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About John Dee
John Dee in fact invented the famous “Enigma Machine”- used in world
wars by the Germans as a ‘code language device’ and also
appearing in the Da Vinci Code. He was the first to utilize the wheel
method of cryptography. John Dee was a noted English mathematician,
astronomer, astrologer, geographer, occultist, and consultant to Queen
Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination,
and Hermetic philosophy.
In addition to being the father of modern mathematics
and several other features of modern society (like the English Language),
Dee was laced with magic. He communicated with Angels and wrote down the “Enochian
sigils or Enochian Keys”. These are the keys to the heavenly
realms and what they represent is as deep as your imagination will
Specifically, he sought to contact Angels through the use
of a "scryer" or
crystal gazer, who would act as an intermediary between Dee and the
These "spiritual conferences" or "actions" were
conducted with an air of intense Christian piety, always after periods
of purification, prayer and fasting. Dee was convinced of the benefits
they could bring to mankind.
Enochian is a name often applied to an occult
or angelic language recorded in the private journals of Dr. John
Dee and his seer Edward Kelley in the late 16th century. The men claimed that angels revealed
it to them. Dee's journals did not describe the language as "Enochian," instead
preferring descriptors like "Angelical", the "Celestial
Speech", the "Language of Angels", the "First Language
of God-Christ," the "Holy Language," or "Adamical" because,
according to Dee's Angels, it was used by Adam in Paradise to name
all things. The term "Enochian" comes from Dee's assertion
that the Biblical Patriarch Enoch had been the last human (before Dee
and Kelley) to know the language.
A student of the Renaissance Neo-Platonism, Dee did not draw distinctions
between his mathematical research and his investigations into Hermetic
magic and divination, instead considering both ventures to constitute
different facets of the same quest: the search for a transcendent understanding
of the divine forms which underlie the visible world.
Dee straddled the worlds of science and magic
just as they were becoming distinguishable. One of the most learned men of his age, he had been
invited to lecture on advanced algebra at the University of Paris while
still in his early twenties. He spent much time and effort in the last
thirty years or so of his life to attempting to commune with angels
in order to learn the universal language of creation.
Dee was an intensely pious Christian, but his Christianity was deeply
influenced by the Hermetic and Platonic-Pythagorean doctrines that
were pervasive in the Renaissance. He believed that number was the
basis of all things and the key to knowledge, that God's creation was
an act of numbering. From Hermeticism, he drew the belief that man
had the potential for divine power, and he believed this divine power
could be exercised through mathematics. His cabalistic angel magic
(which was heavily numerological) and his work on practical mathematics
(navigation, for example) were simply the exalted and mundane ends
of the same spectrum. His ultimate goal was to help bring forth a unified
world religion through the healing of the breach of the Catholic and
Protestant churches (at war with each other at the time note: the Thirty
Years War) and the recapture of the pure theology of the ancients.
According to scholars, in his lifetime Dee amassed
the largest library in England and one of the largest in Europe. The word incunabulum means
cocoon or cradle and refers to something either in infancy or in metamorphosis.
It is also referred to as the printed books prior to 1501, and has
been extended to mean any rare and hermetic collection of books. John
Dee used the term incunabula to refer to his library, which contained
the most comprehensive collection of information since the Library
of Alexander burned.
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