Phyllis Curott, Founder

The Temple of Ara was the brainchild of Phyllis Curott, who provided inspiration for the Temple based on the teachings of and experience with the Immanent Divine.

An attorney and Wiccan Priestess for more than 30 years, Curott is also an internationally bestselling author. Her books include:

  • Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman’s Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess (Broadway Books 1998),
  • WitchCrafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic (Broadway Books 2001) and
  • The Love Spell (Gotham/Penguin 2005)

She has been honored by Jane Magazine, along with Hilary Clinton, as one of the Ten Gutsiest Women of the Year, and was one of the finalists for the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award 2000.

Described by New York Magazine as one of the culture’s hippest and “most intellectually cutting-edge” speakers, Phyllis lectures and teaches internationally. She is considered a leading theologian on the Divine Feminine, the spiritual wisdom of the Earth and the rapidly reemerging indigenous spiritual traditions of ancient Europe. She has been widely profiled in the national and international media including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, The View, The O’Reilly Factor, Lifetime, Oxygen, The Roseanne Show, and CNN & Company. She is featured in Beliefnet’s “Preachers and Teachers” and in the documentary “Many Voices, One Faith”.

As an attorney and outspoken advocate for the rights of Wiccans and other religious minorities, Phyllis has successfully won the right of Wiccan clergy to perform legally binding marriages in New York City and rituals in the public parks of Chicago. She has been a pro bono consultant on numerous religious liberties cases. She was co-founder of the Religious Liberties Lawyers Network, a member of the Lady Liberty League and a long standing member of the American Civil Liberties Union.

She is also President Emerita of the Covenant of the Goddess. She has served as a guest minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in New York City and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

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