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Also by Dylan:
An Introduction to Decumbiture
The Cosmology of the Hand
Nicholas Culpeper: Herbalist of the People
The Planets and Herbs

by Dylan Warren Davis:

The Hand Reveals

By Dylan Warren-Davis

Studies on John Dee's Monas Hieroglyphica

PDF I) Monas Hieropgyphica: A Study of John Dee's Famous Symbol by Dylan Warren Davis
John Dee's frontispiece The first of two studies upon John Dee's Monas Hieroglyphica. In this, Dylan Warren-Davis looks at the symbolic elements that are captured in the Frontispiece of Dee's inspired work. What did Dee mean when he named this symbol 'The London Seal of Hermes'? Dylan explains that within its intricate structure there is a dazzling array of astrological, alchemical, and mathematical ideas. This symbol deserves close attention, for it encapsulates both the cosmology and symbolism of Hermeticism. [Download]

PDF II) Monas Hieropgyphica: The Inner Journey by Dylan Warren Davis
John Dee's frontispiece In an impressive conclusion to this two-part study of John Dee's Mercurial symbol, Dylan now turns his attention to the symbolic detail captured in the end motif, explaining how this fits together with the frontispiece to reflect the student's journey through inner tuition (intution), culminating in enlightenment. This ranks among my favourite articles of the year and I strongly recommend it to students of astrology, alchemy and the symbolism of art. [Download]

Dylan Warren-Davis has been practising herbal medicine (naturopathy) for over 25 years, qualifying as a prize-winning student with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) in 1982. Since completing his herbal training, Dylan has researched the lost European metaphysical teachings, upon which Western herbal knowledge is based. He has also been engaged in the commercial production of herbal tinctures and has been a consultant on the manufacturing of herbal tinctures to the herbal industry in Britain. In addition to seeing clients, he is currently promoting glyconutrition in both the UK and Australia. He may be contacted by email at

Title image of Dee is from an original in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK; made available through Wikimedia Commons. Dee's Frontispiece image of the Monas Hieroglypicha is taken from the online PDF reproduction of the Latin text at An English translation of Dee's work is available at