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WildWitch
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21/04/2012 3:12 am  

Many books dealing with rituals of the Occult tell us that the LBRP is primarily for psychic cleansing. But Crowley had a much deeper understanding of the LBRP. Crowley called the LBRP "The Stone of the Wise". Ive performed the LBRP many times and I find that the LBRP brings me closer to what we call "God". I sometimes have a slight  feeling of being nagged if I ever forget to perform the LBRP or procrastinate in the perfromance of the LBRP. (I always try to perform the LBRP at least once daily.) What are your thoughts of the LBRP? What type of feelings do you recieve from the perfromance of the LBRP?


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Michael Staley
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21/04/2012 11:55 am  

I certainly agree with you that the LBRP is very underrated. Like you, I used it on a daily basis for many years, making Crowley's outline in Liber O my starting point, and developing the visualisations and corollaries across the other senses.

All these rituals give me a feeling of proximity to "Thou who art I, beyond all I am".


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21/04/2012 4:02 pm  

The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram is a great place (ritual) to start with. I did this four (4) times a day (when able - usually only three times a day) for about 6 years. Then I noted that Crowley had "upgraded" it to The Star Ruby. He did this "upgrading" in conformity with "Abrogate are all rituals, all ordeals, all words and signs. Ra-Hoor-Khuit hath taken his seat in the East at the Equinox of the Gods..." and "Behold! the rituals of the old time are black. Let the evil ones be cast away; let the good ones be purged by the prophet!"

So I spent quite a while with a Greek dictionary and worked pretty hard to "master" The Star Ruby. That worked just as well as the Lesser Ritual. I did not notice that it was any more efficient. But I did notice that The Star Ruby was unbalanced [feel free to debate this statement - but not with me].

So I conjured up my own rite, called The Star of Force and Fire. It was based on both of the aforementioned rites, but it's aim was to achieve a "perfect" balance. You can see it at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W65MR99Pe-A

It's not that any of these seem to be "better" or "more special." Any of them will do the same thing. The idea is not to simply banish demons and spirits, but to banish everything, that is, to establish a perfectly clear and aligned persona, ready to receive whatever is available from "above."

In fact, each of these rites has a certain balanced, receptive, invocative point built in to them: And in the column stands the six-rayed star, or For about me flames the pentagram, and in the center the star of six is fixed. These, of course, symbolize the union of the pentagram (the microcosm) with the hexagram (the macrocosm).

So it's no wonder that one gets into a state of [insert your own term for God or Holism or Unity].

Other, more mystical (meditative or visualizations without external action) practices do the same thing. Examples include The Middle Pillar or The Temple of the Sun or The Chakra Clearing Exercise.

For me, this banishing stuff started in 1964. That's 48 years ago. For the past two decades, I have found that when I want this clearing, I simply project 4 pentagrams, simultaneously, in the four directions, and then see that star directly overhead. It can be done in one to two seconds. The effect is the same as the lengthy rites.

But I can't recommend this version for a beginner, or even an intermediate magician-mystic. It's like anything else - first one needs to get the basics down in a slow and ponderous way (this programs the central nevous system), then speed and efficiency can be incorporated.

I suppose the end result is when you banish one last time, and the ego goes away forever. Then the rites and the symbols are replaced with a permanent alignment. Good luck on that one, because if it happens you have accomplished The Great Work.


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22/04/2012 4:15 am  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

That is an excellent YouTube video you have there Shiva!
A perfect method to teach the various movements etc, found in Rituals.
Perhaps you can do this with more rituals; of your devising, as well including the familiar ones.
Most excellent indeed!

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22/04/2012 5:11 am  

I'll never forget the conversation I had with a man once about attaining the K&C with only the LBRP...


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22/04/2012 4:08 pm  
"sonofthestar" wrote:
Perhaps you can do this with more rituals; of your devising, as well including the familiar ones.

Well, there's a whole page of them at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/phaeton444
Of course, most of these videos are depictions of critical waypoints upon the (my) path, helped along with a libation. The USC Aikido Club 1964 video features a short participation with a young Frater Shiva (before he was known as Shiva) and the graceful actions of Isao Takahashi are something to behold.

But the supreme feature, so far, is The Invocation of Thoth at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWKjsfVZM_4

As far as building up something else (of my devising), maybe I should do the Money-Burner Ritual of 1969. Some people seem to think that this little doo-dad is what ignited Solar Ranch into the Flames of the Phoenix. I mean, we wouldn't want to blow up YouTube, would we?


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22/04/2012 4:59 pm  

Thanks for this thread WildWidtch, and all the great replies. My daily ritual of choice was The Middle Pillar for many years, but I rarely performed the LBRP. Now I am in a bigger place I am hoping to start performing it regularly soon.


