For the last article in this series, Feri and Reclaiming are being grouped together because Reclaiming is an offshoot of Feri. Feri (pronounced fairy), created by Victor and Cora Anderson is a combination of Wiccan beliefs with American folklore and Native American beliefs. Like Gardnerian Wicca, Feri is secretive with rituals and traditions passed on orally. An exception to this rule is the author T. Thorn Coyle. Coyle was a student of the Andersons who branched out a little further and began incorporating political aspects into her religious teachings. Coyle does offer long distance and online classes in Feri. See her website for more details regarding her work and class schedule.
Taking the combination of religion and politics one step further is the author Starhawk, one of the founders of Reclaiming. Reclaiming is a Feri tradition that combines personal spiritual growth with political activism. Reclaiming is open to anyone who adheres to the Principles of Unity:
The Values of the Reclaiming tradition stem from our understanding that the earth is alive and all of life is sacred and interconnected. We see the Goddess as immanent in the earth’s cycles of birth, growth, death, decay, and regeneration. Our practice arises from a deep, spiritual commitment to the earth, to healing and to the linking of magic with political action.
Each of us embodies the divine. Our ultimate spiritual authority is within, and we need no other person to interpret the sacred to us. We foster the questioning attitude, and honor intellectual, spiritual and creative freedom.
We are an evolving, dynamic tradition and proudly call ourselves Witches. Honoring both Goddess and God, we work with female and male images of divinity, always remember that their essence is a mystery, which goes beyond form. Our community rituals are participatory and ecstatic, celebrating the cycle s of the seasons and our lives, and raising energy for personal, collective and earth healing.
To read the full Principle of Unity click here.
Reclaiming classes can be found at local witch camps and are adapted from one of Coyle’s books: Evolutionary Witchcraft. Although there are currently no witch camps or Reclaiming classes taught in Arizona, the group AZ Reclaiming has several members who do attend witch camps and the coven is working on bringing teachers in to the state to begin classes here. The local group, based in Phoenix, tries to meet monthly in Scottsdale to celebrate the New Moon and discuss upcoming events.
Listed on the Reclaiming website are local teachers who are willing to work one-on-one and long distance with students. Many Reclaiming teachers have also been through Feri training and can offer more information regarding that path if you are interested.