Are We Being Sloppy With Our Banishings?

I´m not simply asking if we are cleaning after us.

I mean banishings as actual rituals and part of the work.

In “Liber 0” Crowley writes: “6. There are three important practices connected with all forms of ceremonial (and the two Methods which later we shall describe). These are: {16}
(1) Assumption of God-forms.
(2) Vibration of Divine Names.
(3) Rituals of “Banishing” and “Invoking”.

Somehow i think it is easy to regard the banishing part as merely a preparatory stage before an invoking ritual or a “cleaning” ritual for general use.

I actuality  would argue that any ritual or action you can do for invikatory reasons can also be done for banishing (distinction being made by “sign of silence”verbaly and by intent.

In short, are we really doing banishing rituals as full rituals with signs, God forms, conjurations and curses, full of visualizations and holy words?



In “Magick In Theory And Practice” Crowley writes: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and had better come first. Purity means singleness. God is one. The wand is not a wand if it has something sticking to it which is not an essential part of itself. If you wish to invoke Venus, you do not succeed if there are traces of Saturn mixed up with it.

That is a mere logical commonplace: in magick one must go much farther than this. One finds one’s analogy in electricity. If insulation is imperfect, the whole current goes back to earth. It is useless to plead that in all those miles of wire there is only one-hundredth of an inch unprotected. It is no good building a ship if the water can enter, through however small a hole.

That first task of the Magician in every ceremony is therefore to render his Circle absolutely impregnable.


See, however, the Essay on Truth in “Konx om Pax”. The Circle (in one aspect) asserts Duality, and emphasizes Division.

If one littlest thought intrude upon the mind of the Mystic, his concentration is absolutely destroyed; and his consciousness remains on exactly the same level as the Stockbroker’s. Even the smallest baby is incompatible with the virginity of its mother. If you leave even a single spirit within the circle, the effect of the conjuration will be entirely absorbed by it.”

In this case it is clearly meant a banishing before some other ritual but isnt the same true in general?

He continues: “The cleansed and consecrated Magician takes his cleansed and consecrated instruments into that cleansed and consecrated place, and there proceeds to repeat that double ceremony in the ceremony itself, which has these same two main parts. The first part of every ceremony is the banishing; the second, the invoking. The same formula is repeated even in the ceremony of banishing itself, for in the banishing ritual of the pentagram we not only command the demons to depart, but invoke the Archangels and their hosts to act as guardians of the Circle during our pre-occupation with the ceremony proper. In more elaborate ceremonies it is usual to banish everything by name. Each element, each planet, and each sign, perhaps even the Sephiroth themselves; all are removed, including the very one which we wished to invoke, for that forces as existing in Nature is always impure. But this process, being long and wearisome, is not altogether advisable in actual working. It is usually sufficient to perform a general banishing, and to rely upon the aid of the guardians invoked. Let the banishing therefore be short, but in no wise slurred — for it is useful as it tends to produce the proper attitude of mind for the invocations. “The Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram” (as now rewritten, Liber 333, Cap. XXV) is the best to use.”


Now, if we do rituals of invokation because some things, be they what they are, are desireble, there must also be thing that are not desireble to our path, whatever it might be.

Not only undesireble for the ritual at hand but undesireble in general.

Ritual includes calling and calling away.



Why should the magician not clear his path and send away any energies, principles, concepts or influences he needs by as extencive and elaborate rituals as possible, strengthening his aura, the border of his universe as well as himself in its center?

Magick In Theory And Practice: “In most extant magical rituals the two operations are performed at once; or (at least) the banishing has the more important place, and greater pains seem to be taken with it; but as the student advances to Adeptship the banishing will diminish in importance, for it will no longer be so necessary. The Circle of the Magician will have been perfected by his habit of Magical work. In the truest sense of that word, he will never step outside the Circle during his whole life. But the consecration, being the application of a positive force, can always be raised to a closer approximation to perfection. Complete success in banishing is soon attained; but there can be no completeness in the advance to holiness.”

John William Waterhouse: The Magic Circle - 1886


Should we not strengthen our auras as much as possible rendering them impenerable?

Should we not do our utmost to get rid of crap and when the time comes for invokation, all the more easy it will be?



Isnt the sign of a magician not just what he conjures up, but also what he casts away?

It should be said though that invokative rituals will still be needed (obviously).

The first line of chapter 14 in “Magick In Theory And Practice” reads: “Consecration is the active dedication of a thing to a single purpose. Banishing prevents its use for any other purpose, but it remains inert until consecrated. ”

My own experience being that all that is called in , even to banish, is energizing.

All banishings are a kind of invokation.

Energy is energy but what is invoked in order to banish (so to say) only, or mainly throws things out (according to the nature of the ritual) and blocks the same.

It still gives effects that has to be considered though. A very aggressive ritual using Geburah, fire and brimstone and curses would give effects of an aggressive nature whether it be an invokative or a banishing ritual.

I just threw a light bulb to the floor and my body is very adamant in throwing crap out (including literally).

I once thought of the Kabbalistic Cross and the L.V.X. signs (among other things) in rituals such as the LBRP and LBRH as more or less “doing anything (=strictly invokative) but is that true?

If the intent is on banishing and blocking, isnt that what they mainly do?

Arent they doing in the interior what the pentagrams or hexagrams are doing on the border and the Arhangels in the exterior?

A double edged sword of weeding before planting.

That is, i belive, the path of the magician.

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