Victor H. Anderson was born May 21, 1917 to parents Hilbert
and Frances in Clayton, New Mexico.* He was delivered
by his father on their ranch. After several years of meeting
on the astral plane, Victor met his wife, Cora in person
in Bend, Oregon in 1944. Recognizing each other immediately,
they married three days later on May 3rd.
was an accomplished poet and the author of Thorns
of the Blood Rose, the classic book of Craft and love
poetry (first published in 1970), as well as several articles
on the Feri Tradition and Huna. In 1975, he won the Clover
International Poetry Competition Award. He was a contributor
to Witch Eye, Green Egg and Nemeton magazines.
and Cora are well known as the Grand Masters of the Feri
Faith of the Old Religion. An extraordinary shaman and
priest, Victor was one of the last Kahuna and a Houngan.
He was a member of the Harpy Coven in the 1930s in southern
Oregon. Victor initiated Starhawk, one of the most influential
voices in contemporary Paganism.
accident during childhood left Victor almost totally without
sight. As a result, he attended a school for the blind
in Oregon. Largely self-educated, Victor had a profound
love of physics, chemistry, literature and world spiritual
traditions. He was an avid reader, storyteller and brilliant
linguist who spoke numerous languages including Hawaiian,
Spanish, Creole, Italian, and Gaelic.
was gifted with a beautiful voice, loved to sing and was
adept on the drum. Victor earned his livelihood as a musician,
playing the accordion at public and private dances. He
was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Alameda
Lodge for 40 years.
crossed over on September 20 in his home. His passing
was swift and painless, as was his wish. He will be sorely
missed by his beloved wife of 57 years, Cora Ann; his
son, Victor Elon; daughter-in-law, Lois Diane; grandchildren:
Victoria, Nathan and Elon Thomas; adopted grandchildren:
Lori, Jared and Jason; several great-grandchildren; and
the members of his coven, Nostos (aka Blue Circle).
was not born in Semini, or as it was subsequently written,
in Gemini, New Mexico, as has been erroneously reported.
In Being a Pagan, Victor states: "I was not
born in Gemini, New Mexico; there is no such place. I
was born in Clayton, New Mexico, in Green [sic: now Union]
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also the Victor Anderson memorial at the Witches'