ESSAYS Volume #1 by J. Edward Cornelius – Limited Edition Hardcover 2nd edition

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ESSAYS Volume #1 by J. Edward Cornelius – Limited Edition Hardcover 2nd edition

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This is a cloth hardcover limited edition of  200  copies. 2nd Edition. 300 pages. Book is in new unread condition.

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The first printing of Thelemic Essays No. 1 was released on January 15th, 2015. This second printing is released seven years later in April of 2022! It is virtually identical to the first printing with a few slight modifications.

To explain why the demand for the volume has been so high, let me say that it contains 37 foundational OTO and A.’.A.’. essays written by J. Edward Cornelius. See longer description below for summaries of all essays within this volume.

Like the first edition, the second is black cloth, 6¼ x 9¼ hardback. The second printing is published privately in Prescott, Arizona. There are only 200 copies printed; this edition is not a signed copy.

INTRODUCTION, p. 5

AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION, p. 9

ON THE EIGHT LIMBS OF YOGA
AND THE MINERVAL DEGREE
by J. Edward Cornelius (September 5th, 2010). Too few would-be sex magicians appreciate that according to Aleister Crowley they must practice the Eight Limbs of Yoga daily if they would fulfill IX°. This essay details Crowley’s views on Yama, or control, the first of the Eight Limbs, p. 11

ON THE PARTS OF SPEECH
by J. Edward Cornelius (September 6th, 2010). Here are Grady Louis McMurtry’s correlations of the all-important Eight Limbs of Yoga with Tarot Paths and with the parts of speech that Aleister Crowley presents in “Branks” from the Book of Lies, opening up the practical Wisdom embedded within that enigmatic chapter, p. 16

ON CHAPTERS IN MAGICK IN THEORY & PRACTICE
AND THE THOTH CARDS
by J. Edward Cornelius (December 23rd, 2013). Here is Grady Louis McMurtry’s “cheat sheet” on the correspondences between the chapters of Crowley’s Magick in Theory and Practice and the Major Arcana of the Thoth cards. The OTO secrets encoded in the structure of MTP are thereby made available to the astute, p. 20

ON THE MYSTERIES OF OTO
by J. Edward Cornelius (June 13th, 2013). This is Grady’s “cheat sheet” correlating sections of the Gnostic Mass (Liber XV), Spheres on the Tree of Life, chakras, OTO initiations and/or grade papers and chapters in Crowley’s mysterious but pregnant paper Atlantis, The Lost Continent (Liber LI), p. 22

ON THE USE OF 93
by J. Edward Cornelius (May 11th, 2006). The simple truth behind why Thelemites greet one another with ‘93’ and the importance thereof, p. 25

ON THE TREE OF LIFE
by J. Edward Cornelius (October 21st, 2013). This brief history of the Tarot registers its continuing development as a living map of the body, consciousness and spirituality for magicians past and present, p. 27

ON PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS AND THE TREE OF LIFE
by J. Edward Cornelius (November 12th, 2013). Cornelius shows how developments in psychology represent explorations into progressively higher spheres on the Tree of Life, with practical implications for magicians. Each new step forward represents a refinement in human understanding in the relation of the sex instinct to will, or genius, p. 30

ON TANTRA, PHALLICISM AND THE TREE OF LIFE Part I
by J. Edward Cornelius (January 2nd, 2014). The 19th-century revival of Phallicism formed a historical precursor to the mysteries of the OTO. The essay includes a discussion of the Left-Hand Path versus the Right-Hand Path, contrasting a more purely Western sexual magick with misconceived versions mixed with Eastern and religious thought, p. 36

ON TANTRA, PHALLICISM AND THE TREE OF LIFE Part II.
by J. Edward Cornelius (November 3rd, 2013). Part II picks up the story where Crowley becomes involved with the OTO. This history covers not only the external events of Crowley’s takeover and transformation of that organization, but also at a look at the way he carefully experimented with and reworked the OTO’s sex magickal teachings, p. 50

