Ritual Training & LBRP

Name of Class: Ritual Training
Instructor: Naha Armády
Length of class: 2.5 hrs
May be taken separately: YES
Prerequisite: Magic Fundamentals is suggested but not required
Recorded for absentees: Yes

Ritual training at 22 Teachings is a 5-part series, with The Adytum, Solar Adorations, The Radiant Holy Breath, LBRP, and Middle Pillar training forming a solid ritual practice which aligns with the elements of Fire, Earth, Spirit, Water, and Air respectively.

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram or LBRP is a ceremonial magic ritual devised and used by the original order of the Golden Dawn that has become a mainstay in modern occultism. This ritual is considered by many to be a basic preliminary to any other magical work, so much that it was the only ritual, beside initiation rituals, taught to members of the Golden Dawn before they advanced to the Inner Order. (Chic Cicero – The Essential Golden Dawn: An Introduction to High Magic.)

All students practicing at 22 Teachings should know how to perform this ritual

In this class, the LBRP is taught along with the Qabalistic Cross. Used together, the LBRP and the Qabalistic Cross:
-establish a sacred circle (safe space within which to invoke spirit, activate psychic centers, and perform ritual safely)
-ground the magician and the room
-banish out any stagnant or negative energies
-invoke the 4 Archangels at the Watchtowers of the 4 directions

The Adytum: Astral Projection, Light Body and Building the Interior Temple

The Adytum is the innermost sacred place in the Temple, the Sanctum Sanctorum, or Holy of Holies, where only the Hierophant and High Priestess may enter. Upon the Astral Plane, this is the practitioners own interior temple, a sacred place built as a thought form, which once erected, becomes a place for theurgic working, receiving counsel, and meeting with guides. Interior Temple work is a main component of the Arboretum Mysticum, and expresses the Hermetic principle “As within, so without”. This work also prepares the magician for Ritual Pathworking.

Work done in the Interior Temple may happen through the process of Astral Projection, in which the Body of Light of the Magician  becomes a vehicle for consciousness. Before attempting Astral travel in the light body, the student should feel comfortable performing the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. Once having established an LBRP practice, aspirant will be ready to begin exploring the Astral Realms, as well as work on and in their own inner temple.

In this class, Naha will relay instruction on the creation of the Light Body, the practice of Astral Travel and the Merkabah Chariot, and the building of the Interior Temple.

Solar Adorations of Ancient Egypt Ritual Training

The Golden Dawn and Thelemic Ritual practices of the Solar Adorations attune and align the magical practitioner with the Sun cycle and its qualities, with Tiphareth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, and they connect the magician to an ancient ritual formula and link to the mysteries. The Adorations as practiced by these groups are well known and can be found in Liber Resh Vel Helios. They were inspired by the Ancient Egyptian Pyramid texts, the Book of the Dead, and the many hymns to the Sun Gods carved upon the temple walls.

On her recent trip to Egypt and specifically to the Atum-Ra Temple at Karnak, and having performed the Solar Adorations there at sunrise on Winter Solstice, Naha has been inspired to dive deeper into the origins of these rituals, and researching new translations and texts which were not available to the Golden Dawn and Thelemic ritual authors, has derived a restored version of the Adorations, which she believes to be closer to the original workings of the ancients. In this ritual training, Naha will teach the story of the Solar Barque, the Egyptian deities, the God Forms and the performance of the Ancient Adoration ritual to be used as a daily practice of solar attunement.

Tattvas and the Radiant Holy Breath Ritual Training

The five tattvas are the 5 Sanskrit aspects of reality, represented in color and shape. They correspond to the Cosmic Elements. Painted on cards, the images of the 5 tattvas were employed by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in a technique known as scrying in the Spirit vision, practiced by the magicians of the Inner Order. In this way, the tattvas are used as portals to the elemental realms.
In the AM Lodge, we use the Tattvas in a divinatory way, as we associate them to the five modifications of the Radiant Holy Breath.
These breath forms come to us through the Gnostic teachings, and are published in the works of Tau Malachi.

Naha received a Master Seed to the Radiant Holy breath in the Temple of Sekhmet in Karnak. The seed is also a key that leads to a larger Mandala of the Radiant Holy Breath.

This practice may also be used in conjunction with the Middle Pillar practice, and to activate the energetic portals of the Subtle bodies.

Middle Pillar Ritual Training

Rather than simply leading the ritual, Naha teaches how to perform this ritual, including the intonations and visualizations, so that you will know how to do it yourself for your own healing. It is recommended that you have a candle to light, incense and space where you will not be disturbed or distracted. Once you have learned how to perform the ritual, Naha leads the group in the Middle Pillar meditation.

The Middle Pillar Ritual is a magical operation in the tradition of the Western Hermetic Mysteries. It is not only a great way to get cleared of attachments/negativity, raise your energy and balance yourself, it is also a fantastic introduction to the Middle Pillar one-on-one healing, as well as a wonderful attunement for those who have had Middle Pillar healing sessions with Naha.

Based on the teachings of Israel Regardie who first published this ritual in 1938 as practiced by the magical society Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the qabalistic practice known as the Middle Pillar is used to bring all unbalanced states in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms into harmony.