Is John Dee the demiurge?

Dean Martin once famously proclaimed that “It’s Frank Sinatra’s world, we just live in it.” I am currently thinking the same, literally, about one of the West’s most influential scientists, astronomers, religious philosophers, magicians and prophets: John Dee.

I have recently written about my theory that John Dee may have created the universe simulation we’re currently living in. I think he may have become the figure of “Ouranos” or “Oannes,” a.k.a. “Vishnu” to the Hindus. The name Oannes is recognized as the origin of the name “John.” The Babylonians remember Oannes as a wise god with a fish tail who came out of the sea to teach them the wisdom of civilization, most notably, astronomy.

John Dee, in fact, is largely responsible for our current view of astronomy in many ways. He was also an expert in manipulating light and the perception of light to render the appearance of a three-dimensional experience from something flat.

I think this depiction of Vishnu “crossing the universe in three steps” actually may show John Dee manifesting the three dimensions of our universe.

Vishnu crosses the universe in three steps

As it says in Wikipedia:

Several hymns of the Rigveda repeat the mighty deed of Vishnu called the Trivikrama, which is one of the lasting mythologies in Hinduism since the Vedic times. It is an inspiration for ancient artwork in numerous Hindu temples such as at the Ellora Caves, which depict the Trivikrama legend through the Vamana avatar of Vishnu. Trivikrama refers to the celebrated three steps or “three strides” of Vishnu. Starting as a small insignificant looking being, Vishnu undertakes a herculean task of establishing his reach and form, then with his first step covers the earth, with second the ether, and the third entire heaven.
विष्णोर्नु कं वीर्याणि प्र वोचं यः पार्थिवानि विममे रजांसि ।
यो अस्कभायदुत्तरं सधस्थं विचक्रमाणस्त्रेधोरुगायः ॥१॥ (…)

I will now proclaim the heroic deeds of Visnu, who has measured out the terrestrial regions,
who established the upper abode having, wide-paced, strode out triply (…)
— Rigveda 1.154.1, Translated by Jan Gonda

The Vishnu Sukta 1.154 of Rigveda says that the first and second of Vishnu’s strides (those encompassing the earth and air) are visible to the mortals and the third is the realm of the immortals. The Trivikrama describing hymns integrate salvific themes, stating Vishnu to symbolize that which is freedom and life.[20] The Shatapatha Brahmana elaborates this theme of Vishnu, as his herculean effort and sacrifice to create and gain powers that help others, one who realizes and defeats the evil symbolized by the Asuras after they had usurped the three worlds, and thus Vishnu is the savior of the mortals and the immortals (Devas).

Depiction of Atargatis, a Syrian version of Oannes, shown coming out of ocean of chaos, from Athanasius Kircher’s Oedipus Aegyptiacus, 1652.

This speculation of mine regarding Dee, which I have also mentioned in several interviews on various programs, as well as my own new podcast The Twyman Trip, is discussed most fully in my essay Fake N.E.W.S.: Unboxing the Compass, available to premium subscribers. Here are some excerpts:

First I came across information about how significant Belgium was in the life of John Dee, court astrologer and intelligence agent to Queen Elizabeth I. He invented the so-called “Enochian” ritual magic system—or rather, channeled it from self-identified “angels” using a divination technique called “scrying.” Alchemy was one of his primary studies, and when I did the séance you just saw, his alchemical treatise Monas Hieroglyphica was already a subject in the story of Genuflect, as well as Dee’s alleged interest in the London Stone artifact.

London Stone in its previous housing on Cannon Street

Monas Hieroglyphica is about a secret formula to recombine the elements of the universe into one thing—the Monad—thus uncreating the universe, with the power then to create a new one. Specifically, these elements are represented as metals, corresponding to the seven “classical planets” or heavenly lights recognized by the old world, which included the Sun, Moon, and five visible planets. Dee wrote it in Antwerp, Belgium, in an inspired frenzy, between January 25 and March 31 of the year 1564. Afterwards, he bragged to the Queen about having discovered some extremely powerful secret.

Coincidentally, that same date of March 31 was already featured as an important date in the Genuflect plotline, which is about an alchemical ritual to sacrifice and regenerate the Sun, as well as the other classical planets. I did not know that Dee had written a book about this very thing until my story was almost completely finished.

Map of Ghent, or Gand, 1775

The date on which he started the project, January 25, just so happens to be the date on which the world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan, was discovered in South Africa in 1905. It was later carved up by expert stone-cutters into over 100 stones for the British royal family, whose modern members provided the basis for several of the characters in Genuflect. As it turns out, Antwerp is the center of the world’s diamond trade, and the subject of diamonds had quite accidentally become central to the Genuflect story. This is because the building that I based the main location of the story on is in real life planted on a plot of land in the center of London called “Bucklersbury” that is shaped just like the diamond Superman logo.


This shape, I discovered, is really a two-dimensional depiction of the side of a round-cut brilliant diamond. This particular cut of diamond was invented by mathematician Marcel Tolkowsky of Belgium in 1919. Tolkowsky came from a family of expert gem-cutters. Being a mathematical genius, he figured out the exact dimensions to use to make a diamond that will refract white light into the brightest possible “fire,” the industry’s term for the shimmering sparkles that shoot out the top.

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