted to play with it and was becoming upset that she wouldn’t have a chance to play with it. I feared that a confrontation was coming. So, I asked Alene if she could find a toy that he could play with, and then trade with him. My heart leapt for joy when he said, “Thank You, Alene. Here.” I know that it may not always be the case, and my son and daughter-in-law have working with them, but when a two year is kind, we should all be able to do the same. In my granddaughter’s school she is constantly being rewarded for acts of kindness with a paper bracelet stating what she did. She also got a note from school saying that she helped a fellow student who was new to the school and did not feel comfortable. She showed her around and sat and ate lunch with her. The power of kindness leads to cooperation and getting things done. Meanness leads to confrontation and stalemates. Kindness is really the Spiritual Love that Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and other spiritual teachers teach. While we may not currently be able to convince dictators, politicians, or TV personalities, we can spread kindness in just our everyday lives, and that will make a quantum shift in the universe and will change the world for the better.

Bob Romero has been a diligent student of esoteric spiritual subjects and metaphysics for many years, with a life-long quest for answers. He has submitted new and original articles that focus on life lessons and experiences he wishes to share with our readers and the world.

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by Roy Neal

Old Historic Astrologer

We begin the month of May with “Beltane” on Sunday, May 1st. Festivals symbolizing fertility and the planting of seeds in the earth and each other are popular at this time.

Venus enters Aries on Monday, May 2nd. A more proactive approach to going after what you want and value is favored. Venus will continue to be in Aries until it enters Taurus on Saturday, May 28th.

Mercury enters its shadow period where it slows down in preparation for its retrograde period starting on Friday, May 6th. No new projects should be started at this time and the time when Mercury will be officially retrograde from Tuesday, May 10th through June 3rd. Rethinking your plans and strategies on both personal and professional levels is recommended when Mercury is in its retrograde period. Reflection and re-connection with others is favored.

Jupiter also enters Aries on May 10th. Jupiter in Aries supports a strong desire to be proactive about travel and the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. The danger of this knowledge and wisdom might be to assume that one person’s version of the truth should somehow apply to everyone. Care should be taken not to become intoxicated by your or another person’s own fumes.

A Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse occurs in Scorpio on Sunday, May 15th. The awareness of what we need to let go of in order to manifest what we truly want and value is now at hand.

The Sun enters Gemini on Friday, May 20th. The focus now will be on communication and dialogue. Sharing ideas and information is favored.

The Last Quarter Phase of the Moon occurs in Pisces on Sunday, May 22nd. The desire for clarity may be frustrated by purveyors of lies and deception.

Mercury retrogrades back into the sign of Taurus also on Sunday, May 22nd. Careful evaluation of the facts may ultimately lead to more than one inconvenient truth.

Mars enters Aries on Tuesday, May 24th. The desire to take action may be too strong to resist even though we consciously do not have all the facts.

Venus enters Taurus on Saturday, May 28th. Relationships are likely to be formed for practical and financial reasons. Business partnerships are favored. A New Moon occurs in Gemini on Monday, May 30th. This signals a new beginning for relationships that share mutual interests, ideas and values.

Roy Neal is a professional astrological counselor with a private practice in the Denver area.  If you would like to know more about how this month impacts you personally call Roy at 720-962-4633 and schedule an update of your individual birth chart.                  


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by Roy Neal

April 19 through May 20

Taurus by Josephine Wall

The Sun enters the sign of Taurus on Tuesday, April 19th. Taurus is an earth sign ruled by the planet Venus. Taurus rules the second house of money and value. The focus of our attention during the time of Taurus will be on manifesting financial security.

Earth Day occurs on Friday, April 22nd. We benefit by doing activities that honor our Earth mother. Growing a garden and planting flowers and trees will help us reconnect with the earth. Celebrations of fertility are also popular at this time of year.

The awareness of the needs of our health and our environment is supported by the transit of Uranus in Taurus. We are awakening to what is most essential for ourselves and our community.

Our understanding of how to be environmental stewards of our planet is a priority if we are to preserve the quality of life for future generations.

Taurus is a fixed sign. People born under the sign of Taurus can be creatively stubborn. However, if you want someone with good common sense who enjoys good food and creature comforts, you will benefit from their friendship and company.

Roy Neal is a professional astrologer with a private practice in the Denver area. If you would like to know more, call Roy at 720-962-4633 and schedule an update of your individual birth chart.

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