Sixteenth Century mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occultist, navigator, imperialist and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I, English magus John Dee devoted his life to the study of alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy. He sought to contact angels through Edward Kelley, a “scryer” or crystal-gazer, who would act as an intermediary between Dee and the angels. Dee claimed that angels dictated several books to him this way, some in a special angelic or “Enochian” language, which has been the source of much fascination in more recent times.
One modern Englishman who has caught the Dee bug is musician Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, etc.), who has just premiered a visionary new opera entitled simply, Dr Dee. Ben Wooley tells more about Dee in this interview, and below is a sample of Albarn’s album: