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Article ID: 12559
Age Group: Adult
Posted: May 4th. 2008
Cora Ann Anderson
Cora Ann Anderson, 93, crossed over early in the morning of Thursday, May 1, 2008.
Cora and her late husband, Victor (who crossed over in 2001), were well-known as the Grand Masters and seminal teachers of the Faery (Feri) 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, Childhood Memories, and coauthor (with Victor) of Etheric Anatomy: The Three Selves and Astral Travel. She was a contributing author to Potpourri of Cookery. Her articles have been featured in Witch Eye and Circle magazines, and her recipes have been published in Women's Circle and T. Babes Recipe Service. She also wrote a feature column, "Letters from a Hill Witch", at lilithslantern.com.
The daughter of a coal miner, Cora was born Jan. 26, 1915 and 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 Victor, a renowned 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 to the States from Ireland, was a Druid and "herb..." and "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 Feri Tradition, a beautiful and vibrant tradition that has influenced countless Pagans. The Andersons 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 is survived 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 tremendous loss not only to the Feri community, but also to the Craft as a whole.
Service for Cora will be Monday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward, Calif., in the Mission Chapel.
Photo courtesy of Valerie Walker.
To learn more about Victor and Cora Anderson and the Feri (Faery) Tradition, see The Feri Tradition at the Witches' Voice, Lilith's Lantern, The White Wand, and Witch Eye magazine.
Copyright: Copyright © 2008 Soul Fire. This text file may be freely distributed so long as no editing is done, credit is given, and everything in this notice is included.
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