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Cafe Mystic - Issue #3

You may have noticed that this issue is a little late. I blame February, which I nominate as the wors
Cafe Mystic - Issue #3
By Sara Runciman • Issue #3 • View online
You may have noticed that this issue is a little late. I blame February, which I nominate as the worst month of the year. Lucky it’s also the shortest. Or it could be Mercury in Pisces. Or starting a new job, or a new University session.
Anyway, it’s March now, Autumn has arrived (or Spring if you’re a Northerner) and so has this little newsletter. It’s chock full of lessons, love, life and other catastrophes, which I know will keep you busy all month. The best podcasts, short reads, a brand new blog post from me, and much more.
Save it, bookmark it, share it - and if you want to tell me something, hit reply and you’ll get me.
Enjoy!

Quit Assuming
I can’t remember why now, but way back when when I was 18, and working in my first job in a Coles supermarket, my boss looked at me and said, “Don’t assume, because assuming makes an ass out of you and me.” That was the first time I had heard that particular gem, but it wouldn’t be the last, oh no.
Some lessons are so important to a person’s development, that they get it over and over again, from every different angle you can imagine, and some that you can’t, until the message is emblazoned onto every cell and DNA molecule. Don’t fret, we all have them, and this is one of mine (starring alongside Not everything benefits from your action/interference, and Drop your expectations if you want to have a good life).
To read the rest, click here:
Quit assuming – The Practical Mystic
Astrology Update
Are you ready to start swimming? I hope so, because March is Pisces month! The Sun is in Pisces until March 20th, and so is Mercury, which is currently retrograde in Pisces until March 28th. All up, Mercury will be in Pisces for 9 weeks, from February 10 to April 17, which is an awfully long time for Mercury to be in one place, especially in a watery sign like Pisces which is not exactly compatible with the quicksilver planet.
It’s probably best if you accept right now that sharp, concise thinking is not going to be easily available to you. Be watchful for delusions, especially your own, and a tendency to avoid your problems. Keep grounded and don’t make any binding decisions if at all possible. On the other hand, if you can go where the flow leads you, even if it makes no sense at all, you may just find what you’ve been looking for in the most unexpected of ways.
The other big news for March is Uranus moving into Taurus. Uranus moves from Aries, where it’s been slashing, burning and rebuilding the Self for seven years, into Taurus, which rules ecology, farming, property, ownership, money, beauty, the arts, food and business. Uranus is all about change, usually sudden. It’s associated with electricity, lightning and the mid-life crisis. What do we get when a slow moving earth sign meets a speed of light, futuristic energy? Uranian energy is hard to predict, but we can expect sudden, long-lasting change, disruption and innovation in areas that Taurus rules. Your rule of thumb? Do not try to use old solutions to solve new problems in these areas.
A New Earth
One of my favourite things over the past few weeks has been listening to the podcast of Oprah and Eckhart Tolle’s 10 part series on Tolle’s book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. Both of Tolle’s books, The Power of Now and A New Earth, have been a huge influence on me and the way I operate. HUGE. So, revisiting the concepts in this series has been an absolute joy and revelation.
If you’ve read and loved the books, you’ll know what I’m talking about, and you’re probably due a refresh. Or maybe you tried a few years ago and couldn’t really get it. Try again.
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations - A New Earth: Ego: The Current State of Humanity (Chapter 2) | Listen via Stitcher for Podcasts
Must-listen
When I say must-listen, I’m not joking or over-exaggerating. I literally mean that your life will be improved by listening to these 3 podcasts, and inexplicably lessened by not. You’re welcome.
Rob Bell Live at Largo with Elizabeth Gilbert - Part 1 and 2. Two of my favourite people, riffing on life, love, grief and everything you can think of. I listen and read everything I can find on Liz Gilbert - I was lucky enough to see her and Rayya live at Byron Bay a few years ago - and this was one of her best. Plus, Rob Bell. He’s gorgeous.
Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach - Un-becoming with Krista Tippett. Funny, inspirational, interesting. A conversation about courage, addiction, social activism and blended families. So good.
Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach — Un-becoming - The On Being Project
He’s 98 and surprisingly, he’s the happiest man on earth - No Filter podcast with Mia Freedman. When you meet 98-year-old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, it’s hard not to be happy.
He’s full of life, advice and stories about a world few people remember. A world few people can imagine. A world many people want to forget about. But not Eddie. Because that dark world ended up giving him the biggest gift he could have asked for; the gift of life. 
On the 10th of November 1938, Eddie Jaku’s world changed forever when a group of Nazis knocked on his front door.
Eddie was a Jew living in Germany, and for the next 12 years he was in and out of concentration camps, including Auschwitz. He lost his mother and father and escaped and was caught, countless times.
At 98, soon to be 99 in April, Eddie is a remarkable storyteller.
He's 98 And Surprisingly, He's The Happiest Man On Earth
Great short reads
Hidden women of history: Maria Sibylla Merian, 17th-century entomologist and scientific adventurer
Everyone Around You is Grieving. Go Easy.
Internet trolls are not who I thought — they're even scarier - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Quote of the Month
This quote is sometimes attributed to Anne Lamott, but I can tell you for a fact that it isn’t hers, because she told me so herself!
Have a beautiful month my friend, thank you for reading. Also, if you have a friend who you know would love to read this, pass it on!
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Sara Runciman

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