Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Black mirror..

The subject of The Book of Enoch, keeps returning to me, hence the title: black mirror. I've given in, I'm following the links and realising yet again that empirical information is blurred by time and by language even.

Basically my desire for straight answers isn't making me a happy bunny.

John Dee's black mirror is on display in the British museum, I have a photo somewhere, but it is rather blurred, possibly that is the way it always looks..anyway, this particular obsidian mirror was brought to Britain from 'The New World' some time after Cortés brought plague and misery to the people of that land, between 1527 and 1530.

If John Dee had known more would he have dared look into it?

Yes, pushing the boundaries of knowledge was for him worth everything.

John Dee's obsidian mirror was, according to Sir Horace Walpole 'The Black Stone into which Dr Dee used to call his spirits'.

But what did Dr Dee learn from the angels?
And why make the Calls?

My usable copy of John Dee's Enochian magic is the tarot pack designed by Alister Crowley. Fascinating how the original is like pure code, whilst the Crowley edition is a GUI (graphic user interface).

But back to the original, the metaphysical owner of the obsidian mirror is Smoking Mirror, Tezcatlipoca. I would classify him (from a safe distance) as the Lord of rulers, a black-sun, Vril-drenched edition of Apollo, and Apollo is a god of divination because the sun sees all...So John Dee got that bit right.

But how did John Dee's book of Enochian magic become a part of the twentieth century? Alister Crowley published in a 1912 edition of The Equinox, a description of Enochian magic. There was also, a Golden Dawn Enochian Magic.

How these two versions differ I've yet to find out.

The online version of The Book of Enoch (1917) starts with this introduction:
The Book of Enoch, written during the second century B.C.E., is one of the most important non-canonical apocryphal works, and probably had a huge influence on early Christian, particularly Gnostic, beliefs. Filled with hallucinatory visions of heaven and hell, angels and devils, Enoch introduced concepts such as fallen angels, the appearance of a Messiah, Resurrection, a Final Judgement, and a Heavenly Kingdom on Earth. Interspersed with this material are quasi-scientific digressions on calendrical systems, geography, cosmology, astronomy, and meteorology.
So, let's start at the beginning; Enoch was the prophet of Genesis. Enoch's eyes are opened by god and he is able to see and hear the angels.

The angels show him the end of the world.

In chapter VI the angels tell Enoch how they lusted after the daughter's of men, and went down to Mt Hermon- Gilgamesh passes near Mount Hermon in the Epic of Gilgamesh, where it was called Saria by Sumerians, "Saria and Lebanon tremble at the felling of the cedars". In Deuteronomy it is Mt Sion, and for the Canaanites it was  Mount Ba'al-Hermon.
and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And these are the names of their leaders: Sêmîazâz, their leader, Arâkîba, Râmêêl, Kôkabîêl, Tâmîêl, Râmîêl, Dânêl, Êzêqêêl, Barâqîjâl, Asâêl, Armârôs, Batârêl, Anânêl, Zaqîêl, Samsâpêêl, Satarêl, Tûrêl, Jômjâêl, Sariêl.
The result is a race of monsters, and misery and bloodshed. But the angels also taught mankind metalwork, astrology, magic (in Sumerian terms, the angels gave mankind the Me; in Dawkin's language: memes). These angels are known as The Watchers (confusing because in The Book of Daniel, the Watchers are the obedient angels).

The souls of the dead arise to heaven where the good angels hear reports of what is happening on earth.
And then Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from heaven and saw much blood being shed upon the earth, and all lawlessness being wrought upon the earth
The good angels seem more angry that men now have 'The Holy Me' than about the problems on earth to be honest.

God sends Uriel to tell Noah to prepare for the flood and sends the other angels to heal the corruption of earth, and to seal the Watchers under the earth (like Zeus throwing the Titans down into Tartarus). The good angels are also to kill the half-human, half-angel offspring and then to restore the ground by planting olive trees and vines and fruit trees.

