May 31, 2011

Enochian Vision Magick by Lon Milo DuQuette

Enochian Vision Magick by Lon Milo DuQuette is an intro guide to the angelic magick that Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley discovered in 1582. This modern guide will help you to better understand it whether you just want to learn something about it or perhaps want to try it out for yourself.

Book Description
“Dr. John Dee (1527-1608) was one of the greatest minds of the Elizabethan Age, and his system of angelic communication was the result of the most dramatic magical operation ever recorded. It has survived to become the cornerstone of the modern ceremonial magician's practice. In 1582 Dee 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 Adam, Enoch, and the patriarchs of the Old Testament. Over the next three 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. Best-selling author and magician, Lon Milo DuQuette, who has practiced Dee's system for over twenty-five years, has seized upon elements of the original Dee material overlooked by adepts of the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, and other modern magicians, and brought them to light in Enochian Vision Magick. DuQuette offers the expert and novice alike the practical means by which they can become attuned in the same simple step-by-step manner that first prepared Dee and Kelley. There has never been a book on Enochian magick like this one.” – Enochian Vision Magick

My Thoughts
Enochian Vision Magick is a highly detailed book about what Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley explored in the late 1500s. A large majority of this book details their journey in uncovering the information from the angels and then tries to explain the information used in the tables and diagrams for people to understand.

The backstory of the two early magician’s work was detailed quite well. However, the author didn’t really uncomplicate the whole use of the system very well. It is highly complex and someone just starting out exploring this type of thing would easily become lost and confused.

Personally, I would have preferred more information about using it. There should have been at least that much time and information spent on this aspect as there was in the whole backstory of the system. Afterall, the subtitle of the book is “An Introduction and Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley.”

Throughout the book, the author gives little stories about his magick class on the subject. I would have enjoyed going to the class as I am quite sure it is explained better there than in this book. At least there you’d have examples of practicing it and according to his story; it is quite effective when used.

Although it didn’t quite meet my expectations, it is a very good book on the subject. It gives an excellent history about the system that is very readable. I can’t promise that you will understand it the first time you read it. I probably will have to read it again to make better sense of it myself. If this angelic magick is something you’ve been interested in or perhaps this is the first time you’ve heard of it, it is worth a look even if just for reading about some old magicians of times long ago.

* Thank you to the publisher of Enochian Vision Magick, Weiser Books, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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