Author: EricaMCornelius

‘DO WHAT THOU WILT’ AND THE HELL FIRE CLUB

A review of Secret Symbols of the Hell Fire Club or the Mystic Society of Thelema Considered from an Occult Perspective (2017) by Eamonn Loughran and edited by Shaun Johnson As Thelemic Adepts, we collect three types of books: those that illuminate esoteric symbols, those that describe history, and those that amuse us. We can honestly say that this book represents a rarity: it does all three, well. Loughran makes a detailed case that Sir Francis Dashwood’s 18th-century Hell Fire Club was an esoteric secret society, and that the Club’s caves at West Wycombe were its initiatory chambers. With nuance and clarity, the author systematically unfolds the symbolism of the Club’s membership structure, rituals, and sacred items. Clearly, he has invested many decades of research and personal occult work in developing his views. Loughran impressed us with his understanding that successful initiation happens only inside the candidate, who consciously or unconsciously absorbs the drama as projections of his or her own inner world. No magic exists that can force a spiritual transformation. All that can be done is to set up the proper atmosphere and conditions and hope for the best. For example, of one Club officer, Loughran writes, “The Stewards are best seen as manifestations of a Truth: that within us all is a guide or teacher that may lead us into places yet unknown.” Throughout the book,...

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Essays 2 of McMurtry-Cornelius A.’.A.’.

I am pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Essays 2 of the McMurtry-Cornelius A.’.A.’. This second volume in an ongoing series contains twenty-three essays by A.’.A.’. Adepts on magickal topics. Taken as a whole, the essays shed special light upon the theory and practice of the BABALON formula, culminating in J Edward Cornelius’ new magickal biography of Frater Achad (seventy-nine pages in length) based mainly on unpublished letters and unpublished sections of Achad’s A Master of the Temple. This is the first serious biography of Charles Stansfeld Jones. 330 pages. 6” x 9” black leather hardback; no dust...

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