John Michael Greer

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John Michael Greer
Born1962 (age 57–58)
Occupationauthor, blogger, occultist

John Michael Greer (born 1962) is an American author and druid who writes on ecology, politics, appropriate technology, oil depletion and the occult.

Personal life[edit]

Greer was born in Bremerton, Washington and was raised in the Seattle area. He is an initiate in Freemasonry and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. He currently lives in East Providence, Rhode Island with his wife Sara. [1]


He created the training program for the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn, which he founded in 2013. [2] He served as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), an initiatory organization teaching Celtic nature spirituality, from 2003 - 2015. He published The Druidry Handbook, which served as the AODA’s core textbook and curriculum.[3] He came to Druidry by way of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in 1995 after some twenty years’ involvement in Hermetic occult spirituality. He received the Mount Haemus Award in 2003 from OBOD for his lecture "Phallic Religion in the Druid Revival".[4]

Politics, blogging, and nonfiction[edit]

Greer describes himself as a moderate Burkean conservative, influenced by the political theorist Edmund Burke. [5] He is currently blogging at Ecosophia, where he has written about the intersection of magic and politics. [6]

His previous blog on occult topics The Well of Galabes (2014-2017) is also hosted on Ecosophia.[7]

He previously blogged at The Archdruid Report on peak oil, economics, history, philosophy and related topics during 2006-2017. [8] He believes that gradual societal collapse will ensue as fossil fuel powered industries and societies decline through resource depletion.[9] In a 2009 blog post entitled "Hagbard's Law", he contrasted the attention global warming receives compared to peak oil.[10]


Greer has written a series of fantasy novels based on the worlds created by H.P. Lovecraft entitled "The Weird of Hali".[11] He has also written deindustrial science fiction and a political-military thriller Twilight’s Last Gleaming.


Writing in The Futurist magazine, Rick Docksai declared that Greer's book The Ecotechnic Future is "as realistic a portrayal of the end of civilization as one is likely to find."[12] It was also positively reviewed in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries[13] and was recommended in the industry journal Energy Policy.[14] The International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability referred to his book The Wealth of Nature as "challeng[ing] the paradigms that underlie the complex system of wealth distribution we know as economics."[15]

His book The New Encyclopedia of the Occult was selected as a reference text in 2005 by American Libraries[16] and noted by Booklist[17] and Publishers Weekly.[18]


Spirituality and the occult[edit]

  • Inside a Magical Lodge: Group Ritual in the Western Tradition (Llewellyn, 1998)
  • Monsters: An Investigator's Guide to Magical Beings (Llewellyn, 2001)
  • The New Encyclopedia of the Occult (Llewellyn, 2003)
  • Learning Ritual Magic: Fundamental Theory and Practice for the Solitary Apprentice, co-authored with Clare Vaughn and Earl King, Jr (Weiser, 2004)
  • A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism (ADF Publishing, 2005)
  • Encyclopedia of Natural Magic (Llewellyn, 2005)
  • The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth (Weiser Books, January 2006)
  • Gérard Thibault d'Anvers. Academy of the Sword, trans. John Michael Greer (Highland Park, TX: The Chivalry Bookshelf, 2006)
  • Atlantis: Ancient Legacy, Hidden Prophecy (Llewellyn, 2007)
  • Pagan Prayer Beads: Magic and Meditation with Pagan Rosaries, co-authored with Clare Vaughn (Weiser, 2007)
  • The Druid Magic Handbook: Ritual Magic Rooted in the Living Earth (Weiser, 2007)
  • The Art and Practice of Geomancy: Divination, Magic, and Earth Wisdom of the Renaissance (Weiser, 2009)
  • Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies: The Ultimate A–Z of Ancient Mysteries, Lost Civilizations and Forgotten Wisdom (HarperCollins, 2009)
  • The Druid Revival Reader, ed. John Michael Greer (Starseed, 2011)
  • The Druid Grove Handbook: A Guide to Ritual in the Ancient Order of Druids in America, ed. John Michael Greer (Starseed, 2011)
  • The Blood of the Earth: An Essay on Magic and Peak Oil (Scarlet Imprint, 2012)
  • Mystery Teachings From the Living Earth (Weiser, 2012)
  • The Gnostic Celtic Church: A Manual and Book of Liturgy, ed. John Michael Greer (Starseed, 2013)
  • The Celtic Golden Dawn: An Original & Complete Curriculum of Druidical Study (Llewellyn, February 2013)
  • Circles of Power: An Introduction to Hermetic Magic, third edition (Aeon Books, 2017)
  • Paths of Wisdom: Cabala in the Golden Dawn Tradition, third edition (Aeon Books, 2017)
  • The Coelbren Alphabet: The Forgotten Oracle of the Welsh Bards (Llewellyn, 2017)
  • The Occult Book: A Chronological Journey from Alchemy to Wicca (Sterling Chronologies, 2017)
  • A Magical Education: Talks on Magic and Occultism (Aeon Books, 2019)

