on 2 May 1997
This is the long-awaited paperback edition of the original 1978 hardback by Askin Publishers, Chiswick, England, now out of print and obtainable only second-hand from occult bookshops at extortionate prices. Donald Clarence Laycock was a colleague of mine, a specialist in the languages of Papua-New Guinea by trade, who had many side interests, the occult being one of them. This review is based on my copy of the original Askin hardback, which Don presented me, complete with a dedication in Enochian, for having written the software for the dictionary. Enochian is the "Angelic language" of the magical texts ("calls") collected by Dr John Dee, astrologer to Elizabeth I, through his medium Edward Kelley, the first of which starts: "Ol sonf vors g, goho Iad Balt" (I reign over you, says the God of Justice). The Enochian calls have been used by occultists for ceremonial magic, from Aleister Crowley to Anton Szandor La Vey of Satanic Church fame. Laycock was able to reconstitute the pronunciation of Enochian, as Kelley must have uttered it, from his knowledge of Elizabethan English. The bulk of his book, some 180 pages, consists of an Enochian-to-English (120 pages) and English-to-Enochian dictionary (60 pages), with Enochian pronunciation, variants and their sources. This is preceded by some forty pages entitled "ENOCHIAN: Angelic language or mortal folly?" where Laycock, after introducing John Dee, Edward Kelley and the mechanisms of the Enochian revelation, analyzes the language in thorough scholarly fashion, alphabet, pronunciation, grammar, syntax, and discusses other occultists' opinion, analyses and use of Enochian. This part features some black-and-white reproductions, including the Sigillum Emeth, a fac-simile of one of Dee's scrying sessions, and some magical alphabets.
The book concludes with the complete Enochian corpus and a comprehensive bibliography. An unusual book indeed: utmost scholarship applied to the occult with an open mind.
on 4 April 2002
For over 20 years Enochian magick has been my passion and magical "drug" of choice. I've evoked many of the elemental spirits and am continuing my personal initiatory career by systematically exploring the 30 Aethyrs of the system. There are four or five texts that are absolutely indispensable if one is serious about taking up his complex art. The first one I would recommend is "The Enochian World of Aleister Crowley" by Lon Milo DuQuette and Christopher Hyatt. Next would be Laycock's Complete Enochian Dictionary. I am so happy to see that this has been reissued. My first edition has nearly turned to dust. A new introduction by DuQuette, where he actually describes an evocation of an elemental angel, is priceless...and a bit reassuring. My highest recommendation. -- R.D. Potter
on 6 January 2007
An excellent analysis of the original source material, I must admit that I had trouble putting it down. The only drawback I could find is that the actual analysis of Dee and Kelley and their seances and so forth only last about 70 pages. This, however is not the purpose of the book, according to its title.
All in all a wonderful book and I give it my highest recommendation.
on 25 February 2013
Well, i has allways been intrested in magic, and angels, and all that, so, this book was just a must-have :)