ESSAYS ON THELEMA, Number Eight.
Berkeley: Privately published, 2019. Limited Edition of 200 Copies Only, Signed. A FINE CLOTH COPY with gilt titles. 315 pages. Tall octavo. Another excellent contribution by J.E. Cornelius to Thelemic research and magickal practice, and this one promises to be among the best. However, I want to point out that each of these essay volumes stands alone in terms of content, this new one included, so check the extraordinary breadth of the material below, and decided on that basis. Among the many essays presented are the following: His substantial essay “On Art,” continues his ongoing Tarot Path series, and illuminates this Path’s necessity in IX° OTO and in all of magickal practice; the theoretical and practical foundations of Enochian magick; 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: BERASHITH: An Essay in Ontology; With Some Remarks on Ceremonial Magic.” This essay was often referenced by Crowley throughout his lifetime — including in Chapter 0 of “Magick in Theory and Practice”, and in most of his other major works as well; this is followed by “On Crowley’s Guiding Theory of the Universe as Absolute Nothingness: ‘Berashith’ Before, and after The Book of the Law” by Erica M Cornelius; also by Erica M Cornelius, another essay extends the insights of Crowley’s “Berashith” to the central Thelemic practice of ThIShARB; three related essays based on the ethics of Liber AL follow, “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; another grouping of essays concerns the OTO Mysteries; “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°, both essays by J.E. Cornelius, and is followed by a rarity concerning the OTO Mysteries in “The Eucharist” (1912) by the Belgian occultist Georges Le Clément de Saint-Marcq (1865–1956). This piece was originally 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 being consonant with the sexual mysteries of spirituality as preserved in the Order; also, an interesting short biography on Norman Mudd (1889–1934). Mudd played a notable role in Crowley’s A.A., yet little is written about him, and a collection of Crowley’s Limericks, with added information, by J. Edward Cornelius; other stuff too. Tall 8vo. (Item ID: CE-8)