The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP) is one of the chief rituals of Western Magic. It has been with us at least since the Golden Dawn of the nineteenth century, and it has penetrated into all the many Golden Dawn spin offs, including Neo-Paganism.
Yet there is still no widely available, clear instruction. The directions of the magical orders are mere mnemonics for those who are assumed to have personal instructors. To formulate my personal approach to the ritual, to aid any others who may be considering practicing the LBRP, and to satisfy the idle curiosity of any gawking onlookers, I have put together this short discussion of the ritual and its symbolism and performance.
A. Intent of the Ritual
The real action of a magic ritual takes place in the mind. Ritual is a form of moving meditation. The ...