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Natural Sorcery

Natural Sorcery: Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition by Cora Anderson, a 2nd edition of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition with additional material including annotations, due in December 2014 from Marion Street Press, may be of interest.

Cora Anderson Natural Sorcery from Marion Street Press

Profound and insightful, this revised and expanded 20th-anniversary edition of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition is filled with information not available anywhere else and is the definitive text on the Anderson Craft. Written as a gift to her husband, the blind poet and shaman Victor Anderson, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, this guide from Cora Anderson distills their work and teachings in the fairy faith of the Old Religion, explaining the thealogy, physics, and social structure of the Anderson Craft. Natural Sorcery is a practical, working grimoire that discusses the guardians, symbols, and ethics of the still-living oral Feri Tradition in a highly personal, conversational style. This special, limited edition also features annotations by members of the Andersons’ final coven. Anyone interested in this deep and secretive tradition need look no further than this book by one of its most influential teachers.

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.”

The Heart of the Initiate

The Heart of the Initiate: Feri Lessons by Victor H Anderson and Cora Anderson, from Harpy Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Victor H Anderson Cora Anderson The Heart of the Initiate from Harpy Books

“Featuring rare teachings from Victor and Cora Anderson on the Feri Tradition of Witchcraft, this compact and unique resource covers initiation, sexual ethics, the Guardians, the black heart of innocence, possession, Deities, and more. Including commentaries, letters to students, and extraordinary interview excerpts, The Heart of the Initiate reveals profound insights into the Goddess, rites, symbols, and the mysteries of the Craft.” — back cover

Kitchen Witch

Kitchen Witch: A Memoir by Cora Anderson, from Harpy Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Cora Anderson Kitchen Witch from Harpy Books

“An Inspiring Recollection from a Beloved Craft Elder

A personal narrative filled with homespun wisdom, this memoir recounts the life and times of one of the foremost elders of the Fairy (Feri) Faith of the Old Religion. Her journey proceeds from an impoverished childhood in rural Alabama before the Great Depression, to her marriage to the blind poet and shaman Victor H. Anderson and their life together as co-teachers of the Feri Tradition. This warm, intimate, and bittersweet autobiography provides a glimpse into the world of a true American kitchen Witch, and includes her recipes, personal spells, and poetry.” — back cover

Childhood Memories

Childhood Memories by Cora Anderson, foreword by Michele Jackson, 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.)

Cora Anderson Childhood Memories from Acorn Guild Press

“An Intimate Self-Portrait from America’s Most Beloved Craft Elder

‘That night I had a very strange experience. I lay on my bed, half-awake and half-asleep. I glanced toward the window and saw a most delightful sight—there was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. Before me was a real fairy. She was about a foot tall and very slender. She looked like a tiny golden girl, with blond hair and sparkling blue eyes.’

THrough sharing personal narrative and spiritual insight, Cora Anderson takes us on a journey from her impoverished childhood in rural Alabama to her marriage to the blind poet and shaman Victor H Anderson. During their 57-year marriage, the Andersons developed a vibrant and powerful Craft tradition that has touched countless lives.

This warm, intimate, and sometimes humorous memoir recounts the life of a true American original. Included are some of Cora’s recipes, personal spells, and all of her poetry. Her story is unlike any you have read before, one that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.” — flap copy

Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition

Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition by Cora Anderson, foreword by Dennis Strand, 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.)

Cora Anderson Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition from Acorn Guild Press

“How does one begin to write about a person you have known for almost thirty years, who has taught you their secret Craft, introduced you to the Goddess, given you their personal style and form of charms and Craft tools, set your feet upon a path that would deliver you from false religious fantasies, and opened the door of spiritual perception? Cora has been my spiritual mother and guide, and through the years has given me a love that in time grew to match my true love, that of Goddess herself.

Her name gives us a clue to her stature, Cora is one of the oldest and most enduring names for the ancient Goddess herself. Since the Goddess is the central figure in Craft theology, possessing one of her names as one’s own is in itself a great honor. However, honor is one thing and living up to that honor is quite another matter. Cora has done both.”

“The Old Craft, as sometimes it is called, has a very dangerous side inherent in its practice. The very forces used are the same ancient ones that set this universe into motion. This major point is too often forgotten, glossed over, never fully realized, or completely realized! Don’t forget the powers of Nature’s creation include dangerous ones too, like death, disease, pestilence, destruction and deterioration. Nature has her pathological side. So without a basic Craft yardstick by which to measure and separate truth from religious fantasy one is lost, dangerously lost.

Spiritual authority in the Craft rest solely upon the ability of the teacher’s art to manifest the Gods, not on a book, notoriety or fame. The authentic Craft teacher will have the distinct talent to put the student into direct contact with the Gods, and as a result create new states of awareness through dreams and visions that open the student to a higher state of himself without the use of drugs or self-denial. Dignity to the self and to sex are held in the highest degree of respect at all times. The student, for the first time in his or her journey, is acquiring that treasured yardstick, which is vital to separating the grain from chaff, truth from illusive spiritual morbidity, dignity from disgrace.” — Dennis Strand, from the Foreword

Etheric Anatomy

Etheric Anatomy: The Three Selves and Astral Travel by Victor H Anderson, with additional material from Cora Anderson, 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 Etheric Anatomy from Acorn Guild Press

“What Every Witch Should Know

‘In order to comprehend more fully our psychic structure, it must be understood that the human being is a trinity. This is neither a metaphor nor an abstract illustration. The human soul and spirit body is made up of three definite parts or entities. Each of these three entities has its own individual and collective existence in the soul and personality, just as surely as the three atoms in a molecule of water.’—Etheric Anatomy

This volume offers the clearest explanation available on the Three Souls teaching for Witches and Pagans. Etheric Anatomy gathers rare writings by Victor and his wife, Cora, that demystify:

· The three parts of the soul
· Seeing and evaluating auras
· Developing etheric sight
· Out-of-body experiences
· Astral sex
· Feri prayers and exercises, including:
  – The Flower Prayer—to contact the God Self
  – The Ha Prayer—to raise mana
  – The Kala Rite—to clear energy blocks

Etheric Anatomy contains information not found in any other book. The Three Souls teaching is the foundation of the Feri Tradition, but informs all seekers who wish to understand the nature of the self and develop their psychic skills.” — back cover

Witch Eye submissions deadline for Beltane 2013

Witch Eye: a Journal of the Feri Uprising has a submissions deadline on Mar 15th for contributions to their Beltane issue.

Witch Eye: a Journal of the Feri Uprising

“Witch Eye: A Journal of Feri Uprising is a quality print journal with full color covers published once a year, full or art, articles, spells and lore inspired by the F(a)eri(e) Tradition, meaning various permutations of the branch of witchcraft passed on from the teachings of Victor & Cora Anderson and Gwydion Pendderwen.

While much of our focus is rooted in the Feri (Faery) Tradition, we also offer many items of interest to the modern Pagan, Witch and Warlock.” [via]