First off, if you haven’t bought the book and you want to study traditional (for whatever it’s worth) Enochian Magic, this is the definitive guide. John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery was on sale for $30 when I picked it up, wait for the price break. However it’s not to say it isn’t worth every penny. The appendices aren’t translated, but that’s about the books only fault. Places where material is obvious missing are clearly marked, Dee’s own footnotes on his notes are translated. The original latin (and occasional greek) are represented. Particularly strange spellings are indicated for the modern equivalent word. Missing is a timeline – the author sticks very closely to the source notes from Dee’s books, but it’s sometimes hard to line up what mundane events are going on around Dee. This doesn’t become problematic until the fourth book (the end of Peterson’s book) where there’s discussion of Poland and people who didn’t know what Dee was up to would have been wondering why Poland is suddenly present.
Things I’ve learned which I haven’t run across before…
The Ars Almadel of Salomon is included in the back of the book. I’m almost certain that the altitudes (choirs) are the Watchtowers. However this poses it’s own problem. Nowhere in the book is an “ah ha” moment where we’re given the offices of the Angels except for a small portion of the Good Princes (the “B Angels”). Similarly, I’ve only seen notes for the first two choirs, which gives us nice watchtower-to-choir correlations but doesn’t give us much else. I’m hoping the readership can possibly fill out this idea or point me to the right place.
Three letter names of Angels represent “wicked” spirits, but they actually represent the spirits of animals (birds), things (pillars of the earth), and local places (not nations). Similarly while the Sigillum Dei pulls energy downwards from creation, through the planets, into the center, the letters can pull base energy up into forms of birds like a prism. The theological consequences of this idea are that man is directly between the world of God and things, animals don’t have the same souls we do, and places and things have their own unique spirits.
The Sons and Daughters of light are halves of one table. Therefor each table has a masculine and feminine half. The implications are that one side of the able is projective and one side of a table is receptive.
I purchased Stenwick’s Mastering the Mystical Heptarchy which I plan to read with these thoughts in mind.