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Wednesday, July 5 through Tuesday, July 11

with Sunny Dowman

Sunday, July 30
2:00 to 3:00 pm


Sunny DowmanIf you are thinking about your future, your past, or just your place in the physical present, you owe yourself a visit with Astrologer Sunny Dowman. Sunny has been a student of astrology, both natal and transit, for many years and is currently studying with Chris Brennan’s Astrology School. Join Sunny and your friends for a fun and informational look at the astrology of the month ahead. Don’t miss this class.

This is a gallery Astrology discussion group that meets on the last Sunday of each month. The class is free for all participants and seating is limited to 15. 

by Bruce Johnson

The Law of Cause and Effect - KarmaThe Law of Cause and Effect, is a merciful, just, and beneficial Natural Law that is ceaseless in activity, universal in operation, eternal, and never errs. This great law is also known as the Law of Karma, The Law of Causation, The Law of Equilibrium, and The Law of Compensation, is symbolized in the Justice Tarot card. The Law of Cause and Effect is intrinsically interrelated with the Laws of Reincarnation and of Cycles and is totally unaffected by the passage of time. Through this Law each individual is made responsible for their actions and ultimately become in fact their own saviors or condemners.

The Law of Cause and Effect functioning in the human world decrees that the mental, emotional, and physical forces groups or individuals express are seed causes that manifest with resultant effects. Good thoughts, emotions, words, and deeds cause joy, freedom, and pleasure. Hurtful or evil expressions in these areas create pain, limitation, and suffering. The Law of Causation is indifferent to human joy or sorrow caused by collective or personal free-will choices. This Law simply adjusts consequences or effects to actions, thereby maintaining order and harmony throughout the universe. This Law, often surprising in operation, brings humanity education, development, and spiritual progress toward perfection.

Karma, which means action, or motion, can be of three kinds. Latent karma involves those previous seed causes that are presently inactive and will have an effect later in the present life or in a future life. Active or ripe karma includes those causes which are in the process of fruition and being reaped in the present lifetime. New karma describes those forces generated in this incarnation that will bear fruit in that group’s or person’s future. Group action and its effects can manifest on world, national, racial, regional, city, or family levels.

Good Karma signCausation as directed energy is of three basic types. Positive or good causes invariably result in happiness, harmony, health, and spiritual attunement. Combined positive and negative causes generate a mixed effect dependant on the types of causes and the amount of good or evil in them. Many humans swing between pairs of opposites, initiating both good and negative actions, having as a result pleasant and unpleasant consequences. Evil or harmful actions always create disharmony, pain, obstacles, unhappiness, and lack of opportunity for soul growth. There is an occult maxim that states- Love brings all earthly karma to a finish.

Every human being brings into this life a combination of positive, neutral, and negative causes initiated in past lifetimes that they’re balancing out and working through. It’s important to know that karma is not the static inevitable thing some occult writers have erroneously made it to be. The forces that normally manifest as karmic fruits can often be ”interfered with” and modified, added to, transmuted, or offset by other forces. The student who understands the Law of Cause and Effect can intelligently begin to use this inescapable Law to create positive karma to neutralize the effects of negative energies already set in motion.

Karmic offenses can be divided into two basic groups. Minor offenses go into kind of a general fund, and don’t create the personal connection in the manifestation of karma. More serious transgressions are always paid off through the interactions of the souls involved in creating the karmic imbalance.

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.

by Bob Romero

Violet FlameThere is a lot of information that is now accessible about the Violet Flame. There are countless videos available on the internet and especially on YouTube. Melanie Beckler has several guided meditations that are very inspirational and will make you feel good. Elizabeth Oakes has an excellent article on her website about crystals that are embodied with the healing energy of the Violet Flame. The most notable stone is Amethyst which is readily available and can be found in many different types of presentations including clusters and tumble stones. The Violet Flame energy in this crystal is very powerful for healing.

I decided to research the Violet Flame because I see purple when I close my eyes during meditation, listening to a guided meditation, receiving a holistic treatment like Reiki or acupuncture, and Shavasana at the end of Yoga. The first time that I saw it was during my first Reiki treatment. At first there were dark purple splotches that would fade in and out. Lately, I am seeing bright purple spots that get larger as if they are coming at me. Sometimes all I see is purple.

