The Andersons' Craft is an oral tradition, one that
leads each initiate on an individualized path into the mysteriesthere
is no set book of practices.
This has naturally led to differentiation between the
various branches or "lines" of Feri. The following
descriptions are not a complete summary but may
provide a glimpse of the variety within
Feri. They include some groups and individuals teaching
note that these listings do not necessarily constitute an
endorsement by Lilith's Lantern.
If you would like to submit a brief description of your own
line of Feri for consideration, please contact
Initiation is necessary before one can fully participate
in the Feri Tradition.
Groups influenced by Feri but not requiring Feri initiation
are listed separately as related traditionsas
are related groups that self-identify as other than Feri:
and CORA ANDERSON
The first publicly known sources of the Feri
Tradition. Victor and Cora taught Feri from
the 1950s until Victor's death in 2001, initiating
approximately 25-30 people. The Andersons taught
using the apprenticeship model and did not charge
for Feri training.
An early initiate of the Andersons, Gwydion
went on to initiate others. His lineage tends
to emphasize the Celtic elements of Feri. He
is particularly known for his poetry and music,
including songs created from Victor Anderson's
poetry. Gwydion Pendderwen's accidental death
in 1982 was a great loss to the Pagan community.
Alison Harlow was initiated by Gwydion Pendderwen
in 1970 and trained by Victor and Gwydion. She
founded Wings of Vanthi Coven in 1975, co-creating
her own line of Feri. She left the coven in
1989, and worked with J'té Argent, her initiate.
Alison Harlow and J'té Argent developed
their own line of of Feri called FireDrake together.
J'té Argent continues to teach this line.
Alison passed from this life on June 13,
2004. To visit her memorial, click HERE.
Coven founded by several students of the Andersons,
including Eldri Littlewolf, Steven Hewell, and
Gabriel Carillo (Caradoc). Gabriel was instrumental
in the formation of the Bloodrose branch of Feri.
Wings of Vanthi was formed as a Faerie coven
in the late 70's by Alison Harlow and Roz Tognoli
(both now deceased). The coven grew and worked
together until 1989, when it was dissolved.
A new Vanthe coven was formed by some of the
members of the old coven and continues to this
Founded by Gabriel Carillo (Caradoc), an initiate
of the Andersons. Primarily used a body of teaching
materials initially co-written by Gabriel and
Steven Hewell and further developed by Gabriel
over the years. Probably the most prolific Feri
branch and the first to teach Feri in a paid
class setting. Gabriel experimented with large-scale
teaching via the Internet and E-mail.
Gabriel passed over on January 1, 2007.
Initiated in 1976, founding member of Silver
Wheel Coven. Teaches both privately one-on-one,
and in groups. Rigorous concentration on Feri
core practices with an emphasis on the Southern
folk magic elements. Atlanta, Georgia, and surrounding
BAY FERI GROUP
A loose affiliation of Feri initiates and students
in the mid-San Francisco Peninsula. The West Bay
group meets primarily for Sabbats and for occasional
other workings. The members of the group primarily
trace their lineages through the Sacred Wheel
and Bloodrose lines. The group engages in much
experimentation and on-going study within the
Feri tradition. (Not currently accepting students.)
FireDrake Feri combines teachings of Alison Harlow
(Wings of Vanthi), Grandma
Julie of the Tower family (taught Alison), Underworld/Overworld
workings & connective magick of the Redwoods.
FDF focuses on union with Elemental Beings/Guardians;
deep rapport with Dark Goddess; personal, direct
intercourse with Earth; profound relationship
to Feri Gods (all Gods are Feri Gods); folkloric
compact with the Fae; consistent use of Feri Pentacles
and basic Feri Practices. Courses taught in Boulder
Creek take place in a Great Redwood Grove year-round.
Highly personalized Intensive and Distance training.
BlackHeart is a path to Feri initiation, although
such may not be part of every student's experience.
Taught by Karina, a Feri initiate and teacher.
New England area. Web site at www.blackheartferi.com
Long-time student and initiate of the Andersons,
also had some early training with Bloodrose.
Named a Feri Grandmaster by Cora Anderson in
August 2003. Artist and owner of Tombo Studio.
Author of The
White Wand. Emphasis on the creative
arts as a gateway to Feri. San Francisco Bay
A group founded by students and initiates of the
Andersons. Works with a core body of lore, rituals,
liturgy, and practices taught by Victor and Cora
to their direct initiates. Places a high value
on oral tradition, creativity, and magical and
psychic arts. Trains privately using the apprenticeship
model in a coven setting. Members have reclaimed
the name Vicia to describe their style, lineage,
and practices. Oregon and Southern California
Begun by Valerie
Walker (veedub), former high priestess of
(see below). Originally initiated by Starhawk,
Walker was later also adopted into a Feri lineage
descending from Sacred Wheel. The original DustBunnies
coven has given rise to several branches in California
and elsewhere, as well as continuing in-person
and distance classes that rely on Compost and
Feri material, plus a set of devotional materials
developed by Walker, in a not-for-profit class
setting. San Francisco area. Accepts long-distance
The Covenant of Rhiannon (COR) is a confluence
of Welsh Faery teachings and teachings passed
down from the late Grace Kemelek, a student of
Sybil Leek. A left-hand path, COR places an emphasis
on knowledge (gnosis-vidya), and the application
of that knowledge through development of the arts
of the Craft. Teaches privately in a traditional
coven environment. Located in Cape May, NJ.
Founded by artist, poet, and author
Storm Faerywolf. Trained in the Bloodrose/Sacred
Wheel branch, he has studied other forms of
Feri to round-out his practice. BlueRose Feri
focuses mainly on shamanic practice, sorcery,
queer mysteries, and personal communication
with the Divine. Teaches privately and publicly
using both the class and apprenticeship models.
Shapeshifter Line originated with Jenya T. Beachy
amongst the Redwoods in California. Five Feri
teachers gave the gifts of Beauty, Laughter,
Simplicity, Discipline, and Service to the line,
which is also influenced by the Seth material,
AA, dreams, and visions. We strive to live up
to the need of the worlds for our joy and our
power. Kala, Ha Prayers, and the Iron and Pearl
Pentacles are used to align our souls and open
us to the endless Universal conversation.
following are offshoots of Feri, listed in approximate
Founded by a group of people including Starhawk,
an initiate of the Andersons and author of The
Spiral Dance. Compost combined Feri
with other sources and added substantial amounts
of their own original material. Feri initiation
was not required, but was passed to some of
the members. San Francisco area.
Offshoot of Compost. Founded by Starhawk and
others as a magical group focusing on political
activism. Initiation is not necessary to fully
participate in the Reclaiming tradition. However,
it does offer several types of initiation
including Feri. Teaches some Feri material in
class settings, primarily the Iron and Pearl
Pentacles. Began in the San Francisco area and
now exists internationally.
Also called Faery, Pictish, or Traditional
Pictish Witchcraft. An early offshoot of Anderson
Feri, this is an oathbound line first documented
in the early 1980s. Some core elements include
the teaching on the Three Selves, the Iron and
Pearl Pentagrams, a cord of a particular color,
patron deities (Isis, Mari, Blue God). Pictish-Faery
has but one initiation and no formal degree
system. Trace their lineage to three Faery women
in Denver: Mary Alisha, Ruby, and Lillian Taber.
Founded by Francesca De Grandis, a student of
the Andersons and author of Be a Goddess
and Goddess Initiation and other titles.
Third Road develops one's spiritual, psychic,
and worldly potential, while honoring each person's
inextricable weaving with society, nature, and
cosmos. Francesca teaches through her books
and teleseminars and conducts global tele-rituals.
More information about her work and classes
can be found at www.outlawbunny.com.
A Reclaiming-Feri initiate, Thorn T. Coyle has
developed her own school of teachings. She offers
paid classes internationally, including a variety
of workshops and teleconferences.