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The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (also referred to as the LBRP) is a basic, but important magickal ritual, the purpose of which is to ground tha magickian and clear the magickal ritual space, creating a circle of protection around the magickian within which they may be free to do their Work. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram should typically precede any magickal working or exercise. It is the first thing that any aspiring magickian should learn and use.


Ritual Space

You should have an area or space where you will be doing this ritual, which is private, and the ritual will not be interrupted. You should light this area with only candle-light, if possible.

Ritual Tools

It is also important to have the proper ritual tools.

  • Athame or Wand
  • Altar, should be in the center of the ritual space.

The Ritual

The Qabalistic Cross

  • Touching thy forehead say Ateh ("unto thee")
  • Touching thy breast say Malkuth ("the Kingdom")
  • Touching thy right shoulder, say ve-Geburah ("and the Power")
  • Touching thy left shoulder, say ve-Gedulah ("and the Glory")
  • Clasping thy hand upon thy breast, say le-Olahm, Amen ("to the Ages, Amen")

Formulating the Pentagrams

  • To the East, trace the Earth pentagram with your wand or athame. Vibrate the name Yehovah
  • To the South, trace the Earth pentagram and vibrate the name Adonai.
  • To the West, trace the Earth pentagram and vibrate the name Eheieh.
  • To the North, trace the Earth pentagram and vibrate the name AGLA.

Evocation of the Archangels

  • Extend your arms out in the form of a cross (As in the Sign of Osiris Slain).
  • Facing East say: Before me, Raphael
  • Say: Behind me Gabriel
  • Say: On my right hand Michael.
  • Say: On my left hand Auriel.
  • Say: For about me flames the Pentagram.
  • Say: And in the Column stands the six-rayed Star.

Repeat then the Qabalistic Cross.


  • "Those who regard this ritual as a mere device to invoke or banish spirits, are unworthy to possess it. Properly understood, it is the Medicine of Metals and the Stone of the Wise" - Aleister Crowley

See Also

Reference Material

  • The Magick of Thelema - Lon Milo Duquette (ISBN 0877287783)
  • Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts - Donald Michael Kraig (ISBN 0875423248)

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