Let’s make the most of this powerful time.
Perhaps it’s the rebel in me.
When Mercury Retrograde rolls around, I find myself wanting to disrupt the prevailing narrative that, you know, it’s a terrible time when terrible things happen.
I mean, that’s such a futile way of looking at a natural, unavoidable occurrence. We can’t stop Mercury Retrograde. So instead of dreading it and cursing it, why not learn to roll with it?
Besides, it really is a powerful time. You may have heard that Mercury Retrograde is a time when words that start with “re-” come into play – like rethink, revise, reevaluate, and restructure.
Here are a few more Mercury Retrograde “re-” words for your consideration: reboot, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, replenish, refresh, reignite, resurrect, reaffirm, and – last but not least – (personal) revolution.
So here’s my big idea for making this Mercury Retrograde fun.
In this post, for each day of this Retrograde period – that’s 25 days – you’ll find an action step you can take that’s aligned with the day of the week, moon sign, and moon phase for that particular day. Each action step is designed to help you flow with Mercury Retrograde so you can make the most of this magically supercharged time.
The idea is not to give you more stuff for your to-do list, but to transform a traditionally dreaded time into a self-care project. An undertaking for your personal revolution. A way to get stuck energy moving, to align with divine timing, and to show yourself you care.
Like everything that happens during Mercury Retrograde, I suggest that you approach this challenge with flexibility and openness. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Or if you need to cut an action step short so you can get to work on time or get in a full night’s sleep, don’t hesitate.
If you choose to undertake this challenge, please consider sharing about your experience in the comment section below. I’d also love for you to tag me on your social media posts about it, along with the hashtag #MercuryRetrograde25DayChallenge.
And I recommend telling your friends so you can compare notes.
OK, here we go. You ready? Let’s get proactive about loving Mercury Retrograde.
Day 1: Saturday, May 29
The first day of Mercury Retrograde can feel a little cloudy. So gently ease your way into this challenge by simply deleting old emails. If you have time, go into your old folders too, and clean everything up in there. This will help clear space in your mind and unstick old energy so you can flow with the transformational energy ahead.
Day 2: Sunday, May 30
Do you have any clothes that need mending or broken things that need repairing? Do that today. Or, if you determine you are not willing or able to mend or repair something, donate it or discard it appropriately. (If you don’t have time to mend and repair everything, just do what you comfortably can.)
Day 3: Monday, May 31
On this Memorial Day, open your heart and get your energy moving in one of the best and most immediate of ways: laughter. Set the intention to laugh, deeply and authentically. To manifest this intention, you might spend time with someone who makes you laugh or watch something funny. Extra credit if you laugh so hard you cry.
Day 4: Tuesday, June 1
Take a sea salt bath today. Dissolve a quarter cup of sea salt in a warm bath and soak. If you don’t have a bathtub, light a white candle in your bathroom and diffuse some sage or clary sage essential oil while you shower. This will cleanse and reset your personal energy in a way that will help clear and focus your mind.
Day 5: Wednesday, June 2
If you have a car, wash it today. If you have time, also clean the inside: go through all the inside compartments and get rid of junk, and give your dashboard and the inside of your windows a good wipe. If you don’t have a car, wash your bike or another piece of machinery that could use it, like a box fan or a coffee maker. Cleaning your mode of transportation or another form of machinery will open the way for harmonious travel and communication, and will support a general feeling of ease and flow.
Day 6: Thursday, June 3
Round up your loose change today. Roll it up and take it to the bank or throw it into a donation jar of your choice. Alternatively or additionally, clean out your wallet or purse. These activities will help improve your wealth vibration so you can more easily manifest money.
Day 7: Friday, June 4
It’s National Donut Day. Find yourself the most delicious looking donut you can and eat it mindfully as you rethink your relationship to diet culture. (Or, if you don’t feel like eating a donut or can’t eat donuts, get yourself any other treat that sounds good.) And if you really want to dive deep into rethinking your relationship with diet culture, pick up a copy of The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy. And read that motherf*cker.
Day 8: Saturday, June 5
Do you have any unfinished projects lying around? Like a book you started but never finished, a fairy house you wanted to build but never did, or a quilt you were excited about for minute and then sort of forgot about? Assess those projects today, and do one of three things: finish them, make a plan to finish them, or get rid of them. (Delete the book, donate the unused art supplies, etc.) Unfinished projects hold stuck energy in place. Today’s challenge is about unsticking that energy and opening up to more possibility and flow.
Day 9: Sunday, June 6
It’s time for a closet purge. Put on some music, burn some incense (if that’s your thing), and pull everything out of your clothes closet (and anywhere else where you store your clothes). Every single thing. Then only put it back in if you love it, use it, or need it. When you’re looking at an article of clothing, tune into how your body feels when you think about wearing it. Does it nourish and energize you? Or does it drain you or make you feel depressed? Our intention today is to make sure your closet is filled with things that charge you up and bolster your most positive vision of yourself.
