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John Michael Greer's Books

The Ecotechnic Future
In response to the coming impact of peak oil, John Michael Greer helps us envision the transition from an industrial society to a sustainable ecotechnic world - not returning to the past, but creating a society that supports relatively advanced technology on a sustainable resource base. Fusing human ecology and history, this book challenges assumptions held by mainstream and...
The UFO Phenomenon
Are the lights and strange craft in our skies aliens from other galaxies—or the product of fraud, delusion, or mistaken identity? John Michael Greer—a respected authority on the occult and the unexplained—reveals the secret hidden at the center of the UFO labyrinth. This meticulously researched guide plunges into the thick of the controversy with an unexpected and compelling...
The Art and Practice of Geomancy
The Art and Practice of Geomancy teaches readers how to divine the answers to life's everyday questions about health, luck, new jobs, and love, as well as those less mundane tasks such as finding buried treasure, predicting the weather, being released from prison, and identifying secret enemies. Greer delivers to readers an ancient system of divination in an easy-to-use form...
The Fires of Shalsha
Two centuries ago the genocidal Planetary Directorate ruled the colony world of Eridan until insurgents used a stolen atomic weapon to bring it crashing down. The surviving colonists built a radically new human society based on mental technologies, guarded from surviving Directorate war machines by the warrior mystics of the Halka. Now six battle-drones have lunged out of Eridan's...
A harrowing but ultimately hopeful vision of the aftermath of the age of oil, The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age explores the approaching end of an industrial civilization based on cheap, abundant fossil fuel energy. Rather than the sudden catastrophes imagined by so many social critics today, The Long Descent explores the possibility that our...
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Natural magic is the art and science of shaping reality through the subtle influences of natural substances: herbs, stones, incenses, oils, and much more. Drawing on medieval traditions as well as modern experience, The Encyclopedia of Natural Magic offers an accessible introduction to this ancient and delightful art.
The first study of the philosophy of religion from a polytheist standpoint published in the western world since the fall of the Roman Empire, A World Full of Gods breaks through the deadlock between atheist and monotheist viewpoints to present traditional polytheism - a belief in multiple, independent divine beings who are neither omnipotent, omniscient, nor omnibenevolent - as a...
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The most comprehensive reference work on occult philosophy and practice in print, The New Encyclopedia of the Occult covers the entire range of Western magic, divination, alchemy, astrology, occult personalities and magical secret societies, drawing on current scholarly research as well as traditional lore.
Traditional lore from around the world describes monstrous beings -  ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and many others - that exist in a twilight realm on the edges of ordinary reality. Dismissed as superstitions by contemporary science, and used as fodder for popular culture and the entertainment industry, yet still encountered by people in modern industrial societies, these denizens...
Co-written with Clare Vaughn and Earl King, Jr., Learning Ritual Magic is a comprehensive beginner's guide to the fundamentals of occult theory and practice in the Golden Dawn tradition, the most widely practiced modern system of ceremonial magic.
The first practical manual of the traditions of ritual magic that form a part of modern Druid nature spirituality, The Druid Magic Handbook provides detailed instruction in the magical arts of Druidry. Magic, too often dismissed as superstition or fraud, is the art and science of causing change in consciousness in accordance with will; it allows the trained practitioner to reshape...
The Atlantis myth, one of the defining narratives of the modern age, also has unnerving similarities to the fate we are creating for ourselves through global warming. Atlantis explores the surprising realities of drastic climate change and sea level rise in our past, and poses hard questions about our own civilization's future.
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Co-written with expert beader and Druid priestess Clare Vaughn, Pagan Prayer Beads is the first guide to making and using prayer beads and rosaries in today's Pagan spiritual traditions.
The first English translation of the most extensive treatise on swordsmanship ever written, Academie de l'Espee (1630) by the famous 17th century swordmaster Gerard Thibault, Academy of the Sword reveals an unexpected dimension of Western martial arts - a complete and highly effective system of rapier fencing based entirely on the mystical geometries of Renaissance Pythagoreanism....
An accessible and engaging introduction to contemporary Druid nature spirituality by the current Grand Archdruid of an American Druid order, The Druidry Handbook offers a hands-on guide to Druid methods of meditation, seasonal celebration, and living in harmony with the green Earth.