John Dee - Les 91 Princes des 30 Aethyrs French Version (466.0 Kb)
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Surrounding the Earth similar to the layers of an onion are the 30 Aethyrs of Enochiana. These are similar to both the Sephiroth of Qabalah and the Aires (or Aeons, or Spheres) of Gnosticism.Since the time of Crowley (see The Vision and the Voice) they have been used in Pathworking, or Astral travel ("traveling in the spirit vision") as a roadmap of Initiatory experience. Each Aethyr is seen as a "region," or a "sphere," which contains a magickal current, a sexual polarity, and quite often, a spirit guide to aid the travell... More >>>
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Surrounding the Earth similar to the layers of an onion are the 30 Aethyrs of Enochiana. These are similar to both the Sephiroth of Qabalah and the Aires (or Aeons, or Spheres) of Gnosticism.
Since the time of Crowley (see The Vision and the Voice) they have been used in Pathworking, or Astral travel ("traveling in the spirit vision") as a roadmap of Initiatory experience. Each Aethyr is seen as a "region," or a "sphere," which contains a magickal current, a sexual polarity, and quite often, a spirit guide to aid the traveller along his/her way. The Aethyrs are meant to be "explored" one at a time, beginning with the lowest (TEX) and proceeding to the highest (LIL).
In order to facilitate travelling the Aethyrs, a Call of the Aethyrs is read, or recited (as sort of an invocation of the forces of the Aethyr). This Call is the same for each Aethyr, except for the substitution of the name of the particular Aethyr to be traveled.
This thread will examine the Call in a general sense, then the Aethyrs will be discussed (though not in great detail), and finally a schema of the Aethyrs will be presented which will compare the various Aethyrs to appropriate points on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
Any questions and/or comments concerning the Aethyrs may be asked, either in the Q&A thread, or in this thread. Please refrain from asking what a particular Aethyr is "like," since each person will experience the Aethyrs differently and uniquely. They are unlike the Sephiroth in that they each presents a different "face" to each traveller (though there are some generalities).
John Dee (July 13, 1527 - 1608) was a noted British mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, occultist, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. He also devoted much of his life to alchemy, divination, and Hermetic philosophy.
Dee straddled the worlds of science and magic just as they were becoming distinguishable. One of the most learned men of his age, he had been invited to lecture on advanced algebra at the University of Paris while still in his early twenties. Dee was an ardent promoter of mathematics and a respected astronomer, as well as a leading expert in navigation, having trained many of those who would conduct England's voyages of discovery. In one of several tracts which Dee wrote in the 1580s encouraging British exploratory expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage, he appears to have coined the term "British Empire."
Simultaneously with these efforts, Dee immersed himself in the worlds of magic, astrology, and Hermetic philosophy. He devoted much time and effort in the last thirty years or so of his life to attempting to commune with angels in order to learn the universal language of creation. A student of the Renaissance Neo-Platonism of Marsilio Ficino, Dee did not draw distinctions between his mathematical research and his investigations into Hermetic magic and divination, instead considering both ventures to constitute different facets of the same quest: the search for a transcendent understanding of the divine forms which underlie the visible world.
Dee's status as a respected scholar also allowed him to play a role in Elizabethan politics. He served as an occasional adviser and tutor to Elizabeth I and nurtured relationships with her two leading ministers, Francis Walsingham and William Cecil.
In his lifetime Dee amassed the largest library in England and one of the largest in Europe.