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March 2024


2553 S. Colorado Blvd. Unit 104
Denver Colorado 80222




The Original Metaphysical Bookstore since 1972

in this issue...

with Vella Rose and Dann


Drumming CircleThursday, March 21, 2024

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

$5 drop in fee

Facilitated and lead by Vella Rose and Dann, this drum circle is the perfect occasion to examine the accomplishments of the past and begin to manifest your intentions for a positive future. Experience the transformative power of Spring Equinox with our Drum Circle, a spiritual practice focused on setting intentions, practicing forgiveness, and celebrating new beginnings.

Experience healing energy and discover your own cadence in a sacred setting.

Following an opening beat or rhythm, everyone joins in with the wide variety of drums and other percussive instruments provided to organically create an evening of fun that gives power to our intentions and carries them to Source.

Bring your own drum, or use a loaner. Please call 303-758-9113 if you would like to register.

by Bruce Johnson

Masonic Tracing BoardMasonic symbols can be seen in their Scriptures, Floor Cloths, Aprons, Jewelry and Tracing Boards. Tracing Boards are visual teaching aids where multiple symbols comprising a whole, illustrate certain spiritual principles. This article examines the symbolism of the Masonic 1st Degree Tracing Board.

The three columns, exhibiting different styles and letters, form a triangle of energy. The central column marked W, is the dual-charged apex of the triangle, and attunes to the divine will of God. Above this column is a 16-rayed All-seeing Eye of an omniscient God diffusing streams of light. The positively-charged left-hand column contains an S, and represents the eternal Love of God. Atop this column is the partially obscured 8-rayed male Sun. The negatively-charged right-hand column with a B depicts the enlightened intelligence of God. Over it is the crescent female moon with seven stars, signifying form, and the seven planes of manifestation.

The 14-runged mystical ladder, indicating movement from lower to higher spheres, exhibits the sacred number seven multiplied by two. The seated woman in yellow holding a book of Sacred Teachings, symbolizes Initiation into the Lesser Mysteries, that begin on the first rung, and end at the seventh rung. The standing woman in green on the eighth rung, holding the anchor of hope, portrays Initiation into the Greater Mysteries, that are completed on the fourteenth rung. The consummation of the Greater Mysteries is illustrated by the woman with three children standing on the uppermost rung of the ladder. Beyond this top rung, the ladder fades into the heavens.

The golden key suspended by a cable tow from the eleventh rung of the ladder marks a point of Initiation into the final three Degrees of the Greater Mysteries. The gold equal-armed square represents matter, earth, and our bodies. The gold compass symbolizes spirit and heaven. The gold plumb and level tools represent moral integrity and the equality of all souls before God, respectively. Note the relationship of these tools to the three columns.

A greater compass/square combination aligns with a point of white light located at the base of the central column. The lesser compass/square at the base of the ladder relates to the solar symbol showing a point of light surrounded by a circle bounded by two parallel lines. These points of light anchor the triangle of columns and the mystical ladder to concrete physical matter. The checkerboard floor denotes physical plane duality.

Additional symbols in this Tracing Board include – The Bible beneath the ladder indicating Sacred Knowledge, and the two opposing cube-shaped stones called ashlars, which are symbols of the unevolved and evolved human consciousness. The rough ashlar on the left indicates ignorance, darkness and death. The perfect ashlar denotes knowledge, light and life. The symbolism of the mallet, chisel and 24inch rule accompany the rough ashlar. A polishing tool symbol is positioned on top of the perfect ashlar.

The Trestle Board laying on the floor contains the plan of the Divine Architect. It symbolizes the moral law for each aspirant revealed within the Will of God. Every person has their individual Trestle Board to identify and work out the task that Infinite Intelligence has assigned to them. The four cardinal directions can be seen at the mid-points of the perimeter of the Tracing Board. The zigzag border of this particular 1st Degree Tracing Board indicates cosmic electricity, the root of all manifestation. The four tassels at the corners designate the four basic elements.

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

Purple Energy PlatePurple Energy Plates have been around since the 1970’s, but recently they have become popular with over 50 million sold worldwide. They are also known as the Tesla Energy Plates named after Nikola Tesla as it was his idea to use the sun’s power to provide clean renewable energy. Ralph Bergstresser who was a colleague of Tesla, invented the Purple Energy Plates based on Tesla’s idea and put them into production. Tesla used electricity to alter the resonance of aluminum plates to resonate with the basic vibration and frequency of the universe. They are electrochemically colored and then anodized and so they cannot be changed. The color purple is used as it is the seventh color of the rainbow and of the seventh ray which helps the healing energy of the plates.

What’s important is not how these plates are made, but the unbelievable impacts that they have on people, animals, and plants. Because they have the vibration of the universe, they are able to resonate with every atom and molecule of every object with the positive life form energy known as prana or chi, that it contacts. These purple energy plates will help relieve pain and sickness, provide protection from EMFs (Electro Magnetic Fields), and transmute negative energy. There are accounts of them reviving sick birds and sick plants. You might call these minor miracles, but Bergstresser said “A miracle is the inability to understand scientific fact”.

