NOTE: I am chronicling many LHP rituals here. Many of these are from groups that have sadly passed out of existence. Such was the Illuminates of Baphomet, in which I was once a member.
By: Rev. David L. Litts
High Priest of the Black Flame
Illuminates of Baphomet
This ritual is for the opening of any Temple of Baphomet within the Illuminates of Baphomet. I have designed this rite for a group of illuminates in order to assist them in forming a group consciousness, enabling them to work magick and practice rites of celebration.
Four elemental weapons
Black and white Candles
One red candle representing the fires of the South
incense stick representing the element of Air for the East
A small container of salt representing the element of Earth, and the North
A cup of salt water representing the seas of the abyss, and the West
In the East there should be a secondary altar with three black candles upon it, forming a triangle representing Peace, Tolerance, and Truth.
Each Illuminate should be dressed in a black robe, wearing the symbol of Baphomet
Before opening the Temple each Illuminate should observe a period of silence, and quiet the mind to the best of their ability.
Opening of the Temple
The priest of the Temple approaches the alter in the east and gives 11 chimes on the bell, and states.
Do what thou Wilt, Shall be the whole of the Law.
The Priest and all Illuminates say:
Love is the Law, Love under Will.
Priest: Greetings and salutations from all points of the triangle. This Temple of Thelema Dedicated to Baphomet is now open.
The Priest makes the sign of the parting of the veil, then walks before the alter in the center of the room.
The Priest now performs the Ritual of the Black Flame, and then passes the cup of wine so that all can commune with the energies of Darkness.
Four Illuminates of the group will be chosen to call the Quarter of the Magick Circle.
Illuminate of the East goes to the alter and lights the stick of incense from the black alter candle, and then goes to the most Eastern part of the Temple.
He or she traces an Air invoking inverted pentagram. This pentagram should be visualized as a bright yellow, and the center is of complete blackness. When the pentagram is traced and the Illuminate feels the energy of the Daemons of the winds, he or she says:
I stand in the East, and open the Gates of the Winds of knowledge and life. In the name of Lucifer and Azazel, I call forth the Daemons of the Winds to purify and bring life to this Temple of Baphomet.
The Illuminate of the East now walks around the circumference of the circle clockwise. He or she should visualize a yellow flame coming out of the tip of the stick of incense. When the Illuminate returns to the East she or she replaces the stick of incense on the alter and returns to the East.
The Illuminate of the South goes to the alter, and lights the red candle from the black alter candle, and takes their place in the most Southern part of the Temple.
He or she traces an invoking inverted pentagram of fire before them with the candle. This pentagram should be visualized as bright red with the center being complete darkness.
When the Illuminate feels the energy of fire coming from the pentagram, he or she says:
I stand in the South, and open the Gates of strength and fire. In the name of Satan and Samael, I call forth the Daemons of fire to purify and being forth the Fires of Hell and passion into this Temple of Baphomet.
The Illuminate now walks clockwise around the circle with the candle, and should visualize a red flaming line combining with the yellow line that was cast by the Illuminate of the East. When the Circle is complete the Illuminate extinguishes the red candle and replaces it upon the alter, and returns to his or her place.
The Illuminate of the West, now approaches the alter and takes the cup of salt water, and walks to the most Western place in the Temple.
He or she traces the Water invoking inverse pentagram; this should be visualized as a bright blue pentagram with the deepest black in the center.
When the Illuminate feels the power of the seas of the abyss, he or she says:
I stand in the West, and open the Gates of the seas of the abyss. In the name of Leviathan and Azael, I call forth the Daemons of the seas and the power of creation to purify and bring creativity into this Temple of Baphomet.
The Illuminate of the West now walks clockwise around the circle sprinkling water around the circle. He or she should visualize a flaming line of blue combining with the red and yellow lines that have been drawn before.
When the circle is complete the Illuminate of the west returns the cup to the alter and takes his or her place.
The Illuminate of the North approaches the alter and takes the vessel containing salt and walks to the most Northern part of the Temple. He or she traces the invoking inverted pentagram of earth. This should be visualized as a black pentagram, and the center should be a beeper black.
When the Illuminate of the North feels the energy of the earth, he or she says:
I stand in the North and open the Gates of the Earth. In the name of Belial and Mahazael and the Daemons of stone, bring forth stability into this Temple of Baphomet.
The Illuminate of the North now walks clockwise spreading salt around the circle. He or she should visualize a black flaming line combining with the other colors that were traced before. When the circle is complete the Illuminate replaces the vassal of salt upon the alter, and returns to his or her place.
The yellow, red, blue and black flaming lines combine to create a black flaming line which envelopes the circle in velvet blackness, which contains all of the energies raised during the rite. This circle does not keep out spirits, but invites the spirits of darkness to participate in our rite.
The Priest now performs an invocation to Baphomet, according to his or her knowledge.
After the invocation of Baphomet all magick should be done and the energy crated should be sent to perform its tasks.
When all of the work is done the priest gives this thanks to Baphomet, and bids him farewell. The Illuminates who opened the gates to bid farewell o the daemons and close the gates starting in the East and moving counter clockwise.
After the rite all should go and eat something to help ground the extra energy that was created.