Enochian Alphabet

The Enochian Alphabet, also known as the Angelic Alphabet was revealed to Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley during their scrying sessions, when various texts and tables where received from Angels. The term Enochian comes from the Biblical figure Enoch, who was a source hidden mystical knowledge. According to Genesis 5:24, he “walked with God” and Hebrews 11:5 states that he “was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death.” Dee also referred to the script as the Adamical Alphabet.

There are actually two slightly different versions of the Enochian Alphabet, each script differing in a minor way. The first version of the script is found in Dee’s Manuscript, the first five Books of the Mysteries (Sloane 3188), and the second (and generally accept version) is given in Liber Loagaeth (Sloane 3189), the later being Kelley’s original drawings.

Enochian Alphabet from Sloane 3188

Enochian Alphabet from Sloane 3188

Enochian Alphabet from Soane 3189

Enochian Alphabet from Soane 3189

The method by which the characters were received is interesting. John Dee wrote that:

“But it is to be noted that when E.K. [Edward Kelley] could not aptly imitate the form of the characters or letters as they were shewed, that then they appeared drawn on his paper with a light yellow colour, which he drew the black upon; and so the yellow colour disappearing, there remained only the shape of the letter in black…”

Dee also recorded a conversation with the angel Il:

“These letters represent the creation of man, and therefore they must be in proportion. They represent the workmanship wherewithal the soul of man was made like unto his creator.”

The generally accepted, and well used, version of the Enochian Alphabet is given below. It depicts the Enochian letters as drawn by Edward Kelley.

The Enochian Script drawn by Eward Kelley

The Enochian Script drawn by Eward Kelley

Enochian Pronunciation

Veh – C – As English ‘S’ or ‘K’
Ged – G – As English ‘J’
Gon – I / Y occassionally as ‘J’, otherwise English ‘EE’
Van – Either English ‘U’ or ‘V’ (Double Van / UU – As English ‘W’)
Mals-Na – PH – As English ‘F’
Veh-Na – CH – As Greek ‘Chi’ or English ‘TCH’.
Un-Van – AU – Similar to Greek ‘AF’
Ger – Q – As Semitic “Qaf” or “Qoph” (guttural) or As English ‘QU’
Ceph – Z – As Old English ‘ZOD’

Aleister Crowley suggested the following pronunciation:

All letters are sounded as in English with these exceptions:
A – ah – as in “fAther”
C – k – as in “Cake”
E – eh – as in “grEy”
I – ee – as in “fEEt”
O – long o – as in “smOke”
Q – k – as in “Qabalah”
U – long u – as in “fOOl”

Most Enochian magicians agree that ‘correct’ pronunciation is secondary to the focus and intent of the magician.

Aleister Crowley's version of the Enochian Letters

Aleister Crowley's version of the Enochian Letters