Mercury is retrograde and I am INTO it. This makes 5 planets that are now retrograde. If you weren't listening the first 4 times, the message is slow the fuck down. Come to a complete halt. Stop trying to swim against the current. Let die whatever doesn't serve you, and offer it to the earth to decay and serve new life.
You know how when you plan an event, you need just as many people to clean up afterward, as to set up? That's what this time is. The divine post-party cleanup. It's not glamorous, but it is half of the total energy cycle. Death is part of life, decay is part of growing, stillness is part of moving. Think of the decomposers in nature, the less-lovely birds and beetles that break down dead things and make them part of the earth again. They're playing their part in the cycle so we can live these lives, and use these bodies. We need them. We can give back to them by feeding them the dead and dying parts of us - that's our part in the cycle.
The most important self-care for retrograde is release. Wrap up old tasks you've been putting off, then feel the mental space you get from not having to think about them anymore. Sit with your old wounds and fears, gently release them and offer them to the vulture. Know that these dead things nourish her, and her cleansing work nourishes you. In the stillness that comes after release, just rest. Stay home, chill out, take baths. Rebirth will come when the time is right.