THE GREATER RITUAL OF THE PENTAGRAM Written by Sir Aleister Crowley on May, 1906 e.v. on t
THE GREATER RITUAL
OF THE PENTAGRAM
Written by Sir Aleister Crowley on
May, 1906 e.v. on train to India,
Edited by David Cherubim, 12 January, 1990 e.v.
for members of the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn
THE TRUE GREATER RITUAL OF THE PENTAGRAM
As the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram places the Magician on
the Path of Samech, so this Greater Ritual places him on the Path
of Gimel above, instead of below Tiphareth.
Perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram and
annoint body with Holy Oil before performing this Greater Ritual
of the Pentagram.
Take up your position facing the West, strike the bell once
and cry aloud
giving the Threefold Sign of Enterer (Horus), Silence
(Harpocrates), and Apophis (Set Triumphant).
Whirl around as on a pivot as rapidly as you can with the
Wand or Sword outstretched, thus making a magick circle. Then
say, with all the exaltation possible:
The light is mine; its rays consume me:
I have made a secret door
Into the House of Ra (Enterer towards East)
and Tum (Enterer towards West),
of Khephra (Enterer towards North)
and of Ahathoor (Enterer towards South).
(In centre, facing West, in Sign of Silence)
I am thy Theban, O Mentu,
The prophet Ankh-af-na-khonsu!
Turning 60 degrees to your left, make the inverted Invoking
Pentagram of Fire and cry NUIT.
Turning 60 degrees to your original right (i.e. to the North
of West) make the same Pentagram and cry HADIT.
Turn to the East, make the same Pentagram and cry
Then turn 60 degrees North of East, make the erect Invoking
Pentagram of Fire and cry BES-NA-MAUT.
Then turn 60 degrees South of East, make the same
Pentagram and cry TA-NECH.
Then to the West, make the same Pentagram and cry
Seat yourself with your hands on your knees, like an
enthroned Egyptian God, or stand in the Sign of Hoor-Paar-Kraat.
Say slowly, and very forcibly, in a low voice:
Ardent and awful on my right
Rage Ratziel and Tzadkiel.
Red Raphael on his burning throne
Guards me behind: with magian might
Dread Khamael and Tzaphkiel
War on my left: the avengers own
Before me flaming out alone
The Majesty of Metatron!
For around me in six several ways
The fivefold sword-stars beat and blaze;
While in the column shines and slays
The star that hath eleven rays.
Rise and give the Threefold Sign, remaining in the Sign of
Apophis- Typhon to invoke whatever force thou wishest to invoke.
Repeat all of part I, and then forcibly say:
By Bes-na-Maut my breast I beat;
By wise Ta-Nech I weave my spell.
Show thy star-splendour, O Nuit!
Bid me within thine House to dwell,
O winged Snake of Light, Hadit!
Abide with me Ra-Hoor-Khuit!
This Pentagram Ritual is combined openly with the Hexagram,
for the secret formulation of Abrahadabra.
The Hexagram is arranged differently on the Tree, to
correspond with Kether (highest top point), Chokmah (top-right),
Binah (top-left), Chesed (bottom-right), Geburah (bottom-left)
and Tiphareth (lowest bottom point). Keep in mind that this
Ritual is done on the Path of Gimel. When making Pentagrams and
vibrating Names in this Rite you are also formulating the
Nuit = Binah
Hadit = Chokmah
Ra-Hoor-Khuit = Tiphareth
Bes-Na-Maut = Chesed
Ta-Nech = Geburah
Ankh-af-na-khonsu = Kether
Note that Bes-Na-Maut and Ta-Nech are the parents of Ankh-
af-na-khonsu. These are lesser forms of Nuit and Hadit. Ankh-af-
na-khonsu of course has a direct relationship to Ra-Hoor-Khuit;
he is the physical incarnation of that God.
Crowley remarked that this Ritual is not satisfactory unless
there be a properly constructed Circle marked with the Hexagram
and Six Lamps.
He further stated that this Ritual is neither perfect nor
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