The Discovery on the Enochian Temple by Ben Rowe
Enochian scholar Benjamin Rowe is most renowned for his ingenious technical innovation known as the “Enochian Temple.” The idea came to him during a six month magical working beginning November, 1985, where he was involved in an extended exploration of the Enochian Tablet of Earth. He wasn’t looking anything in particular and there were no real purpose to his magical work, according to his own report, he was just doing a bit of “tourism.” Against all expectations, his curiosity was rewarded and the intelligence dwelling into the Earth Tablet revealed to him some “instructions” about a new way to use the Tablets for magical working.
What was transmitted to him is a method by which an elemental Tablet can be transformed into a three-dimensional astral structure that he called the “Enochian Temple”. According to Rowe, once built “the temple demonstrate the fundamental geometric, energetic, and spiritual properties of the Enochian magickal system through a form embodying the character of its active, intelligent energies.”
About the Use of the Temple
Ben Rowe conceives each elemental tablet as an expression of the whole existence, in a similar fashion as the cabalistic Tree of Life. According to him, with the practical and symbolic tool transmited to him by the angels, “competent magicians will be able to unlock the higher aspects of the magick for themselves.” But Rowe serves us with a warning: “This is not a technique for beginners.” The power and intensity of the forces involved can easily “unbalanced the unexperienced magician.” It is highly recommended that before any attempt to build the Enochian Temple, “the magicial should have had some success in using the Enochian system to invoque the forces
Properly constructed, the Enochian temple acts to produce intense concentrations of the powers of the entire Tablet in a balanced form. The power creates a “gate” which can be used to explore symbols of any magickal system, to produce permanent changes in the consciousness of the magician, or to break through into extraterrestrial magical realms. He believes other uses are possible, but has not yet explored them.
The Background of the Temple
The Basic Unit of Enochian Temple: the Cube
The basic unit in the Elemental Tablets is the square. Since the Temple is a transformation of the Tablets into three dimensions, it follows that the basic unit for the construction of the Temple will be the cube. One particular kind of cube has proven to significantly enhance the effectiveness of astrally-constructed Temples. These special cubes are formed from four truncated pyramids of the kind used in the Golden Dawn system to symbolize the energies of the Tablets. The pyramids have square bases. Each side adjacent to the base meets it at an angle of forty- five degrees, and the top has sides whose length is one-third that of a base side. The pyramids are then set with their bases outwards to form four sides of a cube, with the top and bottom faces empty.
The cube thus formed acts as an accumulator and focusing device for whatever energies are assigned to it. The four “solid” sides channel energies into the center of the cube. Beams meet in opposing pairs and are thrown outwards in the only directions remaining, as rays from the empty top and bottom faces. The wand-like nature of the projecting forces suggests that this form of the cube be associated with the fire aspect.
Adding a fifth pyramid to the cube neutralizes the opposing forces of the first four, and causes energy to well up out of the sixth side like a fountain, or like a perpetually-opening lotus. Clearly, this form of the cube relates to the water aspect.
A cube of six pyramids perhaps combines earth and air, since all the faces are solid, but the hollow center contains the accumulated energies, distributed at equal concentration at all points of the space.
There are only two places in the Temple where one of these forms is required. Everywhere it is not specified, any of these forms can be used at the preference of the magician, or none of them used. My personal feeling is that the six- pyramid cube is not useful.
It should be noted that all of these cubes are actually three-dimensional representations of a four-dimensional object, the hypercube or tesseract, which is an object having eight cubical “sides”. In the 3-d cube, six of these cubical sides are seen in distorted perspective as truncated pyramids. So the cube, which started as a projection of a two-dimensional form, contains within it the potential for the projection to continue into additional dimensions. By correspondence, the completed Temple will also be linked to other dimensions.
The Design of an Enochian Temple
The dimensions of the Temple are all defined in terms of the size of a single component, the square, with the length of the square’s side being the unit of measure. Thus the relative dimensions remain constant no matter how large or small the unit is when measured in real terms. The Temple can be made any size that is convenient to the magician. It can be constructed physically, or entirely on the astral levels. The effect on any plane will be about the same, no matter the materials used. Coloring appropriate to the particular Element should be used.
The intelligences who gave the instructions say that it is also preferable, but not necessary, to paint on the attributions of each square as well. This seems valuable but tedious for a Temple constructed of physical materials. But for astral workings such a course would likely be unfeasible for magicians lacking an eidetic memory.
The floor of the Temple is made by lifting the Servient squares out of the tablet, and pushing them together to make an 8 by 8 board, with the squares maintaining their relative positions from the Tablet. (Fig.? )
The Kerubic squares of each Lesser Angle are arranged in a 2 by 2 square, which touches the corner of the floor. The squares are arranged within the larger square so that they are in the same position relative to each other that their sub- elements are in the Tablet as a whole.
The Sephirotic crosses are connected as in Fig. ?, and are laid horizontally at the height of the tops of the Kerubic pillars to form the inner ceiling of the Temple. The crosses project downwards to form the inner walls of the Temple. The long arms of the crosses are oriented to follow diagonal lines drawn between the Kerubic Pillars, and the Malkuth squares of the vertical arms rest on the top of each pillar. The Malkuth square of each cross is centered precisely over the center of of its quarter’s Kerubic pillar, and the intersection of the four lesser columns that make up each pillar divides it into four equal parts. The Tiphereth square of each cross will be over the center of the sixteen Servient squares of the Lesser Angle. Also note that in this formation, the squares attributed to Kether and Tiphereth are always hidden from any viewpoint outside of the Temple.
The names of the six Seniors are made into a star-shaped formation. (Fig. ?) The first letter of each name is formed into an equilateral triangle having sides of one unit, and the remaining letters are assigned to squares extending in a line from the base of the triangle. The triangular units are fitted together to form a hexagonal center to the star. Except for this center, the arms of the star-shape are bent downwards at an angle of about thirty degrees to form the roof-braces of the Temple. The outermost square of each arm will be at the height of the tops of the Kerubic pillars. The arms should extend outwards far enough that a circle touching all their ends would just enclose the Malkuth squares of the sephirotic crosses.
The name of the Elemental King is formed into a stack of four fire-aspect cubes, which stands on the center of the Seniors’ star. The outer faces of the cubes in the stack are attributed to the letters of the name in this manner:
E S W N <– (direction of face)
I C I C
Z H Z H ICZHIHAL, Earth Tablet
I H I H
A L A L
The three Names of God in a Tablet are expressed in the Temple as three rings, each having a circumference of 12 units. When it is desired to emphasize the purely elemental aspects of the Temple, the rings are arranged so that they have a common center-point, and the plane of each ring is at right angles to the planes of the other two. When the higher, planetary aspect of the Temple is to be emphasized, then the rings are arranged so that they share a common diameter and their planes are set at angles of 120 degrees to each other.
 Benjamin Rowe, Enochian Temples, p. 7.
 Benjamin Rowe, Enochian Temples, p. 8.
 Benjamin Rowe, Enochian Temples, p. 8