AGLA (John Dee’s AGLA Sigil)

sglossaryagla A protective magical talisman, inscribed “AGLA,” designed for the reverse of the Sigil of Ameth by Dr. John Dee, under the [supposed] direction of the angel Uriel. It is a common form of an amulet already in use for several hundred years. (The image at right is a facsimile from Dee’s handwritten notes)

sglossaryaglaAGLA is a notariqon (kabbalistic acronym) of the biblical phrase “Ateh Gibor Le-olam Adonai,” “The Lord is mighty forever.” AGLA was considered a name of God by magicians of the middle ages and appeared in magical formulas for everything from protection to flying. By Renaissance times, the formula was a common inscription for amulets and talismans.  AGLA is used in its short form in a number of apotropaic circle-making formulas. The Golden Dawn used it as the “God Name” of the North quarter in the “lesser banishing ritual,” representing Earth, and in the GRP to represent the passive elements of water and Earth.

Agla also appears in Masonic  lore, and some Masonic scholars have suggested that AGLA was a substitution for the “Word which was lost,” a primordial name of God or magical incantation which may represent the tetragrammaton.

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A magical square from Reginald Scott’s “Discoverie of Witchcraft,” with God-names Detail from the 1427 “Ghent altarpiece” by Jan van Eyck; AGLA inscription in the floor tiles
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Frater ILAO August 10, 2016 at 7:44 am

AGLA(אגלא) is a notariqon (kabbalistic acronym) for Atah Gibor Le-olam Adonai,”You, O Lord, are mighty forever.” It is said daily in the second blessing of the Amidah, the central Jewish prayer. Also seen as Athah gabor leolah, adonai, (אתה גבור לעולם אדני – Thou art powerful and eternal, Lord) Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers has suggested an arbitrary interpretation of AGLA (אגלא) as “A the one first, A the one last, G, the trinity in unity, L, the completion of the Great Work.”[1] According to The Triangular Book of the Count of St Germain God by the name of AGLA was responsible for the preservation of Lot and his family from the fire of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Frater ILAO August 10, 2016 at 7:45 am

A monograph for AGLA appeared in Stephan Michelspacher’s book Spiegel der Kunst und Natur (The Mirror of Art and Nature), which was published in Augsburg, 1615. This was an Alchemical work strongly influenced by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s view of the Kabbalah and magic. Adam McLean describes the centre panel as “two circular diagrams with the German GOTT (the name of God) around the outside, and also the Alpha and Omega and the monograph which may be the name of God, Agla.[2] This represents the beginning – alpha – within the end – omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This relates to claim related in the Book of Revelation that Jesus was “the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (22.13).

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david johnson September 3, 2014 at 11:22 pm

this is a very realistic question, if Wiccans, and other pagan and neo-pagan believer have these beliefs why do some people still call us devil warshipers? if you ask me all religions tie into one but we all have our own opinion about life, creation, the universe, how does it all still come down to devil warshipers?

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tineke September 4, 2013 at 8:09 am

agla was also the angel that warned lot not to look back or they would end up as a pilar of salt.everybody knows how that ended.

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Dr.Molongwe Andrew Ebua August 22, 2012 at 6:01 am

Thanks very much for what i have seen in this site. I will want to learn more about symbols and how to use them to heal ,invoke and to destroy enemies.
Thanks
Dr.M.A.Ebua

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