Daily invoking and banishing pentagram ritual

I have been experimenting with different banishing and invoking techniques lately and realized I had a bit of a hard time using the Judeo Christian Kabbalistic cross, the energy just didn’t resonate with me as much as I’d like, but was quite drawn to the cross from the Star ruby, I also found that I liked the use of elemental based gods in the Wiccan pentagram ritual. So I did a bit of playing around and found a combination I quite like.

I kept the Archangels from the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram, if you feel you do not like these, feel free to replace them with other spirits that fill the respective cardinal directions and pertain to those elements, I have linked to a list of Demons and their respective elemental qualities below. I have also gone to using the proper banishing or invoking pentagrams for each elemental quarter, rather than just Earth pentagrams like in the LBRP. The same basic ritual applies for both Banishing and Invoking, the main difference is the direction you move in the circle and the pentagrams you draw. I have also changed the names of god to four gods pertaining to the elements in the elemental directions, feel free to use any gods or spirits that pertain to these elements and experiment for yourself.

Really this layout has taken the main correspondences for the LBRP, Star Ruby, and Wiccan pentagram ritual and made them all fit into an elemental structure based on Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.

This is simply an experiment that I have been playing with, I am not claiming it is any better or worse than any of the above three mentioned rituals. I am still in experimentation mode with this, but I have gotten excellent results. I also know that this is a mash up of the common banishing rituals. If you are okay with a bit more of a chaotic approach, this may be something that interests you, if not, carry on with your current methods. As a practicing chaos magician and drycraft practitioner I experiment a lot with correspondences. This is not for everyone and I understand that.

Below you will be intoning the words in bold. The parentheses are to show the meaning. The first part is from the Star Ruby written by Aleister Crowley, the rest is inspired by the Lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram, and the witches rune or witches pentagram ritual.

Without further ado:

BANISHING:

Ground and center and begin to breath deeply in for the count of 6, hold for the count of 6, out for the count of 6, hold for the count of 6. Repeat this breathing pattern 9 times.

Put your right index finger up to your lips and make the sign of silence as shown below. While holding the sign of silence do the above breathing pattern again three times, in for 6, hold for 6, out for 6, hold for six while visualizing yourself growing bigger and bigger, until you are the center of the universe, and the earth is but a tiny speck beneath you.

Make a fast down and backward sweeping motion with your hand, sharply exhale and bellow:
APO PANTOS KAKODAIMONOS! [“Away, every evil spirit”]

With your right index finger touch your forehead and say:
SOI [“Thy”]

With your right index finger touch your sexual center and say:
Ô PhALLE [“Phallus”]

With your right index finger touch your right shoulder and say:
ISChUROS [“the mighty”]

With your right index finger touch your left shoulder and say:
EUChARISTOS [“the beneficient”]

Clasp your hands together and interlock your fingers and intone:
IAO (IAO (iota, alpha, omega) was the Greek form of the Tetragrammaton, and was associated with Hermes)

Facing EAST, Draw a banishing Air Pentagram in the air in Yellow energy as shown in the diagram below, and enter the pentagram with both hands as shown below. vibrate the name of any air god or goddess you choose, here I will use Lucifer:
LLUUUUUUUCCCIIIIIIFFFFEEEEERRRRRR (here you will try to visualize the god you are calling manifest in their full splendour.)

Imagine that your voice carries forward to the LIMITS of the UNIVERSE.

Put your right index finger in the sign of silence and move to the North

Facing North, Draw a banishing Earth Pentagram in the air in Green energy as shown in the diagram below, and enter the pentagram with both hands as shown below. vibrate the name of any Earth god or goddess you choose, here I will use Hekate:
HEEEEKKKKKAAAATEEEEEE (here you will try to visualize the god you are calling manifest in their full splendour.)

Again, Put your right index finger in the sign of silence and move to the West.

Facing West, Draw a banishing Water Pentagram in the air in Blue energy as shown in the diagram below, and enter the pentagram with both hands as shown below. vibrate the name of any Water god or goddess you choose, here I will use Poseidon:
POOOOSSSSEEEEEIIIIDDDOONNNNNN (here you will try to visualize the god you are calling manifest in their full splendour.)

Again, Put your right index finger in the sign of silence and move to the South.

Facing South, Draw a banishing Fire Pentagram in the air in Red energy as shown in the diagram below, and enter the pentagram with both hands as shown below. vibrate the name of any Fire god or goddess you choose, here I will use Freyja:
FRRREEEEEYYYYJJJJJJJAAAAAAA (here you will try to visualize the god you are calling manifest in their full splendour.)

Again, Put your right index finger in the sign of silence and move back to the East.

Extend the arms in the form of a cross, say:

BEFORE ME (then vibrate) RAPHAEL (pronounced RAH-PHYE-EHL)
Imagine a brilliant white Archangel in front of you and facing you. In his right hand is a magical Sword held with the point upright. The background is a whispy airy bright yellow. Cherubs can be imagined near the Archangel. Imagine a gentle, refreshing breeze, cleansing and purifying the air.