The Violet Flame to Heal Body, Mind, & SoulI came across a book by Elizabeth Clare Prophet called “Violet Flame” in which she states that the ascended master Saint Germain released the knowledge of the power of the Violet Flame. There are some videos of her invoking the Violet Flame loudly and her cadence speeds up as she goes along. That seemed kind of scary and cultish to me, but maybe it was due to my own shortcomings. She was very controversial during the 1980’s and 1990’s, but it is not right for me to judge her. My pastor has told us that to learn about other faiths and religions is enrichment. So, I read the book. It was very easy to read and uplifting. There are lots of testimonials from people who used the Violet Flame for healing and for difficult circumstances. And while I may not agree with her on some things, I took away some very valuable lessons about using the Violet Flame. For one thing, using the spoken word is very powerful. She uses mantras and decrees to invoke the Violet Flame for healing illnesses and situations. That’s why she speaks loudly. The other thing is that the reason that she speeds it up, is to speed up the molecules and the atoms so that the vibration increases the use of the energy. That now makes sense to me from a quantum physics point of view. She also has lots of information about Saint Germain and his alchemical use of the Violet Flame for healing.

The basic mantra to invoke the Violet Flame that she uses is:
“I AM a being of violet fire!
I AM the purity God desires!”

I AM is from I AM THAT I AM that was given to Moses. So, we’re invoking the Divine within us. We may also think of it as calling upon the Holy Spirit to help us. It also reminds me of Gary Craig’s Unseen Therapist where we recall negative emotions and use our higher Self to release them. Similarly, the Violet Flame also transmutes negative karma so that we can heal.

Recently I went for a massage from a massage therapist who incorporates Reiki into her massage. I saw a lot of bright purple and violet during the massage. Afterward, before I said anything, the therapist said that she saw lots of purple and lavender. So, when I was driving back home, I said loudly and repeatedly:
“I AM a being of violet fire!
I AM the purity God desires!”

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.

by Roy Neal

Old Historic Astrologer

We begin the month of July with the Sun and Mercury in Cancer and both Saturn and Neptune retrograde in Pisces. Cancer is ruled by the Moon. The Moon symbolizes our emotional feelings and needs. The focus of our attention is on home, family and emotional security.

FullMoon in CapricornA Full Moon occurs on Monday, July 3rd in Capricorn. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and represents our goals and desire for success and achievement. Plans and strategies involving business and home related projects are favored. Investments in helping others will provide emotional and spiritual rewards.

A Last Quarter Phase Moon occurs in Aries on Sunday, July 9th. Motivation to initiate new projects is further enhanced as Mars enters the sign of Virgo on Monday, July 10th.

Mercury entering Leo also on July 10th inspires us to express our thoughts and ideas to others. Our ability to authentically express our truth to others is enhanced while Mercury and Venus are transiting the sign of Leo.

Opportunities to experience new ways of manifesting financial independence and knowledge continue as Jupiter and Uranus transit the sign of Taurus.

A New Moon occurs in the sign of Cancer on Monday, July 17th. This event is also the same day that the transiting North Node retrogrades back into the sign of Aries and conjoins the New Moon/Solar Eclipse point which occurred on Wednesday, April 19th. This activation symbolizes that the direction of our soul growth is now related to the experience and expression of a new sense of self. Our new emotional experience of self is enhanced by the surrender of our personal identity and will to the inner promptings of our spiritual nature. Strengthening our intuition and developing a regular spiritual practice at this time will prove to be mentally and emotionally beneficial.

Venus goes retrograde in Leo on Saturday, July 22nd right before the Sun enters Leo. A re-evaluation of our finances and relationships will occur while Venus is retrograde in Leo. Venus will not go direct until Sunday, September 3rd. The spotlight of our attention will be on children, loved ones and our creative and recreational activities while the Sun is transiting the sign of Leo.

Chiron goes retrograde in Aries on Sunday, July 23rd. Opportunities to evaluate the congruence of our true self with the activity and expression of our social personality will continue while Chiron is retrograde in Aries. Chiron will be retrograde in Aries until December 26th.

A First Quarter Phase Moon occurs in Scorpio on Tuesday, July 25th. Our awareness of what we need to let go of will support our experience of emotional wellness and personal empowerment.

Mercury enters Virgo on Friday, July 28th. Clarity about our priorities and what is essential for optimum wellness and productivity will support good decisions and communication.

Roy Neal is a professional astrologer 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.

by Roy Neal

June 21 to July 20

Cancer the CrabThe Sun enters the zodiac sign of Cancer on Wednesday, June 21st. Cancer is a water sign ruled by the Moon. The Moon describes characteristics of our emotional nature and how we relate with women and our mother.

The key phrase for Cancer is “I Feel.” The Cancer person is primarily concerned with home, family and emotional security.

Cancer, the CrabPeople who have the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or other personal planets in the sign of Cancer are often good cooks; they desire to nurture and nourish others.

The Moon symbolizes our moods which are often quite changeable from day to day. Understanding the significance of the Moon’s cycle and it’s different phases can give us insight into the emotional tone for any particular day and time. Because of the influence of the Full Moon on the tides of the ocean and the fluids of the body, it is unwise to schedule operations around the time of the Full Moon.

Roy Neal is a professional astrologer 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.