Performing the following rituals, that build upon eachother, on a daily basis and in right order can lead to greatly improved spiritual insights, powers and psychic abilities and related experiences. It will protect you, balance you, cleanse you, activate your chakras, expand your aura, bring you better luck and harmony with yourself and the world, among other things-
For best results its highly recommended you do this alone and undisturbed, in a dark room, with an altar with a mirror set up that you can see yourself in when both sitting and standing in front of it, as well as two lighted candles on each side of the altar by the edges of the mirror, and some inscence of your choice. Try to FEEL, and SEE, and IMAGINE everything you do in this ritual. It may seem long and complicated, but once you learn it its pretty easy and doesn't take too much time to do (30min or so). You can start by learning one Step at a time until you know it by memory before moving on to next step until you are able to do it all by memory and can perform it easily on a daily basis for best effects.
Regarding vibrating the various words, it means you should chant them out, inhaling completely, and chant it with a vibrational tone all the way to end of exhalation.
You should notice effects from days to couple weeks after starting doing this ritual as long you keep to it as described and on daily basis. Once in the morning when you wake up, and once in the night before bed is ultimate.
So here goes, good luck!
Step 1: Relaxation exercise
Lay on your back with your arms at the sides of the body in a room where you will not be disturbed by any outside noises. Remain as relaxed as possible and keep your eyes closed.
Starting with the top of the head, deliberately tense the muscles of the forehead for a moment as much as possible. Then let go of the tension. Relax the forehead totally. After a brief period of time, tense the muscles of the face and neck. Then let the tension go fully away. Relax completely. Continue down the rest of the body in the same manner, first tensing, then releasing the muscles: shoulders, arms, chest and back, stomach, buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet. Tense, and then relax.
Tense the entire body as much as possible then relax fully and deeply. Do this at least three times after which remain totally relaxed. Notice how much more relaxed your body is after the balancing effects of tensing and releasing, compared to the calm state your thought you had attained at the beginning of this exercise.
Breathe deeply, but without strain. Visualise yourself enveloped in a sphere of brilliant white light. Imagine your body bathed in this light and feel its warmth on your skin. As you inhale, feel the divine light filling your lungs and spreading throughout your body to the tips of your toes and fingers, giving you a sense of ultimate peace and relaxation. As you exhale, you breathe out a portion of this endless light, giving its tranquil effects back to the one source in a cycle of flux and reflux. Yet the more light you breathe out, the more light is breathed back within you, till your while being is created out of divine light.
Visualise a golden sphere of healing light in the centre of your body, around the area of your heart. Feel it's smooth warmth. See this sphere travelling to areas of your body where some tension remains. Whatever part of your body the sphere touches becomes fully relaxed and regenerated. Let the sphere traverse every part of your body, and when this is done, place it back in its original position, centred about the heart.
Continue to relax in this state for a few more moments. Then take a few deep breaths and feel the vitality stirring within you as you end the ritual.
- Extract from, "Golden Dawn Magickal Tarot" - Sandra Tabatha Cicero and Chic Cicero
Suggestion by shaganoz: At the point where you are to visualize the healing light, try feel and visualize it at starting from bottom of your feet, growing and increasing there for a moment, as a bright golden sphere of light. Once you can feel and/or visualize this, slowly let the sphere flow up through your feet and legs, and know it is a cleansing energy, ridding you for all negativities, and is also with healing powers. Let it move up from the legs and further up your body, through your stomach and chest and up to your neck and finally up to the top of your head. While you do this, imagine the sphere of light cleansing you, removing all tension in all of your body, healing you. When it is at the top of your head, let it stay for a brief moment and try increase its intensity, before you let it flow back down again the same path as it went up until it ends in your feet. Send it up and down some times, for around ten minutes, until you feel completely relaxed and comfortable. Then proceed to next step.
