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The Enochian Magick of Dr.John Dee: The Most Powerful System of Magick in Its Original Unexpurgated Form Paperback – Mar 1995


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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 1st Llewellyn Ed edition (Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567183670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567183672
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,644,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 1999
Format: Paperback
There are better books than this on Enochian. When I bought this volume I had very few books on the subject and it probably ended up confusing me more. While presented in an antiquarian fashion it lacks references to where the author had taken the information from. For those who are serious on Enochian, I would recommend Cassabon (if you can track it down), Turner's Elizabethan Magic, and the books published in McLean's Magnum Opus Heremetic Sourcework series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan 1999
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James has distilled the magically useful material from Dee's often-obscure diaries and presented it in organized form, creating an "Enochian grimoire." However, some of the material was not delivered in the order in which James presents it, and there is little historical or background information. I recommend Donald Tyson's _Enochian Magic for Beginners_ to people who lack experience with Enochian magic, and this book as a handy reference for those who already have the background knowledge that James does not provide.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 July 1998
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I've been studying grimoires for the past 15 years and always have wanted something that only this book has now offered. Not only can you feel the power of its chants but you also learn the TRUE enochian magick; I should like to suggest any novice NOT TO practive the ritual therein contained but go for Golden Dawn's and Abramelin's ones first.
Mephisto
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A Useful Book 13 Aug 2000
By Benjamin Rowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
James' book is basically a copy of Dee's own "grimoire" of Enochian and Heptarchic magick, excerpted by Dee from the raw material of his diaries. James' translations of Latin passages have been severely criticized by other Enochian scholars (e.g., Robert Turner) but the passages in question do not bear much relevance to the actual practice of the magick. James has also "corrected" the Enochian Calls so that -- in his estimation -- the Angelic versions fit better with their English translations; these small differences do not seem to greatly affect the potency of the Calls. His editorial intervention is otherwise minimal.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent as a reference, poor as an introduction. 5 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
James has distilled the magically useful material from Dee's often-obscure diaries and presented it in organized form, creating an "Enochian grimoire." However, some of the material was not delivered in the order in which James presents it, and there is little historical or background information. I recommend Donald Tyson's _Enochian Magic for Beginners_ to people who lack experience with Enochian magic, and this book as a handy reference for those who already have the background knowledge that James does not provide.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Unimpressed 21 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are better books than this on Enochian. When I bought this volume I had very few books on the subject and it probably ended up confusing me more. While presented in an antiquarian fashion it lacks references to where the author had taken the information from. For those who are serious on Enochian, I would recommend Cassabon (if you can track it down), Turner's Elizabethan Magic, and the books published in McLean's Magnum Opus Heremetic Sourcework series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Interesting work, but not without some issues 28 Sep 2008
By Christopher R. Travers - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, Geoffrey James set out to deliver a sourcebook on Enochian magick. The work was originally published in 1984.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Important book, but don't buy this expensive, out-of-date version 28 Dec 2011
By Yggdrasil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You should be aware that The Enochian Magick of Dr. John Dee: The Most Powerful System of Magick in its Original, Unexpurgated Form has been reprinted under the name Enochian Evocation of Dr. John Dee, The. The cover and title are completely different (probably due to the change in publisher), but the content within the book is exactly the same. Don't drive yourself crazy seeking a rare, super expensive copy of an out-of-print version when a very affordable copy is within easy reach.

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.
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