Enochian magic is a system of ceremonial magic based on the evocation and commanding of various spirits. It is based on the 16th-century writings of John Dee and Edward Kelley , who claimed that their information, including the revealed Enochian language, was delivered to them directly by various angels. Dee's journals contained the Enochian script , and the tables of correspondences that accompany it. Dee and Kelley believed their visions gave them access to secrets contained within the Book of Enoch. The raw material for the Enochian magical system was "dictated" through a series of Angelic communications which lasted from Dee and Kelley claimed they received these instructions from angels.
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By Geoffrey James. All rights reserved. Reviewers may quote brief passages. John Dee I thank C. Kennedy for their assistance and criticism in the early stages of this project, and especially Daniel Driscoll for his patience, advice, and unstinting efforts to bring this volume to publication. In the twenty-odd years since The Enochian Evocation was first published, I've come to realize that the book is more than I originally intended it to be.
My original intent was to create the grimoire that Dee never managed to complete on his own. I have no doubt that if Dee had intended others to replicate his angelic experiments, the text would have resembled this book. I felt this was important because grimoires are a branch of religious literature that's virtually unstudied. Dee's actions represent the only historical record of how such literature is produced. What you hold in your hands, then, is perhaps the only book about John Dee's magical work that, if Dee were still alive, he would be likely to completely understand and probably actively endorse.
I tried to catch the essence of what Dee and Kelly were about, and think that, on the whole, I was successful. Perhaps naively, I expected my book to be well-received by the scholarly community. Instead most of the interest in The Enochian Evocation has come as far as I can tell from practicing occultists. Academics have, by contrast, virtually ignored it.
The primary reason for the evident distaste among the ivy-covered professors is probably my assertion, in the original introduction, that the Angelic aka Enochian language has characteristics suggesting that it has non-human origins. A completely new language that's non-human in origin. Yes, that's the kind of controversial statement that simply won't be tolerated among academics.
I might as well clarify that statement, not for their benefit, but simply for the historical record. While I believe that it's probable that the Angelic language was devised by somebody most likely Kelly, either consciously or subconsciously , non-human characteristics do exist in the language and, as such, provide the best proof that we're ever likely to see of the existence of non-corporeal intelligence.
Even if such beings are unlikely, Angelic is still the only example of Glossolalia speaking in tongues that involves a hitherto unknown language with its own grammar and syntax. This is a very different phenomenon from instances where entranced folk repeat languages that they might have heard when a child or, in the case of Pentecostal Christianity, spout whatever jibber-jabber comes into their heads.
In other words, this book is important because it's the only publication—scholarly or otherwise—that fairly assesses the unique and possibly significant phenomenon of the Angelic language and how it was dictated. Think of it this way: either Angelic language represents proof of the existence of non-corporeal beings, or it does not. Either way, the mere existence of the Angelic language forces charismatic religious groups to a new standard of proof concerning the truth of their claims.
If somebody claims to be in touch with an angel or speaking for the holy ghost, they should be able to communicate something at least as convincing as the Angelic language. If not, then their claims are obviously bogus or as is more likely the result of a purely subjective experience. That being said, such issues are of small interest to the practicing occultist. Over the years, I've heard from several dozen practitioners for whom the existence of angelic beings is simply a fact of their day-to-day experience.
For them, The Enochian Evocation is exactly what Dee would have wanted it to be: an instruction book for the practice of a uniquely powerful form of magic. Which is, of course, exactly what I originally intended it to be as well.
These manuscripts document the ceremonies that Dec performed with Edward Kelly, who, gazing into a crystal stone, claimed to see and hear angels. According to Kelly, these beings desired to re-establish the true art of Magic, which had been lost due to Man's wickedness and ignorance.
The true magical art they claimed would bequeath superhuman powers upon its practitioners, change the political structure of Europe, and herald the coming of the Apocalypse. Dee believed that this research was of great benefit to Mankind and far more important than his more mundane studies.
Dee explained his dissatisfaction with worldly knowledge:. I have from my youth up, desired and prayed unto God for pure and sound wisdom and understanding of truths natural and artificial, so that God's wisdom, goodness, and power bestowed in the frame of the world might be brought in some bountiful measure under the talent of my capacity So for many years and in many places, far and near, I have sought and studied many books in sundry languages, and have conferred with sundry men, and have laboured with my own reasonable discourse, to find some inkling, gleam, or beam of those radical truths.
