The Enochian system originated with the ceremonial skrying of Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly toward the end of the sixteenth century in England. Dr. Dee was one of the foremost thinkers of his time??"a Hermetic philosopher/magician who was also a respected scientist, mathematician, and astronomer. He was also Queen Elizabeth’s court astrologer. His personal library rivaled that of any in England at the time.
It was not until MacGregor Mathers incorporated it into the Golden Dawn curriculum three hundred years later that the Enochian scheme of magic became a truly effective and powerful system.
Enochian divine names, as well as Dee’s tablets, are introduced to the student in the grades from Zelator through Portal. However, Enochian is not intensely studied by the student until he or she becomes an Adeptus Minor. Enochian is the unifying system of magic that underlies much of the practical work of the Golden Dawn within the Second Order. It combines Qabalah, tarot, geomancy, and astrology as well as elemental, planetary, and astral work into a unified and comprehensive system. All of the basic knowledge that is learned in the Outer Order is utilized later when the student begins to study Enochian in the higher grades. In fact, the Enochian system of the Second Order as is so all-encompassing that it is considered the apex and of the entire Golden Dawn system.
The Adeptus Minor studies the Enochian alphabet, works with Enochian entities in ritual magic, and skrys into the various Enochian squares that are associated with the elemental tablets.