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Inside a Magical Lodge



Magical Lodge by Greer

by John Michael Greer

For centuries, magical lodges have been one of the most important and least understood parts of the Western esoteric tradition. Lodge organizations like the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Ordo Templi Orientis, the Servants of the Light, and many more have all played central roles in the history of Western magic, and their fictional counterparts still fill the pages of plenty of occult novels. The traditional secrecy of lodge organizations, though, has made it next to impossible for modern students of magic to learn what lodges really do, and how their powerful and effective traditions of ritual, symbolism and organization can be put to work. Except for those few people who are fortunate enough to belong to a working lodge, this major realm of Western magical tradition has remained locked away behind lodge doors.

Until now

Inside a Magical Lodge is the first book of its kind—a comprehensive guide to the design, organization and operation of a magical lodge written by a practicing magician with years of experience in lodge settings. Today, most currently active magical lodges have been formed by people with no experience of the traditional lodge system. At the same time, the modern magical revival has been plagued from its beginning by major problems with group process. The traditional lodge system offers a set of organizational and ritual skills that have been tested and polished over centuries of practice, providing a tool kit of proven approaches that can be put to work in almost any type of magical group.


Reviews

"Inside a Magical Lodge is a brilliant book that is long overdue. Quite simply, there is no other book like this. Instead of focusing upon the rituals or teachings of any one specific lodge system, Greer exposes the framework of symbolism and ritual that serves as the foundation—the standard kit—of the traditional lodge system. Inside a Magical Lodge presents the modern magical group with a living system and offers them the tools to create new lodges of their own, using whatever symbolism they may desire. This is the only book to offer practical advice on how to form new magical lodges that are every bit as traditional in structure and power as their 18th- and 19th-century counterparts, if not more so. We both personally believe that this book will become a valued treasure in the libraries of occultists, magically inclined masons, and ceremonial magicians everywhere."
Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, authors of Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition.


"Inside a Magical Lodge marks the beginning of a new era! John Michael Greer explains the purpose, structure and workings of the magical lodge in a remarkabley clear and down-to-earth manner. He also presents the pros and cons of lodge membership, something which has not adequately been done to date."
Amber Jayanti, author of Living the Tarot

 

Inside a Magical Lodge
by John Michael Greer

St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1998
ISBN 1-56718-314-X

Available from Llewellyn Publications

 


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