John Dee’s Scrying Mirror Had Aztec Origins

Antiquity Publications has published a report on new findings indicating that a scrying mirror employed by Dr. John Dee was originally an Aztec artifact. The article begins:

“New research has confirmed that an obsidian mirror used by John Dee, confidante to Queen Elizabeth I, to contact otherworldly spirits in his occult practices has Aztec origins.

‘John Dee is a remarkable historical figure, a Renaissance polymath—interested in astronomy, alchemy, and mathematics—and confidante of Elizabeth I,’ said Professor Stuart Campbell, from the University of Manchester, ‘Later, he became involved in divination and the occult, seeking to talk to angels through the use of scryers, who used artifacts—like mirrors and crystals.’

“It had long been suspected that one of John Dee’s scryers, an  mirror now in the British Museum, had Aztec origins. However, with no records on how he obtained it, this was impossible to prove.

“Now, an international team of scientists, including Professor Stuart Campbell, have solved this mystery with geochemical analysis. Their research, published in the journal Antiquity, confirmed the Aztec origins of John Dee’s mirror.”

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  1. Now housed in the British Museum’s Enlightenment Galleries, the mystical object used for occult investigations matches samples found in Mexico, researchers find A spirit mirror, used by John Dee, the h-century polymath and astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, had its origin in Mexico, a team of researchers report

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