Shining Lotus logo small


September 2023


2553 S. Colorado Blvd. Unit 104
Denver Colorado 80222


The Original Metaphysical Bookstore since 1972

in this issue...

Monday, September 4

with Vella Rose and Dan

Drumming Circle

Thursday, September 21

7:00 to 8:30 pm

$5 drop-in fee

This month we celebrate another change of seasons. Autumn is the season in which the seeds that were planted earlier in the year are finally being harvested. Come drum your Autumn Equinox intentions into being with us and reap what was sowed! No drumming experience necessary, just come with an open heart and bring your positive intentions.

Bring your drum and rattles and such. We have a few loaners available if you do not have a drum.

Call 303-758-9113 to register.


with Sunny Dowman

Sunday, September 24

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

Guardian angelsThe designations of spirit guides, spirit guardians, and spirit friends usually indicate discarnate beings that assist humans in their evolution. It’s difficult to set clearly defined lines between these particular classifications of kindhearted ethereal beings as their members can often fit into more than one category. We’ll identify the constituents of these groups and their diverse work, along with some of their alternative names.

Each individual soul during earthly incarnation has one main spirit guide from the para-human or Master Kingdom who oversees their consciousness development throughout the entire lifetime of the pupil and beyond. This great teacher, who can be either physically or spiritually ascended, knows the life lessons their charge must learn and undergo during their sojourn on Earth. A Master Teacher has a strong rapport with their student or students originating from their close connection in previous lifetimes. The Master Guide supervises the other non-physical instructors who also have prior karmic links to that personage.

Another type of spirit guide is the spirit doctor whose work is to maintain bodily health and order within the temporal and etheric vehicles[bodies] of the person they’re aiding. Spirit doctors understand the principles of chemistry and do participate in the safe, gradual chakra development of those in their care. One’s personal financial/business guide gained monetary expertise while on Earth and helps an individual in practical material fields to benefit their economic fitness.

The emotional healing guide, sometimes called the emotional development guide, is often a feminine spirit who specializes in harmonizing discord and imbalance in the astral and emotional bodies of those they comfort. They are especially present during times of our inner crises. Child guides, or messenger guides are those girls and boys who having died at an early age, act as willing helpers to those still in fleshy bodies who they serve in various beneficial ways. In addition, guides who instruct in specific areas of learning like music and art also exist in the spirit world.

Meditation LakeGuardian spirits are sometimes referred to as guardian angels, protecting angels and spirit protectors. Each human being has one primary guardian angel who like their Master Teacher, stays with them from birth to after death. This principal guardian angel acts as both a protector and guiding angel to the specific human they’re associated with. This chief human guardian angel or deva, is drawn from the white-colored devas that dwell on the etheric plane.

Among the other classes of spirit guardians, the Indian protector or Indian guide of traditional Spiritualism is perhaps the best known. Some advanced Native American spirits are especially gifted at defending persons from negative spirit entities and forces, as well as being powerful magnetic and vital-force healers. Some of the best Spiritualist literature has been dictated by incorporeal Native Americans that once lived on Earth. Thousands of seances, together with their mediums and sitters, have been effectively guarded by different Native American spirits.

Spirit friends encompass deceased friends and relatives, invisible spirit helpers, and groups of souls who band together to form rescue circles to educate and liberate earthbound spirits who often don’t realize that they have physically died. Humans still bodily encased can be part-time spirit helpers when they step out of the corporal envelope during sleep and serve in a variety of ways on the astral plane.

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

Nikola TeslaThere are many different manifestation techniques that are available. Some are shown and demonstrated on YouTube. Jake Ducey has several of these tools on his YouTube channel. He cites them as examples to his success as an author and as a prolific Internet star and personality. One of the methods that he touts as one of the most powerful is Nikola Tesla’s 3-6-9 Method. But there several other videos that also describe the same method and after watching a few of them, it seems as if they are all reading the same script. They all start off with the quote by Galileo, “The book of nature is written in the language of mathematics” and that Nikola Tesla said that the sequence of 3-6-9 holds the keys to the universe. They also point out that Tesla would walk around a building 3 times before entering the building. He would wash his dishes with 18 napkins because 18 is divisible by 3,6, and 9, and only stay in hotel rooms where the room number was divisible by 3. While he appeared to be eccentric, they point out his inventions and his concepts that laid the groundwork for other inventions.

The videos continue to follow the same script as to why Tesla felt that 3-6-9 was the key to the universe. Vortex Math is a major reason, but they don’t go into the detail. I will explain some of it later. They continue with the fact that atoms are 99.999% empty space but are manifested as physical. So, the 99.999% of an atom is represented as energy which is in the quantum field. Our DNA is composed of 3 chemical subunits sequenced 3 at a time. And each time you add 3 chemical subunits of DNA, you subsequently get 6 and 9. Scientist Marco Rodin believes that 3-6-9 represents an energy field from the third dimension to the fourth dimension. Tesla said that to find the secrets of the universe think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration. So, the technique is to use this trinity of energy, frequency, and vibration to create a magnetic field that will attract what you want.

The 3-6-9 method is very easy to do. You think of three specific affirmations that you want to manifest in your life. Some of the same examples are used in the videos like “I’m so happy and grateful that I’m making $10,000 a month”, or “I’m so happy and grateful that I healed my health and I’m in perfect health”. The trick is to start off with “I’m so happy and grateful that …” and then state what you want and say it out loud and be excited about it, so that it’s out there in the universe. After you come up with your three affirmations, you review it for 9 seconds. I found out that by saying it twice, it will take about 9 seconds. Then you do this 6 times a day for 9 days.

A video by a group called “Engineering Made Easy” explains the vortex math and elaborates on the reasons why Tesla believed in the 3-6-9 method. This was really fascinating to me especially because I’m a math junkie. They talk about how all living things are made up of cells and multicellular organisms are formed by the division of a singe cell. So, a cell divides into two cells and those two cells divide into four cells and so on until a living organism is formed. So, this is where the vortex math comes in. You start doubling and then take the digit root of each number. The digital root is the single digit number that is obtained by adding the digits that comprise the original number and resolving the sum and any following sums to a single digit. For example, 797 is 7+9+7 = 23 and 2+3 = 5. So, the digital root of 797 is 5. Hence, doubling the numbers starting with 1 will resolve as follows:

1 = 1
2 = 2
4 = 4
8 = 8
16 =1+6 = 7
32 = 3+2 = 5
64 = 6+4 = 10, 1+0 = 1
128 = 1+2+8 = 11, 1+1 = 2
256 = 2+5+6 = 13, 1+3 = 4
512 = 5+1+2 = 8
1024 = 1+0+2+4 = 7
2048 = 2+0+4+8 = 14, 1+4 = 5
and so on.

You can see that the sequence of 1,2,4,8,7,5 will continue to repeat infinitely and the numbers of 3,6 and 9 are missing. When you halve the numbers starting with 1, the sequence is 1,5,7,8,4,2 and 3,6, and 9 are still missing. If you start with the number 3 and keep doubling, the digital root of each number will be 3 or 6 and halving the numbers from 3 will always produce 3 or 6 as a digital root. If you start with the number 9 and keep doubling, the digital root will always be 9 and halving the numbers from 9 will always produce 9 as a digital root. Unfortunately, vortex math was never covered in any of my math classes, and we never talked about digital roots, as there are a lot of cases in time and space where 9 is the digital root and a few of them are discussed here.

A circle is 360 degrees and 3+6+0 =9. If you divide the circle in two, you get 180 degrees and 1+8+0 = 9. Half of that is 90 degrees, and 9+0 = 9. Half of that is 45 degrees and 4+5 = 9. Continuing on to infinity, the result will always resolve to 9. The same applies to polygons. The sum of the angles in a triangle is 180 degrees and 1+8+0 = 9. The sum of the angles in a rectangle is 360 degrees and 3+6+0 = 9. The sum of the angles of a pentagon is 540 degrees and 5+4+0 = 9. The sum of the angles in a hexagon is 720 degrees and 7+2+0 = 9. Continuing to add a side to each polygon will result in adding 180 degrees to the sum of the angles and thus will always resolve to a digital root of 9. As the number of sides approach infinity, the polygon will become a circle.

Engineering Made Easy also gives examples of number 9 being found in the universe as the digital root, like the speed of light in miles per second, the diameter of the sun, the diameter of the earth, and the diameter of the moon, in miles. Time also relates very much with the trinity of 3, 6 and 9, and especially 9. On a clock, which is a circle, you have 3, 6, 9 and 12 in rotation at 90-degree angles. 12 is 1+2 = 3. There are 60 seconds in a minute, 6+0 = 6, and 60 minutes in an hour, 6+0 = 6. Also, there are:
3,600 seconds in an hour, 3+6+0+0 = 9,
86,400 seconds in a day, 8+6+4+0+0 = 18 and 1+8 = 9,
604,800 seconds in a week, 6+0+4+8+0+0 = 18, and 1+8 = 9
1440 minutes in a day, 1+4+4+0 = 9
10,080 minutes in a week, 1+0+0+8+0 = 9.
And so on …

Another interesting fact is that if you replace 9 with 0 or 0 with 9 in a number that has two digits or more, the digital root is the same. So, in the example I gave of 797 with a digital root of 5, and replacing the 9 with a 0, the number is 707, and 7+0+7 = 14 and 1+4 = 5. They also state that our universe vibrates at a frequency of 432 hz, and when Om (Aum) is chanted correctly, it produces a frequency of 432 hz and 4+3+2 = 9. That’s why Om is considered the primordial sound of the universe. 108 is sacred in Hinduism and there are 108 beads in a mala which reduces to 9. Note that the interior of a rosary has 54 beads which reduces to 9.

