Saturday, March 14, 2009

I love Grimoiric magic circles and old style High Magic. I think the modern occult has lost something by stripping magic of its basic elements. The magic circle used to always be drawn physically before a ritual (see The Lesser Key of Solomon or Aggrippa's Fourth Book for examples). Now its all "imagined." After thinking about it for a long time I've decided to update (or possibly reconstruct) some common ritual elements of modern Ceremonial magic. I'm starting with the commonly used Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram.

What follows is the physical drawing for the LRP, draw on the floor in chalk around the magus. Within the circle are the basic instructions for performing the ritual. By working his way clockwise and from the center outwards the magus will find the words used in this ritual in their Hebrew forms (both in Hebrew alphabet and in English alphabet) and in their transliterated forms. I have also updated the correspondences to match the original Pythagorian model (and the model I beleive was originally implied in the LRP before it 'evolved' to the modern day). Also, instead of using the Banishing Earth Pentagrams for each corner I have replaced them with the appropriate quarter elemental Pentagrams. Anyone who notes my switching of Air and Earth is encouraged to look at the original and understand that the admonition to begin with Earth in the east implied that association (not that Earth was to be banished in all quarters).

If you do not like it, the don't use it, I have very little issue with criticism or with people disagreeing with my methods.

For those who are unfamiliar with the ritual, here it is (with my associations):

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram:
Take a steel dagger in the right hand.
Face EAST.

Touch the forehead and vibrate "ATEH" (thou art)
Touch the middle of the solar plexus and vibrate "MALKUTH" (Kingdom)
Touch the right shoulder and vibrate "VE-GEVURAH" (and Power)
Touch the left shoulder and vibrate "VE-GEDULAH" (and Glory)
Clasp the hands before you and vibrate "LE-OLAHM" (for ever)
"AMEN"

Draw, in the air facing EAST, a banishing Earth Pentagram
Vibrate the Name "YHVH" (pronounced Ya-ho-wau or Yahweh)

Trace the circle's border and draw, in the air facing SOUTH, a banishing Fire Pentagram
Vibrate the Name "ADNI" (pronounced Ah-doh-naye or Adonai)

Trace the circle's border and draw, in the air facing WEST, a banishing Water Pentagram
Vibrate the Name "AHIH" (pronounced Ah-yeh or Ehyeh)

Trace the circle's border and draw, in the air facing NORTH, a banishing Air Pentagram
Vibrate the Name "AGLA" (pronounced either Ah-hag-la or Agla)

Return to the EAST, completing tracing the circle.

Extend the arms in the form of a cross, say: "BEFORE ME..." (then vibrate) "RPAL" (pronounced Rah-pheye-el or Raphiel)
Then, say: "Behind me..." (then vibrate) "GBRYAL" (pronounced Gah-bree-el or Gabriel)
Then, say: "At my right hand..." (then vibrate) "MYKAL" (pronounced Mee-kay-el of Michael)
Then, say: "At my left hand..." (then vibrate) "AWRYAL" (pronounced Aw-ree-el or Auriel)
"About me flames the pentagram, and in the column shines the six rayed star."

10 comments:

  1. hi, i'm new to western occult, i was reading up on this ritual and in the various sources i checked it said that i should draw the earth banishing pentagram in all corners. that did not make sense to me, your explanation does make some sense. but being new i still need to read much more to be sure.
    i had one question though. this is a banishment ritual and a powerful protection spell. but what effect will it have on a friendly/ guardian spirit? while this spirit is of fairly limited power it has good intentions and constantly oversees me. of course i dont know it's name, as i am unable to communicate with it.
    will my performing the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram drive away this friendly spirit? it has, like my own conscience always tried to push me out of the darkness and onto the path of the light.
    is there anyway i can safely communicate with this spirit?

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  2. @K,
    The LBRP is a cleansing ritual designed by the Golden Dawn to banish spirits that are unhelpful to the Magus. It calls upon names of power that dispel influences counter to the will of the practitioner and is meant to consecrate a space for use in the Great Work. It should not banish friendly spirits who are attuned to the willworker and has been designed for the purpose of cleansing before evocation, so is obviously not anathema to all spirits otherwise the subsequent evocation would be impossible.
    As for communication, that's just not my area. I know that http://bryanashen.blogspot.com/ deals in much more spirit communication then I do, I might suggest discussing this with him.

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  3. Why would an LBRP NOT WORK? I started with middle pillar 3years ago & I pretty mush every night have issues with larvae & more angry entities messing w/me when I start to go into sleep mode. I get stuff attaching to my body which feels like I am covered in vibrating blobs & other times I get one that tries to penetrate my body, pop what sounds like a baloon in my ear, etc. I have LBRP'd every night & only get protected sometimes. Doing Tai Chi made me 'light Up' even more as well as other physical exercise. What other things might I do to mitigate my circumstances? Thanks 93 Jack

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    1. Jack, my terrible apologies for the lack of response. I don't maintain this blog anymore and am moving it's content over to my personally hosted site.

      Why isn't it working, you say?
      It may be a need for stronger focus and visualization. Could also be that your fears are hindering your success. For any magic to work you need that moment of in tune clarity that what you want is already past. You need to fully feel the feeling of already accomplishing your will.

      Also, this ritual in particular calls on protective spirits. You might need to work on clearly visualize them and truly they can and will attend you.

      You might try more old world meathods or protection. Salt, holy water, mirrors facing away from your home, are all good deterrents of negative entities.

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    2. I am very interested in your Earth/Air switch of positions. Can you kindly provide a link to the original refered to in " Anyone who notes my switching of Air and Earth is encouraged to look at the original and understand that the admonition to begin with Earth in the east implied that association (not that Earth was to be banished in all quarters)."

      Thanks!
      Frank

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    3. Frank,
      Sure thing. Our two main early sources for the LBRP seem to be Regardie and Crowley.
      Regardie in his "Art and Meaning of Magic" in 1964 (http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/magic/Art_and_Meaning_of_Magick.pdf) instructs merely "Here follow suitable Pentagrams made facing the cardinal quarters, and the vibration of
      names of power."
      Crowley is where I get my main source here. He gives the LBRP in his "Liber O" (http://www.ordoaa.org/pdf/l006.pdf) and says "Turning to the East make a pentagram (that of earth)." For the next thee corners he follows with says "Turning to the _____, the same, but say..." Not sure when this one was published but it must have been written before 1947 (his death).
      It is my opinion that the ritual was never meant to have the same pentagram drawn in all four directions. It is, however, only my personal opinion.

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  5. Gilbert,

    Thanks for the explanation. I am curious to know what effect it had on the result of the operation. Have you experienced a huge difference?

    Frank

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  6. Gilbert,

    Thanks for the explanation. I am curious to know what effect it had on the result of the operation. Have you experienced a huge difference?

    Frank

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  7. Gilbert

    Does it really work ? this kind of magic things do you have a ritual to gain supernatural power?

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