But after all my endeavours I could find no other way to attain such wisdom but by the Extraordinary Gift, and not by any vulgar school, doctrine, or human invention. But Dee carried this doctrine one step further, believing that holy revelations could be obtained by practicing the magic of the ancient Hebrews:. I had read in books and records how Enoch enjoyed God's favor and conversation, and how God was familiar with Moses, and how good angels were sent to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joshua, Gideon, Esdras, Daniel, Tobias, and sundry others, to instruct them, inform them and help them in worldly and domestic affairs, and even sometimes to satisfy their desires, doubts, and questions of God's secrets.
Furthermore, I considered the Shewstone which the high priests did use, by God's own ordering, wherein they had lights and judgements in their great doubts. I considered, too, that God did not refuse to instruct the prophets and seers to give answers to the common people concerning economics, as Samuel did for Saul; and so did Solomon the wise, immediately after attaining his wonderful wisdom through God.
Therefore I was sufficiently taught and confirmed that I would never attain wisdom by man's hand or by human power, but only from God, directly or indirectly. I have always had a great regard and care to beware of the filthy abuse of such as willingly or wittingly invoke or consult with spiritual creatures of the damned sort: angels of darkness, forgers, patrons of lies and untruths.
Instead I have flown unto God through hearty prayer, full oft and in sundry manners. Dee discovered that he was unable to perceive spirits on his own, and so was forced to employ skryers or crystal gazers. The most prolific of Dee's skryers was Edward Kelly, a man of mediocre education whose main interest was alchemy.
Kelly originally asked to work with Dee because Kelly believed that with divine aide they might discover the philosopher's stone that would transmute lead into gold.
Dee was hesitant at first, but when they performed a simple ceremony, it was far more successful than anything Dee had ever experienced:. Thereupon I brought forth to him my stone in the frame which was given me of a friend and I said unto him, that I was credibly informed that to it after a sort were answerable various good Angels He then settled himself to the Action: and on his knees at my desk, setting the stone before him, fell to prayer and entreaty.
And within a quarter of an hour or less he had sight of one in the stone. Kelly's skrying was destined to produce what is perhaps the most unusual magical literature of the Renaissance.
Was Kelly a charlatan who fabricated visions out of his own imagination? Historians have traditionally cast Kelly as a fraud who deluded his pious master. Kelly might, of course, have been applying reverse psychology, but there is little reason why he should have. Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Personal Growth. John Dee For Later. Create a List. Download to App. Length: pages 2 hours. Description Based on the transcriptions of Dr. John Dee is the translation of the original material received from direct Angelic contact.
In Dee and his partner Edward Kelly, while gazing into a crystal stone, began to see and hear angels. The true magical art, these beings claimed, would bestow superhuman powers upon its practitioners, change the political structure of Europe, and herald the coming of the Apocalypse.
Dee believed this research would greatly benefit mankind and documented all of the channeled information into a series of manuscripts and workbooks. Author Geoffrey James presents here the direct translation of the core of the channeled material itself, framed in a historical context, with authority and integrity.
Related Categories. John Dee - Geoffrey James. Magical sigils are reproduced by permission of the British Library. For Daniel Driscoll, a visionary , a kind man , and a dear friend who is sorely missed. Dee explained his dissatisfaction with worldly knowledge: I have from my youth up, desired and prayed unto God for pure and sound wisdom and understanding of truths natural and artificial, so that God's wisdom, goodness, and power bestowed in the frame of the world might be brought in some bountiful measure under the talent of my capacity But Dee carried this doctrine one step further, believing that holy revelations could be obtained by practicing the magic of the ancient Hebrews: I had read in books and records how Enoch enjoyed God's favor and conversation, and how God was familiar with Moses, and how good angels were sent to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joshua, Gideon, Esdras, Daniel, Tobias, and sundry others, to instruct them, inform them and help them in worldly and domestic affairs, and even sometimes to satisfy their desires, doubts, and questions of God's secrets.
Dee was hesitant at first, but when they performed a simple ceremony, it was far more successful than anything Dee had ever experienced: Thereupon I brought forth to him my stone in the frame which was given me of a friend and I said unto him, that I was credibly informed that to it after a sort were answerable various good Angels Start your free 30 days.
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