Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. - Liber AL vel Legis I:40
ON GETTING A BULLSHIT METER, Or, “If I Remember Lemuria, Will You Pay Me $100 a Year?”
by Erica M Cornelius, PH.D. Foreword by J. Edward Cornelius. In 2016 Erica M Cornelius had risen up to the grade of Adeptus Minor 5=6 in Aleister Crowley’s A.'.A.'. Her first goal was to learn that the light of her Star doesn’t always shine unhampered, and just as the light of the Sun in the heavens is occasionally blocked by dense cloud-cover, so too her inner light can be blocked. As an Outer Adept, her goal was to lift these clouds, these shadow-like miasma and phantoms that she has created which controls her personality or ego as it relates to those spheres below her Star toward Malkuth-10 (מלכות). Like a scientist she began researching what was real and what was incorrect, vanquishing every aspect of false Knowledge that has hindered or would hinder her growth. Being in the A.'.A.'. is like sitting on a psychiatrist’s couch. It’s not all about doing rituals or taking on some fancy-sounding title as if that alone was proof of an accomplishment. It’s realizing that you’ve chosen an incarnation in order to gain a certain experience. We call this experience our True Will. This book details one woman’s journey and magickal struggle to fulfill the Adeptus Minor’s first obligation, which is learning how to use a Bullshit Meter. If you would like to purchase this book, click HERE for details. RED FLAME, A Thelemic Research Journal, No. 12 & 13 -- In the Name of the Beast, A Biography of Grady McMurtry, Disciple of Aleister Crowley (Paperback 2002) Of all Aleister Crowley’s disciples, the single individual who has effectively shaped the destiny of the modern occult revival, especially in the name of the Beast himself, was Grady McMurtry. Yet his life has remained relatively unknown even amongst his own followers. Although there are many biographies written about the life of Aleister Crowley, there are none which have explained what took place in his Thelemic cult after his death. To understand the modern history of the occult revival in the late sixties in northern California we must examine the life of Grady Louis McMurtry. They are inseparable. However, Grady is unquestionably one of the most remarkable and controversial figures in the entire history of the OTO. Whether right or wrong, he infected the Order with his own foolish proclivities which would have rattled the likes of even Aleister Crowley were he alive today. Grady’s long hair, hippie lifestyle, poetry, sex, booze and drugs, equally bathed in unusual magickal rituals and philosophical thought, while living in San Francisco and Berkeley, has become so legendary that it has gained him lasting notoriety long after his death, similar to Aleister Crowley. Grady McMurtry died in Berkeley in the summer of 1985. If you’d like more information on how you can obtain these two volumes, click HERE for information. (See below for the listing of other issues of Red Flame.) ALEISTER CROWLEY AND THE OUIJA BOARD (Feral House; First Printing edition November 1, 2005 paperback) This book deals primarily with the history of the Ouija board from ancient China and Greece to the present day along with its corruption amongst the Spiritualists. It goes at length into Aleister Crowley’s beliefs that this is the greatest and most dangerous magickal implement ever created. It explains Crowley’s views on how to use the board correctly in a magickal setting. Click HERE if you would like more information on where this book can be purchased. THE MAGICKAL ESSENCE OF ALEISTER CROWLEY (Privately Published, Berkeley, California, Limited Edition 777 copies hardback, 246 pages, 2010) This book focuses on the central philosophies and practices of Magick, in particular the 'attainment of the knowledge and conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel,’ and the secrets that lie at the heart of Crowley's Liber Aleph and The Book of Lies. The text has its origins in a series of instructions that Aleister Crowley gave to an American disciple, Grady Louis McMurtry, during the last years of the Second World War. McMurtry returned to the United States, and in his later years went on to head both the O.T.O. and his own lineage of the A.'. A.'. He became both friend and mentor to the author of this book, J. Edward Cornelius, to whom he confided the secrets and teachings that he had received from Crowley. Following McMurtry's death, Cornelius explored these insights in a series of "Epistles" that were privately circulated amongst his own students. In 1999, he made a synthesis of these teachings, which he published in the Red Flame series of journals under the title The Magickal Essence of Aleister Crowley. It sold out rapidly, and soon became one of the most sought-after modern explorations of Crowley's work. In the decade that has elapsed since the publication of the original Red Flame edition of the book, Cornelius has carefully reworked the text, removing sections that he no longer felt to be of relevance, clarifying passages that some of his students found difficult or perplexing, and extensively revising and augmenting the rest. In the process he has added fifteen new chapters, effectively reshaping the entire publication, and filling it with new insights for those interested in the Magick of ‘the Beast.’” Click HERE if you’d like to read more, along with ordering info. ALETHEIA, Astrology in the New Aeon for Thelemites (Black Jackal Press, Maine, Limited Edition 418 copies hardback, 134 pages, 2011) This book is a short, practical work on astrology, with the emphasis on its use as a tool for self-knowledge and mastery by the magician or mystic. Not surprisingly it draws from and builds upon the insights of Aleister Crowley, examining among other things the relationship between astrology and the Tree of Life, the Daimon (or Holy Guardian Angel), and the initiatory system as taught by Crowley. Chapters comprise: Introduction, Foundations, Our Daimon and Kundalini, The Three Fates, The Lot of Fortune and the Nodes, The Tree of Life is Constantly Growing, The Twelve Houses and the Tree of Life, Interpreting the Houses, The Planets, The Mystery of Chiron, Ceres and the Asteroid Belt, The First Four Houses and the Man of Earth, Aspects, Conclusion. Click HERE if you’d like to read more, along with ordering info.
