1999, Victor Anderson, the founder of the American Witchcraft Feri Tradition,
started a project with his long-time student and friend Cornelia Benavidez. At
first, she didn’t know that he was placing in her hands his last words to the
world and especially to the initiates of the Feri Tradition, to be released
when he felt his teachings would be the most needed. Now is that time.
the 1960s onwards, Victor Anderson revolutionized paganism. As Elder, Teacher
and Grandmaster of the Feri Tradition, he trained some of the most influential
voices in modern paganism and was respected worldwide. Calling his
tradition authentic, ancient and sex positive, Victor and his wife Cora
challenged all sides of religious and pagan persuasions, shocking many
into examining their racial and sexual prejudices and bias. They called for
people to educate themselves by any means possible, to examine history and
culture, to better understand themselves and the divine quest of which we all are
a part. Though on one hand Victor’s path grew straight from the soil of
indigenous culture and traditional magical craft, he also passionately
championed the sciences. Victor was also an accomplished poet and his book, “Thorns of the Blood Rose
” was considered
a classic when it was published in 1970.
so many visionaries, Victor was ahead of his time. Though often considered controversial
during his lifetime, through the interviews in this book he clarifies mistakes
and rumors concerning his history and the Feri Tradition. The book also
includes an intriguing essay on Victor’s introduction to the craft, by writer
and artist Sara Star, and the intensive research done by genealogist William
Wallworth on Victor’s family.