The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram Apr 16, 2006 16:37:44 GMT -5
Post by Sojrn on Apr 16, 2006 16:37:44 GMT -5
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This Qabalistic ritual banishes your work area of negative energies, and sets up astral barriers with the help of archangelic forces.
The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
Going to your left, move around to the front of your altar, so that you are at the east, facing east. Here, draw a banishing earth pentagram.
Visualize the pentagram as flaming gas-jet blue as you draw.
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, raise both hands 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 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 called "the sign of the Enterer"). As you do this, 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. Use the entire exhalation to vibrate the God Name: Yud-Heh-Vahv-Heh.
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. Go 90 degrees so that you end up in the south, facing south. As you trace the line in the air, visualize a brilliant white light emanating from the tip of your finger or blade. At the south, repeat what you did at the east: draw a banishing earth pentagram, inhale, make the Sign of the Enterer, but instead vibrate the God Name: Ah-Doh-NYE.
Repeat as above, but move to the west and vibrate: Eh-Heh-YEH.
Repeat as above, but move to the north and vibrate: AH-Glah.
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. You should once again be facing to the East.
Now visualize the brilliant white circle expanding up and down to form a sphere above, below and all around you. What you have done is created a sphere in brilliant white all around you with electric blue pentagrams at the quarters which have been charged and sealed with names of God.
The Evocation of the Archangels
Spread your arms straight out to the sides, so that your body forms a cross. If you have a dagger, the point should be up. Take a second or two to once again feel the energies flowing through you and making you a brilliant cross of light at the center of the universe. The cross represents the four archetypal elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water.
Visualize a figure on a hill in front of you. The figure is dressed in yellow robes which have some purplish 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" a breeze coming from behind the figure. Say, "Before me, Rah-fay-EL." (Vibrate the name of the Archangel.)
Visualize a figure behind you, dressed in blue with some orange highlights. The figure holds a cup and is surrounded by waterfalls. Try to feel the moisture in the air. Say, "Behind me, Gahb-Ray-El." (Vibrate the name.)
To your right visualize a figure dressed in scarlet with green highlights. The figure holds a flaming sword and you should feel heat coming from this direction. Say, "On my right hand, Mee-chai-EL." (Vibrate the name. The "ch" is a guttural sound as in the German "ach" or the Scottish "loch.")
To your left visualize a figure dressed in greens and brown on a fertile landscape. The figure holds some sheaves of wheat. Say, "And on my left hand Ohr-ree-EL." (Vibrate the name.)
Move your left foot out to your left and visualize another blue pentagram all around you, outlining your body. Say, "For about me flames the pentagram..."
Visualize a golden hexagram, a six-pointed star within you, right where your heart is. Say, "...And within me shines the six-rayed star."
Repeat the Qabalistic Cross.
Adapted from the book "Modern Magick" by Donald Michael Kraig