NOTES ON THE RITUAL OF THE PENTAGRAM
You are supposed to be standing at the intersection of the paths of
Samekh and Pe. You are facing Tiphareth (the Sun), thus on your right hand is
Netzach (Venus) and on your left hand Hod (Mercury), and behind you Yesod (the
You take one step on the right heel in the hollow of the left foot
towards Tiphareth and vibrate the Divine Name as given in the ritual. You then
carry round the point of the Wand towards Netzach, then take a step again
(always recovering after each forward step so that you remain in the centre) and
vibrating the Divine Name as before.
Continue the process facing Yesod and vibrating; then Hod, and
vibrating; but carry the point of the Wand round to Tiphareth so as to complete
As you vibrate the Divine Name the angels, as given in the ritual,
appear (note that they should appear and if the ritual is properly performed
do). The consequent result, being macrocosmic response, is that without any
effort on your part the hexagram or sixfold star appears both above you and
below you. (Note the equilibration of 5=6.)
In this way you are completely shut off from the outer and Qliphotic
parts of the universe.
Get well into your mind the realization of this Column with its
surrounding pentagrams and its hexagrams above and below you. Continuous
practice is essential if you are to perform this ritual as you should. It is
particularly important not to slur any part of it; to visualize clearly and
cleanly the forces invoked, with the exception of the Divine Being, who will not
appear, in the ordinary course of events, for such slight cause.
You can figure out for yourself the forms of the angels, or rather
archangels. For instance, Raphael, commencing with an "R" will have a head of
solar glory and the Pe which follows shows that the rest of him is martial: the
"AL" which concludes the name (in the case of most angelic beings) indicates
that they wield the sword and the balance.