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What is the
Anderson Feri Tradition?


The Anderson Feri Tradition is an initiatory form of Witchcraft.

This means that initiation is required for full participation in the tradition. Furthermore, Feri initiation and training are available only through existing Feri initiates.

The tradition is referred to as "Anderson Feri" for two reasons:

  1. All Feri initiates can trace their lineage back to Victor and Cora Anderson.

  2. In the 1970s the Andersons wrote of their Craft as a "Fairy" or Pictish Tradition. At some point in the 1990s, they began using the spelling "Feri" to differentiate their tradition from unrelated groups using similar terms (Faery Wicca, Radical Faeries, R. J. Stewart, et cetera).

    The Andersons also taught that "fe" means "to be psychic and the science of doing magic," and "ri" means "a specialist." Thus, "Feri" denotes someone who specializes in psychic skills and doing magic.

The modern roots of the Anderson Feri Tradition stretch back to several sources.

These include a coven of pre-Gardnerian witches active in southern Oregon in the 1930s, a group of Haitian migrant workers practicing Vodou in southern Oregon around the same time, and a form of hereditary Southern folk magic dating back to the late 1800s. Elements of Hawaiian and Native American lore were also present at an early date. Other material has been added to this matrix over time, but there remains a core unique to Feri.

Although Victor and Cora Anderson are acknowledged as the modern founders of the Feri Tradition, they considered it a survival of Stone Age religion.

Victor drew no distinction between Feri and the earliest forms of human magic. According to him, Witchcraft was born when humans stepped past the neigborhood of the known into the world of the unknown. This ability to step into the unknown is a birthright all humans possess but few attempt to use.

The Anderson Feri Tradition is universalist in nature.

Victor Anderson considered Feri a universal religion arising out of the very nature of humanity and the cosmos. He also had a very clear idea of the underlying structure that Feri speaks to. This was sometimes confusing to people, as when Victor pointed out the book Kali: the Feminine Force as being about Feri. But because Victor saw Feri as universal, he saw it popping up everywhere—from other religions to quantum physics. Ultimately, Anderson Feri is both very simple and utterly vast in scope.

More information on the Anderson Feri Tradition is available in Cora Anderson's book, Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition.

Feri is…

The song that makes you shiver
Hair crawling and shifting
Follicle receivers tuned to
The darkness between the stars
The siren call
And the
warm throbbing response
Answering from below.

Poem © 2003 by Phoenix Willow.
Used with permission.

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