John Dee and the Empire of Angels

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A Comprehensive Look at the Life and Continuing Influence of 16th-Century Scientific Genius and Occultist Dr. John Dee

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Dr. John Dee (1527─1608), Queen Elizabeth I’s court advisor and astrologer, was the foremost scientific genius of the 16th century. Laying the foundation for modern science, he actively promoted mathematics and astronomy as well as made advances in navigation and optics that helped elevate England to the foremost imperial power in the world. Centuries ahead of his time, his theoretical work included the concept of light speed and prototypes for telescopes and solar panels. Dee, the original “007” (his crown-given moniker), even invented the idea of a “British Empire,” envisioning fledgling America as the new Atlantis, himself as Merlin, and Elizabeth as Arthur.

But, as Jason Louv explains, Dee was suppressed from mainstream history because he spent the second half of his career developing a method for contacting angels. After a brilliant ascent from star student at Cambridge to scientific advisor to the Queen, Dee, with the help of a disreputable, criminal psychic named Edward Kelley, devoted ten years to communing with the angels and archangels of God. These spirit communications gave him the keys to Enochian, the language that mankind spoke before the fall from Eden. Piecing together Dee’s fragmentary Spirit Diaries and scrying sessions, the author examines Enochian in precise detail and explains how the angels used Dee and Kelley as agents to establish a New World Order that they hoped would unify all monotheistic religions and eventually dominate the entire globe.

Presenting a comprehensive overview of Dee’s life and work, Louv examines his scientific achievements, intelligence and spy work, imperial strategizing, and Enochian magick, establishing a psychohistory of John Dee as a singular force and fundamental driver of Western history. Exploring Dee’s influence on Sir Francis Bacon, the development of modern science, 17th-century Rosicrucianism, the 19th-century occult revival, and 20th-century occultists such as Jack Parsons, Aleister Crowley, and Anton LaVey, Louv shows how John Dee continues to impact science and the occult to this day.

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2 reviews for John Dee and the Empire of Angels

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Rain

    One of the best books I have read in the last year. The author has done a great job delivering the story in a thrilling and breathtaking way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Megan Morgan

    I really loved the writing style of the author. As a big sci-fi fan, I really enjoyed reading the book. Maybe the ending should have been better, but I guess the author has left room for a sequel of the book.

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Any biographical treatment of John Dee must be nothing less than epic—and Jason Louv has gloriously achieved this in John Dee and the Empire of Angels, a truly comprehensive, broad-spectrum, and lavishly beautiful historical study of the master magus and the counter-current of secret history Dee launched into the world, which has affected us all.

Mitch Horowitz, PEN Award-winning author of Occult America and The Miracle Club

John Dee is the original Elizabethan mage-scientist, who invented the British Empire and invested it with magical power. He is to Elizabeth what Merlin was to Arthur, except he was real. Here’s the original technology of weaponized memes, psyops, and empire building in a gripping, authoritative account of how and why we became an occult society.

Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of Aleister and Adolf, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, and Present Shock

A crazy plunge into the weird world of angels and those brave or foolish enough to try to contact them. Be prepared, for this book illuminates the dark corners of history that many institutions would prefer to go unexplored and unmentioned—I’m thankful for the angels that aided Jason in his creation of this mind-spinning, glorious work of occult genius.

Duncan Trussell, host of The Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast

Jason Louv’s work succeeds, with breathtaking thoroughness, to tell this amazing and true magical tale. More importantly, he also reveals the profound geopolitical significance of Dee’s magical explorations—effects that still shape the global realities of today.

Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Enochian Vision Magick: An Introduction and Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr. John Dee and Edward