I have always found amazing the large number of people who talk i magick and the tiny amount of people who practice or live magick. The I vast majority of people I have met who claim to be magicians show little knowledge of any rituals other than simple variations on the LBRP.
Don't get me wrong, though. I cannot overstress the importance of the LBRP. Becoming proficient in Magick is a precarious task, and the LBRP is the rather tiny support:
If you are not proficient at the LBRP, the entire system can fall down around you. This is why the LBRP is taught right at the beginning. In fact, other than initiation rituals, it was the only ritual given out to members of the Golden Dawn until they entered the Inner Order. This would take over one year of practice.
Thus, if you start actual practice on a daily basis of other rituals such as the Middle Pillar Ritual and the ritual which is to follow, you will be doing the practical work that so many people who call themselves magicians talk about, but so few actually practice.
Let me reaffirm to you now that magickal practice is not just self-delusion or "mental masturbation." During sexual stimulation the chemistry of the body actually changes. Various hormones are released into the bloodstream which cause the obvious signs of sexual arousal. Drugs called endorphins are created by the body and released into the blood and eventually arrive at the brain. Endorphins are similar to opiates and increase the pain threshold. As a result, bites and scratches which at other times would be painful become very pleasurable for some people.
However, the changes due to sexual arousal are temporary. The practice of ritual magick will make longer lasting changes. These include longevity, youthfulness, increased I.Q. and others. But unless you practice on a regular basis, nothing will happen. Magick is experiential, not mental.
The purpose of the LBRP, among other things, is to clear your immediate area of physical and non-physical distractions. This especially refers to what might be considered "negative influences."
However, when doing Grey Magick it becomes important to clear your area not only of lower or negative influences, but also to clear your area of positive or higher influences. This is because when you want to get into contact with one aspect of Divinity, you do not want anything (whether it be positive or negative) getting in the way.
Perhaps at some time in your life you have had someone have a romantic crush on you. They always want to be around you. They want to help you in every way possible and want to touch you as much as possible. Their motivation is completely based on their idea of love, yet they can quickly become a terrible annoyance, a "pain in the neck." Even though they come to you out of love and affection, two things which are undeniably very positive, they can get in the way of your efficient functioning at school, at work, in your personal and pro fessional life. It may be fun for a short while, but soon it only gets in your way. We try to break our admirer of his/her obsession and stop the interference into our life. Similarly, it is important to prevent even positive interference into our magickal work. We must clear our immediate area, the area wherein we will work our magick, not only of negative influences, but also of positive influences. In short, we want to have an area for magickal work that has been cleared of all influences.
The LBRP clears the area of negative influences. The Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram (BRH) clears the area of positive influences. Just as with the LBRP, the Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram must be mastered.
Although I thoroughly enjoy the LBRP, I have always considered it to be on the level of doing my laundry. It is important and must be done regularly or you can get into trouble. I still do it on an average of twice a day. I feel good about doing it, too. But I also think that a ritual done daily should have "more."
When I first learned the BRH, I found that "more." While the Evocation of the Archangels in the LBRP is powerful, and it seems to me to always be increasing in power, the Invocations and physical actions of the BRH are to me quite awe-inspiring. I never cease to get chills when I pause after commanding the Divine Light to descend. And when that section is repeated at the end of the ritual, it is almost overpowering. At times I have wanted to cry over this ritual's magnificent yet simple beauty.
Much of the rituals of the Golden Dawn is filled with such beauty. Is there any more magnificent and beautiful way to "adore the Lord of the Universe and Space" than by the Golden Dawn's:
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