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John Day (Dee) (Alford) (the Conjuror) (14th GGF)

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John Day (Dee) (Alford) (the Conjuror) (14th Great-Grandfather)


BIRTH 1418 • Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales

DEATH 1518 • Glamorgan, Wales (Buried Shinfield, Wales)

The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee – A Review

Firstly, I would like to suggest that if and when I am named the arch-conjuror of the United States, or a particular state, or perhaps even the local Starbucks, I would prefer it to be done so without the hyphen. “Archconjurer” just seems tidier to me; but then again, arch-nemesis is hyphenated, so there’s the counterpoint to my own argument. Or should it be a “counter-point”? Either way, someone had better conjure up an iced grande skinny vanilla latte, no whip, or there will be hell to pay.

I just finished up Glyn Parry’s work ‘The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee”. I was very excited about this book, firstly because I had to get it all the way from England, or rather all the way from which makes me feel like the consummate occult hipster (at least outside of the UK), and secondly because it was about John Dee, about whose work I wrote a little bit about some time back. Furthermore, the author is from New Zealand, which country I was in while finishing up the last edits on the aforementioned work, The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee, The Sigillum Dei Aemeth. I mean, what are the odds? I was meant to read this book – nothing short of Divine providence, I tell you!

And read it, I did. Now, readers be warned, this is not a book like most books on Dee that follow his career in conjuration, exposing all the minute details of his magical system that continue to baffle a number of us well past the point of insanity. There are no speculations on odd lettering or table construction, his seemingly endless dependency on the letter ‘b’, or what Angelic Governors might rule over IP address sub-domains of the World Wide Web. This book is different: it’s about politics, especially the red-state/blue-state conflict of the era, the Reformation, and Counter-Reformation that set the stage for the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. This conflict would include, of course, the treatment of “popish” – that’s “Pope-ish” – witchcraft and conjuring, bringing Dee right into the midst of the milieu.

While a number of books from magically-inclined authors have noted political machinations as a side-note to the magical work of Dr. Dee, this work does us all the exceptional favor of looking at it from the other direction. Its focus is on the politics and intrigue of Tudor England from the time surrounding Dee’s birth through to his death in 1609. (Parry actually provides a reference to external documents showing Dee died in 1609, and not in 1608, about which there has been some debate given the absence of Dee’s diary entries past the earlier of the two dates.) Magic is thus relegated to the side-plot, though not entirely, as its involvement and/or utility in court matters (royal, not legal) was often the measure of Dee’s fleeting successes and failures. It also focuses on his much-overlooked work with alchemy, usually deemed to be Kelley’s forte, but only because the latter seems to have been the more successful promoter of his efforts.

Those of us that have studied Dee know that he was at least at times close to Queen Elizabeth and had the pleasurable acquaintance of many in the upper echelons of the Elizabethan court. However, Dee’s own diaries do not give us much insight into the background of these interactions, nor the many political ramifications that might precede or promote them. Parry’s book does so marvelously, detailing the plots, sub-plots, twists, and deceptions behind the national and international political climates of the time.

So, if you are looking for work on the magic of Dr. Dee, this is not it. There are a few of those about, however, and a quick search on certain online auction sites can quickly part you from a great deal of your money should you choose to pursue some of them. (There are also a number of them readily available that can do so for a much more reasonable price.) However, if you are looking for a fantastic book on the politics underlying and informing the magical work of John Dee, then this is definitely the book. I am glad to have made the purchase.


Colin Campbell, Arch-Reviewer of New England

The Complete Mystical Records of Dr. John Dee (3-volume set): Transcribed from the 16th-Century Manuscripts Documenting De...

