This month we have presented Dr. John Dee's introductory Latin prayer from "Mysteriorum Liber Primus". It is notable that most medieval and Renaissance magical texts were prefaced with Christian supplications of this type, designed frequently to circumvent the enthusiasms of zealous inquisitors. Conjurers of every shade of gray veiled their evocative formulae under pages of righteous theological pretension. And more often than not it was the darkest demonologists who penned the purest prefatory prose.
It is quite possible, given the facts of John Dee's life amidst the contemporary religious and political institutions, that his motivation was in part to dissemble, with the introductory material here presented, the occult activities of his magical practice. It is also quite certain More [Y,n]?
that these same phrases embody to a considerable extent Dee's sincere beliefs and intentions. Careful study of his introduction will reveal a great deal about the foundation and direction of the science of Enochian Magick.
In presenting this passage of Latin text, we have relied on Dee's own manuscript version (Sloane MSS. 3188), with aid of Ashmole's later transcript (Sloane MSS. 3677). Our translation of the text attempts to convey Dee's own sense and style, and it is our sincere desire to attract the attention of classical scholars more learned than ourselves for the correction of this version in future editions.
As always, a reproduction of the manuscripts and other materials used in the preparation of our text can be easily had from the CENTER FOR ENOCHIAN STUDIES for a supporting donation of $3.00 (please make checks payable to CASH, and request vol. I # 3).
1 SL. 3677. eron. gives "praeces"
4 from HEB. Aleph-Mem-Nun
5 from HEB. Yod-Heh-Vau-Heh Tzaddi-Bet-Aleph-Vau-Taw
8 Dubious conj. for 'doceo,ere (docete pres. ind. imp.) poss. for indoctrinate
14 from Heb. Aleph-Dalet-Nun-Yod
15 from Heb. Aleph-Lamid-Heh-Yod-Mem
17 Ibid. reads "et-- est--- mirabilem..." etc. which SL. 3677 retains.
18 vide "Oxford English Dictionary", Vol. VI, pp. 442-445; arch. usage common to Elizabethan pronunc.; etym. equiv. to laird id est "The Laird of Boleskine"
and phonet. related to common US So. Dial.
19 vide SL. 3677. "et est ... " etc. would read "And glorious it is that God might accomplish his own mercy within me."
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