I went to see the large exhibition of John Dee's possessions at The Royal College of Physicians. Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee It is spread over two floors and unfortunately I was called back to work after viewing the first, mainly non-esoteric floor. It was fascinating to see his own original books, from his own library, in great condition. His hand-written/hand-drawn notes are wonderful to see. I also saw his obsidian mirror and a beaten gold talisman.
If you go you might prefer to start on the second floor, the floor I did not see. Also, make sure you go to the front entrance. My phone guided me to the back entrance and I had to walk a long way to find the way in. If you are at Great Portland Street station you take the LEFT side of the church, not the right. I'll be going back to see the rest of it soon. What one is seeing as one passes the books is a real-life Prospero's Books. It is The Tempest brought to the 21st Century!
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I'm fascinated by John Dee, and the connections he had.
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.
The expertise in navigation connects Dee with Drake and his secret voyages. In this respect, Dee was a leading light in the English Renaissance, following the example of Leon Battista Alberti - "In his personality, works, and breadth of learning, he is considered the prototype of the Renaissance universal man.”
His skills as a mathematician were in demand as well, by Elizabethan spooks:
... on the afternoon of August 11, 1582 there was an entry in Dee's journal that they met at Mortlake. Bacon was 21 years old at the time and was accompanied by a Mr. Phillipes, a top cryptographer in the employ of Sir Francis Walsingham who headed up the early days of England's secret service.
Like many famous individuals we now consider to be giants of science (Newton, Kepler, etc), Dee was happy to be an astrologer and cast horoscopes. The distinction between astrology and astronomy is something we perceive now, as a difference but that distinction was not made in Dee's and Kepler's eras. With us being blind to this, it is not the original characters that are diminished, it is ourselves, as we are numbly indifferent to many of their skills and attitudes.
Dee did not draw distinctions between his mathematical research and his investigations into Hermetic magic, angel summoning and divination. Instead he considered all of his activities to constitute different facets of the same quest: the search for a transcendent understanding of the divine forms which underlie the visible world, which Dee called "pure verities".
Francis Yates in her seminal exploration Majesty and Magic in Shakespeare's Last Plays, comments, "Dare one say that the German Rosicrucian movement reaches a peak of poetic expression in The Tempest, a Rosicrucian manifesto infused with the spirit of Dee, using theatrical parables for esoteric communication?"
For much of his life, Dee was on the receiving end of allegations of sorcery and of being a necromancer. The sorcery is easy to understand and counter. Mathematics was still considered a bit of a dark art, especially by the Humanists who made up most of the academic population of Oxford and Cambridge at that time. Mathematical signs, symbols and formulas were akin to magic for many folk (and still are).
Mathematics is in fact the scientific language of the universe, it can describe imaginary worlds as well as physical worlds. Even worse, Dee's skills at cryptography meant he was able to make words and messages disappear and reappear at will. A form of sorcery indeed!
I have read that Dee entered into a treaty with the sea gods to protect Britain. From that time Britain progressively ruled the waves and there were various beneficent weather events. A more recent one is the exceptional calm that allowed even small pleasure craft to rescue British troops at Dunkirk.
>Was that before, after or concurrent with Rosicrucian origins in mainland Europe?
As we know Bacon was the editor in chief for the KJV. In the KJV for the first time there is a rose. Previously it was a lily or "flower of the field". The Hebrew root of the word means poisonous bulb and the lily certainly has that.
I tend to the view that the rose was introduced by Bacon in order to legitimize the Rosicrucians and thereby protect them from the Holy Inquisition.
It is also of note that the Cheerful Rose - the most powerful woman in the empire of Suleiman the Magnificent (Solomon the Great) had died only 50 years previously.
sbs59: Can someone help me with this question. I was a Master Mason for 4 years until last year. My father died and i left the Masons as i was depressed about his death. Can i now re join a lodge?
May 21, 2019 10:07:41 GMT
The Ancient: sbs59: Were you suspended for non payment of dues? if so, square up and petition the lodge for a restatement vote. If your dues are current, your still a member. In this case, it is all about the Benjamins.
May 27, 2019 0:49:07 GMT