Crystal Blanton is a High Priestess, clinical counselor/social worker, graduate student in a Social Work program at a California State University and a published author. She is the author of two books, Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World: Spirituality, Ethics and Transformation, Bridging the Gap: Working Within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society. She is the editor of three anthologies, Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism, Shades of Ritual; Minority Voices in Practice, and Bringing Race to the Table (with Taylor Ellwood and Brandy Williams).
All books have been published by Immanion Press.
She writes and coordinates the Patheos blog “Daughters of Eve”, is a writer for Sage Woman Magazine, and is a monthly columnist for The Wild Hunt.
At the age of 38, Blanton has spent much of her life in service to her family, spirituality, service, and her career. She currently works to integrate much of her personal experience as a Black woman within the Pagan community, with her professional study of psychology, social work, social justice, restorative justice practices, group dynamics and the cultural implications of ethnicity within society. She is the most interested in studying the implications of historical trauma on oppressed populations in the United States, systemic societal dysfunction and cultural relationships among minority factions. Blanton’s undergrad is in psychology and she is a Registered Addictions Specialist in California through the Breining Institute and certified as a California Addictions Treatment Counselor.
She is a current board member for Solar Cross Temple. She has been a practicing Pagan for the last 12 years, worked in Social Services for 17 years, and currently provides clinical intervention services to disenfranchised youth in Oakland schools. She has had the privilege of traveling as a guest at Pagan Spirit Gathering in 2012, and Sacred Harvest Festival in 2011, 2012 and 2014. She was the keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Conference on Current Pagan Studies in 2014. She has also enjoyed the chance to teach and learn at Pantheacon for the past years.
Within her personal life, she has been with her husband since 1996, has four children, and raises a multicultural family in the Bay Area. Among her passion for social justice work, she is an advocate for expanding common understanding of privilege, race relations, the use of restorative justice practices and cultural empathy; furthering constructive discussions that are often taboo and misunderstood in society.
In addition to her published books, she is also included in several anthologies and published Pagan Magazines.