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Druidry and Nature Spirituality
This was my first book on Druidry, begun immediately after I became Grand Archdruid of AODA at the winter solstice of 2003. It focuses on Druidry as a way of personal spiritual transformation in harmony with nature, and it remains my bestselling book on Druid spirituality.
A sequel of sorts to The Druidry Handbook, this focuses on the magical dimension of Druidry — magic, please note, being the art and science of causing change in consciousness according to will. It uses the same symbolism and traditions as the earlier book, but takes them considerably further — including rituals meant to help heal local ecosystems.
A collection of essays, instructional papers, poetry, and legend spanning the three centuries of the Druid Revival, from its origins in 18th century Britain to its modern resurgence, this is the first general survey of the Revival’s extraordinary literary and intellectual heritage.
A practical handbook of ritual work in the tradition of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA).
My first attempt to sketch out an ecological spirituality on a broad scale, this sets out seven laws — the Law of Wholeness, the Law of Flow, the Law of Balance, the Law of Limits, the Law of Cause and Effect, the Law of the Planes, and the Law of Evolution — and shows how they work in nature as well as our daily lives.
The Gnostic Celtic Church is a contemplative religious body associated with the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), descended from the Universal Gnostic movement. This book is a guide to its traditions and teachings.
Between the two world wars, British occultists created systems of magic that fused Druidry and the Golden Dawn. Their teachings are lost, so I reverse engineered a system of the same kind. This is a manual of serious magical instruction using Druid symbolism and Golden Dawn techniques.
The classic oracle of the Druid Revival tradition, the Coelbren was invented by the legenday and notorious Iolo Morganwg. This book revives it as a symbolic alphabet and divinatory oracle for today.
Peak Oil and the Future
My first book on peak oil and the future of industrial society, focusing on the role of resource depletion in the twilight of the industrial age. Still the best overview of my take on the broad shape of our future.
This is the book that introduced the idea of human history as a process of ecological succession, and sketched out the shape of future technic societies.
Modern mainstream economics is fatally flawed by its blindness to the biosphere as the driving force behind all economic activity. This book attempts to correct that, and outlines the shape of an ecological economics.
The appropriate tech movement of the 1970s has been consigned to our culture’s memory hole since the abandonment of the promising steps toward sustainability taken during those years. This book resurrects the legacy of that movement in a form that can be put to use today.
The first serious study of the psychological dimensions of peak oil, this book explores the way that the secular mythology of progress has come to play a massive role in the imagination and emotional economy of most people in the industrial world, and considers the consequences of the end of progress in our time.
The United States is stumbling down the same slope of decline and fall as previous empires, having made all the same mistakes as its predecessors. This book analyzes the ruinous course of American empire and discusses the potential for a rebirth of democracy in its aftermath.
The most controversial of my books on the future of industrial society, this explores the way that progress has become a surrogate religion in modern industrial society, and discusses the sweeping cultural and social changes that are building as the myth of perpetual progress fails around us.
Over its eleven year run, my previous blog The Archdruid Report featured weekly essays on an astonishing assortment of topics relating to the future of our society. These are the best of those essays, a lively and confrontational introduction to the future the mass media won’t tell you about — you know, the one we’re actually going to get.
The darkest and most necessary of my books on the future, this joins the consequences of our civilization’s environmental stupidities with the evidence of previous dark ages to map out the general shape of the next 500 years of North American history.
Nothing is more of a taboo in today’s industrial societies than “going backward.” When “new” no longer means “improved,” though, and every upgrade has more problems and fewer benefits than what it replaces, returning to older technologies can be the best option.
Magic and Occultism
My first published book, an introduction to the philosophy of ceremonial magic in the Golden Dawn tradition, focusing on the Cabala.
The sequel to Paths of Wisdom, a practical guide to ceremonial magic in the Golden Dawn tradition.
The first significant practical manual ever published on magical lodge technique, this is still the best handbook for designers and members of magical lodges and other traditional working groups.
Originally titled Natural Magic: Potions and Powers from the Magical Garden, this is a handbook of magic — the art and science of causing change in consciousness according to will — using herbs, plants, stones, and other natural materials.
A comprehensive encyclopedic guide to occult traditions, this has been widely hailed as the best bathroom reading in modern magical literature. 😉
An introductory course in Hermetic high magic for solitary practitioners.
An introductory manual to the ancient art of geomancy, the I Ching of the West.
Originally written in French by master swordsman Gerard Thibault and published in 1630, this is the most comprehensive manual of swordsmanship ever written, a practical guide to 17th century rapier fencing based on Renaissance Pythagorean sacred geometry.
A complete guide to the ancient art of divinatory geomancy, the I Ching of the West, including basic and advanced methods of divination, meditation, and geomantic magic.
The most famous mages’ handbook of the Middle Ages, this is the classic manual of astrological magic, translated by JMG and widely respected traditional astrologer Chris Warnock.
Edited and revised by JMG, this is the definitive edition of the most important magical text of the twentieth century.
The book that launched the modern magical revival, Levi’s Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic remains an unparalleled introduction to the theory and practice of occultism.
Books on Unexplained Phenomena
A lively examination of traditional monster lore in the light of occult philosophy.
An exploration of the Atlantis legend in the light of prehistory and climatology, proposing that a relatively advanced urban society during the last years of the ice age may have given rise to the stories of a drowned civilization.
A pathbreaking study of unidentified flying objects that goes past the conventional wisdom to explore the role of folk mythology, visionary states, and government disinformation in the creation of the UFO phenomenon.
A common thread unites the legends of the Temple of Solomon, the Holy Grail, the Knights Templars, and the Freemasons. This book is my attempt at a first exploration of a forgotten terrain of ideas that links temple design, agricultural fertility, and archaic religious traditions.