Witness the growing pains Wicca went through as it transitioned from a small secret society to a global religion, and explore the fallout from Gerald Gardner’s decision to speak publicly about their practices in 1954. Learn about Wicca’s evolution over the years—and whether it simply adapted to a changing world, or sold out everything that made it special.
"The New Forest Coven" Pt. 1: Gerald Gardener
September 1939: Occultist Gerald Gardener makes contact with what he believes to be a remnant of the long rumored "Witch-Cult." His experience with The New Forest Coven would reshape his understanding of paganism, and inspire him to chart a new course for his life.
Bonus: Today In True Crime - Zodiac Killer
On this day in 1969, the Zodiac Killer’s last confirmed victim was shot and killed.
“Tensegrity” Pt. 2 - Carlos Castaneda
After he was publicly humiliated when his memoirs were exposed as a hoax, Castaneda retreated into seclusion. But he brought with him a few dozen committed followers, who were sexual slaves and unquestioning adherents. Although he predicted that he was immortal, Castaneda's fatal cancer diagnosis rocked his followers to the bone: resulting in even more untimely deaths.
All Cults Episodes Now Available!
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