Hey guys! Was your Memorial Day weekend a great one? In this post I wanted to talk about a simple and quite engaging effect that has inspired many a Mage.
It quite simply is called The Color Cube. It is a divining illusion that most every magician has performed in their youth. However, what is more intriguing is that the color cube has deep roots in European history.
It is said that the early Druids used to solve many disputes and complicated problems in local communities with the aid of the “solutio frugibus” or for our understanding ” The Seed Box”.
It was a small hand carved box that contained a single cube shaped acorn. The acorn was skillfully grown within a box by the Druid, whilst still attached to the sacred white oak tree. Each side of the acorn had a rune symbol imprinted into it, four total. The top was stained white and the bottom was stained black.
The way it is said this seed box worked was, the Druid would inform both sides of a dispute that there were going to be only four solutions to their problem which they were bound by nature’s law to settle. Each symbol on the sides of the acorn stood for each solution that both parties would have to compromise in achieving, to solve the problem. The Druid would hand the box to one of the recipients alone and have them select the symbol they would choose to compromise whilst not showing the Druid. They would place it face up in the box and then cover it with the lid.
The Druid would then take the box and hand it to the other party, alone. They would open the box and either agree or disagree with the other parties choice on the compromise. They would show this by choosing white (yes) or black (no) face up in the closed box whilst not letting the Druid see.
When the Druid returns to the first party, he hands the box to them so they may see the response. If it is a negative response, the first party must choose one last time another symbol, this time, what they think the other party would agree to. The process then continues, and the second party repeats what the first party started.
If by chance both parties refuse to accept the others choice as a solution to the problem, the Druid would then take the box in front of both parties and place the white top of the acorn facing up. The Druid would then put the cover on the box and bury it in the center of town in front of everyone.
The Druid would then sit on top of it for one full days span. Telling the town that nature would decide for them. The next day in front of the entire town the Druid would stand up, dig up the box they buried, and reveal to the entire town that the acorn shifted in the box to one of the four symbols on the sides of the acorn. Both parties would then have to compromise by the choice in the box or risk being banished from the community.
Over the centuries, as societies grew and the Druids faded, this practice was held onto by select communities and family heads. Sadly to then be forgotten in the renaissance period.
Until it popped up in the Industrial Age as a divining illusion, performed by mystics, Gypsies, and magicians. All of them calling it, the color box.
“Our history is important. Without it, we risk repeating far more than our triumphs.”