Jan 10, 2023


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A Little Bit Culty

The Kids Are Alright: Sarah & Nippy on Zen Parenting

Here’s a scary thought: fully-grown adults are susceptible to cults, or cult-adjacent behavior (there is truly cultish influence all around us in politics, wellness communities, and so on). So imagine how dangerous this whole world is for children, who are far less likely to have the wherewithal to identify and refute coercive persuasion. If you’re one of our regular listeners, you already know how ubiquitous this shit is (unfortunately); so what can we do to protect our youth?

Well, that’s exactly what we got into with our friends over at Zen Parenting Radio, where Cathy Cassani Adams (a self proclaimed “spiritual and emotional mom”) and Todd Adams (“a logical and practical dad'') get into all things parenting. On their show, we not only recount our own story with NXIVM (perhaps you’ve heard about, read about, or seen it by now?), but also the importance of talking to kids about how relationships that might initially feel exciting or just “good” in some way—friends, coaches, teachers, bosses, etc.—can quickly pivot into something abusive. How can we teach kids to identify culty behavior and help them feel safe enough to ask for help?

This one’s for anyone who believes we need to keep our kids safe from evil, shitty shitheads.

Episode available since January 09, 2023

Herbal Radio

Herbal Astrology, with Adriana Ayales | Tea Talks with Jiling

Adriana Ayales is the herbalist, medicine maker, educator and founder of Anima Mundi Apothecary. Originally from Costa Rica, Adriana started Anima Mundi to bridge ancient remedies to the modern world. Visit Adriana Ayales at AnimaMundiHerbals.com and @animamundiherbals

Learn more about Herbal Astrology on the Anima Mundi blog. Get the Herbal Astrology Oracle Deck at the Anima Mundi store.

Jiling Lin is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) and herbalist in Ventura, CA. Visit Jiling at JilingLin.com, Instagram @LinJiling, and Facebook @JilingLAc. Get her free Nourishing Life (養生) template, Five Elements (五行) outline, or sign up for her newsletter here.

Episode available since Jan 06, 2023

Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani

NXIVM Whistleblower w/ Sarah Edmondson Part 1

Sarah Edmondson was a young actress pursuing a career in film and television, when she hit a low point and was hoping to find a new purpose in life. She ran into renowned filmmaker, Mark Vicente, who spoke to her about NXIVM and eventually brought her into the organization. There she started following Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman's mission. They encouraged Sarah to give her all. In part 1 of 2, we learn about how NXIVM's leadership undermined its followers and groomed them in such a conniving way, that no one knew what was happening to them. Sarah grew close to many members of the organization - which later turned out to be a cult, and even rose up in leadership. Listen to how Sarah's journey and newfound community helped her find a new meaning in life.

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Sarah is a working actor and artist. She is known for her role in NXIVM; which initially intrigued her with its promise to provide the tools and insight she needed to reach her potential. It all came into focus when she accepted an invitation to join DOS, a “secret sisterhood” within NXIVM. It was a decision that resulted in a front page bombshell in the New York Times featuring her story as a woman on a mission to shut NXIVM down.

Sarah published Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life. Sarah’s journey as a whistleblower has also been featured in “The Vow”, the critically acclaimed HBO documentary series.

Episode available since January 5, 2023

Desperate House Witches

The Everyday Witch's Coven with Deborah Blake

Deobrah Blake comes on to discuss her newest release - The Everyday Witch's Coven. RITUALS AND MAGIC FOR TWO OR MORE

Practical Spells, Rituals, and Advice for Modern and Eclectic Covens

Whether your coven consists of two or twenty, whether you want to gather on a regular basis or just occasionally, this book has what you need to practice Witchcraft with others. Deborah Blake draws on nearly twenty years of experience leading a coven, sharing extensive wisdom she's gained from her experiences and fellow practitioners. This book is a valuable resource for traditional Wiccans and eclectic witches looking for a modern approach to group activities.

The Everyday Witch's Coven helps you decide who to invite, where to meet, which deities to worship, and how to solve problems together. You'll explore ritual basics and etiquette, group sabbat celebrations, full moon rituals, craft projects, and magic for specific goals like love and healing. From guided meditations to making a Book of Shadows for your group, Deborah provides a multitude of ways to find or create a coven that's best for you.

You can find Deborah at: https://deborahblakeauthor.com/

Thu, January 12, 2023 04:00 pm [Eastern]

Lady Thalestris - High Priestess and Founder of The Temple of Hecate NYC

Laurie Bizzarro (Lady Thalestris) - Lawyer and Wiccan High Priestess, Founder of The Temple of Hecate, Inc. joins Raina for the hour. We will catch up on what has been happening at the Temple of Hecate.

You find the Temple of Hecate at https://www.facebook.com/templeofhecateinc/

Fri, January 13, 2023 07:00 pm [Eastern]


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