Done properly, it serves as a form of Yoga. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram Composed from various sources related to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn by Take a steel dagger in the right hand or use the index finger. Face EAST. Perform the Cabbalistic Cross as follows: Imagine, at the first word intoned, a brilliant white light descend from above. Touch the forehead and vibrate ATEH thou art Imagine that same brilliant white light form a 6 inch diameter sphere just above the crown of your head.

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Done properly, it serves as a form of Yoga. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram Composed from various sources related to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn by Take a steel dagger in the right hand or use the index finger. Face EAST. Perform the Cabbalistic Cross as follows: Imagine, at the first word intoned, a brilliant white light descend from above. Touch the forehead and vibrate ATEH thou art Imagine that same brilliant white light form a 6 inch diameter sphere just above the crown of your head.

Touch the middle of the solar plexus and vibrate MALKUTH Kingdom Imagine a shaft of light descending from the Crown Sphere and descend to the feet where another 6 inch sphere expands just under your feet. Hands as before, with the dagger between fingers, point up, vibrate AMEN Note: Any image or figure traced in the air with the finger, dagger or other magical instrument, is to be imagined in brilliant scintillating white Light.

In more advanced working, other colors may be used. Make sure that all images drawn are correct, as brilliant as possible, and complete. The beginning and end of a drawn Pentagram must come completely together.

Without moving the dagger in any other direction, trace a semicircle before you as you turn toward the SOUTH. The background is a pale, pure, bright yellow.

Cherubs can be imagined near the Archangel. Imagine a gentle, refreshing breeze, cleansing and purifying the air. Imagine feeling the mist and cool spray of the ocean breeze. Waves of scarlet, red-orange and orange fire in the background. Also, SEKHMET, with a scarlet disk above her head, emerald green Uraeus, scarlet dress from just below breasts, tight-fitting, down to her ankles, is in the flames.

She holds, in her left hand, a scarlet-red lotus wand. In her right hand, she holds an emerald-green ankh. Small black salamanders can be seen moving among the flames. The ground is russet-brown, the leaves of the trees are olive-green, there are black shadows from the trees in a number of places, and the light is citrine light yellow-green. Feel the solidity of the Earth, and imagine the odor of the leaves and muskiness of the ground. Imagine the complete circle of brilliant white light at whose quadrants are the 4 Pentagrams.

Repeat the Cabbalistic cross, and, according to some occultists, stamp your right foot at the conclusion of the complete operation. The Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is performed preliminary to any magical operation and precedes the Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.

Note: The subject of the vibration of Names of Power is discussed at length in other sources. The Names should be pronounced inwardly in the breath, vibrating it as much as possible and feeling that the whole body throbs with the sound and sends out a wave of vibration directed to the ends of the Earth, according to Regardie.

Time and continuous practice of the Ritual, once in the morning prior to the Invoking Ritual, and once in the evening are standard recommendations, and will produce the desired result.

There is no particular frequency or degree of volume that is suitable for every individual. Some benefit can be obtained by listening to the chants of Tibetan Monks that can be found on cassette and CD. Other occultists assert that definite somatic effects will manifest when the vibrated Names are performed correctly, such as tingling in certain areas of the body. I believe it is important to vibrate the Names at the same time one imagines the Name in scintillate white Light, rushing upward thru the body and outwards toward the end of the Universe in the particular direction one is working with.

It is important to pronounce the Names correctly and clearly and, according to Traditional Jewish sources, never pronounce the Names casually, but only in Holy or Theurgic Work. One is admonished to NEVER lower the hand or Magical Instrument while tracing the Circle or at any other time, unless specifically instructed to do so.

As a form of communion with the Divine, the Invoking Ritual should be used in the morning preceded by the Banishing Ritual , and the Banishing in the evening.

As an exersize in concentration: Seated in meditation or lying down, formulate yourself standing in a Magical Robe, holding the Magical Dagger. Imagine yourself in this form to go to the EAST, feel yourself there by mentally "touching" the wall, opening your "eyes", stamping a "foot" on the floor, etc. Perform the Qabalistic Cross and Pentagram Ritual exactly as you would in physical reality, but perform it mentally, especially paying attention to vibrating the Names and holding images clearly in the mind.

Observe the results in the Astral Light and, when complete, imagine your mental self to walk back and stand behind your physical body and will yourself to be reabsorbed into it. As a protective barrier or to banish a negative force, obcessive thought or impure magnetism: Give a mental image [such as a hybrid being representing what the thought, force or entity feels like or how it affects you] to the force, obcessive thought, impure magnetism, or astral entity , project it with the Saluting Sign of a Neophyte of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn , and when the image is about 3 feet away, prevent its return with the Sign of Silence.

If advanced enough, different Elemental Banishings appropriate to the Element associated with the thought, energy, or entity may be used, otherwise, the Earth Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is used.

The history of the Pentagram Ritual is somewhat obscure, according to recent occultists. No other operations like it devolve from antiquity, says Regardie, although some form must necessarily have been used for banishing.

