The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, or LBRP, was formulated initially by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and is a ritual of banishing which focuses on invocation of Divine elements prior to a magickal working. Under the power and virtue of the pentagram, lesser energies are banished from the presence of the magician and will not return (unless invited).
Performing the ritual prior to any working or as a means of starting one’s day dispels the negative energies of the psyche and otherwise.
History of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
The first recorded instance of the LBRP as a practice was noted in Eliphas Levi’s works, and likely stems from a Hebrew prayer as documented by R. Samson Raphael Hirsch in ‘The Hirsch Siddur’ [Feldheim Publishing, 1969], which reads as follows:
“In the Name of God, the God of Yisrale: may Michael be at my right hand, Gabriel at my left, Uriel before me, Raphael behind me, and above my head, the presence of God.”
Other variations of the LBRP exist including a Gnostic Pentagram Ritual, the Enochian BRP, the Wiccan LBRP and the Olympic BRP.
By utilizing the pentagram itself in the ritual, the magician is calling on the powers of the elements to assist him in his working; the correlation being that the upright pentagram represents the highest aspect of man and the spirit is consciously in alignment with and ruling over each of the four elements.
Steps to Performing the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
Perform the Kabbalistic Cross.
Face east. Stand straight with both arms at each side. Visualize the color blue. The color should be that of an electric stove flame. With your left hand remaining at your side, inhale deeply through the nose, stretching out the right hand holding an athame, dagger or pointing the index finger. Starting at your left, trace a line from your left hip up to a point just before your head, then down to your right hip, up to your left shoulder, across to your right shoulder and then back down to your left hip. As you are drawing the pentagram, see the flame as projected out to a point past your finger. Project this image out from you so that the pentagram is before you.
Inhaling deeply with the pentagram burning before you, bring both hands up to the sides of your head just adjacent to your ears. Point the index fingers of both hands toward the pentagram. Step forward with your left foot simultaneously pushing both hands pointing through the center of the pentagram, exhaling and feeling the energy go out to the end of the universe. With this exhalation, vibrate the words YHVH (pronounced Yod-heh-vav-heh).
Bring both hands back to your ears and your foot to its original standing position. With your right hand still pointing, extend your hand toward the center of the pentagram. You will now be drawing a line from the center of this pentagram to the next, moving in a clockwise direction ninety degrees until you are facing East. As you trace the line in the air, visualize a brilliant white light emanating from the tip of your finger or blade.
Repeat the pentagram process for the south, tracing another pentagram and vibrating ADONAI (Ah-doh-nai). Pointing the athame or finger again, trace the white line to the west and repeat this process, vibrating AHIH (Eh-he-yeh).
Turn north. Trace the pentagram and vibrate AGLA (Ah-ge-lah).
Complete the last trace of your line as a circle which meets and closes where you began in the East. Visualize the circle as three dimensionally around you in all directions, so that you are encased within a white sphere of protective light with the electric blue pentagrams encircling you in all directions..
Evocation of the Archangels
You are still facing East. Stretch your arms straight out to the sides so that your body forms a cross. Meditate on the energies flowing through you and making you a brilliant cross of light at the center of the universe.
Remember that each angel represents a corresponding element, so it is helpful when invoking them to also strongly imagine that element that they are a part of.
Visualize a figure on a mound in front of you. The figure is dressed in gold-yellow robes with purple highlights. The figure carries a caduceus wand (the symbol used by doctors, a wand entwined by serpents, which represents the life force) and the figure’s robes wave in the wind. Feel an airy breeze coming from behind the figure. Say, “Before me, Rah-fay-EL.”, vibrating the name.
Visualize a figure behind you clothed in blue with orange highlights. The figure holds a cup and is surrounded by waterfalls. Feel the salty moisture of the sea in the air. Say, “Behind me, Gahb-Ray-El.” vibrating the name.
To your right visualize a figure dressed in scarlet with green highlights. The figure holds a flaming sword. Sense heat emanating from this direction. Say, “On my right hand, Mee-chai-EL.”, vibrating the name.
To your left visualize a figure dressed in greens and brown on an earthy, fertile landscape. The figure holds some sheaves of wheat. Sense the dark feel of moist earth and green, green grass. Say, “And on my left hand Ohr-ree-EL.”, vibrating the name.
After these visualizations, move your left foot out to your left and visualize another blue pentagram all around you, outlining your body. Say aloud, “For about me flames the pentagram…”
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