We're now in what's called the 'tunnel between the eclipses' since we're in the gap between two. The first, you may remember, was at 26 Aries on October 18, the second will be at 12 Scorpio next Sunday, November 3.
And truly, you may have the feeling that your life is temporarily ‘on hold'. Big external forward-motion rarely happens until the SECOND eclipse occurs. That’s just how these tunnels go. But this year, the feeling of suspension is even more pronounced since Mercury is retrograde until November 10. While eclipse pairs come twice every year, they rarely fall in a complete mesh with Mercury (the planet of communication) being on vacation.
So what's it all mean?
Well, we are in the Prep Tunnel to end ALL Prep Tunnels. It's like when some indigenous cultures speak about letting your soul catch up with your body after a long trip. After the tempestuous year of 2013, we're given a blessed 'rest and recover' stretch. Take it if you can.
The other day I smiled when I received a certain apropos line in Hexagram 48 of the I Ching (called "The Well").
It says, The well is being lined with stone. No blame.
With the translation: If a well is being lined with stone, it cannot be used while the work is going on. But this is not in vain; the result is that the water stays clear. In life also there are times when one must put oneself in order. During such a stretch one can do little for others, but the work is nonetheless valuable, because all the more can be accomplished later.
Take as your own if you need. It may help in a culture that doesn't really value taking time to rest, recover, or sort oneself out.
Anyway, outer matters gain momentum from November 3 onward at the earliest (and maybe not till mid-November when Mercury unscrambles).
But Now is good for many things.
Prepare, prepare. Clean. Rest. Weed. Fix what’s broken. Redo what’s needed. GREAT for a cleanse. Feng shui. Release (or at least limit) time with those who consistently leave you drained, exhausted or feeling bad. (Oh my goodness, you know who they are). Be gentle and kind to yourself. Focus inside.
Meditate, relax, sink into Now.
And if you do feel on ‘hold’ why not let yourself be held (by the Divine) ?
‘Change me Divine Beloved into one who relaxes and embraces the periods of preparation, trusting all unfolds exactly as it needs to at the right time and all needs are met. Hold me serenely in Your Love.'
Besides, the coming November/December shifts are so pivotal you may WISH you had rested and prepared! So don’t bother wasting Now. This time really serves a high purpose.
By the way, both these recordings are great for this period. They bring the mind into a state of receptivity and relaxation so different than agitation, grasping and impatience.
Each may take several listens to absorb fully and both are great for cleaning!