Day 10: Monday, June 7
Today, clean out your medicine cabinet, cosmetics, and toiletries. Get rid of the stuff you no longer use and organize the stuff you do. Depending on how much time and energy you have, you could also do some extra credit stuff like cleaning your makeup brushes (if you have them) and consolidating partially used lotion bottles.
Day 11: Tuesday, June 8
Look at your social media pages today and decide if you really want to keep them. For example, I deleted my personal Facebook page some time ago (I still have my public one), and I’ve never missed it. If you do want to keep them, look at the people you follow and unfollow the ones you don’t actually want to follow. Also unfriend the ones you aren’t actually friends with (or don’t actually want to be friends with).
It’s OK. As author Matt Haig posted on Instagram, “You don’t have to follow people who made you feel shit at school you are fortyfucking five.” But even if they didn’t make you feel shit at school, if you don’t genuinely want to follow them, don’t. This is a powerful exercise in boundary setting that will carry over into other aspects of your life.
Day 12: Wednesday, June 9
Go through the photos on your phone today and delete the ones you don’t want to keep. If you don’t have time to go through all of them (I know how they can pile up), set a timer for five or ten minutes and delete as many as you can until the timer dings. By releasing these past memories on your phone, you’ll be creating space for fresh new perceptions and experiences in the future.
Day 13: Thursday, June 10
You’re already halfway through Mercury Retrograde!
Light a candle and consider your goals and intentions. Do you still want what you used to want? In a journal or notebook, write down the goals and intentions you want to keep, and see if they’ve changed at all, or if there are any new details you’d like to add. You will know a goal or intention is authentic if it fills you with joy and expansion to think about it.
Because it’s an eclipse, it’s also a good idea to examine any fears or worries that come up when you think about manifesting your intentions and reaching your goals. Bring those fears out into the light so they’re not hiding in the shadows. Simply admitting them to yourself will neutralize and drain their power.
Day 14: Friday, June 11
You’ve been moving through this retrograde period like a champ. Get yourself flowers today.
Day 15: Saturday, June 12
Today, remember to send yourself compassion. Place your hands on your heart, or possibly one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly. Really send yourself love through your hands. Notice the ways you’ve been suffering or any areas of emotional or physical pain. (We all have them.) Say to yourself (as Dr. Kristin Neff recommends), “This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is a part of life. May I be kind to myself.” And if you feel called to explore this practice further, get yourself a copy of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. And read it.
Day 16: June 13
Today’s theme is self-care, and there are two options. Option one: make any appointments you may need, such as a teeth cleaning, a checkup, an eye exam, etc. Option two: take yourself out to dinner or make your favorite meal.
(Or, if you feel like it, you can do both options.)
Day 17: June 14
It’s a great day to take a new profile pic. Go somewhere beautiful. Celebrate your unique radiance. and let yourself shine.
Day 18: June 15
Take everything out of your kitchen cupboards today and get rid of the stuff that’s expired or that you’re never going to eat. You may as well give the inside of the cupboards a good wipe while you’re at it. (If you don’t have time to do all the cupboards, just pick one.)
Day 19: June 16
Yesterday was the cupboards, today is the fridge. And the freezer if you have time. Get all the food out, wipe down the inside, and only put the food back in that you actually want and are likely to eat. Again, if there’s not time for the whole thing, just pick one shelf or drawer. The idea is to get energy moving in a positive direction, and you can always do that in little, incremental ways.
Day 20: June 17
Do you have any houseplants that need to be repotted? Today’s the day. This simple act is actually a powerful form of magic. It helps you expand your roots and feel like you have room to grow. If you don’t have any houseplants that need to be repotted, maybe get yourself a new houseplant or two.
Day 21: June 18
Today, light a stick of incense – possibly rose, vanilla, or sandalwood – and invoke the quality of balance. (If you don’t like incense or can’t burn it in your space for any reason, you can diffuse essential oil or mist your space with a little rose water.)
Day 22: June 19
It’s Juneteenth. Today, in addition to celebrating freedom and emancipation, take a moment to examine your relationship with race and racial justice. And revise as you see fit.
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(And if you’re white, I recommend the book Me and White Supremacy for this sort of self-examination.)
Day 23: June 20
Today is Midsummer, also known as the Summer Solstice! Wake up before dawn so you can watch the sunrise. Or, if you are absolutely not that kind of morning person, watch the sunset instead. Either way, toast the sun. Bring two cups of coffee, tea, wine, ale, cider, or mead: one for you and one for the sun. After you mindfully drink yours, pour the sun’s upon the earth as an offering of gratitude and love.
Day 24: June 21
It’s the last full day of Mercury Retrograde! Perform a tarot or oracle card reading. Ask to be shown what you have learned and how you have evolved during this retrograde period, as well as how you can best integrate these changes moving forward. Then deal three cards: one for past, one for present, and one for future.
Day 25: June 22
You made it! Mercury goes direct today. Light a candle, center your mind, and write in your journal. Assess what you’ve been through during this retrograde period. Note the blessings and the challenges, as well as the ways you have learned to own your magic and step into your power. Celebrate yourself. Give thanks to the Divine.
…So how was it? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.