>I really think there is a connection and that much of Dee's magical
>system is ideally designed for Thelemic use. It's no accident that
>his 30 aethyr system brought Crowley beyond the maximum level of
>initiation thought possible by his teachers, when he achieved Master
>of the Temple. A new state of being was forged and a new and greater
>Path was blazed for other Thelemites to follow. What do other people
Crowley wasn't the first mortal human to attain the grade of Magiester Templi - despite the mistaken assertion of G.D. members that such was impossible for mortal man. Crowley names several historical Magi - the grade above Magiester - and I doubt they were familiar with the Enochian system. Becoming a Master of the Temple corresponds roughly with the first stage of Bhuddahood - of full illumination or awakening. As history marches on, a greater and greater percentage of the population reaches these exalted stages of awakening - though they are still few. Current estimates for "transpersonal" or "transego" consiousness is somewhere around .002 percent from what I understand (and I'm pulling that number from memory so take it with a grain of salt. Suffice it to say that the percentage is significantly less than 1%) - an astronomical increase compared to what was likely a mere millenia ago. (Unfortunately there is often a confusion between temporary states or trances
and permanent stage transformations or initiations).
We must be careful not to "mistake the map for the territory." Western Occultism, including the Enochian system, is a complex cognitive model of reality combined with a set of practices (or experimental injunctions) which disclose, to direct experience, the realities described. Practicing the LBRP every day for a year is no different than looking through a telescope - but if you don't DO it, if you don't engage the practice, then all you have are maps - the territory remains a mystery. People who discount the efficacy of meditation or ritual magick without having actually done it are no different than the eclesiastics who said "No thank you Gallileo, we don't need to look through your telescope - we know Jupiter cannot have any moons."
Enochian is a facinating system - but I wouldn't absolutize it. Rather than speculating on what may or may not have actually transpired between Kelly and Dee (something we can never be sure of) or how profound an impact it actually had on Crowley, we would be far more illumined if we were to seriously, vigorously, engage the system. You may very well have - which is more than most can say (including myself).
I, personally, would be much more interested in your descriptions of your own experience with the system. But I wouldn't exclude the wisdom of other systems. If Crowley was anything he was a syncretist - he collected everything he could of value from the systems he encountered (and don't be sure that he didn't miss a thing or two, or neglect to commit it to writing). Enochian was only one of them.
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