This little book is central to Dr. John Dee's work, but it remains unintelligible to me. He presents his exegesis of a glyph he created from astrologyThis little book is central to Dr. John Dee's work, but it remains unintelligible to me. He presents his exegesis of a glyph he created from astrology and alchemy. This glyph is the hieroglyphic monad, which can represent the universe to the initiate. A representation of something is particularly useful to the magician who works with the correspondences in the universe. These correspondences are archetypally express through the zodiac and are made use of by the alchemists.
The book consists in 24 theorems, much like Euclid. He also wrote a preface to Euclid's Elements.
Reportedly, there once was an oral tradition to provide true understanding to the initiate. Reportedly, this tradition is lost....more
I picked this up because of Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
It is very, very interesting. Based on Blake's criticism of the work, I expected a borI picked this up because of Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
It is very, very interesting. Based on Blake's criticism of the work, I expected a boring work of scholarly theology. It definitely is not.
Swedenborg claims to have spoken with the angels and visited the many levels of heaven and hell. He claims that he was given this privilege because people on earth have forgotten the spiritual realms and we need to remember them.
These are big claims. The book comes through in a big way. It is coherent and well written. Swedenborg know his theology and is able to eloquently tie his experiences with theological concepts. If you pick up the work and read it, you'll see its not a work of fiction. He definitely experienced what he expressed.
I was willing to write this off as, perhaps, a hallucination until I recognized the similarity between Swedenborg's methods and Jung's 'active imagination'. Its clear they're both tapping into the same reality.
That's whats interesting about this work. Swedenborg is tapping into the same level of reality as Jung in his Red Book or Blake in any number of his poems. They just describe it differently. Blake can criticizes Swedenborg for being too good and for letting his morality get in the way of his visions.