The Complete Mystical Records of Dr. John Dee (3-volume set): Transcribed from the 16th-Century Manuscripts Documenting Dee’s Conversations with Angels

by Kevin Klein

The Most Faithful and Accurate Edition of John Dee’s Conversations with Angels

An Incomparable Treasure Ten Years in the Making

Now available in a three-volume paperback set, this is a must-have treasure for Dee aficionados and esoteric scholars who absolutely need the most meticulously detailed version of these highly influential works. A labor of love ten years in the making, these volumes include transcripts of four manuscripts from the British Library and one from the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Two of these manuscripts are only available in this set. Each page is laid out to match the original manuscripts, including lines, marks, notations, lacunae, and diagrams.

In these volumes, the breadth of content, the level of detail, and the fidelity to the originals is unmatched. John Dee’s original writings have never been presented in such an immaculate fashion, free of the typos, oversights, and omissions that have previously plagued serious Dee scholarship.

This complete, 1,760-page work also includes folio numbers, errata, notes, and ten comprehensive appendices to provide essential context and enhance the practical understanding of the manuscripts:

Dee’s European Journey (with map) • The Ninety-One Parts of the Earth (with maps and table) • Gazetteer • Glossary of Archaic and Obscure Words • Brief Biographical Guide • An Examination of John Dee’s 48 Claves Angelicæ • Concordance of Angelic Words in Dee’s 48 Claves Angelicæ • List of Spiritual Creatures • A Selection of Interesting Quotations • Complete Angelic Lexicon

Three paperback volumes are packaged in a premium linen-covered, foil-stamped slipcase. This is the deluxe paperback edition of the sold-out limited-edition hardcover set (9780738752587).

John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of the Modern World

John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of the Modern World

by Jason Louv

A comprehensive look at the life and continuing influence of 16th-century scientific genius and occultist Dr. John Dee

• Presents an overview of Dee’s scientific achievements, intelligence, and spy work, imperial strategizing, and his work developing methods to communicate with angels

• Pieces together Dee’s fragmentary Spirit Diaries and examines Enochian in precise detail and the angels’ plan to establish a New World Order

• Explores Dee’s influence on Sir Francis Bacon, modern science, Rosicrucianism, and 20th-century occultists such as Jack Parsons, Aleister Crowley, and Anton LaVey

Dr. John Dee (1527-1608), Queen Elizabeth I’s court advisor and astrologer, was the foremost scientific genius of the 16th century. Laying the foundation for modern science, he actively promoted mathematics and astronomy as well as made advances in navigation and optics that helped elevate England to the foremost imperial power in the world. Centuries ahead of his time, his theoretical work included the concept of light speed and prototypes for telescopes and solar panels. Dee, the original “007” (his crown-given moniker), even invented the idea of a “British Empire,” envisioning fledgling America as the new Atlantis, himself as Merlin, and Elizabeth as Arthur.

But, as Jason Louv explains, Dee was suppressed from mainstream history because he spent the second half of his career developing a method for contacting angels. After a brilliant ascent from star student at Cambridge to scientific advisor to the Queen, Dee, with the help of a disreputable criminal psychic named Edward Kelley, devoted ten years to communing with the angels and archangels of God. These spirit communications gave him the keys to Enochian, the language that mankind spoke before the fall from Eden. Piecing together Dee’s fragmentary Spirit Diaries and scrying sessions, the author examines Enochian in precise detail and explains how the angels used Dee and Kelley as agents to establish a New World Order that they hoped would unify all monotheistic religions and eventually dominate the entire globe.

The alchemist and astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I. John Dee is said to have divined spirits along with his colleague Edward Kelley using spells from Psalms in the same way King Solomon is said to have captured Jinn (72 of them). This Enochian Magic would later form the basis for the Thelema cult of Crowley. Dee also heavily influenced the rise of Rosicrucianism.

Presenting a comprehensive overview of Dee’s life and work, Louv examines his scientific achievements, intelligence, spy work, imperial strategizing, and Enochian magick, establishing a psychohistory of John Dee as a singular force and fundamental driver of Western history. Exploring Dee’s influence on Sir Francis Bacon, the development of modern science, 17th-century Rosicrucianism, the 19th-century occult revival, and 20th-century occultists such as Jack Parsons, Aleister Crowley, and Anton LaVey, Louv shows how John Dee continues to impact science and the occult to this day.

