Category Archives: The Invisible College

Enochian Chess set … sold!

Just yesterday Weiser Antiquarian sent out an email about their catalog #92 New, Used & Rare Books: A Miscellany which included a boxed Enochian Chess set produced in very limited numbers by Adam McLean back in 1988. Even at over $600, that set is already sold; which both surprises me and doesn’t surprise me. It was certainly the item from the catalog that caught my eye, but, seriously, over $600 for a papercraft Enochian Chess set?! I mean … it’s enough to make me seriously think about actually following through with making some sets like I’ve imagined doing recently.

Adam McLean’s Enochian Chess set was No. 6 in the Hermetic Research Series, and is out of print. You can see some images of the pieces and pawns over at the Alchemy Web Site.

For some reason, Enochian Chess has been on my mind recently. Of course, there’s a bit about that in the venerable The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order (Llewellyn’s Golden Dawn Series). And, there’s also used copies of Enochian Chess of the Golden Dawn: A Four-Handed Chess Game (Llewellyn’s Golden Dawn) available for those seeking more information, and some okay illustrations for those looking to construct their own sets, without having the chops to do their own artwork; but, it still requires effort of the mundane-crafty kind that some might not possess.

There is some information in the library about Enochian Chess; mostly in David Richard Jones’ Invisible College which recently was added to the site, such as OFFICIAL RITUAL By G. H. FRATER D.D.C.F., THE CONCOURSE OF THE FORCE: ENOCHIAN OR ROSICRUCIAN CHESS, a section for Rosicrucian Chess in Bookmarks for Enochian Gfx-L and Michael Arndt’s Chess Boards. But, it’s all still really DIY.

I’ve definitely imagined a papercraft set produced by the Museum of Lost Wonder, in the same style and attention to detail as the Tomb of Illumination, a papercraft tomb of Christian Rosenkreutz which I’ve posted about before. How awesome would that be? Pretty darn, I’d say.

But, I’ve been looking over some of the work I’ve done in the past and thought that, although it would be a big stretch and a really big project, I could do a pretty awesome set if I put my mind to it. I’ve imagined making an downloadable PDF for an Enochian Chess set available at the library a couple of times, but I’ve also been thinking of producing some sets with nice boards, boards with a plexiglass surface and felted underneath; and, I’ve been thinking about how I’d go about making some nice pieces. Heck, everyone is all over kickstarting things these days, and I can imagine doing something like that to help support the library. I wonder if anyone would be interested in that? Maybe a kickstarter campaign with a full PDF and instructions for a papercraft set at the low end and at the upper end an actual set hand made and ready to play? Anyone?

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minecraft, originally uploaded by Ankh-neteru.

 

It actually took me a minute to figure out this image even belonged in the pool, but take a closer look. This certainly reminds me of the Quake Enochian Temple by Michael Arndt, as an experiment to interpret the work of Benjamin Rowe. There’s definitely a long history of creating temples and lodges in virtual space using the newest tools available, whether that’s VRML, Quake or, as this shows, now Minecraft.

 

The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.

The Enochian and Thelemic Works of David Richard Jones

Welcome to David Richard Jones, who is the newest guest to have a personal site at the Hermetic Library. The new guest site is The Enochian and Thelemic Works of David Richard Jones. David is a noted scholar, and author of numerous articles on Freemasonry, Magick, Enochian and Biblical and Religious Studies; who is also purported to be a member of numerous secret societies.

While David has already been a contributor to the library, with material available in An Enochian Miscellany, I’ve been working to consolidate what is already on the site and, moreover, to improve the presentation of that for this new guest site. David also has decades of additional Enochian and Thelemic material that we have been working together to make available on the site for the first time.

The Enochian and Thelemic Works of David Richard Jones is going to be even more interesting and promises to continue the tradition of excellence. There are currently three primary areas of focus for this new guest site: Enochian Studies, Thelema and Historical.

I’ve already been posting about a large amount of historical materials that is new to the site in both The Oratory of the Enochian Forum and The Invisible College, and there’s a significant number of documents to explore in those restored archives. You can also check through those posts on this blog by gandering at the categories for The Oratory of the Enochian Forum and The Invisible College. There’s actually still much from the Invisible College that I haven’t posted about, so there’s still gems there you can discover.

The section for David Richard Jones’ Thelemic work contains material that is entirely new to the site, and some that’s not readily available elsewhere. There’s currently a collection of essays and a few of those have been a bit controversial, so be sure to check them out! Two of these are derived from postings on the old Beast Bay forum, which has gone offline and haven’t been available except for via some snapshots in the Internet Archives’ Wayback Machine. (There’s actually a lot of Beast Bay material there.)

The final section is David’s Enochian Studies and there’s a mix here of material. I’ve been doing a great deal of work to update the materials that have already been available with better graphics and better navigation. Eventually I’ll be adding in redirects from the old presentations of these works as they appeared in An Enochian Miscellany that point to the new presentations here. But, in addition to these improvements, there’s also newly available work that you can check out. So, if you’ve an interest in Enochian, whether as a beginner or as a long time student, there’s definitely material here for you.

