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Inside a Magical Lodge: Group Ritual in the Western Tradition

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"Inside a Magical Lodge" by John Michael Greer reveals what has been hidden for centuries: the true secrets of what happens inside a magical or fraternal lodge. This revelation is obviously the work of a person who loves the lodge system and wants to see it continue. Some people involved in lodges have forgotten or ignored many of the symbolic and powerful aspects of the ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published December 8th 1998 by Llewellyn Publications (first published January 1st 1951)
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Michael
Oct 21, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Magicians, Masons, students of fraternal organizations
Recommended to Michael by: James Fitzsimmons
Shelves: magic, how-to
This book is worth slightly more than four stars, but somewhat less than five. It would earn five stars if I could recommend it equally to anyone starting or running a small group project of any kind, and I almost could, but it's ultimately most useful for what it says it is: folks interested in founding or running a "Magical Lodge." He defines this as simultaneously "a group of people who come together for a specific magical purpose," "a pattern of symbolic images and ideas," and "a temple in ...more
Andrew Watt
Oct 14, 2008 Andrew Watt rated it it was amazing
I was in our local bookstore on Monday — I think it was Monday — and browsing around looking for a present for a friend of mine with a birthday coming up. I just turned a corner away from the science section, to go between the two stacks where all the magic books are and something shouted out, Hey! Down Here! Pick Me Up!

It turned out to be John Michael Greer's Inside a Magical Lodge: Group Ritual in the Western Tradition. I put it down, went and did some other things around the store, undid the
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Jeremy Preacher
Apr 15, 2012 Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it
Shelves: esoterica
This was a surprisingly hard-nosed and practical look at the history, logistics, and group dynamics of the lodge system (including, and based around, groups like the Freemasons.) I have always been exceedingly skeptical of ritual magic, but despite the fact that this book was clearly written for practitioners looking for ways to expand their own toolkit, I found that the patient and detailed explanations created a fairly convincing argument for ritual magic as a valid method of self-discovery. ...more
Janet
Nov 30, 2010 Janet rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic-studies
It's a tribute to John Michael Greer's knowledge and writing skill that this book was relevant and interesting even to a solitary magical practitioner. There is enough generally relevant information in this book, including a fascinating discussion of the purpose and power of secrecy (not what I expected!) that it is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the serious practice of magic.

I will admit that I didn't read every page, but I read most of it without skimming and found it well worth th
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Dharia Scarab
Not sure how this book ended up on my shelf, but an interesting read with practical as well as historic information on the lodge system.
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I learned everything I need to know to create my own magickal lodge.
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John Michael Greer is an author of over thirty books and the blogger behind The Archdruid Report. He also serves as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. His work addresses a range of subjects, including peak oil and the future of industrial society. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland with his wife.
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