Selena Fox

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Selena Fox
Selena Fox October 08.jpg
Born (1949-10-20) October 20, 1949 (age 71)
OccupationWiccan priestess
Spouse(s)Dennis Carpenter

Selena Fox (born 20 October 1949 in Arlington, Virginia[1]) is a Wiccan priestess, interfaith minister, environmentalist, pagan elder, author, and lecturer in the fields of pagan studies, ecopsychology, and comparative religion.

Fox is a trained counselor and psychotherapist,[citation needed] with a B.S. cum laude in psychology from the College of William & Mary in 1971 and a M.S. in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995,[citation needed] where her thesis was entitled When Goddess is God: Pagans, Recovery, and Alcoholics Anonymous (1995).[2] She has been a member of the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, Association for Transpersonal Psychology, and American Academy of Religion.[citation needed]

Fox began leading public pagan rituals in 1971 and has done public education about paganism since 1973, in talks and public media interviews. She has also been mentioned in print publications, including a profile in People Magazine in 1979.[3]

Fox has been active in environmental preservation endeavors since helping to organize the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 and speaks about ecospirituality.[4][5][6][citation needed]

Circle Sanctuary[edit]

Fox is the founder of the "Circle Craft" tradition of the Wiccan religion. Along with others, she founded and is the Executive Director of Circle Sanctuary, which is one of America's oldest Pagan centers and Wiccan churches. Circle Sanctuary is headquartered on its 200-acre (0.81 km2) Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, founded in 1983. Circle Sanctuary's quarterly journal, Circle Magazine (formerly, Circle Network News) was first published in 1978 as a newsletter, then as a newspaper in 1980, and in magazine format in 1997. Fox also is the founder of the Pagan Spirit Gathering, one of the oldest Nature Spirituality festivals in the United States.

Fox also founded Circle Cemetery[7][8][9] in 1995, which is a 20-acre green cemetery for cremains and full-body interment.

Religious freedom advocacy[edit]

Fox has advocated for Wiccan religious freedom for religious adherents in the military, including spearheading (along with Americans United for Separation of Church and State) the inclusion of the pentacle symbol on the US Department of Veterans Affairs list of emblems of belief that can be included on government-issued markers, headstones, and plaques honoring deceased veterans.[10][11][12]

She has also advocated for equal treatment of religion in the public square, including the inclusion of a pentacle in a holiday display at the Green Bay, Wisconsin City Hall[13] and in displays at the Wisconsin state Capitol for the annual Interfaith Awareness Week,[14] as well as addressing derogatory comments made by Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell during her candidacy.[15][16]



  • Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether, ed. (2006). Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253346851.
  • J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, ed. (2002). Religions of the World. ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN 159884203X.
  • Shelley Rabinovitch & James Lewis, ed. (2002). The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism. Citadel Press. ISBN 0806524065.


  • Circle Guide to Pagan Resources. Editor, directory, 1979–present, Circle Publications.
  • Circle Magazine (formerly Circle Network News). Founding Editor, Advisor, 1978–present, Circle Publications.[17]

Books and articles[edit]

  • Celebrating the Seasons. On-line guide with rituals, chants, articles -
  • Circle Magick Songs (1979) with Jim Alan. Circle Publications.
  • Goddess Communion: Rituals and Meditations (1988). Circle Publications.
  • Planetary Healing Rituals: Meditations, Rituals & Prayers for a Healthier World (1991). Circle Sanctuary.


  • Circle Craft Podcasts - recordings of weekly classes, meditations, & rituals on internet radio at
  • Sacred Cave Ritual - Selena Fox and Pagan Spirit Gathering Community, ritual with chanting & guided meditation, 1995
  • Magical Journeys - Selena Fox, guided meditation, 1981
  • Songs of Pagan Folk - Jim Alan, Selena Fox and Friends, songs and chants, 1980
  • Circle Magick Music - Jim Alan and Selena Fox, songs and chants, 1976


  1. ^ Selena Fox's Website - Biography
  2. ^ Tanice G. Foltz (2000). "SOBER WITCHES AND GODDESS PRACTITIONERS: WOMEN'S SPIRITUALITY AND SOBRIETY". Indiana University Northwest. Archived from the original on 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  3. ^ Eklund, Christopher (5 November 1979). "Witches Jim Alan and Selena Fox Let their Cauldron Bubble with Minimal Toil and Trouble". People Magazine. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  4. ^ Heimans, Frank (Director) (1985). The Occult Experience (Motion picture). Australia.
  5. ^ Erickson, Dave (Director) (1994). Gather Like the Waters (Motion picture). USA.
  6. ^ Erickson, Dave (Director) (2011). Rhythm of the River (Motion picture). USA.
  7. ^ "Circle Cemetery"
  8. ^ Turner Trice, Dawn (31 October 2011). "Wiccan church honors dead in eco-friendly cemetery". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  9. ^ Koerner, Liz (18 November 2010). "Natural Burials". Wisconsin Public Television. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  10. ^ Banerjee, Neela (24 April 2007). "Use of Wiccan Symbol on Veterans' Headstones Is Approved". New York Times. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  11. ^ Bull, Brian (28 May 2007). "Wiccan Pentacles Grace Veterans' Markers". Wisconsin Public Radio. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  12. ^ Moreno, Raul (10 April 2006). "Wiccan Soldier's Widow Petitions for Recognition". National Public Radio. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  13. ^ Srubas, Paul (14 December 2007). "Wiccan star shines over Green Bay City Hall manger scene". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  14. ^ "Press Release: INTERFAITH ENCOUNTERS FOR A BETTER WORLD". Interfaith Society. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  15. ^ Ravitz, Jessica (22 September 2010). "Wiccan: GOP candidate's witchcraft dabbling a teachable moment". CNN. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  16. ^ Stein, Sam (20 September 2010). "Wiccan Community Upset With O'Donnell, Calls Witchcraft Comments 'Teaching Moment'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  17. ^ Krassner, Paul (2005-08-24). "Life Among the Neo-Pagans". The Nation. Retrieved 2008-11-28.

General references[edit]

  • Hopman, Ellen Evert; Lawrence Bond (1996). "Circle Sanctuary". People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out. Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books. pp. 236–244. ISBN 0-89281-559-0.
  • Vale, V. and John Sulak (2001). Modern Pagans. San Francisco: Re/Search Publications. ISBN 1-889307-10-6. p. 201 - One page interview with Fox about Circle Sanctuary

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