This is a ceremonial based magical system using evocation and a system of theurgy, essentially: angel magic.
Enochian magick was said to have originated with the Elizabethan mathematician, geographer, astrologer and magician, Dr. John Dee (1527-1608) and alchemist and necromancer Edward Kelley (1555-1595) via entities identifying themselves as the same angels that had instructed the biblical patriarch Enoch imbuing him with hidden knowledge from heaven.
The biblical Enoch was fabled to be the author of several mystic texts dealing predominantly with what are known as the fallen angels of God, also known as the Watchers. It is thought that the role of these watchers is to keep an eye on humanity from four Watchtowers said to exist at the corners of creation.
It was said that these fallen angels when they where watching women, became entranced by them. That a group led by an angel known chiefly by the name Azazel, but also other names, descended to the earth taking on a physical form in order to develop intimate relationships with human women. It is said that from this union of heaven and earth, children were born who are half-human and half-angelic. It is thought angelic blood runs in humanities very veins from these couplings.
"The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.... There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
It is also believed by many that these fallen angels also taught the women and children they loved of human origin, their secrets, the ways of angels, imparting knowledge of angelic arts and sciences. It is often to them that many modern sciences and knowledge are credited. Many things are said to have been passed on to us by these watchers, spells, the knowledge of making of talismans and amulets, the use of herbs and of minerals of the earth, astrology, and many other esoteric arts. Even the use of cosmetics is ascribed to them, that they were obsessed with making their women even more alluring to the eye.
On the darker side, it is also thought that these fallen angels taught mankind the art of war. That they desired to rule over mankind and that their descendants should rule. It is said that the powerful sons and daughters of the Watchers fought one another for power throwing the world into chaos.
The sons of the Watchers, that first generation were described as 'giants' because of their great wisdom and power, and were regarded as demonic in nature by ordinary humans of the time. This description and depiction of them as giants is more a metaphor for their prowess and power, and not an indication of actual size. Giants among men, in terms of their abilities inherited from the Watchers.
It is said as generations of fallen angels interbred with human kind that many men and women of great power, possessing the power to rule over the earthly elements came forth.
It is believed that from the sex between a spiritual entity and a human male that a spiritual creature with human qualities is born out of the womb of the spiritual entity; but from the sexual union between a spiritual creature and a woman, a human child with spiritual qualities is born out of the womb of the woman.
It is said the great magician Merlin falls into this second category. Merlin was said to be the product of a union between a mortal woman and a spirit.
As a practical matter, the offspring between a spiritual being like an angel, and a human woman must have a physical form to inhabit before it can fully become flesh. In other words a fetus must exist within the woman that was conceived in the usual way with a human man. Such a child requires then two fathers, one of spirit, and one of flesh.
In this passage quoted from the Book of Enoch, the author refers to this same issue via God speaking to the fallen Watchers:
"But you were formerly spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling. And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; they shall be evil spirits upon earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless hunger and thirst, and cause offenses. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them. From the days of the slaughter and destruction and death of the giants, from the souls of whose flesh the spirits, having gone forth, shall destroy without incurring judgement -- thus shall they destroy until the day of the consummation, the great judgement in which the age shall be consummated, over the Watchers and the godless, yea, shall be wholly consummated."
The great flood of the bible was said to have been caused to cover the earth by God in order to cleanse it of the tragic creations of humanity, who used the occult arts taught by the Watchers to bring about chaos and destruction.
However, Noah and his offspring, the animals and plants survived, and so did a number of the spiritual children of the children of the Watchers. Again the metaphor of the arc of Noah is a simple one, and may perhaps refer to a more complex action, such as the keeping of DNA of of all creatures safe during the flood to repopulate.
The Enochian angels are said to have informed Dr. John Dee that they were instructing him in the very same practices they had taught to Enoch after his living ascension into heaven.
This was thought to be similar to the original angel magic taught by the Watchers to the daughters of men and their children. However, the angels informed Dee that their magic was pure, whereas the magic taught by the Watchers had become corrupted.
The following was said to be spoken by the Enochian angel 'Ave' to Dr. John Dee through the voice of Edward Kelley on Monday (the Enochian sabbath), the 25th day of June, in the year 1584, immediately prior to his delivering to Dee through Kelley the Great Table of the Watchtowers, and the explanation of the use of the Watchtowers. This has been transcribed from page 174 of Meric Casaubon's A True and Faithful Relation.
