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To: alt.magick.serious,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick
From: (Paul Hume)
Subject: Re: BRPs
Date: 2 Jun 2002 07:24:06 -0700

> >Both, when I work "heavily." To use a shaky analogy, banishing Lesser
> >Pentagram is cleaning the room, Greater or Supreme Pentagram is
> >rendering it aseptic.
> >
> >Or on the invoking side, Lesser Pentagram is laying out the paints,
> >Greater/Supreme is mixing specific colors on the palette.
> Ta. So do you mean the Lesser always goes hand in hand with the
> performing of the Greater?
> I've played around with both before, but haven't applied them very
> ceremonially much.
> I could just experiment with them and see for myself. But for now i
> have many other ceremonial components to consider, so i want to just
> first find and establish some working rudimentary groundwork without
> having to go over too many finer details.

The rule of thumb for me (which I think is pretty much plain vanilla)
has been:

- you always open and close with the Lesser Banishing Pentagram.
- If you invoke by Greater or Supreme in  the course of a working,
then banish by the same "level" as you wrap it up.

Some exceptions in practice: if I open by Watchtowers, I find that
closing with Lesser Hexagram and Pentagram is sufficient to clean up.

These are such flexible and powerful tools each of us has to figure
out the best uses for them. I found that the examples of Z2 rituals
(and writing a couple of my own) were the biggest help but I like
precise high liturgy ritual, rich in the rolling turn of phrase, so it
matches my personal aesthetic (I've always enjoyed doing Shakespeare
or neoclassical stuff like Lion In Winter too, so at least its
consistent (g)).


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