“The Glory of God is Man fully alive.”
“Hear me, ye people of sighing!
The sorrows of pain and regret
Are left to the dead and the dying,
The folk that not know me as yet.”
The Book of the Law
In the Spirit of St. Francis who brought the world the image of the Christ child in the manger, we bring what we believe to be its Christmas Star. It symbolizes the One Star in Sight the Magicians on their Camels followed to find the Child who taught the world that ALL children’s angels gaze upon God. As the truth of this Star’s Light grows it will, we believe, restore JOY to the Earth. How? By healing the pedophile wounds of Catholicism with a more profound Understanding of its inherited Doctrine it will also heal the world of some of its current, very fundamental misunderstandings about Man and our role in the universe.
This seal of brotherhood represents the work of Mr. Crowley, properly understood. We believe that like anything truly holy, his reputation has suffered scandal. In him we see the Troubadour spirit of St. Francis wonderfully married to the Soldier of Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius and like they, he teaches discernment of spirits. We are asking our Holy Father, papa Francis, to assign scholars to examine the issue. How and where should the fence be placed on this upsurge in popular piety?
This is the Blackstar. It teaches the power of exorcism and binds soul-destroying dragons of heresy. It puts a limit on human spiritual confusion through an exorcism of the miasma that has covered Christ in the sexual perversions of his betrayers, followers of a Dying God in contrast to believers in the Living God of transubstantiation and Apostolic Continuity. The real Christ, who teaches us how to worship God without fear, can then shine.
It is also announcing that it is the Next Day for the Catholic Church Universal. The Pope has the right to police all who use the name of Jesus. The Church was never meant to be used as a beatstick for the suffering consciences of the spiritually, emotionally or physically poor anywhere in the world. Those who look down on others have never been proper representatives of He who washed the feet of the Apostles and allowed the repentant fallen Lady to wash His Own, with her hair.
St. John’s Revelation describes what happens spiritually each time the Sacred Host and Holy Grail are Elevated and Consumed by the Catholic faithful, though it takes a lifetime of spiritual training in its discipline to see it. Beautiful, terrifying, holy, Revelations is a mystical document for all in the Church who would climb the Mountain and find New Jerusalem connecting timelessness and time, Here and Now. It is a Peace the world cannot give, not take away. The Darby Dispensationalism of the Plymouth Brethren cooked up in the 1830s is not a correct reading of this marvelous Church Treasure, not at all. They are using St. John for divination, as if the Apostle were a Tarot pack, instead of listening to the prayer and vision of unity he offers. St. John’s Revelations provides the Capstone of his Gospel’s prayer for the brotherhood of Man realized both within and outside of time.
The secret word is secret no more: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.
“I am in a secret fourfold word, the blasphemy against all gods of men.”
The Book of the Law
“I have the impression that Jesus was locked inside the Church
and that he is knocking because he wants to get out.”
As the Black Sheep come back into the Church, Jesus escapes the lies under which humanity’s best friend has been slandered. The Teacher of Teachers, He to whom the Pope bows right beside us, the laity, has for too long had his kind but powerful Voice drowned in a noisy sea of confusion. Institutions have never “owned” it. The only true thing we can do is hope to serve it with its life changing but simple message, a message of Good News meant for everyone. What did James Joyce call Catholics? ‘Here comes everyone.’ How does Tiny Tim sum Christmas Spirit? ‘God Bless Us Everyone.’ That is what Catholics are doing each time we raise Our Cup in continuation of the most followed command ever given from God to Man, “Do this in memory of me.” We offer the Cup for all of You in every nation, with all the power of the Saints, that you too might know Peace.
We are trying to transmute the sorrows of the world in Our Cup. We could use your help. We believe the Lord “takes away the sins of the world” in Our Love Feast. This gives us our strength.
The Greatest Homecoming in history has begun. Call humankind an animal, fine, but we are a Great Beast indeed. Nero has never made a good role model for mankind. Tame the snake, tame our narcissistic pride but do not kill the enthusiastically inspired pride! We need to recapture Our Dignity as the centuries of collapse overtake Homo Colossus. We will no longer fear our own shadow! We will take up proper arms because, simply by the time current history plays out, we will no longer be able to deny that Man battles a cold and cruel Destroyer on the “Angelic” realm of ideas. This enemy has a type of intelligence that exceeds Man’s, one that is quite capable of using our sins against us (look around) but one who is, time and time and time again, ultimately defeated by our very Nature once it is touched by the Divine Magick of Grace.
