Happy posthumous birthday to Victor Henry Anderson
May 21, 1917 – September 20, 2001
Victor H. Anderson was an American Wiccan priest, poet, and founding member of the Feri Tradition which was established in California during the 1960s.
He was born in New Mexico to a working class family. He spent much of his childhood moving around to different parts of the country where he had many encounters with Mexican, Hawaiian, and Haitian immigrants. It was through these interactions that he gained an understanding of these cultures’ magical practices.
In 1944, he married Cora Cremeans and together they founded the Mahaelani Coven in the 60’s gaining many followers. It was an eclectic mixture of the Hawaiian Kahuna, Mexican shamanism, and Haitian Vodou cultures he was familiar with along with various Wiccan teachings influenced by Gerald Gardner’s writings. One of their first initiates was Gwydion Pendderwen who introduced elements from Alexandrian Wicca and was a significant influence on the development of the group into the Feri tradition.
Practitioners have described Feri as an ecstatic tradition rather than a fertility tradition. Emphasis is placed on experiencing the gods rather than specific practices. There is no set of books that describe the teaching. It’s rather about shamanic experiences, sexual mysticism, and sensual awareness.
Website to the Feri Tradition
Inner Circle Sanctuary
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.