On March 31, 2012, The Red Room's acclaimed Philosophers' Union series continues with a talk by one of America's most well known occultists.
John Michael Greer (b. 1962 in Bremerton, Washington) is an American author, independent scholar, historian of ideas, cultural critic, Neo-druid leader, Hermeticist, environmentalist/conservationist, blogger, novelist, and occultist/esotericist who currently resides in Cumberland, Maryland after living in Ashland, Oregon for a number of years. He currently serves as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, a position he has held since 2002.
His first book, Paths of Wisdom, a study of the Golden Dawn system of Qabalah, was published in 1996. Greer is the author of more than twenty books on a wide range of subjects, including The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, The Ecotechnic Future: Exploring a Post-Peak World, and the forthcoming The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered. Greer's works have included explorations of UFO phenomena as well as multiple titles on Druidism and Western esoterica. He has also written extensively about "peak oil" and other forms of expected resource shortages which he believes will eventually bring about fundamental changes in many societies around the world for generations to come.
In addition Mr. Greer maintains an interest in historical hermetic philosophical teachings. This historical interest led him to translate the Historic rapier treatise of Girard Thibault. Mr. Greer has taught several classes on the philosophical and practical teachings of Girard Thibault in partnership with the fencing school Academia Duellatoria.
At the Red Room, Greer will be presenting a talk on Ritual and the Nature of Lost Knowledge.
Opening the event will be a talk/performance by local herbalist and artist Nick Becker.
Doors at 8:30pm, show starts at 9pm. Be early, this series has a tendency to be standing-room-only.
Admission in $6. at the door.
The Red Room is located at
Normals Books and Records
425 E. 31st Street