"The Lord appeared unto Enoch, and was mercifull unto him, open his eyes, that he might see and judge the earth, which was unknowne unto his Parents, by reason of their fall: for the Lord said, Let us shew unto Enoch, the use of the earth: And lo, Enoch was wise, and full of the spirit of wisdom.
"And he sayed unto the Lord, Let there be remembrance of thy mercy, and let those that love thee taste of this after me: O let not thy mercy be forgotten. And the Lord was pleased.
"But behold, the people waxed wicked, and became unrighteous, and the spirit of the Lord was far off, and gone away from them. So that those that were unworthy began to read. And the Kings of the earth said thus against the Lord, What is it that we cannot do? Or who is he, that can resist us? And the Lord was vexed, and he sent in amongst them an hundred and fifty Lions, and spirits of wickednesse, errour, and deceit: and they appeared unto them: For the Lord had put them between those that are wicked, and his good Angels: And they began to counterfeit the doings of God and his power, for they had power given them so to do, so that the memory of Enoch washed away: and the spirits of errour began to teach them Doctrines: which from time to time unto this age, and unto this day, hath spread abroad into all parts of the world, and is the skill and cunning of the wicked.
"Hereby they speak with the Devils: not because they have power over the Devils, but because they are joyned unto them in the league and Discipline of their own Doctrine.
"For behold, as the knowledge of the mystical figures, and the use of their presence is the gift of God delivered to Enoch, and by Enoch his request to the faithfull, so thereby they might have the true use of God's creatures, & of the earth whereon they dwell: So hath the Devil delivered unto the wicked the signs, and tokens of his error and hatred towards God: whereby they in using them, might consent with their fall: and so become partakers with them of their reward, which is eternal damnation.
"These they call Characters: [blank space in the text, where the evil characters should have been printed] a lamentable thing. For by these, many Souls have perished.
"Now hath it pleased God to deliver this Doctrine again out of darknesse: and to fulfill his promise with thee, for the books of Enoch: To whom he sayeth as he said unto Enoch.
"Let those that are worthy understand this, by thee, that it may be one witnesse of my promise toward thee."
The above is one of the most important passages in the Enochian conversations, because it ties Enochian magic to the myth in the Hebrew Book of Enoch of the fallen angels or Watchers who descended to Earth to sin with the daughters of man.
In the Hebrew Book of Enoch the only explanation given for the descent of the Watchers is lust. Now here we have Ave revealing that the Watchers were allowed access to the Earth in order to sow confusion among the rulers of the Earth, who otherwise would have become godlike in their power through the perverted use of the magic that had been delivered to Enoch from God, and passed on with God's permission by the deathless Enoch to humanity. This corrupted magic had wrought chaos, and the wisdoms imparted with purity at the time of Dr. Dee, were thought to be an attempt to bring things back into balance.
God is speculated to have introduced a flawed black magic that was more seductive in it's nature and presentation than the pure Enochian magic. This 'black magic' was a trap for the power hungry. Those thought to use it to enhance their worldly power, damning their souls and becoming prey to the demons of the Abyss.
Ave does not explicitly state that the introduction of this false magic and its misuse was followed by the biblical Flood, but in making the connection between the Hebrew myth of Enoch with the myth revealed by the Enochian angel Ave to Dee, we may speculate a connection.
We may even speculate that the misuse of the black magic introduced by the fallen Watchers, the 150 "Lions, and spirits of wickednesse, errour and deceit", is what precipitated the Flood, or even more radical a thought, that the black magic of the Watchers is what enabled God to bring about the Flood.
There are many interesting echoes in the Enochian mythos to that of the stories of Atlantis, which intimates that the Atlantians gained access to a powerful knowledge they were unable to control, a knowledge that ultimately caused the destruction of the continent of Atlantis by its submergence beneath the waves of the sea -- in other words, destruction by a great flood.
The knowledge of Atlantis that was misused is usually called a science in modern commentaries on the Atlantean myth, but in the time of Plato, who recorded the main features of the myth, there was no such thing as science. The knowledge of Atlantis was a form of magic, not a science.
It is quite possible that mankind was much more advanced in days past than popular science and culture now believes. That the destruction and floods caused were brought about by their own technology. Much like many of today's disasters are speculated to be potentially linked with things like HAARP technology.
