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.DWTWSBTWOTL.

Greetings all. I would like to submit for some critical feedback some ideas I have been formulating for my regular practice. It occurred to me to write a pentagram ritual that fully expresses the Thelemic god forms and energies.

This idea was primarily fueled by the many "versions" of LBRP that are floating about, which are subtle variations or substitutions.

It occured to me that:

1. I don't speak Hebrew, and there is no concrete reason to use Hebrew in ritual outside the Judeo-christian context that most pentagram rites currently live in.

((The use of Latin the ritual is to provide a ritual specific language which is independent of religious affiliation, as an alternative to English which is my mundane, everyday speech.))

2. It seems that, in particular, the evocation of the archangels in the many rituals represent an isolated concept that is not embraced or regularly observed elsewhere.

3. There seems to be little in the LBRP to tie it directly into one's religious/theosophical practices if one is a Thelemite.

4. The Star Ruby, being the most recommended alternative, does not address fully the above points.

So, if it does not belabor the point too terribly, I am providing a link to my current work, a Banishing Pentagram Ritual which draws on ideas from the practice of Resh, the affirmations of the Gnostic Mass, and the qabalistic structure of the Temple itself.

The idea is to reinforce the power of the ritual with elements that are part of regular devotional practice. Also, to represent to full Thelemic 'pantheon' and work more directly with the Solar current while preserving the same functionality.

Just looking for some ideas/opinions from the community. Thanks to all.

http://mcovel01.googlepages.com/M_QC_BRP.pd f"> http://mcovel01.googlepages.com/M_QC_BRP.pdf

Fr. M. - Ex Fidelis In Tenebrae, LVX!

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Do What Thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law!

Eloquent, and very workable. I will deffinately expreiment with this method.

Love is the Law, Love Under Will!

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"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law", not "Do What Thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law!

"Definitely", not "deffinately".

"Experiment", not "expreiment".

"Love is the law, love under will", not "Love is the Law, Love Under Will!"

These things are important.

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"lashtal" wrote:
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law", not "Do What Thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law!

"Definitely", not "deffinately".

"Experiment", not "expreiment".

"Love is the law, love under will", not "Love is the Law, Love Under Will!"

These things are important.

Are they really?

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Yes.

They are.

"Change not so much..."

And your point is?

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Yes, Paul, you must root out this elitist, crazy need to criticize and look down upon people. Are we not all kings here? πŸ˜‰ Perhaps this tesorthena is a king who is wrapped up in the tattered, illusory cloth of one who cannot use a spell-check or honor the words of Aiwass. Which is to say, ain't we all just grand >hic<?


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ouch, but, point well taken.


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No, I agree with Paul here. We should strive to excel in language as in all things --- especially language, the very utterance of the Logos. There is little excuse not to put extra effort into studying the structure and rules of language...it is to my mind a sacred thing. My own "teacher" so often emphasized the tremendous importance of spelling and grammar, if for nothing else than to not dumb down the greatness that precedes you. Any true lover of literature and magick (which is rooted heavily in language) will take pains not to blaspheme this greatest gift of Thoth (in a manner of speaking...those who would take me literally here aren't getting it at all). And by all means GET THE BOOK OF THE LAW RIGHT.


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93,

"LAShTAL" wrote:
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law", not "Do What Thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law!

"Definitely", not "deffinately".

"Experiment", not "expreiment".

"Love is the law, love under will", not "Love is the Law, Love Under Will!"

These things are important.

I am glad to see that you feel this way, as I am in complete agreement with you in this regard. IMO these things are very important.

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Words, PAH! The glorified grunts of upright, mobile minded primates! Don’t make me laugh.

Through words we arrive at good and evil, dividing that which would remain whole for our benefit. Words are empty and devoid of meaning in and of themselves. A hollow vessel that through Will we may pour consciousness into, imbuing them with temporary significance. Words can hold neither truth nor lies, only point to or mislead, as the finger pointing at the moon. Words are mere designations by which we classify the myriad forms of God, clinging to the temporal while denying the eternal, which can never be contained with words.

