93 RIKB and everyone,
In my personal practice, I consider the "basic LBRP" to be a generic
elemental banishing, which happens to use the Earth line in the pentagram.
When I want to work with the element of Earth specifically, I do so with
specific intent and some specific technical differences in the ritual.
Different intent, different techniques.
Also, I use the generic banishing pentagram ritual before invoking a
particular elemental force (with an additional, specifically elemental
pentagram ritual, and likewise with the banishing hexagram ritual before
invoking a planetary force.
You can get fancy with it, too. For example, let's say you're invoking
Mars, and you want to emphasize the fiery aspect. You could do a generic
LBRP, a banishing hexagram ritual, then an invoking Fire pentagram ritual,
and an invoking Mars hexagram ritual. (Embedded in other ritual details, of
So, I don't see it as banishing one element, but as a "cancelling out" of
all elemental influences before invoking the specific one needed.
Regarding weapons, I would tend to use all four weapons or ONLY the one
related to the element being worked.
Some or all of this may be obvious, but I wanted to throw in my 2 cents.
> In doing elemental magick, I've come to feel that banishing one element
> unbalances the system. If all the elements are banished, it should be
> because you are doing planetary magick, for example, which is above the
> sphere of the elements. In magick of a practical, sublunary nature, I make
> an issue of using all four magical weapons in the course of the work. The
> idea of embodying the Logos as a magus is to set the elements into proper
> relation, balance, and proportion, not to toss them out of the circle.