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©March, Vernal Equinox 2012
Web Revision: Epiphany - Mar. 20th, 2015

Edited by GHFr. Pneuma Asteros, Order Chief Adept & President.

Modern Magick: Eleven (Twelve) Lessons In The High Magickal Arts
by Donald Michael Kraig

Contents:

MODERN MAGICK: ELEVEN (TWELVE) LESSONS IN THE HIGH MAGICKAL ARTS

There are some rites and rituals that are considered standard within the general practices of high magick. There ARE variations of these standard rites and rituals to be sure, however most of these rituals come from The Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn; noted Adepti and Magi of/from that Order; and other Orders and organizations which were either direct spin offs of the HOGD or borrowed heavily from that Order. The reason for this is simple. The rites and rituals work.

Again, we would like to state that the Society of The Astral Star and it's members make use of Modern Magick: Eleven (Twelve) Lessons In The High Magickal Arts (ISBN: 0-87728-734-1) by noted modern mage, Donald Michael Kraig in it's standard curriculum of study and practice. Modern Magick serves as the primary textbook for the Order within General Grades, Elemental Grades, and Adept Grades of the Society - from the 0ro Degree (Grade of Aspirant) through the 9th Degree (Grade of Adeptus Exemptus).

The material contained in Modern Magick is *FUNDAMENTAL* to the work of most all high ritual/ceremonial magickians practicing within what is generally refered to as the Western Esoteric Tradition(s). We recommend that the serious student purchase for themselves their own copy of this primary text. Another reason to purchase this work ist that we will be producing *JUST* the rites and rituals with some of Mr. Kraig's (and a few of our own) brief notations. The KNOWLEDGE that the serious student needs to make the most of the rituals themselves should be studied, practiced, restudied, and repracticed. These rites and rituals and the knowledge contained in Modern Magick is a study and practice for life.

Again, we feel it is important that we state for the record where most of this material is taken from - as we appreciate the work of the author. For the record, Mr. Kraig is not, nor has he ever been a member of the Order of The Star of Bethlehem. Most of the *general* magickal rituals are taken from Donald Michael Kraig's Modern Magick: Eleven (Twelve) Lessons in the High Magickal Arts. That work has been published under three editions by Llewellyn Publication, ISBN: 0-87542-324-9. The Society of The Astral Star chose to make use of this work as it's primary textbook for magickal methods for a number of reasons.

The first reason is that we believe it is a solid work grounded within the greater Western Esoteric Tradition drawing firmly on the work of many other classic writers. Those writers include those affiliated with the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn, including Dr. Israel Regardie, S.L. Macgregor Mathers, Dion Fortune, and even Aleister Crowley. The work itself is *not* directly representing that organization and as such is general enough to be independent for our Order's own general purposes.

Secondly, the work is readily available to Aspirants and remains actively *in print*.

Thirdly, we appreciate Mr. Kraig's perspectives. He organizes the rituals and materials in a very logical and easy to understand method. He is very practical.

And lastly but most importantly, we have to reiterate that the methods he instructs in Modern Magick is effective. It works!


LBRP:
LESSER BANISHING RITUAL OF THE PENTAGRAM:

D.M. Kraig, Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons In The High Magickal Arts Pgs. 33-38.

Note(s):

PART I: THE KABBALISTIC CROSS:

Step 1: Visualize self growing larger.

"Visualize yourself getting larger and larger, taller and taller, until you tower above the room you are in. Continue this growing visualization until the city you live in is small beneath you feet. See the state, then the country, then the continent as becoming as tiny compare to you majestic body. Now see even the earth small beneath you feet. However, no matter how small the earth becomes, it still remains solid beneath you reet, anchoring you the the ground. You will not float away."

Step 2: Form the cross over your body and vibrate Sephiroth names.

