The Star Ruby
Part of the Magick in Theory & Practice series.
The Star Ruby is a ritual written by Aleister Crowley who described it as a “new and more elaborate version of the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.” It is a Class D document (official ritual) of the A.'.A.'.
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It first appeared in print with the publication of The Book of Lies in 1913 e.v. Disciples at the Abbey of Thelema in Cefalu performed the ritual as part of their daily practices, along with Will and Liber Resh. The ritual was later modified somewhat and released in 1929 e.v. as an appendix of Magick in Theory and Practice (Magick, Book 4, Part III).
Built up from the traditional Lesser Pentagram Ritual of the Golden Dawn, while similar in some aspects, the Star Ruby also has many significant differences in its structure; for example, using Greek instead of Hebrew intonations; similarly, while its predecessor is suitable for both invoking and banishing elemental forces, the Star Ruby is exclusively a banishing ritual.
From Magick, Book 4:
- Facing East, in the centre, draw deep deep deep thy breath closing thy mouth with thy right forefinger prest against thy lower lip. Then dashing down the hand with a great sweep back and out, expelling forcibly thy breath, cry APO PANTOS KAKODAIMONOS. ("Away every evil spirit")
- With the same forefinger touch thy forehead, and say SOI, ("thy")
- thy member, and say O PHALLE, ("phallus")
- thy right shoulder, and say ISCHUROS, ("mighty")
- thy left shoulder, and say EUCHARISTOS; ("beneficient")
- then clasp thine hands, locking the fingers, and cry IAO.
- Advance to the East. Imagine strongly a Pentagram, aright, in thy forehead. Drawing the hands to the eyes, fling it forth, making the sign of Horus and roar THERION.
- Retire thine hand in the sign of Hoor-paar-Kraat.
- Go round to the North and repeat; but say NUIT.
- Go round to the West and repeat; but whisper BABALON.
- Go round to the South and repeat; but bellow HADIT.
- Completing the circle widdershins, retire to the centre and raise thy voice in the Paian, with these words IO PAN, with the signs of N.O.X.
- Extend the arms in the form of a Tau and say low but clear:
- PRO MOU IUNGES OPICHO MOU TELETARCHAI EPI DEXIA CHUNOCHES EPARISTERA DAIMONOS PHEG EI GAR PERI MOU O ASTER TON PENTE KAI EN TEI STELEI O ASTER TON EX ESTEXE.
- ("Before me the Iynges, behind me the Teletarch(es), on my right hand the Synoches, on my left the daemons, for about me flame the Star of Five and in the pillar stands the Star of Six.")
- Repeat the Cross Qabalistic, as above, and end as thou didst begin.
In Crowley's The Book of Lies (#25), the ritual is essentially the same exept that in place of THERION, NUIT, BABALON, & HADIT, the text had (in Greek) CHAOS, BABALON, EROS, & PSYCHE (respectively).
In the commentary on this ritual, Crowley writes:
- 25 is the square of 5, and the Pentagram has the red colour of Geburah. The chapter is a new and more elaborate version of the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. It would be improper to comment further upon an official ritual of the A.'.A.'.
- (footnote to the word "PHALLE") The secret sense of these words is to be sought in the numeration thereof.
Crowley on The Star Ruby
From Magick Ch. 13:
- “It is usually sufficient to perform a general banishing, and to rely upon the aid of the guardians invoked. Let the banishing therefore be short, but in no wise slurred—for it is useful as it tends to produce the proper attitutude of mind for the invocations.”
Iynges, Synoches, Teletarches and Daemones
According to Sabazius  (http://www.hermetic.com/sabazius/starruby_rit.htm):
- The Iynges (singular "Iynx"), Synoches, Teletarches and Daemones are divine principles from the Second Order of the emanationist hierarchy of late Neoplatonism, based on the Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster. Their position in the Neoplatonist hierarchy is intermediate between the "intelligible" world, or world of ideation, and the "sensible" world, or world of perception. Their functions are, respectively, as "initiators," "maintainers," "perfectors," and "executors" of the Divine Creative Impulse which originates in the intelligible world and ultimately manifests in the sensible world. Further information on them may be found in the published editions of the Chaldean Oracles edited by W. Wynn Wescott and G.R.S. Mead, and in the works of Proclus, Damascius, Michael Psellus, George Gemistos Plethon, and other late Neoplatonist philosophers.
- Attributing the Elements to the Four Directions in Liber XXV, the Star Ruby (http://www.hermetic.com/sabazius/starruby.htm), by Sabazius X°
- An Analysis of the Star Ruby Ritual (http://lionserpent.com/xxvanalysis.html), by Frater A.L.
- Crowley, Aleister. (1997). Magick: Book 4. 2nd ed. York Beach, Me. : S. Weiser.
- Crowley, Aleister. (1978). The Book of Lies. New York: S. Weiser.