ON THE SCARLET WOMEN
by J. Edward Cornelius (December 29th, 2013). Aleister Crowley taught Grady Louis McMurtry “more solid instruction on IX° than I ever gave before to any one!” McMurtry then taught it to Cornelius. Cornelius elucidates Crowley’s views on female sex magick and Babalon from the standpoints of Qabalah, Alchemy, and the Grail mythos, p. 65

ON THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN TEACHING MEN AND WOMEN
by J. Edward Cornelius (January 18th, 2014). Genius is fueled by sexuality. However, men and women must cultivate genius differently. Men must learn to exercise mental control to keep from ejaculating and thus losing vital life force. A woman’s arousal carries no such dangers; yet a woman faces other pitfalls, p. 86

ON THE NATURE OF THE WAND
by J. Edward Cornelius (February 12th, 2014). Psychology and neuroscience are proving that men and women excel in different cognitive domains. Internally, then, does it really make sense for male and female magicians to tread the same pathway up the Tree of Life?  This article examines how a Woman properly grasps the Wand (internally or externally) in order to facilitate her Will, p. 91

ON SOME PRELIMINARY THOUGHTS
ON THE SPHERES of MALKUTH and YESOD
by J. Edward Cornelius (March 3rd, 2014). Sexuality—body and libido—is our most important tool for finding and living out our True Will. What does this imply about appropriate A.’.A.’. obligations for Malkuth and Yesod? Why do so many A.’.A.’.  branches ignore the real significance of these spheres? p. 101

ON THE THREE FATES
by J. Edward Cornelius (February 19th, 2013). When studied in relation to OTO initiatory symbolism, the mythological figures of the Three Fates reveal the nature of our destiny and how to achieve it, p. 112

ON THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND OUR BIRTH CHART
by J. Edward Cornelius (March 2nd, 2014). In order to realize our destiny, that for which we incarnated, it is necessary to balance Will with Wants. This essay outlines how to grasp the silent center or Spindle of Necessity around which revolve the inexorable forces of a lifetime, p. 120

ON PARZIVAL
by J. Edward Cornelius (May 13th, 2014). The story of the Fool and the sacred symbolism of 777, the Redeemer, who unites the Above with the Below through correct worship of the Holy Lance, p. 127

ON THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGEL
by J. Edward Cornelius (May 15th, 2013). It is critical to understand that later in his life Aleister Crowley realized you do not meet with your Holy Guardian Angel in Tiphereth, but rather with your daimon. Furthermore, you must embrace the type of vehicle into which you chose to incarnate if you hope to achieve magickally. The Angel, by contrast, is beyond sex, p. 135

ON ONE’S TRUE WILL,
KNOWN AS YOUR LOT IN LIFE OR PART OF FORTUNE
by J. Edward Cornelius (January 29th, 2014). How to read the True Will in the astrology chart, p. 141

ON HELIOPOLIS, Being an Essay on Heliopolis of Lower Egypt
by J. Edward Cornelius (February 3rd, 2014). The author makes a rich exploration of the religious and practical significance of Heliopolis in OTO symbology, p. 144

ON NO or Fourth Degree Revisited.
Being an Essay on Heliopolis of Upper Egypt
by J. Edward Cornelius (February 7th, 2014). What if a version of the initiatory cycle of the OTO were written for female initiates, to reflect women’s sexual magick? A study of another Heliopolis, the ancient Egyptian city known as NO, p. 153

ON THELOMITES
by J. Edward Cornelius (April 7th, 2012). Do what you want shall not be the whole of the Law. And that ain’t the half of it. Being the folly of Thelemites, p. 164

ON THE MAGICKAL DIARY
by J. Edward Cornelius (February 28th, 2014). The fundamental task of any aspiring magician is to keep a Magickal Diary. This essay illuminates the Crowley literature on how and why that tool is so important, p. 166

