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John Michael Greer (Southern Oregon) has been a student and practitioner of the Western mystery traditions since 1975, and is the author of books and articles on occult philosophy, Druidry, and the environment. Currently serving as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), he is also a Freemason, an initiate of several esoteric orders, the director of an online college of geomancy, and a Druid Companion in the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD), receiving OBOD's Mount Haemus Award for Druid scholarship in 2003. He lives in the mountains of southern Oregon with his wife Sara.
The idea of using the stars for magic and ritual is not new. Medieval texts included details about stars and constellations, and how to determine the optimal time to draw their influence into talismans for spells, healing, and other purposes. A small remnant of this remains today in the use of birthstone jewelry.
The stars have always had a... read this article