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The Essential Enochian Grimoire

The Essential Enochian Grimoire: An Introduction to Angel Magick from Dr. John Dee to the Golden Dawn by Aaron Leitch, from Llewellyn Publications, is due to be released February, 2014.

Aaron Leitch The Essential Enochian Grimoire from Llewellyn Publications

You may be interested in taking a gander at some of the artwork by James Clark being previewed over on Leitch’s blog.

“Aaron Leitch, author of The Angelical Language, Volume I and The Angelical Language, Volume II, has created the first how-to Enochian magick grimoire. This practical instruction manual outlines Enochian cosmology, the angels and the spirits of the system, the temple setup, and the making and usage of tools. It reveals the secrets and power of the classical Enochian system by Dee, as well as the modern version by the Golden Dawn, and provides rituals for each. All the angels’ names are listed, along with exact instructions for summoning them and descriptions of how they should appear when summoned. Featuring almost 100 illustrations and tables for clarity, this is an important resource for both beginner and advanced practitioners alike.” [via]

The Hieroglyphic Monad

The Hieroglyphic Monad by Dr John Dee, the 2000 paperback from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

John Dee The Hieroglyphic Monad from Weiser Books

“This book, written in thirteen days in 1564 by the renowned Elizabethan magus, Dr. John Dee, explains his discovery of the unity underlying the universe, as expressed in a hieroglyph, or symbol. His monad represents the alchemical process and goal of the Magus who, in partaking of the divine, achieves that gnostic regenerative experience of becoming God, and thus furthers the redemption and transmutation of worlds.

Everything, Dee states, is dependent upon the circle and the straight line, which, in turn, are formed from the point. From this point revolve Sun and Moon, intersected to suggest their conjunction and generative faculty. These rest upon a cross, the ternary and quaternary, and all are mounted upon two connected half circles, the original fire of creation. The key to the glyph is in the meditation and study of it, and all it suggests to the ‘creative memory.’ It is not surprising that Dee’s contemporaries in the universities chose to ignore this valuable treatise on a key to the universe, thus causing him to have engraved upon the frontispiece, ‘Who does not understand should either learn or be silent.’—an admonition as true today as it was then.”

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

Enochian Vision Magick

Enochian Vision Magick: An Introduction and Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley by Lon Milo DuQuette, with foreword by Clay Holden (of the John Dee Publication Project at the library), the 2008 paperback from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Lon Milo DuQuette's Enochian Vision Magick from Weiser Books

“Dr. John Dee (1527–1608) was one of the greatest minds of the Elizabethan Age, and his system of angelic communication was the result of the most dramatic magical operation ever recorded. It has survived to become the cornerstone of the modern ceremonial magician’s practice. In 1582 Dee and his clairvoyant partner Edward Kelley made magical contact with a number of spiritual entities who identified themselves as angels — the same that communicated with Adam, Enoch, and the patriarchs of the Old Testament. Over the next three years they revealed to Dee and Kelley three distinct magical systems of vision magick. The third and last of these incorporated a series of ‘calls’ to be recited in an angelic language in order to raise the consciousness of the magician to a level where angelic contact is possible. Best-selling author and magician, Lon Milo DuQuette, who has practiced Dee’s system for over twenty-five years, has seized upon elements of the original Dee material overlooked by adepts of the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, and other modern magicians, and brought them to light in Enochian Vision Magick. DuQuette offers the expert and novice alike the practical means by which they can become attuned in the same simple step-by-step manner that first prepared Dee and Kelley. There has never been a book on Enochian magick like this one.” [via]

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Magic Seal of Dr John Dee

The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee. The Sigillum Dei Aemeth by Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell, the 2009 hardcover limited to 777 copies from Teitan Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Colin Campbell The Magic Seal of Dr John Dee from Teitan Press

The Magic Seal of John Dee comprises a detailed examination of the history and structure of the Sigillum Dei Aemeth of the Elizabethan scholar and Magus, Dr. John Dee, as well as a study of its use in the practice of ritual magic. The appendixes include a new transcription and translation of Dee’s Liber Mysteriorum Secundus, and an important new translation of the section of the famous grimoire, The Sworn Book of Honorius, that gives details of what is clearly a precursor of the Sigillum Dei. From the standpoint of a practicing magician, the work has two clear aims: to demonstrate the importance of the pattern established by Dee’s Sigillum Dei as opposed to its implementation, and to bring the Sigillum Dei out of the limited confines of the Enochian temple and into its role as a powerful magickal system in its own right. The recognition of the patterns established in the construction of the Sigillum Dei allow us to view the seal in a new light, not as a static framework decided once and for all hundreds of years ago in the study of a Renaissance magician, but as one that can be reconstituted in the light of modern interpretation. Furthermore, the seal is, in essence, a system of evocation — the very same method of communication used by Dee & Kelley in its reception. This book explains the nature and method of this approach and how the practicing magician is able to use the Sigillum Dei in the manner in which it was truly intended — as a powerful system of planetary magick.” [via]

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

Edward Kelley Birthday

Edward Kelley Birthday is an event at Treadwell’s in London, that may be of interest, on Aug 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm.

“Born 1st August 1555, Elizabethan alchemist Edward Kelley is famed for his magical workings and Bohemian adventures with the learned John Dee. Together they did angelic magic – and brought through what they believed was the language of the angels – Enochian. Very much the bad boy of the pair, Kelley was nevertheless the one who scryed into the crystal ball, who saw the angels, who received messages from spirits. Tonight we remember him, flaws and all. There will be merriment, a short illustrated presentation, a birthday cake, a bit of dramatised dialogue based on conversations recorded in manuscripts. And a free drink for everyone arriving in caps with earflaps.”

