Hekate: Meeting the Goddess of the Crossroads

Join Melissa Madara for this deep dive into the history, mystery and magic of ancient goddess Hekate!

The ancient goddess Hekate is known in a variety of aspects, most notably as the goddess of the crossroads, witchcraft, and spirits of the dead. Join Catland's co-owner Melissa Madara for a deep dive into the winding, snaking history of the howling, nightmare goddess in all her various epithets, examining how her cult emerges and shifts through history to deliver her to us today .

This lecture will examine Hekate's pre-historical origins, her rituals in the PGM, her demonization in the Roman empire, and her evolution into the decaying goddess of witches that we know today. We will explore her sacred plants, the songs and chants attributed to her name, her rituals, and her varied mythology & interpretations.


Melissa Madara is a witch, chef, storyteller, botanist, and co-owner at Catland Books. Their work deals with the healing power of myth, divination, and immersion in the natural world. They are a teacher at Catland Books and numerous other metaphysical spaces in NYC, and are available for herbal consultations, tarot, and magical coaching by appointment. Find their interviews in the New York Times, Vice, Broadly, Teen Vogue, or Refinery 29, or see Melissa's published works in Fiddler's Green, Venefica Magazine, or their premiere book, The Witch's Feast. Follow Melissa's work and adventures on IG : @saint.jayne