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There are 37 different essays in this book. 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. The essays included in Volume I are No.1 to No.37 in our private archive. If you would like to review these along with a short blurb as to their contents, click HERE. Released 2015. ***OUT OF PRINT!***
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 This issue of Essays uses that continuation as well as hundreds of unpublished letters, files and documents to tell the full story about Achad's magickal accomplishes.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. ... If you would like to review a list of all the other essays published in this volume and read a description of each, click HERE. This edition was released 2015. ***OUT OF PRINT***
This volume includes only eight essays from No.81 to No.88 in our private archive. They detail years of study by Frater AO583. He was an upper degree initiate of OTO and the personal A.’.A.’. student of Grady Louis McMurtry. These essays explain the symbolism and theories regarding Frater AO583’s Thoth cards from The Fool to The Chariot. When Grady died, copies of two specific cards painted by AO583 were found on Grady’s private altar. According to Aleister Crowley, these specific paths relate to the foundation stones of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. By Crowley’s own admission, failure in any one of these limbs means complete inability to fulfill IXth Degree OTO and he notes– “The O.T.O. is a training of the Masonic type; there is no ‘astral’ work in it at all, nor any Yoga. There is a certain amount of Qabalah, and that of great doctrinal value. But the really vital matter is the gradual progress towards disclosure of the Secret of the Ninth Degree.” However, he’s quick to add – “To use that secret to advantage involves mastery both of Yoga and of Magick; but neither is taught in the Order.” (Magick Without Tears). These essays also show how these paths relate to the Minerval (Chokmah) and First Degree (Binah) OTO on the Tree of Life. These paths reveal the basics of Crowley's sexual theories. This volume includes black and white reproductions of AO583’s oil paintings of his cards. Released 2016. COPIES STILL AVAILABLE.
“The present volume of Essays comprises some of J. Edward Cornelius’ Tarot studies—specifically those related to OTO Minerval and First degrees. Yet if you think of this volume as ‘just a Tarot book,’ you will miss the intent. This is a book on the sacred lessons of the first eight Qabalistic Paths. Each Tarot card of the Major Arcana correlates to one of twenty-two specific paths on the Tree of Life. The first eight paths are all those that are connected to the three Supernal Sephiroth: Kether, Chokmah, and Binah. Thus, viewed microcosmically, they inevitably connect earthly to divine aspects of Self. Put another way, the eight paths Cornelius discusses in this book are the “true measure between Heaven and Earth”: BAPHOMET. Each of them represents a set of ‘wires’ between two specific points of esoteric anatomy that any practical Qabalist must develop and work in order to gain the freedom to do his Will. To that end, Cornelius gives many hints. This is what it is to do the Great Work, and this is what this book is all about. Cornelius, an OTO upper degree under the direct tutelage of Grady Louis McMurtry, explores the secrets of the first eight Paths on the Tree of Life through a number of Thelemic and allied sources. Many are those which McMurtry directed him to study regarding the paths, even as Cornelius’ cards portray the secrets McMurtry taught him. Cornelius routinely includes Liber AL vel Legis and many of the other Holy Books; Aleister Crowley’s commentaries to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s The Seven Portals, from The Voice of the Silence; The Vision and the Voice; The Book of Lies; Magick in Theory and Practice; OTO sex magickal papers, books, and commentaries by Crowley and others; Liber Arcanorum; The Two and Twenty Secret Instructions of the Master from Crowley’s The Heart of the Master; Liber Viarum Viae; The Wake World, A Tale for Babes and Sucklings; McMurtry’s The Angel and the Abyss, A Cycle of 22 Poems in Honor of Our Maid of the Star Drifts; My Lady of the Breeches, A History with a Vengeance; and The Book of Thoth. For an overview of these correlations, readers are advised to consult Grady’s “cheat sheets,” which are published in Essays 1. In the present volume Cornelius explains the first eight of these correlations in full. He also draws upon a number of other Thelemic, Christian, Judaic, Hermetic, and psychological sources in order to elucidate mysteries relating to OTO Minerval and I°. In illuminating the first eight paths through the lenses of these various sources, Cornelius brings the foundation stones of Crowley’s magickal system into clear view and develops insights to be found nowhere else. Though the views presented in this book ultimately derive from the archetypes of but one Adept, and so can be completely applicable for him alone, they nevertheless represent those of a Magus of some fifty years of study and initiatory experience who also happens to be the magickal heir of Grady Louis McMurtry, who was, in turn, the magickal heir of Aleister Crowley. In other words, they are the views of the Caliph of Thelema. Disagree with them, embrace them, hate them, or love them; for years to come they will undoubtedly provide you rich food for the magickal insights and thoughts that actually matter most: your own!”