Sorcerer

Sorcerer: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth’s Alchemist by Geoffrey James, from Grand Mal Press, arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the author.

Geoffrey James' Sorcerer from Grand Mal Press

 

“Based on actual diaries and historical accounts, Sorcerer: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth’s Alchemist breaks the barrier between fantasy and historical fiction, recreating a long-hidden real-life world of death, sex, politics and ritual magic.

The year is 1584. John Dee, the greatest scholar of his age, has turned from reputable science to forbidden magic. In partnership with a visionary rogue, an ex-nun and a court beauty, he’s flees across Europe, dogged by the Inquisition and a relentless assassin.

Finally, Dee’s magic seems to yield fruit. Angels (or are they demons?) promise to reveal the secret of transmuting lead into gold. There is only one hitch: Dee and his companions must first commit an unforgivable sin.” [via]

 

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Heresy of Dr Dee

The Heresy of Dr Dee by Phil Rickman is a recent fictional work featuring Dr John Dee as kind of occult detective, a follow up to The Bones of Avalon, from Corvus.

Phil Rickman's The Heresy of Dr-Dee from Corvus

“People who think that angels talk to them may occasionally turn up in the seat next to you on the bus, but you don’t find many working as scientists. John Dee, perhaps the greatest scientific mind in Tudor England, believed that God sent angels to instruct him through specially chosen intermediaries.

It is hard for us today to reconcile Dee the pioneering mathematician, astronomer and navigational theorist with the credulous figure who swallowed all the assertions made by the shady medium Edward Kelley – including the one about how God wanted Dee to let Kelley have sex with his pretty young wife.

But for the novelist Phil Rickman, Dee is not a contradictory character. “He was a very religious person, which is why he was desperate to believe Kelley, but also why he was a great scientist. The experiments were his way of trying to get closer to God, to see into God’s mind.”

Rickman, a softly spoken Lancastrian known to BBC Radio Wales listeners as the station’s resident book expert “Phil the Shelf”, has spent years threading his way through the ins and outs of Dee’s extraordinary mind, and has just published his second crime novel featuring Dee.

The Heresy of Dr Dee sees Dee visiting his old family home in the small Welsh village of Pilleth, a decaying place that seems haunted — perhaps literally — by the ghosts of those slaughtered in the Battle of Bryn Glas, a notoriously bloody encounter between the English and Welsh that took place nearby in 1402.” [via]

Day of the Dead Enochian Magick Working with Lon Milo DuQuette

You may be interested in Day of the Dead Enochian Magick Working with Lon Milo DuQuette offered through Thelesis Aura on Wed, Oct 31 at 8pm EDT but you can participate from anywhere in the world that has access to the Internet.

“Are we our own ancestors?

Could reincarnation be a slight-of-hand phenomenon of genetic memory and the time-transcending laws of quantum physics?

Would you like to explore your own “previous lives”?

The altered state of consciousness induced by techniques of Enochian Magick may hold the answer. And this coming Halloween (the traditional Celtic Day of the Dead) you can join Lon Milo DuQuette and magicians from around the world in an historic magical group working intended to help you explore and envision what may be events from your previous lives.

This working will be held live and in real-time over the Internet. It is open to anyone of any experience level. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Past, present, or future.”

The Best of the Equinox, Volume I: Enochian Magick

The Best of the Equinox, Volume I: Enochian Magick, containing articles from the Equinox selected by Lon Milo DuQuette, and published by Weiser Books, is now available. This is the first of a new series which collects articles from the pages of the Equinox of a like nature together for easy and in-print reference.

 

 

“The Equinox became the standard for English language esotericism in the early 20th century, aptly termed the ‘Encyclopedia of Initiation’ by its principal editor and contributor, Aleister Crowley. This ten-volume collection had remarkable variety, depth, and the utility of its contents encompass Qabalah, tarot, yoga, and the essential papers of Crowley’s teaching order, A∴A∴. Unfortunately, much of this material is currently out of print.

Now, renowned scholar and U.S. Duputy Grandmaster General of the O.T.O., Lon Milo DuQuette offers readers The Best of the Equinox, Volume One of this four-volume collection presents readers with the Enochian selections from The Equinox and contains the Enochian Magic of John Dee and Edward Kelley—perhaps the most powerful and most popular of all magical systems.

Selected by DuQuette from both in-print and out-of-print editions of The Equinox, this is an affordable volume for Crowley fans, packed with high magick.” [via]

 

Perfecting Nature: Medicine, Metallurgy and Mysticism Alchemical Texts from Special Collections

You may be interested in Perfecting Nature: Medicine, Metallurgy and Mysticism Alchemical Texts from Special Collections an “exhibition of alchemical books and manuscripts from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.” The show is at the Special Collections Gallery of University of Delaware‘s Morris Library, Aug 21st – Dec 20th, 2012. But apparently, the exhibit will also be presented online.

 


Salomon Trismosin. Aureum vellus, oder Guldin Schatz vnd Kunstkam[m]er. Getruckt zu Roschach am Bodensee: [s.n.], annno [sic] MDCCVLII [i.e. 1598]-1604.

 

“Alchemy is a complex and mysterious art that began in ancient times and continued for thousands of years before being challenged as a legitimate science in the 18th century despite the many contributions and scientific facts alchemists established through their experiments. Alchemy was practiced in the Middle East, Asia and all across Europe. Many eminent scientists, religious figures and royalty were practitioners of alchemy, including Isaac Newton, Pope John XXII and John Dee.” [via]

“On exhibition will be works that highlight alchemy’s history, beliefs and practices. These texts contain extraordinary woodcuts and engravings of alchemical emblems and symbols. The materials on display are from the Unidel History of Chemistry Collection, a collection within the Special Collections Department at the University of Delaware Library.” [via]