Kibratu - The Quarters


0. In your ritual space, say as you walk in a circle (in either direction) -
Isaya Isaya Riqa Riqa!
Be off, be off, begone, begone!

Use your hands like you are shooing away birds. Imagine that everything bothering you has a physical form and that you are shooing it away. You may use your hands alone or a dagger as well. Say it until you feelthe space is clean, but no more than 7 times. Then go to the center of the circle and face east (if you have used the dagger, put it in its sheath or on the ground, out of the way).

1. With the fingers of your dominant hand together, touching your forehead between the eyes, say:

I call upon you

Imagine and feel an electrically charged light coming from your heart and reaching your forehead at the place your hand touches.

2. Touching your genital area say, depending on your sex:

Gal (vulva) or Gish (phallus)
Akkadian Bissuru and Isharu

As you say it, imagine and feel the light descending externally with your hand as well as internally from your forehead down through your spine to your genitals.

3. Touching your right shoulder, say:>

Anaku Lublut
May I have life!

Feel the light ascend to your heart and then out to your right shoulder.

4. Touching your left shoulder,say:

Anaku Lushlima
May I have health!

Feel the light cross over to your left shoulder.

5. Interlacing your hands at the level of your heart, say:

Ana dar dalilikunu ludlul
May I sing your praises forever!

Imagine a globe of radiant light centered on your heart and filling your whole body, illuminating the space you are in.

6.Advance to the east, or stand where you are, and imagine a pentagram on your forehead. Draw it or fling it out to the edge of your circle, saying:

Venus, Lady of Battles

Imagine the energy you have seen before going out of your hand or hands and composing the star before you. It remains there.

7. Turn to the north (counterclockwise = the direction of the spinning earth), and say:


See the star and feel it as before.

8. Turn to the west, and say:


See the same as before.

9. Facing south, say:

Kidney Star (a part of Virgo)

Imagine it like the others.

10. Facing east again, reach above your head and draw the pentagram or fling it out and up, saying:

(Akkadian: Shamé)

See the star at a spot twice your height above you.

11. Look down and draw a pentagram on the earth, or fling it out towards the ground, saying:

(Akkadian: Ersetu)

Imagine a pentagram at a depth twice your height beneath you.

12. Standing straight, with your arms outstretched in the form of a cross, say (in either Akkadian or Sumerian, both aren't necessary):


Utu igimuku
Nanna egirmuku
Nergal azidamu
Ninurta agubumu
An annamu
Ki kimu
Enki shamu
Anna dimgalbi
Kia urgalbi


Shamshu ina pania
Sin ina arkia
Nergal ina imnia
Ninurta ina shumelia
shamu ina elishia
Ersetu ina shaplishia
Ea ina libbia
Tarkullu rabu shami
Ishdu rabu erseti


Utu/Shamash before me,
Nanna/Sin behind me,
Nergal on my right,
Ninurta on my left,
An above me,
Ki beneath me,
Enki/Ea in my midst:
The Great Pillar of Heaven,
The Great Foundation of the Earth!

See yourself glowing with powerful light surrounded by the stars, with lines of light coming in from the stars and converging in your heart.

13. Let your arms down, and repeat steps 1-5:

Ashassiki Gal/Gish Anaku Lublut Anaku Lushlim Ana Dar Dalilikunu Ludlul!



Observations and Commentary
with the sources of the ritual


.It is essential to begin all magickal or meditative work with a basic preliminary ritual. The beginning of the rite is to clean the area where you are going to work. The space is thereby neutralized, and in this neutral space you can make a fresh start. In order to create anything new, you must have all the elements present, in their most basic form. A simple opening ritual therefore acknowledges the banished, cleansed, neutralized and unformed nature of the space,and imposes or informs symbolic space in its place. These symbolic names, with all their correspondences, are the raw materials out of which the magickal universe is created. They are spoken and placed in a traditional or archetypal pattern, and represent the basic order of creation, the constituents of consciousness. With the cleansing and banishing, you have made a neutral space, chaos - with the first ritual, you begin to create order, to do magick.

Every modern magickal system employs a short opening ritual which simply and concisely recreates in symbol the basic principles of the universe. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, which Mathers and Westcott introduced in their Golden Dawn curriculum, is the most widely used. The principle is familiar as the Craft's Casting of the Circle, and the Pentagram rite has expanded and been adapted by many systems, such as Edred Thorsson's Hammer Rite in Rune Magick, which emphasizes the cardinal points and the creative force of the runes, and Aleister Crowley's Star Ruby, which celebrates sexual force in the language of neo-platonic hermeticism. Such rituals succinctlly state the entire magickal philosophy, representing creation as a mandala, static just long enough to view it, before once again entering its play. You cannot begin to do magick until you have committed your simple ritual to memory, and you will not have succeeded in magick until you have understood it.

The professional magicians of Babylon had many rituals for specific cases that came their way. And we do not know much of Babylonian theurgy. But we have many prophylactic spells and prayers, and some are quite general and bear similarit to the 19th century Pentagram Ritual. Because of its familiarity, utility, and elegance, I have composed the Sumero/Akkadian ritual above based upon the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram as practiced in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and Crowley's Star Ruby and Liber V, using sections and phrases taken directly from the magickal compilations Maqlu, Shurpu, Utukku Lemnutu, and the Namburbi.

The ritual derives its power from your own particular consciousness, symbolized by the "third eye" between your eyes on your forehead, and also from the universal consciousness that brought you into existence, which sustains you, and out of which you also create, represented by your genitals (for example, Enki's semen (Sumerian a2, which also means water) is poetically called the source of the Tigris and Euphrates, while Inanna's "vulva is wondrous"( u6.di.dam)). The light from these forces converges in your heart, which is your unique path. Your hands, head and genitals extend from your central heart as a balanced cross, each of them representing a necessary and particular aspect of your character, as well as the character of the universe of which you are a necessary and particular part.

The pentagram was a popular symbol in all periods in Mesopotamia. In Sumerian called Ub, in Akkadian Kibratu, it means a quarter or region of the universe, and is therefore the perfect symbol for the cardinal directions in the Pentagram Ritual.

The sources for the ritual are as follows:
Step 0. - The first line of an incantation in Maqlu tablet 5, lines 166-184.
Steps 1-11: From Richard Caplice's edition of the Namburbi spells, Namburbi Texts in the British Museum, Orientalia 39 (1970), pp. 123-132.
Step 13 is a combination of R. Campbell Thompson's The Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia(corrected), (the series Utukku Limmutu), London, Luzac & Col, 1903, vol.I, 15-16; and Erica Reiner, $urpu, A Collection of Sumerian and Akkadian Incantations, AfO Beiheft 11 (1958), p. 46 line 52; p.47, line 63; and p. 49, lines 124-5.