– Erica M Cornelius
The previous edition of Essays contained eight papers on the first eight paths of the Thoth on the Tree of Life which correspond to the Minerval and First Degree of Ordo Templi Orientis. In Chapter XIII of Magick Without Tears titled “System of the O.T.O.” it states that in Minerval – “The Ego is attracted to the Solar System.” In First Degree the candidate is placed within a Well whereupon – “The Child experiences Birth.” In this issue of Essays No.4 we are concerned with Second Degree. Here Crowley states – “The Man experiences Life.” Whereas Minerval & First Degree O.T.O. represented Birth or the Seed of the Father (Chokmah) being transferred out of the Tent (i.e. phallus) into the Well (i.e. womb) of the Mother (Binah), the Second Degree holds the keys as to how the Son incarnates below the Abyss in quest of Life. In other words, that which transpired Above the Abyss is now being birthed Below. The mysteries of Life are portrayed in only three paths, those of Lust (ט), The Hermit (י) and Justice (ל). These paths unite the three Sepiroth of Chesed-4 (חסד), Geburah-5 (גבורה) and Tiphereth-6 (תפארת). Together they form a ‘Descending Red Triangle,’ which refers to the Anahata or Heart Chakra. This issue will also contain ten other essays besides the three on the Thoth cards. The others are written by either J. Edward or Erica M Cornelius with such titles as ON THE ROLE OF THE ADEPTUS MINOR: In The Palace of the King by J. Edward Cornelius, ON THE BEAUTIFUL PATH by Erica M Cornelius, ON THE ZELATOR by Erica M Cornelius, ON BEING A PATHFINDER by J. Edward Cornelius, ON THE DANGER OF PAWNS by J. Edward Cornelius, ON THE WAYS OF CHORONZON ON SOCIAL MEDIA by J. Edward Cornelius, ON MATTER AND MOTION by J. Edward Cornelius, ON EPILEPSY, HEARING VOICES AND DEJA VU by J. Edward Cornelius, CAN YOU BE THROWN OUT OF THE A.'.A.'.? by J. Edward Cornelius and finally, FAUSTINA, Or, On a Witch’s Flight to Brocken, An Extended Meditation on the Path of the Moon by Soror Absorbeo. Unfortunately, due to continuing problems with the leather bound editions of Essays No.2 & 3, we are forced to go back to the cloth bound version, as in No.1. Sorry. Released 2016. COPIES STILL AVAILABLE.
Volume 5 features not only a short taxonomy ON SEX AND CROWLEY’S WOMEN, but also Part I of a ground-breaking, lengthy essay by J. Edward Cornelius called ON THE SCARLET WOMAN. He explains why she’s called a ‘scarlet’ woman, not some other color, and where this color fits on the Tree of Life and the nature of the two Sephirot which naturally feed the path associated with scarlet. He goes in-depth into the Scarlet Woman’s role found in The Book of Revelation, as well as discussing the truth behind what John Dee (1527–1608) really said about Babalon and the Daughter of Fortitude, often misquoted and taken out of context by modern writers. He also talks about the Scarlet Woman in Crowley’s writings from The Vision and the Voice to Liber AL vel Legis and he explains her role in IX° OTO and AA teachings as the ‘Daughter’ in the formula of the Tetragrammaton (τετραγράμματον) as well as her being Kundry in the Grail mythos. She is the true mistress of The Beast and her role is that of an avatar or one who taps into 3-Binah (בינה) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life which allows her to be in sync with the goddess; As Above, So Below. But for a woman to simply say she is a Scarlet Woman doesn’t make it so. In fact, a woman can no more easily be a Scarlet Woman than a man can easily become a Magister Templi 8°=3, seeing that both are tapping into the same Sephira above the Abyss. In both cases men and women need to establish what Crowley calls the ‘wires.’ Yes, on the most mundane level every woman has the undisputed right to claim the moniker of a Scarlet Woman, similar to anyone taking the Oath of the Abyss; of this no one can object or say nay. Let success be her proof, but as with men who attempt to tap into Binah, there are specific requirements regarding how one channels from Above the Abyss, without which all else is pure ego and leads one down a road toward a magickal burnout, moral decay, insanity, obsession or even worse. Crowley, as the BEAST, knew that the woman must somehow return to the Grail Castle and in doing so she becomes as an avatar of BABALON, but she must learn how to stay there, and that is not as easy as it sounds!
