RED FLAME — A Thelemic Research Journal — Issue No.7
A Thelemic Research Journal
THE MAGICKAL ESSENCE OF ALEISTER CROWLEY
by Jerry Cornelius
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- AN APOLOGY -
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. - AL I:40
I should not have to begin an issue of Red Flame with an apology
but under the circumstances it seems appropriate, if not necessary. Many of
us have been extremely tolerant over the years. However, there is only so
much one can take before feeling obligated to speak out.
Since the death of our beloved Grady Louis McMurtry a new branch of
the A.·. A.·. has been guiding the Ordo Templi Orientis. This branch is run
by some of Marcelo Motta's students. In a recent issue of The Magical
Link they have come out rather boisterously proclaiming that they, and they
alone, are the undisputed 'traditional authority' of A.·. A.·.. If they hadn't
come out with such pomposity and arrogance then my Introduction to this
issue would not have been necessary. One of the branches of Grady
McMurtry's A.·. A.·. lineage, quiet for almost fifteen years since his death,
would have remained hidden. In truth, this is exactly how I would have
liked it. However, the actions of Motta's students were a direct affront and
attack on every lineage, including myself and my students. I took personal
umbrage to the dispassionate slander gracing the pages of a fraternal
magazine which my OTO dues help produce. It has forced me to come out
swinging in order to clarify my own position. Too many of my students
have been writing to inquire about details of what they've read or even
heard in regards to attacks, slander and lineage bashing by Motta's students.
Many wonder where they fit into the picture or if our lineage is next on the
list to be publicly persecuted. I, therefore, feel obligated to make a rebuttal.
There is no animosity in my heart toward Mottaites as a whole, I feel the
world is big enough for all of us, but if outsiders have read the article in the
last issue of The Magical Link, then please, just Consider the Source.
What infuriated me most was the sarcastic condemnation of the idea
of 'lineages' as an 'erroneous notion' of our beloved Soror Meral's
bloodline which, in fact, it is not. Here and in other places they have
publicly attacked her and her lineage, trying hard to find 'discrepancies'
with this gentle woman's claims, in an attempt to drag her down and
discredit her and her students. This woman stands as a giant among us. She
has done so much for Thelema since 1939 and is such a beautiful person,
that she deserves far better. Being an historian I can say with all honesty
that I can find flaws in everyone's claims, even in Aleister Crowley's own
accomplishments. To many outsiders the mere mention of Crowley's name
evokes something hideously evil, but on another level he has been, and still
is, loved to such extremes that he is considered one of the greatest prophets
of our time. In which extreme do you wish to wallow? Even my own
teacher, Grady McMurtry, has enough dirt in his background to sink a
battleship. It won't change my views about him but, if that's where your
head space is at, lowering others in order to prove your own greatness, then
so be it, disclose it. However, before Motta's students start throwing stones
they should remember that if the shoe were on the other foot would they
like someone publicly disclosing their dirty little laundry? Some might
claim this to be counter-productive but in Truth it would reveal to the
public that Motta's students put their pants on one leg at a time and that
they, like every other bloodline, have something hidden in their past which
could easily, and I mean very easily, show their claim to even being A.·. A.·.
is erroneous. Yet, instead of taking the gloves off why can't we all simply
get along and be honest? Although we're all legitimate in some respect or
another, no modern bloodline is exempt from a shady background. So, how
far do we want to go at bashing each other in the public's eye? As I've
often said, what would it really prove? That you're more 'spiritually'
capable of guiding humanity forward into the New Aeon than the next guy?
Love is the law, love under will. - AL I:57
Frater Achad Osher 583
This on line version contains only the Apology, the Introduction and
An Open Epistle Regarding Francis King's book The Secret Rituals of
the OTO from 'Red Flame' No.7. The thirteen chapters which are found in
this issue, titled The Magickal Essence of Aleister Crowley, are not
reproduced nor are a few other shorter pieces.
Introduction An Open Epistle Regarding Francis King's Book The Secret Rituals of the OTO
Also by Jerry Cornelius:
Thoughts on Metzger The Warrior-Troubadour, The Life & Times of Grady Louis McMurtry (Red Flame No.1)
Myths of the Solar Lodge Revisited (The Scribe, Vol.1 No.7 1997)
Chronology of events leading up to the lawsuit filed by the Ordo Templi
Orientis on Sept. 12th 1990 against Alameda County & the City of Berkeley.
KALIL and the Thelema93-l Tango An Open Epistle on the Expulsion Liber Al Vel Legis (The Book of the Law) (Red Flame Nr.8)