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Vincent Bridges (1952 – 2014), expert on Sir Edward Kelley and co-author of The Ophanic Revelation: Angelic Science and the End of Time – a unique book about Enochian Magick, is our guest in podcast episode 145.
Author, esoteric historian, and researcher Vincent Bridges is the co-author of six books, and has been involved with several television documentaries on subjects ranging from Atlantis to the Holy Grail but primarily focused on Nostradamus. A self-proclaimed “anthropologist of the strange,” Bridges is an initiate of five major traditions: Buddhism, Islam, Gnostic Christianity, Wicca and Western Ceremonial Magick. He is also a pioneer in the field of psycho-acoustic therapy for early childhood trauma, was the first geomancer listed in Who’s Who in Service to the Earth, and was instrumental in the creation of three schools or educational organizations, The Fifth Way Mystery School, The Newport Earth Institute in Newport, New Hampshire and Pendragon College. Bridges also organizes and leads tours to sacred sites in Southern France and the Czech Republic, and has led tours in the past to India, Tibet and Egypt. He currently lives in Prague, where he is also a consultant to an alchemical museum.
We begin the interview by reviewing the life and times of Sir Edward Kelley, including his alchemical activities. Bridges is endeavoring to write Kelley’s biography and resides in Kelley’s last known residence in Prague. Through his efforts, he just might rehabilitate Kelley’s reputation in the eyes of those who view him in only a negative light.
Of course, we delve into Kelley’s work with John Dee and his visionary experiences. Bridges discusses The Ophanic Revelation, which may be the most unique book on the subject of Enochian that I’ve ever encountered.
“Four hundred years ago, higher intelligence in the form of angels communicated a geometrical, symmetry-based, DNA-coded language pattern capable of producing a rapid expansion of consciousness and an increase in symbolic cognition. This shift in awareness – from a local primate-based consciousness to a much larger, universal, non-local reality – is based on what we now call plasma physics. The angels gifted us with this most unusual language system as a kind of life raft/survival radio set as they knew mankind would need a shift in consciousness to survive the precessionally timed apocalyptic season that now threatens to close in upon us. This book represents the first serious attempt to examine the angelic, or Ophanic, system given to Dr. John Dee from multiple viewpoints, using history, physics, biology, mathematics as well as art and sacred geometry to explore the unexpected depths of meaning and interconnection in this unique communication.”
Although Bridges’ perspective is multidisciplinary and may be somewhat speculative, he has led a working group through the entire Enochian system over the course of two years with rather remarkable results. While certainly not a traditional viewpoint, Bridges’ conclusions seem to provide modern relevance that may have been previously unrecognized.
Whatever you may think of Bridges’ conclusions, which I perceive as being controversial, there is no doubt that a great deal of research went into his book. I found The Ophanic Revelation intriguing, and the sense of mystery and immediacy that it conveyed to be remarkable. I’d encourage those interested in learning more about this work to read some of the articles linked below from the Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition.
Vincent Bridges passed unexpectedly less than a month after this interview was posted online. We extend our deepest sympathies to Vincent’s family and friends all over the world. He will be sorely missed, but not forgotten. His work and legacy lives on…
The Ophanic Revelation: Angelic Science and the End of Time by Vincent Bridges and DARLENE
“Edward Kelley” Wikipedia entry
“Reading the Green Language of Light” by Vincent Bridges
“The Little Book of Black Venus and the Three-Fold Transformation of Hermetic Astrology” by Teresa Burns
“Appendix II: Notes to Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica” by Vincent Bridges
“The Little Book of Black Venus attributed to John Dee” translated by Teresa Burns and Nancy Turner
“The Little Book of Black Venus – Part Two: Olympic Spirits, the Cult of the Dark Goddess, and the Seal of Ameth” by Vincent Bridges and Teresa Burns
“Angels in the DNA: The Emerald Modem and Dr. Dee’s Ophanic Language” by Vincent Bridges
“The Ophanic Alphabet (Part Two): A Search For Meaning” by DARLENE
“A Golden Storm: Attempting to Recreate the Context of John Dee and Edward Kelley’s Angelic Material” by Teresa Burns
The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye: Alchemy and the End of Time By Jay Weidner and Vincent Bridges
Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture by Egil Asprem
Occult of Personality Podcast 52 – Lon Milo DuQuette’s Enochian Vision Magick
intro music by HipGnosis and Paul Avgerinos
outro music – “Believe in Angels” by Ray Montford
Brilliant show! Vincent seems to know his material, I will have to look up some his books! Thanks again
How would stars align, or not, with the center of the Tablets?
