The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram:
The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is one of the chief rituals of Western Magick. 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 spinoffs, including Neo-Paganism.
A. Intent of the Ritual
The real action of a magick ritual takes place in the mind. Ritual is a form of moving meditation. The effect is also primarily psychological.* The LBR is a tool to facilitate meditation.
The experience of a proper LBR is pleasurable and soothing, yet energizing and empowering. One is made at home in the mystical realm, protected from lurkers and phantasms by strongly imagined wards. This solace from mundane experience is a precondition for more serious works of meditation or ritual, but it can also form a healthy part of the life of the mind by itself.
B. The Ritual
Touching the forehead, say “Ateh (Unto Thee).”
Touching the breast, say Malkuth (The Kingdom).“
Touching the right shoulder, say "ve-Geburah (and the Power).”
Touching the left shoulder, say “ve-Gedulah (and the Glory),
Clasping the hands upon the breast, say "le-Olahm, Amen (To the Ages, Amen).”
Turning to the East, make a pentagram (that of Earth) with the proper weapon (usually the Wand). Say (i.e. vibrate) “IHVH” (Ye-ho-wau*).
Turning to the South, the same, but say “ADNI” (Adonai).
Turning to the West, the same, but say “AHIH” (Eheieh).
Turning to the North, the same, but say “AGLA” (Agla).
Extending the arms in the form of a cross say:
“Before me Raphael;
Behind me Gabriel;
On my right hand Michael;
On my left hand Auriel;
For about me flames the Pentagram,
And in the Column stands the six-rayed Star.”
until xxi. Repeat steps (i) to (v), the “Qabalistic Cross.”