- Capa comum: 248 páginas
- Editora: Llewellyn Publications (8 de setembro de 2002)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 1567183670
- ISBN-13: 978-1567183672
- Dimensões do produto: 22,9 x 15,2 x 1,7 cm
- Peso do produto: 249 g
The Enochian Magick of Dr. John Dee: The Most Powerful System of Magick in its Original, Unexpurgated Form (Inglês) Capa Comum – 31 out 1994
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I think that this has been an important work in recent years. It is hard to imagine other scholars following James' lead without his publication of this book.
However, the work suffers from two important failings. On the first note, James lacks practical experience with the subject he writes about. This lack undermines both James' translations of the Latin portions and his claims that he is correcting the Angelic keys. Hence at best this should be seen as a work of historical and antiquarian interest, not a practical manual.
The second failing is that James does not seem to understand the philosophic schools of Dee's time and this further undermines the translations and "corrections."
I gave this work three stars because of its historical importance and because it is better to have this version than not to have any translation of this work if one is studying Dee's life. However today (24 years after the work was originally published) there are better translations out there.
This is an excellent book. If you're looking for a history of John Dee, the book is a little sparse on that topic. The book isn't very self-explanatory at all, in fact. What you're looking at is Dee's grimoire: magick he received from angels, these beings' account of the world and Dee's personal notes about his experiences. There's good wisdom here. However, if you want to learn Enochian magick thoroughly, and in a safe manner, I recommend you study in a school or with a reputable teacher with a long, sound lineage in this field. Frankly, while books are wonderful resources, there is only so much you can glean from them compared to the experiential learning one receives from structured training. You can't teach yourself magick from a book, nor should you try.
This book is still a great secondary reference (much of it being translated into English from Dee's original Latin). I recommend this over most other books on the topic of Enochian magick, as much of their content has unfortunately been modified by modern writers.
The bibliography of source manuscripts is extensive and detailed, the one of printed sources is more modest. As James was writing 23 years ago (with a 1994 update by Llewellyn), the number of good Enochian books were understandably more limited. A good book that should be in the library of anyone planning on a serious involvement with Enochian magic.