My Version of the LBRP

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram was one of the first daily practices that I performed, shortly after discovering real magic, witchcraft and the occult in 1997.

The LBRP is a type of moving meditation, a ritual designed to cleanse and fortify you in all dimensions. This is done by drawing down power from the Divine, creating a circle with the power of the Divine, girding oneself with guardians of the Divine, and becoming connected and centred with the Divine in all things. For me, it’s an innately spiritual practice but plenty of magicians and other folk use it as a psychological or philosophical meditation.

I found it energising and grounding at the same time – basically, balancing – and included it in my practice for many years. However, I haven’t used it on a regular basis for a while, so last night when I dreamed about doing it, there was also a sort of nostalgic glee.

I woke up this morning and performed the LBRP for real, and since have been inspired to adapt it for my modern practice. My new format is as follows:

Begin facing South, the direction of the Earth.

Touching the forehead, say “IO EVOHE DIANA.“
Touching the breast, say “IO EVOHE DIANUS.”
Touching the right shoulder, say “EKO EKO AZARAK.“
Touching the left shoulder, say “EKO EKO ZOMELAK.
Crossing the arms upon the breast, say “SO MOTE IT BE.”

Turning to the East, the direction of Air and the rising Sun, draw an invoking pentagram. Inhale, draw forearms up and rest fists on temples. Step left foot forward and push hands out away from the body and vibrate the name “ARADIA”. Stand straight, left arm at your side, right forefinger held to lips.
Turning to the South, direction of Earth, perform same movements, and say “CERNUNNOS” then perform sign of silence.
Turning to the West, direction of Water, perform same movements, and say “CERRIDWEN” then perform sign of silence.
Turning to the North, direction of Fire, perform same movements, and say “LUCIFER” then perform sign of silence.

Crossing your arms in front, say:
“Before me the Lady of the Moon;
Behind me the Horned Lord;
On my right hand Hekate Enodia;
On my left hand Herne the Hunter;
For about me flames the Pentagram,
And in the centre shines the Grail.”

Touching the forehead, say “IO EVOHE DIANA.”
Touching the breast, say “IO EVOHE DIANUS.“
Touching the right shoulder, say “EKO EKO AZARAK.”
Touching the left shoulder, say “EKO EKO ZOMELAK.”
Crossing the arms upon the breast, say “SO MOTE IT BE.”

Kiss left-hand fingertips in salute.

(Yep, my circle is cast widdershins for banishing, which in NZ means clockwise. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, you could go anti-clockwise for invoking if you preferred. And of course, up north you crazy kids do things in reverse!)

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Demi

I'm a 30-something cis-female pagan solitary Witch and Priestess living in Auckland, New Zealand. I've been studying and practicing modern pagan witchcraft since 1997, and my path has been inspired by the Reclaiming Tradition, Feri, Cunning Craft, Wicca, Druidry, the Religio Romana and the Church of All Worlds.

One thought on “My Version of the LBRP”

  1. That’s really interesting; the LBRP is also one of the first procedures I tried, and I also first tried it in 1997. My version used Egyptian Deities, but I like your version too.

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