About the Author: 
Judy Harrow

personal information:

  • birth: March 3, 1945 -- Bronx, New York

  • education:
  • Bronx High School of Science, 1962 

    Western College for Women, B.A. 1966 
    major: American Government 

    La Jolla Program in Group Facilitation, 1977 

    City College of New York, 
    Graduate School of Education, M.S. 1979 
    major: Counseling (with honors)

  • present affiliation: High Priestess, Proteus Coven
  • biographical sketch:

    I began to study Witchcraft in 1976, and was initiated as a Priestess in September of 1977. Founded Inwood Study Group in June, 1980. After I received Third Degree (Gardnerian) in November, 1980, this group became Proteus Coven. Proteus affiliated with Covenant of the Goddess in August, 1981. I was convening First Officer of Northeast Local Council of CoG in 1983, National First Officer of CoG in 1984, and Co-chair of CoG Grand Council in 1985. I have held various other positions on the CoG National and Local Boards of Directors, most recently National Public Information Officer from 1993-1995. 

     I was the first member of CoG to be legally registered as clergy in New York City in 1985, after a five year effort requiring the assistance of the New York Civil Liberties Union. 

    I am Chair Emerita of the Pastoral Care and Counseling Department at Cherry Hill Seminary. I founded the Pagan Pastoral Counseling Network in 1982, and served as the first editor of the Network's publication. I co-created a workshop series on Basic Counseling Skills for Coven Leaders, which has successfully run many times. This grew into a series of intensive workshops for Pagan elders on a range of topics. I also founded the New York Area Coven Leaders' Peer Support Group. I served as Program Coordinator for the first Mid-Atlantic Pan Pagan Conference and Festival and for several other Pagan gatherings. 

    For two years, I produced "Reconnections," a weekly feature on the activities of religious progressives of all faiths, for WBAI radio in New York. 

    I contributed two essays to Modern Rites of Passage (Book 2 in the "Witchcraft Today" anthology series.), and one to the anthology Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft, published in 1996 by SUNY Press. One of these essays has since been reprinted in The Paganism Reader  (Routledge, 2004). I have also written for AHP Perspective (the Newsletter of the Association for Humanistic Psychology), Counseling and Values (the Journal of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling), Gnosis, and such small Pagan publications as Dayshift, Harvest, and the CoG Newsletter. I was a regular contributor to PanGaia, where my column “Mind and Magic” was introduced in their Summer, 2004 issue. That column was later moved to NewWitch. My first book, Wicca Covens, was published in 1999.  My second book, Spiritual Mentoring, was published in 2002. I also edited (and contributed to) the anthology  Devoted to You: Honoring Deity in Wiccan Practice, which was published in 2003, and coordinated the 50th Anniversary reissue of Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner, published in 2004.

     I am a member of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and of the American Counseling Association. Within ACA, I belong to three special interest subgroups: the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). I am a  former President of New Jersey ASERVIC, and have served on the Book Review Board of the Family Journal, a publication of IAMFC. 

     I have been part of the National Advisory Board of the Consultation on Multifaith Education. I was also a member of the steering committee of the Interfaith Council of Greater New York. I managed the Council's email list and acted as their liaison with the United Religions Initiative. I served as the Council's Program Coordinator in the year 1996-1997.

    If you like, you can see some pictures of me,
    or read my statement of personal purpose and ethics , 
    or the interview I did with The Wiccan Pagan Times,
    or visit the Proteus Library to read some of my essays, and some others that I really like,

     and email me with your comments.


    updated: February 3, 2012 by Judy Harrow
    the address of this page is: proteuscoven.com/Biojh.htm