β€œThe name which can be named is not the true name.” Why do you think Crowley emphasized silence? Because in profound silence all things are to be known. How do you expect to arrive at the unutterable truth using utterly flawed utterances? God gave us the Word, and we try to raise it above Him!? For God in words is no where to be found, only suggestions on where to look. Words! Ridiculous! I have heard more truth in the clucking of hens than in the words of men, in the wind, in the cooing of an infant.

You would do well to shun these words, which men have defiled along with every other gift. It is only through providence that words are employed to any righteous end, and few are bestowed this grace.

Love is the law, but only if we live it through our highest self, beyond the futile grasping of words.

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93,

Ah, a philosophy of words from someone who can't spell.

I suggest, tesorthena, you look up the word "hubris."

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Silently..... πŸ˜‰

peregrinus93, I enjoyed reading your inspiration. Nice work.


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bok, bok, bgok...


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93 Tesorthena,

I really don't care one way or the other, but you should make an effort to know the mind of Crowley fully before you spout just anything as being significant in a Crowley-based forum. I've always been of the opinion that it is better to ground oneself in Crowley's scholastic writings, and biographies, prior to leaping headlong into the Holy Books. E.g., there are these relevant items from Magick Without Tears:

"shall be" (instead of "Do what thou wilt is ...") not "is." See Liber AL, I, 36, 54, and II, 54. Not "Master Perdurabo": see Magick p. XXIX.

-Letter No.G, Intro

No, I will NOT recommend a book. It should not hurt you too much to browse on condensed hay (or thistles) such as articles in Encyclopedias. Take Roget's Thesaurus or Smith's Smaller Classical Dictionary (and the like) to read yourself to sleep on.

-Letter No.H, Intro

Now, please realize I'm not trying to come off as a know-it -all, and I don't mean to appear as if I'm admonishing in any way --- I mean, really, you can do whatever you please in this crazy world. But if you're to be a serious student of Aleister Crowley, you should (I would think) make an effort to understand his ideology, and to realize its importance.

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"peregrinus93" wrote:
2. It seems that, in particular, the evocation of the archangels in the many rituals represent an isolated concept that is not embraced or regularly observed elsewhere.

On what do you base the above claim? The LBRP and Star Ruby both vibrate guardians in the four quarters.

I read through your ritual. First, I don’t understand the β€œlogic” of banishing air in the East, fire in the South, water in the West and fire in the North all within the same ritual. The LBRP normally banishes earth but this element can be substituted by any of the other elements in the four quarters which then creates a different effect, depending on the selected element. Your version has air, fire, water and fire all being banished within the same ritual. The Chaos/Babalon and Nuit/Hadit polarities overlaying it would intensify the effect (whatever it may be) and I would imagine one ends up quite disoriented by the end of it.

Section 5 is the most important contribution in your version and the only thing I would question is whether the stations of the sun should be vibrated out of sequence, since Liber Resh is based on the solar cycle.

Please report back on the effects you’ve felt from doing this.


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Also, something odd is going on in the North (fire, Nephthys)


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"tesorthena" wrote:
bok, bok, bgok...

Post verbal enlightenment?


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I think that the banishing of fire in the North is a typo, since the pentagram beside the text shows the banishing pentagram of earth.

I agree with the question about the stations of the sun being out of sequence.

A thought on the languages used- the trouble is that Latin DOES have a religious connotation- more so for Westerners than Hebrew does- it's very tied in with Roman Catholicism.

Have you considered doing the whole thing in Egyptian, quabbalistic cross and all?


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We all have to start somewhere πŸ˜‰ Okay, okay, we digress too much. My apologies peregrinus93.


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93

Thanks to all for your insights.

Yes, the document as submitted was not free from typographical error, for which I apologize.