John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery: Original Sourcebook of Enochian Magic

by Joseph Peterson

Discovered in a hidden compartment of an old chest long after his death, the secret writings of John Dee, one of the leading scientists and occultists of Elizabethan England, record in minute detail his research into the occult. Dee concealed his treatises on the nature of humankind’s contact with angelic realms and languages throughout his life, and they were nearly lost forever. In his brief biography of John Dee, Joseph Peterson calls him a “true Renaissance man”? detailing his work in astronomy, mathematics, navigation, the arts, astrology, and the occult sciences. He was even thought to be the model for Shakespeare’s Prospero.

All this was preparation for Dee’s main achievement: five books revealed and transcribed between March 1582 and May 1583, bringing to light mysteries and truths that scholars and adepts have been struggling to understand and use ever since. These books detail his system for communicating with the angels and reveal that the angels were interested in and involved with the exploration and colonization of the New World, and in heralding in a new age or new world order. While Dee’s influence was certainly felt in his lifetime, his popularity has grown tremendously since. His system was used and adapted by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and subsequently by Aleister Crowley.

This new edition of John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery is by far the most accessible and complete published to date. Peterson has translated Latin terms and added copious footnotes, putting the instructions and references into context for the modern reader.

The Queen’s Conjuror: The Life and Magic of Dr. Dee (Science and Magic of Dr Dee)

Part of: Science and Magic of Dr. Dee

A spellbinding portrait of Queen Elizabeth’s conjuror – the great philosopher, scientist and magician, Dr John Dee (1527–1608) and a history of Renaissance science that could well be the next ‘Longitude’.

John Dee was one of the most influential philosophers of the Elizabethan Age. A close confidant of Queen Elizabeth, he helped to introduce mathematics to England, promoted the idea of maths as the basis of science, anticipated the invention of the telescope, charted the New World, and created one of the most magnificent libraries in Europe. At the height of his fame, Dee was poised to become one of the greats of the Renaissance. Yet he died in poverty and obscurity – his crime was to dabble in magic.

Based on Dee’s secret diaries which record in fine detail his experiments with the occult, Woolley’s bestselling book is a rich brew of Elizabethan court intrigue, science, intellectual exploration, discovery and misfortune. And it tells the story of one man’s epic but very personal struggle to come to terms with the fundamental dichotomy of the scientific age at the point it arose: the choice between ancient wisdom and modern science as the path to truth.

The Hieroglyphic Monad

by John Dee et al

Written in thirteen days in 1564 by the renowned Elizabethan magus, Dr. John Dee, The Hieroglyphic Monad explains his discovery of the monas, or unity, underlying the universe as expressed in a hieroglyph, or symbol. Dee called The Hieroglyphic Monad a “magical parable” based on the Doctrine of Correspondences which lies at the heart of all magical practice and is the key to the hermetic quest. Through careful meditation and study of the glyph, its secrets may be slowly revealed.

Enochian Vision Magick: A Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley

by Lon Milo DuQuette and Jason Louv

Having mastered the arts and sciences of his age, Elizabethan magus Dr. John Dee (1527–1608) resolved that worldly knowledge could no longer provide him the wisdom he desired, and as did so many other learned men of the day, he turned his attention to magick. In 1582 he and his clairvoyant partner Edward Kelley made magical contact with a number of spiritual entities who identified themselves as angels―the same that communicated with Enoch and the patriarchs of the Old Testament. Over the next 3 years they revealed to Dee and Kelley three distinct magical systems of vision magick. The third and last of these incorporated a series of “calls” to be recited in an angelic language in order to raise the consciousness of the magician to a level where angelic contact is possible.

In Enochian Vision Magick, Lon Milo DuQuette introduces the origins of Enochian magick and offers the expert and novice alike the opportunity not only to see the big picture of the full system but also the practical means by which he or she can become attuned in the same step-by-step manner that first prepared Dee and Kelley.