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William Thirteen
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22/04/2012 11:08 pm  

Shiva, perhaps you could recite the necessary Barbarous Names so as to make these videos available on mobile devices?


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Azidonis
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23/04/2012 3:22 pm  

All due respect to Shiva and his Work.

I am wondering what the point of of wanting an "all access pass" to it is.

Don't get me wrong, I do see the entertainment value, and the knowledge factor, but it seems important not to forget two things:

1. "Every individual must construct their own Qabalah". This would include re-writing the template rituals to better exemplify your understanding of them (think of the Pentacle).
2. "No one knows the name of his Brother's HGA, or the rite that invokes him". This not only encourages writing one's own rituals, but demands it.


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23/04/2012 5:41 pm  
"Azidonis" wrote:
I am wondering what the point of of wanting an "all access pass" to it is.

I'm not sure what is implied here. Who wants an "open pass?" The unwashed public? The beginning initiate? The Adept? [Nah - he don't need it]. Frater Shiva?

I was raised in the most secret of societies. But now I have no secrets - except that I try to never reveal the civic name of any living person involved in Magick, unless that name is already openly revealed by the person themselves (i.e., Jerry Cornelius or Michael Staley or Paul Feazy).

So my books and my videos are open to everyone. Many of them are records of actual visions or experiences, and are so documented. Some are just for fun and entertainment. A few are rituals.

"Azidonis" wrote:
1. "Every individual must construct their own Qabalah". This would include re-writing the template rituals to better exemplify your understanding of them.

I often quote the same phrase and I am in complete agreement with this entire statement. As a matter of fact, The Star of Force and Fire video was offered as my re-writing of the template, with elaborate explanations of how and why it came to be this way. It certainly is not presented as the way everyone should do it.

"Azidonis" wrote:
2. "No one knows the name of his Brother's HGA, or the rite that invokes him". This not only encourages writing one's own rituals, but demands it.

Right!  After a while. The beginner often has no where to go except to the books and the standard templates - with or without minor modifications. The standard templates (like the Lesser Rite of the Pentagram and Star Ruby) have a certain potency that is built-in, simply because hundreds or thousands of beginners and adepts and masters have been doing them for decades or centuries - and this produces a reinforced, dynamic thoughtform, based on an archetype. And the beginner can step right up, open the book (or imitate the video), and get results (a feeling, a clearing, or a synchronistic event) right off the bat!

After memorizing the rite, the beginner, now having begun, must then master the ritual. Once they're really good at it, then they can consider modifications. But the basics come first. We can not apply the non-principles of U.G. Krishnamurti to the beginner, who often has no where to go.

In my martial arts classes, I say, "Stand this way!" And you better do it, because if you don't stand that way, I will kick your ankle out from under you, and you will fall down. When I can't kick your ankle out, I and the student both know that he or she has learned "proper stance." It's the same with banishing. People seeking Thelema will, more often than not, start with the little pentagram ritual. When they have cleared their mind and purged the environment, then nobody can kick their ankle out - and they won't fall down ... and they can modify the rite or just get on to the next step.

That's a bit dramatic, but it was the way I was trained (in karate and magick), and it's the way I used to teach. Today, if I dumped one of these aged senior citizens onto the hard, tile floor where we practice, they would either go to the hospital or never come back.

A sense of perspective is usually needed. This is lashtal, and like my YouTube site, it is a public interface. Beginners rub shoulders with Magisters. The beginners are looking for a basic foundation. The HGA stuff is all personal (well, non-personal) and advanced. Surely, we all know that from the vast reservoir of basic training, we each will pick and choose this element and that (and probably modify some of them), to be woven into our own central right.


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Azidonis
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23/04/2012 6:22 pm  
"Shiva" wrote:
"Azidonis" wrote:
I am wondering what the point of of wanting an "all access pass" to it is.

I'm not sure what is implied here. Who wants an "open pass?" The unwashed public? The beginning initiate? The Adept? [Nah - he don't need it]. Frater Shiva?

I'm only implying that it only goes so far, as you indicated with your "sweep the leg" analogy.

I'm not implying that such information is invalid, or disposable, impertinent, or anything of the sort.

"Shiva" wrote:
I was raised in the most secret of societies. But now I have no secrets - except that I try to never reveal the civic name of any living person involved in Magick, unless that name is already openly revealed by the person themselves (i.e., Jerry Cornelius or Michael Staley or Paul Feazy).

So my books and my videos are open to everyone. Many of them are records of actual visions or experiences, and are so documented. Some are just for fun and entertainment. A few are rituals.

"Azidonis" wrote:
1. "Every individual must construct their own Qabalah". This would include re-writing the template rituals to better exemplify your understanding of them.

