The Star Ruby 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 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
The Original Version
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
In the commentary on this ritual, Crowley writes:
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.