John Dee meets Rudolph II: the Latin passages translated

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Have mercy on us O God, and be not angry with us for ever.

Candida si rubeo

If the white woman is married to a red husband, soon they will embrace

and the things embraced are conceived. They dissolve by themselves,

they are sometimes perfected by themselves: that the two which they

were may become one in the body. There are two things firstly: the Sun

with the Moon, at the base however. Make it, you shall see, a stone

is made from these things.

By the power of the Moon the Sun cut through with the act of rebis. The

Sun approaches the moon through the middle and makes one thing. The

Sun stretches the sail and travels through the sky on the ecliptic. It runs

where the sublime Moon retreats this one at last. That the light may be

given it which is kept back in the Sun. Nor does it truly depart, but wishes

to remain with it, illustrating certainly the dead body openly. If you knew

rebis you would know what it was. This art is dear, short, light and rare.

Our art is a game to a boy, labour to a woman. Know, all ye sons of this

art that none can gather the fruit of our elixir except by entering our

elemented stone. Even if he seeks another way, he will never enter the way

nor attain it. Rust is the work which is made from gold alone until it enters

into its humidity.



The First and Imperial Book

of the Prague Mysteries


A.D. 1584

new style

the the praise, honour and

glory of

God Almighty


Fieri potest

It may be that 1588 years, and the reckoning of others, have their beginning

from the very day of the passion of Christ or his ascension into heaven. And for this

reason: 33 or 34 years should be considered many, because Christ was that many

years old at the time of his passion or ascension. Then add 34 to 1588 years and

the result is 1622 years. And this particular number amounts to the time of the

years of the flood and the Ark, of which, scripture teaches, there will be a similitude

around the second coming of Christ. Either, seeing that a flood of water destroyed all

living things in the year of the world 1655 after the creation of Adam, so will a

flood of fire in which all things are to be transformed in the year 1655 after the

restoration of Christ (our spiritual Adam) to heaven (which we expect to be the year

1688), or there will be a great example of Christian charity and love.

Non faciet

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the

prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but


Amos 3

We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight

against God.

Acts 23

For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see,

and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Luke 10 Matthew 13

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many

false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit

that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God

1 John 4

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

1 John 4

A True and Faithful Relation p. 213-4


1 Corinthians 1

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Δ. I note the revelation and second coming of Christ: then a confirmation which refers to another end of time: whence, according to the Revelation of John, this text could be seen as offering a taste of the kingdom of Christ in this world, etc.

1 Corinthians 1

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 2

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. See the things preceeding and following in the same chapter.



It is. And it is is how? Ill, and in the highest: and it has been measured.

Vide Apocalypseos

See Revelation chapter 16, but it seems they do not follow in the order

which somebody on earth would judge. But it is not even stated whether

revenge will be required often and once for all.



I shall send them an angel to aid them.

Madimi est

Madimi is of the order of Powers, see 26 June.

Mater Madimi

The mother of Madimi


Hic, et haec

Here and this is my mother

Mater Madimi

The mother of Madimi



Dei iuramentum

God's covenant and pact with Dee concerning Rudolph.



In the morning, around 8.40. When prayers were over


The incredulous, the proud and the scornful

Dei iusiurandum

God's oath to Dee for A.L.


The mercy of God on Dee with Emperor Rudolph


A prophecy concerning Dee


It shall be given to him who starts it.

Deo nostro

To our God, immortal, invisible and omnipotent

be all honour, praise and glory, now and for ever.




In the morning

Ne dicas

Neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error.

Ecclesiastes 5


The providence of our almighty creator, O Rudolph, happiest of all Christian

emperors, which arranges and perfects all things and indeed the ordered sequence

and coordination of things from first to last , is so unknown to men, that

most people think that everything they see happening outside or beyond the

bounds of their plans takes place at random, by happenstance

or chance, in this way and that. But those whose minds are illuminated by the light

of divine truth and more attuned to considering numerous sequences of things

separated by long intervals will perceive clearly what they should: what went

before as apparent causes and necessary occasions at another earlier and long separated

time. And to omit for now a diversity of examples which I might give by bringing together

the lives, conditions and deeds of other men, this one fairly notable example may be

given, the almost all too incredible meeting and divine harmony which seems to be

at hand between your Sacred Imperial Majesty and me your humble servant in God (from

numerous preceding occasions on both sides). When I was still young, two illustrious

emperors courted me: the victorious Charles V and his own brother Ferdinand, your Imperial

Majesty's magnificent grandfather. The one met me at Bratislava in Hungary, the other at

Brussels in Brabant. The one in 1563, the other in 1549. And I began to enjoy the favour of

the most clement Emperor Maximilian, father of your Imperial Majesty and worthy of

immortal glory, then the crowned king of Hungary despite the Turkish Tyrant, also in

Bratislava, also in 1563, and I sought both to cherish his most rare virtues and to pass them

on as an example to posterity in a certain hieroglyphical book. While I was toiling on that

book I had a premonition that there would be one or another of the Austrian family at

some time who would confirm (or would be able to confirm) my greatest hope and the

best and greatest Republic of Christians. Your Imperial Majesty is therefore the FOURTH

Roman emperor of the most noble family of Austrian princes flourishing in my time to

whom I present myself: I, the fourth letter of the threefold alphabet. And so I present myself,

to humbly offer to kiss the feet of your Imperial Majesty, rejoicing if I may in any way be

of grateful use to such an emperor of the Christian Republic.