I hit upon a similar idea about the preservation of DNA, as speculative as it was. Seems to me the Sun (and galcatic core) has been our catalyst in evolution up to this point… So my idea is more along the lines of a preservation after the curtain falls. That, somehow, (genetic, perhaps any) information can be preserved in the aetheric/quantum flux substrate. In poetic fashion, a reconstitution via Akashic records, so called.
I also kinda think the focus is on the major aspects of the system (once fully understood) and how they (should) work together. The modern approach in ceremonial magick might be missing the mark.
Note we’ve the once dedicated Ben Rowe and now Vincent Bridges leaving this plane. Seems to me both Dee and Kelly had lousy endings. Major Catch 22 here…. and has anyone applied the system to anything But another book of speculation?
Finally, I could have sworn Vincent and others said Shakespeare was a moniker for a group of authors centered around Francis Bacon. Something along those lines.
Freaky stuff. As Dan W. says, “Get fractal or get dead…”
Thanks for the talk.
Shakespeare = shake the spear? Would this have any esoteric meaning?
Yes, Levia. The spear-shaker refers to Athena, goddess of wisdom … or so I’ve been told.
Shake Spear = Wagging Tongue
I loved and worked with Vincent for several years as a prodigy and student and fellow initiate. Vincent posited that Shakespeare was also in the employ of Walsingham (Queen Elizabeth’s spy master) during his ” lost years” and traveled with Dee and Kelley to Prague under the alias Francis Garland.
Yes, to your query concerning working the Ophanic/Enochian system in anything other than a speculative book. I was a leading and ranking member of the Fifth Way Mystery School and the Aethyrean Temple of Enochian Science which worked the entire system as delivered by Dee and Kelley with the modern discoveries of the FWMS Adeptness augmenting the Work. The intentions were Galactic in scale, local in effect and with as little ego as possible. It was effective for the Time that it was necessary for.
Frater C.’.A.’., (6=5), FWMS & ATES
Errata: I although I did love Vincent as a brother and a magickal father figure, I meant to type in the opening line of my initial reply:
” I lived and worked with Vincent…”
we have rather complete Vincent Bridges- Ophanim articles / interviews archive: http://www.goldenmean.info/ophanim includes recent updates – and the Facebook Ophanim group
That’s quite a resource. Thanks Dan!
Hello sir my name’s Manuel, I been a long student to enochian and all assents of magic, even to say I was born under the right star. I have gone further into the art of gebofal or as you say enochian, or better to say the natural cabalah hepatarchia, the summoning circle for the spirits to employ, full materialization. I left a great hint in augeiodes, annanel blogspot, no one cares but it’s there.
My name is Jonathan Bridges and I am from Huntsville,AL. Through a hair raising set of synchronicity’s I have found your work. I am actually more interested in your name. I am 34 and I am a Bridges on my Dad’s side. I have never been able to find much out about the Bridges line of my Family past my Grandfather William Jeff Brides Sr. I know there are a ton of Bridges around the south, but not many with the body type that you, me, my Father and my Sister possess. There is without a doubt that we are all “Cut form the same cloth” so to speak. Once you see pics, especially of my Dad and Sister you will see what I mean, and not to mention the fact that myself and my Father are both Magicians (Not Stage Magicians). I would love a chance to correspond with you and hopefully find some answers to where I come from. I don’t know if you receive these messages, if not please make sure Vincent sees this. I am not a con artist or anything. I just would like to know my Genealogy.
Sorry, but after listening to this entire interview, still not sure what the end result of Enochian system is supposed to be? What are the supposed “great results” supposed to be if you do it correctly? And if Bridges knew more about it than anyone else and got “great results,” why would his students not want to repeat any of this after the Malta workings? All I heard was nebulous talk, but nothing concrete. Is there anything here, or just more charlatanry?