The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram—the LBRP for short—is a well- known, effective technique used for ridding yourself and. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is the most complete ritual ever devised for preparing the place for magical work. The ritual as described here is. Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. By Konstantinos. Converted to Adobe form at by w w -m 1. Stand in the center of your room.
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Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition No. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is the most complete ritual ever devised for preparing the place for magical work. The ritual as described here is used as a general means of opening and closing any ritual, meditation or exercise, banishing inimical influences, invoking helpful spiritual reinforcement to the circle, and strengthening the aura. As a result it is probably the best known of all rituals. However, it has suffered from leser misunderstanding due to the fact that Crowley, although extremely accurate, was very minimal in his treatment of such things.
He rather hoped that others would take upon themselves the task of explaining magical technique in more detail, in the same way that the chef leaves the preparation of salad dressing to a kitchen assistant. The nearest Crowley got to the “nitty gritty” of magical techniques was in his book of letters, Magick Without Tears where among other things he gives riutal descriptions of how to accomplish “Rising on the Planes”, a form of astral investigation, and how to improvise a magical temple from whatever happens to be around.
It seems unlikely that anyone could ritaul foreseen the explosion of interest in magick that was to take place through the seventies and eighties, which the English writer and occultist Kenneth Grant dubbed The Magical Revival in the pengagram of his series of “Typhonian Trilogies”.
With this new generation, brought up on a diet of rock music and video entertainment, to whom sex and drugs were recreational activities rather than the closely guarded secrets of a sacred science, occultism began to be recognised not so much as something a person underwent arduous training for, but rather as another “alternative lifestyle”.
With the widening popularity of the use of magical techniques as a way to gain personal power, wealth, health and other material ends, many subtleties have been lost along the way. Worse, the reasons for taking up such pursuits in the first place have been twisted slightly, then later bent out of all recognition by second and third generations of occultists. In the present place it may be enough to remind the reader that the very hub of the Great Work has banishung been Service to Humanity.
It was only in comparatively recent times that this has been taken to mean “Service to Myself! Now one thing needs to be made clear about the pentagram itself, which is of ritjal integral to the subject of this inquiry. It is a five-pointed star, and as such, it is not only a symbol penfagram Man dominating and controlling the elements, but it is a symbol of Mars, attributed to Geburah or “Severity” by the Qabalists, the fifth emanation upon the Tree of Life.
It is therefore a symbol of pemtagram, war, strife, and conquest. It might also be borne ritaul mind that the “five” is a symbol of the hand or womb of the Goddess filled with creative fire, the feminine power that manifests the Ritula. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is far more than merely a means of “getting rid” of things. Aleister Crowley commented in his notes fitual the ritual that:.
Lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram – Wikipedia
Properly understood, it is the Medicine of Metals and the Stone of the Wise. In all the details of the ritual which will follow shortlyone must be careful not to lose sight of the whole.
The ritual, properly performed and with repeated and persistent practice, constructs a complete symbol in the aura or Sphere of Sensation of the practitioner. The idea of using a symbol of the Great Work in this manner is an exceedingly ancient one. In the East there is the holy mountain called Meru, which has its counterpart in Abiegnus of the Rosicrucian or Western Mysteries.
Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
There is the Building of the Temple. In times of remote lesswr, cities and gods were interchangeable terms. First of all – after cleansing oneself of everything and anything that is not essential to the Great Work in banishiny, and having studied the sacred scriptures at source and meditated on them, and having cultivated fiery aspiration and acceptance of the path – all the powers of the mind and pentagarm are directed towards constructing a suitable symbol of the Universe be that a God, a City, or a Man.
One then places oneself at the centre of that symbol imaginatively, while physically assuming asana. Once the distractions of body and mind have been overcome and concentration perfected through use of the sacred symbol, a miracle may find its beginning there. The symbol properly rityal, the prana is then circulated in the subtle body along with the physical breath in the physical body.
Various centres, rooms, chakras or sephiroth are activated, as according leseer instruction. And if the kf of the person leads all the while to That which is Above and Beyond, then perhaps – if God be willing! It is worthwhile quoting once more from Crowley’s notes on the ritual, concerning vanishing matter of the aura or Sphere of Sensation:. Besides this central citadel, man has also outworks, the Aura. This Aura is sensitive, and must be sensitive. Unless it were responsive to impressions it would cease to be a medium of communication from the non-Ego to the Ego.
This Aura should oc bright and resilient even in the case of the ordinary man. In the case of the Adept it is also radiant. Rituap ill-health this Aura becomes weakened. It will be seen flabby, torn at the edges, cloudy, dull. It may even come near to destruction. It is the one duty of every person to see that his Aura is in good condition. It is not only that the mind of the practitioner becomes sensitised to dimensions that were not previously apparent, but that the energy of the universe itself, by degrees, becomes realised as the basis of the self.