Dee was not said to be strongly psychic himself, his skills lay in other areas.This is why Dee worked with Kelley, he needed a medium in order to communicate reliably with the Enochian angels. Edward Kelley was thought to be the greatest medium of the Elizabethan Age. It is said that in return for Dee's help in creating the red powder of alchemy, which turns lead and other base metals into gold, and also for the sum of fifty pounds a year, Kelley acted as Dee's psychic.
From 1582 to 1587 these men were in communication with the Enochian angels on an almost daily basis. Dee's practice was to sit at a table and write down exactly everything Kelley described seeing in the crystal ball, as well as all the words spoken between Kelley and the angels.
Since Dr. Dee's diaries have mostly survived intact we now possess an accurate record of these angel scryings. The latter part of these diaries were published in 1659 by Meric Casaubon in A True and Faithful Relation of What passed for many Yeers between Dr. John Dee (A Mathematician of Great Fame in Q. Eliz. and King James their Reignes) and some Spirits.
One of the angels is said to have taken on the non-threatening guise of a golden-haired little girl called Madimi. Her name indicating that she is a spirit of Mars (the Hebrew name for the sphere of Mars is Madim), and therefore a spirit of war, but she was careful to conceal her martial nature from Dee, who over the years grew so fond of her, he came to regard her as a daughter. In fact, Dee actually named one of his own daughters Madimia after this spirit. Madimi was said to also be quite fond of Dee, and treated him with the love and respect a dutiful child might accord her father.
The other Enochian angels were said to be far less endearing. They were more interested in getting down to business and the practical task of imparting information than forming bonds. They conveyed the system of Enochian magic to Dee and Kelley as efficiently as possible.
The most important teachings were said to take place on successive Mondays. Monday, the day of the moon, being the sacred day of the Enochian angels. For Enochian magic is lunar in its foundation in contrast to the solar cult of Christianity.
The angels who gave the teachings to Kelley so that he could pass them on to Dee called themselves by various names, among them Michael, Gabriel, Auriel and Raphael, the names of the four archangels associated with the four elements.
The most powerful of the Enochian spirits was said to be Madimi's mysterious Mother, who appeared only very rarely. Kelley was not able to see this mysterious mother directly, nor did she speak directly to him, but only through and intercessor such as Madimi or another of her children.
The Mother of Madimi appears to have been more than an angel in entity, and akin to a moon goddess of great power.
She gave as her name only the words "I AM."
It is significant that this is the same response given by God to Moses when Moses asks God for his name. In Hebrew the response of God was "Eheieh asher eheieh" (I am that which I am).
It is not at all clear why the Enochian angels communicated their system of magic to humanity.
They intimated to Dee that it was given to him as a reward for piety, intended as a gift from the angels to humanity. However, there is every reason to believe that they were not being completely honest in their motives.
If it was the magic taught to mankind by the Watchers that caused God to cover the earth with the Flood in Noah's time, it is then quite possible that similar Enochian magic is intended by the angels to act as a trigger for the coming Apocalypse. The angels perhaps even intimated that this was the case to Dee and Kelley, though they never declared it openly.
The Enochian angels are said to not be bound to time in the same way that human consciousness is bound to it. They exist within time, at least while they are in the process of communicating or interacting with human consciousness, but they do not perceive time the same way human beings perceive it.
Consequently, the system of Enochian magic is believed to have been delivered by the angels in pieces that are out of their correct sequence. It is thought that when fitted together in the right order, they create a seamless whole imparting great wisdoms. It is in the complexity of the Enochian communications, and in the bizarre sequencing of their transmissions, more than anything else, that is convincing evidence of their authenticity, as it seems beyond the capacity of normal human ability and intelligence.
On the question of whether the Enochian magic is a genuine spirit communication, many believe that there can be no doubt that this is so in light of it's beauty and complexity.
The English text of the Enochian Keys is a poetry far beyond the talents of Edward Kelley, as Kelley's other attempts at verse very clearly demonstrate.
Some writers have postulated that Kelley invented Enochian magic so that he could deceive Dee and remain in his employ. Apart from the fact that Kelley did not possess the talent or learning to invent the Enochian communications, it is also significant that Kelley was said to hate the Enochian angels with a passion and always believed that the angels were deceptive and dangerous in their true intentions.
Kelley was thought to remain with Dee only because he hoped Dee, and the Enochian angels, would help him to learn the alchemical secret of making the red powder. Numerous times during their years together Kelley almost walked out on Dee over the messages of the angels, which seemed to him dark and devilish.
