“When the Student Is Ready the Teacher Will Appear”..Theosophy

                                            MW Roberto Q. Pagotan, Past Grand Master

        Free and Accepted Masons  of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines

April 5, 1946  –  February 2, 2018

There’s an old saying from  Buddhist or Chinese Book which was written more than two thousand years ago, “When the Student Is Ready the Teacher Will Appear” which means if someone is ready to learn it is possible that someone will be able to guide the person to its learning path.

It was fifteen years ago when I was searching for books and references about the secret of masonry, I noticed the square and compass logo signboard of Pagkakaisa Lodge No. 282 at Aguilar Ave, Pamplona, Las Pinas City. Innocent I was at that time about masonic temples or lodges,  I braved myself and knocked at the motorized gate, with the intention of borrowing some books or any reference material that can be studied and substantiate my research.

The entire afternoon was spent tirelessly with questions and answers with my very first good teacher of the craft,  the master of the house. I was so excited and mystified to know all that I have heard about Masonic history, that all Philippine heroes were masons, that most famous persons in the world were masons, presidents of different countries were masons, actors, inventors, and many others. The five-hour discussion was short with my inquisitive and curious mind as a thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.

From then on, I was a constant visitor at their garden with unlimited coffee on the table that it took me five months before he asked me if I really wanted to know the secret of masonry. When I said yes, he told me to write a formal request to the Secretary of the Lodge to signify my sincere intention to join  Freemasonry.

My request was granted and subsequently given an application form – but there’s my problem of who will recommend for me as there should be somebody, two masons who will vouch for my good moral character and a good citizen of the community even though I was a lay minister in our parish church. The problem was solved when my teacher Mason gave his affirmation and vouched for my application together with the secretary of the lodge. Two years passed and I was made a master mason into the mysteries of Freemasonry by completing the required three degrees of initiation as brothers and fellows have done and gone before me.

My teacher mason was none other than MW Roberto Q. Pagotan, Past Grand Master of Masons, Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.  Because of his great achievement, honor, brotherly love, and charity, the temple was named after him MW Roberto Q. Pagotan Masonic Temple and the lodge name soon to follow.

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AI, BLOCKCHAIN, CRYPTOCURRENCY AND THE TRANSIT OF SATURN – PLUTO IN CAPRICORN

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Saturn Transit in Capricorn Dec 19, 2017 – March 20, 2020

Saturn, the sixth planet away from the Sun is the second largest planet in the Solar System at 74,600 miles in diameter (120,000 kilometers). It takes 29 ½ years to orbit the Sun. Saturn has 12 moons, the largest of which is Titan. It is encircled by rings which are actually particles of ice and rock.

In Greek mythology, Cronus or Saturn in Rome, was the son of Uranus and Gaia. He led his brothers and sisters, in a revolt against their father and became the king of the gods. He married his sister Rhea. They had a total of six children, but Cronus had a bad habit of eating his newborn children to prevent them from one day overthrowing him as king of the Gods. Finally, at the birth of her last child, Zeus, Rhea tricked him into swallowing a rock instead. Zeus then beat his father, with the help of his brothers and sisters. Cronus managed to escape to the underworld which began the golden age of the earth. According to myth, when  Zeus or Jupiter became King of the Gods, Saturn introduced agriculture to the people by teaching them how to farm the land.

In Astrology, Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn and Aquarius.  He is a teacher planet who teaches  discipline, commitments, strictness, hard work and responsibility. His lesson is harsh, brings definition, and often limitation, to the planets it aspects but it help us grow and understand the world around us.

Saturn is considered a malefic planet if aspected in some  signs like Cancer the opposite of Capricorn.  In adverse condition, this planet gives sorrow, misery, poverty, loss, separation from relationship, death, bad health, accidents, and hurdles in life.  Saturn represents everything that is old, rigid and traditional, and symbolizes materialism, suffering, anguish, setbacks, disappointment and enmity. Also failure, greed, oppression, hatred, and chronic diseases belong to its domain, but when placed in beneficial house and signs, it bestows good health, great fortune, fame, and wealth.

