As we enter the darkest time of the year, please join Catland Co Owner Melissa Madara and Vice's Witch in Residence Sarah Lyons in channeling the spirit of the new moon. This ritual is safe for beginners, and fuses the personal practices of both Melissa and Sarah to create a unique, immersive experience.
This ritual will endeavor to prepare participants for the coming winter and the new year, through the use of meditation, herbcraft, and traditional chants and charms. Attendees should come ready to participate, and should be comfortable with incense smoke, total darkness, blindfolding, ritual tea, animal bones, and some light movement.
Melissa is a folk witch and Jungian analyst, pulling heavily from her Croatian and Pennsylvania Dutch roots. She is grounded in practical magic, veering away from traditional devotional spirituality in favor of storytelling, animism, and herbcraft. Her practice is colored by passions for feminine self-sufficiency, homemade medicine, self-reliance, and activism. She is a gardener, apothecary, poet, scryer, and dream analyst, as well as an owner at Catland Books.
Sarah Lyons is a witch amd activist who has been practicing magic for over a decade. Her practice blends English, Northern European, and American folk magic, along with traditional witchcraft. Sarah follows in the footsteps of her great grandmother who practiced divination and magic to support herself. Currently, she is the witch in residence for Vice and is a reader at Catland Books.