“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
Charles Stansfeld Jones, a.k.a. Frater Achad (among other Thelemic names/Mottoes), was one of the most significant Saints of the Thelemic Age, whose attainment on this date in 1916 era vulgari (“common era”) — that of Magister Templi — led to his realization of AL (Hebrew for “God”) and 31 (the value of AL in Hebrew and Greek) as the Key of the Law of Thelema: i.e., that the Hidden Will of the Supernal Genius of Man, to be attained through much ordeal of hard work and earnest aspiration, is not less than divine. He recanted his rash assumption that he had surpassed the Master in Attainment, just as, many years later, he would come to recant his claim that he had ushered in the Aeon of Maat. The following excerpt from his Liber 31 recounts this significant event:
“When I proclaimed my intention of claiming the Grade of 8=3 or Master of the Temple, on June 21st 1916 in the City of North Vancouver, British Columbia, I did so because I thought that the Master Therion needed NEMO to fill that Office in order that He might fully attain His 9=2. The details of the Initiation which followed are recorded in another place, but here I would state that, having ‘died’ and, as it were, Reincarnated immediately in the same body, and having given up all, even the Master Therion, I was led of the Spirit during a stay at Grantham’s Landing, so that it appeared to me that on June 22nd 1916 I was NEMO 8=3…”
The attainment took place exactly nine months following a tantric working involving Crowley and the Scarlet Woman, Jeanne Robert Foster, a.k.a. Soror Hilarion, with the objective of producing a child. Not a physical child, as it eventually turned out, but a sort of mystical one, manifesting an aspect of the Genius of the Aeon in the enlightened will of a Thelemic Apostle. The disciple had, by subtle means, become the Master of the Temple. The suggestion that he then fell, through presumption, is ludicrous, for he took back his more exalted claims. And Crowley’s attack on Jones’ Qabalistic ideas was equally baseless. The reversal of the Serpent of Wisdom is hardly an original idea, having been utilized long ago; but anyway, this reversal leads to extraordinary insights into the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The final straw for Crowley, the real reason he separated with Jones once and for all, was owing to lost books that he wrongly assumed Jones had stolen from him: they were found decades later, after both men were dead, in a Detroit warehouse. Jones had been innocent. Had Crowley known this, had the books been found much sooner, then his actions may well have been different.
Jeanne Robert Foster, Soror Hilarion, who went on to become a renowned poet.
Some of Jones’ ideas, with regard to Liber Legis especially, are of merit, although he did not satisfactorily resolve the problem of L II:75-6. The work of this important Thelemic Saint, published and unpublished, is well worth looking into.
“Love is the law, love under will.”