The previous edition of Essays contained three papers relating to LIFE or Second Degree of Ordo Templi Orientis. This edition will detail those paths and the Sephiroth which are related to Third Degree and DEATH. In Third Degree “[The Man] experiences Death” as an Initiation into spirituality. Cornelius details the Thelemic mysteries of Death in the two corresponding paths of the Tarot: those of The Hanged Man and The Devil. These Paths’ lessons teach the Candidate how to let go of his familiar ideas and to dissolve himself, in preparation for creating a new Temple of BABALON in Fourth Degree. This issue of Essays also contains an eclectic mix of other essays, including two that also explore the Death Rites: ON LOVE AND THE WELL OF WYRD and ON LOVE AT THE WINTER SOLSTICE: DEATH RITES AND THE WORLD TO COME by Erica M Cornelius. Another cluster of essays ON CHIRON by Erica M Cornelius introduces the comet Chiron as a potent symbol for Thelemites. Still others are: ON EMBRACING THE DEMONIC; ON PHALLIC WORSHIP AT THE SABBATH: THE MATING OF KING AND QUEEN; ON THE PRACTICUS, Part II; ON SYNCHRONICITY AND CAUSE AND EFFECT; ON MARCHESA CASATI, A BIOGRAPHY; ON LINEAGES OF THE A.’.A.’.; and ON MY MAGICAL DEGREE AND THE TAROT CARDS by J. Edward Cornelius, and ON THE AQUARIAN CURRENT; ON WOMEN’S PATHS; and ON THE NEOPHYTE by Erica M Cornelius. Finally,
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This is Essays No.6, containing no magickal or theoretical essays, and only 33 biographies of the most important women with whom Crowley was involved throughout his life. Who were the women in Aleister Crowley’s life? For so long, with the details of their lives scattered in passing through Crowley biographies or hidden away in private sources, Crowley’s women have presented an enigma to Thelemites. What motivated them? What were they like? Where did they come from? And what ever happened to them when they were no longer with Crowley? For the first time ever, biographies of Crowley’s women are available. J. Edward Cornelius has painstakingly researched, often in sources not widely accessible, to bring you the life histories of the thirty-three female lovers who were most significant to Aleister Crowley (1875–1947). He has collected their biographies here, in this volume of Essays, especially for you to enjoy and ponder. As richly as possible, Cornelius has painted a picture of each woman. He has detailed each woman’s birth, family background, education, activities, antics, achievements, marriages, children, and death. This book contains 38 photos of Scarlet Women, etc.
ESSAYS No. 7
We begin with “THE WARRIOR TROUBADOUR: A Biography of Grady Louis McMurtry.” This piece was originally published in Red Flame, A Thelemic Research Journal No.1 (1994) in an issue titled “The Poetry of Grady Louis McMurtry.” To me, Grady was such a remarkable man, and I was shocked at how little people really knew about him back in the early 1990s. I wanted to give Grady the recognition he so wholeheartedly deserved. In this light I wrote a biography about his life in general, his time spent at Agape Lodge O.T.O., his meetings with Crowley and his other interactions with Thelemites right up to death. This new version published in this book is slightly edited, with added information.
