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Enochian Angels Playing Cards

A playing card deck featuring angels and demons discovered through the Enochian Magic system created by John Dee and Edward Kelley.

Enochian Angels Playing Cards

A playing card deck featuring angels and demons discovered through the Enochian Magic system created by John Dee and Edward Kelley.

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About

Born in London in 1527 John Dee was regarded as an academic genius graduating from St John's College at the age of 15 and from there travelling throughout Europe studying at various Universities. 

He studied alongside Dutch physician Gemma Frisius and was well known to cartographers Gerardus Mercator, Abraham Ortelius and Mathematican Frederico Commandino. From the 1550s through the 1570s, he served as an adviser to England's voyages of discovery, providing technical assistance in navigation and ideological backing in the creation of a "British Empire", a term that he was the first to use. 

During this time Mary Truda had become Queen of England returning the country to Catholicism. Many Protestants were burned at stake and for this reason Mary's half sister princess Elizabeth who was also a Protestant was kept under house arrest in oxford. She became the focus of the people's hope for the end of persecution against Protestants within the country. 

Seeking knowledge of the future regarding her succession to power she contacted John Dee requesting her horoscope along with Mary's. Three years later John Dee's astrological predictions came true. In 1558 Queen Mary died and Elizabeth came to the throne. Elizabeth immediately appointed John Dee as her royal adviser and astrologer allowing him to choose her coronation day.

  • Fig. 1. Death by burning of Protestant heretics during Queen Mary's reign.
  • Fig. 2. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth I.

By the early 1580s, Dee was growing dissatisfied with his progress in learning the secrets of nature as well as his failing influence and recognition in court circles. He began a more energetic turn towards the supernatural as a means to acquire knowledge. 

John Dee eventually discovers the Steganographia a black magic manuscript written in 1499 by the German Benedictine abbot and polymath Johannes Trithemius. The script was written in coded language that contained many strange name of spirits. It was believed that these spirits were the key to hidden knowledge ultimately changing his life and his views of the world. 


John Dee diary entry:

For forty years continually.. With great pain, care and cost I have sought the best knowledge man might obtain of the world. I have found that neither any man living or book was able to teach me those truths I desired and longed for.


Dee now believed that the only way to find the answers he was looking for was through the spirit world. Specifically, he sought to contact spirits through the use of a "scryer" or crystal-gazer, which would act as an intermediary between Dee and the angels. Dee at first worked alongside Barnabas Saul during his search for an adequate scryer it wasn't until 1582 he'd be approached by Edward Kelley forging an occult partnership that would last 7 years. 


John Dee Diary entry:

I seek the treasure of Heavenly wisdom and knowledge. So why do they condemn me as a companion of hellhounds and a conjuror of wicked and damaged spirits?


  • Fig. 1. John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Fig. 2. Edward Kelley and Paul Waring invoking the spirit of the deceased through Necromancy in Lancashire Graveyard at Walton Le Dale for the purpose of predicting the future.
  • Fig. 3. The tools used by John Dee and Edward Kelley during their scrying sessions.
  • Fig. 4. John Dee explaining occult techniques before Emperor Rudolph.
  • Fig. 5. The crystal ball used by Edward Kelley.

The Enochian spirits presented on these cards come from the additional contributions made by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, Aleister Crowley, Thomas Rudd, Elias Ashmole, William Wynn Westcott and Israel Regardie.


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