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Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Why and How To

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GwennyOh is a practicing LHP magician, spirit conjurer, and healer and enjoys sharing the fruits of her studies and experiences.

Pentagram, with elemental signs, including Spirit. The elemental attributes assigned to the pentagram, are what makes it such a powerful symbol, not only in protection, but in magick and occultism in general

Pentagram, with elemental signs, including Spirit. The elemental attributes assigned to the pentagram, are what makes it such a powerful symbol, not only in protection, but in magick and occultism in general

Introduction

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, or the LBRP, is a rite that virtually all magicians, occultists and witches have heard of. It serves as a valuable tool in terms of energy clearing and protection; however, the specifics of what it does are not commonly revealed. This article will tell you what the LBRP does and does not do, and will supply a heads up on when and how to use it.

What Is the LBRP Used For?

It has one primary purpose; it removes all energies that do not by intent, belong in or around you as you begin your magickal working. It ensures that your working is not interfered with by outside energies. The effect is short term, hence it must be performed directly before each magickal session that its effects are required for. Too, in any setting, if a person feels agitated by energies around them or senses a new entity with an uncomfortable energy, they may use it to banish.

Simply a Band-Aid for Demonic Attacks

What it cannot do: the LBRP works too short term to efficiently banish unwanted or attacking demons; in the same way it is unsuited to banishing magickal attacks and psychic vampirism. Keep in mind that the term 'attacking demons,' refers to demons sent to a person to cause harm, because not all demons attack--to work with them as a demonolator can be joyous and rewarding. Though the LBRP can be useful as a tool to gain immediate relief upon magickal, psychic, or demonic attack, relief will be fleeting; further action must be taken to protect oneself (we will address this shortly).

LBRP Helps Define Where Failure Comes From

What this rite does best is the task it was created for--to keep a magick practitioner's sacred space sacred, for the purpose of performing true works with true results. Worthy of note: an occultist worth his salt keeps a journal of all workings--a grimoire; and within it is typically a comment made as they look back, on whether a spell or other working was successful or not. Without a rite such as the LBRP, it is more difficult to tell why a subsequent rite fails, when one does fail. To expound--with the LBRP performed beforehand, the practitioner has a fairly strong knowing that failure in the subsequent rite relates to the nature of that magickal working itself.

Even though the LBRP is not suitable for banishing entities, it repels them for long enough to do a working. This means that there is little to no chance that a mischievous demon will interfere with a subsequent rite when it is employed. This opinion derives from interactive experiences with others whom I've coached, as I've never personally felt affected by cacodemonic activity (my beliefs have been cultured to believe that they cannot access me, and it works).

Tools and paraphernalia commonly used in occultism and magick rites

Tools and paraphernalia commonly used in occultism and magick rites

When Interference Goes Unnoticed

If a new sorcerer does not bother with the LBRP prior to their rites, and experiences interference, they may not recognize what's happening. If they don't recognize interference, they may go on to develop limitations within their beliefs concerning the powers of magick; this as when interference goes undetected, failure may be misattributed--to the working at hand or to magick itself. A lack of faith in magick will not affect one's magick directly, as magick does not require belief in it, to work. However, when positive belief is not present, the inclination to perform magick will be hampered. In such a scenario one may lean towards questioning or abandoning viable rites and spells.

The aforementioned does not mean that all new magicians and witches should use the LBRP or else they'll become limited in perspective; but rather was presented to point out that the neglectful tendencies we develop, should be addressed; however, to address them we first have to become aware of them. Addressing protection and general spiritual hygiene is absolutely essential; and to underscore the point let's repeat--not only for protection's sake but also for accuracy in spellwork and rites, and additionally, for a more harmonious life.

A practitioner may use such a rite at the beginning of their journey; but as they progress, many but not all, will drop using the LBRP. Some of them will have adopted replacement modes of protection and/or space clearing. Then there are occultists who believe that when they can fully control their emotions, thoughts and beliefs, that this type of rite is no longer necessary. Additionally, there are those with beliefs so strong, that them simply believing that they are invincible to all types of interference, makes it so; however, to develop beliefs of that strength, takes time and incredible self discipline.

For Aura Healing and Vibrational Frequency Tweaking

Performing the LBRP on an ongoing basis, allows your aura to heal. Additionally, as the rite banishes undesirable and lower vibrational energies, with regular practice and over time it deters the types of entities that don't best meet your needs from being drawn to you. How? --because what you attract is directly in line with your vibrational frequency. Hence with ongoing practice you are clearing the path toward being your true, authentic self, and are removing obstacles typically posed to the occultist, magician, and seeker. It would be remiss not to say, that the LBRP does not eliminate only negative and unwanted energies, but rather, removes all superfluous energies.

