Our poll for this month asks if you’d be interested in participating in an online book club, and we’re already kind of getting started with that.
In the forums, we’re reading John DeSalvo‘s first book on Enochian magick, The Lost Art of Enochian Magic: Angels, Invocations, and the Secrets Revealed to Dr. John Dee.
We’re going to work through the book chapter-by-chapter, and share our thoughts and results as we go.
DeSalvo’s book seemed particularly neat, as it includes a CD with recorded Enochian calls, which is a great help for those of us who are iffy on pronunciation, even if there isn’t necessarily an “official” pronunciation for the angelic language.
If you have the book, we’d love for you to join us, or if you’ve an interest in Enochian magick, or have practiced it and want to give your thoughts, we’d welcome that too.
We just started today, so there’s lots of time to get the book and join in.
You can find us in the Magician’s Temple under “Working with Enochian magick.”
I hope to see you there!
The Essential Enochian Grimoire: An Introduction to Angel Magick from Dr. John Dee to the Golden Dawn, by Aaron Leitch Llewellyn Worldwide, 9780738737003, 352 pp. (incl. appendices), 2014.
Considering everything that has been written on Dr John Dee
and Edward Kelley
’s Enochian system in the last century and a half, one can’t help but wonder what could be considered “essential” for an Enochian grimoire
. Where does one start? What is included? Which Enochian
systems? Which elements? Leitch admits this was a challenge when sorting out the material and decided “[i]t must present a simplified overview of the entire system, thereby allowing the student to see the whole proverbial elephant before
focusing on the trunk, ears, legs, or other elephantine components in detail.” Again though, with all that Dee wrote, and all that has come since, a simplified overview is not an easy task. Read More
The Witches' Almanac, Issue 33 Spring 2014-2015: The Mystic Earth, edited by Andrew Theitic The Witches' Almanac Ltd., 9780982432396, 208 pp. (Incl. letters, ads), 2013
Reading The Witches' Almanac
is like going to a favourite restaurant and ordering all of the appetizers and two desserts for dinner: you get a dazzling array of different tastes, but with no single dish too filling.The Almanac
has been steadily growing over the years. Early issues were 90 or so pages, stapled in soft card covers like the typical Farmer's Almanac
; recently it has graduated to a typical trade paperback: 9x6-inch, 208 pages, perfect-bound, glossy cover. This helps make their front-cover motto, “Ever a Keepsake,” realizable.This year's theme is “Mystic Earth,” returning to the theme of no. 30, though this time from a different angle. Unfortunately the cover art, with the Earth seen from space in a palette of greens, blues, deep-space black, and incongruous cream text-box backgrounds, ranks as the least-appealing in a long time, although I like the idea of doing something modern occasionally.Inside you'll find 65 articles with a good mix of folklore, practical advice, and esoterica. “A Witch's Garden” looks at planning and planting an herb garden in a reverent and inspiring way. Several short features on herb lore and other earthy topics from respected Druid Ellen Everett Hopman carry the theme into the rest of the book. The closest thing to a single article that matches the theme, though, is Jimahl di Fiosa's “The Magic of Camping,” which, like the one above, is full of hints for doing this common activity mindfully and reverently, as well as in a safe and organized manner. He's not Pollyanna about his topic though, in the last paragraph he advises, "If it all goes terribly wrong, then at least you can say you've tried it." Read More
Alan Chapman and Duncan Barford of The Baptist's Head and Open Enlightenment were kind enough to answer several questions I put to them. Did you formulate the Core Practice techniques immediately after attaining the Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel [K&C], or did it follow your successful crossing of the Abyss? ALAN:
I attained the K&C using a free-form ritual technique, but I came to develop a simpler method based on Father Thomas Keating's centred prayer as I persisted in invoking the HGA through the years.The bare-bones Core Practice described in Alan's essay bears a strong resemblance to vipassana meditation, and Duncan has mentioned a long-standing interest in Buddhism. In your work, each of you pay homage to Daniel Ingram and his fantastic work. At what point did you pick up the links between wisdom traditions and decide to adopt vipassana into your regular practice? Read More
The Book of Enoch the Prophet, translated by R. H. Charles Weiser Books, 1578632595, 140 pp., 2003The Book of Enoch
is a book that was removed from the Bible and the Torah for many reasons. Once it was held as an important book by the founding fathers of the Christian Church, for it detailed events of the Messiah before his coming, as well as expanded upon parts of the Old Testament. The text was lost (or more properly destroyed) in the fourth century when it was deemed heretical, it wasn't until the eighteenth century that the book resurfaced from an Ethiopian source, and a very interesting part of Judeo-Christian scripture was brought back to life. Read More
Enochian Vision Magick: An Introduction and Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley, by Lon Milo DuQuette Weiser Books, 9781578633821, 261 pp. (incl. appendices, notes, bibliography and index), 2008
Lon Milo DuQUette is the author of more than a dozen books on esoteric subjects, and has served as the OTO's United States Deputy Grand Master since 1994 This is his second book on Enochian magick, his first being Enochian World of Aleister Crowley: Enochian Sex Magick
, co-written with the late Christopher Hyatt.Enochian Vision Magick
opens with an introduction by Clay Holden founder of the John Dee Publication Project
, an online archive whose "major purpose of this site is to distribute primary-source materials relevant to the "Enochian" work of John Dee and Edward Kelly",. Two prologues follow by DuQuette outlining his interest in and involvement with Enochian magick for the past thirty years. Read More