After Grady’s biography we include an essay titled ON THINKING BACKWARDS, MAGICKAL MEMORY AND CAUSE AND EFFECT by J. Edward Cornelius. After this essay we include part III, Section XV of “ON THE SCARLET WOMAN,” being the conclusion. Part I appeared in ESSAYS No.5 and included sections I-X, while Part II or sections XI-XIV appeared in ESSAYS No.6. The series has been a great success in exploring the topic of the woman from numerous angles which we hope has given the reader much food for thought. The entire series is leading up to ‘N’ in the word ‘ON,’ which according to Aleister Crowley conceals the mysteries of 156. On that note, after the Scarlet Woman essay we include N, FOURTH DEGREE and the PRINCE OF JERUSALEM where we shall explore the four paths of The Tower, Death, The Wheel of Fortune and The Hierophant (Revisited). These paths are ruled by the Hebrew letters of Peh (80-פ), Nun (50-נ), Kaph (20-כ) and Vau (6-ו), which work off the Right-Hand Pillar, add to 156 and Balance the Left-Hand Pillar which adds to 418. We’ll also discuss how the Right-Hand Pillar teaches us the mysteries of Fourth Degree and the Prince of Jerusalem. In III O.T.O. one is not taught about Death as much as one is taught how to die. It is in IV where one learns the truth behind the path of Death or, more properly, the path of Return.
We conclude this issue with the following essays:
1.“On the Fifty Gates of Understanding and Their Importance in the New Aeon” by J. Edward Cornelius. This essay records how the fifty Gates are the basis of all of Torah, or Laws, and it is said that achieving just a few of these “gates” would make one a wise person. On a simplistic level, they represent a progression of Knowledge from the most mundane to the most sublime, with the fiftieth level being the highest. These Gates reveal the hand of God in every aspect of existence. They vanquish the illusion of a Godless world, and provide access to the most important, yet hidden aspects our potential. 2.“On the New Daughter: New-Aeonic Change in the Tetragrammaton Formula” by Erica M Cornelius. In the Thelemic aeon the second Heh, or Daughter, of the Tetragrammaton formula has changed compared to previous aeons. This change has practical repercussions for how both men and women do magick now. Crowley summarizes the change by saying that the Daughter may now be raised onto the Throne of her Mother and awaken the Eld of the All-Father. The author explains what this means and gives some practical hints for working the new formula in a male versus a female body. 3.“On Character as Cause” by Erica M Cornelius. In this essay Erica discusses how your character has shaped every last event of this lifetime since the moment you entered your mother’s womb. As an A.'.A.'. student, you begin the horizontal Thelemic practice of thinking backward to discover your character as cause within the man of Earth grade, in part by keeping a magickal diary and in part by studying the First House of your birth chart. However, the search for character as cause is a lifetime study, the only thing that will keep you grounded and balanced as you climb the Tree of Life. 4.“On the Square” by J. Edward Cornelius may seem like a paradox, yet an Adept who would find God by climbing the Qabalistic Tree of Life mostly looks down. That is, an Adept does not find God in the Heavens; an Adept finds God in God’s manifestations down through the Sephiroth and ultimately upon Malkuth. Further, the Adept does not find God all at once; the Adept finds God throughout his or her entire lifetime, by developing an intimate and unique relationship with God’s manifestation. In a vertical School such as the A.'.A.'., the purpose of attaining higher degrees is not to wave ever-more-impressive pieces of paper, but to attain loftier vantage points from which to relate to the mystery within manifestation. Regardless of how high she or he ultimately climbs on the Tree, the Adept’s lifelong work is to clean and strengthen the Temple of manifested body and Universe, in order that God may dwell within. 5.“On What it Means to ‘Go Within’” by Erica M Cornelius. In our A.'.A.'. lineage we talk a great deal about verticality or “going within.” It is important to understand that “within” is not a place or location, especially not as opposed to “outside of me,” but a way of thinking. 6. “On Polarity” by J. Edward Cornelius details how we can attract anything to ourselves by formulating our etheric or magnetic shell as the opposite. Solve et Coagula; banish often, evoke often, but always with Intent and in conformity with one’s True Will. 7.“On the Stimulation of the Muladhara Chakra” by J. Edward Cornelius. In this essay we discuss how the practice of yoga, or union of Mind and Body, begins with awakening the Kundalini into the Muladhara Chakra and continues by raising the Kundalini in a controlled fashion through a combination of mental focus and proper use of sexual energy. In this essay, the author outlines this process in relation to A.'.A.'