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The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram With Notes on Demons

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A pentagram, with elemental signs, including Spirit (Aether). The pentagram's elemental attributes make it a powerful symbol; not only in protection but in magick and occultism, in general

A pentagram, with elemental signs, including Spirit (Aether). The pentagram's elemental attributes make it a powerful symbol; not only in protection but in magick and occultism, in general

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram

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 aren't commonly revealed. This article explains what the LBRP does, and supplies a heads up on how and when to use it.

Uses of the LBRP

It has one primary purpose—it removes all energies that do not, by intent, belong in or around you as you begin your magick. Ergo, it ensures that your work won't be interfered with by outside energies. Its effects are short-term; hence, it must be performed directly before each magick session for which it is required. In any setting, if a person feels agitated by energies around them, or senses an entity with severe energy, they may use it to banish.

A Band-Aid for Demonic Attack

What the LBRP cannot do is banish unwanted or attacking demons efficiently. Its effects are too short-term. For the same reason, it is unsuited for 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 will attack. To work with them as a demonolator can be joyous and rewarding.

To summarize, the LBRP can be useful as a tool to gain immediate relief when facing a magickal, psychic, or demonic attack. Relief will be fleeting though, and further action should be taken to protect oneself efficiently.

Energy Clearing

What the LBRP does best is the task it was created for—clearing non-serving energies from a magick practitioner's sacred space. This allows for performing one's workings with true results. That is to say, as true as they can be, as selecting the right spell for each purpose is a necessary part of success.

Helps Determine Cause of Failure in Magick

An occultist typically journals their workings in a grimoire. Within it, there are likely to be comments concerning the success or failure of each rite. It is important to discover and document the cause of failure wherever possible. In cases where cause is not sought, one cannot take steps to prevent similar failures from occurring.

Fortunately, the LBRP simplifies determining the cause of failure in a non-yielding ritual. With it performed beforehand, looking back a magician knows that failure in the subsequent rite stemmed from the magician's choice of spell or rite, or from how it was executed. How does the aforementioned work? It's rather simple. As the LBRP removes all energies that do not serve, all that is present during a rite is brought in by the magician's magick and intent.

Though the LBRP isn't ideal for banishing entities, it repels them for long enough to perform a working. The point is that in using it there will be no energy interference whatsoever, including from entities.

Entities who are banished as a byproduct of conducting the LBRP rather than by intent can easily be called back. As well, entities (of any kind) can be called in by intent, regardless of that the LBRP was conducted beforehand.

The skull represents communication with spirit, the key represents accessing occult knowledge and hidden realms. The ring symbolizes agreements, and the ritual dagger represents the action and justice of the mind

The skull represents communication with spirit, the key represents accessing occult knowledge and hidden realms. The ring symbolizes agreements, and the ritual dagger represents the action and justice of the mind

When Interference Goes Unnoticed

If a new sorcerer does not conduct the LBRP before 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 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, one's inclination to perform magick will be hampered. Additionally, without recognizing interference, a magician 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 they'll become limited in perspective. It was, rather, presented to point out that the neglectful tendencies we develop, should be addressed. To address them though, we first need to become aware of them. Addressing protection and general spiritual hygiene is essential—not only for protection's sake but also for accuracy in magick, and additionally, for a more harmonious life.

A practitioner may use such a rite at the beginning of their journey. Yet as they progress, many but not all will stop using the LBRP. Some will have adopted replacement modes of protection and/or space clearing. Then others believe that when they can control their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs, that this type of rite is no longer necessary.

Additionally, there are those with beliefs so strong that as they simply believe themselves to be invincible to all types of interference, it becomes so. Alas, though, to develop beliefs of that strength takes time and incredible self-discipline.

In Aura Healing and Raising Vibrational Frequency

Performing the LBRP on an ongoing basis, allows your aura to heal. Additionally, as the rite banishes undesirable and low-vibrational energies, with regular practice and over time it deters unwanted entities from being drawn to you.

How? All that you attract and manifest directly aligns with your vibrational frequency. As your aura heals, your spiritual frequency rises. As you move low-vibrational entities away from you, their energetic influence on you diminishes as well. Hence, with ongoing practice, you are clearing the path towards being your authentic self, and are removing obstacles commonly posed to the occultist, magician, and seeker.

It would be remiss not to say, that the LBRP doesn't exclusively eliminate negative and unwanted energies, but rather, removes all superfluous energies, as well as all entities.