There is no question to many minds that Enochian magic is the product of non-human advanced angelic minds, lunar spirits, who identified themselves as the angels of Enoch. There is also no question to many minds that Kelley was incapable of consciously inventing the angelic communications. At times Kelley was even found incapable of describing parts of the Enochian systems he saw in his scrying crystal, so great was their degree of complexity. Enochian magic seems in those respects to be genuine. As to what the Enochian angels really were, or are, and what their motivations in imparting their knowledge on makind are based on, these questions remain unanswered.
Enochian magic has several main structures. The early communications concern the angels of the seven days of the week, and the magic that may be worked by them when they are correctly evoked and instructed.
They also describe the making of the magical devices and instruments by which Enochian magic is worked. The later communications delivered such things as the Enochian alphabet comprised of 21 letters, the four Enochian Watchtowers, and the Enochian language in the form of 48 evocations known as the Enochian Keys or Calls.
They are referred to as Keys because they are said to open the locked gates of the four Watchtowers; they are called Calls because they call forth angels and spirits, primarily the angels and spirits of the thirty Enochian Aethers or Airs, which are non-physical levels of reality or planes of existence said to lie beyond those four watchtower gates.
The four Watchtowers themselves are said to have no physical existence, since they are not actually a part of the earth, but can be represented by magic squares of letters containing a complex numerical structure. Woven into these letters on these four squares are the names of the most important Enochian spirits. Collectively, the four magic squares are known as the Great Table of the Watchtowers.
Many of the most important symbolic structures of Enochian magic were said to be delivered by the angels to Kelley through a set of incredibly complex magic squares that collective were known to Dee and Kelley as the Book of Enoch.
The angels would point to specific cells in these tables, and Dee would write down the letters repeated by Kelley one by one until a structure emerged.
Other parts of the system were simply dictated, or revealed by means of symbolic pantomimes presented to Kelley by the angels within the depths of the crystal, or scrying chamber.
A limited, modified form of Enochian magic was included in the documents of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and in it primarily in this form that it has entered into modern Western occultism. It's documentation was created by S. L. MacGregor Mathers in the year prior to the establishment of the Golden Dawn, which opened its first temple in London in 1888. Mathers did occult research in the Reading Room of the British Museum where Dee's manuscripts were then kept and learned of the Enochian system there. This truncated Enochian magic incorporated into the Golden Dawn has a proven effectiveness, but it should not be mistaken for the original Enochian system communicated to John Dee by the angels.
This original system is more accurately, though only partially reassembled in such books as The Enochian Magick of Dr. John Dee by Geoffrey James, The Heptarchia Mystica by Robert Turner, and Enochian Magic For Beginners by Donald Tyson, all of which are recommended for further study.
In pop magical culture of the modern western world, the Enochian Keys have taken on a dark and fearful reputation. Many magicians are even afraid to speak them, even in English.
When John Dee received them, the Keys were said to be delivered backwards by the angels, word by word, so that Dee could not inadvertently speak them to himself aloud as he received them.
Enochian magic is known in some occult circles as a form of magical art not to be played with. Even the speaking of Enochian names of spirits is thought to be dangerous by some with a belief that doing so can have unexpected or even tragic results.
One must keep in mind that the precise way to pronounce the Enochian language, which was communicated directly to Dee through Kelley by the angels, has been completely lost. As a result, the Enochian Keys and the names of Enochian angels are, I personally believe, to be next to impotent when uttered by those not in the know.
Regardless, the Keys are quite beautiful as poetry, profoundly beautiful, as I have mentioned, above the standard of Dee's personal attempts at poetry."Can the wings of the windes understand your voices of wonder, O you the second of the first, whom the burning flames have framed within the depth of my Jaws; whom I have prepared as Cups for a wedding, or as the flowers in their beauty for the Chamber of righteousnesse: stronger are your feet than the barren stone, and mightier are your voices then the many fold windes, for you are become a building, Such as is not but in the minde of the all-powerful. Arise, saith the first; Move, therefore, unto his servants, shew your selves in power, and make me a strong seething; for, I am of him that liveth for ever."
An interesting read. I will have to re-read it as some has gone over my head to be honest. This has been tapping me on the shoulder for sometime now, so I need to read up and interpret what is flaming my interest.
The Angelic aspect is the main feature for me.
Thank you BB
So good! Oh wow-miss you Leila Raven!