. grades and their corresponding Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. 8.“On Knots” by J. Edward Cornelius. In Tantras there are three psychic “Knots” which, unless untied, will indisputably become obstacles on the path preventing an ascent of the Serpent Power through the Sushumna, or Middle Pillar. 9.“On Why Adepts Write Autobiography” by Erica M Cornelius. Adepts write autobiography in order to discover their True Will, that universal function for which they incarnated. 10.“On How to Avoid Superstition While Embracing Spirituality” by Erica M Cornelius. Vertical spirituality requires an Adept to marry ruthlessly objective self-observation with an utterly subjective standard of meaning. As an example, the author examines the inner workings of a magickal Oath. 11.“On the Magickal Motto” by Erica M Cornelius. A magickal motto must be adopted by an Aspirant entering the A.'.A.'. as a Neophyte. The choice could not be more crucial. A well-chosen magickal motto can greatly aid the Aspirant in their quest. A poorly-chosen motto can quickly wash the Aspirant out of the Order or even off of the spiritual path entirely. 12.“On Crossing the Planes” by J. Edward Cornelius. Confusion often begins in the A.'.A.'. where initiates work out of Yesod (יסוד) and Malkuth (מלכות). Here they fail to remember that there are at least two Trees. One Tree of Life is macrocosmic, the other microcosmic, and while in the man of Earth grade these Trees are worked simultaneously. If an initiate learns the lesson of Life, as taught in such degrees as Second Degree O.T.O., they would have learned the Laws which state that everything must be in its proper place, perfectly Balanced. 13.“On Writing the Magickal Essay” by Erica M Cornelius. To write the magickal essay is simultaneously to explore self and to commune with one’s God. 14.“On the Three Hierophantic Tasks” by J. Edward Cornelius. On the tasks and expectations associated with each of the three A.'.A.'. grades.
Essays No. 8
This is one of the most important volumes we have released so far. The ancient Alchemists expressed the secret behind magick in their formula ‘Solve et Coagula.’ Arguably the ‘et’ refers to the Magickal Link, which is symbolized by one of the most important Qabalistic Paths of Wisdom on the entire Tree or Samekh (֑֑ס). In his substantial essay “On Art,” continuing his ongoing Tarot Path series, J. Edward Cornelius illuminates this path’s necessity in IX° OTO and, indeed, in of all magick. Samekh spelled out as סמך can enumerate to 120, the same as ON.
This volume also contains a solid essay on the theoretical and practical foundations of Enochian magick by J. Edward Cornelius. At a time when too many foolish magicians rush unprepared into Enochian magick, Cornelius stresses a few critical points. He points out the basic role of the solar elemental tides in that complex system. He also reminds the practitioner to distinguish the new-Aeonic features of Enochian from the old-Aeonic. Most importantly, he reminds practitioners that Enochian magick is above all a spiritual pursuit. To approach it without the proper spiritual foundation is to invite dreadful and irreversible consequences—burn-out and worse.
The next three essays explore the very foundations of Aleister Crowley’s Thelema, not so much historically as philosophically. The first is a 1902 essay written by the first prophet himself: “בראשית [BERASHITH] An Essay in Ontology: With Some Remarks on Ceremonial Magic.” This essay is one Crowley referenced again and again throughout his lifetime—including in Chapter 0 of Magick in Theory and Practice, and in most of his other major works as well. It is the basis of his magick—required reading for Thelemites. In it, he argues for a particular understanding of the Universe as Absolute Nothingness. This essay puts forth a driving image compatible with Qabalah, and its arguments ultimately serve as the philosophical grounding of Thelemic spiritual practices. The second essay in this cluster is “On Crowley’s Guiding Theory of the Universe as Absolute Nothingness: ‘Berashith’ Before and After The Book of the Law” by Erica M Cornelius, a Philosophy PhD. It explains the ins and outs of Crowley’s “Berashith” argument in the plainest language possible and shows how Crowley reinterpreted the argument Thelemically once he accepted The Book of the Law. This essay helps Adepts understand how Crowley sees the True Will functioning in an incarnation and how the basic structure of a ceremonial magick Temple helps an Adept function in alignment with that True Will. The third, brief essay of this cluster, also by Erica M Cornelius, extends the insights of Crowley’s “Berashith” to the central Thelemic practice of ThIShARB—tracing back the causes within one’s lifetime to their Source in the Absolute Nothingness. Titled “On Getting Something from Nothing: The Importance of ThIShARB,” the essay explains in terms of “Berashith” why the horizontal ThIShARB practice is so critical for balancing an Adept’s vertical climb up the Tree of Life.