For recommendations on how often to use the LBRP for regular use, read on.

All rites both light and dark, will benefit from energy purifying

All rites both light and dark, will benefit from energy purifying

Q: It Was Suggested That the LBRP Is an Aura Healer; How Does That Work?

The aura can heal itself, but the influences of our world and society condition us to remain off center, so in many instances the energetic oppression a person experiences does not allow it to heal. Time and removal of toxic energies allows aura healing to take place. For this specific purpose, for a period of time the LBRP should be performed three times a day, and the treatment naturally should conclude when the individual feels due improvement. For those looking for a starting place suggestion, this author suggests 3 weeks, but also suggests that you not be too quick to drop it once you feel better--carefully think it through... not everyone needs self discipline in their life, but some do. To carry this on for as long as one can, is valuable in terms of self development and growth for those it serves.

Q: How Often Should It Be Performed in Cases Other Than Aura Healing?

This response is not based upon offering the greatest convenience to the asker, but rather, is considered as the best way to achieve an optimal result. At least once a day, and for the newer occultist, prior to each magickal rite they perform.

Cacodemons vs Noble Demons

Though not directly relevant to the topic, we alit upon the subject of aggressive demons; and it would be remiss not to say a little more on this, as surely an eyebrow or two has been raised. Allow me to share some basic information on demons, as there is so much misunderstanding concerning them. So many think that they are all bad; truly though, most of them are not.

Cacodemons are typically malevolent enough that to work with them is a pain. Their intent is, generally speaking, to create situations that allow them to energy feed, or otherwise benefit from the hardship they pose to the magician. The other demon type is the one that magicians typically work with, and we'll call them noble demons for this purpose.

Noble demons, such as Goetia and some deities, can harm people, but typically when they do it's because they were sent by a magus to attack. See that? --cacodemon and noble demon types can each be malevolent. All that can be said in order to differentiate between the natures of these two very different demon types is, that only those who engage in darker arts, aka baneful magick, will ask a noble demon to attack; hence in such cases said demon is adapting to the nature of his sorcerer ally, and is furthermore reflecting that nature.

There are magicians working with noble demons as well that will not ask them to attack, and then they are fine to exist as non-attacking demons. Even when a noble demon exists without being sent on attack missions, when they live virtually entirely in peace, they may, oddly enough, urge a practitioner to consider the value of transcending the limitations that block them from engaging in baneful arts. Such coaxing from a noble demon is offered to assist in neutralizing the effects of societal conditioning upon the magus.

There are other magi who do not send nobles to attack, but also believe that if they themselves were attacked that their demon ally would serve as a guardian, and may attack if situationally appropriate. To say that nobles do not attack unless asked is to over-simplify though; they do require respect, and if it's not there, lessons may be forthcoming. This does not make them bad or evil, it makes them human-like. Any lessons they provide must be strong enough to hold water over time, in order for us to remain mindful of which approach to take in future interactions with them. Basic common sense and courtesy, is all it takes, and staying true to the commitments one makes.

To summarize, generally a cacodemon has no true interest in assisting the magician, other than to gain his confidence in order to engage in manipulation. On the other side of the fence, the noble demons of today, were the gods of ancient yore, and the bulk carry that demeanor. For the record, apart from cacodemons, some of the most trying beings to deal with are lower vibrational astral entities, which require the same type of banishing as attacking demons; unfortunately now's not the time to further discuss this entity type.

Q: If LBRP Is Not Suitable for Banishing Entities and Resolving Psychic Attack, What Do You Recommend?

A practitioner should not be too quick to banish, and should be sure that is what needs to be done before doing so. It has been revealed to yours truly over time, that people can misunderstand the nature of how noble demons convey messages to us. They can and do, sometimes send us challenges to get our attention, and most often the reason is because they want to help us, and or journey with us along our path; other times they may want us to become aware of impending tragedy, or they may even offer a harsh lesson for that the magician let them down on a pact, or something similar. These things may be misinterpreted as signs that a demon is a trickster, or that they are on an attack mission.

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Side note: Some will respond with a mindset typical to societally hampered thinking and say--if a demon could bring a harsh lesson for a dropped pact, that makes them evil; but don't be quick to judge. That these beings were once gods, is something to consider, because as we took away their territories, people, and traditions and replaced them with new, we could not at the same time, make them any less gods--they are not toys.

A true god is a balance between energies light and dark, just as is man. To those who would interject and say, no, such entities are Qliphothic resonance from what once was--my response would be to say that during recent times much has changed, and now there are more demonolators than ever before. After being abandoned by believers and rendered invalid, said 'demons' (but actually deities) departed to reside within husks on the Qliphothic tree. As beliefs renew, who is to say what the outcome could be, especially now that our spiritual age is advancing so quickly. To summarize and to bring reminder of the concept at hand, if a magician makes a pact with a deity, it should be taken seriously.