I often quote the same phrase and I am in complete agreement with this entire statement. As a matter of fact, The Star of Force and Fire video was offered as my re-writing of the template, with elaborate explanations of how and why it came to be this way. It certainly is not presented as the way everyone should do it.

"Azidonis" wrote:
2. "No one knows the name of his Brother's HGA, or the rite that invokes him". This not only encourages writing one's own rituals, but demands it.

Right!  After a while. The beginner often has no where to go except to the books and the standard templates - with or without minor modifications. The standard templates (like the Lesser Rite of the Pentagram and Star Ruby) have a certain potency that is built-in, simply because hundreds or thousands of beginners and adepts and masters have been doing them for decades or centuries - and this produces a reinforced, dynamic thoughtform, based on an archetype. And the beginner can step right up, open the book (or imitate the video), and get results (a feeling, a clearing, or a synchronistic event) right off the bat!

After memorizing the rite, the beginner, now having begun, must then master the ritual. Once they're really good at it, then they can consider modifications. But the basics come first. We can not apply the non-principles of U.G. Krishnamurti to the beginner, who often has no where to go.

In my martial arts classes, I say, "Stand this way!" And you better do it, because if you don't stand that way, I will kick your ankle out from under you, and you will fall down. When I can't kick your ankle out, I and the student both know that he or she has learned "proper stance." It's the same with banishing. People seeking Thelema will, more often than not, start with the little pentagram ritual. When they have cleared their mind and purged the environment, then nobody can kick their ankle out - and they won't fall down ... and they can modify the rite or just get on to the next step.

That's a bit dramatic, but it was the way I was trained (in karate and magick), and it's the way I used to teach. Today, if I dumped one of these aged senior citizens onto the hard, tile floor where we practice, they would either go to the hospital or never come back.

A sense of perspective is usually needed. This is lashtal, and like my YouTube site, it is a public interface. Beginners rub shoulders with Magisters. The beginners are looking for a basic foundation. The HGA stuff is all personal (well, non-personal) and advanced. Surely, we all know that from the vast reservoir of basic training, we each will pick and choose this element and that (and probably modify some of them), to be woven into our own central right.

I agree with everything you say here.

I do think it is important for the Aspirant to, "Do not mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the moon itself".


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William Thirteen
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23/04/2012 8:17 pm  

indeed, especially as one never knows where that finger has been...


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Azidonis
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23/04/2012 8:40 pm  
"WilliamThirteen" wrote:
indeed, especially as one never knows where that finger has been...

or what it has been


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25/04/2012 5:38 am  

"And every Man stood Fourfold, each Four Faces had. One to the West
One toward the East One to the South One to the North, the Horses Fourfold
And the dim Chaos brightened beneath, above, around! Eyed as the Peacock
According to the Human Nerves of Sensation, the Four Rivers of the Water of Life."
--William Blake, Jersusalem

Crowley’s full quote on the LBRP is: “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.”

These are some strong words, and even a little bit of practice with the LBRP can give one a hint of what he’s talking about. Working with it for years on end reveals a ritual of tremendous depth and beauty.

In the first place, despite the name, the LBRP isn’t strictly a “banishing” ritual: it indeed banishes in the sense that it breaks down restrictions and impurities in the four elements, but it also builds the elements -- parts of the Self -- back up stronger with the invocations. The finale of the ritual unites the pentagram and hexagram (the 5 and 6, which makes 11 and suggests 5=6), the union of the four elements, the “quintessence,” and the “divine” out of which it all emerges. The visualizations involve expanding the “sphere” of the magician out into the universe, beyond the confines of earth, breaking past the restrictions of the mind and perceiving on broader and grander levels.

In one sense, the Great Work is nothing more than the completion of this ritual (writ large). This is not to say that one can “attain” simply by doing a ritual, but that this ritual symbolizes both the path and the goal, and it generates in the the aspirant the appropriate state of mind conducive to attainment.

For my own part, I must have learned the LBRP about eleven years ago, and it became an integral part of my daily practice for around three years straight: even after shifting over to the Star Ruby for a few years, I find myself now turning to the LBRP more and more in recent times: its elegant simplicity is powerful.

Indeed, one does not ghostbust a room by performing this ritual: one is no less participating in the essence of the universe, with which the True Self is at One. To regard the ritual as a means of calling up or chasing away spooks is to completely miss the point.


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13/05/2012 3:18 am  

The LBR synchs up your micro immune system with your macro immune system

You're basically awakening a giant white blood cell.  The circle - the Le-olam points.

Giant white blood cells used to be standard issue a million years ago.

Now we got cops and insurance and shit.


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13/05/2012 2:55 pm  

I have been doing it astrally here and I find it works just as well as the physical motions. I reccomend it to everyone , if not daily than at least on a semi regular basis for starting workings or just simple communing with the All sessions.  I do miss my wand however I feel like I am missing some sort of charge from it.


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