Touch your Forehead and vibrate: "Ah-Tah."
Point down, covering your groin, vibrate: "Mahl-Koot."
Touch right shoulder, vibrate: "Vih-G'boo-Ray."
Touch left shoulder, vibrate: "Vih-G'Doo-Lah."
Hands clasped to chest, vibrate: "Lih-Oh-Lahm."
Vibrate, "Ah-men."

PART II: THE FORMATION OF THE PENTEGRAMS:


Circle to the East, form a banishing earth pentagram and vibrate,
"Yud-He-Vauv-HEH."

Circle to the South, form a banishing earth pentagram and vibrate,
"Ah-Doh-NIGH."

Circle to the West, form a banishing earth pentagram and vibrate,
"Eh-heh-YEH."

Circle to the North, form a banishing earth pentagram and vibrate,
"Ah-GLAH."

PART III: The Evocation of the Archangels.

Note *: Short Form.

[Evocation of the Archangels - Short Form; Within the OAB, this rite is not used if a formal Circle is cast]:

Step 1: Form the Cosmic Cross.

Spread your arms straight out to the sides, so that your body forms a cross, palms forward. If you have a dagger, it should be in your right handn, with the point up. take a second or two to once again feel the energies flowing through you and making you a brilliant cross of light at the center of the universe. The cross also represents the four archetypal elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water.

Step 2: Visualize Raphael in The East.

Visualize a figure standing before you. The figure should be dressed in tau style robes, similar to the ones of regular members accept that it is yellow in color, and trimmed in deep mauve. The figure carries a caduceus wand (the symbol used by doctors, a wand entwined by serpents, which represents the life force) and the figure's robes wave in the wind. You should "feel" a breeze coming from behind the figure.

Say: "Before me, (vibrate) Rah-fay-EHL."

Step 3: Visualize Gabriel in The West.

Visualize a figure standing behind you, dressed in a tau style robe that is blue in color, trimmed in orange. The figure holds a cup and is surrounded by waterfalls. Try to feel the moisture in the air.

Say: "Behind me, (vibrate) Gahb-ray-EHL."

Step 4: Visualize Michael in The South.

Visualize a figure standing on your right side, dressed in a tau style robe that is red in color, trimmed in green. The figure holds a flaming sword and red wand in his hands. You should feel heat in the air coming from this direction.

Say: "On my right hand, (vibrate) Mee-chai-EHL."

Step 5: Visualize Auriel in The North.

Visualize a figure standing on your left side, dressed in a tau style robe that is dark green in color, trimmed in black and deep gold. The figure holds some sheaves of wheat (or a sickle) and a pentacle in his hands.

Say: "On my left hand, (vibrate) Ohr-ree-EHL."

Step 6: Stand erect, feet apart.

Move your left foot out to your left and visualize the pentagrams in blue at the quarters.

Say: "For about me flames the pentagrams..."

Step 7: The Hexagram within.

Visualize a golden hexagram, a six pointed star sometimes called a Jewish star, within you, right where your heart is.

Say: "...And within me shines the six-rayed star."

PART IV: THE KABBALISTIC CROSS (REPEAT):

Step 1: Visualisation is NOT Repeated.

Step 2: Form the cross over your body and vibrate Sephiroth names.

Touch your Forehead and vibrate: "Ah-Tah."
Point down, covering your groin, vibrate: "Mahl-Koot."
Touch right shoulder, vibrate: "Vih-G'boo-Ray."
Touch left shoulder, vibrate: "Vih-G'Doo-Lah."
Hands clasped to chest, vibrate: "Lih-Oh-Lahm."
Vibrate, "Ah-men."


LBRH:
LBRH: Lesser Banishing Ritual of The Hexagram:
D.M. Kraig, _Modern Magick_ Pgs. 167-177.

Note(s):

PART I: THE ANALYSIS OF THE KEYWORD "INRI."

VERSION: [CLASSIC - HERMETIC]:

Step 1: Stand before the Cubical Altar.

