Enochian Magic is based on the writings of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley. It is a system of ceremonial magic based on the evocation and commanding of spirits. Dee and Kelley received instructions from angels and wrote them down in journals, including the Enochian Alphabet and a table of correspondences. There are similarities between the Enochian texts and various grimoires, such as the Heptameron. The Enochian system of magic relates to the secrets contained in the Book of Enoch, and John Dee may well have have known of the existence of the Slavonic Book of the Secrets of Enoch.
Enochian Magic was popularised by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, primarily through the writings and instructions of Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. It is through the Golden Dawn that Enochian Magic has become so well known, after the release of their once secret teachings by Israel Regardie and Aleister Crowley. However, the knowledge and instructions from the Golden Dawn were somewhat limited, being based on a single diary of John Dee. The Golden Dawn added planetary, elemental, and zodiacal attributions that are not found in the original Enochian magic system.
Aleister Crowley had an extensive knowledge and practical experience with Enochian magic. Crowley can be credited with the widespread use of Enochian by modern occultists and magicians. Crowley’s first work on Enochian was Liber Chanokh, which details the Golden Dawn’s understanding of the Enochian magic sytem. However, Crowley’s most famous work on the Enochian system is The Vision and the Voice (Liber 418), which detail his his visions formed after from working with the Calls of the Aethyrs (from the Enochian Keys).
Modern occultists have found it difficult to reconstruct the Enochian systen, although great success has been achieved from studyingh the original manuscripts from the Sir Hans Sloane collection in the British Museum. From these studies, various groups and authors have created a highly functional system of magic. One important part of modern Enochian magic is Enochian chess, first played in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and more recently extended and by Steve Nichols.
Enochian magic is a complex system that requires dedication and rigourous study. Due to the loss of parts of John Dee’s original manuscripts numerous interpretations have arisen, which has lead to varying schools of thought, and groups and individuals who have produced a great deal of interpretative literature.
Enochian Magic Resources
- Enochian Vision Magick: An Introduction and Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley by Lon Milo DuQuette and Clay Holden
- John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery: Original Sourcebook of Enochian Magic by Joseph H. Peterson
- Enochian Magic for Beginners: The Original System of Angel Magic by Donald Tyson
- The Enochian Magick of Dr. John Dee: The Most Powerful System of Magick in its Original, Unexpurgated Form by Geoffrey James
- Practical Angel Magic of Dr John Dee’s Enochian Tables: Tabularum Bonorum Angelorum Invocationes as Used by Wynn Westcott, Alan Bennett, Reverend Ayto by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine
- Advanced Enochian Magick: A Manual of Theory, Training, and Practice for the Novice and the Adept
- Golden Dawn Audios: The World of Enochian Magic by Israel Regardie
- The Lost Art of Enochian Magic: Angels, Invocations, and the Secrets Revealed to Dr. John Dee by John DeSalvo Ph.D. and Lon Milo DuQuette
- Practical Enochian Magick by Jason Augustus Newcomb