John Dee and the Philosopher’s Stone – and Brexit

I can’t help noticing some amazing synchronicities with modern political times as I write about the Elizabethan alchemist John Dee and his purported discovery of the recipe for the Philosopher’s Stone in Glastonbury, for my new book, “Stories in the Land.”

John Dee spent more than three years, during the late 16th century, being feted by the minor princes of Europe just as the continent was beginning to bubble up into the Thirty Years War. It was a patchwork quilt then of tiny principalities that were just starting to wriggle out from under the iron grip of the Holy Roman Empire after Martin Luther had nailed his notice to the church door in Wittenberg which called out the corruption of the indulgence-taking popes and priests.


John Dee (1527 – 1609)

So this was the volatile setting to John Dee and Edward Kelley’s fairground show, as they and their wives travelled from one royal court to another, pretending to produce gold from base metal.

The group went first to the court of Prince Lasco in Poland after Kelley “got a message from the spirits” that Lasco and all his descendants were destined to rule all of Europe into all eternity and that, therefore, Lasco would need the gold to raise an army.

When the gold failed to materialise, their host quickly tired of them and he sent them packing with enough funds and an introductory letter to make it as far as the court of Prince Stephen in Krakow, who, coincidentally, Kelley had just heard from his spirits, was “destined to rule all of Europe etc etc”.

Three months later, the rogues were sent off again by the disgruntled host and they headed for the court in Prague of Emperor Rudolph who, coincidentally, was … yes, you’ve got it … “destined to rule etc etc”.

Kelley received a similar channelled message about Count Rosenberg in Bohemia a year later, when they were being booted out of Prague.

He even “got a message from the spirits”, at one point, that they should swap wives! Dee fell for it and, nine months later, poor Mrs Dee gave birth to a tiny Kelley.

Luther’s Reformation and the Thirty Years War, in which eight million died, eventually erupted three decades after Dee had finally come to his senses and returned to Britain. It could never have happened without the invention of Caxton’s printing press. Otherwise, Martin Luther’s posted Ninety-Five Theses would have just stayed a note nailed to a church door.

The invention of the internet is the modern-day equivalent of Caxton’s invention of his printing press. These days, there are millions of us “Luthers” on Facebook alone – not to mention a plethora of other social media sites and blogs – calling out the corruption of the Council of Rome and their Treaty of Rome, and so their Project is faltering and near to imploding once again.

No wonder the Europhile metro-elites, who are blind to all the corruption, are happy to hand over the “indulgences” of £39 billions to save us from what they see as the Purgatory of another Thirty Years War.



Annie Dieu-Le-Veut is a shaman and story archaeologist who digs up the originals of the ancient epic tales that were drawn in the glittering night skies of the last Ice Age. She brushes them off and then breaks down their meanings in the simplest of terms, so that we can unlock the doors of our perception with their metaphorical keys.

Once we understand the substance of the messages our ancestors left for us thousands of years ago, we can realise the value and meaning of human life and finally know what to do with it. Her books are available on Amazon and other good online bookstores.



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