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The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is designed to purify both the magician and his or her immediate area. It is most often used as a precursor to magical work, sometimes used as a meditation and can be pressed into service as an exorcism though in my humble opinion it lacks the power of traditional religious exorcism. However, since many magicians will know this rite (or will want to learn it at some point) and since it needs no special equipment or supplies, the LBRP has become one of the most popular banishing rituals in modern occultism. Every magician knows it and can pretty much do it at the spur of the moment.

Originally created by The Golden Dawn the rite has, through that process of occult osmosis many practitioners are familiar with, been passed along to many different traditions. Interestingly, despite the overt Judeo-Christian symbolism traditionalist Wiccans have been known to use it. There are variations which replace the Christian and Jewish references with pagan ones for the more xenophobic practitioners who dare not “pollute” themselves which such things but I have known dozens of pagans who have used the ritual as is and have not been struck down by the gods.

The ritual can literally be found in hundreds of books and (of course) online. The instructions may seem complicated at first but with practice you will be able to bang out a LBRP on cue in about five minutes. There’s also plenty of people who film themselves doing it which I think is even more instructive and infinitely more entertaining. Enjoy:

Here’s a two part discussion on the LBRP by Ordo Templi Lucis Asterum Magister Inas Custers-van Bergen who co-authored The Temple of High Magic with the great Gareth Knight. Magister Bergen talks about the traditional uses of theĀ  LBRP, but her version is specific to the OTLA. It may speak to some people in ways the Golden Dawn version doesn’t. She performs the ritual in the second part while instructing viewers on the meanings of various sections, but again this is Ordo Templi Lucis Asterum theology so even though I find it quite interesting many will not want to get to bogged down in it. It is a good example though of how the rite can be altered to accommodate different traditions.

Part I:

Part II:

Here’s a .pdf of the LBRP you can save to your desktop and upload onto your e-reader.

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