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Open Full Moon Ritual: The Wolf Moon

The wolf moon. The terrible moon. The ice moon. The cooking moon. The quiet moon. The great spirit moon. The snow-frying moon. The snow when someone’s ears are freezing. The hard moon. The windy moon. The greetings-maker moon. The moon when the sun has strength to thaw. The center moon. The hoop moon. The bear hunting moon. The moon for staying inside. The moon for winter’s younger brother. The deer moon. The moon when the snow blows like spirits in the wind.

Whatever her name may be to you, the January moon evokes who we are in the flux between the archetypes of predator and prey. It is kinetic, hungry, and opportunistic, ever-seeking a shelter, a warm bowl, a fill for a need, and an instinctual pathway running both away from and toward itself.

In this inter-traditional, beginner-friendly group ritual on the evening of the full moon, we will gather under this powerful light and explore energy of the first full moon of the new year. This ritual will focus on invoking the hungry wild nature, heightening instinctual senses, and inhabiting the archetypes of both the hunter and hunted.

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 some moderate participation.

$15 // 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.

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