A social and spiritual activist, Phyllis Curott has been an attorney
and Wiccan priestess for more than 20 years. She is also the author
of Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic (Broadway
Books, 2001) and the best-selling and critically acclaimed Book
of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft
and the Magic of the Goddess (Broadway Books, 1998), published
in thirteen countries.
She has been honored by Jane Magazine, along with Hilary
Clinton, as one of the Ten Gutsiest Women of 1998 and New York
Magazine described her as one of New York's hippest and most
intellectually cuttingŠedge speakers, H.Ps. Curott lectures and
One of the Wiccan spiritual movements most influential theologians,
H.Ps. Curott has also been widely profiled in the international
media as an advocate of the rights of Wiccan practitioners. A
longŠstanding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and
founder of the Religious Liberties Legal Network, she 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, and
has helped secure the rights of Wiccans in the military, schools,
the workplace and child custody cases.
As a member of the United Nations NGO Committee on the Status
of Women, Curott participated in the planning of the Beijing Forum
on the Status of Women, addressing the Forum on the topic of the
status of women and the world religions. An active participant
in Interfaith dialogue, H.Ps. Curott addressed the Parliament
of the Worlds Religions as a keynote speaker, along with the Dalai
Lama, and is a member of the Harvard University Religious Pluralism
Project Consultation on Religious Discrimination and Accommodation.
Phyllis Curott is President Emirita of the Covenant of the Goddess,
the oldest and largest international Wiccan religious organization,
and is founder of the Temple of Ara, one of the oldest Wiccan
congregations in America. She has served as a guest minister at
various Unitarian Universalist Churches and the Cathedral of St.
John the Divine in New York City. She also serves on the Advisory
Board of the Association for Union Democracy, a foundation devoted
to the rights of union members fighting to free their unions from
corruption and mob influence, a foundation for which she served
as Legal Director. Ms. Curott began her legal career as the Legal
Director for PROD/Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a rank and
file organization fighting organized crime within the Teamsters
union and was also their advocate for the health and safety of
truck and bus drivers. Ms. Curott is a member of Amnesty International,
Greenpeace and other environmental and human rights groups.
Curott received her B.A. in philosophy from Brown University
and her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. She
continues to practice pro bono law in New York City.
She also disappears to the wilderness as often as possible where
she rises with the sun, sits beneath the stars and is blessed
to be reminded of what life is all about by her Cairn terrier,
Webster, and the land.