Allen Greenfield and Olav Phillips take us on a ride through the dark side.

Marco Visconti
3 min readSep 13, 2023

Secrets of the Real Black Lodge Revealed by Allen Greenfield (with help from Olav Phillips) is a fascinating exploration into the enigmatic world of secret societies and the occult.

Greenfield is an occultist with a rich and diverse background in esoteric traditions. He has been actively involved in various occult and mystical organisations throughout his life, providing him with a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experiences. This deep involvement in the paranormal community makes him a credible source on topics related to secret societies and mystical practices.

The book peels back the layers of secrecy surrounding the Black Lodge, a mysterious and elusive secret society that has captured the imaginations of seekers of esoteric knowledge for generations. Greenfield takes readers on a journey into the heart of this mysterious and malignant organisation, shedding light on its history, beliefs, and practices.

One of the book’s standout qualities is its accessibility. Greenfield writes in a clear and engaging style, making complex occult concepts understandable to readers of all levels. This approach allows both newcomers and those well-versed in occultism to grasp the intricacies of the Black Lodge and its significance.

Greenfield’s insider perspective is a significant asset to the book. Having been a member of multiple occult orders, he offers a firsthand account of the inner workings of such societies. This personal experience adds depth to his analysis, providing readers with valuable insights often absent in other texts on the subject.

The book’s balanced approach is another commendable aspect. Greenfield doesn’t merely sensationalise the Black Lodge or vilify it. Instead, he presents a nuanced view, acknowledging both concerns about the society’s aims and the historical context in which it operates. By addressing common misconceptions, he dispels myths surrounding the Black Lodge and helps readers understand its true nature.

In the modern era, the influence and activities of the Black Lodge are not always found in the traditional realms that most people might (wrongly) expect, such as The Satanic Temple or among the followers of figures like Aleister Crowley. Instead, it has taken on a new and unexpected form in the chaotic realm of conspiracy-addled podcasters and YouTubers.

These digital platforms have become breeding grounds for a different kind of occultism, one that thrives on misinformation, sensationalism, and the manipulation of narratives. While the traditional Black Lodge may have been shrouded in secrecy, this contemporary incarnation operates in plain sight, often under the guise of “alternative knowledge.”

Conspiracy theorists and online provocateurs disseminate distorted versions of reality, sowing confusion and discord among their followers. They exploit the human fascination with the unknown and the desire for hidden truths, effectively creating a virtual Black Lodge of sorts. In this digital age, the quest for esoteric knowledge has morphed into a rabbit hole of disinformation and paranoia.

It’s a testament to the adaptability of these malicious ideologies that they can find new life in the ever-evolving landscape of the internet. As we navigate this information age, it’s essential to approach such digital occultism with critical thinking and discernment, for the real “secrets” may lie not in hidden societies but in deciphering the complex web of information and misinformation woven by these modern-day purveyors of chaos.

The book’s only potential weakness lies in the intricate web it attempts to weave between events as diverse as UFO contactee experiences and the works of groups like Fraternitas Saturni and the Solar Lodge. The challenge here lies in connecting seemingly disparate phenomena into a coherent narrative. The thread that ties these elements together may appear thin or tenuous, making it difficult for some readers to grasp the overarching thesis fully. Nevertheless, this complexity also reflects the enigmatic nature of the subject matter and the inherent challenge of deciphering the secrets of the Black Lodge.

Secrets of the Real Black Lodge Revealed is a must-read for anyone intrigued by the world of secret societies and the occult. Greenfield and Phillips’ writing style, insider insights, and balanced approach make this book a valuable resource illuminating a subject that has long been shrouded in mystery. Readers can expect an enlightening and informative journey into the secretive world of the Black Lodge through the eyes of an author with a deep and authentic connection to the occult.



Marco Visconti

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