It is also Kabbalistic and represents the oppositions and tetradic equilibrium of the Elements. There were originally two methods of making it the Cross ; one reserved for the priests and initiates, the other set apart for the neophytes and profane.

The sign made in this manner should precede and terminate the Conjuration of the Four". Tradition, still used in Tibetan and Orthodox Jewish Kabbalistic circles, holds that Names of Power should be vibrated , not merely spoken.

Some have used a high-pitched, even shrill voice, to appropriate effect, while others affirm a deeply resonated pitch or one that is slightly higher than ordinary vocalization is most suitable.

Some individuals even vary the pitch during an Operation. A number of occultists claim that the test of the proper "vibrating of the Names" is that it should should be felt in every part of the body, particularly in the hands and the soles of the feet, where a distinct "tingling" sensation will be felt upon vibrating the Names and Words forcibly, but not necessarily loudly.

Qabalistically, the manifestation of Power and Light emanating downward on the Tree of Life, begins in the Cardinal Signs of the Four Elements and ends in the Mutable Signs that rule over the furthest extension of each Elemental Power or Light in each corresponding Qabalistic World. In the Microcosm or Man, the furthest extension of the Light of each Element occurs in his limbs.

Viz: Virgo, in the hands; Gemini, in the arms; Pisces, in the feet; and Sagittarius, in the thighs or legs. Different imaging of the Archangels at the four Quadrants of the Universe have been described by various contemporary occultists. One has already been given, which uses background colors and imagery that is consonant with Hermetic and Rosicrucian Philosophy concerning the four Elements and their Inhabitants.

Other imaginings involve the use of the Magical application of the Laws of vibrating opposites, such as imagining the Archangels to be clothed in garments of contrasting opposite colors that correspond to the Element of a particular Quadrant.

Another imaging involves the analysis of the Hebrew letters that comprise the Name of the Angel, Archangel or other entity. This indicates that, according to at least one occultist of note, the images should weild the Sword and the Balance, the Sword being the weapon of Air and the Balance attributed to Libra.

At first, the forms will appear to be static, almost posterlike images, but will gradually take on a "living" quality of their own. The robes may move and scintillate like shot silk, having a peculiar vibratory appearance. Some of the techniques involve slight knowledge of Hebrew letters and their Qabalistic correspondences in the Tarot, which some esotericists assert to be the pictorial representation of the Tree of Life extended in the Four Worlds.

Waite, and others were at times suggestive, sometimes obscure, purposefully or otherwise, and sometimes quite open in revelation.

A number of those authors were violating their Magical Oaths of that Order by disclosing certain Knowledge, others were intentionally veiling their knowledge, while others knew little but pretended to know much.

The prudent student must be on their guard and practice skepticism in regard to much that has been published on "occultism". Other authors, sworn to secrecy at initiation into various Orders, such as Papus, Eliphas Levi, Stanislaus de Guita, and others, included intentional "blinds" to lead the profane or uninitiated away from true Gnosis.

To trace the Earth Banishing Pentagram, according to certain occultists, use a small, straight-bladed steel dagger, or index finger of the right hand, or a wand, bring the outstreched right arm over and down to the left side, to a point in front of the body corresponding to just about the middle of the thigh. Move the arm and hand straight upwards to a point directly above the head as far as the arm will reach.

Descend straight down towards the right side of the body, coming to the point in front of the right thigh that would correspond to the same point on the left side of the Pentagram.

These movements will have traced a large inverted "V", about feet high. Move the outstreched arm over towards the left to slightly above the left shoulder, as far to the left as your arm will go. Then, trace it horizontally, straight across to a point just above the right shoulder and as far as the arm went to the left, but no further, trace the line to the right. And last, bring the arm and hand straight down, diagonally, to connect back to where you started from. This is true of all lineal figures traced in the Astral Light.


Lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram

Internet Book of Shadows, Various Authors , [], at sacred-texts. It has been with us at least since the Golden Dawn of the nineteenth century, and it has penetrated into all the many Golden Dawn spinoffs, including Neo-Paganism. Yet there is still no widely available, clear instruction. The directions of the magical orders are mere mnemonics for those who are assumed to have personal instructors. To formulate my personal approach to the ritual, to aid any others who may be considering practicing the LBR, and to satisfy the idle curiosity of any gawking onlookers, I have put together this short discussion of the ritual and its symbolism and performance. Intent of the Ritual The real action of a magick ritual takes place in the mind.


Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram

This ritual is considered by many to be a basic preliminary to any other magical work, so much that it was the only ritual, beside initiation rituals, taught to members of the Golden Dawn before they advanced to the Inner Order. The ritual is highly dynamic, using gesture, visualization and the pronunciation of certain words of power, combining prayer and invocation as well as clearing and preparing a space for further magical or meditative work. The text originated as a Jewish prayer, as documented by R. However a modern approach might include the following: An altar in the center of the ritual space, upon which are placed instruments representing the four elements. A tau robe or other suitable ritual garb worn by the magician. A dagger or sword, which is used to gesture to the points of the Qabalistic Cross, and to draw the pentagrams and the circle connecting them. This is meant to construct an astral cross in the body of the magician, with points corresponding to Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.

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