“Tzaddi is not the Star”
The Book of the Law
The future of humanity is not out in the Stars, not on oil based technology anyway. We WILL find the future is in a maturing relationship between human beings. Never again should our children need to shame us into proper action, not after the lessons heading our way. The great Fish Hook (meaning of Tzaddi in Hebrew) belongs to Man to wield, to win over our brothers and our friends in a battle of virtue and intelligence, mutual respect and the courage that never fears to cast that-which-seeks-to-destroy-us-ALL straight to Hell.
What Child is not being spiritually tortured today by the prospect of nuclear war coupled with the horrors of climate change? This must stop. We come to let you know, it will. (Our gift, click on the Star if you haven’t yet! The place of honor goes to Paul whose name’s sake converted the Gentiles and who sang our parents through the tumultuous decade. Our Khepera Beatle who taught the mystery on One and One!)
This Star puts a limit on the Confusion of Man born of Protestant Christianity’s misunderstandings of the Divine Mysteries. It exorcises the dour and fearful spirit of the schismatics. We gift the world with the key to Aleister Crowley (pronounced to rhyme with ‘holy’ to remind you not to let scandal blind you in your search for the truth), closing the door on the left hand path, opening the door on the right. We submit for the world’s consideration that there has never been a more articulate spokesman in the English language for the psychology of the trauma of childhood spiritual abuse and how true healing can be found through a sincere approach to spiritual disciplines – and how dangerous anything but a sincere approach can become! His verbose recording of the Spiritual Battle with his demons is just what the doctor ordered for Our Time. How do we wrestle with the fruit of heresy now that it is quite clear it created The Unintended Reformation, how do we put the genii back in the box?
We believe it could be that Liber 31 is a prophetic Word for the Catholic Church in Our Time, a Marian phenomenon through and through once properly understood. We are asking that there be a school within the Franciscan umbrella created that is allowed to study this question. We believe that by healing the wounds of the Dark Child for all the world to see, we will also heal the wound of our Schisms with our Brothers and our Friends. A healing that comes not from proselytizing fury but with honor and respect for our brothers sincerity and intelligence. The Brothers are all those who share the Nicene Creed with Us. Our Friends are all those sects who use the Gospels but do not share the Apostolic shield, the farthest our among them being star worshipers.
To understand Mr. Crowley you need to know that the “Christianity” he attacked was the non-Catholic error(s) of his fellow countrymen. Yet, like the sermon on the mount carrying the commandments inside, it is a philosophic defense of health wherever it can be found throughout all tribes and peoples in accepting, even celebrating, the lights of Natural Man and Natural Law. He is defending Catholicism as he encountered it, through late 19th century magical training. It lead him to seek a science of Exorcism. Again, just what the Doctor ordered in a time of black forecasts of gloom assaulting us on every side. He sought and found a science of how persons are effected by the “power,” shall we say, of spiritual ideas when they become personal. Theology effected by the blinders of modernity is weak, at best, on teaching the reality of the Devil and why. Reading Mr. Crowley’s autobiography illustrates how demons and angels are very, very personal in-so-far as they know exactly how to make you feel either suicidal hopelessness or enraged on the one hand, or inspired and in love on the other. They know many, though not all, of your personal secrets. The question is will they use them for or against you? All true spiritual work deal with healing wounds; Angels will respect the skeletons in the closet throughout the process, demons most certainly will not. This is a universal phenomenon inherent in being Man. This is a sacred world, in scientific fact. The movie The Rite, while certainly taking some Hollywood liberties, is sharing a set of facts the Catholic Church has long known about.
