Walking Widdershins


  • Wendy Griffin Cherry Hill Seminary




academics, Dianics, Goddess, Paganism, self-reflection


This article covers the author’s academic career from part-time “freeway flyer” to Academic Dean at Cherry Hill Seminary. Introduced to contemporary Witchcraft by one of her college students before anything called Pagan Studies existed, Griffin was one of the very first to publish fieldwork on the topic in an academic journal. Here she explores the challenges, where she found support for her work, and the key circumstances and choices that allowed her a measure of success.

Author Biography

Wendy Griffin, Cherry Hill Seminary

Wendy Griffin is professor emerita of women’s studies at California State University, Long Beach, and academic dean of Cherry Hill Seminary.


Clark, Veve, Shirley Nelson Garner, Margaret Higonnet, and Ketu Katrak. AntiFeminism in the Academy. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Foltz, Tanice G., and Wendy Griffin. “She Changes Everything She Touches: Ethnographic Journeys of Self Discovery.” In Composing Ethnographies, edited by Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner, 301–30. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 1996.

Griffin, Wendy, ed. Daughters of the Goddess: Studies of Healing, Identity, and Empowerment. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 2000.

——. “The Embodied Goddess: Feminist Witchcraft and Female Divinity.” Sociology of Religion 56, no. 1 (1995): 35–49. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712037.

——. “Finding My Religion.” 2011. http://wendygriffinonline.com/?tag=kinnahwee.

——. “The Land Within.” In Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes, edited by Wendy Griffin, 9–24. Tucson: ADF Publishing, 2014.

Lozano, Wendy Griffin, and Tanice G. Foltz. “Into the Darkness: An Ethnographic Study of Witchcraft and Death.” Qualitative Sociology 13, no. 3 (1990): 211–34. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00989594.



How to Cite

Griffin, W. (2016). Walking Widdershins. Pomegranate, 17(1-2), 86–98. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v17i1-2.27635



Special Section - Paths into Pagan Studies: Autobiographical Reflections