In Chapter XII The Watchers call Enoch, and Enoch having a massive attack of deja vu tells the angels what is going to happen -how there will be war between angels and how the renegade angels are to be sealed under the earth and their children, murdered:
Then I went and spoke to them all together, and they were all afraid, and fear and trembling seized them. And they besought me to draw up a petition for them that they might find forgiveness, and to read their petition in the presence of the Lord of heaven. For from thenceforward they could not speak (with Him) nor lift up their eyes to heaven for shame of their sins for which they had been condemned. Then I wrote out their petition, and the prayer in regard to their spirits and their deeds individually and in regard to their requests that they should have forgiveness and length of days. And I went off and sat down at the waters of Dan, in the land of Dan, to the south of the west of Hermon: I read their petition till I fell asleep.
Enoch has a dream
I saw visions of chastisement, ⌈and a voice came bidding (me)⌉ I to tell it to the sons of heaven, and reprimand them. And when I awaked, I came unto them, and they were all sitting gathered together, weeping in ’Abelsjâîl, which is between Lebanon and Sênêsêr, with their faces covered. And I recounted before them all the visions which I had seen in sleep, and I began to speak the words of righteousness, and to reprimand the Watchers.

Chapter XIV Enoch goes in to see god. I think the text says that the Watchers are to be as demons and evil spirits on the earth, deprived of their physical form...the text then goes on to be a travel journal describing many portals for winds and stars and different kinds of hells for different kinds of beings.

There is also mention of a beautiful tree
And the seventh mountain was in the midst of these, and it excelled them in height, resembling the seat of a throne: and fragrant trees encircled the throne. And amongst them was a tree such as I had never yet smelt, neither was any amongst them nor were others like it: it had a fragrance beyond all fragrance, and its leaves and blooms and wood wither not for ever: and its fruit ⌈⌈is beautiful, and its fruit⌉⌉ resembles the dates of a palm
which reminds me of the 'beautiful tree' in the Tibetan map of the universe, and the 'Wishing trees',  the Kiskanu tree -in the temple of Enki in Eridu there was 'planted upon Absu' a Holy tree, the kiskanu [Garden of the gods (Sumerian paradise)] Enoch travels further into a forest of beautiful trees and the text rambles and repeats itself, its tenses are mixed up, it needs to be read very slowly and carefully.

John Dee's notebooks were preserved through the centuries and found their way to Elias Ashmole, the first (documented) Freemason. Elias tried to create some kind of magical system from them.

The diaries are now in the British Museum.

Alister Crowley was the first to publish notes on Enochian magic in the Eqinox (1912). A Golden Dawn version was published in 1937/40 and again in 1969.

"You must use a four square table, two cubits square,whereon must be set the Sigillum Dei, which is already per-fected in a book of thine: Blessed be God in all his mysteries and Holy in all his work.  

This Seal must not be looked upon-without great reverence and devotion. This Seal is to be made of perfect wax:

I mean wax that is purified; we have no respect of colors. 

This Seal must be nine inches in diameter, the roundness must be twenty-seven inches or somewhere more; the thickness of it must be an inch and half a quarter, and the figure of a cross must be on the back side of it."

The work began on March 8, 1581. Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley worked together, Edward Kelley looked into the obsidian mirror and Dr Dee recorded what Edward Kelley saw. The information was decoded using a large tablet of 49 one-inch squares which constituted the four Watchtower Tablets and the Tablet of Union.

The forty-eight Enochian Calls were also worked out using the same method.

The language was called Enochian because the dictating angel, Ave, was said to have originally given the tablets to Enoch. This is puzzling, did John Dee have the Tablet of Union before commencing his work with Kelley, or was the tablet the first thing the angels gave to them?

I remember hearing that John Dee had a book called something like 'Steneographia' which I guess was about codes? Enochian is puzzling, nevertheless.

The Golden Dawn took Dee's work and heavily modified it into a workable system of magic. It included ceremonial ritual, skrying and astral projection. It also included a four-handed chess game with divination as a subsystem. The basis for the Golden Dawn's Enochian system were the Four Great Watchtowers which were subdivided into the Four Elemental Tablets' and a smaller one called the Tablet of Union which is associated with the fifth element, Spirit.

And that is just about as far as I can go with this for now!