The Lesser Banishing Ritual Of The Pentagram

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Preliminaries. Start by . going to the area where you will do the ritual. If you have an altar as described in the last lesson, put it in the exact center of your area. To be totally complete, you may wish to take a ritual cleansing bath before the ritual. This type of bath is not intended to merely take the dirt off of your skin. Rather, it cleans negativity and the cares of the day from your spirit. First, take a shower to get the dirt off. Then run a warm bath. Be sure to put in some bath salts or epsom salts with some nicely scented oil or perfume added. Then get in and just soak for a few minutes. Feel all of your cares, worries and negativity going into the water. Now, pull the plug and let the water drain while you stay in the water. As the water slowly drains you will feel all of the negative things which were troubling you go down with the water. After all of the water has drained out of the tub, get out and dry yourself with a clean, fresh towel. Finally, put on your robe or special magickal clothes.

If you have them, put the four tools which represent the magickal elements on top of the altar (or table or chair or floor). Remember, have all of them present or use none of them. Put the Major Arcana cards in a pile on top of the altar, too. Bring a chair into your area so that you can sit. As you can see in the diagram below, you should be facing the east. If you have candles, light them and turn out any electric lights you have burning. Of course, if it is daylight, you will want to pull the drapes or close the curtains, etc. Your goal should be to have the room lit only by candles. Also, light any incense you wish to burn at this time.

Banishing Ritual The Pentagram

Sit in the chair, facing east, and do the Relaxation Ritual. Now stand, still facing east. Take the dagger (not the Air dagger) in your right hand, or point with your finger as described in the last lesson. Know that you are in the presence of God! The ritual has begun!

Part One: The Kabalistic Cross.

STEP ONE. Visualize yourself getting larger and larger, taller and taller, until you tower above the room you are in. Continue this growing visualization until the city you live in is small beneath your feet. See the continent as tiny compared to your majestic body. Now even the Earth is small beneath your feet. However, no matter how small the Earth is, it is still firm and solid beneath your feet, anchoring you to the ground. You will not float away.

Next visualize yourself growing so large that the planets of our solar system are like tiny toy rubber balls spinning near your feet. Soon they are too small to see as even the Milky Way galaxy becomes a small dot of light at your feet. Now visualize a dot of light coming from somewhere far above your head. Know that this is only a tiny bit of the light from this source, and if you saw the full brightness of this light you would immediately be blinded and quite possibly go insane. This tiny bit of the endless, limitless light forms a brilliant white sphere of pulsating light just above your head. It is nine inches in diameter, about the size of a dinner plate. It is brighter than ten thousand suns, but still only a tiny portion of the source of this divine, spiritual wnite light. Point to that sphere above your head with your dagger or finger and "bring it down" (by pointing) to your forehead, just above and between the eyes. Next, visualize this brilliance filling your head with divine light. While pointing to your forehead vibrate: Ah-TAH (boldfaced syllable denotes emphasis).

STEP TWO. Bring the point of the dagger (or your finger) firmly down your body until you are pointing toward the ground. Your hand with the blade should be covering your groin. As you do this, visualize the light in your head coming down along with the blade (or finger), down through your body and beyond your feet down to eternity. Vibrate: Mahl-KOOT.

STEP THREE. Now bring the blade up to your right shoulder. As you do this, visualize the beam of white light running down the center of your body form a beam from the heart area out to your right, past the blade at your right shoulder. See this beam of light extend to the tnd of the universe, and beyond. Focus on this beam and vibrate: Vih-GHoo-RAH.

STEP FOUR. Move the point of the blade horizontally to your left thoulder. As you do, visualize the beam of white light now extending through infinite space to your left. As you focus on this beam of light Vibrate: Vih-GVoo-LAH.

STEP FIVE. Clasp your hands at your chest as if praying. If you ftre using a dagger, the point should be up, not pointing away from you, nor to the sides or down. Visualize within your chest, at the point Covered by your folded hands, a brilliant golden glow. Vibrate: Lih-Oh-LAHM, Ah-MEN.

