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 Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism: Origins, Magic, and Secret Societies, by Patrick Lepetitt Inner Traditions, 9781620551752, 544 pp. (incl. bibliography and notes), 2014The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism
symbolizes a reuniting of art, science, and mysticism: the head, body, and heart, all working together.As an artistic movement surrealism seeks to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality" as a revolutionary act. From the outset, the surrealists declared war on rationality, which had allowed for the atrocities of two world wars to take place, causing French novelist Albert Camus to proclaim that "surrealism's essential enemy is rationalism." Devoted anarchists
, the surrealists felt that "so long as revolutionaries confine themselves to certain specific aspects of social life without attacking the spiritual structure of society directly," then they were doomed to failure. This caused poet Tristan Tzara to claim that "the love of ghosts, witchcraft, occultism, magic, vice, dream, madness, passions, true or invented folklore, mythology (or even mystification), social or other kinds of utopias, real or imagined journeys, bric-a-brac, marvels, the adventures and mores of primitive peoples and generally everything that did not fit into the rigid frameworks in which beauty had been placed to identify itself with the mind."The surrealists were interested in occult and metaphysical currents from the very beginning -- as seen with the Vodou
-ispired works of Cuban painter Wifredo Lam, or the explicitly Pagan
paintings of Leonora Carrington -- although often not in so many words, as they "ventured onto the terrain of mediumship stripped of its spiritualist clutter." In the process the surrealists would become a kind of secret society and take a similar role to that of the Freemasons
in the Enlightenment, illuminating and updating the age old mysteries with emerging schools of thought like psychoanalysis, quantum physics, and relativity. Read More
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 Theban Oracle, by Greg Jenkins, PhD Weiser Books, 978-1-57863-549-8, 237 pp, (incl. appendix and bibliography), 2014
There are effectively three books within The Theban Oracle:
an introduction to what the author calls “Medieval Metaphysics,” including the few references to the Theban alphabet; a method for divination using the alphabet and correspondences created by the author, which requires the reader to make a casting set using the instructions included; and examples of spell-casting with the support of the Theban letters. Read More
"No spiritual development begins without that person having a mystical experience," claimed my friend Hans in recent conversation. We had been discussing mysticism and he made a few points that made me pause. He continued, "Mystical experience connects a person to the higher states of being. Without this, no one make any serious progress on the spiritual path." I thought this was a rather provocative statement and asked him to clarify. He said that only once someone has tasted the ultimate can they really begin to direct themselves and their actions towards it. Until then it is like trying to create a trail with no guide or point of reference in sight.I must admit I was taken aback by such a frank assertion, one he was quite adamant was universal. Additionally, I take seriously Aleister Crowley’s warning about the ways mysticism can delude a person and have thus always been suspicious of it. I pointed out how Crowley noted that mysticism was all subjective and lacked any kind of objectivity. Hans countered that this is wrong and that all true mysticism connects to a universal higher reality to which all humans share access. Humans, he claimed, were "wired" for these mystical states. He then pointed to all the great religions and mystics and said they all went up different paths to the same mountain peak.I asked then, why did each of these mystics have such different responses to the same experience. Why did Jesus appear as the sole son of God after his time in the desert while the Buddha, Mohammed, Theresa Avilla, and so many others had different responses? 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