Thorns of the blood rose

Thorns of the Blood Rose by Victor H Anderson, edited and introduced by Gwydion Pendderwen, from Acorn Guild Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room. (Anderson Feri Tradition materials are now from the related Harpy Books imprint.)

Victor H Anderson Thorns of the blood rose from Acorn Guild Press

“Victor’s poetry reflects thirty years of struggle with a world that rarely rewarded his talents. Publication of the first edition of Thorns of the blood rose in 1970 brought him the public recognition he deserved, but it also brought him in contact with the Neopagan community, who were willing and eager to listen to his philosophy and learn how to use their own latent powers. Very few, however, actually made it as far as entering training with him, as his standards were both exacting and alien.

I have known the Andersons since 1959, so there was never a time in which I was unfamiliar with the alternate reality which formed the pattern of Victor’s teachings. At about the same time that we published Thorns, we were engaged in developing the ritual material of the Faerie Tradition, and it was ever the challenge to we Victor’s metaphysics to traditional Faerie lore. Ultimately, we were able to put into writing a body of ritual materials adequate for an initiatory tradition of modern Witchcraft. The seeds of much of this tradition are the poems of this book.” — Gwydion Pendderwen, from the Introduction