Here are your challenges for September 23-29
There’s really no wrong way to do the Mercury Retrograde Challenge. So if you want to jump in late, why not? Consider yourself right on time.
If you are just jumping in, here’s where you can get oriented to the challenge. (You can just read the intro to get an idea.)
Remember: you can do the practical challenge or the journal prompt. Or, if you have extra time, you’re an overachiever, or you just feel so inspired, you can do both. Whatever feels right each day.
Day 15: Friday, September 23rd
Practical Challenge: Clean, clear, and organize your beauty supplies and toiletries. And how about throwing in nutritional supplements too for good measure. (If it’s been a while, wash those makeup brushes! And beauty blender sponges!)
Journal Prompt: How do you (or would you) most love to take care of your body and appearance? Hot baths? Facial steams? Manicures? Eating fresh local produce? Drinking plenty of water? Trying new makeup tutorials? What new practices would you like to try? What treatments and habits can you incorporate more of? Put some of this aspirational self-care in your calendar, and possibly on your grocery list. Actually schedule it and plan for it.
Day 16: Saturday, September 24th
Practical Challenge: Clean, clear, and organize your incense, candles, herbs, and other magical supplies.
Journal Prompt: What magic would you like to work soon? What types of spells and rituals is it almost time for you to perform? Get clear on your intentions and put some magical plans in your calendar. Compose spells or find existing ones that fit. Consult your magical library if necessary. (Or add to it!) Or just use the search feature on this blog.
Day 17: Sunday, September 25th
Practical Challenge: The new moon today is in Libra, and it’s Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year festival). Place an apple on your altar for the Goddess and ask her to bless another apple with the energies of sweetness, beauty, and love. Then, mindfully and attentively, eat your apple. (Keep the Goddess’s on your altar until the full moon or until it starts to perish. Then put it outside or in a compost bin.)
Journal Prompt: What new friendships, relationship dynamics, and/or romantic conditions are you calling in? Discuss each one in the present tense, as if it’s already true. Really get into the energy of how it feels for you to experience these things.
Day 18: Monday, September 26th
Practical Challenge: Create more balance in your relationship with the internet and social media by limiting screen time, deleting any accounts that cause you more grief than pleasure, and unfriending/unfollowing as needed.
Journal Prompt: Which social media apps and sites do you look at daily or almost daily? For each one, write about how you feel when you look at it and how you feel after you’ve looked at it. What makes you feel good about the app/site, and what makes you feel not-so-good? With all of this in mind, in what ways could you adjust your habits in order to establish greater harmony?
Day 19: Tuesday, September 27th
Practical Challenge: Harmonize your inner landscape by meditating for 10 minutes today. If you already have a daily meditation practice, try something new, like meditating outside or listening to a guided meditation you’ve never done before.
Journal Prompt: Do you meditate daily? If so, what changes have you noticed in your mood and mental clarity over time? If not, would you like to start? If so, make a plan for doing so. Decide where you will meditate and when. Also, how: will you use an app? Will you just set a timer? Will you do a chakra clearing meditation or possibly a magical hygiene meditation regularly? What?
Day 20: Wednesday, September 28th
Practical Challenge: If you have an altar, spruce it up today. Clean and rearrange it. Perhaps find a new image (statue, framed picture) to represent the Divine. Or choose a very simple altar set-up like I have: just a single symbol for each of the five elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit). If you don’t have an altar, set one up! Either way, make your altar a space that represents and holds the energy of your relationship with transcendence, inspiration, and power.
Journal Prompt: How do you refer to the Divine, or (as Joseph Campbell defined God) “that which transcends all levels of rational thought”? How do you conceptualize the Divine? How do you work with the Divine? What does the Divine mean to you?
Day 21: Thursday, September 29th
It’s National Coffee Day.
Practical Challenge: If you like coffee, get or make yourself a cup just like you like it. Then savor it mindfully, without your phone nearby. Let it be its own meditation. If you don’t like coffee, do the same with an alternative beverage of your choice.
Journal Prompt: Do you provide yourself with plenty of healthy and enjoyable beverage options each day? That don’t cost you a fortune? Maybe you’d like to start adding apple cider vinegar and a splash of grape juice to bubbly water and drinking it through a reusable straw. Or brewing your own kombucha. Or pressing your own green juice. Or possibly it’s time to pay a visit to the local tea shop. Brainstorm ideas for healthy everyday drinks you’d like to have on hand that might also help you save your Starbucks money.
Only a few days left! Here are the final 3 days.