First published by Weiser in 2008, this new edition includes a new introduction and new back matter by the author as well as a new foreword by Jason Louv.

Dr. John Dee’s Spiritual Diary (1583-1608): Second Edition

by Dr. Stephen Skinner

In this updated edition of a classic John Dee resource, Dr. Stephen Skinner has added more than 100 pages of translated text so those who don’t know Latin can read the fascinating chronicle of Enochian magick from beginning to end entirely in English. With an 8″ x 10″ trim size―decreased from the first edition’s large-size folio format―this exceptional second edition will be a welcome addition to the enthusiast’s shelves. This edition retains the impeccable scholarship of the first edition, which was the first corrected, updated, reader-friendly version of A True & Faithful Relation of what passed for many years between Dr. John Dee… and some Spirits, transcribed and prefaced by Meric Casaubon in 1659. This edition also retains the detailed introduction, appendices, extensive footnotes, supplementary texts, additional illustrations, Dee timeline, and much more.

This is the second edition of the corrected, reorganized, fully annotated book of Dr. John Dee’s fascinating diaries and writings, which chronicle in stunning first-person detail Dee’s invocation of the angels and the reception of their Enochian system of magick, his experiments in alchemy, and experiences in the courts of the crowned heads of Europe.

The Enochian Evocation of Dr. John Dee

by Geoffrey James

Complete Enochian Dictionary: A Dictionary of the Angelic Language As Revealed to Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley

by Donald C Laycock, Edward Kelly, et al.

The essential reference for understanding the Enochian language (“the language of the angels”), the proper pronunciation of the letters of the Enochian alphabet, and the use of Enochian evocations to call forth celestial beings.

In 1581, Dr. John Dee, an advisor in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, began a series of experiments intended to explore the ability to contact the spirit world. With Edward Kelley acting as the medium in these experiments, Dee was able to record these communications as they were transmitted in Enochian, the language of the angels. Dr. Dee’s efforts furthered the development of the Enochian system of magic, and his methods of invocation have been taken up and expounded upon by many magicians since.

Donald C. Laycock has thoroughly analyzed the work of Dee and Kelley. In this volume, he recounts the history of their experiments. He provides a pronunciation guide for the twenty-one letters, significant to untangling both the meaning and the derivation of the messages handed down from Dee and Kelley, and an essential Enochian/English and English/Enochian dictionary. The result is a fascinating linguistic and magical mystery story, integral to any study of the Enochian tradition.

This new edition of Laycock’s work includes a lucid preface by Stephen Skinner that sets the tone and historical context for today’s readers. Lon Milo DuQuette foreword gives us a humorous, yet the edifying, description of how he and his students put The Complete Enochian Dictionary to the test with astonishing results. This book is a must-have for any serious magician’s library.

Sacred Symbol of Oneness by John Dee of London: An English translation of John Dee’s 1564 Monas Hieroglyphica, which was written in Latin

by John Dee and James Alan Egan offers)

This English translation of John Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica is a companion piece to John Dee’s original Latin, published by James Alan Egan. As some of John Dee’s cryptic clues get “lost in translation,” it’s useful to study both versions. To simplify cross-referencing, this English translation mirrors the layout and design of the original Latin version. In other words, both this translation and the original have the “feel” of John Dee’s original work except for a few minor differences. Dee’s original, printed in Antwerp in 1564, had a “stapled binding” whereas this version has a “perfect binding” (with a spine). Also, the cover of the original Latin version the same thickness as the paper stock of its interior pages.

The Private Diary of Dr. John Dee And the Catalog of His Library of Manuscripts by [John Dee, J. O. (James Orchard) Halliwell-Phillipps]

The Private Diary of Dr. John Dee And the Catalog of His Library of Manuscripts

by John Dee and J. O. (James Orchard) Halliwell-Phillipps

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