His considerable literary output is a true treasure trove of learning born out of respect for everyone’s tradition of Man on Earth, for he, like we, really do believe ALL peoples and tribes hold what we call the Seeds of Christ. We come to learn from you, that is how we learn how rich is our own Treasury of Wisdom – but we also know something else. Religions, they are ALSO ALL susceptible to human pride replacing the House of God with the Tower of Babel and transforming the sacred activity of the sacred priest (who supports home and family) with the very un-sacred activity of the very un-sacred priest (who does not) – but even that’s OK because as the aspirations gone awry crumble when God strikes the Tower with lightning, we see most acutely what it is that remains standing. We find the true House of God which can only be approached safely through love. We also see evil punished and justice restored, comforting our broken and bleeding hearts.
A quick word about proper authority. We of the Silver Star tradition are big on this. We thoroughly believe in hierarchy, that there is even one in Hell however much its minions may not like it. To be clear we are laymen asking the Catholic Bishops to investigate what we believe to be a prophetic Word and determine if it is a) false b) worthy as a private revelation or, as we believe it will be if given a fair hearing, c) an example of a true Word of the Biblical Prophetic Tradition for the Church and the World in its time of current troubles. It does not add to St. John’s completed Book of Revelation but expounds in part a small part of its True Angelic Mysteries. In binding the Heretic the Glory of God is shown, adding depth to our understanding of the Elevation of the Host. Natural man understands he should offer the work of his hands in gratitude of heart to something higher than himself, you will note this gesture on many of Mr. Crowley’s publications as he offers it all up.
For many the enormous work of this eccentric genius has remained a closed book, or worse. It was very hard to see the forest for the trees though once the key is provided it is, we submit to all willing to give him a fair hearing, found on just about every page. His experience, like ours, was all about the people involved. Keep your eye on the people and how they are hurt or helped, do not get lost in the numbers game and miss the ideas. Everything about his work is in training us to be careful with ideas we accept as true so keeping you on your toes by blowing his smoke is just a way of protecting readers who are not ready to see what is right in front of them yet.
Our authority, for those who care as we do about proper lineage, came through our Touch with Grady McMurtry in Berkeley California in early 80s (who himself bore Mr. Crowley’s ring which he had given him from his death bed). I had spent almost five years of daily practice on my own and with my Soror by that time, completed most of the A∴A∴ reading, and had already had my “star sponge vision” at the age of 15. I took the magical name Thelema and the Lady, who is now my wife, had taken the name Agape during our operations. One year after making the Minerval acquaintance the HGA∴ occurred in Portland, Oregon. We entered the Catholic faith in the early 90s under Archbishop Hunthausen.
Cardinal Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote an afterword for Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism in which he confessed to “my lack of competence concerning the subject matter.” While that work has been helpful for many, myself included, it but scratches the surface. The Church should know where the Mother lode can be found. We are quite sure it is time for our teacher, Mr. Crowley, to come out of the closet.
Clear Catholic Theology
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI
Mercy: The Essence if the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life, Walter Kasper
The Long Fight with Heresy
The Apostasy that Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church, Rod Bennett.
Against Heresies, St. Irenaeus of Lyons
The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society, Brad S. Gregory
Under the Influence: The Destructive Effects of Group Dynamics, John D. Goldhammer
Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of “Brainwashing” in China, Robert Jay Lifton
The Refiner’s Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-1844, John L. Brooke
Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, D. Michael Quinn
Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith, Martha Beck
Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control, Luna Lindsey
Trauma and the body
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment, Babette Rothschild
The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation, Stephen W. Porges (Death magic uses freezing.)
A Language Older than Words, Derrick Jensen
The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, edited by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant
Mr. Crowley’s Work
An introductory Dover Edition of Magick is widely available to sample:
Magick: In Theory and Practice, Aleister Crowley
Full Edition Recommended:
Magick: Book 4 Parts I-IV, revised second edition, Aleister Crowley
The Holy Books of Thelema, Aleister Crowley
777 and Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley
The Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot) by The Master Therion (Aleister Crowley)
Thoth Deck, US Games System. This includes Lady Frieda Harris’ essay.
Parzival: The Chalice of Ecstasy, Frater Archad
The One Year Manual: Twelve Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment, Dr. Israel Regardie
The Full Presentation of the A∴A∴
The Equinox, The Official Organ of the A∴A∴, The Review of Scientifc Illuminism, 10 volumes