Step 2: The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP)
Part One: The Qabalistic Cross
Stand and face East. Imagine a brilliant white Light touching the top of your head. Reach up with the index finger or blade of a dagger to connect with the Light and bring it to the forehead.
Touch the forehead and vibrate, "ATAH," (Ah-tah - meaning "Thou art").
Touch the breast and bring the dagger blade or index finger down till it covers the heart or abdominal area, pointing down to the ground. Imagine the Light descending from the forehead to the feet. Vibrate "MALKUTH," (Mahl-kooth, meaning "The Kingdom").
Touch the right shoulder and visualize a point of Light there. Vibrate "VE-GEBURAH," (v'ge-boo-rah - meaning "and the Power").
Touch the left shoulder and visualize a point of Light there. See the horizontal shaft of Light extending from the opposite shoulder to join this point of Light. Vibrate "VE-GEDULAH," (v'ge-doo-lah - meaning "and the Glory").
Imagine a completed cross of Light running from head to feet and shoulder to shoulder. Bring the hands outward, away from the body, and finally bring them together again, clasped on the breast as if praying. Vibrate "LE-OLAHM, AMEN," (lay-ohlahm, ah-men - meaning "Forever, unto the ages").
The Qabalisic Cross 2
Note in Kraig's version of the QC given here, one touches the groin area when vibrating "Malkuth". This is reportedly from Crowley, it changes the QC so that rather than suggesting the Kingdom of Heaven is within the heart (Tiphareth), one is suggesting the Kingdom of Heaven is within the groin (Yesod).
Visualise yourself getting larger and larger, taller and taller until you tower above the room you are in. Continue this growing visualisation until the city you are in is small beneath your feet. See the continent as tiny compared to your majestic body. Now even the Earth is small beneath your feet. However, no matter how small the Earth is, it is still firm and solid beneath your feet, anchoring you to the ground. You will not float away.
Next visualise yourself growing so large the planets of our solar system are like tiny toy rubber balls spinning near your feet. Soon they are too small to see as even the Milky Way galaxy becomes a small dot of light at your feet. Now visualize a dot of light coming from somewhere far above your head. Know that this is only a tiny bit of the light from this source, and if you saw the full brightness of this light you would immediately be blinded and quite possibly go insane. This tiny bit of the endless, limitless light forms a brilliant white sphere above your head. It is nine inches in diameter, about the size of a dinner plate. It is brighter than ten thousands suns, but still only a tiny portion of the source of the divine, spiritual white light. Point to that sphere above your head with your index finger and "bring it down" (by pointing) to your forehead, just above and between your eyes. Next, visualize this brilliance filling your head with divine light. While pointing to your forehead vibrate: Atah
Bring your finger firmly down your body until you are pointing towards the ground. Your hand should be covering your groin. As you do this, visualize the light in your head coming down along with your finger, down through your body and beyond your feet down to eternity. Vibrate: Malkuth
Now bring your finger up to your right shoulder. As you do this, visualize the beam of white light running down the center of your body form a beam out from the heart area our to your right, past your finger at your right shoulder. See this beam of light extend to the end of the universe and beyond. Focus on this beam and vibrate: ve-Geburah
Move your finger horizontally to your left shoulder. As you do, visualize the beam of white light now extending through infinite space to your left. As you focus on this beam of light vibrate: ve-Gedulah
Clasp your hands are your chest as if praying. Visualize in your chest, at the point covered by your folded hands, a brilliant golden glow. Vibrate: Le-Olahm, Amen
This concludes the Kabalistic Cross.
What you have done is to visualize yourself as the center of the universe with only the divine light coming through you. You may wish to remain in this position for a few minutes to feel its power.
Atah (Thine) Malkuth (Kingdom) ve-Geburah (and the power) ve-Gedulah (and the glory) Le-Olahm, Amen (forever, amen). "For thine is the Kingdom and the power and glory forever, amen."
