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Witchvox Chapter: Pagan Books
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ISBN: 978-0-9710050-7-5 Released: Jun - 2010 List Price: $14.95
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Book ID: 2185
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An Inspiring Recollection from the Mother of the Feri Tradition
Kitchen Witch: A Memoir
Author: Cora Anderson
Publisher: Harpy Books
Category: Autobiography Level: All
"The girls who were eligible for marriage would bake small anise cakes. These were placed on the hearth, and each girl would sit on the floor in front of her cakes. They would sit quietly and think about the man they wished to marry. If they saw the young man eat their cakes, that was supposed to mean they would marry him in the spring." —Cora Anderson, Kitchen Witch: A Memoir
Book Description A personal narrative filled with homespun wisdom, this memoir recounts the life and times of the mother of the Faery (Feri) Tradition of Witchcraft. Her journey proceeds from an impoverished childhood in rural Alabama before the Great Depression to her marriage to the blind poet, shaman, and co-teacher of the Feri Tradition, Victor H. Anderson, and their life together in the San Francisco East Bay. This warm, intimate, and bittersweet life story provides a glimpse into the world of a true American kitchen Witch, and includes her recipes, personal spells, and poetry.
Endorsements "A delightful, sorrowful, but overall amazing account of a woman's and a witch's life ... An autobiography that any hearth or kitchen witch would love, as at her core, it was who Cora Anderson was ... A beautiful book full of beautiful tales and wisdom." —Pagan Bookworm: Book & Media Reviews for the Magical Masses
"Visiting Victor and Cora meant stepping into a magical realm hidden behind the facade of an ordinary suburban house. Victor would sit in his rocking chair; I'd ask questions, and he would roam the galaxies in his answers. Cora would chime in with warmth, wisdom and common sense. And then we might go do magic ..." —Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance
"This book chronicles Cora’s life. It was not an easy life, but it certainly was an interesting one. Like her face-to-face teaching, her wisdom and knowledge are here for those who can see them ... This book began as a project for a writing class Cora took many years ago, and I am glad to see it finished and available to the public. I hope it gives you a glimpse into the type of person she is, and I hope it helps you understand why Cora is universally respected by Feri Witches, regardless of their line." —Michele Jackson, from the Foreword
"A genuine elder of the Craft" —Colin Davis, designer, Eden Imaginative
Author's Notes: Cora Anderson is the author of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition and coauthor, with Victor H. Anderson, 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. She was a contributing writer to Potpourri of Cookery, and her recipes were published in Women's Circle and T. Babes Recipe Service.
Cora was one of the foremost elders of the Fairy (Feri) Faith of the Old Religion. She and her husband, Victor H. Anderson, trained some of the most influential voices in neo-Paganism, including the late bard Gwydion Pendderwen. Raised in the southern Appalachians, Cora came from a family tradition of folk magic and healing. A natural kitchen Witch, Cora worked as a hospital cook, and often charged the food with healing energy for the patients. She held a ministerial certificate from the Covenant of the Goddess.
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