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Ritual of Pentagram

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

The essential function of the rituals of the Pentagram is to assert the dominion of the magician over the chaos of the elemental realm or phenomenal world. This is done through symbolically signifying and magically identifying the magician’s alignment and participation in the spiritual ground of the cosmos. When first learned, these rituals are usually engaged with in a strictly performative manner. Words and gestures are memorized and used without deeper reflection. Familiarity with the ritual can often breed forgetfulness that it is not merely a performance piece, however, but rather a profound prayer and moving meditation. Actual, not merely symbolized identification with the absolute is the true goal of the ritual. This requires mindfulness and concentration in the performance of the visualizations, gestures and vocalizations. Personal issues and problems should be set aside before the manifestation of the sacred space of the ritual.

For the sake of clearance around the concept of white or black magic, before we get into practicing ceremonial magic, we need to ask ourselves to what purpose the establishment of elemental dominion is directed. If this is not to be a ritual of black magic, of mere dominion, this control must be directed by and towards the True Will of the magician. We will discover as we analyze this ritual that its symbolism makes this explicit. Much attention has been paid in the explanation of these rituals to the Pentagram itself as a symbol. Just as important, however, are the other features of the ritual — the manner in which the movements and visualizations define the space of the performance and into which the Pentagram is inserted and integrated as a component of a larger ritual gesture. We can break the general structure of the most basic Pentagram ritual — the Lesser Invoking or Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (hereafter referred to as the LRP) — into a few basic components, which we will discuss in turn. [3]

  • The Kabalistic Cross – Opening
  • The Formulation of the Pentagram
  • The Evocation of the Archangels
  • The Kabalistic Cross – Closing

 

Magickal Tools

There are four traditional tools or “weapons” used by ceremonial magicians. These tools are the wand, the cup, the dagger and the pentacle. You could also use a paper cup to represent elemental Water, salt (instead of a pentacle) to represent elemental Earth, a match (instead of a wand) to represent elemental Fire, and a feather (instead of a dagger) to represent elemental Air.

Have a symbol for each of the elements on the altar, or have none of them. You should not have an imbalance in the energies the tools represent. If you do have the weapons, the Air symbol should be on the Eastern part of the altar, the Fire symbol to the South, the Water symbol to the West, and the Earth symbol to the North. If you have the tools, they should be wrapped in a piece of silk or cotton when they are not being used: the wand in red, the chalice in blue, the dagger in yellow and the pentacle in black. Sleight-of-hand magicians’ supply shops usually have silk handkerchiefs available in these and other colors and shades.

Rituals of Pentagram variations

LBRP ( Lesser Banishing Ritual of Pentagram)

LIRP (Lesser Invoking Ritual of Pentagram)

GBRP( Greater Banishing Ritual of Pentagram)

GIRP(Greater Invoking Ritual of Pentagram)

 


References

 

[1]. Article “Rituals of the Pentagram” adapted from http://www.thelemistas.org.

[2]. Michael Craig, Donald. Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts (Llewellyn’s High Magick) Paperback – January 1, 1988.

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