When to Use What Ritual and Why

We have all heard the sayings about these rituals—especially of the LBRP: “perform daily to strengthen the magician’s aura!” But what exactly does this mean? What does it mean for the LIRP, LBRH, or LIRH?

It’s true that the feelings of “cleanliness” vs “holiness” are difficult to explain, but although their descriptions have so far been vague, the actual experience of them is rather specific—as specific as this list of emotions I’ve typed up above.

For me, the “cleanliness” of an LBRP can be explained in the following sentiment: “This [thing affecting my senses] does not affect me. I will not allow it to.” This is how an LBRP, when performed correctly, will alleviate me of anger, fear, frustration, impatience, laziness, obstinacy, hurt feelings, over-sensitivity, petulance, and sadness. In all of these cases, the emotion is objectified as an elemental force and banished. Anger, fear, frustration, and impatience correspond to the element of fire; laziness, obstinacy, and petulance to the element of earth; hurt feelings, over-sensitivity, and sadness to the element of water. The element of air, which is found in all of these emotions, is the repetition of thoughts that allow the elemental forces to spiral into a personal problem. For example in the case of anger, an external stimulus like an outburst from another individual may have provoked you, but without the quick, airy thought of “how DARE you snap at ME!” you wouldn’t be angry—instead, you might be amused or simply indifferent.

Moving on to the LIRP, the “holiness” I feel is explained thusly: “I, too, am [a thing] that affects others; we all do.” This is very different from the sentiment of the LBRP, yet both conclude with a feeling of peace. Depression, melancholia, misery, grief, ingratitude, despair, embarrassment, guilt, and envy are a more complicated bunch of emotions to fix and if left alone, tend to cause larger issues such as bad habits, physical ailments and chronic patterns of thinking that negatively affect the individual. In all of these cases, a pure form of an element needs to be invoked in order to balance the individual. Depression, melancholia, misery, and despair arise when a person loses touch with the bigger picture—their place in the bigger picture (fire). Grief, ingratitude, and envy occur because of an inability to see the bigger picture (water). Lastly, embarrassment and guilt are the result of focusing too deeply on something they’ve done that needs to be placed in perspective (earth).

Now progressing to the actions of the ruach, or intellect, we arrive at the employment of the LBRH. As a general rule, one performs the LRP before any LRH and thus allows for dual-layer protection. I would explain the sentiment of the LBRH as this: “Whatever I think is correct right now simply does not matter. The ‘I’ is nothing.” As you can see, it is easy to take this the wrong way. This is not exhibiting a thought in itself, but rather, a silencing of thoughts to allow peace of mind. Insecurity, doubt, dread, discontentment, anxiety, angst, regret, and disappointment are all symptoms of overthinking, negatively thinking or focusing too heavily on the meaning of a thought. Again, the elements are present, but perhaps more difficult to parse: anxiety, dread and angst correspond to fire; insecurity, doubt, and discontentment to water; regret, and disappointment to earth.

Finally, I would explain the LIRH as so: “All thoughts matter equally. All ‘I’s are equal. I am a part of something bigger than myself—we all are.” Here are the emotions that some require lifetimes to correct: intolerance, stubbornness, hate, shame, and resentment. Intolerance is denying the fact of the whole—it accuses another of not being part of something bigger. Stubbornness says, “but I AM the ‘something bigger!’” Hate is the perpetual separation of oneself from union. Shame is a self-enforced wall preventing one from being with the rest. Resentment is surrender of one’s own power, place, and ability by failing to recognize one’s own crucial part in the whole.

3. Success in ‘banishing’ is known by a ‘feeling of cleanliness’ in the atmosphere; success in ‘invoking’ by a ‘feeling of holiness.’ It is unfortunate that these terms are so vague.