I spent some time working it this last weekend and found some interesting results. The Chaos-Babalon axis of the working seems _much_ stronger than the Hadit-Nuit axis for some reason. (shortcoming of the Magickian?) And I'm going to agree that the use of each of the elemental banishing pentagrams in the quarters is quite a strange effect. More work needed to determine precisely what this effect is, but the practice may eventually indicate using one of the pentagrams in each of the four quarters.

That said, the ritual certainly leaves a 'vacuum', and is effective in banishing energies from the space. It feels slightly.... swirly, if you will. Like there is a rotational energy to it.

The evocations of the god-forms of Resh (mostly), I wrote in an order to be consistent with the old ritual, although I see no reason this must be so.

Ante, Re
Dextra, Ahathoor
Post, Atum
Sinistra, Nebt-het

Ought to be just fine.

And yes, I had thought about translating the whole qabalistic cross into Egyptian, but there is _something_ about the Latin. I think the rhythm of it makes it more musical... and it must be vibrated differently. More variation in pitch, more rhythm... like chanting plainsong almost.

I am submitting a new file, reflecting my findings over the weekend, your thoughts here, and leaving more space for individual interpretation, and adding some more notes/explanation.

Again, thanks to all for valuable input and insight. There seems to be something of great inherent potential here (at least for me), and it's always helpful to hear other perspectives.

http://mcovel01.googlepages.com/M_QC_BRP2.pd f"> http://mcovel01.googlepages.com/M_QC_BRP2.pdf

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"peregrinus93" wrote:
The Chaos-Babalon axis of the working seems _much_ stronger than the Hadit-Nuit axis for some reason. (shortcoming of the Magickian?)

A valuable observation, well worth looking into, I think.


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"peregrinus93" wrote:
The Chaos-Babalon axis of the working seems _much_ stronger than the Hadit-Nuit axis for some reason. (shortcoming of the Magickian?)

A valuable observation, well worth looking into, I think.

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Camlion,

Yes indeed... My initial thinking is that the individual, being Had and Nu conjoined, the working the act of Will, and of Ra-Hoor... The axis, with the illusion of polarity, defines the center. In an elemental light, the axis is Fire --> Earth... Will --> Manifestation. If the practitioner is less than perfect in this regard, that would explain the difference. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps it would be good to experience this axis growing in strength over the years of practice and progression.

The Chaos-Babalon aspect is more primordial, the descending lightning bolt from the Veil of the Abyss. These seem to be primed, powerful, and independent of the practitioners shortcomings or progress. The axis is simultaneously an affirmation and an attack on the perceived Universe. Thou Art; yet dissolve Thy Self with the formula of Thy Creation.

Surely... much to ponder.

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Of course the value of what you’re trying to do is obvious - if only to save time by combining daily banishings with Liber Resh.

Just a few more thoughts:

If you want to create a proper banishing, the alchemical rotation of elements (earth>water>air>fire) can be used as the basis for the following:

East/banish earth/Chaos > North/banish water/Nuit > West/banish air/Babalon > South/banish fire/Hadit

The above should swirl in an counter clockwise/bottom->upward, from the gross to increasingly subtle, in an expansion of consciousness. If you want to invoke, the sequence of elements is reversed:

East/invoke fire/Chaos > South/invoke air/Hadit > West/invoke water/Babalon > North/invoke earth/Nuit.

The above should swirl in a clockwise/top>bottom movement, like lightning striking the earth. For the determining the direction of the quarters, the general rule seems to be widdershins (counter clockwise) = banishing (despite the fact LBRP moves clockwise) whereas deosil (clockwise) = invoking.

References:
http://www.cs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/RE.html
http://www.heruraha.net/viewtopic.php?p=12912&highlight=&sid=4b1c76416e13626fe042e5b2f7a231c7


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"Camlion" wrote:
"peregrinus93" wrote:
The Chaos-Babalon axis of the working seems _much_ stronger than the Hadit-Nuit axis for some reason. (shortcoming of the Magickian?)

A valuable observation, well worth looking into, I think.