Even though this guest site is new, you can already see that there’s an enormous amount of interesting material to be discovered and re-discovered. Moreover, there’s lots more material to be added in ongoing updates to the site so there’s even more to come!

The Preeminent Enochian Elist

Yet another section of David Richard Jones’ Invisible College was a directory for archives of Enochian-L, The Preeminent Enochian Elist. There are some files here to take a look at, but this list seems to actually still exist. You can check out the current home of Enochian-L, and even browse through what appears to be the entire archives. Although it appears there isn’t much recent traffic, if you are interested in Enochian, you may find that list something worth gandering through and perhaps even joining.

A Mass of Enochian Texts Gleaned From The Web



Another section of David Richard Jones’ Invisible College was A Mass of Enochian Texts Gleaned From The Web, which also included a subdirectory of Aleister Crowley works. (Check out the vintage web design of the page included there! Yeah, that’s really what the web looked like most of the time back in the day.)

Of course, there’s plenty more materials at the Hermetic Library on both Enochian and Aleister Crowley …

The Spirit Actions

Another section of David Richard Jones’ Invisible College was The Spirit Actions, a collection of texts from a project to create an online edition of John Dee and Edward Kelley’s “A TRUE & FAITHFUL RELATION OF What passed for many Yeers Between DR. JOHN DEE and SOME SPIRITS”:

“The Texts contained in this folder are part of a project, by various members of enochian-l@hollyfeld.com, to produce a web edition of A TRUE & FAITHFUL RELATION OF What passed for many Yeers Between DR. JOHN DEE and SOME SPIRITS: Those who have substantively contributed to this project are: Frater Adsum Iterum, Raymond Drewry, Susan Drewry, David R. Jones, Victor Marques and Patricia A. Shaffer. This notice should be included with any distribution or posting of this material. The Latin translations are copyright their respective translators.”

In addition to The Obsidian Mirror of John Dee and Edward Kelley, An Enochian Miscellany, as well as The Enochian World of Benjamin Rowe and Norton’s Imperium; there’s also Clay Holden’s John Dee Publication Project, mirrored at the Hermetic Library. Of course, there’s a lot of other material on the site related to this, which you can find using a site search, but some things you may want to check out “Enochian” and “John Dee” as a start.

Elsewhere online, you may also be interested in The John Dee Society which I’ve been told is still alive in spite of the apparent silence or Twilit Grotto’s Writings of John Dee.

The Scholarly Enochian Of David R. Jones

There are a couple of sections in David Richard Jones’ Invisible College which are a collection of texts. The mouse over text for one section calls itself “The Scholarly Enochian Of DAVID R. JONES” but there are actually three subdirectories in this one to explore.

The first section is indeed a collection of texts and graphics by David Richard Jones. But, there is also a directory of work by Michael Sanborn, the founder of the late Beast Bay site, which contains The Ritual of the Emerald Throne. The third directory in this section is apparently one that contains discussions about Gardnerian Wicca’s Rede, which is a recurring topic of discussion even still.

Well, you may want to check the files in these sections. Not only are they a hint at some future expansions in the works for the collection at the Hermetic Library (Oh, can you gather from this post what they are?), this section is an interesting and informative snapshot of some historical Enochian and esoteric work online done by David Richard Jones and others.

The Elias Ashmole Award for Enochian Excellence on the Web

Back in the day, there were several sites that were honored with the Elias Ashmole Award for Enochian Excellence on the Web. These are recorded in the archives of David Richard Jones’ Invisible College site recently added to the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com.

The awards were Parker Torrence on November 1997, Benjamin Rowe on December 1997, and Clay Holden on January 1998. There is a mirror of Clay Holden’s John Dee Publication Project and two significant archives of Benjamin Rowe’s materials from The Enochian World of Benjamin Rowe and Norton’s Imperium: Enochian Magick Papers & Links that are part of the Hermetic Library collection.

You may want to take a gander through the links on these award pages for a fascinating look at the active work that was being done online in those bygone days of yore, when the commercial Internet was only a few years old. There’s a lot of interesting materials and history here to be discovered and remembered.

In rescuing these pages, I have updated a few links which go to materials elsewhere in the collection of the Hermetic Library, but I’ve decided to keep links to other materials as they appear in snapshots available at the Wayback Machine. Without the luminary service provided by the Internet Archive this rescue of materials could not have happened, so, in the spirit of Awards for Excellence on the Web, I’ll take this moment to give my own kind of award of thanks for the service they have provided and continue to provide to the community and culture of the Internet.

More images of The Quake Enochian Temple of Michael Arndt

For quite some time now, the archive of The Enochian World of Benjamin Rowe has featured an image from a Quake mod by Michael Arndt. I have been working lately with David Richard Jones to create some historically interesting archives, and in these there are more images from the Enochian Temple which you may want to take a look at if you are interested in either Enochian or, I suppose, Quake Mods.

You can gander at these additional images in Michael Arndt’s Temples directory of the Enochian Gfx section of David Richard Jones’ Invisible College or from an archive of the Gallery and Gallery Annex from the Oratory of the Enochian Forum