Part Two: The Formation of the Pentagrams
Walk forward (to the left if navigating obstructions) to the eastern edge of your area (circle), facing to the east. Describe a large flaming blue pentagram, see the flame follow the tip of your finger as you trace it before you in the manner indicated in the following diagram:
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. As you inhale raise both hands to the sides of your head by your ears, index fingers of both hands pointing forwards and rest of your fingers closed into a fist.
Step forward with the left foot. At the same time thrust your hands forward so that they point at the exact middle of the glowing blue pentagram in front of you. As you do this you should 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. You should use the entire exhalation to vibrate the God Name: YHVH (Yud-heh-vav-heh)
Bring your hands back to your ears while bringing your left foot back to its original position. Put your left hand down by your side and point to the center of the pentagram with your right. Now 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. You should go 90 degrees so that you end up in the south, facing south. As you trace the line in the air you should visualise a briliant white light emanating from the tip of your finger. At the south, repeat the previous process of drawing the pentagram but vibrate the God Name: Adonai
Repeat as above, but move to the west and vibrate: Eheieh
Repeat as above, but move to the north and vibrate: AGLA
Complete the circle by connecting a white line from the north to the east where you began. Then moving in the same clockwise direction move back to the center of your area as when you started the ritual. You should once again be facing east.
Now visualise a brilliant white circle expanding up and down to form a sphere above, below and all around you.
What you have done is create a sphere in brilliant white all around you with electric blue pentagrams at the quarters which have been charged and sealed with names of God.
Part Three: The Evocation of the Archangels
Spread your arms straight out to the sides so your body forms a cross. Take a second or two to again feel the energies flowing through you and making you a brilliant cross of light at the center of the universe. The cross also represents the four archetypal elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water.
Visualise a figure on a hill in front of you. The figure is dressed in yellow robes which have some purplish highlights. The figure carries a caduceus wand (a wand entwined by serpents, which represents life-force) and the figure's robes wave in the wind. You should "feel" a breeze coming from behind the figure. Say, Before me, Raphael. Vibrate the name of the Archangel.
Visualise a figure behind you, dressed in blue with some organge highlights. The figure holds a cup and is surrounded by waterfalls. Try to feel the moisture in the air. Say, Behind me, Gabriel. Again, vibrate the name of the Archangel.
On your right visualise a figure dressed in scarlet with green highlights. The figure holds a flaming sword and you should feel heat coming from this direction. Say, On my right hand, Michael. (vibrate the name)
To your left visualise a figure dressed in greens and browns on a fertile landscape. The figure holds some sheaves of wheat. Say, and on my left hand Uriel. (vibrate the name)
Move your left foot out to your left and visualise another beautiful flaming blue pentagram all around you, outlining your body. Say, For about me flames the pentagram...
Visualise a golden hexagram within you, right where your heart is. Say, And within me shines the six-rayed star.
Part Four: Repeat The Qabalistic Cross from part one.
Step 3: The Middle Pillar Ritual
Stand behind your alter (if you have one) with your hands at your sides, eyes closed, steady relaxed breathing, and above all, try to get your mind into a still, quiet and calm state.
3. Focus your attention just above the top of your head. As a result of the LBRP there should be a sphere of white brilliance at this point. If not, visualize it. Take your time. Regard this white brilliance with a sort of awe: it is the spatial equivalent to the vital core of your being, your higher self, your link with the Divine. The result of this contemplation should be that the brilliance becomes even brighter. Now vibrate the God name, Eh-heh-yeh three of four times. The sphere should get brighter still.
4. Now visualize a slender beam of light descending from the brilliance through the center of your head, and stopping at the nape of your neck. Here the beam widens into a ball of light, although not as big as the one above. At this point you should be visualizing simultaneously the brilliant sphere above your head, the small ball of light at the base of your neck, and the beam of light connecting the two. Understand that this is the link between your conscious and your higher self, and the ball of light at your neck should grow in size and intensity. Vibrate the God name, Yud-heh-vavh-heh El-oh-heem, three of four times.
