AGLA (John Dee’s AGLA Sigil)

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)

AGLA is a notariqon (kabbalistic acronym) of the biblical phrase “Ateh Gibor Le-olam Adonai,“The Lord is mighty forever.” AGLA was condered 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 forumulas. 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 incantion which may represent the tetragrammaton.

spacer
spacer
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
spacer
Related Symbols:
spacer

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

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.

Reply

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

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: