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JM555: John Dee Society

To: alt.magick.tyagi
From: (mordred)
Subject: JM555: John Dee Society
Date: 4 Apr 1995 13:56:07 -0700

[From alt.magick: "Joseph Max.555" ] (jonM) writes:
> >people who bought the magickal childe edition of meric Casaubon's True and
> >Faithful relation of conversataons between between Dr. John Dee and some
> >Spirits
> >(or whatever the thing is called)

"A True And Faithful Relation Of What Passed For Many Years Between Dr. 
John Dee And Some Spirits", a title guarenteed to make it an instant 

I ran across an interesting reference to the book in _The Rosicrucian 
Enlightenment_ by Frances A. Yates:

"This was the publication in 1659 of Dee's spiritual diary, or the 
records of his supposed conversations with angels, with a damning preface 
by Meric Casaubon accusing Dee of diabolical magic. It appears that 
Casaubon had personal reasons for the publication, through which he hoped 
to establish his own orthodoxy, and it was also aimed at discrediting 
those pretending to 'so much inspiration', that is, it was against 
'enthusiasts'. The government was against the publication of the book and 
tried to surpress it, but was unable to do so as it had been quickly 
bought up as a 'great and curious novelty'. It will no doubt be a long 
time before the motives behind the publication of this book are fully 
unravelled... Who were the 'enthusiasts' that Casaubon's publication 
aimed at discrediting and excluding from influence in the years ahead?

The publication of Dee's diary was certainly part of a general campaign 
against 'enthusiasts' and illuminati being worked up at the time. In his 
preface, Casaubon states that Dee, like Trithemius and Paracelsus, was 
inspired by the devil. This campaign ruined Dee's reputation and deprived 
him of centuries of credit for his important scientific work."

This being the case, it seems rather odd that Casaubon's version of Dee's 
work is considered to be the "infallable" reference to Enochian Magic. 
Especially as it was published many years after Dee's death, could not 
Casaubon's 'hidden agenda' in publishing the work make one suspect that 
perhaps he had altered Dee's manuscripts to support his agenda?

Just a thought...

- J:.M:.555

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