Disclosure: During the writing of this piece, shortly after penning the above statement, Lord Belial showed me something. In him drawing my attention to a section in a book that bears his name--'Belial,' by EA Koetting, it was conveyed that though my assessment here is generally accurate, there is more. Paraphrasing Kurtis Joseph in the book, our largely inactive DNA, diminishes our ability to connect with the tools and spiritually profound lessons that we are supposed to be free to access. Hence, they are husks to us because we are blocked. Furthermore Belial, according to Kurtis, states that we are blocked by design.

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Directly replying to the query, a Banishing Spell Box will work well to remove an entity, a hex or psychic attack. This spell is best performed during a waning moon phase or on a Saturday; additionally if you like, begin in an hour relative to Saturn. For those working with entities, feel free to have one assist.

Create a hex-removal sigil, and set it aside. Take a small box, preferably wooden, paint it black inside and out. Take a mirror and glue it against the bottom of the box. One mirror is all you need, but if you have small, craft mirror tiles you can and should put more, because for example, a one square inch craft tile won't feel quite right in terms of capability.

To facilitate recharging, once the spell has been cast you should keep the box. With this in mind, decide if you want to fancy it up a bit; if it's good looking enough to use as an ornament in a prominent place, you are more likely to see it and remember to recharge it.

Take a piece of paper and write the intent of what you plan to achieve, in black marker. Some will choose with a mirror spell, to return the attack to sender, but another choice is to have it voided out. If this matters to you, make your choice part of your intent. Part of your intent can be incorporated into your sigil, don't make the note a novel. Place the note in the box, and sprinkle what you have on hand of black salt or sea salt, artemisia, and/or sage in there too.

Assuming you have a fireproof receptacle to burn on, on top of the box burn a black candle and also dragons' blood incense. Place the hex removal sigil you made, under the black candle holder.

Belial: Without a Master (The Nine Demonic Gatekeepers Saga, Book 1) by Koetting et al

GwennyOh's Review

I became interested in this book--'Belial: Without a Master,' upon developing a hunger to know oh so much more about the nine Demonic Gatekeepers and the lessons and the journeys they have to share with us. It didn't let me down. Throughout the book each author explains from their own perspective, the nature of their interactions and lessons with this particular Gatekeeper--Lord Belial. The book incited me to initiate a Gatekeepers' journey of my own.

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Banishing Spell Box Tutorial Continued

Upon having lit the candle, say, "as by my intent, so it is done." Leave the candle to burn uninterruptedly until extinguished.

It is wise to recharge the spell box occasionally. A simple way, is to set the box out under moonlight for an hour or so. Recharge your spell approximately once a month.

Banishing is not the only tool one should employ, because if attacked once they may be attacked again, so putting up a protective ward or building a protective servitor device into their space, or any valid protection in line with these, is a necessity.

An alternative to the banishing spell box, is to call upon Archangel Michael, if your beliefs allow for that. If you feel that Michael is too light of an energy for your tastes, consider this--in one context he is a sub aspect of the dual aspected entity, Heylel, Lucifer being the other aspect. You will find various exorcism prayers dedicated to Michael on the Internet, but they are largely archaic and obsolete, so write your own prayer. Use his sigil and call upon him at an appropriate planetary hour (keep it simple, use a planetary hours app); his planetary attribution is the Sun. Leave an offering if you wish. Suitable offerings include amber, dandelion, sunflower seeds, corn, beer, and citrine crystal. Entities do not require offerings, the offerings fuel an energetic flow. For this reason the larger the task you ask their assistance with, the more generous or charged their offering should be.

Q: Are There Other Rites That One Can Substitute the LBRP With When They Don't Resonate With It?

One rite that is popularly chosen in place of it, is the Star Ruby. Alternatively, not everyone abandons the LBRP; it is common for people to replace the names of the archangels with deity or demon names of their preference, and otherwise tweak it to align with their intent.

Q: What Is the Difference Between the LBRP and the Greater Banishing Ritual?

They are not remarkably different from each other, but the GBRP lacks archangel attributions and includes more elemental attributions. The differences in when to use this rite in comparison to LBRP, are seldom discussed; and at the same time it's clear to see that the GBRP is not commonly used, yet for no apparent reason.

Q: What Is the Difference Between the LBRP and the Lesser Invoking Ritual?

The only difference between the two rites is in the way the pentagrams are drawn. Each is situationally chosen in accordance with its title's stated purpose.

