A Brief History of Enochian Magick
From 1582 until 1589 Dr. John Dee, Court Astrologer, Mathmatical counsellor and perhaps Master Spy to Queen Elizabeth I of England, Master Cartographer, Trainer of British Navy ship pilots and navigators, and owner of what was the greatest private library in England at the time, took a trip on the wild side. With a young man named Edward Kelley (or Talbot) as his medium, Dee created one of the most extensive and amazing forms of Angel Magick ever! These Angelic Communications were meticulously recorded by Dee and survived in two separate bundles. The first bundle made it's way directly into the hands of other scholars, who berated it and Dee. But this bundle, which included the teachings of the 4 Watchtowers (the Angelic entities who hold our physical reality together) and the enigmatic Angel Language, eventually became the foundation for the Golden Dawn tradition. The second bundle passed quietly through the years hidden in the false bottom of one of Dee's storage chests, being unknowingly past from owner to owner until their discovery. This second bundle is perhaps the more important of the two as it contained the description of the Sevenfold Hierarchy of the Enochian's Angelic realm and the evocations that activate this Hierarchy. As for Dee and Kelley, they shared many an adventure as they traveled through Europe. Appearing before the Holy Roman Emperor and King Stephen of Poland, unfortunately the Angels didn't have very happy things to say to these monarch and the duo was not invited back for a return performance. With the death of his patron Queen Elizabeth, Dee fell on hard times and died in poverty back in his house in Mortlake just outside London. Kelley fell from the tower window of Emperor Rudolph's castle where he was a guest (royalspeak for prisoner) and died. I'm sure that it is because of his interest in Magickal affairs that historians have dealt so harshly with John Dee. If you read a history about Elizabeth, Dee will not be mentioned even though he was a major player in her court, he in fact coined the phrase "British Empire". This is totally unfair. Dee lived in that pre-Descartes period when spirit and science were still mutually accepted, but he was first and foremost a man of science.