This volume of Essays also features a few works in applied Thelemic ethics. Back in Grady Louis McMurtry’s day, Thelemites constantly referred to Liber AL vel Legis in discussing how to behave Thelemically. Debate, discussion, exploration. “What does The Book of the Law say? How do we interpret it?” When Bill Breeze took over the OTO (Ordo Templi Orientis), he emphasized the Tunis Comment and put an end to public discussion of The Book of the Law. Inevitably, as checks against foolish, pick-and-choose interpretations were removed, Thelema became popularly defined as “Do whatever thou want.” Thoughtful Thelemic ethics went by the wayside. We hope these essays in applied Thelemic ethics inspire you to return to Liber AL over and over again to ponder how to behave as a true Star, and to discuss the same with your fellow Thelemites. “Centre of pestilence”? Go for it. The relevant essays are “Being-with the Unfit” and “On Political Correctness on College Campuses: A Thelemic Perspective on the Bret Weinstein Controversy,” both by Erica M Cornelius, and “On My Thelemic Rights” by J. Edward Cornelius.
A final grouping of essays in this volume concerns OTO mysteries. Two are by J. Edward Cornelius. “On Revealing OTO Secrets: Where Do Minervals Begin, Chokmah or Malkuth?” tackles the silliness of the post-Grady OTO’s chakra–degree attributions, which not only contradict Crowley’s teachings but also render Crowley’s symbolism incoherent. “On Maimonides” presents the biography of the eminent 12th-century Jewish philosopher in a manner that illuminates the transition between OTO III° and IV°. The third essay concerning OTO mysteries is The Eucharist (1912) by the Belgian occultist Georges Le Clément de Saint-Marcq (1865–1956). Although this piece was published as a pamphlet eight years after the OTO was established in Germany by Karl Kellner and Theodor Reuss, it was embraced by Reuss as very much consonant with the sexual mysteries of spirituality preserved in that Order. For instance, Reuss refers to The Eucharist approvingly in a 1914 article on the Holy Grail within Richard Wagner’s festival play Parsifal, which premiered in 1882, when Reuss himself performed.
The many other essays don’t fall neatly into any one category. Some do deserve special notice, though. For instance, we’re pleased to offer a short biography on Norman Mudd (1889–1934). Mudd played an interesting and notable role in Crowley’s A.A., yet little is written about him. We are also republishing, with added information, a collection of Crowley’s limericks that was previously published in Red Flame No. 6, The Foolish Issue. The world deserves to be tortured with Crowley’s limericks (appropriately perverse and, occasionally, unkind), so we obliged! Also deserving special notice, is Jerry’s “On Being a Black Brother.” Although it details what can go wrong after someone takes the Oath of the Abyss, in doing so it contains helpful suggestions for the spiritual practitioner at any stage. Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention J. Edward Cornelius’ review of Keith Readdy’s One Truth, One Spirit (2018). In it, Cornelius addresses his critics’ pleas, “But what do you think of the ideas in the book?” Still, the title of the review communicates the thrust of his comments: “One Truth, Filled with Lies.” Darn that Cornelius for continuing to defend Grady’s honor from people who have a bridge to sell you. Enjoy!
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Essays No. 9
This second-to-last planned volume of Thelemic ESSAYS J. Edward Cornelius continues his comprehensive Tarot series. In particular, this volume features his essays on two foundational man of Earth paths energizing Kundalini—The Emperor and the Sun. In these pieces, he details the principles according to Aleister Crowley and others to be worked by a practitioner before building the Rainbow Bridge between the man of Earth and the Lovers. (Cornelius’ final essays on the Rainbow Bridge will be covered in Essays 10.)93
Some additional essays by J. Edward include "On the I Ching Sticks Used by Aleister Crowley"; "On the Grid of Liber al Vel Legis”; "Know Thyself: A Precursor to My Autobiography”; "They Come in the Dark" (a short story). Some Essays by Erica M Cornelius include "On the Four Powers of the Sphinx and the Fifty Gates of Understanding"; "On Thelema and the Egregore"; "On Thelemic Solitary Practice" and On the Yama of Attention." And these are but a sampling of the insightful, the informative, and the sometimes amusing....
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