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

The LBRP Heals Auras

An aura can in fact heal itself, but the influences of our world and society condition us to remain off-center. Thus, in many instances, the energy oppression a person experiences doesn't allow it to heal. Time and the removal of toxic energies, allows aura healing to take place. This is where the LBRP can assist.

In aura healing, for a while, the LBRP should be performed three times a day. The treatment may conclude when an individual feels due improvement. One should not be too quick to drop the rite once they feel better; the matter should be carefully thought through. Not everyone needs self-discipline in their life, but some do. To carry on long-term with it is valuable in terms of self-development and growth for those it serves.

How Regularly Should I Perform the LBRP?

Concerning general energy management, for optimal results perform the rite at least once per day. Up to four times a day is acceptable. A new occultist should perform it before each working.

Cacodemons vs. Noble Demons

We alit upon the subject of aggressive demons. More should be said on this, as surely an eyebrow or two has been raised. Allow me to share some basic information on demons, as there is a lot of misunderstanding concerning them. Many think that they are all bad; truly though, most of them are not. This is important information, as some practitioners use protection rites, such as the LBRP and others, to protect themselves against demons. In some cases, it is unwarranted.

Cacodemons Are Malevolent

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. Why issue them a name? Truly, any demons we work with are classified as Goetic demons or spirits. However, the term "Goetic" tends to draw attention to the spirits named in the Ars Goetia. That set of Goetic spirits are far from the only ones; hence, the given term.

Noble Demons Reflect Us

Noble demons, including deities, can harm people. Yet, 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. To differentiate between these two very different demon types, it should be said that only those who engage in 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.

They Awaken Us

There are magicians working with noble demons as well, whom they don't ask to attack. In such cases, they are fine to exist as non-attacking demons. A noble demon who is never sent on attack missions may urge a magus to consider the value of transcending the limitations that block them from practicing baneful arts. Such coaxing from a noble demon is offered to assist in neutralizing the effects of societal conditioning on the magus.

That a demon may issue advice contrary to the magus’s nature is odd. However, the advice may relate to their true nature.

Respect Is Essential

Other magi do not send nobles to attack, but also believe that if they were attacked that a noble demon ally would protect them, 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 remain present throughout time. Common courtesy and staying true to the commitments one makes is all that's required.

Gods of Yore

To summarize, generally, a cacodemon has no true interest in assisting the magician, other than to gain his or her confidence in order to manipulate. On the other side of the fence, the noble demons of today were the gods of ancient yore. They are noble (hence the title). Still, as previously described, they are not beyond teaching us lessons. To provide perspective for those who say, "that part doesn't sound good," The Abrahamic God Yahweh can be described the same way.

Some will say that if a demon could issue a harsh lesson for anything, that makes them evil. However, don't be quick to judge. That these beings were once gods, is something to consider. As we took away their territories, people, and traditions and replaced them with new ones, we could not at the same time, make them any less god-like.

For the record, apart from cacodemons, some of the most trying beings to deal with are lower vibrational astral entities. They require banishing, just as attacking demons do. Unfortunately, now's not the time to further discuss this entity type.

A Spell Box for Entity Banishing

A Banishing Spell Box can be used in entity removal, or to resolve a hex or psychic attack (instructions are provided below). The 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.

Be Sure That Banishing Is Necessary

Before proceeding, know that one should not be quick to banish. They should be sure that’s what needs to be done before doing so. People can misunderstand the nature of how noble demons convey messages to us. They can and do sometimes issue challenges to get our attention. They may do so when they want to draw our attention to a required lesson. Other times they may want us to become aware of impending tragedy, or 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.

A demon cannot simply reach over and tap a magician on the shoulder. Drama, therefore, is at times bound to ensue.

How to Perform a Banishing Spell

  1. Create a hex-removal sigil, and set it aside.
  2. Take a small box, preferably wooden, paint it black, inside and out. Take a mirror and glue it on the inside bottom of the box. One mirror is all you need, but if you have small mirror tiles you can and should put more than one. This, as a one-inch tile, won't feel right in terms of capability. Once the spell has been cast, you should keep the box nearby to facilitate recharging. Decide if you want to paint it with sigils or otherwise fancy it up. If it's attractive enough to use as an ornament in a prominent place, you’re more likely to see it and remember to recharge it.
  3. On a piece of paper, write the intent of what you plan to achieve, in black ink. Some will choose, with a mirror spell, to return the attack to the sender. However, another choice is to have it voided out. Whichever you choose, make your choice part of your intent. Part of your intent can be incorporated into your sigil; there's no need to 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.
  4. On top of the box, burn a black candle and dragon's blood incense (this is assuming that you have a fireproof receptacle to burn on). Place the hex removal sigil you made under the black candle holder.
  5. Upon lighting the candle, say, "as by my intent, so it is done." Leave the candle to burn uninterrupted 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, with the intent to recharge it. Recharge your spell approximately once a month. The spell continues indefinitely. However, after a month its energy begins to dwindle, and at three months it's rather weak.

