Phyllis Curott, Founder

An attorney and Wiccan Priestess for more than 30 years, Phyllis 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 also authored numerous essays. 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”.

Phyllis is a Trustee of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the oldest and largest international interfaith organization. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Indigenous Institute of the Americas. She also serves as an advisor to Women of Faith and Spirit. She has been honored as an Interfaith Visionary by the Interfaith Consortium for Ecological Civilization, working with religious and environmental leaders to bring an ethical voice to UN environmental deliberations.

She was also a participant in the Interfaith Visionaries In Action: Rio + 20 Conference. She brought interfaith visionaries together to create a spiritual ethical framework to submit for the Rio document and a working group to continue through the Rio Conference.

Phyllis has participated in the esteemed Assembly of World Religious Leaders, addressed the Parliament of the World’s Religions as a keynote speaker, participated in the United Nations’ NGO Committee on the Status of Women in the planning of the UN’s Beijing Forum on the Status of Women and addressed the Forum on the topic of the status of women and the world’s religions.

She was also the Wiccan representative to the Harvard University Religious Pluralism Project’s Consultation on Religious Discrimination and Accommodation.

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.

Phyllis Curott is founder of the Temple of Ara, one of the oldest Wiccan congregations in America. The Temple of Ara is a shamanic tradition rooted in the experience and ethics of immanent divinity.

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.

Phyllis received her B.A. in philosophy from Brown University and her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. She studied filmmaking at NYU’s Graduate Film Program with Thierry Pathe and was an Associate Producer of “New Year’s Day”, directed by Henry Jaglom, the only American film in the Venice Film Festival competition of 1989, and worked with Jaglom again on Venice, Venice.

She is currently working on her fourth book and spends as much time as possible with her Cairn terrier Gaia in their home on the east end of Long Island, sailing or in the wilderness where she is reminded of what life is really all about. You can visit her at

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