Exercise 24: The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
We resume last week’s lesson with Part 2 of “The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram”:
Formulation of the Pentagrams
Focus your attention now back to the center of your magickal space; you are no longer at the center of the universe. Move to the Eastern side of your space and continue to face East. (It’s generally a good idea for Witches and magicians to invest in a compass, but if you don’t know where East is, make your best guess.) Here, draw a pentagram from the bottom left corner to the top. This is known in magick as a “Banishing Earth Pentagram.” Like in Exercise 4: Visualizing Symbols, the pentagram is made of flaming gas-jet blue light.
Inhale through the nose. As you do, feel energy flow from the ends of the universe through your nose and body, and down and out of the bottoms of your feet to the center of the Earth (grounding again.) As you inhale, raise both hands to the sides of your head by your ears.
Step forward with the left foot. At the same time thrust your arms forward so that your hands point to the middle of the pentagram in front of you. (This position is called “the Sign of the Enterer”.) As you do this, exhale and feel the energy come back up your body, out your arms and hands, through the pentagram and to the ends of the universe. Use the entire exhalation to vibrate the God Name: YODE-HEH-VAHV-HEH. If you are doing it properly, you will “feel” it roll out of you and into the Eastern horizon, out to the end of the universe. (Yes, it really will!)
Bring your left foot sharply back next to your right foot. Stomp the ground once with your left foot as you place it besides your right. Raise your left hand to your mouth and touch your lips with your index finger. As you do this, drop your right hand to your side. (This position is called “the Sign of Silence”.)
With your right index finger (or dagger, or athame, or wand or sword, etc.) point to the center of the pentagram. Trace a line in the air at the height of the center of the pentagram as you move in a clockwise direction around the edge of your circle’s space. Go 90 degrees so that you end up facing south. As you trace the line in the air, visualize a brilliant white light emanating from the tip of your finger (remember our circle?) At the South, repeat what you did at the east: draw a Banishing Earth Pentagram, inhale, make the Sign of the Enterer, but instead vibrate the God Name: AH-DOH-NYE. Again, it should resonate out to the farthest Southern quarter of the Universe. Then give the Sign of Silence.
Repeat as above, but move to the West and vibrate: EH-HEH-YEH. Feel and hear it ring out to the farthest Western point of the cosmos!
Repeat as above, but move to the North and vibrate: AH-GLAH. You should be able to feel this ring out to the farthest Northern point of the Universe as well.
Complete the circle by connecting a white line from the North to the East where you began. Then moving in the same clockwise direction, come back to your original position. You should once again be facing to the East.
Now, just like in Exercise 4, visualize the brilliant white circle expanding up and down to form a sphere above, below and all around you. You have created a brilliant white bubble with electric blue pentagrams at the quarters that have been charged and sealed with names of the Divine. You have cast a circle!
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