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Liber Loagaeth is the most mysterious part of Dee and
Kellys work. It is also known variously as the Book of Enoch and as Liber
Mysteriorum Sextus et Sanctus. No one as yet has made serious attempts to use it, or
to understand its nature beyond what is recorded in the diaries. According to the angels,
"logaeth" means "speech from God"; this book is supposed to be,
literally, the words by which God created all things. It is supposedly the language in
which the "true names" of all things are known, giving power over them.
As described in Liber Mysteriorum Quintis, the book
was to consist of 48 leaves, each of which contains a 49-by-49 grid. The book as actually
presented to Kelly is somewhat different. It contains 49 "Calls" in an unknown
language, 95 tables of squares filled with letters and numbers, two similar tables
unfilled, and four tables drawn twice as large as the others. Two "leaves" are
recorded in Liber Mysteriorum Quintis; these are not included in the final book,
and apparently serve as an introduction or prologue to the work.
On the surface, the "Calls" of Liber Loagaeth
do not appear to be a language as humans understand the term. There are no translations by
which this might be judged in detail, but the text lacks the repetitiveness and consistent
word-placement that is characteristic of the 48 Enochian Calls given in the next year.
There is no apparent "grammar" to the text. Donald Laycock remarks that the
language is highly alliterative and repetitively rhyming, while Robert Turner calls it
"glossolalic". The angels said that each element of each table could be
understood in 49 different ways, so that there were that many "languages" in it,
all of them being spoken at once.
The purpose of Loagaeth was said to be the ushering in
of a new age on Earth, the last age before the end of all things. Instructions for using
it to that effect were never given; the angels continually put it off, saying that only
God could decide when the time was right.
During the presentation of the two leaves in Liber
Mysteriorum Quintis, an angel in the scrying stone would point to the letters
successively, and Kelly would read out the names of the angelic characters. Dee
transcribed a version using the Roman alphabet, apparently with the intention of redrawing
it in angelic characters at a later date.
The record indicates that at the start of each session a
light would fly out of the scrying stone and into Kellys head; this light was seen
by both of them. Once the light entered Kelly, his consciousness was transformed so that
he could comprehend the text as he read it. He was firmly ordered not to provide a
translation, with the explanation that God would select the time for it to be revealed. He
nevertheless provided translations of a few of the words, but insufficient to gather the
meaning of the text as a whole.
When the light was withdrawn from Kellys head, he would
immediately cease to understand the text, and was no longer able to see it in the stone.
On a few occasions, the light continued in him for a short time after the end of the
session, and at these times Dee notes that Kelly said many marvelous (and unrecorded)
things about the nature of the texts. But the instant the light withdrew, Kelly could no
longer understand it, or recall what he had said even moments before. The record says that
the 23rd line of the first leaf was a preface to the creation and distinction
of angels, and the 24th line an invitation pleasant to good angels. Nothing
else is recorded of the purpose of the book.
It soon became apparent that the method used was too slow.
The angels were under some time constraint in presenting the book, and arranged that Kelly
would be able to see the book at any time. He was to directly record what he saw rather
than reading it to Dee. During this latter part of the work, Kelly apparently did not have
the deep understanding of the books meaning, but only a visual apperception of its
The first leaf shown to Dee and Kelly contained the
"angelic" alphabet displayed above the grid. The two were given the names and
English equivalents of the letters, and told to memorize them before continuing. When Dee
did not do so, and complained of the other demands on his time, the angels strongly
rebuked him. The text of the leaves was drawn in the characters of this alphabet, and at
the angels instruction they were also applied to the lamen and holy table of the
Several people have alleged that the angelic alphabet
was copied from some earlier book. Laycock examined all of the possibilities, and while he
recognized certain stylistic similarities with previous magickal alphabets, he concluded
that none of them was sufficiently like it to count as an earlier version.
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