Category Archives: The Obsidian Mirror of John Dee and Edward Kelly

The Book of Soyga

You may be interested in reading some recent news about the Book of Soyga, such as a post by Mariano Tomatis at “Soyga: the book that kills“, a link to the PDF of “John Dee and the Magic Tables in the Book of Soyga” by Jim Reeds, and an online tool to generate tables using the Book of Soyga system based on Reed’s work.

“Reading his diaries, and finding references to the dialogue with Uriel, she asked herself where the ‘Book of Soyga’ could be. The conversation between Dee and Uriel took place in London, so she started her quest at the British Library. She immediately found it, catalogued under its alternative title – ‘Aldaraia sive Soyga vocor’; everyone, before her, coudn’t find it under the letter ‘S’ of ‘Soyga’! A second book was found in Oxford at the Bodleian Library under the same, alternative title.”

“Through a series of microfilm, Reeds transcribed on the computer all the 46,656 letters, with the aim of identifying the order that lies behind the apparent chaos. After a detailed study, Reeds come across the startling answer to the puzzle: each table is based on a ‘magic word’ of 6 letters, which constitutes the ‘seed’, different on each page; a simple equation allows to calculate all the letters of the square 36 x 36.” [via]

Enochian Working and Scrying Session with Lon Milo DuQuette

You may be interested in Enochian Magick – Online Group Working and Scrying Session with Lon Milo DuQuette offered through Thelesis Aura on Sat, Jul 28 at 12pm PDT but you can participate from anywhere in the world that has access to the Internet.

“Enochian Magick has long been considered the ‘deep end of the pool’ of the occult arts. Ever since John Dee and Kelley began their workings with these angelic beings centuries ago, no other branch of magick has been treated with as much fear and wonder. Performing an Enochian working is, by definition, a process by which beings from another world are contacted and communed with.

For more than 35 years, acclaimed occultist Lon Milo DuQuette has worked with this controversial system of magick. His book ‘Enochian Vision Magick’ is considered the best of its kind, and the public workings he’s done around the world have been called life-changing by those who’ve been privileged to attend.

In an historic, first-time experiment, Lon will be conducting an Enochian live magick workshop followed by an actual group scrying session over the Internet. Anyone, anywhere in the world with a good Internet connection and computer will be able to participate in this global experiment in consciousness.

To our knowledge this has never before been attempted.”

Dr Dee is a newly released album of music for Dr Dee: An English Opera

Dr Dee is a newly released album of music by Damon Albarn for Dr Dee: An English Opera and is reviewed at “Damon Albarn: Dr Dee – review“. I posted about Dr Dee: An English Opera last year at “Dr Dee: An English Opera on July 1st-9th at Palace Theatre, Manchester UK” but missed that the music had been released. Anyhow, Aleister Crowley and the Golden Dawn both get hat tips.

“Any casual fans wondering what that Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn has been up to since the graphic outfit split last year will probably not find this album the most germane of listens. When you stick the Dr Dee CD into your computer, iTunes laughably categorises it as indie rock. It really isn’t.

First staged at Manchester’s international festival last year, Dr Dee is an operatic work that revisits John Dee, a renaissance man of the Elizabethan era. His expertise in mathematics and astronomy earned him the ear of Elizabeth I, but his thirst for occult knowledge led to his downfall. A more evolved version of the opera is due this summer, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

This is also Albarn’s first solo album proper (not counting the demo collection, Democrazy, from 2003), and Dr Dee finds the occasional Blur singer at his most heterogeneous: refracting folk and early church music through the African influences he has been steeped in since 2002’s Mali Music. The album opens with running water, Devonian birdsong and an organ-heavy track called ‘The Golden Dawn’, a reference to the magickal society probably best known to rock fans as the playground of Aleister Crowley.” [via]

The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee, By Glyn Parry

The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee, By Glyn Parry” is a book review by Ronald Hutton of a new biography of John Dee, due to release in the states in April, from Yale University Press. (HT @t3dy)

“One of the most colourful and least respectable figures of the European Renaissance was the magus, a scholar, expert in the hidden wisdom of the created world, who sought the power to manipulate it to the advantage of (depending on his degree of probity) himself, his employers or humanity.

The most familiar such character in fiction is of course Dr Faustus, but the best known in real life is John Dee, a Londoner of Welsh blood who haunted the English and other royal courts throughout the late 16th century.

Much has been written about him in modern times, though little has been produced by experts in his period. To most historians he represents a tragic waste of talent; a brilliant scientist who was diverted into a fruitless attempt to converse with angels, thereby ruining his career and reputation and falling prey to the demented or unscrupulous adventurers who posed as his mediums: above all Edward Kelley, who combined both characteristics and, at one point, even persuaded Dee to swap wives with him under angelic instruction. Modern ritual magicians, by contrast, have seen Dee as a hero who discovered an occult system of genuine validity.

But in Glyn Parry, he has at last attracted a biographer with a talent for uncovering fresh archival material, who has conducted thorough research both into his life and the circles in which he moved.

The basic argument of the resulting book is that Dee was not an anomalous figure at the court of Queen Elizabeth, because that monarch and her leading courtiers – like their counterparts on the Continent – were deeply interested in the occult arts and sciences and were prepared to invest large sums in practitioners who promised material gains from them. As a result, they tapped into an underworld of alchemists and ritual magicians who became tangled up in turn with royal policy-making, political rivalry, and conspiracy.” [via]

Dr Dee: An English Opera on July 1st-9th at Palace Theatre, Manchester UK

I’m pretty sure I posted about this opera to the Fb feed a while back, mainly due to the fact that Alan Moore had been involved (before dropping out) and there was some of Moore’s script available online; but, here I find that the show has actually opened.

So, Dr Dee: An English Opera [via] is at Palace Theatre, Manchester UK through July 9th.

You may also be interested in Alan Moore working with Mike Patton, and with the Gorillaz on opera about John Dee, Alan Moore is not writing an opera with Gorillaz. Boo!, Damon Albarn Is Going Ahead with the John Dee Opera Without Alan Moore, and and the full text of Alan Moore’s unfinished John Dee opera is available in Strange Attractor Journal Four.