To your sacred Imperial Majesty alone, if at some time you are prepared to ascertain these

things (and are willing to betray them to nobody) you will be doing a thing most needful.

Prague, 17 August 1584

Your Imperial Majesty's

Most humble and faithful retainer

John Dee

The superscription was this.

To the most serene and powerful prince and lord

Lord Rudolph by the grace of God ever August

Emperor of the Romans, King of Germany, Hungary

and Bohemia etc, Archduke of Austria, Duke of

Burgundy, Styria, Carinthia etc, Count of the Tyrol

and my most clement lord


In the 20th theorem of the book of the Hieroglyphic Monad

published some 20 years ago



Morning about 7 o'clock

After our prayers to God as is our custom


Something is missing here, possibly The spirit of Pride



The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit


The desolation of which the prophet spoke, Revelation chapter 18


Revelation chapter 6


Ecclesiastes: A time to keep silence, and a time to speak, as it says of the

transfiguration of Christ, Matthew 17, Mark 9, Luke 9. And properly in

Matthew chapter 10, What ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. etc. Luke 12



The legislation is manifest, and in the holiest place.


The overthrow of the Antichrist by the Holy Spirit is to take place. 2 Thessalonians

chapter 2.


Emperor Rudolph


Respice finem

Respect the end


A necessary cause. Both the nearest and the proper, as they differ here.



Emperor Rudolph


Works, hope, faith, merit.



About 9 in the morning. After prayers we invited Uriel to enlighten,

direct and comfort us.


Possibly Roland my son is meant, since God restored his life almost

miraculously at Cracow on 14 July 1584. But, oh God, you know that

this is as marvelous to me as the Virgin Mary finding she was pregnant.

See 21 September. God's mercy promised.


Deo nostro

To our merciful, faithful and just God be all honour praise and glory. Amen.


In malevolam

For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter; nor dwell in the body that is subject unto

sin. Ecclesiastes 1.



E.K.'s good angel


The life of nature and of grace.


Est Est

It is, it is. To the praise, glory and honour of God, let it be, let it be. Amen.


May God's will be done, in accordance with his good favour. To whom

all praise, glory and thanksgiving now and to all ages. Amen.


a meridie

After noon.

Ea est hominum

The condition of men on earth is such (noblest of men) that none seems to be born

for himself only. Indeed let none receive for himself all things so necessary to him

which spring to life spontaneously or are freely given to him by others. Thence arose

the mutual societies of men, their mutual friendships, their mutual works, their mutual

gifts, exchange and purchase of things and contracts of sale of things. There are various

diverse statuses of men, from which manifold offices and trades are procured of men,

between men and with men. Nor is the only usefulness and pleasure (which will perish)

of all of them the scope or end which they study and strive to achieve. But some have

another goal, and a more godly one, which we may name virtue or honourableness,

sent down from heaven to form and adorn men's mind and adapt them to itself, so much

so that it renders them worthy of heavenly thrones. This, this is what, most illustrious

man, made your excellence so intent on me the other day, and so benign and most

courteous. This is what will refresh your memory and will sharpen your wits in my

Cause, to be proposed and recommended to his Imperial Majesty, and treating it in the

way in which such mysteries ought to be treated when few will believe them and fewer

still understand them, even though they are most true and most useful in themselves. The

sooner his Imperial Majesty embraces this wonderful and most great, not providence alone

but goodness, of God, the sooner and more fully the sincerity, goodness and usefulness of

my mission to him will be manifest. I should have wished to deliver the enclosed book and

letters enclosed to your excellency, in person. But (if you will pardon me) since I have

injured the skin of one of my toes I cannot very easily come on foot today. Accordingly I

have prevailed upon a friend of mine to do it and (kissing your excellency's hands) to

offer you all my services and to offer this, for what it is worth, as a gift for his Imperial


Prague 24 August 1584

John Dee

To the most illustrious lord, Lord Don Gulielmo de

Sancto Clemente, the emissary of his most serene and

Catholic King of Spain to his sacred Imperial Majesty etc

my most respected lord



In the morning, around 9, after prayers


the indispensible cause


The splendour of the Sun during the day dulls the light of the moon

even when it is above the horizon.


The world, man's body, is like wax.


The upper, human and lower impression.


Per quae

Man is punished by the things by which he sins. He who says I shall go up, etc, is

then forever tempted as he goes up.



See Revelation chapters 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Devs Mater

God is the mother of all things, and likewise the father.


Blessed is our God who hears the cry of the poor.



See above, book 15. 2 June 1584.

Nam Deus

For God acts in his own as he wills

Deo nostro

To our almighty, eternal and wise God be all honour, praise and glory. Amen.

Deus bene vertat

May God turn it to good and to the honour and praise of his name.



Before noon, around 10.

sunt duae

These are the last two letters in the table of the Holy Spirit in the Third Table.