Economics and political change[edit]

  • The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age (New Society Publishers, September 2008)
  • The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World (New Society Publishers, October 2009)
  • The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered (New Society Publishers, May 2011) ISBN 978-0-86571-673-5
  • Green Wizardry (New Society, 2013)
  • Not the Future we Ordered: Peak Oil, Psychology and the Myth of Progress (Karnac, 2013)
  • Decline and Fall: the End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in the 21st Century (New Society, 2014)
  • Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush: the Best of the Archdruid Report (Founders House, 2015)
  • After Progress: Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age Paperback (New Society Publishers, April 2015)
  • Dark Age America: Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead (New Society Publishers, September 2016)
  • The Retro Future: Looking to the Past to Remake the Future (New Society, 2017)


Anthologies edited[edit]

  • After Oil: SF Visions of a Post-Petroleum World (Founders House, 2012
  • After Oil 2: The Years of Crisis (Founders House, 2014)
  • After Oil 3: The Years of Rebirth (Founders House, 2015)
  • After Oil 4: The Future's Distant Shores (Founders House, 2016)
  • Merigan Tales: Stories for the World of Star's Reach (Founders House,2016)

See also[edit]

  • Dmitry Orlov (writer) – A Russian-American engineer who writes on Peak Oil and economic, ecological and political decline.
  • James Howard Kunstler – An American author who writes about the end of industrialized society, suburbia and urban development.


  1. ^ "John Michael Greer". 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn". Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  3. ^ "History & Heritage of the AODA". Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  4. ^ "3rd Mount Haemus Lecture". Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  5. ^ "A Few Notes on Burkean Conservatism". 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  6. ^ "The Kek Wars, Part One: Aristocracy and its discontents". 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  7. ^ "The Well of Galabes - Ecosophia". Ecosophia. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  8. ^ "Founders House Exclusive: ADR Bundle". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  9. ^ "COLLAPSE NOW AND AVOID THE RUSH". June 6, 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Hagbard's Law". 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  11. ^ "The Weird of Hali: Kingsport". Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  12. ^ Docksai, Rick. "Is industrial civilization doomed?" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine The Futurist Mar.-Apr. 2010: 58+. Academic OneFile. Web. 8 Dec. 2013.
  13. ^ Conant, F. P., Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Aug 2010, Vol. 47 Issue 12, p2370
  14. ^ Friedrichs, Jörg (August 2010). "Global energy crunch: How different parts of the world would react to a peak oil scenario". Energy Policy. 38 (8): 4562–4569. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.04.011.
  15. ^ Avery, William Alexander; Francis, Charles (22 May 2013). "The wealth of nature: economics as if survival mattered". International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. 12 (1): 89–91. doi:10.1080/14735903.2013.796766.
  16. ^ Dean, Katharine. "Reference That Rocks!!" American Libraries. May2005, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p37-40.
  17. ^ "The New Encyclopedia of the Occult. (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  18. ^ "The New Encyclopedia of the Occult.(Book Review)". Publishers Weekly. 250 (35): 1. Sep 2003. Retrieved 8 December 2013.


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