The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram


_The_Middle_Pillar_. (pp. 94-95)

"1. Perform the Qabalistic Cross.

 2. Face East.  Stretch out right hand holding a dagger.  Trace a
    Banishing Earth Pentagram.  Vibrate the word YHVH. (Pronounced
    Yod-heh-vav-heh).

 3. Still holding out hand and dagger, turn to the South.  Trace
    another Pentagram in precisely the same way and vibrate the
    word ADNI (Ah-doh-nai).

 4. Then turn to the West and trace Pentagram.  Vibrate AHIH
    (Eh-he-yeh).

 5. Turn North.  Trace Pentagram and vibrate AGLA (Ah-ge-lah).

 6. Return to the East.  Extend arms in the form of Cross.

 7. Say: 'Before me Raphael.'

 8. 'Behind me Gabriel.'

 9. 'On my right hand Michael.'

10. 'On my left hand Auriel.'

11. 'For before me flames the Pentagram,'

12. 'And behind me shines the Six-rayed Star.'

13. Repeat the Qabalistic Cross."

The Qabalistic Cross is a simple step, similar to crossing oneself in the Christian traditions.  I won't bore you with details.  It's a way
of getting into the mood of the rituals, for "getting your energies aligned", as it were. 
The tracing of the pentagrams is usually accompanied by visualizing blue flames in the air where you've traced.  The pentagrams form a
circle around you, protecting you from whatever is is you want to banish.

"Vibrate" means to intone the words in such a way that your whole body vibrates as you say them. 

When the pentagrams have all been traced, the Archangels of the four elements are called to watch over you and the circle.  You're not
"summoning" them, you're just asking for their help.

Visualize a circle of blue flame joining the pentagrams together as I say this. The final Qabalistic Cross, like the first one, is to change your
mindset, in this case returning you to the "ordinary" world.

This is considered a very basic ritual, and is often used as an introduction to more powerful rituals.  According to Regardie,
"The function of this ritual... is pre-eminently one of banishment. Its aim is to eliminate from the sphere of the mind those
qualities or sensations which the critical ego deems unnecessary." (pp. 95-96)  The ritual won't cure your psychosis, but if you're
feeling angry, sad, depressed, etc., this can help get you out of it and make you feel better.  Ideally, you should use it every day,
at about the same time of day.  Prolonged use is highly encouraged!

So what the Hecate does this all have to do with the Goddess Kate?

        LILY

        Oh thou, who givest sustenance to the universe
        From whom all things proceed
        To whom all things return
        Unveil to us the face of the true spiritual sun
        Hidden by a disc of golden light
        That we may know the truth
        And do our whole duty
        To journey to thy sacred feet

This is an absolutely beautiful passage, and I have absolutely no idea what its source is.  It sounds like something a Western
Mysteries occult group would use, the same type of group which would use the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.

        Well I said
        "Lily, Oh Lily I don't feel safe
        I feel that life has blown a great big hole through me"
        And she said
        "Child, you must protect yourself
        I'll show you how with fire"

Pretty basic stuff here.  Kate (or Kate's character in the song) feels unsafe, and asks for protection.  Lily will show her how
she can do this for herself.  The fire obviously refers to the flames of the Pentagrams.

        Gabriel before me
        Raphael behind me

Each of those four angels is attributed to one of the four elements: Raphael with Air; Michael with
Fire; Gabriel with Water; and Auriel (or Uriel) with Earth.  The elements are attributed to the directions, similarly:  Air with
East; Fire with South; Water with West; and Earth with North. Not all occult groups put the elements in those directions,
though.  Local geography is the main consideration, so if you have an ocean or lake to your east, and the wind usually
comes from the west, why not attribute Water to East and Air to West?  I expect that that's what happened here, and that
Lily's group have just moved the angels along with the directions.


        Michael on my right
        Uriel on my left side
        In the circle of fire

        I said
        "Lily, Oh Lily I'm so afraid
        I fear I am walking in the Veil of Darkness"

This "Veil of Darkness" could mean just about anything.  I don't
know of any special significance here.

        And she said
        "Child, take what I say
        With a pinch of salt

Salt is considered a symbol of Earth, and is used for purification, of the self or
of the temple/circle/sacred space/whatever.  It's worth noting that the LBR is considered an Earth-oriented ritual - note that
you're supposed to trace "Banishing Earth Pentagrams".  So the
mention of salt here is consistent with the rest of the ritual.

(And of course, when studying any kind of occultism, it's always
best to take everything with a pinch of salt!)

        And protect yourself with fire"

        (repeat chorus)

So in conclusion, the song is about someone who wants protection
from something, and Lily shows her how to use the ritual to
do what she wants, to protect herself and banish whatever
nastiness she's afraid of.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWaqPOnR5wU