Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition

No. 1, Autumnal Equinox 2001 John Dee by Alex Sumner Introduction John Dee was (with the possible exception of Francis Bacon) the first great English Magus. Although the exoteric world mainly remembers him as the leading Mathematician and Intellect of his generation, his magical credentials were impeccable. He was an expert in Astrology, and in Hermetic and Neo-platonic philosophy. His writings show an affirmed grasp of Alchemy, and show that he was aware that it was so much more than the mere transmutation of metals. Most importantly he was responsible, through his crystal-gazing experiments, for giving the world the fascinating subject of “Enochian Magic,” still studied by occultists today.[1] I first became interested in Dee through my study of Enochian Magic. In the occult tradition of orders like the Golden Dawn, there is some detail about what Enochian Magic is, comparatively little about what it actually does, and even […] Read More

An Australian Secret Society in the Global Environment

While documentation of the widespread existence of Satanic human sacrifice cults is lacking, evidence of other forms of systematic human sacrifice is available. Two examples in modern history are the Catholic Inquisition, a human sacrifice cult of a religious- theological nature, and the Third Reich, a human sacrifice cult of a military-political nature (an organized group driven by a well- elaborated theological doctrine, which for the Nazis was Aryan racial mysticism). The fact that the Catholic Inquisition and the Third Reich were both run by middle-class, Caucasian, educated individuals from Judaeo-Christian cultures suggests that it is psychologically possible for ordinary middle-class citizens to be perpetrating such crimes in North America today, especially given the high level of violence in contemporary Western societies. (Ross 1995) A fuller treatment of this perspective is provided by Ross 1995 at the end of this paper. While Ross (1995) asserts that documentation of the […] Read More