The Bornless Ritual

Magick and Qabalah #1
Bill Heidrick

The Bornless Ritual


(see also O.T.O. Newsletter #6)

Thee I invoke, the Bornless one.
Thee, that didst create the Earth and the Heavens:
Thee, that didst create the Night and the Day.
Thee, that didst create the Darkness and the Light.
Thou art Osorronophris: Whom no man hath seen at any time.
Thou art Jabas:
Thou art Iapos:
Thou has distinguished between the just and the unjust.
Thou didst make the female and the male.
Thou didst produce the Seed and the Fruit.
Thou didst form Men to love one another, and to hate one another.

I am Mosheh Thy Prophet, unto Whom Thou didst commit Thy Mysteries, the Ceremonies of Ishrael.

Thou didst produce the moist and the Dry, and that which norisheth all created life.

Hear Thou Me, for I am the Angel of Paphro Osorronophris; this is Thy True Name, handed down to the Prophets of Ishrael.

Hear Me: —

Ar: Thiao: Rheibet: Atheleberseth:
A: Blata: Abeu: Ebeu: Phi:
Thitasoe: Ib: Thiao.

“Hear Me, and make all Spirits subject unto Me: so that every Spirit of
the Firmament and of the Ether: upon the Earth and under the Earth: on
Dry Land and in the Water: of Whirling Air, and of Rushing Fire: and every
Spell and Scourge of God may be obedient unto Me.”


I invoke Thee, the Terrible and Invisible God: Who dwellest in the Void Place of the Spirit.

Arogogorobrao: Sothou:
Modorio: Phalarthao: Doo: Ape, The
Bornless One:
Hear Me (“repeat the refrain”).

Hear me: —

Roubriao: Mariodam: Balbnabaoth:
Assalonai: Aphniao: I: Thoteth:
Abrasar: Aeoou: Ischure,
Mighty and Bornless One!
Hear Me (“repeat the refrain”).

I invoke Thee: —

Ma: Barraio: Ioel: Kotha:
Athorebalo: Abraoth:
Hear Me (“repeat the refrain”).

Hear Me!

Aoth: Abaoth: Basum: Isak:
Sabaoth: Iao:

This is the Lord of the Gods:
This is the Lord of the Universe:
This is He Whom the Winds fear.

This is He, Who having made Voice by
His Commandment, is Lord of All Things;
King, Ruler and Helper
Hear Me (“repeat the refrain”).


Hear Me: —

Ieou: Pur: Jou: Pur: Iaot: Iaeo: Ioou:
Abrasar: Sabriam: Do: Uu: Adonai: Ede: Edu:
Angelos ton Theon: Anlala Lai: Gaia: Ape:
Diathana Thorun.

I Am He! the Bornless Spirit! having sight in the Feet: Strong, and the Immortal Fire!

I am He! The Truth!

I Am He! Who hate the evil should be wrought in the World!

I am He, that lighteneth and thundereth.

I am He, from whom is the Shower of the Life of Earth:

I am He, whose mouth ever flameth:

I am He, the Begetter and Manifester unto the Light:

I am He, the Grace of the World:


Come Thou forth, and follow Me: and make all Spirits subject unto Me so that every Spirit of the Firmament, and of the Ether: upon the Earth and under the Earth: on Dry land, or in the Water: of whirling Air or of rushing Fire: and every Spell and Scourge of God, may be obedient unto Me!

Iao: Sabao:

— Such are the words —

This form of the ritual is from the Mathers “translation” of the Goetia portion of the “Lesser Key of
Solomon,” also called the “Lemegeton.”


In its original form this ritual is very old. Many of the “barbaric names” used in it are from the Ancient Egyptians. Others are to be found among the Greek Gnostics. Most of the more identifiable ones are from Merkabah Qabalah. In the original form, “The Bornless One” is called the “headless One” — meaning “The One with no Beginning”. The original form of this ritual was used for exorcism, but this and other later forms have been used to attain the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.

This ritual should always be preceeded by a Lesser Pentagram Banishment, or similar rite of purification of the place and mind. The ritual is useful in all magical workings, especially those of a difficult nature or those involving danger to mind or body. Crowley was extremely fond of this ritual, calling it “my favorite…” The Bornless Ritual is most effective when chanted in a manner like the blowing of the wind — with a sort of Howling quality in the voice. The Bornless Ritual is not an original part of the “Lesser Key of Solomon,” but was added to that work in the early 20th century. It originates in the Gnostic traditions of the first six centuries of the present dating system. Similar works of Magick and Magic are to be found in the “Leyden Papyrus” (Published by Dover Press).

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