VEIL OF SHADOWS
"The Enochian Conundrum"
Original box design and research by Douglas Wynne
Photography by Morphious - 2002
|Philip LeMarchand is known to have constructed this puzzle at the end of three sleepless weeks spent pouring over the manuscripts of the Elizabethan magician, and court astrologer, Dr. John Dee, at the library at Oxford where he took up residence for a short time in the late autumn of 1749.|
|Because the box owes its origin to the work of Dr. Dee, practitioners of the dark arts have long referred to it as The Enochian Conundrum. Woven into the mechanics of the Veil of Shadows are the sigils of the four Elemental Watchtowers of the Universe, so that when the box is placed on an altar, the tablet of Air faces east, the tablet of Fire south, the tablet of Water west and the tablet of Earth north.|
central square is
inscribed with the Tablet of Union, the
concourse of forces in which the angels of the Enochian system reside
in which all of the elements are synthesized and balanced.
"Yet take care lest ye be comforted by that which is spoken of angels dwelling within."
Lemarchand, in his journal
of the year 1749:
And what secrets are these?
Few who have possessed the
box have lived to record its
but the identity of one
|The Veil of Shadows
fell into the hands of Aleister
in November of 1909, when the mage purchased it from a Bedouin sorcerer
whom he had tracked to Algiers.
A few days later, in the desert at Bou-Saada, Crowley conjured the demon Choronzon from the lacquered depths of the infernal cube. The echoes of this rending of the veil can be heard even today in North Africa where the tribes of that barren land say that on that day, the Aethers were shaken and the very desert sands were molten into glass beneath the dark prophet's feet.
On the boat back to London, Victor Neuburg, the Beast's traveling companion, scribe and lover stole the cube from his master's cabin and cast it overboard in a fit of terror, after which Crowley tried to strangle him. The Veil of Shadows was lost to the sea for just over a century.
It is believed by present day scholars that LeMarchand had murdered over one-hundred citizens (from both France and the newly formed American Colonies) by the completion of The Veil Of Shadows.
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