John Dee. A must-have book. They truly bring Enochian magick into the twenty-first century. John Dee and Edward Kelley to date. About the Author Aaron Leitch has been a scholar and a spiritual seeker for nearly three decades. His writings cover such varied fields as ancient Middle Eastern religion and mythology, Solomonic mysticism, shamanism, Neoplatonism, Hermeticism and alchemy, traditional Wicca and Neopaganism, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Thelema, angelology, Qabalah, Enochiana, African Diaspora religions, hexcraft and hoodoo folk traditions, psychology and consciousness expansion, cyberspace and virtual reality, and modern social commentary.
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To celebrate the release of these very special books, I interviewed the author, Aaron Leitch. They look amazing! Aaron Leitch AL : Yes, the design of the books is a true work of art! You folks at Llewellyn really outdid yourselves this time, and I am quite proud to see this work presented with such dignified grace! Second is the various apocryphal Biblical texts known as the Books of Enoch.
What excites me the most is that much of the information presented in this book has never been presented before. It is not a short chapter, but explores the Book of Loagaeth in exhaustive detail: its reception by Dee and Kelley, what the Angels had to say about it, instructions on how to construct it, and more.
Further chapters cover the 48 Angelical Keys and their proper relationship to the Book of Loagaeth , instructions on how to use the Keys with Loagaeth , the Angelical Alphabet and how to use it for angel- and talismanic-magick and an exploration of the Biblical mythologies behind the Language.
The bulk of the material in Volume One is rarely mentioned if at all in most books about Enochian magick. Both beginners and adepts of Enochiana will learn things here they have never encountered before. This will either generate excitement or controversy—either one is cool with me! This is absolutely fascinating to me, as I am a big language nerd. Whatever possessed you to cross-reference all these words, to look for root words and alternate meanings, to provide an English-to-Angelical dictionary?
Are you a Trekkie? Just kidding! That story is about a man who was lost on an alien planet as a child and raised by the natives there. When he was later discovered and brought back to Earth, they learned something that sent the whole world into chaos: this man could perform miracles at will.
To him, it was like brushing your teeth or putting on your shoes: once you learn how, you just do it. When people asked him to teach them how to do it, he realized there were no human words for what he needed to say. If you wanted to learn the skill, you first had to learn the alien language.
He set up a school to teach that language, and called it the Church of All Worlds sound familiar? At the time I read this, I was doing a lot of work with the Enochian Angels. How could any Angel take that kind of effort seriously? I also needed a corrected set of the 48 Keys also not available , fully cross-referenced, so I could put together the Lexicon.
Taken all at once, it was intended as my personal study material so I could learn to read and even think in the language. At least not yet! But the promise made to me by the Angels held true. By doing this work I have discovered Angelical words, word-elements and root words—along with various points of grammar, syntax and pronunciation that no one knew existed. Not to mention the fact that the English-to-Angelical section of the Lexicon is more comprehensive than any previous attempt at such, and could be expanded even more.
AL: Practicing magicians are fond of creating new Enochian invocations for their own magick. However, there has never been a resource for them to translate their texts properly. I tend to think that this kind of basic misunderstanding of the material, and how to properly use it, is what leads folks to think that Enochian magick is somehow overly dangerous or even demonic. LL: In both volumes you focus solely on the words that were transmitted by the angels to Dr.
John Dee and Edward Kelley. Can you explain some of your reasoning behind not including Crowleyan terms and other latecomers to the Angelical language? AL: Much as I mentioned previously, those who followed after Dee have attempted to work with his system without spending much time with his journals. This is even more true where the Angelical Language is concerned.
They did not bother with what the Angels had to say about it, or about how to use it properly. They just took the 48 invocations at face value no less! In fact, much work has been done to purposely tear the Language and Enochian magick in general away from its roots in Renaissance Angel magick. Only then can we move forward with the Language with any certainty.