There will likely come a time when you no longer need to run the spell. Fortunately, these boxes can be updated with new intent. This type of spell box should be used exclusively for banishing spells, though. To prepare the box for a replacement spell, leave it to sit overnight with a black obsidian crystal inside. Cleanse it with smoke thereafter. Change the spell by performing the rite in the same way that you did the first time around.

Archangel Michael Can Banish

An alternative to the banishing spell box is to call upon Archangel Michael if your beliefs allow for that. He, if asked, will banish an entity or a magickal attack on your behalf. If you feel that Michael is "too light" for your tastes, consider this—in one context, he is a sub aspect of the dual-aspected entity, Heylel; Lucifer is the other aspect.

You will find various exorcism prayers dedicated to Michael on the Internet, but they are largely archaic and obsolete, so write a 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 energy flow. For this reason, the larger the task you request assistance for, the more generous or charged an offering should be.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Banish by all means, but be sure to prevent attacks as well. It is wise to put up a protective ward, create a protective servitor or thoughtform device, or use any reliable protection method.

Qliphothic Residue

A true god is a balance between energies light and dark, just as is man. Some are likely to interject and say, "no, such entities are Qliphothic residue from what once was." Implied within such a statement, is that they are illusory, hence deceptive, as they are not based upon currently valid universal principles.

The best response would be to say that during recent times things have changed. There are more demonolators now 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 might be? especially now that our spiritual age is advancing so quickly. Furthermore, not everyone believes that Qliphothic entities are entirely illusory, and thereby invalid to this world. The belief as well appears to be moving towards becoming uncommon as people learn more about these entities.

What Belial Showed Me

During the writing of this piece, shortly after penning the above statement, Lord Belial showed me something. He drew my attention to a section in a book I have that bears his name—"Belial: Without a Master (The Nine Demonic Gatekeepers Saga Part 1)," by E. A. Koetting et al. Within 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 spiritual lessons that we should be free to access. Hence, they (the Qliphothic spheres and their contents, including demons) are husks to us because we are blocked.”

In that section of the book, Kurtis was sharing what Belial had disclosed to him. Belial, according to Kurtis, states that we are blocked in the described way, by design.

Replacement Rites

Some occultists feel that archangels (referred to in the LBRP) are too light and fluffy for their liking, and others associate them with dogmatic beliefs. In either case, the logic is faulty, as archangels can be virtually whatever we need them to be, just as demons can. Still, replacement rites are commonly sought. One popularly chosen substitute rite is the Star Ruby.

Not everyone abandons the LBRP though. It is common for people to replace the archangel names with deity or demon names of their preference, and to otherwise tweak it to align with their intent.

The Difference Between the LBRP and the Greater Banishing Ritual

They are not remarkably different from each other. The GBRP, however, lacks archangel attributions and includes more elemental attributions. When one should use the GBRP as opposed to the LBRP, is seldom discussed. At the same time, it's clear to see that the GBRP is not commonly used, yet for no apparent reason.

It appears that during the times when the LBRP first became popular, archangels were popularly welcomed and appreciated within occultism. This may be the primary reason that the LBRP is more commonly used today.

The Difference Between the LBRP and the Lesser Invoking Ritual

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

Its Origin

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 Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn to tweak it to suit their 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

Crowley Supported Using the LBRP

Aleister Crowley, undoubtedly one of the most prolific and renowned occultists of modern times, felt that there was value in using the rite. A version was created to align with Thelema's values. Prior to founding the faith of Thelema, Aleister had been a member of the Golden Dawn. Many of the magickal concepts and processes he used in his works were inspired by his experiences in the HOGD (aka Golden Dawn), including this rite.

On Whether One Should Perform Each Motion and Say Each Word Perfectly

Think of it this way, you can order hamburger steak or filet mignon. The hamburger steak will serve the basic purpose of filling you. The filet, however, will truly satisfy not only your hunger but also your senses and will make you feel really good. Its feel-good quality resonates throughout the rest of your day or evening. 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 perform it accurately is striving for the high bar.