Saturn is in its exaltation in the sign of Libra; Saturn is in its fall in the sign of Aries (opposite the sign of its exaltation); and Saturn is in its detriment in the sign of Cancer (opposite the ruling sign of Capricorn).

When Saturn is well situated in the birth chart, the individual is sparingly, diligent, persevering, reliable, stable, patient and possesses the ability to concentrate. Saturn is also the planet of strict justice. It is conservative and practical and affects the physical life elements; it indicates career and ambition.

Saturn in Capricorn governs big business, farming, mining, and other earth related works, and when he is home to his ruling sign, you can expect power, authority to government, institution and society, but needs hard work, diligence, no cutting corners, material reality and success.

Saturn Transit in Capricorn  on December 2017 highlighted the Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and  Artificial Intelligence

Big event is coming up as Saturn Planet transits Capricorn. Saturn Planet takes 2 ½ years to transit each sign  and approximately 29 1/2 years to travel around the sun through the 12 zodiac signs.

The Bitcoin hype of reaching  $2O,OOO  in coindesk price index per bit from the price of $9OO at the start of the year 2O17,  marks the transit of Saturn in Capricorn after the 2 ½ year stay in mutable Sagittarius. With the introduction of block chain technology which database is tampered proof and secured from hackers in the form of identification wallet and QR code, the year 2O18 will be the focus of cryptocurrency market. The Blockchain is the new technology development being implemented behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrency production by farming or computer mining. It was invented in 2008 by a person, or a team of people, named Satoshi Nakamoto.  According to report, it is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.

Its design goal is to speed up and simplify how transactions are recorded. Any type of asset can be transacted using the blockchain in an entirely decentralized system. On the blockchain, trust is established, not by powerful intermediaries like banks, governments and technology companies, but through mass collaboration and clever code. Settlement and clearing time is reduced to seconds. The distributed ledger is replicated on thousands of computers around the world and is kept secure by powerful encryption algorithms. The technology is so disruptive that it may in time spur new changes in how companies and even governments work.

Blockchain provides the opportunity to introduce new products and services, reduce costs of existing services and significantly reduce transaction times, from days to seconds.

QR code

QR Code.. A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) that is readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an intelligence exhibited by the machines. Fintech companies deal with a lot of data points and put it into action but analyzing it, drawing insights and learning from the ever growing data to evolve, is where the role of Artificial Intelligence comes in, as it helps to make sense of the data and provide key enablements for the system to evolve.

The scope of AI will impact various key areas within the Fintech industry, like: customer support, reporting tools, data security, decision-making, etc. In financial services, AI will be deployed in the back-end to improve decision making and financial analysis while on the consumer facing side, it will transform the interface for human interactions with the software and the use of chat bots and voice systems for customer support, thereby lowering the costs.

Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence technologies have already begun paving the way for drastic transformation in the Fintech industry and  its mass adoption across the markets will  accelerate at speed the new financial ecosystem.

Pluto in Capricorn. Jan. 26, 2008 – Nov. 19, 2024

In Astrology, Pluto, the planet of transformation is halfway on his travel in Capricorn. This slow moving planet revolves around the sun in 248 years and staying 12 to 16 years in each sign of the  zodiac.

In Greek Mythology, Pluto or Hades is the  God of the Underworld who abducted Persephone the daughter of his sister Demeter. He was considered to be the God of wealth and hidden treasure.

Pluto is associated with renewal and rebirth. It represents endings and new beginnings, as well as spiritual growth and rebirth. Negative expression of Pluto is an obsessive desire for power and control and general destructiveness.

Pluto’s dark powers of control, through money, is a theme that each of us will wrestle with, in some form or another. The specter of debtor’s prisons has risen in the news here and there, but it’s not likely to go that far.

Bitcoin is the most well-known cryptocurrency and digital payment system that was created in 2009 .  It was introduced just a few months after the collapse of the global banking sector and upon the transit of Pluto in Capricorn.

Cryptocurrency  market  capitalizations as of 27 January 2018, in billions of US dollars.

Pluto, the God of the underworld,  controls the cryptocurrency.