The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
) is a ceremonial magic ritual devised and used by the original order of the Golden Dawn that has become a mainstay in modern occultism. It is considered by many to be a basic preliminary to any other magical work, so much that it was the only ritual, beside initiation rituals, taught to members of the Golden Dawn before they advanced to the Inner Order.
The ritual is highly dynamic, using gesture, visualization and the pronunciation of certain words of power, combining prayer and invocation as well as clearing and preparing a space for further magical or meditative work . The ritual banishes the chaotic and impure form of the elements from the magician's circle by the tracing of Pentagrams in the air and by the power of certain Divine names followed by an invocation of the spiritual forces ruling the elements to fortify and guard the circle.
The principal components of the Qabalistic Cross and the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram are drawn from the works of Eliphas Levi
. The text originated as a Jewish
prayer, as documented by R. Samson Raphael Hirsch in 'The Hirsch Siddur' , which reads as follows:
"In the Name of God, the God of Yisrale
: 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
Although some orders suggest that magical equipment is needed to perform the LRP, the original Hermetic Order of......