The bible portrays Solomon, son of King David as the wisest man living and possibly the wisest man to ever live. According to the Bible, he spoke
directly with Jehovah and asked for wisdom to govern his people properly. God replied that because Solomon didnít ask for riches, he would be given a
double portion of wisdom.
He was also given the task of building Jehovahís Temple in Jerusalem after his father spent years gathering the necessary building materials. He is
said to have had 700 wives and built many altars and temples for the worship of their gods (not Jehovah). He is commonly believed among students of
the occult as the author of the Cabbala, the ancient Hebrew book of hidden esoteric knowledge.
I find it interesting that Solomon appears to have abandoned his worship of Jehovah and followed a mystical path towards hidden esoteric knowledge and
magic. The Bible does not say what Solomonís fate was as a result of the departure from serving the God of Israel. It does not say that he went to
heaven or hell, or what Godís response or decision was for his seeming heresy. Below I have some information about Solomonís activities and his
sources of hidden wisdom and knowledge.
King Solomon and the Book of Raziel
"The Book Raziel (the Hidden Things of God). The Angel Raziel delivered this book to Adam after 130 years of his Repentance, which book contains
Cabbala, by which they can cause Angels, according to his month and his day, to perform miracles, and cast out the evil spirits which occasionally
enter in men, and it also contains the knowledge of conversing concerning the Sun, the Moon and the Stars, and to cause to be sick and heal again, and
it speaks of many other powers of the vegetable world, precious stones, fishes, fowls, wild beasts, also to be enabled to foretell by the means of the
stars and to explain the rod of Moses, wherewith he performed wonders.
The book was engraved on sapphire-stone and handed down from generation to generation until it, together with many other secret writings, came into
the possession of Solomon; the Book of Raziel, however, was the best preserved of these works. The Book of Raziel has also been called the Book of
The Testament of Solomon is a book which is part of the Pseudepigrapha, a collection of texts written between 200 BCE and 200 CE and spuriously
ascribed to various key figures, namely prophets and kings, of the Hebrew Scriptures. The Testament of Solomon itself is said to have been written
between the first century and the fourth century, but modern scholarship has placed the date at circa 200 (Encyclopaedia Judaica 246 and Brunel 721).
Although very little is known about this text, the Encyclopaedia Judaica states that it "is certainly based on Judeo-Hellenistic magic" and other
sources pinpoint it as "the earliest compendium of demons" and "the earliest text to cast King Solomon in the role of sorcerer, which became the
primary model for him in subsequent Jewish lore". Although the blend of vastly differing currents of thought make pinpointing an immediate source
for this compilation very difficult, it has been identified as representing a "peculiar fusion known as Gnosticism, resting upon a Jewish basis
influenced by Egyptian, Assyrian, and Greek, more especially Orphic, teachings".
Dr. John Dee
Dr. John Dee, an Elizabethan cartographer, mathematician, astrologer, alchemist and spy was obsessed with learning the Enochian alphabet and language.
He was Elizabethan England's great magus, Court Astrologer and confidant to the English Queen, Elizabeth I. Dr. John Dee's contributions played a
major role in laying the foundation and opening the doors to what was to follow in the Age of Enlightenment. Also, that under the leadership of John
Dee specifically, a group of scholars, noblemen and noblewomen began in the 16th Century what has been recognized as "the Rosicrucian movement" of
the 17th Century.
Dr. John Dee, despite his apparent delusions, was one of the keenest minds of his time. He his credited for making the calculations that would enable
England to use the Gregorian calendar, he championed the preservation and the collection of historic documents and he was very well known for being a
great astronomer and mathematician. It could be said that Dr. Dee was the one of the first modern scientists, although he was one of the last serious
alchemists, necromancers and crystal gazers.
He believed the Enochian language was the language of God and the Angels, and is what the original Adam spoke when conversing with God. Dr. Dee spent
years involved with mediums, like Edward Kelley, writing down channelled messages by Kelley from angels and spirits.
Dee's interest was undoubtedly stimulated by his meetings with Renaissance Cabalists and by his genuine and scientific desire to explore the
possibilities of spiritualism and telepathy. Dee did not delude himself that he possessed mediumistic talents; he said many times, no doubt with
regret, ëYou know I cannot see, nor scry' and he depended entirely on scryers (crystal-gazers).
Dr. Dee received the secrets of Enochian Magick while channeling spirits through the body of his associate, Edward Kelly. The resulting system of
Enochian Magick is believed to be among the most powerful in all the Western tradition. This indispensable treasury of Enochian lore is a
transcription of Dee's most important private magical notebooks, offering the only definitive version of the famous Angelical Calls, conjurations
said to summon the angels of the heavenly spheres-as well as all the practical information necessary for the experienced magician to reproduce Dee's
The information that Dee provided was partly the result of his own experiments and personal experiences. It was also a part of the vast body of
knowledge of Hermeticism developed by such previous scholars as Plato, Zoroaster, Ptolemy, Pythagoras, Agrippa, Ficino, Bruno, Roger Bacon, Abbott
Trithemius, and Lull.
The work of the Rosicrucian movement from the earliest records in the 16th Century has now been tied inextricably to John Dee.
For several years after 1583 Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly lived in Trebona in Poland, the home town of Albert Laski, who sponsored their alchemical
researches. In about a year, Laski's fortune was spent, and the men began to travel about Poland and Bohemia, from city to city finding new people
to dupe. These travels went on until 1587, when in Prague Dr. Deeís health began to fail and when Kelly and Dee had a falling out because of Kelly's
new explorations of a book called The Necronomicon, that frightened both Dee and his family. Dee is said to have found a copy of the Necronomicon,
given to him by the alchemist Jacob Eliezer known as the "Black Rabbi" (this book does exist and was the basis of Kelly and Deeís Endochian magic).
Dee returned to England, welcomed by Elizabeth and the court then went back to his home in Mortlake, continuing his search for the philosopherís stone
that always had eluded him. His experiments yielded nothing except to impoverish Dee. Seeing his plight, Elizabeth gave him first the position of
chancellor of St. Paulís Cathedral in London and then the wardenship of Manchester College that he held until 1603 when he finally retired to his home
for good. While he was warden of Manchester College Dee translated his copy of the Necronomicon into English and was never printed. After Dee's death
the book went into the collection of Elias Ashmole then into the Bodleian Library in Oxford until it was stolen in 1934 Back at Mortlake for good.
Dee died at the age of 81 in 1608, in extreme poverty.
Dr. Dee was also associated with the Voynich Manuscript, which contains an unknown language ñ or many believe to be a complete hoax.
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