THE ALEISTER CROWLEY DESK REFERENCE, 2nd Edition Revised and Enlarged. Contributing editor A. Edward Drylie (Teitan Press, Maine, 93 hardback and 418 paperback copies, 381 pages, 2013) Comprising nearly 400 pages and many thousands of listings, this new edition of The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference is the most comprehensive alphabetical guide to the writings of "the Beast" ever created. While its primary purpose is to allow the reader to trace the various appearances in print of any published work by Aleister Crowley, it is much more than a simple cross-reference, and the listings are enlivened with bibliographical and historical detail that is sure to delight and amuse even the most jaded Crowleyphile. The sometimes baffling system of "Liber" numbers and classifications are clearly laid out in a series of Appendicies. The principal editor of the text, J. Edward Cornelius, is of course well known in Thelemic circles, not least for his editorship of the Red Flame series of journals in which The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference first appeared. Contributing editor, Andrew Drylie, is also an authority on Crowley's works and was co-author of the Crowley Cross-Index (1976), the first modern work to systematically explore the publishing history of his texts. Copies of this book are available through Weiser Antiquarian
OUT-OF-PRINT BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
RED FLAME, A Thelemic Research Journal. In 1993 J. Edward Cornelius began formulating plans for a large-formatted publication. Each issue is actually a book in itself, 200 pages plus, centering on a single topic. The first issue released was The Poetry of Grady Louis McMurtry. There were twelve issues in all.
No. 1 - The Poetry of Grady Louis McMurtry (1993)
No. 2 - Mystery of Mystery, A Primer of Thelemic Ecclesiastical Gnosticism (1995)
No. 3 - The Friends & Acquaintances of Aleister Crowley (1996)
No. 4 - The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference (1997)
No. 5 - YI KING, a Beastly Book of Changes (1998)
No. 6 - The Foolish Issue (1999)
No. 7 - The Magickal Essence of Aleister Crowley (1999)
No. 8 - Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law (2000)
No. 9 - Aleister Crowley, In the Public’s Eye (2001)
No. 10 & 11 - Jane Wolfe, Her Life with Aleister Crowley by Phyllis Seckler (2001)
CORNELIA, The Magazine of the Magickal, Mystical and often Personal Writings of J. Edward Cornelius and Associates. In this publication I not only began serializing a lengthy set of lessons that I had written the year before titled In Pursuit of The Holy Guardian Angel (2006) but I also included the original series of lessons titled The Magickal Essence of Aleister Crowley and other earlier writings. Click HERE for details but these are OUT-OF-PRINT and no longer available.
ESSAYS Privately Published by Cornelius. Berkeley, California 2014-2018, hardback, each issue is approx. 300 pages. No.1, 4, 5, 6 & 7 Black cloth; No.2 & 3 leather, all with gilt titling to spine) No dust jacket issued. Each edition limited to 200 signed copies. Each contains a collection of essays which were written by J. Edward and Erica M Cornelius. Many 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, J. Edward Cornelius started writing his 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. For further information on this volume and future volumes, including ordering info, click HERE.
THE CHALICE OF ECSTASY by Frater Achad, with Preface and Explanatory Notes by J. Edward Cornelius. Edited by Erica M Cornelius, PHD.
