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Nature's Spirit, Witches' Wisdom

Broadcast on September 12, 2022
With Phyllis Curott, JD, wicce, Wiccan priestess
Hosted by Michael Stone

Spiritual pioneer and Wiccan elder Phyllis Curott banishes the distorted stereotypes about witchcraft arising from hundreds of years of brutal persecution and shares the spirituality of this ancestral, Euro-Indigenous wisdom tradition. Witches, wicces, and wise ones have always known that spirit and nature are one and that all living beings, while taking care of themselves, are simultaneously making the world better for all Life. Return from realms of spirit to a world that embodies spirit.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • The long-suppressed, ancestral, shamanic wisdom of the Craft of the Wise, witchcraft, and how it offers a community with other Indigenous traditions and with creation
  • The path home with nature's profound moral compass, a divine organizing principle that re-connects us to our harmonious place and purpose within in creation
  • The Wiccan practice of grounding to deepen your relationship with Mother Earth, receive her blessing, and experience how nature embodies spirit
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Phyllis Curott, JD, wicce, Wiccan priestess

Founder & Elder Priestess, Temple of Ara, wicce, author and attorney

Phyllis Curott, JD, is a spiritual pioneer. She is one of America’s first public witches (wicce, wise one, seer of the sacred) whose courageous advocacy and teaching have helped this reborn Euro-Indigenous wisdom become the fastest-growing spirituality in America. More than 40 years ago, she was initiated and trained as a Wiccan priestess and simultaneously worked with the Brooklyn Drumming Group, the first inspired by Dr. Michael Harner. 

Phyllis recognized the interconnected history and importance of these lost wisdom traditions, especially for women and for Mother Earth, and she refused to be stereotyped. She exploded out of the broom closet, becoming an outspoken teacher and advocate in the global media, and as an attorney, her groundbreaking legal cases secured fundamental rights for witches.  

New York Magazine called her teaching the culture’s “next big idea” and Time Magazine published her as one of “America’s leading thinkers.” Her memoir, Book of Shadows, became an international best seller, introducing the world to the magic of the Goddess and the ancestral wisdom of witchcraft.  She has since become the world's most widely published Wiccan, translated into 13 languages including Russian, Chinese, and Turkish. Her online Youtube series, What is Wicca? has more than 3 million views. 

Phyllis has received numerous honors, including induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Clergy & Scholars, Jane Magazine’s Ten Gutsiest Women of the Year, One Spirit Seminary’s 2018 Service to Humanity Awardand Kindred Spirit’s 2020 Person of the Year Award.  Phyllis is also a trustee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, program chair for the 2023 Parliament, and chair of the PoWR Women's Task Force.  

Her most recent projects include The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot,  a profoundly compassionate and sensitively accurate oracle created by journeying and rooted in the spiritual power of the natural world. Her most recent book, Spells for Living Well: A Witch's Guide to Manifesting Change, Wellbeing and Wonder, teaches people how to cast spells as a creative, joyful, empowering, spiritual practice. Phyllis continues to write and teach about Nature’s spiritual wisdom and magic, why the world needs her witches, and witches need skills. She will be teaching a masterclass on shamanic witchcraft for The Shift Network in the Spring of 2024.

Phyllis Curott, JD, wicce, Wiccan priestess