ON THE LESSER RITUAL OF THE PENTAGRAM
by J. Edward Cornelius (May 1st, 2014). This essay provides practical instructions and theoretical notes on one of the most critical rituals in Western esotericism, p. 174

ON LIBER RESH VEL HELIOS
by J. Edward Cornelius (May 12th, 2014). In Liber Aleph, Crowley adjures, “Neglect never the fourfold Adorations of the Sun in his four Stations, for thereby thou doest affirm thy Place in Nature and her Harmonies.” Cornelius details the benefits of performing “Resh,” upon three progressively advanced levels, p. 184

ON PRACTICUS
by J. Edward Cornelius (February 13th, 2014). The author supplies a compendium of symbolism, virtues, recommended readings and correlations that illustrate the task and obligations of the Practicus, p. 192

ON ONE’S SACRED NUMBER
by J. Edward Cornelius (December 31st, 2013). According to Aleister Crowley everything in nature has its sacred mathematics—including you. Learn how to determine your personal sacred number, the foundation behind the Laws of your Universe. Understanding its nature will allow you to focus your magickal research where your true affinities lie, p. 201

ON THE ASSUMPTION OF GOD FORMS
by J. Edward Cornelius (April 23rd, 2013). The assumption of god forms is another foundational magickal skill, too infrequently taught. This essay furnishes instructions for solidifying your etheric shell into an appropriate god form, that you may create the key to efficacy as a magician, the Magickal Link, p. 206

ON THE RITES OF KADOSH
by J. Edward Cornelius (June 9th, 2012). The initiatory Templar symbolism of VI° OTO and allied ceremonies is carefully analyzed. The essay includes an introduction to Baphomet, p.215

ON BAPHOMET
by J. Edward Cornelius (March 20th, 2004). Cornelius outlines the history and significance of the holiest symbol of the OTO, being the measure between Heaven and Earth, p. 225

ON GOD WILLS HOLY LOVE
by J. Edward Cornelius (January 3rd, 2013). Sex as a Thelemic sacrament, an analysis of the meaning behind VI° OTO, p. 237

ON THE HOMUNCULUS
by J. Edward Cornelius (September 12th, 2013). Besides an historical over-view, the author instructs how to clean-slate one’s daimon and reprogram it in alignment with True Will, p. 242

ON THE BLACK MASS OF SAINT SECAIRE
by J. Edward Cornelius (October 31st, 2013). This charming piece reviews perhaps the sum-total of written accounts of the Black Mass throughout history and literature, with a particular focus on the desecration of the Host, p. 251

ON THE HOST
by J. Edward Cornelius (September 24th, 2013). Cornelius takes a close look at the Host within Crowley’s Gnostic Mass and other rituals, inquiring also into the Satanic elements therein, p. 258

ON THE MAGICKAL THESIS
by J. Edward Cornelius (October 10th, 2013). The Book of the Law states, “Abrogate are all rituals, all ordeals, all words and signs.” AL I:49.  A.’.A.’. obligations must be updated to accord with the New Aeon, and the Magickal Thesis is no exception, p. 261

ON THE ENGLISH QABALAH OF ALEISTER CROWLEY
by J. Edward Cornelius (March 14th, 2014). This historical piece details Crowley’s various attempts to “obtain the order & value of the English Alphabet” (AL II:55)—as well as the principle behind why they all failed, p. 263

ON THE OUIJA BOARD
by J. Edward Cornelius (December 15th, 2012). Magicians use Ouija Board very differently from the spiritualists. Grady Louis McMurtry and Aleister Crowley held many interesting views on the proper use and the high potential of this remarkable magickal tool, p. 267

ON ZODIAC SIGNS AND THEIR SEXUAL PROCLIVITIES
by J. Edward Cornelius (Originally written July 14th, 2008, 10 pages; edited and enlarged with additions by Luis Alvarado and Erica Peterson, June of 2014). A lighthearted look at the sexual proclivities of the Zodiac signs to get you chuckling yet curious about the most basic nature of your personal spiritual fuel, p. 271.

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