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Cafe Mystic - Issue #2

Welcome to the second issue of Cafe Mystic, a lovingly curated, monthly newsletter for people who lik
Cafe Mystic - Issue #2
By Sara Runciman • Issue #2 • View online
Welcome to the second issue of Cafe Mystic, a lovingly curated, monthly newsletter for people who like to go deep and wide, featuring interesting ideas, people and unexpected gems of wisdom and understanding.
This month I write about mental health, and share with you some fascinating articles and podcasts about perspectives and stories of lived experience with mental illness.
I’ve also put together an astrological update for some of the energies in play for February, as well as my favourite podcast episodes, fascinating short reads and great television I’ve loved this month. The beautiful poet, Mary Oliver, passed away a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve also shared one of my favourite poems of hers.
My dearest wish is that you be curious, interested and inspired. May you enjoy this collection of ideas and come back again and again over the month, tasting and sampling what interests you.
With love and affection,
Sara

Mental health - a blog post
Mental health is a tricky subject for some reason. We tend to think about mental health in terms of illness rather than something that is an intrinsic part of our humanness, in the same way that our physical health is known to be. When we think of mental health we imagine acute illnesses that frighten us, like psychosis and bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and severe depression. This kind of thinking is a bit like equating physical health in terms of severe disease like cancer, heart attacks or brain aneurysms.
The Trip Treatment | The New Yorker
The Empty Chair At The Christmas Table
The Shamanic View of Mental Illness — JaysonGaddis.com
Osher Günsberg Is Not Who You Think He Is
Astrology update for February
  • First up, we have the incoming Chinese New Year of the Golden Pig on February 5th. The pig is earthy, practical and generous with an ability to create wealth, and represents luck and abundance to those who are honest and reliable. The Chinese new year is also a good time to clean and clear your living and working spaces - here are some tips to spruce up your feng shui for 2019.
  • The Chinese New Year occurs on the second new moon after the solstice, which means that the new moon in Aquarius is also on the 5th February. New moons represent an opportunity to begin again, an opportunity we enjoy every moon cycle. Aquarius represents friendships, community and humanity. Joining the Sun, Mercury and Lilith in Aquarius, we are being asked to put our money where our mouth is, and to ground our dreams in reality - or, if reality is your thing, let yourself dream a little.
  • Speaking of anchoring dreams in reality, or infusing reality with dreams, Saturn, the universal father and taskmaster who is riding high in his home sign of Capricorn, is making a positive connection to Neptune, also in his home sign of Pisces. Planets in their home signs are powerful, and they will be making this connection three times over 2019, so like a reoccurring dream, we should pay attention. Saturn likes your dreams, but he wants you to be a grown up and actually bring them into fruition with a bit of structure and hard work. Neptune can see things nobody else can, and isn’t pinned down by rules or ideas of how we’ve always done things. This team doesn’t always work well together, but this year, dreams + hard work = reality.

Must-listen
Sir Ken Robinson: Sir Ken Robinson (still) wants an education revolution | TED Talk
Ronnie Kahn fights hunger and waste with her food rescue charity OzHarvest - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Interesting short reads
Opinion | The Economics of Soaking the Rich - The New York Times
Is Sunscreen the New Margarine? | Outside Online
Seriously. What’s the Point of Marriage?
Toxic masculinity: An explainer - The Big Smoke
TV that's got me hooked
I love good television, but I’m very fussy. It’s got to have Hopepunk, and it’s got to interest, inspire and move me. That I have two television series that fit this criteria, in one month, is nothing short of a miracle, and they’re both available, for free, on SBS OnDemand (in Australia).


Watch The Family Law, based on the best-selling book by Benjamin Law
Mad Men meets Grease in the gorgeously gripping post-war German drama Ku’damm 56
Farewell Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver passed away on January 18, 2019 at the age of 83. She was a much loved and awarded poet, whose honours included the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

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My friends, I hope you enjoyed this month’s Cafe Mystic as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. If you know someone who might like it, feel free to pass it on - the more the merrier!
If you have any questions or comments on this month’s content, just reply to this email. I would love to hear your thoughts.
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Sara Runciman

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