If you want to stake your territory as a master of the occult arts, do it properly. Then you'll know that you are getting precise results, and will be learning to perform in a way 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. A ritual dagger or wand may be used, but it isn't required. The verbiage is to be vibrated, not simply spoken. If you are not sure how to vibrate words, watch a video or two; some have been shared within this article.

  1. 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.
  2. Throughout this rite, visualize the light you've drawn with as being blue. Also, visualize that each motion you make carries that blue, divine light forth to the next.
  3. Draw the light from your forehead down to your groin, and vibrate "Malkuth," pronounced mal-koot or mal-kooth.
  4. Draw now from your groin up to your right shoulder, and vibrate "ve-Geburah," pronounced weh-gib-oo-rah or veh-gib-oo-rah.
  5. Draw across to your left shoulder, and vibrate "ve-Gedulah," pronounced weh-gid-oo-lah or veh-gid-oo-lah.
  6. Next, cross your arms on your chest and vibrate, "le-Olam, Nema." Nema is the opposite of Amen, for people who do not resonate with the latter. 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.
  7. Then, make the Sign of the Enterer—which is to lunge forward left foot first, with both arms outstretched and palms down. Vibrate "Yod He Vau He," pronounced yod-hey-vow-hey. Then pull your left foot back. Touch your left index finger to your lips, as one does to gesture "shhh," but silently. Then bring your left arm down to your side. The right arm remains outstretched in preparation to draw the next pentagram.
  8. Turn South; with the blue light, draw a pentagram the same way as you did before. Make the Sign of the Enterer. Vibrate "Adonai," pronounced ah-doh-nuy. Retract the left foot, while once again touching index finger to lips. Return left arm to your side while keeping right arm outstretched.
  9. 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, keeping right arm outstretched.
  10. Turn North, draw the pentagram. Make the Sign of the Enterer; vibrate "Agla," pronounced ah-glah. Retract your left foot, touch finger to lips, return left arm to side while keeping right arm outstretched.
  11. 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.
  12. Then vibrate "behind me, Gabriel" (gah-bree-el).
  13. Vibrate "to the right of me, Michael" (mik-ay-el).
  14. Then vibrate "to the left of me, Auriel" (oh-ree-el).
  15. Finally, state "around me burn the fiery pentagrams, and inside me shines the six-rayed star."

Glossary of Words Within Occultism and Magick

Cacodemon: The word is borrowed from ancient Greek. Back then, the word “daemon” (here and now spelt "demon") simply meant “spirit.” When "caco" was added as a prefix, its meaning became “bad spirit.”

Servitor: A servitor is a type of thoughtform. Thoughtforms are created by the imaginative and creative skills of a conjuring magician. A servitor can be created to be sentient, or rather, to have the ability to convince us that it is sentient. Otherwise, one can be created without sentience, in which case it is most often referred to as a "construct."

Conjuring/conjuration: These words refer to the occult arte of entity evocation. The arte used to be called “summoning.” Today, however, to use the word “summoning,” is by many considered naïve; it is also considered insulting to the entities we work with. To summon is to demand. We generally don’t demand the presence of spirits anymore; we now request their presence.

Arte: It is the way to spell “art” within occultism. Spelt this way it is a generic term used to refer to a specific occult practice. Example: the arte of scrying.

Evoking: Calling a spirit forth to manifest.

Invoking: Calling the powers and energies of a spirit forth.

Demonolator: A magician who practices demonolatry. Demonolatry is the arte of working with demons.

A working: The generic term used to refer to each of a magician’s magickal projects, spells, and rites.

A ritual (aka rite): This refers to any magickal process that requires the magician to take action. In instances, the word “ritual,” is used interchangeably with the word “working.”

Grimoire: A journal that an occultist or witch keeps. Within it are records of their workings. It’s also called a Book of Shadows or a Spellbook. Another word for it is a Therimoire, which is rarely used anymore.

Magick: A common spelling, used to differentiate the magickal arte from stage trick magic.

Qliphothic: Anything relating to the Qliphothic Tree, is described by this word. The Qliphothic tree is the reverse side of the Qabalistic Tree.

Qabalistic Tree: The Qabalistic Tree, or the Tree of Life, is commonly regarded as being the blueprint of the universe.

Thelema: Aleister Crowley founded this philosophy and faith combination. On the couple's honeymoon, Rose Crowley entered an altered state of consciousness. The two received a series of messages from spirit as a result. Thereafter, many more messages were received, from which the faith emerged.

Belial: Often referred to as Lord Belial, he is a Goetic spirit and a King of Hell. He is powerful and is a learning journey in and of himself.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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