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The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram: A 21st Century Grimoire by Michael Benjamin, edited by Taylor Ellwood, from Megalithica Books (the non-fiction imprint related to Immanion Press), may be of interest.

Michael Benjamin The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram from Megalithic Books

“The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram — A 21st Century Grimoire is the most comprehensive examination of this foundational Magickal ritual as originally taught within the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. In this work, author Michael Benjamin extracts deeply from his two decades of experience as a practicing occultist, mystic, and esoteric scholar. Drawing from such erudite resources as Eliphas Levi, Israel Regardie, W.Y. Evans-Wentz, Alexandra David-Neel, and various charter members of the Golden Dawn, the author adds his own insightful perspicacity gained from several years of habitual daily performance of this ritual. In addition to holding a B.A. in History, and advanced black belts in four different martial arts, Michael is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Freemason, was a formal initiate and 12-year student in Dr. Paul Foster Case’s order, the Builders of the Adytum (an historical successor to the Golden Dawn), and is a former member of the Thelemic fraternity, the Ordo Templi Orientis.

In this book the author presents an expertly crafted practical handbook, as well as an historical record and academic analysis, of why this ritual was rightly described by Aleister Crowley as, ‘The Medicine of Metals and the Stone of the Wise.’ Utilizing both Western and Eastern philosophical sources indicative of the Right-Hand Path, this unprecedented study offers an in-depth and integral understanding of the esoteric insights provided within, as well as the psychological development facilitated by, this paramount occult exercise.

Drawing from such varied Occidental systems as Rosicrucianism, Qabalah, Tarot, Alchemy, Astrology, Thelema, Theosophy, Freemasonry, and Wicca, along with such Asian schools as Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism, Kundalini Yoga, Vedanta, and Karate, The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram reveals the universality of this practice as a potent means of encouraging mental self-discipline, facilitating personal evolution, and spurning spiritual awakening. As such, this tome will prove itself to the reader as no less than a pragmatic modern grimoire, a veritable 21st century Book of Shadows. Today’s occult practitioner of any school or system will find provided in its pages a clear window into the wisdom fostered by the Magi and Sages of various cultures and locales throughout humanity’s spanning ages.”

Esoteric and Occult Art of Mary MacGregor Reid

You may be interested in the Esoteric and Occult Art of Mary MacGregor Reid, an artist in Auckland, New Zealand, on offer through her shop The Psychomanteum, each original artwork in limited runs of 5 art prints, signed and numbered.

Mary MacGregor Reid Tree of Life
Tree of Life


Mary MacGregor Reid Babalon


Mary MacGregor Reid Ritual of the Hexagram
Ritual of the Hexagram


Mary MacGregor Reid Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram


Mary MacGregor Reid Liber Resh vel Helios
Liber Resh vel Helios

Living Thelema

Living Thelema by David Shoemaker is unexpectedly available already in softcover ahead of the planned Aug 25th, 2013 release date.

David Shoemaker's Living Thelema

Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick by Dr David Shoemaker, of the Living Thelema podcast, the International College of Thelema, and a Hermetic Library anthology artist, is due for release in September as hardcover or special edition with leather binding by Ars Obscura, and in August in a variety of formats, is available for pre-order.

“The system of spiritual attainment developed by Aleister Crowley is notoriously challenging in its scope. Adapted from the popular podcast segment of the same name, Living Thelema brings a welcome approachability to Crowley’s material, without diminishing the depth of the system. The author focuses on the practical and experiential aspects of the path of Thelema, allowing the reader to grasp the true transformative power of the system.

Beginners and advanced practitioners alike will find much useful advice here, as Shoemaker brings his characteristic down-to-earth style to bear on topics such as ritual and meditation practices, sex magick, astral projection, psychotherapy for magicians, the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, and that pinnacle of attainment known as the crossing of the Abyss.

The author’s background as a practicing psychotherapist allows an entirely unique fusion of esoteric wisdom and cognitive science. Living Thelema is an invaluable handbook for any modern magician.”


Part One: Tools for the Journey

An Introduction to the Qabalah
The Holy Guardian Angel
The True Will
Getting Started with a Basic Magical Regimen
The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
The Lesser & Greater Rituals of the Hexagram
Liber Resh vel Helios
Methods of Ritual Construction
Asana & Pranayama
Meditation & Visualization Practices
Astral Projection & Control of the Body of Light
Devotional Practices
Liber Samekh & the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel
Sexual Magick & Sexual Mysticism

Part Two: Perspectives on the Path of Attainment

The Methods & Tools of A∴A∴
Tarot & the Path of Initiation
Initiation & Tetragrammaton
The Chakras
The Role of the Ego in the Great Work
The Formulas of LVX and NOX
The Right Use of Magical Power
21st Century Alchemy
The Practical Use of Alchemical Symbolism

Part Three: Life Outside the Temple

Patterns & Cycles in Magical Practice
Qabalistic Coping Techniques
The Anima & Animus
Cognitive Therapy for Magicians”

New Ritual of the Hexagram

A reader of the site sent in this personal ritual inspired by some of the material he read at the site, and with permission I thought I’d share it with you:

“New Ritual of the Hexagram
by Brachium Osiris

I recently read the article entitled The New Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram by Michael Osiris Snuffin on Hermetic.com. As I was reading how Snuffin changed the Divine Names and Pentagrams, that drove me to re-write the BRH. The only changes I make are in the order of drawing the hexagrams as well as in the analysis of the keyword.

Perform the NBRP.

Analysis of the keyword

Standing in the East, say the following letters (Visualize the Hebrew letters in front of you in flaming white light): I.N.R.I, Yod, Nun, Resh, Yod

(Make the sign of Isis Mourning) Virgo, Isis, Mighty Mother
(Sign of Apophis and Typhon) Scorpio, Apophis, Destroyer
Sol, Osiris, Slain (Sign of Osiris Slain) and Risen (Sign of Osiris Risen)
(Make the sign of Osiris Slain, gradually raising arms until you reach the sign of Apophis and Typhon) Isis, Apophis, Osiris, (Vibrate) IAO
L.V.X.( give signs) Lux, the light of the cross.

Trace Air Hexagram and Vibrate ARARITA

Repeat with Fire Hexagram in the South, Water Hexagram in the West, and Earth Hexagram in the North.

Return to center and draw Holy Hexagram above and below you, Vibrating IAO each time.


The reason I made changes in the order of drawing the elemental hexagrams is because I felt that it helps to properly banish or invoke the elemental forces. The Hexagrams in the center are to create a ‘bubble’ if you will of space in which to work.”