When placed on the Hexagram itself, this gives a more symmetrical figure. Should the Ararita formula be used, the magician should select one of these two schemes. The basic rule for drawing the symbol to invoke or banish a particular planet is simple. Starting from the point assigned to that planet, draw the first triangle clockwise from that point to invoke.
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This initiation was received after having completed previous initiations and the period known as the Portal Grade. Surprisingly, this may not be as difficult as it seems. While much is made of the Golden Dawn system, compared to other organizations, students learn comparatively little in terms of operative techniques, in their initial four or five initiations. The Pathworkings comprising a large part of the initiations are limited, expectedly, to the nine paths leading up to Tiphareth.
They also place The Middle Pillar in this section of the curriculum, but suggest it can begun at the beginning of training along with the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram as well. The Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram The Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram was designed to assist students in learning the elementary aspects of invoking and banishing of solar and later planetary powers as they relate to the Elements.
Regardie, quoting from the original R. However, nothing is said about how or why you might invoke an Element, or an Element via a planet through this ritual. There appears to be a more complex relationship of ideas being presented than simply invoking or banishing a planetary force. In many respects, the Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram is more complex, and possibly powerful, than the ritual it precedes.
Four variations of the hexagram are used instead of one, each relates to a particular element, and yet, an explanation of this relationship is never developed in any of the literature! This is probably due to many practitioners jumping over this ritual, as is often done with the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram, and never realizing its benefits.
Part of the significance of the relationship between the Hexagram and the Elements come from the fact that the symbol being used is a hexagram, or the symbol of the Sun. Not only is the Sun used as the great equalizing power in the Solar system, in relationship to the other planets, but it is also the source of matter in the solar system. All matter, esoterically, and possibly exoterically, is a result of the condensing of solar energy.
This energy condenses in stages, represented by the Elements themselves. From Fire, to Air, Water, and finally solid matter, or Earth. Thus, through the Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram, we can access Solar power in all of its various manifestations. We can also access the Elements as they relate to the six additional planets represented by the traditional hexagram. However, in this case, the essence of the planet, or its solar aspect, is what is being invoked.
This can also only be done at certain times of the year because of astrological considerations. The triangle of Fire is the animating part of nature, and gives us energy for initiation.
Water is essentially passive, or supporting of the energy invoked, thus assisting us in having a realization of it on some level. Water purifies the body, it provides it with health, or at least, the strength to sustain initiation. Air helps the restructuring of the mental, of the psychic elements. Air is the cement in the construction of the psychic bodies. Earth is the element which strengthens the material structure of the body. The use of the Elements to invoke and sustain planetary initiations is stated by Dubuis, but not by other authorities in print.
In Kether, all is pure energy; in Daath, the gateway between pure energy and subtle matter is formed prima materia ; in Tiphareth, the balance between energy and matter is established; in Yesod, energy predominates, but matter is present; and in Malkuth, there is pure matter. In Elemental magic we move the energy-matter-consciousness matrix more or less horizontally. But, by affecting the Solar Elements LRH , we are in effect, effecting the quality and quantity of energy that becomes matter.
This can then also be extended to the remaining planetary and zodiacal rituals. The Hexagram of Fire represents the Solar energy that we can contact. The Hexagram of Air represents the Solar energy we can absorb, as well as be inspired by. The Hexagram of Water represents the Solar emotions we can feel. The Hexagram of Earth represents the Solar energy that makes concrete matter that we can move and touch, in short, The Philosophers Stone. These perfect expressions of matter come from Tiphareth, and it is they that we are drawing upon when we do the LRH.
This last point is by far the most interesting, in that at least one organization has replaced the symbol of the Earth with that of the Quintessence for this Hexagram. These symbols are placed at the center of the Fire Triangle of each hexagram. Also, when invoking Air, the sign of the planet is placed in the upper triangle, and the sign of the Element in the Lower. Mercury, Venus, and Saturn can be invoked during astrologically favorable times Mars and Jupiter can be invoked using Fire.
Water can never be invoked in the Northern Hemisphere, as it planets are never situated to the North of the Earth.
Quintessence can only be invoked using Saturn, and only if mastery of the previous operations is attained. For the names to be used, Dubuis states the following: Water, the name in Yetzirah; Air, the name in Briah; and Fire, the name in Atziluth.
Unlike the traditional Golden Dawn teachings however, Dubuis states that the spheres of Hockmah and Kether should never be invoked using the hexagram, even by mistake. If we consider that the sun in our solar system is the source of all life: energy and matter, then it is in short, The Philosophers Stone of our solar system.
Since the Hexagram of the South, is the traditional hexagram of two intertwined triangles, it is then also the same hexagram that we use then invoking any or all of the planetary powers. Inner Master. The hexagrams then used in the GRH represent a dynamic tension of material and spiritual energies, as well as actual matter and energy, harmonized and directed by the Quintessence. This Quintessence is the absolute source of energy and intelligence, or the Akasha, when symbolized in the Pentagram Rituals.
That is, the Quintessence in the Pentagram Rituals is the unifying source of all Elemental energy. In the Planetary rituals we simply take this idea and apply it in greater detail, to each of the planets and their related psychic centers, ideals, etc. They then in fact become flip-sides of the same coin, so to speak.
