In Memoriam . . .

 

Cora Ann Anderson
January 26, 1915 ~ May 1, 2008

Cora Ann Anderson, 93, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2008.

Cora and her husband, Victor (who passed on in 2001), are well-known as the Grand Masters and seminal teachers of the Feri (Faery) Tradition of Witchcraft. Cora helped train some of the most influential voices in neo-Paganism, including the late Gwydion Pendderwen. Her straightforward approach to the Craft earned her the respect and admiration of many around the world.

Cora is the author of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition, Kitchen Witch: A Memoir, and coauthor (with Victor) of Etheric Anatomy: The Three Selves and Astral Travel, and The Heart of the Initiate. Her articles were featured in Witch Eye and Circle magazines, and her recipes appeared in Potpourri of Cookery, Women's Circle, and T. Babes Recipe Service.

The daughter of a coal miner, Cora grew up with her father, paternal uncle, and older sister and brother in Blount County, Ala. When Cora was one, her mother died of tuberculosis. Cora moved to Oregon in the early '40s where she met her husband, Victor, a poet, musician, and Witch/shaman. After a brief courtship lasting three days, they married on May 3, 1944.

Cora came from a family tradition of folk magic and healing. Her maternal grandfather, who immigrated from Ireland, was a Druid and "herb doctor" or "root doctor." Cora learned wildcrafting and herbs from her maternal aunt, who was a midwife and healer also. A natural kitchen Witch, Cora worked as a hospital cook for many years, and often charged the food with healing energy for the patients.

Soon after their marriage, Victor initiated Cora into the Craft, and together they developed the Faery Tradition. They moved to California in 1948, and eventually settled in San Leandro.

Cora graduated from Blountsville Agricultural High School. She received a two-year diploma in children's education from Jacksonville State Teacher's College in Ala. She also held a certificate in autobiographical writing from Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. She held a ministerial certificate from the Covenant of the Goddess.

Cora will be sorely missed by her son, Victor Elon; daughter-in-law, Lois Diane; grandchildren: Victoria, Nathan and Elon Thomas; adopted grandchildren: Lori, Jared and Jason; several great-grandchildren; and her students and many admirers. Her passing is a huge loss not only to the Feri community, but also to the Craft as a whole.

2008 SoulFire. Photo courtesy of Valerie Walker. All rights reserved. This text file may be freely distributed so long as no editing is done, credit is given, and everything in this notice is included.

See also the Cora Anderson memorial at the Witches' Voice.

 

A Woman of the Romani Speaks
by Cora Anderson

Within myself I know I am Different,
The blood of the old ones flows through my veins.
The Gypsies have taught me their magic
And the little people their cunning
I can speak to the trees and they answer
We talk of the moon and the Goddess.
I am told how to plant my garden
And when to gather the harvest.
My lover comes to me when I call
For I know how to live and love
I can teach the children and instruct the young Maidens
For I have learned how to use my power
And never give it away.

© Copyright 1994, Victor E. Anderson.
Used with permission.

 

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