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I dunno, I can't help but think of the following quote by Crowley himself:

"Those who regard this ritual as a mere device to invoke or banish spirits, are unworthy to possess it. Properly understood, it is the Medicine of Metals and the Stone of the Wise."

If you don't understand why or how it works, I suggest studying it more in depth before seeking to change it. Just my $0.02 worth.

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Scarlet_Magdalene,

Good point, and well taken. Having practiced LBRP (among others) for many years, I can certainly say there is much more to it than immediately presents itself... and I would have to say that I can perform the 'traditional' ritual with much greater energy and effect than any variation, at least at present.

That being said, it was not my intention to _replace_ LBRP, but provide a new BRP/IRP that resonated with Thelema proper, and the regular practices such as Resh and the Gnostic Mass to give a 'spiritual reinforcement' to a ritual that makes use of much rather alien imagery if one does not have a background in Judeo-christian studies, kaballah, or even if one does not want to get involved in sorting out the many perceived contradictions and interpretations of such.

I'll hold off on commenting too far regarding the masterful hyperbole of the Prophet of the New Aeon. Suffice to say, I don't believe the formation of a new ritual using the old as a template constitutes 'regarding the ritual as a mere device...' etc. Quite the opposite, actually, it is perhaps another in a long series of steps towards 'proper understanding.'

If alchemy be the art and science at hand, let us pour into the crucible our experiments one upon another, in seeking the Truth.

Fr. M - Ex Fidelis in Tenebrae, LVX!

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Phil Farber's little book "FutureRitual" might be of some use to you,peregrinus93. Quite interesting, really!


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Phil Farber's little book "FutureRitual" might be of some use to you,peregrinus93. Quite interesting, really!

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I will look into that. Thanks for the recommendation!

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"peregrinus93" wrote:
"LittleSunshine" wrote:
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Phil Farber's little book "FutureRitual" might be of some use to you,peregrinus93. Quite interesting, really!

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I will look into that. Thanks for the recommendation!

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An excellent book, with the added bonus of containing 'The Declaration of Individual Autonomy' as its final appendix.


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"peregrinus93" wrote:
...a pentagram ritual that fully expresses the Thelemic god forms and energies.

THE STAR OF FORCE AND FIRE
A Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram

THE OPENING OF THE TEMPLE

IN THE CENTER, let the Magician strike the battery: β—Šβ—Šβ—Š β—Šβ—Šβ—Šβ—Šβ—Š β—Šβ—Šβ—Š

Circling the crown with the dagger: in a high pitch, intone NUIT.
Touching the base: in a low pitch, intone HADIT.
Centering the heart: in a medium pitch, intone HERU-RA-HA.
Touching the right shoulder: RA-HOOR-KHU...
Touching the left shoulder: HOOR-PAAR-KRA...
Clasping the dagger with both hands outstretched at heart level: THE-LE-MA. AUMGN.

CLEARING THE AETHYRS

Advance to the East. Trace the upright flaming pentagram in the air, or visualize it upon the brow. Draw the hands alongside the eyes. Begin to vibrate the name - At the ( ' ) project the hands and the pentagram forward in the sign of the Enterer (Horus) while vibrating the name RA-A'TEN. Retire in the sign of Silence (Harpocrates).

Proceed to the North. Repeat, but vibrate KE-PHE'RA.
Proceed to the West. Repeat, but vibrate A'TUM.
Proceed to the South. Repeat, but vibrate A-HA'THOOR.

Complete the circle back to the East and spiral into the Center.

ESTABLISHING A CLEAR AND BALANCED FIELD

Extend the arms in the form of a cross and say:
PROCUL, O PROCUL ESTE PROFANI! BAHLASTI! OMPEDHA!
FOR ABOUT ME FLAMES MY FATHER'S FACE: THE STAR OF FORCE & FIRE;
AND IN THE CENTER, THE STAR OF SIX IS FIXED!

βˆ† The censer may now be kindled.
βˆ† Here follows the invocation.

