Anderson, Victor (1917–2001) Cofounder of the Feri
(formerly Faery) Tradition of Witchcraft. Victor H.
Anderson was born on May 21, 1917, in Clayton, New
Mexico. When he was a young child, his family moved to
Bend, Oregon. An uncorrected condition or ailment left
him nearly blind for life.
In Oregon, Anderson met and was initiated at about
age nine into the Craft by Witches who called themselves
faeries. He came upon a small, old woman sitting naked
in the center of a circle alongside brass bowls filled with
herbs (see magic circle). She told him he was a Witch.
Instinctively, he took off his clothes and was sexually initiated.
He experienced a vision, which he could see clearly
despite his nearblindness, in which he floated in black
space, holding on to the woman (who became the Goddess),
until he suddenly found himself in a junglelike setting
under a vast sky filled with stars and a green moon.
Coming toward him was the Horned God, a beautiful
and powerful man, yet effeminate, with an erect phallus.
His head was horned, and from his head came a blue
flame. After some communications with the deities, the
vision vanished and Anderson returned to the present.
He sat in the circle with the old woman and was taught
the ritual use of the herbs and teas in the brass bowls.
She washed him in butter, oil and Salt. He dressed and
Anderson worked in a coven; most of the coveners
hailed from the American South and practiced a type of
Witchcraft (there were no “traditions” then) that was not
so much a religion but more a “devotional science,” a way
of living that emphasized harmony with nature, magic,
celebration, music and ecstatic dancing. They revered Pagan
deities, which they called “The Old Gods” and “The
Old Powers,” but did not have the developed theologies of
more modern Craft traditions.
In 1944, Anderson married a northern Alabama
woman, Cora, who came from a family of Christians who
practiced folk magic. The two had meetings on the astral
plane for several years before meeting in the physical.
In the 1950s the Andersons broke up a fistfight between
their only son and a neighbor boy. The boy, who years later
changed his name to Gwydion Pendderwen, became
a good friend of the family and was initiated into Witchcraft
by the Andersons. The publication of Gerald B.
Gardner’s book, Witchcraft Today, inspired Anderson to
form his own coven. He and Pendderwen cofounded and
wrote most of the rituals for the Faery Tradition, named
after the Faery Witches Anderson worked with as a child.
After Pendderwen’s meeting with Alexandrian-tradition
Witches in England, he and Anderson incorporated material
from the Alexandrian book of shadows into the
Faery Tradition, later renamed Feri.
Anderson lived with his wife in the Bay Area of California.
He authored a book of Craft poems, Thorns of the
Blood Rose. Anderson initiated Starhawk into the Craft.
He also was a Kahuna and a bokor shaman. He earned his
living as a musician, playing the accordion and singing