A new star…that is above all these. Again, it is said, without sol and his shadow, no tinging virtue or power is generated. And whosoever is that shall endeavor to make a tinging or coloring tincture without these things, and by other means, he errs, and goes astray from truth, to his own hurt, loss, and detriment.
Meditations on each as an individual unit, focused around the theory and philosophy of how each of the Elements relate to each other in creation, as well as aspects of the Sun, will strengthen not only our use of the LRH, but also when doing the SRH. Imagine the fire as a part of yourself, and that you are receiving the radiant energy of the cosmos through this symbol. The Air Hexagram - the expanding, inspirational, and clarifying powers of the cosmos.
Through the air we breath, the fire of the cosmic is accessible to us. The Water Hexagram - the emotions and feeling of the Sun, or solar part of our self. The love for all creation that the sun generates The Earth, or Quintessence, Hexagram - perfect material creation, balance of energy and matter in expression. This quintesssence, when in contact with matter, re-balances any disturbances and creates a condition of dynamic harmony.
It is Fire, Air, and Water in combined and perfect expression. Operations on Sol then will have a transmuting effect on our entire being: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. The Physical effects should be greater health, particularly in the realms of heart, circulation, blood, and respiration.
The Emotional effects should be greater feeling of unity and love with the cosmos, as well as increased feelings of sympathy and sorrow for the human condition. An almost manic-depressive condition can develop of great joy accompanied or followed by weeping.
The Mental Effects should be greater clarity and insight into the harmony of events and people. Increased intuition and inner revelation. Direct dialogue with your Inner Master. It is the law of imaginative magic that is taking effect: we look at the sun and our whole being begins to resemble it.
Simply by looking at something, we create an association, an allegiance between ourselves and the object we are looking at, out vibrations adjust to its vibratory rate and, quite unconsciously we imitate it. If this state has been reached, then you have reached the state of the Authentic Alchemist. In this state of Universal Love, be sure not to privilege someone in particular, except if the help requested concerns him or her. If love in particular is contaminated with egotism, it will hinder the opening of Universal Love.
As soon as you have reached this state, you can be sure that the Chemist of Malkuth will directly receive from Tiphareth, by night or by day, all the elements he lacked, whether are from the domain of knowledge, or of Knowledge. Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN. Ciceros, p. It was created by Regardie to assist the aspirant in achieving an inner initiation into Tiphareth.
While its techniques traditionally belong to the Grade of Adeptus Minor, it can be performed during the Portal period.
Adam Forrest notes that this is almost certainly the language of MacGregor Mathers. This final hexagram is the only one to begin with Water in the Golden Dawn variation of the ritual.
Adam Forrest has also noted that all hexagrams should begin with Fire. The use of the Water Triangle in this instance is an error in the old Ares Press and Llewellyn editions of the Golden Dawn publications that has been perpetuated. All hexagrams start with the Fire Triangle. Samuel Weiser, Inc. York Beach, Maine. John Michael Greer in Circles of Power p.
Point up is red, point down is blue, except for the Fire Hexagram of the East , where the first triangle is red and second triangle is blue. A Star Sapphire ritual the colors are reversed, with the fire descending and the water, or prayers, ascending.
See: Duquette, p. Dubuis stated that it is best to remain silent for a long period of time after having this relationship develop. Wait until you receive an inner impulse that it is alright to speak before doing so. We are to listen and learn from our Inner Self, not dictate to it! Ibid, p. Special thanks to Adam P. Forrest for making valuable suggestions and corrections to this article prior to publication.
Lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram
Sol , Osiris , Slain and Risen. Begin at the top of the upper triangle and trace it in a dextro-rotary direction. The top of the lower triangle should coincide with the central point of the upper triangle. This Hexagram has the apex of the lower triangle pointing downwards, and it should be capable of inscription in a circle. This Hexagram is like that of Earth; but the bases of the triangles coincide, forming a diamond.
THE LESSER BANISHING RITUAL OF THE HEXAGRAM
February 24, 4 Within the Golden Dawn corpus, there is a slightly odd ritual called the lesser banishing ritual of the hexagram. It is performed after a lesser ritual of the pentagram by adepts and various reasons have been provided for its existence mostly centred on an apparent need to neutralise any planetary energy before beginning a working. Based on the drawing of two different triangles in different positions in the quarters it is the most used of a collection hexagrams. However, the root of the lesser banishing ritual of the hexagram might provide us with some clues as to its use and why it is an important daily practice for the modern magician.
Notes on the Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram
The text originated as a traditional Jewish prayer said before sleeping,  as documented by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch in The Hirsch Siddur [Feldheim Publishing, ], which reads as follows: In the Name of God, the God of Yisrael : may Michael be at my right hand, Gabriel at my left, Uriel before me, Raphael behind me, and above my head, the presence of God. Equipment[ edit ] Although some orders suggest that magical equipment is needed to perform the LBRP, the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn did not use any[ citation needed ]. However, a modern approach might include the following: An altar in the center of the ritual space, upon which are placed instruments representing the four Classical elements A ceremonial robe e. This is meant to construct an astral cross in the body of the magician, with points corresponding to Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. This segment of the ritual is meant to banish or invoke the four elements Air, Fire, Water, and Earth respectively. The four pentagrams are connected by a circle, also drawn in the air. Invocation of the Archangels, during which the magician declares the Archangels Raphael , Gabriel , Michael and Uriel or Auriel to be present, while visualizing them at the four cardinal points.
Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram