John Michael Greer

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John Michael Greer
Born 1962
Bremerton, Washington
Occupation author, religious leader, blogger

John Michael Greer (born 1962) is an American author, independent scholar, historian of ideas, cultural critic, neopagan archdruid, geomancer, Hermeticist, environmentalist/conservationist, blogger, novelist, and occultist/esotericist. He currently serves as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America.[1]

Writing in The Futurist magazine, Rick Docksai said that his book The Ecotechnic Future is "as realistic a portrayal of the end of civilization as one is likely to find."[2] It was also positively reviewed in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries[3] and was recommended in the industry journal Energy Policy.[4]

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."[5]

His book The New Encyclopedia of the Occult was selected as a reference text in 2005 by American Libraries[6] and noted by Booklist[7] and Publishers Weekly.[8]


  • Paths of Wisdom: Cabala in the Western Tradition (Llewellyn, 1996)
  • Circles of Power: Ritual Magic in the Western Tradition (Llewellyn, 1997)
  • Inside A Magical Lodge: Group Ritual in the Western Tradition (Llewellyn, 1998)
  • Earth Divination, Earth Magic: A Practical Guide to Geomancy (Llewellyn, 1999)
  • Monsters: An Investigator's Guide to Magical Beings (Llewellyn, September 2001) ISBN 978-0738700502
  • The New Encyclopedia of the Occult (Llewellyn, 2003)
  • Learning High Magic: Fundamental Theory and Practice for the Solitary Apprentice with Earl King Jr. and Clare Vaughn (Weiser, 2004)
  • A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism (ADF Press, 2005)
  • Natural Magic (Llewellyn, 2000; reprinted as The Encyclopedia of Natural Magic, 2005)
  • The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth (Weiser, 2006)
  • The Geomancer's Handbook (Renaissance Astrology, 2006)
  • The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies: The Ultimate A-Z of Ancient Mysteries, Lost Civilizations and Forgotten Wisdom (Element, 2006)
  • The Academy of the Sword by Gérard Thibault d'Anvers, 1628 (translation; Chivalry Bookshelf, 2006) (Original: Academie de l'espée, ou se demonstrent par reigles mathematiques sur le fondement d'un cercle mysterieux la theorie et pratique des vrais et iusqu'a present incognus secrets du maniement des armes a pied et a cheval.)
  • Atlantis: Ancient Legacy, Hidden Prophecy (Llewellyn, 2007)
  • The Druid Magic Handbook: Ritual Magic Rooted in the Living Earth (Weiser, 2007)
  • Pagan Prayer Beads: Magic and Meditation with Pagan Rosaries (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2007)
  • The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age (New Society Publishers, September 2008) ISBN 978-0-86571-609-4
  • The Fires of Shalsha (Starseed Press, January 2009)
  • The Art And Practice Of Geomancy: Divination, Magic, and Earth Wisdom of the Renaissance (Weiser, February 2009) ISBN 978-1578634316
  • The UFO Phenomenon: Fact, Fantasy and Disinformation (Llewellyn Publications, March 2009)
  • The Spirit and the Sword: A Western Way of Swordsmanship (The New Hermetics Press, May 2009)
  • The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World (New Society Publishers, October 2009)
  • Secrets of the Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Guide to Secret Societies, Hidden Symbols & Mysticism (Llewellyn Publications, January 2010)
  • The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered (New Society Publishers, 2011) ISBN 978-0-86571-673-5
  • The Druid Grove Handbook: A Guide to Ritual in the Ancient Order of Druids in America (Lorain Press, May 9, 2011) ISBN 978-0979170089
  • The Druid Revival Reader (Llewellyn Publications, July 29, 2011) ISBN 978-0983742203
  • Apocalypse Not: Everything You Know about 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture Is Wrong (Viva Editions, September 2011); later published as Apocalypse: A History of the End of Time (Quercus, April 2012)
  • Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth: An Introduction to Spiritual Ecology (Weiser Books, April 1, 2012) ISBN 978-1578634897
  • The Blood of the Earth: An Essay on Magic and Peak Oil (Scarlet Imprint, May 2012)
  • After Oil: SF Visions Of A Post-Petroleum World (Founders House Publishing LLC, October 2012)
  • Not the Future We Ordered: The Psychology of Peak Oil and the Myth of Eternal Progress (Karnac Books, February 2013) ISBN 978-1-78049-088-5
  • Astral High Magic: De Imaginibus of Thabit Ibn Qurra (translation) (, March 2013)
  • The Gnostic Celtic Church: A Manual and Book of Liturgy (Lorian Press, April 2013) ISBN 978-1939790057
  • The Celtic Golden Dawn: An Original & Complete Curriculum of Druidical Study (Llewellyn, April 2013) ISBN 978-0738731551
  • Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and other Hands-On Skills from the Appropriate Tech Toolkit (New Society Publishers, September 2013) ISBN 978-0865717473
  • Decline and Fall: The End of American Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America (New Society Publishers, April 2014)
  • Star's Reach: A Novel Of The Deindustrial Future (Founders House Publishing LLC, April 19, 2014) ISBN 978-0984376476
  • Twilight's Last Gleaming (Karnac Books, November 1, 2014) ISBN 978-1782200352
  • After Progress: Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age (New Society Publishers, 2015) ISBN 978-0-86571-791-6


  1. ^ "AODA Grand Grove Bios". AODA. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Docksai, Rick. "Is industrial civilization doomed?" The Futurist Mar.-Apr. 2010: 58+. Academic OneFile. Web. 8 Dec. 2013.
  3. ^ Conant, F. P., Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Aug2010, Vol. 47 Issue 12, p2370
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Dean, Katharine. "Reference That Rocks!!" American Libraries. May2005, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p37-40.
  7. ^ "The New Encyclopedia of the Occult. (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "The New Encyclopedia of the Occult.(Book Review)". Publishers Weekly 250 (35): 1. Sep 2003. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

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