Stand behind the altar with your arms out to the sides so that your body forms a cross. You should be facing East. If you have a ritual wand, you should use it in this ritual. If should be held in the right hand with it's point up.

Step 2: State the Keyword for analysis:

"The analysis of the keyword, 'INRI'".

Say meaningfully:

"I, N, R, I"
"Yud, Nun, Raish, Yud"
"The Sign of Osiris Slain."

As you say the letter is Hebrew (the second line of the above verbalization), draw them from right to left, in front of you. Use the tip of your wand or index finger. The letters are formed from top to bottom. As you draw them, visualize them in bright blue flames. They look like this:

Step 3: The "L" - Mourning of Isis.

Form the Letter "L" by raising your right hand straight from the shoulder. If you have a wand, it too should still be pointing up. This is similar to the position of the right arm of the magician card in the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, except that the arm should be straight up. Your left hand should be straight out to the side, palm forward. Look at your left hand with your head slightly bowed.

Say: "L... The mourning of Isis."

Step 4: The "V" - Sign of Typhon & Apophis.

Raise the arms to a position over your head so that they form an angle of about 60 degrees. This makes the letter, "V." The palms should be facing one another. Tilt your head back and look up.

Say: "V... The sign of Typhon and Apophis."

Step 5: The "X" - Sign of Osiris risen.

Now, cross your arms on your chest, right arm over your left arm. Your finger tips should be just touching you shoulders. This forms the letter, "X." Bow you head.

Say: "X... The sign of Osiris risen."

Step 6: LUX.

Now form each letter in succession, saying the name of each letter as you do so. This is followed by the the word the spell which is pronounced to rhyme with the word, "boots."

Say: "L... V... X... LUX."

Step 7: Re-Cross Arms at LUX.

At the word, "light," in the following statement, spread your arms and look forward. Then, re-cross the arms as before and bow your head while saying,

"The Light... of the Cross."

Step 8: Astrology and Egyptian symbolism.

Again, return to the first position, arms out to the sides, looking forward.

Say:

"Virgo, Isis, Mighty Mother"
"Scorpio, Apophis, Destroyer"
"Sol, Osiris, Slain, and Risen..."

Step 9: Raise "V" - Isis, Apophis, Osiris.

Gradually raise your arms towards the "V" position while slowly raising your head. As you do,

Say: "Isis, Apophis, Osiris."

Step 10: IAO [STANDARD GNOSTIC DIETY].

By the time your hands reach the "V" position, you should be looking up with your head slightly tilted back.

Vibrate: "IAO."

Pronounced, "eeeeeeee-aaaahhhh-oooohhhh".

Step 11: Let the Divine Light Decend.

Take a few seconds to aspire to the light (LVX), then through visualization draw it down over your head and down to your feet. When you can feel this beginning to happen,

Say: "Let The Divine Light Decend!"


VERSION: [CHRISTIAN VERSION by GHFr. PNEUMA, OAB]:

Note(s): In c. 1994, GHFr. Pneuma released a version of the Analysis of the Keyword INRI using Christian Symbolism and within a Christian theological framework for members of the Order. It is standard use within OAB workings. The Hermetic version is taught as a general Ritual/Ceremonial standard. All High Ritual/Ceremonial Magickians should know and understand it. Within Stellar Temples (i.e. group workings) of the Order and personally as Christian Magickians and Mystics, we make use of the Christian version.

Step 1: Stand before the Cubical Altar.

Stand behind the altar with your arms out to the sides so that your body forms a cross. you should be facing East. If you have a ritual wand, you should use it in this ritual. If should be held in the right hand with it's point up.

Step 2: State the Keyword for analysis:

"The analysis of the keyword, 'INRI'".