CLOSING THE TEMPLE

End as in the Opening, but in place of The-le-ma intone A-GA-PE. And save the battery to complete the work.

[first published 1984 - found on the www]


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Sphynx,

A dramatic and well constructed rite! To whom may we direct our thanks for its construction and subsequent publication? Also, it looks to be based in large part on Liber V vel Reguli... I wonder if it's as easy to summon the same kind of energy in the closing of this ritual as in Reguli, what with all the jumping in the air and dancing and such. πŸ˜‰

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"peregrinus93" wrote:
... it looks to be based in large part on Liber V vel Reguli...

I believe it is a synthesis of Star Ruby and the deities of the Adorations of the Sun plus Liber AL and the "blasting" phrase from The Invocation of Thoth.

Its main characteristic (when compared to Star Ruby and The Lesser Rite of the Pentagram) is Balance!

You can see partial video clips of this ritual being performed at http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2287170/718207 6"> http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2287170/7182076 .

You can do it yourself, in or outside.
Many Thelemites did it - None of them died!
One hand a dagger, the other a Bell.
Sends all the demons - straight to Hell!
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93

Interesting video... the other participants look bored, though.

I'm wondering about one aspect of the performance: between quarters, the magickian is seen walking about with the dagger, point down, flopping about. Is this intentional, I wonder? I recall being instructed never to allow the dagger to point downward during the rite, and the complications this gave in certain gestures. I'm always very careful to allow the dagger to point downward only when sheathed. Thoughts?

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"peregrinus93" wrote:
I'm wondering about one aspect of the performance: between quarters, the magickian is seen walking about with the dagger, point down, flopping about. Is this intentional, I wonder? I recall being instructed never to allow the dagger to point downward during the rite, and the complications this gave in certain gestures. I'm always very careful to allow the dagger to point downward only when sheathed. Thoughts?
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I dunno, do you think this part of Liber ABA (II) agrees with the rule of not pointing the dagger downwards? To me it rather suggests you to be careful when pointing upwards!

In all dealings with demons the point of the Sword is kept downwards, and it should not be used for invocation, as is taught in certain schools of magick.

If the Sword is raised towards the Crown, it is no longer really a sword. The Crown cannot be divided. Certainly the Sword should not be lifted.

The Sword may, however, be clasped in both hands, and kept steady and erect, symbolizing that thought has become one with the single aspiration, and burnt up like a flame. This flame is the Shin, the Ruach Alhim, not the mere Ruach Adam. The divine and not the human consciousness.


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"peregrinus93" wrote:
... the other participants look bored, though.

You only get to see a few of the other participants. Actually, most (about 55 of them) were not "participants," but they were public "spectators" or "the "the audience," who came for the highly-publicized Timeshift ceremony, but had probably never seen any Magick before. About 20 people were actual "participants" during one stage or another of the 2-hour ceremony. Most of them appeared to be bored on the (longer) full-length video - but that was not the case if one spoke to them afterward.

"peregrinus93" wrote:
I'm wondering about one aspect ... the dagger, point down ...

ANPI has answered this correctly - according to the appropriate text. The school of thought here in question teaches that the dagger/sword is always held level or down, but never UP (above level). The idea being that one does not banish or divide a "higher" force. The only exception being STRAIGHT UP, where the symbology says "my mind is balanced, undivided and open to impress from above."


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93

Oooh... I wonder how I got this confused. I know the Sword is not to be raised beyond the level of the eyes except in the above mentioned case. The Dagger I was taught is much more dependent upon context. Where it is okay for the point to be slightly down when tracing the lower points on the Pentagrams (or other figures), or _directly_ up or down along the vertical axis, but that letting the point drop arbitrarily below the horizontal was a bad thing. Hmmm.

In any case, the outward appearance of participants and observers on video not quite aligning with their actual state of mind is a reflection of the nature of Magick, I suppose. It's always very different within the circle than outside of it. Forgive me for being a little out of touch... there's really no organized group ritual up here where I live currently, and its been awhile.

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