3,0 su 5 stelleInteresting work, but not without some issues
DaChristopher R. Traversil 28 settembre 2008 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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.
5,0 su 5 stelleImportant book, but don't buy this expensive, out-of-date version
DaYggdrasilil 28 dicembre 2011 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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.
4,0 su 5 stelleA Good Extract From The Diary Material
DaMichael Lynchil 6 dicembre 2007 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
I have used this text in working Heptarchic magic (the first of three types found in the Dee manuscripts) and found it quite useful. No book that really gets into the Dee diaries is going to be too smooth. A great many pages were lost due to unfortunate accidents, however the heart of the magic in his diaries is here. While this book is a great secondary source, Ben Rowe was right in criticizing the Latin, it certainly could have been better. [Hence the 4, rather than 5 stars] My own copy is heavily annotated. It is a book for the working magician primarily but would easily serve for the armchair esotericist as an example of the what should be looked for in an Enochian grimoire. James has condensed many separated pages of diary text into what you need to use the information in magical workings. One measure of its value is that hardcover versions - if you can find one- are selling for $300. James has not injected too much of his own interpretation into this book. It hews pretty closely to the Dee diary information. What he has done is arrange it in logical blocks as best he can so that you can find everything about a subject in one place. I recommend it as a good extract from the diary material as presented by Casaubon's - "A True & Faithfull Relation..." and Joe Peterson's "Five Books of Mystery" [and - even more directly, the British Library microfilms of Dee's actual diaries, which they are taken from]. The bibliography of source manuscripts is extensive and detailed, the one of printed sources is more modest. As James was writing 23 years ago (with a 1994 update by Llewellyn), the number of good Enochian books were understandably more limited. A good book that should be in the library of anyone planning on a serious involvement with Enochian magic.
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