Say meaningfully (the phrases in quotes):

"I, N, R, I"; "Yud, Nun, Raish, Yud"

As you say the letter is Hebrew draw them from right to left, in front of you. Use the tip of your wand, knife, or index finger. The letters are formed from top to bottom. As you draw them, visualize them in bright blue flames. They look like this:

Continue:

[In Latin]: "Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeaurum"

"Jesus Christ, King of The Jews"

With arms outstretched in the form of a cross, palms facing out, head slightly back.

"The Sign of Christ Crucified"
Step 3: The "L" - Mourning of Mary

Form the Letter "L" by raising your right hand straight from the shoulder. If you have a wand, it too should still be pointing up. This is similar to the position of the right arm of the magician card in the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, except that the arm should be straight up. Your left hand should be straight out to the side, palm forward. Look at your left hand with your head slightly bowed.

Say: "L... The mourning of Mary."

Step 4: The "V" - Sign of Shaitan & Darkness.

Raise the arms to a position over your head so that they form an angle of about 60 degrees. This makes the letter, "V." The palms should be facing one another. Tilt your head back and look up.

Say: "V... The sign of Shaitan, and Darkness."

Step 5: The "X" - Sign of Christ risen.

Now, cross your arms on your chest, right arm over your left arm. Your finger tips should be just touching you shoulders. This forms the letter, "X." Bow you head.

Say: "X... The sign of Christ risen."

Step 6: LUX.

Now form each letter in succession, saying the name of each letter as you do so. This is followed by the the word the spell which is pronounced to rhyme with the word, "boots."

Say: "L... V... X... LUX."

Step 7: Re-Cross Arms at LUX.

At the word, "light," in the following statement, spread your arms and look forward. Then, re-cross the arms as before and bow your head while saying,

"The Light... of the Cross."

Step 8: Astrology and Christian symbolism.

Again, return to the first position, arms out to the sides, looking forward.

Say:

"Virgo, Mary, Blessed Mother"
"Scorpio, Shaitan, Destroyer and Adversary"
"Sol, Christ, Slain and Risen..."

Step 9: Raise "V" - Mary, Shaitan, Christ.

Gradually raise your arms towards the "V" position while slowly raising your head. As you do...

Step 10: (Modified) IAO.

Vibrate: "MI-ShA-ChO."

Pronounced, Meeeeeeee-Shaaaahhhh-Koooohhhh.

Step 11: Let the Divine Light Decend.

Take a few seconds to aspire to the light (LVX), then through visualization draw it down over your head and down to your feet. When you can feel this beginning to happen,

Say: "Let The Divine Light Decend!"

PART II: The Formation of The Hexagrams.

Step 1: Lesser Hexagram of Fire

As in the LBRP, go to the East, or if there is not enough room, continue facing East from where you stand. Make the hexagram of fire in front of you with the either the wand, LBRP Dagger, or your right index finger. You should visualize the hexagrams in a golden yellow flame, just as the pentagrams from the LBRP upon which the hexagrams are overlaid, are in blue flame.

Step 2: Charge Fire Triangle with ARARITA

Inhale, drawing in energy, while bring your hands next to your ears. As you exhale, take a step forward witht he left foot and thrust both hands towards the center of the Fire Hexagram (the middle of the base line of the top triangle). At the same time vibrate the the magickal word of power: ARARITA. Review the LBRP for exact instructions on inhaling and exhaling energy and the position of the Enterer. Both are duplicated in this ritual.


RITUAL OF THE MIDDLE PILLAR:
D.M. Kraig, Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons In The High Magickal Arts Pgs. 74-78.

Note(s):

Step 1: Preparations, as needed.

A. Relaxation Ritual
B. LBRP
C. LBRH
D. LBRRC
E. Cast Circle / Call Quarters

Step 2: After Abjurations

After the LBRP/LBRH/LBRRC, when finished, stand behind the low altar, facing East, hands at your sides, eyes closed, steady relaxed breathing and, above all, try to get your mind into a still, quiet and calm state.

Step 3: Crown Chakra - Vibration of Eh-Heh-Yeh.

