THE “Banishing Ritual of the Lesser Pentagram” is that technical magical operation known as “The Preparation of the Place.” It is used as a means of defining and purifying the area in which the magical work is to be done, and this we may term the “objective” aspect of the rite.

There is, however, a subjective aspect to the matter, since all the outer rite is an externalisation in symbolic form of the inner emotional, mental and spiritual purpose of the magician and his assistants. This dual nature of all magical rites needs to be kept in mind if the full benefit of the work is to be gained.