The Story of an A.’. A.’. Adept’s Journey from Probationer 0° = 0° to Crossing the Abyss and Becoming Magister Templi 8° = 3° As Taught by Aleister Crowley and Interpreted by Frater Achad [Charles Stansfield Jones]
Based on Wagner’s PARSIFAL, Frater Achad published his unique interpretation of the play in 1923. His exploration of the mysticism and myth of the legend are based in Thelemic teachings. Although Achad did not source his use of the many quotations in text, or the use of certain antiquated terms, Mr. Cornelius has provided nearly 100 footnotes which aid the understanding of the spiritual journey described. Berkeley: Cornelius, 2017. Limited 200 copies only, and signed by Cornelius. A FINE CLOTH COPY
This volume is a must for your magickal library. If you would like to purchase a copy, click HERE for details.
MEMOIRS OF AN A.'.A.'. INITIATE by J. Edward Cornelius, Introduced and Edited by Erica M Cornelius, Ph.D.
In this book, J. Edward Cornelius recounts the history of the A.’.A.’. from its inception to the present, but mainly documenting a period when the Order as a whole was under direct threat of extinction from within.
It began when a newly formed A.’.A.’. lineage of ex-Marcelo-Motta students from the late-1980s under the leadership of a supposed new “World Teacher” came out and declared itself, by extremely odd and convoluted logic, to be the sole heirs to Aleister Crowley’s legacy. It then demanded that all other A.’.A.’. lineages acknowledge their sole authority. And when other lineages quite predictably told it to get bent, it tried to strong-arm its A.’.A.’. rivals into submission by using the worldly might of the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) against them.
Berkeley: Cornelius, 2018. Limited to 200 copies only and signed by Cornelius. A FINE CLOTH COPY. If you would like to purchase a copy, click HERE for details.
THE FRINGE DATEBOOK by J. Edward Cornelius,
Introduced by J. Edward Cornelius and Edited by Erica M Cornelius, Ph.D.
This book contains over 1,770 biographical sketches listed by birthdays of fringe people, famous occultists such as Aleister Crowley, his followers, friends and acquaintances, his Scarlet Women and lovers, modern Thelemites, famous Masons, New Agers and Satanists, witches, alien contactees and UFO specialists, astrologers and famous psychics, psychologists, occult oriented musicians, actors and actresses of the less-than-mainstream movies, sci-fi and fantasy authors, cartoonists and artists, freaks, cowboys and murderers, less-than-nice people, all of whom made J. Edward impishly hold his hands over his mouth like Linda Blair in The Exorcist after she watched the priest have a heart attack and die.
822 pages of amusing anecdotes and insightful facts. Berkeley: Cornelius, 2018. Limited to 200 copies only and signed by Cornelius. A FINE CLOTH COPY. If you would like to order a copy, click HERE for details (including the partial subject index).
THE ALEISTER CROWLEY PRIMER:
For Those who ARE Willing to be Shunned
Containing 120 answers to the most frequently asked questions about the theory and practice of Aleister Crowley's philosophy of THELEMA, or Will. For example:
What is the Will of Humanity? What distinguishes male mysteries from female mysteries? What is the status of Thelemic sacred geometry? Is faith a bad thing?
Crowley designed his vertical spiritual system so that, if need be, it could be used by someone on a desert island. The Primer honors that tradition, supporting beginners and advanced practitioners alike in their Thelemic understanding.
Every volume of this book, co-authored by J. Edward and Erica M Cornelius, is a signed, limited-edition hardback of 235 pages. For details and ordering info, click HERE.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD:
MY MEMOIRS OF BEING IN ORDO TEMPLI ORIENTIS
Between 1989 and 1993
This is scandalous book detailing events wilder than the craziest soap opera. It takes place during the Satanic scare of the late 1980s and into the early 1990s, and it details what occurred in the fraternity known as Ordo Templi Orientis, especially in Berkeley, California. The antics of the drug-rattled locals here in the Bay Area led up to a major police raid where cops in full riot gear stormed three building filled with Thelemites. They shoved a shotgun in the author’s face and screamed, “Hit the floor!” He did.
Besides the locals, this book dares to mention other OTO incidents, like the OTO Initiate who walked into a local Christian youth ministry in Denver and pulled a gun, killing two and wounding two others. And MUCH MORE....
Every volume of this book by J. Edward Cornelius, is a signed, limited-edition hardback of 341 pages. For details and ordering info, click HERE.