John Dee was a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, imperialist and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy. Wikipedia

Born: July 13, 1527, Tower, London

Died: December 1608, Mortlake, London

Education: Catholic University of Leuven


Table of Enochian Angel Names, “Tabula Bonorum Angelorum Invocationes”, 1582.

The concept of an Angelic or Antediluvian language was common during Dee’s time. 

If one could speak with Angels, it was believed one could directly interact with them.

In 1581, Dee mentioned in his personal journals that God had sent “Good Angels” to communicate directly with prophets. His work resulted in the reception of the Enochian or Angelical language.

According to Dee’s journals, Angelical was supposed to have been the language God used to create the World, and which was later used by Adam to speak with God and the Angels, and to name all things in Existence. After his Fall from Paradise, Adam lost the language and constructed a form of proto-Hebrew based upon his vague memory of Angelical. This proto-Hebrew, then, was the Universal human language until the time of the Confusion of Tongues at the Tower of Babel. After this, all the various human languages were developed, including an even more modified Hebrew.

From the time of Adam to the time of Dee, Angelical was hidden from humans with the single exception of the patriarch Enoch who, according to the Angels, recorded the “Book of Loagaeth” (Speech from God) for humanity. The book was then lost again in the Deluge of Noah.The reception of Enochian started on March 26, 1583, when Kelley reported visions in the crystal of the twenty-one lettered alphabet characteristic of the language. A few days later, Kelley started receiving what became the first corpus of texts in the purported Angelic language. 

This resulted in the book Liber Loagaeth (“Book [of] Speech from God”). The book consists of 49 great letter tables, or squares made of 49 by 49 letters.
Dee and Kelley said the Angels never translated the texts in this book.The other set of Enochian texts was received through Kelley about a year later, in Kraków. These are more important since they come with English translations, thus providing the basis for the Enochian vocabulary. The texts comprise 48 poetic verses, which in Dee’s manuscripts are called “Claves Angelicae”, or “Angelic Keys”. The Keys are assigned certain functions within the magical system. Dee was apparently intending to use these Keys to “open the 49 Gates of Wisdom/Understanding” represented by the 49 magic squares in Liber Loagaeth.