Rob Sato

New Moon in Capricorn – Center of Gravity 17th January 2018 10:17 am, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The tide and feeling has perceptibly shifted, since Saturn entered the sign of Capricorn near the last Winter Solstice. The dynamism, fire and surprise element of the past years has given way to an Earthy, weighty grounding. There is gravitas, an initial movement and reorientation around this new energy of so much Earth, a searching for our personal center of gravity.
Where we can root down and build is the order of the day, and the theme for the coming year. This New Moon can be considered to be an opening sequence and introduction of what to expect in this couple of years, building up to the monumental stellium in Capricorn in 2020. This stellium (a group of 3 or more planets in the same sign, or house) features the luminaries Sun and Moon, as well as Venus and Pluto.

There is a chthonic rumble and movement brewing. Pluto is lord of the underworld and here he is configured with Saturn, the luminaries and Venus, bringing our awareness to our personal and collective shadow material. The Plutonian process is a searing, intense and often difficult. Together with Saturn, we are stripped bare of illusions. What has broken down and no longer works needs to die, so that we can build, and begin.

This stellium in Capricorn seems to be pointing at the foundational strength of our relationships and our relationship to value, money, success and time. The energy of Saturn and Pluto together can be quite harsh, and we may be shown in no so gentle ways the cracks in our foundation. The good news is it will be quite plain to see where the work is to be done. This New Moon seems to be asking us to shape up, and to break down the elements of what we need to do, step by step to arrive at our personal mountain tops.

Uranus, in the final degrees of Aries makes a tense square aspect to the stellium in Capricorn. Square aspects are a challenge, and Uranus wields lighting bolts and tosses it where we least expect it. This could cause ruptures and rude awakenings as Uranus in Aries is the need to present and embody the new, what is innovative and future reaching. Uranus in Aries is also about the liberation of the self from the rigid boundaries and traditions that is symbolized by Saturn and Capricorn.

The Square aspect requires that both sides work dynamically to produce growth and results. Innovation and liberation require discipline and patience for it to make an impact and difference in our lives and in the world. Uranus in Aries is leaving Aries for Taurus soon. We are integrating the final lessons of Uranus in Aries’s teachings of how to be free to courageously be ourselves, within the requirements reality, our boundaries, capabilities and responsibilities.

Uranus in Aries will also challenge the hanging on to tradition for its own sake, and we may be having important conversations, and/or adjustments in our life that can help us to cull and sort what we wish to keep of the old and the new so that we can move forward in a good way.

Still, despite the rumblings that are going on above and below ground, the goat is creature with steady feet. We can take a cue from the mountain goat and find our own center of gravity at this time as we pave our way in the new year.

Happy Capricorn New Moon ~~


Full Moon in Cancer – Homing Signal, 2nd January 2018 at 10.24 am, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Crossing the threshold into 2018, we encounter the bright and luminous Full Moon in Cancer, welcoming us home.

This is quite a start to the New Year, as the Moon is in her own home sign of Cancer, and opposite to the Sun, Venus, Pluto and the star of the show, Saturn in his own sign of Capricorn. Saturn’s recent ingress into Capricorn brings us to a defining moment as Saturn, strong in his own sign sets up much of the atmosphere, theme and work, not only for this coming year, but for the next two years to come, peaking in 2020.

Saturn in his own Capricornian territory for the next two and a half years can help us to truly form our destinies. The times ahead of us in the next years are truly transformative, not only on the personal level, but in the world at large. Saturn demands realism, integrity and personal responsibility.

On the global level, we are already seeing, and will continue to see more examples of people in places of power who have abused their power, and who are out of alignment with integrity be brought to their fall. Saturn in Capricorn brings a cosmic rebalancing as we move through these times.

In our own lives, we will be asked to look at where we are in or out of balance with integrity and responsibility, and work to build the flaws in our foundation. Where Capricorn is in our natal charts describe where the work and focus for us is. Saturn in Capricorn is the master builder, we have the opportunity now to be on track with our true work. The gift won from Saturn is gaining our own inner and outer mastery. If we are willing to do the work, we can see the realization of our dreams at the end of Saturn’s transit in Capricorn.

