My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
—Albert Einstein (via occult101)
—Albert Einstein (via occult101)
—David R. Hawkins (via occult101)
Enochian is not anywhere nearly as frightening as it seems but since its eleven at night here and I have to be at work at 6am, I will have to elaborate later. Muah.
OKAY, so. Now that I have internet I can elaborate properly.
I will always recommend the book ‘The Enochian World Of Aleister Crowley’ in order to dive into Enochian magic. It gives you the basic elements neccesary to begin practice. It gives a very important method of conjuration that will prevent any nasties that might try to fool you.
I have honestly never heard of the 19 day system so I can not give any advice for that one. BUT I do recommend working the Aethyrs first. If you have experience working with sentient entities (who have their own agenda, etc) then go ahead with some work with the Tablets. Skrying first. If you want to make requests of them, make sure you know how negotiating with spirits works and, if you have to take a firm hand, know the appropriate banishing pentagrams/hexagrams. Don’t be afraid to make demands or reject their proposals. You are the magician. You are (supposed to be) in control. If things get uncomfortable, express your unwillingness to proceed, withdraw and banish thoroughly.
Thanks haha. It’s kinda looking like that 19 day working is only really used as a sort of “initiation” by a small portion of practitioners, so I think I’ll leave it be for now haha.
Right now I’m scrying the Enochian letters to get my scrying up to par and familiarize myself with them. Once I’m through with the alphabet, I’ll probably start scrying the aethyrs and see how it goes. Probably won’t mess with the evocation side of things for awhile, unless I run into something in the aethyrs that suggests I do that.
My first experience was with the first Aethyr. Then I actually went straight into evoking the Saturn Senior of the air tablet. Sonovabitch turned my life upside down for a while but it was important so I’m grateful for the experience. Not for beginners or the faint of heart but if you’re adventurous then I’d say go for it.
Sounds pretty intense, not sure I’m quite ready for that yet haha. If I do any evocations in the near future, I’ll probably start with some of the lesser beings on the tablets to get a feel for it first. The Enochian angels seem really interesting, I’ve been wanting to work with this system for a hella long time.
Note that “The Enochian World of Aleister Crowley” this isn’t the “true” Enochian System as composed by Dee and Kelly. This book uses a modified system of Enochian, which differs in some ways to the original system. That isn’t to say it is either good or bad, but if you are wanting an unaltered form of the system, ie not infused with Golden Dawn influences, I would start with Enochian Magic for Beginners by Donald Tyson. The book is a decent starting place.
Yeah I’m trying to stick with something as close as possible to what was revealed to Dee and Kelley. I have been wanting to check out that book, but haven’t been able to yet. Enochian Vision Magic by Lon Milo Duquette really helped me get a grasp on the system haha, but I definitely could use some more books that try to stick to the original magic.
I had been using a copy of Casaubon’s A True and Faithful Relation, but since my laptop crapped out on me I haven’t been able to dig through that haha. I’d like to get my hands on a decent reproduction of Dee’s journals with the Latin bits translated, but so far I haven’t been able to.
Well, you could try it that way but… there’s a reason Kelley jumped out of his prison window. Dee made him go insane with all of the work he MADE him do and they had no idea, really, what they were doing - nor did Dee really care about the welfare of his supposed “friend”. Of course, I’m sure you won’t do that to yourself but…. newer doesn’t always mean worse. The Watchtower system is filled with holes and even Dee purists are left to speculate on certain parts. Unless you’re interested in going into the Heptarchy, the only complete system of magic Dee left for us.
IMO the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley did the Watchtowers a service by making it more complete and usable/workable.
Yeah I go back and forth as to how close I really want to stick to the original, since like you said, it is incomplete. I wish all those sections of the manuscript that had been destroyed were still around, we wouldn’t need to rely on so much speculation and restructuring in order to use the system.
When I say I’d prefer to get as close to the original as I can, I don’t mean to suggest that there’s anything wrong with the Golden Dawn version of the system. The adepts of the Golden Dawn did the world a service by turning Dee’s manuscripts into a full system of magic.
—Carl Jung ‘Man And His Symbols’ (via alchemicalsoup)