Focus your atttention just above the top of your head. As a result of the LBRP and LBRH (etc) there should be a sphere of white brilliance at theis point. If not, visualize it. Take your time. Regard this white brilliance with a sort of awe: it is the spatial equivalent to the vital core of your being, your higher self, your link with the Divine.

The result of this contemplation should be that the brilliance becomes even brighter. Now vibrate the God name, "Eh-heh-yeh" three or four times. The sphere should get brighter still.

Step 4: Throat Chakra - Vibration of Yud-He-Vahv-Heh...

Now visualize a slender beam of light descending from the brilliance through the center of your head, and stopping at the nape of your neck. Here the beam widens into a ball of (blue) light, although not as big as the one above. At this point you should be visualizing simultaneously the brilliant sphere above your head, the small ball of light at the base of your neck, and th beam of light connecting the two spheres. Understand that this is the link between your conscious and your higher self, and the ball of light at your neck should grow in size and intensity. Vibrate the God name, "Yud-Heh-Vahv-He El-Oh-Heem" three or four times.

Step 5: Solar Plexis Chakra - Vibration of Yud-Heh-Vauv-Heh...

Keeping the above in mind, cause a beam of light to descend from the ball of light at your neck, go down your torso, and light up the solar plexus in the form of a sphere of (yellow) light. Understand that this represents your consciousness, and the ball should increase in brightness and intesity. You may feel as if you are being warmed by an internal sun. Vibrate the God name, "Yud-Heh-Vauv-Heh El-Oh-Ah-V'dah-Aht" three or four times.

Step 6: Genitals Chakra - Vibration of Shah-dai Ehl Chai

In the same manner, see the light descend to the area of the genitals and form a sphere of (red) light. Here regard yourself as the master of you "lower" self. The God name to be vibrated three or four times is "Shah-dai Ehl Chai".

Step 7: Ground Energy through Feet - Vibrate Ah-doh-nye...

Again, the light should decend, here to form a sphere which encompasses both feet and the ground; that is, the sphere should be half above the ground, under the feet. The God name to be vibrated three or four times is "Ah-doh-nye Hah-ahr-ehts".

Step 8: Overview of spheres.

At this point there should be large spheres of light above the head, at the throat, at the solar plexus, at the groin, and at the feet. Each sphere of light should be connectec with the sphere above and below it by a beam of white light.

Step 9: Breathing Exercises & Ritual Completion.

Stay in this state for as long as you desire. Breath in a rythmic 4x4x4x4 pattern. When you are ready to end this ritual, take a deep breath, and as you exhale, visualize the images fading and becoming invisible. they are still there, but they cannot now be seen. This completes the Middle Pillar Ritual.

Step 10: Ritual Notes:

A: Notes on Vibrations of the Deity (God) Names - Remember the instructions on vibrating words. Each vibrated word should be done so that you can feel the appropriate area of your body vibrating as you vibrate the words.

B: If you experience pressure at a particular Sphere - If at any point you should have trouble or difficulty in forming a sphere of light or a beam of light, DO NOT struggle for minutes on end until you break out in a sweat. Rather, stop where you are and complete Step Nine with the progress you have made. Several things could have caused the problem. They are usually mental in nature, either from conscious or unconsicious sources. It could be Astral/Physical in nature, in which case you do not want to "force" any chakra open. You may be temporarily weak in an area due to a recent illness, or you could be fighting off a minor bug. By repeating the ritual daily you will be able to eventually overcome any problem in a very neutral, gental manner. You will be a better, stronger, and happier person for it.

Step 11: Post MPR

A. Permorm the Circulation of the Body of Light
B. Perform the Lesser Tarot Contemplation Ritual.
C. Record your results in your ritual diary.


RITUAL OF THE MIDDLE PILLAR:
D.M. Kraig, Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons In The High Magickal Arts Pgs. 74-78.

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