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Catalog: Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition

Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition

by Cora Anderson

Body/Mind/Spirit, Religion & Theology, Spirituality
ISBN 978-0-9710050-4-4
Trade paper, 64 pages
List price: $10.00

10th anniversary printing 2004

The Definitive Text on the Feri Tradition

Written as a gift to the author's husband, the blind poet and shaman Victor H. Anderson, for their fiftieth wedding anniversary, Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition explains the Andersons' work and teachings in the Feri Faith of the Old Religion—its thealogy, physics, and social structure. Profound and insightful, this slim volume is packed with information not available anywhere else, and is the definitive text on the Anderson Feri Tradition.

Cora Anderson helped to train some of the most influential voices in neo-Paganism, including Starhawk and Gwydion Pendderwen. She worked as a hospital cook for many years and was a contributing writer to Potpourri of Cookery. Her articles were featured in Witch Eye and Circle magazines, and her recipes were published in Women's Circle.

Reviews

A real gem for the Feri/Witchcraft enthusiast.

The writing style is veiled and conversational, so much so that at times it feels as if you are hearing her speak to you in a dream and engaging her words more symbolically than literal. (I recommend repeated readings of this work in order to better understand some of the deeper points that are introduced... at only 6[4] pages it is certainly an easy task.) Some of the information is specifically directed at parts of the Feri tradition community, while others can be more generally applied to the wider Pagan movement.

... If you are looking for even more information about this often secretive tradition then Fifty Years... offers some interesting morsels, straight from the horse's mouth.
—Storm Faerywolf, editor of Witch Eye magazine and author of The Stars Within the Earth

With Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition, author and Grandmaster Cora Anderson reflects on various aspects of this often misunderstood branch of modern Witchcraft, touching on such topics as the Three Souls, the Divine Twins, the role of sex in the Craft, the Black Heart of Innocence, and more.

Written as an anniversary gift for her husband (Feri founder and Grandmaster Victor Anderson) this work weaves together pieces of their personal history, as well as etheric insights into the religious technologies of various cultures. This combined with an intuitive presentation of the various realms of metaphysical existence makes this book a real gem for the Feri/Witchcraft enthusiast.

The writing style is veiled and conversational, so much so that at times it feels as if you are hearing her speak to you in a dream and engaging her words more symbolically than literal. (I recommend repeated readings of this work in order to better understand some of the deeper points that are introduced... at only 6[4] pages it is certainly an easy task.) Some of the information is specifically directed at parts of the Feri tradition community, while others can be more generally applied to the wider Pagan movement.

... If you are looking for even more information about this often secretive tradition then Fifty Years... offers some interesting morsels, straight from the horse's mouth.

Writing about a subject that has more than its share of glamour and glitz, Cora Anderson writes in a voice that is refreshingly genuine, heartfelt, and wise.
—M. Macha NightMare, coauthor with Starhawk of The Pagan Book of Living and Dying

Everyone who is interested in the Feri Tradition or the work of Victor and Cora Anderson should read this book. It provides a basic overview of the Craft, its deities, sources, rituals, soul manifestations and types within the feri realm. It also remedies a lot of misconceptions promulgated by students who received only a piece of the teachings or who claim their own inventions as Feri. But its greatest gift is in giving voice to the clarity of vision and heartfelt sincerity of Cora Anderson, a wise woman who walked the Path with her beloved for over fifty years.
—Mary K. Greer, author of Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses

Fifty Years provides a rare glimpse into the applied metaphysical science of the Feri tradition of Witchcraft. … It closes as many doors as it opens though, ... but what can you expect from a largely oral tradition that ultimately and ideally teaches how to walk between the worlds somewhere along the curved mirror of space ... and still get your dishes done.
—Thom Fowler, contributor to Celebrating the Pagan Soul

For the first time in print, Cora Anderson reveals some of the practices of Feri tradition spirituality, and explains a little bit of our history. Written as a gift for her husband, the blind poet and shaman Victor Anderson, this book is an elegantly simple window into a darkly powerful, and joyously beautiful path of deep personal transformation.
—Carnivalia

I've read this little book several times ..., and each time I've come away from it with a little something more. In the space of time between my first reading and my most recent read a couple of days ago, I've found many little gems of wisdom, humor, and magic hiding in the text, and each time I wonder: why I hadn't seen that particular bit before? After all, it's not as though there's much room in the book for things to hide! I always wonder if the text changes when I'm not looking at it...

But of course, the book itself isn't changing ... It's that I've changed, and my capacity to understand it has likewise changed. Cora Anderson's little essay about the Feri tradition, rambling and unfocused as it is, packs a terrific amount of information into a tiny package, and phrases it in such a way that most of it only makes sense once you, the reader, are ready to understand it. That may sound odd, but it's true.

As such, while I wouldn't say this is a "beginner's book" by any stretch of the imagination, I think it's essential reading for anyone seriously studying the Feri tradition, or anyone who wants to read the unvarnished thoughts of a genuine elder of the Craft.
—Colin Davis, designer, Eden Imaginative (Amazon review)

Okay, the up-front confession: when I first read this book, ten years ago, I was positively underwhelmed. I'd heard so much about the book, about the mysterious Feri tradition and about its founders, Victor and Cora Anderson, and my expectations were pretty high. I was expecting to get a reasonably in-depth overview of the Feri tradition, or at least a guided tour of some basics. I was expecting, basically, Feri 101. What I got instead, when I finally acquired a copy, was a modestly slim volume written in a chatty, conversational tone, less as a book and more a transcript of a rambling verbal discourse on whatever subjects related to Feri happened to cross the writer's mind. It felt confusing, unfocused and largely incomprehensible, especially because I felt like I wasn't understanding many of her base assumptions about religion, magic, or the Craft. I came away from my initial read strangely dissatisfied, as though I'd missed a point I should've gotten, and didn't understand why.

I've read this little book several times since then, and each time I've come away from it with a little something more. In the space of time between my first reading and my most recent read a couple of days ago, I've found many little gems of wisdom, humor, and magic hiding in the text, and each time I wonder: why I hadn't seen that particular bit before? After all, it's not as though there's much room in the book for things to hide! I always wonder if the text changes when I'm not looking at it.

But of course, the book itself isn't changing. As Lon Milo DuQuette says in his book Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot, it's that I've changed, and my capacity to understand it has likewise changed. Cora Anderson's little essay about the Feri tradition, rambling and unfocused as it is, packs a terrific amount of information into a tiny package, and phrases it in such a way that most of it only makes sense once you, the reader, are ready to understand it. That may sound odd, but it's true.

As such, while I wouldn't say this is a 'beginner's book' by any stretch of the imagination, I think it's essential reading for anyone seriously studying the Feri tradition, or anyone who wants to read the unvarnished thoughts of a genuine elder of the Craft.