It was always apparent to me that multiples of 9 resolved to 9, like 18, 27, 36, 45, and so on. And multiples of 3 and 6 resolve to 3, 6 and 9. Of course anything times 0, will be 0, and so in that case, 0 and 9 are similar. Adding the single digits up to 9 will resolve to 9, 0+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8 = 36 and 3+6 = 9. Thus 9 contains all of the other numbers and represents both nothing and everything and is found throughout space and time. Now you can see why Tesla regarded 3, 6, and 9 as sacred and are the keys to the universe because of the mathematics and the appearance of 9 throughout the universe. To me, this beautiful symmetry and order demonstrate the presence of God everywhere. So perhaps then, this method will indeed work for manifestation.

Unfortunately, none of the videos mentioned Chaldean Numerology where numbers are assigned to alphabetical letters and so that names can be resolved to a digital root. Maybe because it’s more mystical as there are characteristics and traits assigned to each digit. The Chaldean Numerology chart has the following alignments:

1 – A I J Q Y
2 – B K R
3 – C G L S
4 – D M T
5 – E H N X
6 – U V W
7 – O Z
8 – F P

Notice that 9 is missing. That’s because the Chaldeans also regarded 9 as holy and sacred. However, 9 could still be resolved as a digital root. The class that I took on Chaldean Numerology was a lot of fun as we looked at what names resolved to what numbers and then what the traits each name has according to the digital root. Take “Bob” for example, Bob is 2+7+2 = 11 and 1+1 = 2. According to Chaldean Numerology, a couple of positive traits of 2 are kindness and creativity. (I won’t mention the negative traits). 11 is considered a master number because of the two 1’s and it bestows on the digital root of 2 imagination and vision. I looked at “Jesus” and it is 1+5+3+6+3 = 18 and 1+8 = 9. “Christ” is 3+5+2+1+3+4 = 18 and 1+8 = 9. Then using the full name of “Jesus Christ” I got (1+5+3+6+3) + (3+5+2+1+3+4) = 36 and 3 + 6 = 9. I was amazed at this and thought that if we use the trinity of energy, frequency, and vibration with the trinity of love, compassion, and gratitude, we will manifest something far greater than material gain or physical wellbeing.

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 September with the Moon entering Aries on Friday, September 1st and Venus returning to direct motion in Leo on Sunday, September 3rd. Mars is currently in Libra so we benefit now by evaluating new ways of partnering with others to achieve mutual success.

Jupiter goes retrograde on Monday, September 4th. We now have Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto all retrograde. Jupiter retrograde in the Virgo decan of Taurus invites us to reflect on how to improve our work, health and service. Awareness of what is most valuable and how to proceed for the best results will naturally evolve during this retrograde period.

A Last Quarter Phase Moon occurs in Gemini on Wednesday, September 6th. Dialogue and discussion will be essential while the Moon is transiting the sign of Gemini.

New Moon in Virgo
Thursday, September 14A New Moon in Virgo occurs on Thursday, September 14th. New beginnings with regard to projects and plans will be implemented just before Mercury returns to direct motion on Friday, September 15th. Plans, strategies and mental clarity will be more common in the days following Mercury going direct in Virgo.

New perspectives and possibilities for peace and freedom can potentially be explored as the First Quarter Phase Moon in Sagittarius occurs on Friday, September 22nd. This Lunation is just one day after the United Nations International Day of Peace on Thursday, September 21st and one day before the Sun enters Libra on September 23rd. I will be creating an article on the significance of the Autumn Equinox chart later this month.

Friday, September 29 Full Moon in AriesA Full Moon occurs in Aries on Friday, September 29th. We are likely to become aware of what action we need to take in our relationships with others at this time. Healthy confrontations may be necessary in order to respect boundaries and achieve mutual understanding and clarity.

During the time while the Sun is transiting the sign of Libra we are encouraged to cultivate activities and attitudes of mutual co-operation and fairness.

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

September 23 to October 23


The Sun enters Virgo and Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo on August 23rd. Virgo is an earth sign ruled by Mercury. During the time while the Sun is transiting the sign of Virgo we will be concerned with our work, health and the practical matters of everyday life.

While Mercury is retrograde major life decisions should be postponed until we have carefully evaluated all of the factors involved. Mercury will return to direct motion by September 15th.

The key phrase for Virgo is “I Analyze.” Mental stress, anxiety and the tendency to over think things could produce health challenges at this time. It is wise to develop a daily practice of exercise, nutrition and meditation to reduce the experience of stress and anxiety.

Creative problem-solving opportunities are likely to be a regular occurrence. The Virgo soul needs to feel useful and productive. Harvesting a garden and helping others will assist personal wellness and clarity.

Virgo is a mutable sign. It is important to be flexible. Plans and policies are likely to change and we will need to adapt in order to be healthy and fully functional.

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.