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The White Wand

The White Wand: Ruminations, Meditations, Reflections toward a Feri Aesthetic by Anaar (April Niino), foreword by Cora Anderson, is part of the collection at the Reading Room. This book has been made available as a free download courtesy of the author.

Anaar The White Wand

“My artistic tradition stems from my religious tradition. THe work I do, and the way it is done is a direct result of my training as a priestess. As children we played a game with string. Holding the string we wove a web between out hands. Like spiders spinning their universe, between our hands fell a web of magic. Mimicking the Star Goddess, we held a web of power. I dive between my partner’s hands to lift this net, forever changing its shape. And she dives into mine, changing it again. Artists, like children are weaver shamans creating a world between their hands.

My process has been described as an exploration of the intersection of Feri and the arts. It is the process of creation, and is central to my intimate connection to God Herself. These meditations come from personal practice; some are a gift from the Goddess, in dream and memory; most are from the teachings of the Grandmaster Victor Anderson.

The ground of this work is the blood source of our Feri ancestors, running in our veins. The expression is our lore, the awesome power of night and day. The source is the sensual ritual of The Star Goddess, manifest in our bodies. The language of Feri is the language of poetry, of art, of ritual. The foundation of this language is our intimate communion with God Herself.

This is a collection of reflections, ruminations, and meditations on the White Wand of the Feri Tradition.”

Lilith’s Garden

Lilith’s Garden by Victor H Anderson, introduction by Anaar, 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 Lilith's Garden from Acorn Guild Press

“There are many Feri lessons within his poems. Victor was a wealth of lore and historical information, a master magician, and a great rebel. But poetry was his main devotional vehicle. Poetry was his expression of a passion few could understand.

One of Victor’s main concerns regarding his teaching was that his students understand poetry. His students found that he would test them not on their knowledge of poetic form, he did not care if you knew the definition of iambic pentameter. And he would repeat his questioning until he was certain you understood. One could not get far with Victor if one did not understand poetry.

Poetry was a prerequisite in Victor’s world. That is how you come to know the Goddess, and that is how you come to express such a love. As Victor says, ‘Every poem is a love letter to the Goddess.’ Presented here is a symphony of Victor’s great divine love. It is his marriage bed with the Goddess.” — Anaar, from the Introduction

Between the Worlds: An Interfaith Esoteric Conference

Between the Worlds: An Interfaith Esoteric Conference will be held in Wilmington, DE on Dec 13-16, 2012. A number of people you may know from the library are on the presenters list, including Hermetic Library fellows Sam Webster and John Michael Greer, anthology artist T Thorn Coyle, interviewee Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki and a number of others not directly connected to the library, but who may be both familiar and of interest, such as Ivo Domínguez, Jr., Anaar, Jason Miller, Christopher Penczak, and more.

“Between The Worlds is an interfaith esoteric conference. It occurs when the stars indicate that such a gathering is needed and favored. The previous BTW’s were held in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2007. This is the 5th in the series.

This conference is known for the quality of its workshops and rituals. This event is intended for those at an intermediate or advanced level in their spiritual and magickal studies.

Remember it is not a yearly event, so don’t miss this opportunity for amazing rituals, deep learning, and dialogue.” [via]


You may be interested in a campaign to support the first annual Hexenfest, Festival of magick-based music and dance. Two of the people behind this are Sharon Knight and Winter, who together form Hermetic Library Anthology Album artist Pandemonaeon, and Winter worked with T. Thorn Coyle on her Anthology Album track.

“Our Story

Hi there. We are Sharon Knight, Winter, and Anaar. Two musicians and a fashion designer inspired by myth, magick, and the realms of faerie. This is Sharon, writing this. Winter and I travel the land as a touring duet under my name. As yet we haven’t been able to tour with our full 6-piece band, Pandemonaeon. So we decided to create the kind of festival we’d like to play at, right here in our home town. Anaar, a dark tribal bellydancer and clothing designer for Tombo Studio, liked the idea, and Hexenfest was born.

There is no way we had time to make a video with all this first year festival prep going on, but if you want to learn more about us and see that we’re real people out in the world doing cool stuff you can visit us here: http://www.sharonknight.net, http://www.pandemonaeon.net, http://www.tombostudio.com/. And you can see Pandemonaeon live in this here video: http://www.pandemonaeon.net/videos/Pandemonaeon…

The Impact

Hexenfest will be the first Pagan/Pagan-friendly festival focused on music and the arts in California that we know of. In traveling to festivals all over the country, Winter and I have found that there is far more going on in terms of Mythic faires, Faery festivals, and Pagan festivals on the East Coast than there is on the West Coast. We aspire to change that.

This campaign is intended to launch what we hope will be an annual festival dedicated to quality Pagan/Pagan-friendly music, art, & dance – i.e.themes based in myth, legend, folkloric tradition, earth spirituality, fairytale, and the like. We feel the demand is here, especially in the Bay Area. If you would like to see such an event happen every year, this is your chance to help make it real.”