Angels? Demons? There's no such thing as either! Welcome to the 21st
Century. That doesn't stop a lot of people from trying to contact
JOHN DEE (1527-1608) invented Enochian
"Magick" and tried unsuccessfully to get the spirits to bring him
money. Enochian magic would be picked up by later occultists, such as
the Golden Dawn bunch, Aleister Crowley, Israel Regardie, and even
Satanist Anton LaVey cribbed from it. Dee told Princess Elizabeth she
would someday become the Queen, which was a prediction that was
certainly possible, considering she was royalty, even though she was an
unwilling guest of the Tower of London at the time. It’s unknown how
many other nobles he might have also told a similar prediction about
gaining the throne, figuring one of them would pay off. After Elizabeth
gained the throne, he became the Queen’s advisor, even though Elizabeth
is said not to have approved of his occultic methods.
The system described in Dees journals are remarkably complicated.
People who use this system basically wind up turning their homes into
"Enochian temples". Creating the furniture needed for the temple can be
quite time consuming and expensive (and all for nothing).
An example of an Enochian "Holy Table".
Golden Dawn attempted to revive Enochian magic, filling in the gaps
when the lacked information. Dee made claims he made
contact with “angels” that
taught him the language spoken by Enoch to God, which he called
“Enochian”. But the language Dee “discovered” is simply a corrupted
form of Hebrew! The Enochian script is derived from Roman characters,
oddly enough. It would have been easy enough for Dee to have simply
invented such a language, and this is more plausible than thinking
angels revealed it to him. Since Dee was employed as a spy for
England at one point, it may even be the so-called “magical” language
is really just a spy’s cipher that Dee later tried to pass off as an
Even though followers of Enochian magic claim it is to be
used for the highest of spiritual purposes, Dee himself was said to use
it mostly to try to
treasure. People who got involved
in the occult often did it in an attempt to find buried treasure and
Dee was certainly no different. One favorite spirit of Dee’s
supposedly called itself “Amy”, and was said to resemble a child
carrying a lantern. Dee hoped that this spirit would locate buried
treasure for him, or obtain money for him somehow.
work, of course.
EDWARD KELLEY (1555-1597) a.k.a Edward Talbot,
was an assistant to Dee during his Enochian experiments, which later
occultists became so enamored over. Kelley was nothing but a con man,
and had a shady past long before he met Dee. Kelly had both is
ears cut off as punishment for counterfeiting, which is why he always
wore a hat to conceal the fact. He conned several people into
thinking he could change lead into gold...a common scam for alchemists
of the time. He became Dee’s assistant and seemed to have played a con
on Dee at least part of the time they were together.
Dee and Kelly claimed they learned the secret
language of angels which was spoken by Adam and Eve in the garden of
Eden as well as Enoch. But the language itself phonetically merely
resembles a liguisitic corruption of Hebrew, and the letters appear to
be taken from the English Alphabet. It's not hard to see Dee and/or
Kelley simply made the whole thing up.
Sometimes when examining this history criticaly,
it's hard to say who was conning who in this one, but it appears Dee
was being conned by Kelly. Kelly told Dee the "angels" had said they
needed to do some "wife swapping", and since Dee's wife was 20 years
younger, Kelley got the better deal. It’s not hard to see the real
motive behind that “Angelic revelation”. People have been
using the occult to trick niaeve people into sex in ancient times, just
as they do today.
THE ENOCHIAN ANGELS WOULD HAVE BEST BEEN DESCRIBED AS "DEMONIC"
Kelley warned Dee the “angels” they were talking to were really demons,
and that angles had told him their goal was to destroy humanity!
Some of the things Kelly and Dee claimed the angels revealed to them
seemed to echo Gnostic heresy of earlier times, so assuming Kelly’s
alarm was for real, it was justified.
In John Dee's diary for June 8, 1584, he states that the spirits
attempted to persuade Kelly:
- That Jesus was not God.
- That no prayer ought to every be made to Jesus.
- That there is no sin.
- That man's soul goes from "one body to another chiildes
quickening or animation" (transmigration of souls).
- That as many men and women as are now, have always been alive upon
the earth (a scientific impossibility which can easily be proven a lie)
- That the generation of mankind from Adam and Eve, is not a History,
but "a writing which has another sense".
- That there was no Holy Ghost.
- They Enochian "angels" would "not suffer him to pray to Jesus Christ;
but would rebuke him, saying, that 'he robbed God of his honour, etc.'"
Clearly these spirits that Kelly contacted sound more like Demons than
Angels! In Gnostic cults, sometimes God and the devil were given role
One day a "spirit" informed Dee and Kelly that the Enochian spirits
that, rather than wanting to bring mankind enlightenment, they wanted
to bring about the destruction of mankind! Yet Dee still wanted
Kelly to keep invoking the spirits.
To this day, people who practice Enochian magick believe that someday,
someone will come up with the right combination and unleash the
Enochian demons that will bring about the apocalypse. Common sense
would derive from this that the Enochian angels are actually demons who
seek to harm mankind!
Dee’s fortune did not last. He spent the final years of
his life stripped of his honors and income and was forced to live
incommunicado. He died in extreme poverty at the age of 81.
If the inventor of Enochian magic couldn't make it work for him, what
chance does anyone else have?
Kelley eventually abandoned
Dee's magical practices (since he probably had miled him for all he was
woth), in 1589 because he found a new pigeon, Holy Roman Emperor
Rudolph II, who employed him to make gold through alchemy. Eventually,
when the Emperor realized Kelly was conning him, Kelly fled.
Kelley/Talbot died at the age of 47 from an injury sustained while
trying to escape from prison after being incarcerated for his old hobby
of counterfeiting. Kelley tried to lower himself out of a third story
window with a makeshift rope, but the rope wasn’t long enough. He tried
to drop the rest of the way down to the ground, and only succeeded in
breaking his leg. The wound led to his death several days later, which
must have been excruciating.
If even Kelly thought the Enochian magic was Demonic and
would destroy humanity, why is anyone stupid enough to try it??? Are
you? Kelley didn’t wind up rich or powerful, didn’t have
magic powers, nor does anyone else who practices Enochian “magic”.
The cosmological system received by Dee and Kelly bears numerous
resemblances to older Gnostic systems. Two late Gnostic works, the
"Books of Ieou," were (falsely) attributed to the Biblical patriarch
Enoch. The system of 30 Aethyrs developed by Dee and Kelly resemble a
Gnostic aeonology. There are numerous other examples, one of the most
striking is the following passage, obtained by Dee and Kelly on May 23,
"I am the daughter of Fortitude, and ravished every hour, from my
youth. For behold, I am Understanding, and Science dwelleth in me; and
the heavens oppress me. They covet and desire me with infinite
appetite; few or none that are earthly have embraced me, for I am
shadowed with the Circle of the Stone, and covered with the morning
Clouds. My feet are swifter than the winds, and my hands are sweeter
than the morning dew."
Rather than being a "revelation", the Enochian system seems to be
nothing but a re-hash of the old Gnostic heresy. It's creators were a
greedy, naieve man, and a con artist. If Dee and Kelley did manage to
come into contact with some kind of spiritual force, it certainly
doesn't sound like they conjured angels. Both Dee and Kelley suffered
miserable fates, and they don't seem to have performed any miracles.
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