RED FLAME — A Thelemic Research Journal — Issue No.7


by Jerry Cornelius All rights reserved. No part of these lessons may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright proprietor. Published in the United States by A.·. A.·. New and Revised Edition Copyright C 1998 ev Please do not send letters regarding A.·. A.·. or these Lessons to the address for Red Flame. All correspondence should be sent to: The Throne of the Double-Wanded One Clerk House Frater ZLA 282 7=4 P.O. Box 20035, Oakland, CA 94620-0035 RED FLAME No.7 Limited to 156 copies. Issued October 12th 1999 e.v. Copyright C 1999 e.v. J. Edward & Marlene Cornelius P.O. Box 11693, Berkeley, CA 94712-2693 April 2000: 93. I hope you enjoy this material. When we published Red Flame No.7 we were surprised that it went out-of-print in less than eighteen days. So, please do not write us looking for copies. If you have any comments, feel free to write. All mentions of 'OTO' refer to 'OTO Inc' unless noted. 93 93/93 AO583 - 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)

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