Firstly, for those that are keeping up with this blog, I am sorry for the short hiatus I’ve been on. Like a bus life’s challenges tend to all come at once. In my case, I had some pressing magickal and mundane tasks that I needed to complete. Not least of which was completing my Enochian Tablet of Earth so that I may progress on to Zelator. As you may have guessed by the title of this post that is a task I have completed and through the process, I learnt a lot and discovered quite a few tips that could have made the process altogether easier. By sharing my process I hope I can streamline the task for any other Aspirant looking to do the same. If that is you and you’ve embarked upon Lyam Thomas Christopher’s “Kabbalah Magic and The Great Work of Self Transformation” (KMaTGWST) and are now at the point where you are constructing your Tablet of Earth, allow me to extend my warmest congratulations! The path of self-initiation is a lonely one and what you achieved by completing the 0=0 grade work is no small feat, yet few will comprehend what you have actually done. Well done and keep up the hard work.
In the late 16th, Dr John Dee celebrated scholar and court astronomer to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I, performed a large number of magickal operations where he, assisted by his duplicitous scryer Sir Edward Kelley, conversed with Angels. During this time the now legendary duo received a language that today we know as Enochian (although Dee and Kelley simply referred to it as Angelic) and an entire magickal system. The pair kept diligent notes documenting their experiences and the information the Angels imparted to them. The events in these diaries are extraordinary and well worth further study, Dr Justin Sledge has some excellent videos on the topic on his Youtube Channel which I would fully recommend. Despite the fantastical nature of Dee and Kelley’s work, Enochian magick fell out of occulture for over a century before Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, a founder of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (GD), rediscovered a subset of Dee and Kelley’s writings and integrated the system into his nascent praxis of ceremonial magick. In doing so Mathers grafted on to the Enochian system the elemental, planetary and zodiacal correspondences we see today. This GD style of Enochian magick is what some Enochian purists call NeoEnochiana. This is where our Enochian Tablet of Earth originates from.
Required tools and resources:
- High Quality A3 card stock. I personally obtained 230gsm paper specifically labelled for acrylic painting and was very please with the quality.
- 6H Sketching Pencil. This is the faintest lead available and ideal for this project.
- 60cm Ruler. Additional Length allows you to draw all your guidelines in one stroke.
- Hard and Putty Rubber.
- High Quality Compass. Preferably with an inbuilt lead.
- Exacto/Craft Knife.
- Paint brushes. I bought synthetic brushes in a set, I ended up neededing only a small-medium round brush and a medium flat shader. I have used sable brushes in the past and the quality is noticably different, sable retains and distributes the paint with much greater ease, making for smoother stroke.
- 0.8mm Fine Line/Marker.
- High Quality Acrylic Paint. I used Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylics. Colours:
- Black. I used Process Black.
- Citrine. Yellow Ochre.
- Olive. Sap Green.
- Russet. Cadmium Orange Light Hue mixed with a smidge of black.
- Yellow. Process Yellow.
- Blue. Coeruleum Blue Hue.
- Green. Emerald.
- Red. Cadmium Scarlet Hue.
First, I obtained a few A4 printout copies of the diagram of the Tablet of Earth present in KMaTGWST. I then measured and annotated all the dimensions of the tablet. I opted to simply double the dimensions from my printouts as this seemed to fit very well on the A3 page. I made a small alteration to the squares in KMaTGWST are slightly longer than they are wide and both are just off 1cm, so I opted to readjust the squares 1cm x 1cm (2cm x 2cm in the final Tablet).
I then measured out and carefully drew faint midpoint lines (all these guides are in pencil) for both the height and width of the page. From there I determined the width of the grid by measuring 12cm (the grid being 12 x 13 squares, for a total of 156) on either side of the vertical middle line. I then measured for a proportional bottom line for the grid settling on 4cm from the bottom of the page. With that determined I then drew the top and bottom line of the grid in place, drawing faintly to the width guidelines. The outer rectangle done, I measured 2cm intervals along all the perimeter lines and then drew the gridlines across from these guides (measuring the intervals on both lines ensures the gridlines will be straight). I then drew the circles encapsulating the sigil at the top of the Tablet. The centre point of these two circles was 5.4cm along the midpoint of the page above the top of the grid. The larger guide circle was 3.4cm in radius and the smaller 3.15cm. I then drew a faint line across the width of the circles along its midpoint (the height being the midline being present already from the page guides we drew first). I then drew the arms of the sigil’s cross. The length of these arms is 5.2cm and 1cm wide, the end flares are 2cm wide and 3mm long.
I then painted all the black sections of the Tablet. These are the grid squares that form the Jerusalem cross and potion between the two guide circles of the sigil. I found the flat shader brush very useful for the squares. Be sure to mix your paint in the tube somewhat to ensure even flow, too thick pigments tend to smear. It’s preferable to paint patiently and conservatively, take your time, don’t rush. You’ll lose a lot more time if you ruin the Tablet with an irreparable paint stroke. I then drew in the remaining gridlines and touched up the edges of my paintwork using the fine liner. Because we are using black paint and a black fine liner it is preferable to paint just short of the gridline and finish the edge with the marker for a much cleaner finish. Stray paint marks can be removed with judicious use of the hard rubber and craft knife.
I then painted the arms of the cross in their requisite colours. The top being citrine, right olive, bottom black, and left russet. The coloured paints require 3 coats to be fully opaque, but the subsequent coats are easier to apply as the paint is slightly raised. I then outlined the cross with the fine liner.
Working from the template I carefully sketched out each letter in pencil. This is by far the most labour intensive part of the project. Take your time and use the putty rubber so as not to rub away the paint. I have seen other people paint the letters in single strokes like one would write with a pen, I, however, did not feel confident enough in my painting abilities to attempt this.
I then painstakingly painted each letter in its prospective colours. The white squares are lettered black, upper left quadrant yellow, upper right blue, lower left green, and lower right red.
Finally, I framed my completed Enochian Tablet of Earth in one of the four identical black frames I purchased for all of my elemental tablets. Although it isn’t perfect I am very pleased with how it turned out and truly think it reflects the best of my abilities.
If you’re enjoying this blog and want to see more of my posts, please sign up to be notified when I post via email. You can find the button on the sidebar on desktop and at the bottom of the page on mobile.