Q: Where Did It Originate From?

The basic form of the LBRP came into existence in the 1800s. French poet and occultist Eliphas Levi, took an old Semitic prayer, and adapted it to become an occult protection rite. It was Levi's adaptation of it that inspired the The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn to tweak it to suit their own requirements--and from there it became popularly accepted.

The forefather of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram--Eliphas Levi

The forefather of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram--Eliphas Levi

Q: Did Aleister Crowley Once Belong to the Golden Dawn? Did He Support Using the LBRP?

Aleister Crowley, undoubtedly one of the most prolific and renown occultists of modern times, did indeed belong to the Golden Dawn before he started Thelema. Many of the ideas he used in his own works were inspired by his experiences in the HOGD, just as they were inspired by his multitude of other magickal interactive settings and associations, his own occult ventures and experiments, and also the entities he worked with. Crowley valued the rite, and a version was created to align with Thelema's values.

Q: Is It Necessary to Perform Each Motion and Pronounce Each Word Perfectly for the Rite to Work?

Think of it this way: you can order hamburger steak or filet mignon. The hamburger steak will serve the basic purpose of filling you, but the filet will truly satisfy not only your hunger, but also your senses and will make you feel really good, and the feel good has a resonance as well. Though this parallel does not directly translate, it provides a clear idea that sloppy execution of this or any rite, has some use and serves a basic purpose. However, to do it accurately is striving for the high bar, and if you want to stake your territory as a master of the occult arts, do it properly and know that you are getting the precise results you should, and that you are learning to perform at a level of quality that allows you to teach others later on.

Instructions for the Lesser Banishing Rite

There are many interpretations of this rite, and this is the one yours truly works with. You may use a ritual dagger (athame) or a wand to perform this rite, but it is not necessary. The verbiage is to be vibrated, not simply spoken. If you are not sure how, watch a video or two; some have been shared within this article.

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Face the East. Imagine yourself to be large; you look down and see Earth and the cosmos and are larger than it all. Imagine Earth to be about the size of a baseball below your feet.

Take your right hand now and reach up; above you is a blue cloud; put your finger, dagger or wand into it, and draw down a streak of divine light. Draw it to your forehead and vibrate "Ateh," pronounced a-tah. Throughout this rite, do your best to consistently visualize the light you've drawn with as being blue; as well, that each motion you make carries that blue, divine light forth to the next.

Draw the light from your forehead down to your groin, and vibrate "Malkuth," pronounced mal-koot, or mal-kooth.

Draw now from your groin up to your right shoulder, and vibrate "ve-Geburah," pronounced weh-gib-oo-rah, or veh-gib-oo-rah.

Draw across to your left shoulder, and vibrate "ve-Gedulah," pronounced weh-gid-oo-lah, or veh-gid-oo-lah.

Next, cross your arms across your chest and vibrate, "le-Olam, Nema." Nema is the opposite of Amen, for people who find the word distasteful. Take your finger and draw a pentagram in the air, still with blue light. To draw the pentagram for this rite, you begin at the lower left point, and continue to the top point, then down to the lower right point, then to the upper left, to the upper right, and then return to the lower left point where you began. Watch the fiery pentagram burn as you draw it.

Next, make the Sign of the Enterer--which is to lunge forward, left foot first, both arms outstretched and palms down. Vibrate "Yod He Vau He," pronounced yod-hey-vow-hey. Then pull your left foot back as you touch left index finger to your lips, in the way one does to gesture "shhh"; but silently. Then bring your left arm back down to your side. Right arm remains outstretched in preparation to draw next pentagram.

Turn South; with the blue light, draw a pentagram the same way you did before. Make the Sign of the Enterer. Vibrate "Adonai," pronounced ah-don-eye. Retract the left foot, once again touching index finger to lips. Return left arm down to side, keep right arm outstretched.

Turn West; draw the pentagram. Make the Sign of the Enterer; this time vibrate "Eh-he-eh," pronounced eh-hey-yeh. Retract left foot, touch finger to lips. Return left arm to side, keep right arm outstretched.

Turn North, draw the pentagram. Make the Sign of the Enterer; vibrate "Agla," pronounced ah-glah. Retract left foot, touch finger to lips, return left arm to side while keeping right arm outstretched.

Return to facing East. Put your arms out as if you are a cross.

Vibrate "before me, Raphael"; draw the name out into syllables and pronounce it rah-faiy-el.

Then vibrate "behind me, Gabriel" (gab-ree-el).

Vibrate "to the right of me, Michael" (mik-ay-el).

Then vibrate "to the left of me, Auriel" (oh-ree-el).

Finally, state "around me burn the fiery pentagrams, and inside me shines the six rayed star."

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