The scourge of God.


The divine trinity and unity.


The sons of faith and not human reason.



His task is to transplant the gifts of God.


See book 15, 28 May 1584.


Angels observing our works and counsels.


Ga - the last of the spirits of the living.

Za - the scourge of those who resist the power, will and commandment of God.

Vaa - the transplanter of gifts


To the eternal, almighty, triune God be all honour, praise and glory. Amen.



In the morning. Note. Satan's shrewd and violent stratagem.

Si fuisset

If it had been anyone else.


I will not, Master Kelley, I will not.



Noble and most famous Sir, respected Lord

The emperor has now indicated to the Lord Legate of Spain, my superior,

that he should summon your lordship to him, at two o'clock, for it is then

that he would hear you. If your lordship can come at the said hour, the

Lord Octavius Spinola will come for him, being his Imperial Majesty's

constable and chamberlain. He will then introduce you to his Majesty.

In conclusion I dutifully commend myself to your lordship.

Your lordship's obedient servant

Arnodus Vander Boxe


At exactly 3 in the afternoon.


Deus bene

May God turn it to good, to the praise, honour and glory of his name. Amen.



In the morning around 8. We finished prayers and I thrice repeated this sentence:

Send your light and truth upon us, O God, to lead us and bring us to the holy

mountain of Sion and the heavenly altar of Jerusalem.


Zechariah chapter 3.


Deus est

It is God who reveals these things.



Zechariah chapter 13


The day of vengeance.


The kingdom of Christ shall be established.


The divine apparition is to be made to Rudolph himself.


Perhaps 'loose'.



Malachi chapter 4.


See below, 22 September.


Stephan King of Poland.




Deo nostro

To our true, living, almighty and everlasting God alone be the honour, praise

and blessing now and for ever. Amen.



To the illustrious and magnificent Lord, Lord Octavius Spinola, his Imperial Majesty's

constable and chamberlain, that most honourable Lord

Illustrious and magnificent Lord, I cannot offer sufficient thanks to your magnificence

for the singular courtesy and goodwill with which you embraced me yesterday, a man

unknown to you yet eager for virtue and truth, for I have resolved to use up the entire

course of the rest of my life (if God is willing), to have his Imperial Majesty perceive

that the tremendous majesty of almighty God is to be unbelievably propitious to him.

And although I see that his sacred Imperial Majesty is kept exceedingly busy with the

many businesses of many regions, and ought not and could not rest from them for any other

very evident reason than the causes which are to be proposed, and by me, to his sacred

Imperial Majesty. HOWEVER, if any arrangement can be thought of concerning the choice

of place, time and agenda which his sacred Imperial Majesty would consent for me to

see or learn were acceptable to him, I would most willingly hear or receive the knowledge

and judgement of your illustrious magnificence concerning it. For in this I shall be

completely, as shall appear at the proper time, at the service of almighty God, and of his

sacred Imperial Majesty (most of all for the illustration of the holy Orthodox, Catholic

and Apostolic faith, and the defence and expansion of the Christian commonwealth, and

that I am and shall be the most committed, devoted and faithful servant of his sacred

Imperial Majesty.

4 September 1584.

The flower of opportunity should be plucked when ripe

For soon it will be withered.

Your illustrious magnificence's most obedient

John Dee


Done on 11 September following.



In the morning about 9, after prayers


Who has shall have.

Who has nothing shall not have.


Do and it shall be done.


Further I have not

Deus in

Lord make haste to help us and may your wisdom guide us to do that

which shall be most pleasing to you.


About 9 I sent Mr Emeric Sontag, the secretary of the Palatine Lord

Siradensis to Lord Octavius Spinola with the letters which I have

described above, but where I wrote 'with which you embraced me

yesterday' now I wrote 'with which you embraced me a few days ago'

and instead of 'almost unbelievably propitious' etc I now wrote

'shall be almost incredibly propitious and in a wonderful way'. And I

wrote the rest as I have detailed above, but these letters were dated

11 September, the earlier ones being dated 4 September. Emericus

delivered those letters to the magnificent Lord Spinola immediately

after his Imperial Majesty's dinner, and commanded him to come for

a response the following day after they were sent.

& pro

and instead of all the rest of my career I wrote the rest of my career



In the morning


The response of the Emperor through Lord Spinola

His sacred Imperial Majesty has gladly understood what Mr John Dee

was at pains to have proposed through his Majesty's chamberlain

the Lord Octavius Spinola. Concerning which, his Majesty has graciously

resolved himself as follows. Since his Majesty does not know the Latin

language exactly in every particular, and is moreover occupied with

many and various concerns, he cannot always be available for an audience.

It pleases his Majesty that Mr John Dee should deal with and confide his

business to the magnificent Lord Doctor Kurtzius, who is party to his Majesty's innermost

councils, is most trustworthy, and endowed with great erudition. His Majesty

will take steps to assign the matter to the aforesaid Lord Councillor Kurtzius.

If not, and it otherwise pleases Mr John Dee, his Majesty will, insofar as he

is able amidst his commitments, aim to give Mr Dee satisfaction.

12 September 1584

Emeric Sontag in his own hand