The Lesser Banishing of the Pentagram (from here on called the LBRP) is not a ritual found in every occult or witchcraft tradition. In fact, it is mainly a Ceremonial Magick /occult mainstay. But, as someone who practices it daily, I will tell you, it should be a staple in everyone’s system. I belonged to a Ceremonial Magick group that also practiced modern day witchcraft, so the LBRP was incorporated into our rituals. For me it has become an extension of all my magickal practices.
Ok. Long or short, I will try to get to the point. For starters, there will be a lot of Christian verbiage, albeit, it is not necessarily Christian. So those adverse to being converted to Christianity need not worry! In fact, it while it does have an early Christian base, Gnosticism, I can tell you the that the Gnostics did not practice the same way modern day Christians practice. The Gnostics believed that we were all Gods. Yes. All of us contained a spark of the Divine Light, therefore, in the part of the ritual when we get to the part of "Thy Kingdom and the Glory of God"-- it is talking about you. Ok....tangent there...so what is the LBRP? Essentially, it is a banishing ritual that removes any chaotic or impure energies from your auric field by tracing pentagrams in the air by the power of Divine names. The basic components of the Quabalistic Cross and the LBRP are drawn from works by occultist Eliphas Levi. Essentially the words mean: In the Name of God, the God of Yisrael: may Michael be at my right hand, Gabriel at my left, Uriel before me, Raphael behind me, and above my head, the presence of God.
So why should you do it? Well, here are my personal reasons: