Essays # 2
There are 23 different essays in this book. One of the essays is a hundred and twenty-one pages long, over a third of the book. It is titled ON FRATER ACHAD, Being the story on the rise and fall of a Magister Templi – this being the first in-depth biography yet written on Charles Stansfeld Jones. In The Equinox, Vol.III No.1 there is a lengthy autobiography titled A MASTER OF THE TEMPLE (Liber CLXV – 165) written by Achad. It ends, “To be continued.” Sadly, his continuation was never published but it survives. This issue of Essays uses that continuation as well as hundreds of unpublished letters, files and documents to tell the full story about Achad’s magickal accomplishes. This is the true story of a remarkable man. This edition was released 2015.
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There are 23 different essays in this volume.
Many of these essays were written in response to a student’s request for information which they deemed not clearly explained in Crowley’s writings. Since many students ask the same questions, our teachers started writing their replies in the form of essays which could later be handed out or emailed to other students who might be asking the same if not similar questions. In this light the essays run the gamut of thought from easy magickal foundational information to more intricate theories related to the Qabalistic spheres on the Tree of Life in which the student resides. It is also important to note that some of these essays were written to male students, while others were written to female students. All these essays are considered foundational stones designed to open a dialogue between a student and their teacher on often difficult topics.
THERE ARE ONLY 200 HARDBACK COPIES.
At present there are no paperback editions.
Each book is black cloth, 6×9, no dust jacket, 300 pages.
Every book is a signed copy.
The essays from our private archive
which are included in Volume 2 are as follows:
No.108 – ON THE NOTION OF VERTICALITY by Frater ZLA282 (circa 2004), 4 pgs
The only answer to right Submission without pride, guilt or shame—Reverence—comes from
believing in God. This is an essay on the Thelemic student–teacher relationship.
No.97 – ON HOLY OBEDIENCE by Erica M Cornelius (January 31st, 2015), 2 pgs
The Vow of Holy Obedience remains as important in the New Aeon as ever. But what was once an
outward love and worship has necessarily turned inward.
No.106 – ON HOLY OBEDIENCE AND THE METHOD OF SCIENCE
by Frater Hortulanus (March 11th 2015), 4 pgs
Perhaps surprisingly, Thelemic Holy Obedience is not only compatible with doing one’s Will, but
required for it.
No.105 – ON THE PHILOSOPHUS by J. Edward and Erica M Cornelius
(April 19th 2015), 16 pgs
What is so dangerous about the seventh Sephira on the Tree of Life that it appears to be a stumbling
block for so many? A breakdown of the difficulties corresponding to the four Sevens of the Tarot and
the four labors of Psyche.
No.101 – ON THE ROLE OF AN OUTER ADEPT by J. Edward Cornelius (March 14th 2015), 9 pgs
Hod, Netzach and Tiphereth are in truth One and should be worked accordingly, with the Adept
focusing back and forth as necessary to fine tune. In the lower Ruach we establish the second of three
sets of wires. Critically, these wires do not permit communication with our Angel, which can never
descend below the Abyss. Rather, if established properly, they allow us to shine our unique Light on
Malkuth but ever unto Nuit! Beware the runaway ego.
No.54 – ON THE RITUAL INVOCATION OF THE HIGHER SELF
Being the roles of an Inner and Outer Adept by J. Edward Cornelius (September 28th 2014), 4 pgs
Contrary to popular belief, the HGA is not communicated with in Tiphereth, a folly which Crowley
later admits to fostering. How the Operation for the Invocation of Adonai is actually the establishment
of what Crowley terms the ‘wires’ between Self and Higher Self.
No.73 – ON VIRGINITY by Erica M Cornelius (October 19th, 2014), 7 pgs
The Whore of Babalon’s Virginity is the fertility of the Earth in its natural and therefore perfect
arrangement. The Woman can only manifest the intrinsic orderliness and fertility of nature through
non-interference, unleashing it to the Work.
No.79 – ON BEING A VIRGIN by J. Edward Cornelius (November 21st 2014), 3 pgs
Did you know you can be a scumbag whore and still be a virgin, how?
No.40 – ON AROUSAL, And the Sabbath of the Witches by J. Edward Cornelius (January 3rd 2013), 9 pgs
This essay is primarily directed toward women in their Lunar role as a Scarlet Woman, detailing sexual
practices used in dreams.
No.66 – ON WOMEN’S SEXUAL FREEDOM by Erica M Cornelius (October 12th, 2014), 4 pgs
Women, beware of morality and of benevolent dictatorships!
No. 72 – ON THE PHASES OF THE MOON by J. Edward Cornelius (December 29th 2004), 4 pgs
Primarily for females regarding the path of The Moon and its relationship to the three phases of the
female path of Death (Nun); Scorpio, Serpent and Eagle and its implication to the phases of the Moon
from New Moon closest to Malkuth to Full Moon closest to Netzach where it draws the light of its Star
(Tiphereth) through Death. It also explains the Quarter Moons.
No.74 – ON WOMEN IN AA, SHOULD THEY FOLLOW THE SAME PATHS UP THE TREE OF LIFE
AS MEN? by J. Edward Cornelius (January 2nd 2014), 4 pgs
A controversial essay. Qabalah teaches us that all configurations on the Tree of Life are correct. No
single method is carved in stone. As it stands, AA initiations work specific Sephiroth on the Tree of
Life. This configuration was designated by men, mostly fulfilling their needs; traversing from Malkuth-
10, Yesod-9 to Hod-8 in order to fulfill the male ‘O’ in Formula of ON as the Son questing for the
internal female of Netzach-7 and the Holy Grail. But do woman need this? Or should women follow
the course from Malkuth-10, Yesod-9 to Netzach-7 in order to fulfill the ‘N’ in the Formula of ON as
the Daughter, then moving over to Hod-8 in order to grasp the Lance. Both men and women inevitably
will move to Tiphereth-6 fulfilling ON-The Sun.
No.60 – ON REDEMPTION AS A WOMAN: Or On Authoritatively Embracing One’s Receptivity
by Erica M Cornelius (October 5th 2014), 4 pgs
As the New Aeon heralds the full, conscious participation of the Woman in Western sex magick, She
ought to understand both the advantages and hazards of her role. For, outwardly receptive and thus in a
particular respect vulnerable, the female sex magician also wields tremendous Power on the inner
planes. Avoiding that hazard and embracing that Power, she may now do her Will freely as a Goddess
upon the Earth.
No.61 – ON FEMALE INDIVIDUATION AND REDEMPTION
Part I: Psyche and Eros by Erica M Cornelius (October 12th 2014), 8 pgs
As the incarnate Soul of Nature, we women represent what individuating men—and thus male
Thelemites—should flee. Yet as female Thelemites, we embrace and celebrate our nature, drawing on
the insights of Jungian psychology to embody and perfect the second half of the equation: Love under
No.75 – ON FEMALE INDIVIDUATION AND REDEMPTION
PART II: Tam Lin and the King’s Daughter by Erica M Cornelius (October 16th, 2014), 7 pgs
Twin aspects of Woman–Fairie Queen and fierce maiden–battle for the love of an unearthly Knight
named Tam Lin. Their struggle reveals key sex magickal principles for the Woman.
No.91 – ON TYKHE by Erica M Cornelius (December 24 2014), 24 pgs
The Kundry or Witch exercises her Power upon the Path of the Moon (Qoph). And just as every
female magician embodies the Kundry, every male magician possesses an inner Kundry. In this
Qabalistic and practical exploration of the goddess Tykhe or Fortune, the author meditates on the
Moon in conjunction with Love under Will on the Right Hand Pillar.
No.77 – ON THE KUNDRIES OF DRACULA by J. Edward Cornelius (March 16th 2013), 5 pgs
This essay breaks down the symbolism regarding the three vampire sisters in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
and their relationship to the Flower Maidens in Wagner’s Parsifal, to the three witches in
Shakespeare’s Macbeth, to the three old ‘grey sisters’ in the Greek myth of Perseus, the three sirens
Pisinoe, Aglaope and Thelxiepi as well as the three Fates in Greek mythology.
No.52 – ON BANISHING PROPER by J. Edward Cornelius (September 20th 2014), 5 pgs
A VIIth Dgree technique taught by Crowley to Grady McMurtry to replace the old aeonic Lesser
Ritual of the Pentagram and even The Star Ruby with a formula found in Liber AL vel Legis.
No.90 – ON LIGHTNING by J. Edward Cornelius (November 11th 2012), 4 pgs
The secrets of Crowley’s sex magick using the metaphor of lightning.
No.50 – ON TRINC by J. Edward Cornelius (April 17th 2013), 4 pgs
An in-depth discussion on the ‘special drink’ found in Francois Rabelais’ book Gargantua and
Pantagruel which reveals the secrets of IXth Degree OTO.
No.62 – ON CHASTITY, VIIth Degree O.T.O.
& THE FOUNDATION STONES FOR THE OATH OF THE ABYSS
by J. Edward Cornelius (December 12th 2013), 19 pgs
Self-explanatory; being the preliminary requirements which determine the success or failure of an
Adept crossing the Abyss.
No.41 – ON TAKING THE OATH OF THE ABYSS by J. Edward Cornelius (March 19th 2012), 6 pgs
This is a study of Aleister Crowley’s and Grady McMurtry’s theory on what the Abyss is, how to
approach it and how to determine a successful crossing. Also mentions the dangers of Choronzon and
the Black Brotherhood.
No.76 – ON FRATER ACHAD
Being the story on the rise and fall of a Magister Templi – Charles Stansfeld Jones
by J. Edward Cornelius (January 21st 2015), 79 pgs
This is not a standard biography. It is from the point-of-view of Frater AO583, a Magister Templi
himself, examining the life of another Magister Templi using hundreds of unpublished letters from
Aleister Crowley addressing why he believed Achad had failed to fully cross the Abyss. Also includes
the foundation of the O.T.O. in North America as well as the secrets behind the Order’s sexual