(Liber O, Pt. IV)

EMOTION LBRP LIRP LBRH LIRH
Anger

x

Angst

x

Anxiety

x

Despair

x

Depression

x

Disappointment

x

Discontentment

x

Doubt

x

Dread

x

Embarrassment

x

Envy

x

Fear

x

Frustration

x

Grief

x

Guilt

x

Hate

x

Impatience

x

Ingratitude

x

Insecurity

x

Intolerance

x

Laziness

x

Melancholia

x

Misery

x

Obstinacy

x

Offense (hurt feelings)

x

Over-sensitivity

x

Petulance

x

Regret

x

Resentment

x

Sadness

x

Shame

x

Stubbornness (of thought)

x

By Soror N.O. © 2017

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Pentagrammaton

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Pentagrams of Spirit

The structure of the pentagram attributes two corresponding elements to make up the element in any given point. The point of Spirit is held upright by Earth and Fire, Air is the result of Fire and Water, Water is the combination of Air and Earth, and Earth is formed by Spirit and Water. Not only are these triangles a representation of the element’s components, they also outline the process in which it manifests, is maintained, and what its properties are in each World, which affect different parts of the Soul. The elements transition down each World shifting its attributions from abstract ideas to the concrete and tangible; for this reason, they are shift in our concepts of the four directions and four sub-directions in rituals.

 
The Greater Hexagram Ritual is associated with planetary and zodiacal forces, the Lesser with zodiacal and elemental forces. The Greater Pentagram Ritual is the incorporation of Spirit with elemental forces, and its Lesser with only the elemental forces. The elements, even in their densest state, relate to the planets in their highest essence.

 
No element represented by the pentagram is without Spirit. The active form of Spirit relates to Air and Fire, while the passive form of Spirit relates to Water and Earth. The combination (marriage) of Fire/Tejas and Water/Apas give birth to Energy/Prana, and Space/Akasha is the dissipation of Earth/Prithivi in unity with Air/Vayu. This ‘child’ and ‘mother’ is symbolized in the Star Ruby Ritual as Therion who is bellowed in the East, and Babalon who is whispered in the West. In my opinion, this ritual is aimed at balancing these elemental forces within the Neshamah in Yetzirah, whereas the LBRP is used for the Ruach in Yetzirah or Assiah. Any ritual can be used in any World, but it is perhaps most efficient in the World that it was constructed for; similarly, it’s best if the part of the Soul is aligned with whichever World one is working in (and from). The beauty of a well written ritual is that it can work in all Worlds for all parts of the Soul. Keeping in mind that there may be deeper associations to the Star Ruby (especially in alignment with the Star Sapphire) there is a very simple synchronicity between the two rituals (the Star Ruby and LBRP) in their elemental directions for the Ruach; East which has the Kerub of Man, Air, Therion (beast); North containing the Bull, Earth, Nuit (puella/daughter); West containing the Eagle/Serpent, Water, Babalon (mulier/mother); and South containing the Lion, Fire, Hadit (puer/son).

 
However, further elaborating on the elemental (sub)directions of the Star Ruby; so far we have Fire (hot & dry) in the N.E., Water (wet & cold) in the S.E., Air (wet & hot) in the S.W., and Earth (cold & dry) in the N.W. These attributions are consistent with those of the Star Sapphire, its complimentary hexagram ritual. Fire/Yod/The Father in the N.E., Water/Heh/The Mother in the S.E., Air/Vav/The Son in the S.W., and Earth/Heh/The Daughter in the N.W. Therion is in the East, (the child of the elements of the N.E + S.E.) furthermore representing the qualities of ‘coldness’ – the drawing of energy inside – Babalon in the West, representing the qualities of ‘hotness’ – the drawing of energy out- Hadit in the South, representing ‘wetness’ – energy condensed and trapped within – and Nuit in the North, representing ‘dryness’ – energy released and dispersed without. These ‘quality-nesses’ of the elements have little to do with their usual associations to the elements themselves. They are rather, a reflection of what happens to a living being subjected to these qualities. Neither are the qualities of the elements synonymous with the elements themselves.

 
The three mother letters of the Hebrew alphabet function as qualities/properties of all elements, and also of all their abstract and higher meanings. The Vedic Tattvas do this also by  incorporating the planets into their five elements; Prithivi-Mercury, Vayu-Saturn, Apas-Venus, Tejas-Mars, and Akasha-Jupiter.

