The lesser pentagram ritual

Raising a corner of the veil


In ceremonial magick a ritual isn't easy. I mean with this, that a lot of text and movement is involved. Without a minimum of basic knowledge of this kind of magick, doing a ritual is senseless and doesn't bring the wanted results. Knowledge and mastering of meditation, concentration and visualisation are here just pre-demandings. You should throw a look in some book on ceremonial magick to get some understanding of this; Franz Bardon wrote some good volumes on it, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki wrote a practical handbook, Aleister Crowley gives in his many books a deep insight in his practice, Pete Carroll brings good information about a modern school, several hundreds of years ago, Agripps von Nettesheim and Johannes Faustus wrote big volumes on complicated magickal theory and practice, and Abraham von Worms' Abramelin is even much older. And that's only just the tip of a big iceberg. There were and are sveral schools of magick, who use this ritual, the example below comes from a school of chaos-mages.

Because the practice of rituals in CM could be dangerous, could cause damage, magicians leave out some important details, or change some things, when writing down rituals for the public, to prevent the layman causing that unwanted damage.

When a mage wants to practice his magick, to reach some goal, he first creates in his ritual a 'workplace shell': that is a place, that with the help of magick, is protected against unwanted magickal influences, to be sure, that only the magickal power called by the mage is working there. There are several techniques, to create such a protected place, one of them is described below.

The following ritual is also part of a bigger ritual, and is done at the beginning to protect a place, and is done again at the end to remove the protection. Between them, the mage does his magickal action: enforcing the wanted aim with the needed magickal power.

If you read below the word 'say', it is not ment conversation-like. Vibrating and making the words longer should be the right way. At the end there's some more explanation on the following ritual.

The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram

1. Touch with the forefinger your forehead and say Ateh (Unto Thee).

2. Touch your breast and say Malkuth (The Kingdom).

3. Touch your right shoulder and say ve-Geburah (and the Power).

4. Touch your left shoulder and say ve-Gedulah (and the Glory).

5. Clasp your hands upon your breast, and say le-Olahm, Amen (to the Ages, Amen.)

6. Turn to the East, draw a pentagram with your finger (that of Earth) with the proper weapon (the Wand for calling. the dagger for banishing). Say Ye-ho-wau.

7. Turn to the South, do the same, and say Adonai.

8. Turn to the West, do the same, and say Eheieh..

9. Turn to the North, do the same, and say Agla.

10. Extend your arms in the form of a Cross, and say:

11. Before me Raphael

12. Behind me Gabriel

13. On my right Michael

14. On my left Auriel

15. For about me now the Pentagram flames

16. And in the Column stands now the six-rayed Star. (=Hexagram)

17-21 Repeat 1 till 5, (which is called the Qabalistic Cross).

The basic gesture is a drawing of energy from a divine source through the body and then forcibly forward in the direction being invoked, capped with silence. Stand first straight up, with your arms out at your sides like the first step of a snow angel. Visualize the deity (do it your way), and vibrate the name. To vibrate, draw in a deep breath as your hands rise to your temples. The name of the god/dess rides the in breath, unmanifested, in through your nose and down to your feet. Remain with breath held for a few seconds, and then let fly forward with the name, which rushes from the soles of your feet all the way out your hands and forward. As you project the name, hurl yourself forward at the waist and let your hands shoot out like Superman taking flight, straight out ahead of you. This ends when you're bent over almost at a right angle and the force of the name is completely projected. "It is a sign of success when the name of the god is heard as though bellowed forth as a thousand thunders" You can say the name in projection if your environment is conducive, but it's not really neccessary. When you are hurtling forward, your right foot should shoot out about a foot in front of you or you will give yourself a concussion when your head hits the floor. After projection, mental stability is restored and the energy is fixed using the sign of Harpocrates, the essential part of which is the finger to the lips and either a solemn or a bemused expression.

One of the sources: Liber 0.