Inside a Magical Lodge: Group Ritual in the Western Tradition

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 1998 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 339 pages
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 lodge. By revealing this information, the book saves and empowers lodges.

Inside a Magical Lodge does this without being focused on any one tradition. This adds to the value of the book because the information you learn here can be applied to any magical group, even if they are not following the lodge structure.

The book works on two levels. On the practical level it describes the layout of the lodge, including the responsibilities of the officers, the stations they occupy, and even how they should move during rituals. Greer even includes information on setting up your own lodge as a corporation.

On a spiritual level, the book includes information on building the group egregore, initiation, and rituals. In fact, the book includes fifteen rites for such things as invisibility, cleansing, sealing the aura, and more.

This book is a must for you if you are part of an order or are going to join one. If you want to create your own order you will find that this book has everything you need to know in order to take advantage of the lodge structure. Whatever your purpose is, get your copy today.

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Very clearly written and gives a real sense of the possibilities of magical lodge works. Includes instructions on starting a lodge from scratch including writing rituals, choosing symbolic systems, doing business, etc. Read full review

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User Review  - JeremyPreacher - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review


Fundamentals of Lodge Structure
Fundamentals of Lodge Symbolism
Fundamentals of Lodge Magic
Fundamentals of Lodge Secrecy
The Order of the Athanor
The Rituals of Opening and Closing
The Ritual of the Athanor
The Rituals of Institution and Installation
The Inner Work of the Order
A Meeting of Green Lion Lodge
Creating a Magical Lodge
Joining a Fraternal Lodge

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About the author (1998)

One of the most respected writers and teachers in the occult field today, John Michael Greer has written more than fifty books on esoteric traditions, nature spirituality, and the future of industrial society. An initiate in Druidic, Hermetic, and Masonic lineages, he served for twelve years as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA). He lives in Rhode Island, USA with his wife Sara. He can be found online at

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