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John Michael Greer

Postby D'Arzhur » 27 Nov 2010, 20:11

Hello fellow readers,
I have read and enjoyed the "Druidry Handbook"and the "Druid Magic Handbook"...
I am thinking of buying the "Encyclopedia of Natural Magic" and would like to know what others have to say about it ?
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby Father Lynx » 18 Dec 2010, 17:31

I have only read a collection of his essays, Gaia Eros, but liked it very much. John Michael Greer is definitely an important voice. The only thing I don't like about him is that he can sound a bit too preachy and anti-mainstream at times, but I can live with that.
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby WrenWyrd » 09 Feb 2011, 21:18

I've only read The Druidry Handbook and, as my first book on druidry it was extremely informative for me. However I'd have to agree with Father Lynx and add that he also tends to sound very American (which makes sense of course as he IS American).
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby DJ Droood » 09 Feb 2011, 22:15

I've only read The Druidry Handbook and, as my first book on druidry it was extremely informative for me. However I'd have to agree with Father Lynx and add that he also tends to sound very American (which makes sense of course as he IS American).
Although his druidry is quite British....most American druidry leans towards either reconstructionism or RDNA reformed, so I think he is unique in America for emphasizing revival-style druidry...(I guess those are the 3 R's of Druidry!)
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby WrenWyrd » 10 Feb 2011, 09:17

I've only read The Druidry Handbook and, as my first book on druidry it was extremely informative for me. However I'd have to agree with Father Lynx and add that he also tends to sound very American (which makes sense of course as he IS American).
Although his druidry is quite British....most American druidry leans towards either reconstructionism or RDNA reformed, so I think he is unique in America for emphasizing revival-style druidry...(I guess those are the 3 R's of Druidry!)
That's true. I believe he was first trained by OBOD? He's an in-beween in some ways.
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby DJ Droood » 10 Feb 2011, 14:51

That's true. I believe he was first trained by OBOD? He's an in-beween in some ways.

I don' know if he ever did the course, but I think he is one of those druid-intellectual types who is made a Companion of the Order or honourary OBODian Druid or something, for having written books and starting big successful Orders and such.

I quite enjoy his blog as well, The Arch Druid report: http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/
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Postby Father Lynx » 10 Feb 2011, 15:26

He did do the course, I think even the first two. I heard him talk about it on T. Thorn Coyle's podcast.
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby Aengus » 10 Feb 2011, 17:31

Personally I love anything John Michael writes. He is a great author and great person in general. I have had the opportunity to have a few sit down discussions with him and I can easily say that he is the nicest person I have ever met. Very wise too, but thats to go without saying IMHO. I have his Encyclopedia of Natural Magic and I've found that its a great read. It is worth checking out.

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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby D'Arzhur » 10 Feb 2011, 23:17

I agree Aengus! I bought it at Christmas and I am enjoying it...
I very much like the simple and clear way he explains his views (whether I totally always agree or not).
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby Susanne » 27 Feb 2011, 16:39

I just bought the Druidry Handbook & am looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I have so many books piled up to read that it's almost overwhelming. :wink:
I guess I'd better get off the computer & sit down with a good book! :grin:

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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby Kullervo » 10 Oct 2011, 18:35

If you can your hands on his A World Full of Gods, it's a pretty amazing polytheist apologetic.

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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby D'Arzhur » 13 Jun 2014, 21:28

Rereading my post -already 3 years old!- after meeting J M Greer at the Obod 50th anniversary in Glastonbury! Philip did interviewed him and I found him a real treat to listen to -and very friendly too :) - I am going to go look for his new book :grin:
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby Michael C. Page » 14 Jun 2014, 02:49

Hello :)

I have two reference works of his: The New Encyclopedia of the Occult and The Element Encyclopedia Of Secret Societies.
They are both fantastic and Mr. Greer's blend of academic style and sense of humour is second to none.

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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby D'Arzhur » 15 Jun 2014, 17:40

Hello Michael :)
Well I just added to my 3 books with this one: The Celtic Golden Dawn: An Original and Complete Curriculum of Druidical Study... He talked about it in the interview and it sounded really interesting :where:
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby D'Arzhur » 16 Jun 2014, 22:14

Anyone read that book yet and care to comment? :)
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby Brân Gannaid » 17 Jun 2014, 03:51

I was searching for Druid events in Tennessee, and came across this excellent brief biography of Greer that explains his relationship to OBOD.

http://www.controverscial.com/John%20Mi ... 0Greer.htm
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby D'Arzhur » 17 Jun 2014, 09:10

Thank you Brân :)
(Just a comment on the bits concerning the Obod course...as we all know it is not necessary to study each grade for 7 years :) )


As an example of JM Greer's humor:
The Frequently Thrown Tantrums page :grin:
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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby Heddwen » 17 Jun 2014, 10:17

Thank you Brân :)
(Just a comment on the bits concerning the Obod course...as we all know it is not necessary to study each grade for 7 years :) )


As an example of JM Greer's humor:
The Frequently Thrown Tantrums page :grin:

very amusing... :-)

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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby Aphritha » 17 Jun 2014, 15:31

Is it terrible that it makes me kind of want to throw a new tantrum, just to hear what the comeback would be? :-)


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Re: John Michael Greer

Postby Kiara » 17 Jun 2014, 19:59

Not terrible at all, Aphritha. It made me want to do the exact same thing after reading all the other tantrums. :grin:
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