Magus To The Queen

The next important figure we encounter is Dr. John Dee (1527-1608), the great Elizabethan philosopher who, with Edward Kelly, developed the system of Enochian Magic later expanded by MacGregor Mathers. Dee shared the ideas of men such as Pico della Mirandola and Agrippa, and could be considered their English counterpart. Moreover, like the Italian metaphysicians, he enjoyed the protection of the royal court, being an advisor and confident to Queen Elizabeth.47

Dee produced two works of major importance in the history of occultism. The first was his Hieroglyphic Monad, an obtuse treatise of spiritual alchemy and mathematics. The second was his True and Faithful Relation in which he records his work with Edward Kelly as they are "given" the Enochian system by spirits. This is a surprisingly fresh and interesting book despite its ponderous seventeenth ceiitury style, and includes such gems as the decision of the two researchers to exchange wives.

Both works were important to the development of the modern Hermetic Qabalah. The Hieroglyphic Monad provided the philosophical foundation for the ideas of Johann Valentine Andrae, author of at least one of the Rosicrucian allegories (to which the Golden Dawn traced its beginnings). And the ideas of the True and Faithful Relation were tremendously expanded by Mathers, who went so far as to develop an Enochian chess set. This latter is virtually unknown, but is deeply linked with the Tarot, and is considered by some to be the most potent divinatory device ever invented. Mathers used Egyptian God forms on four boards derived from the tablets illustrated by Dee, thus incorporating Hermetic ideas (probably through Fludd) into Dee's system.

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