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Every other week, Mystic shares the stories and voices of pagans & witches, past and present. Episodes are built from historical records, interviews, and reporting everywhere from the magical Midwest to the bewitching Big Easy.

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Every other week, Mystic shares the stories and voices of pagans & witches, past and present. Episodes are built from historical records, interviews, and reporting everywhere from the magical Midwest to the bewitching Big Easy.

    Episode 003: The Pixie and the Dead Waite

    Episode 003: The Pixie and the Dead Waite

    In 1910, a London publishing company debuted what would become the most popular tarot deck of all time: the Rider Waite. But it wasn't Rider or Waite who designed the deck. The Rider Waite was illustrated by a woman, whose name never made it onto the packaging—or into history. 

    This is the story of two artists who designed popular tarot decks: one filled with art nouveau symbolism and the cats of famed stage actresses, the other packed with New Wave musicians like David Bowie and Debbie Harry. This is the story of two women—born 101 years apart.

    CREDITS
    Thank you to Amanda Stilwell of LastCraft for talking with me. You can find LastCraft online and on Instagram. A big thank you to Cher Vincent for making this episode happen! Logo by Vichcraft Design Studio. Music by Mesmerists. 

    • 21 min
    Episode 002: Hurricane Marie

    Episode 002: Hurricane Marie

    For years, New Orleans voodoo has been plagued: by charlatans, by tourists, by Katrina, by disintegrating ties to Haiti, the birthplace of voodoo.  So Mambo Marie moved to town–and she opened a botanica.

    CREDITS
    Thank you to Mambo Marie Carmel, Houngan Robi, and Mijah Souge for sharing their stories. Their shop, Carmel & Sons is at 1532 Dumaine St, New Orleans, Louisiana. Additional reporting and photo by Ashlin Wang. Logo by Vichcraft Design Studio

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 001: Weird Sisters

    Episode 001: Weird Sisters

    A brief history of witchcraft old and new, told through the stories of women across five centuries: a Scottish maid servant, a slave in a small Massachusetts town, and a Hungarian immigrant who settled in California.

    CREDITS
    Music by Sergey Cheremisinov and hausfrau. Additional audio by the Pacifica Foundation Caedmon Records.

    • 38 min
    Episode 000: Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Episode 000: Something Wicked This Way Comes

    In the trailer for our first season, we talk Shakespeare and misquoted witches. Music by hausfrau.

    • 2 min

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