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Full Hunter's Moon Ritual


The hunter’s moon. The kindly moon. The harvest moon. The blackberry moon. The blood moon. The falling leaves moon. The back-to-back moon. The moon when the water begins to freeze at the stream’s edge. The dirt-in-the-face moon. The big chestnut moon. The bear moon. The little wind moon. The wilted moon. The rutting moon. The big moon. The moon when we travel by canoe. The poverty moon. The hibernation moon. The long hair moon. The moon that waits until I come.

Whatever her name may be to you, the October moon exists squarely between two worlds- the summer and the winter, the life and death of the earth. It is a potent time of thin veils and powerful magic, with the energy of the world elevated under full moonlight, as the last of the summer warmth leaves the atmosphere.

In this inter-traditional, beginner-friendly group ritual on the evening before the full moon, we will gather under this powerful light, at the crossroads of two worlds, to feed the hungry spirits of this place before their descent into the cold heart of winter. We will search our souls and hunt down that which must die so that we can survive our personal winters, and submit to the earth our heart’s desires, that they may be transmuted into reality by the flux of seasons.

Please be advised that there will be smoke offerings, light feasting, light physical activity (sitting and standing), chanting, percussion, and meditation. Attendees should be comfortable in the presence of animal curios, as well as light participation.

$20 // Light refreshments provided for our ritual feast.


Melissa Madara is a co-owner at Catland, a folk witch & an herbalist. Her work deals with the healing power of storytelling, divination, and mastery of the natural world. She is a teacher at Catland Books and numerous other metaphysical spaces in NYC, and has a background in Croatian, American folk, and Chaos Magic traditions.