There are some websites such AngelWellness and PurplePlates that sell them and describe the history and the uses of the purple energy plate. Linda Goodman mentions them in her book, “Star Signs”, and their effect on relieving pain, as does Joshua Stone in his book, “Beyond Ascension”. There is an entire book written about the plates, “The Miracle of Nikola Tesla’s Purple Energy Plates” by Tim R. Swartz and Timothy Green Beckley that goes into great detail about them.

When I bought a small purple energy plate at the Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore, there was a flyer that came with it stating the same stories as putting groceries on the large plates to keep the food fresh or putting one under a pillow for better sleep. The plate that I bought was 2 and ¾ inches by 4 and ½ inches or about the size of a playing card. The large ones are 12 by 12 inches and there are some smaller disks that sometimes are available. When I mentioned them to my chiropractor, he verified all of the accounts as he purchased several of them more than 30 years ago. He puts a large one under his mattress and in his refrigerator which keeps the food fresh for a lot longer. He also mentioned that he had a client with a broken finger who cut strips from a small plate and used them as splints for his finger and it healed faster.

Whether you believe all of this or not, I can tell you that when I presented them to some of my energy healers who had not heard of the plates, they all had the exact same reaction. These people do not know each other. There was my close friend who has been practicing metaphysics for almost 40 years, my reflexologist who sends energy from the feet to the crown chakra, the nutrition specialist at the grocery store, and my acupuncturist who practices Classical Chinese Medicine, who all held the plate to their heart and said that they could feel the energy in their heart chakra. My acupuncturist wanted to know where she could get them as she felt the vibration of the universe in them, and that they could aide her in her treatments. My lower back was sore when I went to see her, and she said to put the plate under my back during the treatment. She only used three needles to focus on the treatment as it is usually done with Classical Chinese medicine. The pain was completely gone. She thanked me for referring this magical tool to her. It makes sense that the heart chakra was affected, because the positive energy from the purple plates, is love energy from the universe and from God.

(Three different sizes of these Purple Energy Plates are available for purchase at the Shining Lotus.)

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 March with the Sun, Mercury, Saturn and Neptune all in the sign of Pisces. The Sun indicates the nature of our creative self- expression and Mercury represents how we think and communicate. It is time to trust our intuition and follow our spiritual guidance.

Both Venus and Mars are in the sign of Aquarius. Independence and originality as well as the connection and social time with friends and groups is favored.

A Last Quarter Phase Moon occurs in Sagittarius on Sunday, March 3rd. We are motivated by the desire for freedom and inspiration. A short day trip could prove to be emotionally liberating.

Mercury enters Aries on Saturday, March 9th. We now begin a period of proactive decision-making.

New Moon in PiscesDaylight Saving Time begins and a New Moon occurs in Pisces on Sunday, March 10th. This is a great time to initiate new ways of helping others. Spiritual guidance and compassionate actions and activities are favored.

Venus enters Pisces on Monday, March 11th. This begins a time of trusting our intuition in how we relate with others. Exercising sensitivity and compassion with others can prove to be personally rewarding.

A First Quarter Phase Moon occurs in Gemini on Saturday, March 16th. The ability to successfully communicate our feelings will be tested.

The Sun enters the sign of Aries on Tuesday, March 19th. This event symbolizes the beginning of a new zodiac cycle and is known as the Spring Equinox.

Full Moon Lunar EclipseMars enters the sign of Pisces on Friday, March 22nd. We are likely to be motivated to help others who are in need. Compassionate action is favored.

There is a Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Libra on Monday, March 25th. The emotional need for shared experiences of mutual value is highlighted. Companionship and co-created actions and activities are favored.

Easter Sunday occurs on March 31st. This is a symbolic time of rebirth and renewal.

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.

PISCES, the fishes in 2024
by Roy Neal

Pisces - The FishesFebruary 18 to March 19

“Trust, Surrender, Forgive, Release, Accept, Allow and Receive.” This is the Pisces mantra. We are all attempting to navigate the tides of our daily emotional experience. Pisces is a water sign ruled by the planet Neptune. Neptune symbolizes our connection with spirit.

The Pisces individual benefits by choosing to cultivate their intuition through meditation, music and spiritual practice. Helping others opens their heart and allows them to be of service. Empathy and compassion are qualities that nourish their soul.

Josephine Wall PiscesThe opposite sign of Pisces is Virgo. Virgos help the Pisces person to learn discernment, practicality, and self-care. Many Pisces people need to learn about healthy boundaries and the balance between giving and receiving.

The Sun enters the sign of Pisces on February 18th and remains in Pisces until it enters Aries on March 19th at the Spring Equinox.

If you want to explore the light and dark aspects of human behavior you would do well to spend some time with someone who has the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or other personal planets in the sign of Pisces.

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.