However, this is also a very dangerous point in the spiritual journey of the aspirant. All too often, this realisation is taken to be a sign of Mastery, when in fact it is but the very beginning. The regular use of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram may at the very least provide a means of beginning this work of Building the Temple. The careful placing of symbols in the aura may not only help to calm the mind and free oneself of unwanted influences, it may all the while transform the astral-etheric structure latent in the subtle body of the practitioner into a Matrix of the Divine Pentagrak.
We must at all costs avoid that same territory becoming a chaos of symbols and thought-forms that together do not add up to anything but confusion. While on this subject, it is worth mentioning that there are very good reasons for choosing geometric forms such as the pentagram. Geometry expresses, as do numbers, which are the banisging of the Qabalah, spiritual ideas in their purest, simplest form.
To argue against these expressions of simple beauty and truth merely betrays dishonesty. It is for precisely this reason that the pentagram, the “wizard’s foot” of old, was chosen as a means of obtaining supremacy over lying, deceitful spirits. Having explained some of the underlying theory, we can move on to the practice of the ritual itself.
For this I make no apologies. I was never particularly satisfied with the method involving the use of one hand only usually given as the right hand, although left-handed ritualists should – as fhe would if they were engaged in mortal combat – use their left, as their best and most advantageous.
The method of using both hands has a very ancient tradition of its own, one only has to examine the ritual gestures and dances of the eastern tradition, as well as shown in ancient Egyptian papyri and on tomb and temple walls. There are zones or chakras in the palms of the hands which link to powerful centres in the brain, and the corresponding centres in the subtle body. There is far more to the familiar prayer gesture widely adopted by Christianity than a mere symbolic act.
I must mention, while on this subject, that the idea of ritual being “symbolic” is an erroneous one. Ask any Catholic priest, if penfagram one from a monastic tradition such as the Benedictine.
Finally, as well as altering the accompanying gestures of the Qabalistic Cross, I have in other places restored rituaal ritual somewhat. Although the idea has baniahing popularity recently, I have never seen fit to use the Sign of the Enterer  in the ordinary banishing rituals. I reserve this sign – which is important enough to warrant an essay all to itself – for more specific invocations that usually follow after preliminary banishings.
Another popular idea originating from the writings of Israel Regardie, is that the pentagrams should be visualised in a bright blue, or “gas jet blue” colour. Fire, is of course, the natural correspondence of Mars, and therefore of the pentagram.
The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram: The ritual commences with the Qabalistic Cross: Stand in the centre facing your mystical East. Bringing both hands upwards and out in a wide sweep press the palms of the hands together at the brow of your head, while aspiring powerfully towards the Ineffable Glory.
Vibrate the name “Atah”, meaning “To Thine, the Essence. Next, lower your hands, keeping them pressed together as in a gesture of prayer, to the centre of your breast. Vibrate the name “Malkuth”, meaning “The Kingdom of Earth”.
See the light above your head extending in a beam of light straight down through you towards the centre of the Earth. Still keeping leesser hands pressed together, place them against your right shoulder, vibrating “Ve Geburah”, meaning “Divine Strength”.
See a beam of light travel towards the ends of the Universe from below your right shoulder. Next place your hands to your left shoulder vibrating “Ve Gedulah”, meaning “Magnificence”. See the beam of light travel towards the ends of the Universe from below your left shoulder.
Finally, clasp your hands together firmly at your breast, vibrating “Amen”. See yourself at the centre of a great cross of white light. This completes the first part of the hanishing. The next part of the ritual is the drawing of the pentagrams in each quarter: Still facing Mystical East, with a dagger  or the first two fingers of your hand, trace a full sized pentagram in the air before you.
It should appear flaming, very bright. Begin the pentagram from outside your left hip, trace a line up to a point that is level with the top of your head, then down like a capital letter “A” to outside the right hip.
Then straight up diagonally to outside of your left shoulder, and horizontally across to outside your right shoulder. Do not forget to form the last diagonal to rejoin the line where you began it. See the pentagram burning and flaming before you. Next, without lowering your arm, turn ninety degrees, keeping your arm straight, to the right so that you face South.
As you do see a line of brilliant light connecting the centre of where your second star in the South is about to be drawn. Repeat the tracing penhagram the pentagram as before, but this time vibrate the Divine Name “Adonai” as you point to the centre. Without lowering your arm it is not lowered throughout this ritual turn ninety degrees right again to face West, tracing the circle of light as you go.
Draw the pentagram and energise it with the Divine Name “Eheieh”. Turning ninety degrees to the North, continuing the circle of light, draw the pentagram as before, vibrating the Divine Name “Agla” pointing to the centre. Turn ninety degrees to return to the East, and so completing the circle about you. You should now see a circle of brilliant light around you, studded with four bright flaming oesser stars. The third part of the ritual proceeds with the Evocation of the Archangels.
Spreading your arms palms upwards, in a Tau or T-cross posture, say: For about me flames the pentagram, and in the column stands the six-rayed star!
The Archangels should clearly be seen about the circle.