The Qabalistic Cross & The Lesser Banishing Pentagram Ritual
The Qabalistic Cross
Facing east with the left arm placed at the side raise the right hand above the head bring down the palm and gently touch the forehead recite aloud 'ATOH' (thou art). Visualise a shaft of white light coming down from crown centre (Kether) radiating down to the feet. Bring down the hand and touch the chest and say ... ' MALKUTH' (the Kingdom) pronounced 'malkooth'. Touch the left shoulder and say ... 'Ve Gedulah' (and the Glory) pronounced 'gedoolah'. Then touch the right shoulder and say ...'Ve Geburah' (and the power) pronounced 'geboorah.' Clasp hands together on breast and say ... 'Le Olahim Amen' (Forever God) pronounced 'Olaheem'. You may sustitute Aum for Amen. It is important to visualise and direct potent shafts of white light to each center with each direction given. This raises the mind to contemplate on higher things.
Lesser Banishing Pentagram
1 - With fingers of the right hand pointing outstretched. Using the index and middle finger (the blessing mudra (See Pic 2) or ceremonial dagger still facing east trace the banishing earth pentagram in the air and ethers.
Begin with right hand at the left hip. Raise the right arm. Extend it drawing the first side of the pentagram finishing approximatley at arms length just above the center of the forehead ... then continue. (See Pic 3). When finished, stab in the center of pentagram and vibrate the word ... 'YHVH' ... pronounced 'Yod-heh-ved-heh'. (It is called 'Tetragrammaton'. Ineffable name of God. Also attributed to the four worlds of the Qabalah.)
2 - Move to the south and trace another pentagram. In a similar fashion again stab with fingers in center and vibrate the word 'Adonai' (means 'Lord').
3 - Turn to the west and trace another pentagram and this time vibrate the word "Eheyeh" pronounced 'E-he-yee'. (means 'I am')
4 - Turn to the north, repeat exercise and vibrate the word 'Ah-ge-lah'. (Thou art forever great O Lord!)
5 - Return to the east. Stretch out the arms in the sign of the cross. With all the power of the will and imagination Invoke the Holy Archangels ... "Before me Raphael. Behind me Gabriel. On my right hand Michael. On my left hand Uriel. About me flames the pentagrams. (visualise in brilliant white light) Behind me shines the six rayed star."
Repeat Qabalistic Cross. Direct with the imagination pure white shafts of light joining each respective centre as the practise progresses. As you stab the center of each Pentagram visualize a blue white flame projecting from your finger tips drawing eventually a complete circle around you. As the names of the Archangels are pronounced visualise ... Raphael - robed in yellow, hair moving in the wind, feel a cool breeze. Gabriel - robed in blue with a stream or the sea at his feet. Michael - robed in red standing on parched earth radiating heat. Uriel - robed in dark orange/olive and black, standing in a rich wheatfield.
Practice on a regular basis daily for two months or so, to gain real fluidity to the ritual. If practiced properly, eventually one will sense marked and noticiable effects in the subtle realms.
Every cell and molecule on the physical, etheric, astral, mental plane is effected by this ritual! This is the foundation and basic groundwork for work on the inner planes for the Magician!
Before we move on to Part III where we will discover and learn about a great 'balancing' ritual practice and essential teaching called 'The Middle Pillar', I would like to offer the following quote from that wonderful mystic and occultist W.E.Butler, words to contemplate on ...
"So we serve God, we serve our fellow man, and we serve ourselves, and the proportion in which we do those things determines whether we are on the right-hand path or the left-hand path. You know that is again such a false dichotomy. There are those on the right-hand path who are Lords of Wisdom and Love, and those on the left-hand path who are Lords of Hatred, and of Separation. But in between is a vast body of us all who are simply grey - some a nice pearly irridescent shade of grey, and some are a rather gloomy kind of grey, and some - that the angel of Revelation in Apocalypse spoke about - lukewarm, neither one thing nor the other. And the angel said, 'Because thou art lukewarm I will spew thee out of my mouth.' What he means is, I've got no room for you. If you're lukewarm you'll get nowhere, and if you go into magic in the spirit of the atheist who was dying and who said, 'O God (if there is a God), save my soul (if I've got a soul)' then you won't get very far. You have to have dedication in magic, just as you have to have dedication in esoteric science. And you must have some guiding line to start with."
Recommended reading ...
'The Mystical Qabalah' by Dion Fortune.
'The Golden Dawn and the Middle Pillar' by Israel Regardie