The Planets and The Pentagram

Planetary Attributions to the Elements and the Pentagram in Enochian Magick


David Richard Jones

The problem of how to attribute the planets to the points of the pentagram, and thereby to the five elements used in magick, is one of the most perplexing in the occult sciences. Using the structures of the Enochian system, this question can be resolved with elegance and utility.

The pentagram as a geometric form only appears in the spirit actions of Dee and Kelly in relation to the Sigillum Dei Aemeth. It is described and attributed by the angel Uriel in Mysteriorum Liber Secundus.1))

URIEL: “;The next five names thou shalt dispose in the five exterior angles of the Pentacle: every angle containing one whole name.

Set the first letters of these 5 names, (in Capital letters) within the five acute internal angles of the Pentacle: and the rest of each name following Circularly from his Capital letter, but in the 5 exterior obtuse angles of the Pentacle.

Set Z of Zedekieil within the angle which standeth up toward the beginning of the greatest Circle. And so proceed toward thy right hand.”2)

The angels thus assigned are: Zedekieil, Madimiel, Semeliel, Nogahel and Corabiel.3) This can be seen in the form of the Sigillum itself.4) These are the angels of the planetary spheres, as Uriel states:

URIEL: “These Angels are the angels of the 7 Circles of Heaven, Governing the lights of the 7 Circles.”

Therefore, by taking the planetary attributes of these angels, and applying their symbolic properties to the points of the pentagram, ascribed to the corresponding angels, planetary properties can be assigned to the the positions of the pentagram. The relationship which is thereby derived is as follows, going clockwise from the top:

Jupiter = Topmost point
Mars = Upper right point
Sun = Lower right point
Venus = Lower left point
Mercury = Upper left point.

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Sloane MS. 3188. the action for March 21, 1582 (Julian
I have modernized the spelling throughout, sorry C.H.
These deviate from the Hebrew Cabalistic equivalents in some matters of detail. I am inclined to accept those delivered to Dee and Kelly on etymological and mytho/symbolic grounds. An argument for the more traditional view can be found on pg. 91 et passim of vol. 10 in Israel Regardie. THE COMPLETE GOLDEN DAWN SYSTEM OF MAGIC. Phoenix AZ: Falcon, 1984. Compare also the Hebrew names of the planets pg. 65 Regardie. THE GOLDEN DAWN. St. Paul MN: Llewellyn, 1989.
Vide pg. 28 Geoffrey James. THE ENOCHIAN EVOCATION OF DR. JOHN DEE. Gillette NJ: Heptangle, 1983. and in places elsewhere too numerous to cite.