5. Keeping the above in mind, cause a beam of light to descend from the ball of light at your neck, go down your torso, and light up the solar plexus in the form of a sphere. Understand that this represents your consciousness, and the ball should increase in brightness and intensity. You may feel as if you are being warmed by an internal sun. Vibrate the God name Yud-heh-vavh-heh El-oh-ah V'dah-aht three or four times.
6. In the same manner, see the light descend to the area of the genitals and form a sphere. Here, regard yourself as master of your "lower" self. The God name to be vibrated three of four times is Shah-dai El Chai.
7. Again the light should descend, here to form a sphere which encompasses both feet and the ground; that is, the sphere should be half above the ground, covering the foot, and half below the ground, under the feet. The God name to be vibrated three or four times is Ah-doh-nye Ha-ahr-etz.
8. At this point there should be large spheres of light above the head, at the throat, at the solar plexus, at the groin and at the feet. Each sphere of light should be connected with the sphere above and below by a beam of light.
9. Stay in this state for as long as you desire. Then, take a deep breath, and as you exhale, visualize the images fading and becoming invisible. They are still there, but they cannot now be seen. This completes the Middle Pillar Ritual.
10. Remember the instructions on vibrating words. Each vibrated word should be done so that you can feel the appropriate area of the body vibrating.
Step 4: Circulation of the Body of Light
Rather than visualising the Middle Pillar fading away as was described before, instead focus your attention upon Kether, the sphere of white brilliance above your head. You will circulate light from Kether around your body, in synchronisation with your breathing. There are three parts to this circulation.
1. As you exhale bring the light down the left side of your body, from Kether to Malkuth, as you inhale bring the light back up the right side of your body, from Malkuth to Kether. Repeat this cycle a number of times.
2. Repeat as in part 1, but this time bring the light down the front of your body as you exhale and bring the light up the back of your body as you inhale. Again repeat this cycle a number of times.
3. For the final part do one of the following: -
3a. Bring the light from Malkuth directly up the Middle Pillar into Kether as you inhale. When the light reaches Kether visualise it spraying out like a fountain and cascading down and all around your body back to Malkuth. Repeat this cycle for a time.
3b. Visualise the light from Malkuth rising up your body in a tight anti-clockwise spiral, wrapping you in a spiral of energy, bring the light all the way up to Kether. As you exhale visualise the light spraying out like a fountain and cascading down and all around your body back to Malkuth. Repeat this cycle for a time.
To end the ritual you may either take a deep breath of visualise the light fading away, or perhaps prior to letting the light fade away you would prefer to focus some energy back to Tiphareth and visualise your aura, oval, clear and pulsating, balanced.
-END OF RITUALS DESCRIPTIONS
Notes: Cited sources includes Donald Michael Kraig, Israel Regardie, Aleister Crowley and Mr. and Mrs. Cicero.
EDIT: Important information about the above mentioned rituals:
In the beginning, start with ONLY the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. This includes STEP 1 and STEP 2 above. Perform these two rituals (The relaxation exercise and the LBRP itself) for at least a couple weeks before moving on to STEP 3 - The Middle Pillar Ritual. This is due to the fact you are building up your psychic/magickal energy and activating your energy body and the chakras, and this has to be done gradually so your body, mind & soul gets familiar with it and adapted to it.
Then, once you've become familiar with the LBRP and start (hopefully) to feel and sense some effects from it, you may move over to STEP 3 - The Middle Pillar Ritual, and include that as part of your daily rituals, for yet another couple weeks. Always perform LBRP before The Middle Pillar Ritual.
The Middle Pillar Ritual "opens" your psychic and magickal centers even further, and gets you in even deeper connection with the Divine. It also centers and cleanses you, and developes your chakras and energy body even more.
After having practiced the Middle Pillar Ritual as well together with the relaxation exercise and LBRP daily for a couple weeks, you may add STEP 4 - Circulation of the Body of Light. At this point you should already be feeling sensations and energies and perhaps even deeper spiritual experiences as well when practicing these rituals. You should also start to feel more balanced, relaxed, more at peace and in harmony with yourself and the world.