But how long did it take you just to get to that rough draft stage? How long had you been doing the research and writing before you printed it up and mailed it to Llewellyn? Well, actually I took two years off to write Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires for you! But then it was back to the Lexicon.
I got the idea for the project in , and submitted it to you in late Add in the time it took for the publication process, it has been a 13 year project! And that, of course, does not include my years of Enochian studies and practices that led to the decision to write the Lexicon. LL: This book went through many Vision meetings, art meetings, external reader reports, and much more before we were satisfied in sending it to our production department—hence the long timeline of this book.
Was this process ever frustrating for you, or was it ever enjoyable? Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires , with its dozens of pieces of medieval artwork and engravings, was a far greater ordeal! This project went very smoothly—it just went slowly due to the specialized attention it obviously received. That always made me feel good about this process, as it really seemed like you guys were taking the project so seriously, paying attention to every minor detail, wanting this to be just right.
Especially considering the size of this project over pages between both volumes! But every note was worthwhile, and the resulting book is infinitely better than what I submitted.
My editor, Brett, had an uncanny knack for ferreting out my most annoying writing habits. So, I trusted his editing skills in return and it worked beautifully. LL: The million-dollar question: do you believe that Angelical is a real language, transmitted by heavenly beings, or do you think it was created by Kelley and Dee, which would be astounding in itself?
Or is there a third explanation? AL: As usual, the truth lies in the middle ground. I certainly do believe in Angelic Intelligences, and my own work with them has indicated that Angelical is indeed a powerful Celestial Language. No channeled information is ever found without the influence of the mind that channeled it.
AL: The Angels have already had me hard at work on the next project for several years! After that, I plan to complete a book that focuses upon the Enochian magickal tools, furniture and the various systems of magick that utilize them. Then, part of it will be a grimoire explaining how to work the system.
You could say it will be an Enochian version of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires. Join in the discussion by writing in the comments section below. We welcome your thoughts! Is it a coincidence this comes out during an alignment with the center of the galaxy?
This also feels to be a Revival…. Aaron, you are soooo nerdy. April 27, by Elysia 3 Comments. And I love Star Trek! LL: How do you think the Lexicon will help other magicians out there? LL: One final question—what do the angels have in store for you next? She has been with Llewellyn since and a fan for much longer. July 11, The Problem with Personal Gnosis. January 23, Grimoires and the Solomonic Tradition.
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The Angelical Language, Volume I: The Complete History and Mythos of the Tongue of Angels
The Angelical language channeled by alchemist Edward Kelley and recorded by royal astrologer John Dee has mystified magicians, linguists, historians, and cryptographers for generations. It's even rumored that the language may be an encryption method of some kind, unbroken to this day. This fascinating, in-depth analysis reveals the truth behind the saga of two Renaissance wizards who spoke with angels and received instruction in the celestial tongue. This volume begins with an exploration of the mystical traditions that influenced Dee's work—the Fifty Gates of Binah, the legends of Enoch, and the Book of Soyga. It presents an in-depth study of the forty-nine Tables of Loagaeth Speech From God , the forty-eight Angelical Keys or Calls , and the drama surrounding them as chronicled in Dee's journals. Special features include an analysis of the translations of the 48 Keys, instructions for the magickal use of Angelical characters, and a complete Angelical Psalter.
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This masterwork is the most comprehensive analysis of John Dee's Angelical language ever undertaken. Most Enochian dictionaries merely present word lists—this encyclopedic textbook presents a wealth of original material and expands upon and corrects previously published information. It is designed so readers can actually learn the language and use it in their own magick. For the first time ever, every Angelical word recorded in Dee's books, journals, and personal grimoire is recorded and cross-referenced in a number of helpful ways, allowing the reader to recognize root words, alternate spellings, and more. The Angelical Language, Volume II includes notes about each word's definition, history, or usage—both Dee's original marginal notations and new commentary by the author. Also presented are Dee's own phonetic notations, as well as a brand-new pronunciation key designed to make it easier to speak the language. The material within these pages is based strictly upon Dee's journals and personal grimoire.