Then, say: BEHIND ME (then vibrate) GABRIEL (pronounced GAH-BREE-EHL) Imagine a scintillating brilliant white Archangel behind you and facing you, holding in their right hand an exquisite silver Chalice. She is standing on a Cerulean-blue ocean and you can hear the crashing of the waves. Imagine feeling the mist and cool spray of the ocean breeze.

Then, say: AT MY RIGHT HAND (then vibrate) MICHAEL (pronounced MEE-CHYE-EHL)
Imagine a brilliant white Archangel at your right, facing you, and holding in his right hand a red Wand. See the angel engulfed in red flame. Small black salamanders can be seen moving among the flames. Imagine you feel the heat and power emanating from the SOUTH.

Then, say: AT MY LEFT HAND (then vibrate) AURIEL (pronounced AWE-REE-EHL)
Imagine a brilliant white Archangel at your left, facing you, and holding between her hands a Disk with a beautiful white Pentagram in the center. The ground around her is a deep earthy brown, with trees and plants. Feel the solidity of the Earth, and imagine the odor of the leaves and muskiness of the ground.

Now, say: ABOUT ME FLAMES THE PENTAGRAMS, AND IN THE COLUMN SHINES THE SIX-RAYED STAR.
Imagine the complete circle of brilliant white light at whose quadrants are the 4 Pentagrams flaming in their respective colours. At the center is the Kabbalistic Cross of Light extended through one’s body.

Put your right index finger up to your lips and make the sign of silence as shown below. While holding the sign of silence do the above breathing pattern again three times, in for 6, hold for 6, out for 6, hold for 6 while visualizing yourself growing smaller and smaller, until you are the center of the earth and the universe is a great expansive void above you.

Make a fast down and backward sweeping motion with your hand, sharply exhale and bellow:
APO PANTOS KAKODAIMONOS! [“Away, every evil spirit”]

With your right index finger touch your forehead and say:
SOI [“Thy”]

With your right index finger touch your genitals and say:
Ô PhALLE [“Phallus”]

With your right index finger touch your right shoulder and say:
ISChUROS [“the mighty”]

With your right index finger touch your left shoulder and say:
EUChARISTOS [“the beneficient”]

Clasp your hands together and interlock your fingers and intone:
IAO (IAO (iota, alpha, omega) was the Greek form of the Tetragrammaton, and was associated with Hermes)

and that’s it you’re done!

To do the invoking version of this you would do everything exactly the same, except you would draw invoking pentagrams at each quarter instead of banishing pentagrams and move from the east deosil (clockwise) towards the South instead of widdershins (counterclockwise) towards the North.

I have been doing the invoking version every morning and the banishing version every night and have found this quite helpful to my practice. Experiment with different deities and see what works for you. If you have an aversion to using the Angels, you can substitute for Elementals, Daemons, or The same gods you used to draw the pentagrams with, just make sure that they correspond to the proper elements for each of the cardinal directions. If you go this route, click here for a list of Daemons and their corresponding elements. I also like to balance the masculine and feminine energies personally so I tend to use 2 gods and 2 goddesses. Play with this and see what works for you.

About the variation of the Kabbalistic cross written by Crowley:
“The first part of Star Ruby (SOI – IAO) forms the qabalistic cross, with the basic form being the same as in LBRP and having the same purpose. In the second part of the cross one touches one’s genitals, saying “o phalle”. The “o” in front of the word phallus makes this a short celebration of that part of our bodies. Women don’t say any other phrases here, as in this context phallus doesn’t refer to manhood only, but sexual vitality – the “immortal essence” of both men and women. The only real explanation of Star Ruby given by Crowley advises one to search the meaning of this word by using numerology.” – http://www.kaaos.org/faerie/starruby.html

The biggest thing with this layout is to have an open mind and remember that you can change any of the aspects as you see fit. If the intro doesn’t suit you, perhaps you prefer the kabbalistic cross from the LBRP, or the Eko Eko chant from the Wiccan pentagram ritual, feel free to use them and see what results you get. You can change out the names of god to ANY gods you wish to work with so long as they fit the elemental correspondences. You can change out the Archangels for ANY spirits or gods that match the elemental correspondences if you so choose as well. This opens this up to being much more user friendly if it fits your paradigm.

If you want to get a bit more advanced you could visualize the sigils of the spirits you are conjuring inside the center of the pentagrams after you draw them while you intone the name of the spirit just before entering them, and if working with demons you could also vibrate their enns before going into the sign of silence. – This part was suggested by Megan Furoy and makes sense to me.

I hope this finds you well! Hail the collective consciousness!

– Azariel Flame

The sign of silence
The sign of the enterer for entering the pentagrams

References:
https://hermetic.com/sabazius/starruby_rit
http://www.kaaos.org/faerie/starruby.html
http://www.kheper.net/topics/Hermeticism/LBR.htm
http://www.thelemapedia.org/index.php/Ritual_Signs
https://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos025.htm

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