AT THE END of the ritual(s), when you've completed it, you should perform a LICENSE TO DEPART:
A License to Depart is a simple banishing you perform to rid the area of any astral entities and spirits that might have been attracted to you from the energies you are creating during these rituals. This you can perfom as follows:
When you've finished your ritual(s), and before you blow out the lights of the candles, say out loud and with feelings "All spirits, beings and astral entities of all kinds whom have been summoned and gathered here today are now free to leave. May you travel with peace and love to where you came from and to where you belong. I grant you the license to depart, so now go home with the protection of God on your way. AMEN!" - vibrate AMEN while visualizing all the entities departing and leaving, flying far away to wherever they came from, just like moths fly away from the light when it's turned off.
I recommend you to always perform the LBRP before any other magikcal or spiritual/psychic work of any kind, and it can also be a good idea to end the work by performing the LBRP again before the License to Depart.
The above rituals, when practiced correctly and properly for a while, should help you gain better and quicker results in other spiritual/psychic/magickal work. They also protect you from unwanted negative energies and entities.
Keep a magickal diary where you write down the rituals you perform and the results of them, including any feelings, thoughts, emotions, sensations or other experiences that you might encounter while doing them. Also add information such as the weather, time and date, phase of the moon, your physical and mental/emotional status before and after the rituals, and other details you may find suitable to add. This will be a valuable journal for you to look through and review as you gradually progress on your spiritual path, and you might find it a good companion. Of course you should also include any other work you do in addition to the magickal rituals presented here above, examples can be various psychic experiments such as telekinesis, telepathy, energy work, meditation, astral projection, remote viewing, dowsing, scrying and whatever it is you might be practicing.
As someone asked me elsewhere to explain the LBRP for them, I gave alittle more information and created a couple illustrations that can be helpful when learning this ritual. Of course you can create similar illustrations for yourself for the other rituals mentioned above as well.
To make things easier in the beginning, you may find it useful to write the Godnames of the Qabalistic Cross on a piece of paper in the sequence they are to be said while doing the ritual, as well as the Godnames and names of the Archangels on a piece of paper in their right order and directions, so you can look at this when performing the formation of the pentagrams and evocation of the arch angels. You may also write the color and elements the different arch angels represents on the same piece of paper.
I took myself the time to make such illustrations for you that you may find comes in handy when practicing.
For the Qabalistic Cross:
For the formation of the Pentagrams and Evocation of the Archangels:
Those above charts probably doesn't mean much to you on their own, but once you read through the instructions above in the post it will become clear.
To put it short, the image for the qabalistic cross represents yourself and what parts of your body the different godnames will be said when doing the ritual - Atah is at head, Malkuth at feet, Ve-geburah at right shoulder, Ve-gedulah at left shoulder and Le-Olahm and Amen in middle of chest.
The image for the pentagram and evocation of archangels represents you standing in the middle of the circle you will create, facing east. The grey words are godnames to be said at each of the different directions as you turn that way to formate the pentagrams. The pink text is the names of the archangels located at their correct directions as well as the color they represent. I forgot to include the elements they represent, but thats easy enough by just remembering the colors: yellow is air, red is fire, blue is water and green/brownish is earth.
So just rehearse and practice for yourself with notes similar to the images with the illustrations above to remember the different names etc and what direction they are placed. And practice one step at a time, like first practice the Qabalistic Cross until you got it, then move on to the formation of the pentagrams, and once you got that one too move on to evocation of the archangels. As soon you've learned it all by memory after practising some its time to perform them for real with candles and in the dark with a mirror in front etc as described.
Hope this information has been useful and can be of help for those of you who wish to explore yourselves and your abilities.
May profound peace be with you!
Edited by darkbreed, 10 January 2008 - 09:36 AM.