"The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable." - Robert Henri

Today's Moon first conjoined Venus as it ingressed into Capricorn, and later today it will conjoin the magical fixed star Vega (the enchanting lyre of Orpheus and the psychopomp primordial mother Vulture). Mars inches closer to an exact square with Saturn.

Fine craftsmanship and devotion is the domain of Venus, and in Capricorn (home of Saturn), this is accomplished via consolidation that creates elegant and timeless simplicity. The Moon, mediatrix that makes manifest all on earth, calls us to contemplate and discover that which we can become committed to with deeply devout enchantment. What are you in love with so completely that all struggle would be worth the devoted pursuit of making it real?

The tension between Mars and Saturn can helping us to tie up loose ends, to sever and discard that which is in the way of creating that which we love.

This transit makes me think of the magical advice written by Rainer Maria Rilke (who has a natal Venus in Capricorn):

"Therefor, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away... and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast... be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those that stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out simple and true feelings of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent towards those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust... and don't expect any understanding but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside of it." - Letters to a Young Poet