So much Capricorn and Saturn at the start of the New Year brings a sombre tone. Venus and Pluto in the mix brings about a certain dark intensity. Where we are at with our life and relationship values, ethics and commitments may be brought to the fore. Opposite to all of this activity is the Moon in Cancer, in a Grand Trine with Neptune and a Jupiter-Mars conjunction. This is an emotional swell that counters the sometimes too stark realism of so much Saturn and Capricorn. Our sensitivities, longing to belong, our soulful inner life and emotions are a homing signal that we can follow to find our own way ‘home’, our place in the world.

The Cancer-Capricorn axis teaches us how to balance the soulful inner/emotional life with the life of mastery/work and achievement. Both poles inform each other, and we need to know and feel our deep roots of belonging so that we can reach the heights of mastery in the world.

Happy New Year. May our path be lit with love and blessings, and we may find our way home, to a sense of belonging with each other and to the world.

Art by Yuri Shwedoff

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New Moon in Sagittarius – Cosmic Download, 18th November 2017 2.30 pm Kuala Lumpur

It is a reflective time of the year, as we prepare to enter the gateway through the Winter Solstice on the 21st of December. This will be an especially significant Winter Solstice, for Saturn’s home coming in his own sign happens just before the start of Capricorn season. Saturn in his own sign for the next approximate 2 and a half years promises to be a time for getting down to the serious business of living our real life. It is a time for reality checks, lessons and rewards where we have been putting in the hard work, and ‘doing it right’.

Before the Winter Solstice is this New Moon, in the aspirational, forward looking sign of Sagittarius. The Moon, Sun, Saturn, Venus and Mercury, still in his retrograde phase in Sagittarius is significant, for we find this planetary line up clustered around the degree of the Galactic center, currently found at 27°3’ of Sagittarius.

The Galactic center is the beating heart of the Milky Way. Our Solar System orients us around the Sun. The Sun in our Astrological charts represent our innermost essence of being, the spark of life and divine force and radiance within us. Our Solar System in turn rotates around the Galactic Center. This mysterious Galactic center hints at a larger purpose and story, taking us beyond the confines of our ‘Sole/Solar’ perspective.

The significance and impact of the Galactic Center has been described by Astrologers as being a direct line to awakening, fuelling our evolution and zapping us with cosmic downloads of mystery and meaning.

Melanie Rhinehart, in an article about the Galactic Center writes, ‘When the last five degrees of Sagittarius are stimulated by transiting planets, a process of awakening is initiated… A time of accelerated spiritual development occurs, with its attendant life challenges which may include rapid change, separations, crisis, illness and stress as outmoded ideas are released.’

This message of accelerate spiritual development feels especially important at this New Moon. Attendant with this acceleration, we are witnessing both on the inner and outer levels, local and global levels the difficult challenges and changes taking place in our times. Saturn in Capricorn reinforces the discipline and responsibility necessary for us to take the next steps forward. We can step into the next level of personal mastery, claiming our inner authority by looking at where Capricorn falls in our natal charts. That is where the lessons, and work around our personal mastery and responsibility lie in the coming two and a half years.

Before Saturn in Capricorn is Saturn at the final 29th degree of Sagittarius, the final in the line up of planets at this New Moon clustered around the Galactic Center. The final message and gift of Saturn in Sagittarius here at this time of seeding may be for us to once and for all surrender our personal limiting stories and beliefs, and to allow ourselves to receive and to dream up our bigger, brighter life, the one that our hearts are longing to live. There is also something here about how daring to live the larger, more purposeful and true live impacting others around here, igniting a chain of inspiration that has a positive influence of all of live as we dream together the great dream. Saturn’s presence here also cements a sense of seriousness and urgency about getting it right, getting down to work. The cosmic download and direction is now made available at the New Moon for us to tune into. May we all hear and receive the instructions of our heart’s truth so that we may live true and well.

Happy New Moon and many blessings xox

Painting by Mark Warren Jacques

Alice Newell Hanson

Full Moon in Gemini and Mercury Retrograde – Mind Space, Vision Space 3rd December 2017, 11:46 pm, Kuala Lumpur

The element of Air sets the tone of this Full Moon in Gemini. Gemini is the first Air Sign in the Zodiacal wheel, our merry trickster and the messenger of the Gods. The air element in Astrology presides over thought, and the weaving together of thought.

