- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Destiny Books; Pap/Com edition (May 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594773440
- ISBN-13: 978-1594773440
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
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The Lost Art of Enochian Magic: Angels, Invocations, and the Secrets Revealed to Dr. John Dee Paperback – May 14, 2010
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"Enhanced with the inclusion of a CD featuring Enochian calls demonstrating the correct pronunciation to be used when practicing Enochian rituals, The Lost Art of Enochian Magic will prove to be an invaluable and greatly appreciated addition to personal and academic library Metaphysical Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists." (James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review, July10)
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NEW AGE / MAGIC
Enochian magic is a powerful, ancient system for opening portals to heavenly realms and enabling the ascent to God. The basis for many of the modern systems of magic, including the Golden Dawn, Enochian magic is named after the biblical prophet Enoch. Enoch received the same knowledge and wisdom that was later conveyed by angels in the 16th century to Dr. John Dee, the astrologer to the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
In The Lost Art of Enochian Magic, John DeSalvo traces the history of magic--from the earliest civilizations of the Akkadians and Egyptians through the Greco-Roman period and up to the present time--to reveal how magic has penetrated and influenced our religious beliefs and practices today. Through his unprecedented investigation into the angelic magic of Dr. John Dee, during which time he deciphered Dee’s original phonetic notations in the margins of Dee’s 16th-century diaries, DeSalvo learned to properly reproduce the “Enochian calls,” which act like mantras in opening higher realms and invoking angels, key to this type of magical practice. DeSalvo shows how to use Enochian magic for personal spiritual development and also as protection from negative energies. In addition to providing detailed instructions for performing the magical meditations, this book includes a 20-minute CD that demonstrates and offers guidance in the correct pronunciation of the Enochian calls used in the practice of Enochian magic.
JOHN DESALVO holds a Ph.D. in biophysics and, for more than 20 years, scientifically studied the Shroud of Turin. The current director of the Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association, he is the author of five books, including The Seeress of Prevorst, Decoding the Pyramids, and Andrew Jackson Davis: The First American Prophet and Clairvoyant. He lives in Minnesota.
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I ordered this book primarily because of Lon Milo Duqette's forward so I was quite disappointed to find a book so decidedly un-meaty. Not only that, there were no "angel calls" as promised. If the hard copy's CD is missing some of the calls, the Kindle version has nothing, not even a link to a web site that provides the calls along with a pronunciation key. Another poster's referral to DeSalvo's web site, myangelmagic, is no help because the site is no longer extant and the web site with which DeSalvo's currently affiliated proves just as frustrating because the only way to get the angel calls is to buy the book (again!) so as to acquire the CD. I view this issue as something along the lines of false advertising. If you care about your audience at all and hope they'll continue to buy your books, remedy this problem.
I agree with the poster who complained about the lengthy history, which I had already read in Duquette's volume. There is very little new here, aside from the notion that one can talk to the angels without having all the very expensive bells and whistles (i.e., the gold ring). DeSalvo claims to have had success through meditation rather than scrying, although he considers himself rather proficient at meditation after having practiced for 30 years. The best part of the book for me was Chapter 8, the only part aside from Appendix B (which has the advantage of not being interrupted) that forms a practical guide to performing DeSalvo's meditation. Nonetheless, I was disturbed by the author's blatant prejudice against people with mental illness--he says they can't perform magick--since effective medications do exist. I have known people with mental illnesses who performed magick perfectly well, thanks. DeSalvo even goes to the trouble to cite Israel Regardie's recommendation that people go through lengthy counseling before attempting magick, which I find ironic because someone with a mental illness is more likely to have been in therapy than anyone else. DeSalvo also takes a good deal of time getting to the practical guide within Chapter 8, which I find annoying. He expounds quite a bit about his personal beliefs and insists you share his reasons for contacting angels before trying this at home. (The entire, uninterrupted ritual as per DeSalvo is in Appendix B.) That said, his LBRP is straightforward. He begins with the 19th Aethyr call, after which one can substitute the name of the appropriate governor[s] of the aethyrs that follow. (His personal fave, by the way, is Aethyr 22.) He also includes a list of governors, though I am not sure why they aren't in numerical order. Finding the governor of your choice may end up feeling like a search and rescue mission by the time you're done.
It is worth noting that DeSalvo has never found a magickal technique that's worked for him aside from the one described in Lon Milo Duquette's Enochian Vision Magick. Readers: take heed!
All it is, is a very ritualized, stylized prayer!! It's just a prayer !! There is no magic formula to pray. Anyone can pray. You don't need this book!
I gave the book 5 Stars, because it provides a good historical background, and very detailed explanations of a simple Enochian ritual in which no specialized equipment is used. This is quite a boon for the would-be magician, as the props used in other Enochian rituals either necessitate that you be a good carpenter/artist or that you make considerable expenditure to obtain such items. That said, I would have liked De Salvo to explain further why he thinks this particular Invocation can forgo such furnishings. After all, according to the book, the angels told Dee and Kelly they would need a holy table, the Sigillum Dei Aemeth, Ensigns of Creation talismans, breastplate, magic ring and emblems.
De Salvo advises that these exercises be used to get closer to God, rather than as a tool for obtaining earthly desires. However where do you draw the line between the spiritual and the profane in this matter? Surely, one can understand the problems that arise when spiritual tools are put to the service of the ego and its cravings. However, what about helping the ill? De Salvo believes that it should not be used even in that case; however, didn't Jesus and the Apostles heal the sick? Of course, such works should always be prefaced by, "Let Thy will be done".
What to make of working exclusively with the Aethyrs and not the Elementals, as De Salvo does in this work? I am a novice at magic and cannot speak with any authority, however, questions do come to mind in this regard. Much has been written about the need to integrate the Shadow,lest one fall prey to it. Does this have some application to magical work? Do these estranged entities, dubbed evil, grow more evil due to our unwillingness to encounter them (or when we do to use them for our own purposes)? I don't know the answer to this question, but would like to hear from others more seasoned than I on the subject.
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Detailed enough to have a frame of reference and written in a way that is still easy to understand.