Pat Ridell’s talk for the Jewel in the Claw weekend.
The Hieroglyphic Monad of John Dee
By The Patrician Lady
A talk given to The Silent Eye’s ‘Jewel in the Claw’ workshop on 21st April 2018
In my talk today I’m going to tell you a little about Dr. John Dee, one of the characters you have met in the drama, and something of his famous symbol the Hieroglyphic Monad or Monas Hieroglyphica. Most people, myself included, know or knew very little about this symbol so I decided to research it. As with all research I started by reading as much about it as I could find. This led me to articles and papers and it grew and grew and grew and I realised that this symbol incorporated the whole of creation and its processes; hence its name – the symbol of One-ness, Monas Hieroglyphica. Today I’m going to try and tell you something of what it means…
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