A comprehensive look at the life and continuing influence of 16th-century scientific genius and occultist Dr. John Dee
• Presents an overview of Dee’s scientific achievements, intelligence and spy work, imperial strategizing, and his work developing methods to communicate with angels
• Pieces together Dee’s fragmentary Spirit Diaries and examines Enochian in precise detail and the angels’ plan to establish a New World Order
• Explores Dee’s influence on Sir Francis Bacon, modern science, Rosicrucianism, and 20th-century occultists such as Jack Parsons, Aleister Crowley, and Anton LaVey
Dr. John Dee (1527-1608), Queen Elizabeth I’s court advisor and astrologer, was the foremost scientific genius of the 16th century. Laying the foundation for modern science, he actively promoted mathematics and astronomy as well as made advances in navigation and optics that helped elevate England to the foremost imperial power in the world. Centuries ahead of his time, his theoretical work included the concept of light speed and prototypes for telescopes and solar panels. Dee, the original “007” (his crown-given moniker), even invented the idea of a “British Empire,” envisioning fledgling America as the new Atlantis, himself as Merlin, and Elizabeth as Arthur.
But, as Jason Louv explains, Dee was suppressed from mainstream history because he spent the second half of his career developing a method for contacting angels. After a brilliant ascent from star student at Cambridge to scientific advisor to the Queen, Dee, with the help of a disreputable, criminal psychic named Edward Kelley, devoted ten years to communing with the angels and archangels of God. These spirit communications gave him the keys to Enochian, the language that mankind spoke before the fall from Eden. Piecing together Dee’s fragmentary Spirit Diaries and scrying sessions, the author examines Enochian in precise detail and explains how the angels used Dee and Kelley as agents to establish a New World Order that they hoped would unify all monotheistic religions and eventually dominate the entire globe.
Presenting a comprehensive overview of Dee’s life and work, Louv examines his scientific achievements, intelligence and spy work, imperial strategizing, and Enochian magick, establishing a psychohistory of John Dee as a singular force and fundamental driver of Western history. Exploring Dee’s influence on Sir Francis Bacon, the development of modern science, 17th-century Rosicrucianism, the 19th-century occult revival, and 20th-century occultists such as Jack Parsons, Aleister Crowley, and Anton LaVey, Louv shows how John Dee continues to impact science and the occult to this day.
Louv (Hyperworlds, Underworlds) delivers an overwhelming amount of information in this sweeping attempt to reconcile two schools of thought about Elizabethan scientist John Dee (1527 1608). Historians concerned with Dee generally fall into two camps, writes Louv: the political historians embarrassed by Dee's late-in-life angelic obsessions, and the occultists indifferent to Dee's involvement in the development of British intellectualism and politics. By elucidating the "direct intersection between the forces of magic and the machinery of empire," Louv, with moderate success, argues for the importance of Dee's ideas throughout the last 500 years of Western history. The first section is a biography of Dee's rise to the Elizabethan court as an astronomer and master of optics. The second section turns to Dee's later relationship with spirit medium Edward Kelley (who claimed to communicate with angels) and the "Enochian" journals they composed together that were (purportedly) written in an angelic script. The final section contains Louv's thesis that Dee's ideas have persisted to the modern day as the grounding of "esoteric Protestantism," which he expands on with portraits of organizations such as the Rosicrucians and the Golden Dawn. Written in breezy, informal prose, Louv's overstuffed book will appeal to those interested in angels or the occult.
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A masterpiece of esoteric history!!
Mr. Louv does not disappoint with this amazing historical account of one of the world’s greatest unsung figures. John Dee’s contributions to the world have long been shunned and wildly misunderstood. Jason brings it all together in this book, not an easy feat considering how hidden much of the information became over the centuries. Make no mistake, this book will blow your mind and make you question everything you thought you knew about the universe and the modern world around you. Jason Louv is a force to be reckoned with, and I cannot wait to see what he brings us next.