The meaning of this first part of the LBRP is as follows: Ah-TAH means "Thine" in Hebrew. The visualization given above along with the proper pointing of the dagger (or finger) is for the purpose of indicating that you are linking your higher self with the Divine. Mahl-KOOT means "kingdom," and according to the Kabalah refers to the Earth. That is why you should be pointing down. Vih-G'Boo-RAH means "and the power" while Vih-GVoo-LAH means "and the glory." Lih-Oh-LAHM means "forever," and Ah-MEN means, of course, amen (but you will learn the secret meaning of the word "amen" in a later lesson).

Thus, the first part of this ritual translates as "For Thine is the kingdom and the power and glory forever, amen." Does this sound familiar? It should. It is part of the Lord's Prayer. And although this was added to the original text of the prayer as it appears in the Gospels, it does seem to prove that at least some of the early Christians knew the secrets of the Kabalah. Several of the words used here refer directly to the symbol of primary import in the Kabalah, the Tree of Life.

There are many variations on this part of the ritual. The Golden Dawn in Step Two above pointed to the chest. Thelemites, those who follow the teachings of Aleister Crowley, point to the chest between Steps One and Two above, and vibrate the name "Aiwass" at that point. Aiwass, Crowley believed, was the name of his (Crowley's) Holy Guardian Angel and was an extra-terrestrial intelligence. Alex Sanders, founder of the Alexandrian system of Wicca, at Step One above, vibrates "Kether" and in Step Two points to the stomach. Instead of AH-MEN, some people prefer AUM or AUMGN or even a combination such as AUM-EN.

As a final note to this section, if you have not figured it out as yet, what you have done is to visualize yourself as the center of the universe with only the divine light coming through you. You may wish to remain in this position for a few minutes to feel its power.

Part Two: The Formulation of the Pentagrams

STEP ONE. Going to your left, move around to the front of your altar, to the edge of the space of your circle so that you are at the east edge of the circle and facing away from the middle of the circle where your altar stands. In other words, you are at the east and facing east. Here, draw a pentagram as was described in the last lesson. Be sure to visualize the figure as a flaming gas-jet blue pentagram as you draw.

STEP TWO. Inhale through the nose. As you do, feel energy flow from the ends of the universe through your nose and body, and down and out of the bottoms of your feet to the center of the Earth. (You are no longer at the center of your magickal circle and, thus, at the center of the universe as in the first part of this ritual.) As you inhale, both hands should be raised to the sides of your head by your ears. The dagger (or right-hand index finger) should be pointing forward. Your left hand (which should have remained at your side until now) is drawn into a similar position by your left ear, the index finger pointing forward, the rest of the fingers closed into a fist.

STEP THREE. Step forward with the left foot. At the same time thrust your hands forward so that they point at the exact middle of the glowing blue pentagram in front of you (this position is known as a "God Form" and is the God Form known as "The Enterer"). As you do this you should exhale and feel the energy come back up your body, out your arms and hands, through the pentagram and to the ends of the universe. You should use the entire exhalation to vibrate the God Name: Yud-Heh-Vahv-Heh.

STEP FOUR. Bring your hands back to your ears while bringing your left foot back to its original position. Put your left hand down by your side and point to the center of the pentagram with your right forefinger (or dagger). Now trace a line in the air at the height of the center of the pentagram as you move in a clockwise direction around the edge of your circle's space. You should go 90 degrees so that you end up in the south, facing south. As you trace the line in the air you should visualize a brilliant white light emanating from the tip of your finger or blade. At the South, repeat parts 1 and 2 of Step (a), but vibrate Ah-Doh-NYE. ' ' '

STEP FIVE. Repeat as above, but move to the west and vibrate: Eh-Heh-YEH.

STEP SIX. Repeat as above, but move to the North and vibrate: AH-Glah.

STEP SEVEN. Complete the circle by connecting a white line from the North to the East where you began. Then, moving in the same clockwise direction, come back behind the altar and in front of the chair as when you started the ritual. You should once again be fac to the east (see the diagram below). Note: If you do not have room for a circle, simply pivot where you stand behind the altar.

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