Intellectual study, expression, communication, learning, and social exchange are some of the domains of the Air Signs. Of the Air pantheon, Gemini is known as the archetypal trickster and messenger. We can view Gemini’s role as both the trickster and messenger as relating to the function of thought and our minds. Our thoughts have the potential to trick us and to lead us down a garden path. We may struggle with the identification with thought, grappling with our monkey mind, and lose the experience of our whole selves to being in our heads.

On the flip side, and there always is a flip side to Gemini, who presides over duality, is the ability of our minds to be the receptacle for a divine or true message, for our minds to be a vehicle that channels creativity and inspiration, communication as a conduit for the sacred.

It is known in all traditions that words and thoughts can create, alter or charge reality. Everyday we receive in our unconscious spells from the media, advertising, school, Facebook. We cast spells with the words we say to each other. All of us know the dark magic of words that have scarred us and altered how we felt or thought about ourselves. We also hopefully have experienced how a kind word set us on a new and empowered trajectory in our lives.

In the sacred traditions there are Mantras, incantations, meditations to purify our minds, to work with the potent force contained in words, sound, thought. It is a good time at this Gemini Full Moon, to see what spells in the way of your language, your words and thoughts are creating and casting in and around the reality we are all part of, and creatively contributing to.

In considering the Air element, we may also consider Space as a higher octave of Air. In giving ourselves fresh air to breathe, physical, emotional and mental space, we renew ourselves. If we can find the silent space in between the the rush of life, or in between musical notes, or words in our favourite book we might find deeper, newer possibilities, a break beyond surface words and noise, newness, of the world, life and ourselves being breathed into being.

On the same day as the Full Moon, Gemini’s ruler, Mercury goes Retrograde. This is significant and highly symbolic. The retrograde motion of planetary bodies brings about a reversal or disruption to the ‘normal’ way that a planet operates. Hence, the famous feature of Mercury Retrograde, travel mix ups, delays, technical issues, technology breakdowns and communication bungles.

When Mercury goes retrograde, he is seemingly moving backwards from our point of view on Earth, and often we also are drawn into having to go over things a few times, or revisit the past, in the form of people or memories, events from the past surfacing for us to consider. More importantly, and what is less known, is the opportunity that Mercury Retrograde presents. Mercury Retrograde brings about a much needed pause from the constant liner, logic driven narrative of our times, and offers to us an internal, imaginative space, drawing us into reflection. Mercury is now in the sign of Sagittarius, which is said to be in its detriment. It is said that Mercury is in its detriment here because, Sagittarius, in taking in the whole vision, meaning and picture, often misses the open flexibility of Mercury’s process of taking in details, ideas and connecting the dots.

Mercury’s retrogradation at this Full Moon in the sign of Sagittarius however will serve us well, if we can patiently sit with a vision and picture that doesn’t quite make sense yet. We are likely to feel the tension and being stretched in different directions as we encounter the T-square of the Sun and Moon to Neptune, all lying at 11 degrees of the Mutable signs. This requires flexibility and an ability to let go.

The T-square of the Moon, Sun and Neptune resemble a piecing together of a visionary dream we have in our hearts. We gather clues, a message, fragments of dreams that have come through, look at the directions laid before us. Gemini offers to think and talk through it while Sagittarius looks at does it best to divine a direction. The crashing waves of Neptune may bring something to our shores, or sweep away a cherished idea or belief we have. This T-square has the potential to bring through a healing message in a bottle, but we may need to be comfortable with ambiguity for now, and sit with the symbols, let them make sense in their own time.

Our retrograde Mercury is also sitting next to Old Man Saturn, at the tail end of his tenure in Sagittarius. This is no accident, we have the opportunity now, to do our retrograde work of the lessons Saturn’s two year stay in Sagittarius. Review, Rework, Redo, Release and Research what we have learned about our moral, spiritual foundations, our true beliefs, our faith and our ideals and how they carry us through life.

This Full Moon in Gemini will bring up the situations and circumstances that relate to this final review. This is a propitious time to become aware of the last stubborn driving beliefs and thoughts, and offer them up to the vision/mind space of this Full Moon and Mercury Retrograde to release and reboot your own, clearer, more inspired vision/ mind space. May it be so.

Have a wonderful Full Moon in Gemini.

Photo by Alice Newell Hanson

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