LESSER RITUAL OF THE PENTAGRAM

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The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram

The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram (LRP) is a Ceremonial Magick Ritual devised and used by the original order of the Golden Dawn that has become a mainstay in modern occultism.  It is considered by many to be a basic preliminary to any other magical work, so much so that it was the only ritual, beside initiation rituals, taught to members of the Golden Dawn before they advanced to the Inner Order.

The following explains the Complete Golden Dawn Version to invoke the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.  You will need to know the following two signs during this ritual:



  1. Look around and ensure that the Charged Force of any Consecrated Magical Implements will not be accidentally banished.
  2. Stand West of the Altar facing East, holding your Elemental Banishing Dagger.  Begin with the Rite of the Kabbalistic Cross:
    • While standing West of the Altar facing East, imagine you are expanding, getting larger and larger.  Visualise yourself standing with the Earth beneath your feet (about the size of a football).  Imagine you are continuing to grow and expand, until you are so large that entire galaxies spin around you.  Visualise a ball of white Light, burning like a star, directly above your head.  Raise either your Elemental Banishing Dagger in your right hand above your head, pointing straight up, and pierce the star with the Dagger.  Visualise a shaft of white Light rising vertically from the star above your head to infinity.  Vibrate ATEH (thou art), while lowering the Dagger down to touch first your forehead (while vibrating the first syllable), then your breast around the heart area (while vibrating the second syllable), and extend the shaft of Light downwards as you move.
    • Lower the Dagger to the groin area, with the tip still pointing straight up (Israel Regardie taught that one should never point a Magical Dagger downward toward the Earth).  Vibrate MALKUTH (the kingdom). Visualise a vertical shaft of white Light descending from the star above your head, to another star beneath your feet, and onward, through the centre of the Earth, to infinity.
    • Touch your right shoulder with the point of the Dagger (you should feel the sharp tip), and vibrate VE-GEBURAH (and the power).  Visualise another star shining where the Dagger is touching your shoulder, and a shaft of white Light extending horizontally to your right and on to infinity.
    • Touch your left shoulder with the point of the Dagger, and vibrate VE-GEDULA (and the Glory).  Visualise another star, at the place where the Dagger is touching your shoulder, and a shaft of Light extending horizontally to your left, to infinity.
    • Bring the Dagger, pointing upward, to your heart.  Move it in a circular counter-clockwise motion (toward the left, from the top downwards, then up to the right), several times, as you vibrate LE-OLAM (for ever).
    • Clasp your hands together over the centre of your chest.  Interlace your fingers, and hold the Dagger between your knuckles, pointing upward (the interlaced fingers symbolise the ten Sephiroth).  Extend your elbows horizontally, along the plane of the horizontal shaft of Light, extending from the stars at your shoulders.  Visualise yourself, standing at the centre of a blazing Cross of white Light, which extends to the ends of the Universe, as you vibrate AMEN.
  3. Go to the East of the Altar (The Magician should always move in a clockwise fashion around the Circle).  Trace a light blue (tinged with golden white, like the flame of a gas stove) Banishing Earth Pentagram while vibrating YOD HEH VAU HEH, imagining that your voice carried toward the East of the Universe.

    Project blue Light through its centre using the Sign of the Enterer.  Give the Sign of Silence.

  4. Pierce the centre of the Pentagram with the Dagger.  Trace a line of white Light as you move to the South (to the point where the centre of the next Pentagram will be).
  5. Trace a blue Banishing Earth Pentagram while vibrating ADONAI.

    Project blue Light through its centre using the Sign of the Enterer.  Give the Sign of Silence.

  6. Pierce the centre of the Pentagram with the Dagger.  Trace a line of white Light as you move to the West (to the point where the centre of the next Pentagram will be).
  7. Trace a blue Banishing Earth Pentagram while vibrating EHEHIEH.

    Project blue Light through its centre using the Sign of the Enterer.  Give the Sign of Silence.

  8. Pierce the centre of the Pentagram with the Dagger.  Trace a line of white Light as you move to the North (to the point where the centre of the next Pentagram will be).
  9. Trace a blue Banishing Earth Pentagram while vibrating AGLA.

    Project blue Light through its centre using the Sign of the Enterer. : Give the Sign of Silence.

  10. Pierce the centre of the Pentagram with the Dagger.  Trace a line of white Light as you move back to the East.  Complete the Circle by finishing the line in the centre of the first Pentagram (i.e. where you began).
  11. Go to the West.  Stand West of the Altar facing East.  Give the Sign of Osiris Slain (with your arms outstretched horizontally to your sides, Dagger pointing upward in your right hand).  Say forcefully, vibrating as indicated:
    • Before me RAPHAEL
    • Behind me GABRIEL
    • At my right hand MICHAEL
    • At my left hand AURIEL
    • About me flame the pentagrams (touch the Dagger to your forehead) - behind me shines the six-rayed star!
  12. Repeat the Rite of the Kabbalistic Cross.


Note:  For invoking, reverse the direction of the pentagram.  In Golden Dawn practice, students performed an invoking ritual in the morning, and a banishing ritual in the evening.

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