 

The Caduceus

The invokation of active Spirit begins from Fire to Air; Shin to Aleph. Shin, being the Divine Flame and root of all Will, is transmitted through Aleph, or Air, which serves as the motion and current by which all processes can occur. The achemical process that occurs here ties the subtle form of Earth and Water (oil) in the Fire which burns to create aethyrial smoke; air which is saturated with purpose, distinct qualities (fragrance), and the source of divinatory inspirations – allusions to its nature and of the nature of the universe from which it operates. The invokation of passive Spirit begins from Tav to Mem; the Dissolving of the gross by submersion in fluid so that the elements are well-prepared for Separation. From Mem, up to (or to the left towards, in the pentagram) Aleph – after purification Coagulates back and invokes the Divine Flame of Spirit.

 
The banishing of active Spirit starts from Air to Fire, the reversal of the first process outlined above. The invokatory transmission of Shin from Aleph is contained back within Shin, therefore preventing further division/multiplication. Banishing passive Spirit begins from Mem to Tav; in other words, the manifestation of Spirit within the tangible and concrete. It is important not to view banishing elements, especially of Spirit as a negative practice. In all things there must be balance, and nothing is ever lost, just transmuted into a different form. Hence, the banishing of Spirit is the invokation of all four tangible elements, and the manifestation of the universe as we can perceive it. The invokation of Spirit, similarly, is the banishing of all four gross elements in order to receive and reconnect with one’s source of Divinity. Banishing all elements, including the active and passive forms of Spirit, is the most holy and equilibrating act that one can do to purify the Temple.

 
The Sigillum Dei Aemeth is a well-known Enochian diagram used for planetary magick, but also has a direct relation to the Elemental Watchtowers –
“Also the word Aemeth is compounded of the 1st letter of the Alphabet and the last letter, and of a middle one, as though we affirm that Truth is to be found by the reconciliation of the extremes through the knowledge of the means. Forget not that Aleph is the Spiritual and Etherial, and Tav is the Universe, and Mem is the Sacrificial Man, placed between them so as to affirm the Reconciliation of the Natural to the Spiritual through self-sacrifice. And lastly, that when Shin is added, there is an affirmation of the judgment set and the Book of Life opened which is in YHVH and that they Keys answering unto these four letters are:

 
Aleph – the Spirit of the Aether
Mem – the Spirit of the Mighty Waters
Tav – the Great One of the Night of Time
Shin – Spirit of the Primal Fire”

Baselines


Energy, being neutral (and magick, of course) is only colored by intent. 

The “negativity” or “positivity” of the energy depends upon the goal which it is directed towards. The goal itself must be examined in context to the individual in order to be determined “negative” or “positive,” and the individual must be examined in context of their attainments, i.e. “grades” in order to know which goals are negative (maleficient) or positive (beneficient) for further attainment.

This is pretty introductory stuff – also written out elsewhere regarding the nature of the invokation and banishing of energies (elemental, zodiacal, planetary, and otherwise); that every action has an equal and opposite occurrence, every magical word having a double meaning and all. 

Briefly summarized for the sake of this post, taking the LBRP and the act of banishing earth for example; the earth energies are not truly banished, but transmuted back into spirit – therefore by “banishing earth,” one is passively “invoking spirit.”

At all times, the magician must have and know his baseline; this can be as simple as keeping in mind the tasks for their current grade, or in the case of the magician having had K&C with his HGA, his HGA becomes his baseline. This baseline is important because this is the context used to examine goals in which energy is directed to. The further dispersed one’s baseline/goals are, the less potent the magician’s magick becomes. 

Doing what thou wilt, therefore means something different to each grade/level of attainment.

So the baseline for the Magister Templi, having united with his HGA, is being a perfect receptacle. Within him grow the seeds of his ego. His goals are to direct the energy either to the seeds appropriately, or to the universe itself, recycle it, etc.etc. (this too has been covered elsewhere) making sure that the seeds don’t overgrow nor grow too malnourished. Having surrendered himself to the Divine, he carries out the Will of God, and therefore his demons too, are under the Will of God. The putrid energies of the same demons felt below the Abyss are now neutral and dependent upon the MT.

The baseline for the Magus, however, is to be the energy, directed as the universe wills; a perfect vector. By this he continuously destroys and creates his receptacle.