I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well.
As a reference, we like to refer to the following titles, currently available on the market.
- Enochian Magic for Beginners (Donald Tyson)
- Angelic Language Vols.1 & 2 (Aaron Leitch)
- The Lost Art of Enochian Magic (John DeSalvo PhD)
Our research points to the original compiler of what we today call the Enochian Magic: Dr John Dee and his remaining 16th-century documents found in the British Library, London, as the origin of that magical system.
Anyway, there are a lot of current researches and studies in that subject done by serious esoteric authors. In this article, we will explore some of them that are having a major impact on the view of the subject.
Who is Dr. John Dee?
Based on that brief profile, we know that Dee was a busy man, so when he decided to delve deep into the realms of angelic that's for him was a serious matter.
What is the Origin of the Enochian System of Magic?
It is not part of the biblical canon as used by Jews, apart from Israel. Most Christian denominations and traditions may accept the Books of Enoch as having some historical or theological interest or significance, but they generally regard the Books of Enoch as non-canonical or non-inspired. However, it is regarded as canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, but not by any other Christian group.
The first part of the Book of Enoch describes the fall of the Watchers, the angels who fathered the Nephilim. The remainder of the book describes Enoch's visits to heaven in the form of travels, visions and dreams, and his revelations.
The book consists of five quite distinct major sections:
- The Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch 1–36) - This first section of the Book of Enoch describes the fall of the Watchers, the angels who fathered the Nephilim (cf. the bene Elohim, Genesis 6:1–2) and narrates the travels of Enoch in the heavens. This section is said to have been composed in the fourth or 3rd century BC according to Western scholars.
- The Book of Parables of Enoch (1 Enoch 37–71) (also called the Similitudes of Enoch) - Chapters 37–71 of the Book of Enoch are referred to as the Book of Parables. The scholarly debate centers on these chapters. The Book of Parables appears to be based on the Book of Watchers, but presents a later development of the idea of final judgement and eschatology, concerned not only with the destiny of the fallen angels but also of the evil kings of the earth.
- The Astronomical Book (1 Enoch 72–82) (also called the Book of the Heavenly Luminaries or Book of Luminaries) - Four fragmentary editions of the Astronomical Book were found at Qumran, 4Q208-211. 4Q208 and 4Q209 have been dated to the beginning of the 2nd century BC, providing a terminus ante quem for the Astronomical Book of the 3rd century BC. The fragments found in Qumran also include material not contained in the later versions of the Book of Enoch.
- The Book of Dream Visions (1 Enoch 83–90) (also called the Book of Dreams) - The Book of Dream Visions, containing a vision of a history of Israel all the way down to what the majority have interpreted as the Maccabean Revolt, is dated by most to Maccabean times (about 163–142 BC). According to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church it was written before the Flood.
- The Epistle of Enoch (1 Enoch 91–108) - Some scholars propose a date somewhere between the 170 BC and the 1st century BC. This section can be studied as formed by five sub-sections, mixed by the final redactor: (a) Apocalypse of Weeks (93:1–10 91:11–17); (b) Exhortation (91:1–10 91:18–19); (c) Epistle (92:1–5 93:11–105:2); (d) Birth of Noah (106–107); (e) Conclusion (108): this second appendix was not found in Qumram and is considered to be work of the final redactor.
Names of the fallen angels
Some of the fallen angels that are given in 1 Enoch have other names such as Rameel ('morning of God'), who becomes Azazel and is also called Gadriel ('wall of God') in Chapter 68. Another example is that Araqiel ('Earth of God') becomes Aretstikapha ('world of distortion') in Chapter 68.
"Azaz" as in Azazel means strength, so the name Azazel can refer to strength of God. But the sense in which it is used most probably means impudent (showing strength towards) which comes out as arrogant to God. This is also a key point to his being Satan in modern thought.
Nathaniel Schmidt states "the names of the angels apparently refer to their condition and functions before the fall," and lists the likely meaning of the angels names in the book of Enoch, noting that "the great majority of them are Aramaic."
The suffix of the names 'el' means 'God' (List of names referring to El) which is used in the names of high ranking angels. The Archangels all include this such as Uriel (Flame of God) or Michael "who is like God?". Another is given as Gadrel, who is said to have tempted Eve; Schmidt lists the name as meaning "the helper of God.
Comments: The sufix "El" added the the leading angels or arc-angels may gives us a hint of a polyteist origin of the tradition, hinting to many "Gods" as the achitects of the world.
Most scholars believe that these five sections were originally independent works (with different dates of composition), themselves a product of much editorial arrangement, and were only later redacted into what we now call 1 Enoch.
Eleven Aramaic-language fragments of the Book of Enoch were found in cave 4 of Qumran in 1948 and are in the care of the Israel Antiquities Authority. They were translated for and discussed by Józef Milik and Matthew Black in The Books of Enoch. Another translation has been released by Vermes and Garcia-Martinez. Milik described the documents as being white or cream in color, blackened in areas, and made of leather that was smooth, thick and stiff. It was also partly damaged, with the ink blurred and faint.
According to some authors, the whole thing is extremely dangerous with the risk of open portals to bring the full Apocalypse down to Earth. Actually the Four Knights of the Apocalypse were probably inspired in the four Watchtowers or the four towers of the Aerth.
- The messengers / angels / spirits that John and Kelly contacted during the skrying sessions did not reveal the entire system, leaving the last parched pages to be written to complete the system, and
- John Dee, despite been a student of the occult during most of his adult life, he didn't put the system in use. He never practices anything of it - or at least, such events were never recorded.
Why a busy man like him spent so much time for nothing and now there are so many people interested in use his material in ritual magic?
What is the Enochian System of Magic?
The so-called Enochian Magic only came to existence through the works of the Order of the Golden Dawn Adepti at the end of the 1800's.
- Enochian Magic for Beginners (Donald Tyson)
- Angelic Language Vol.1 (Aaron Leitch)
- The Lost Art of Enochian Magic (John DeSalvo PhD.)
- Writings of John Dee (Wikipedia)