The Chalice of Ecstasy

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Chalice of Ecstasy: Being a Magical and Qabalistic Interpretation of the Drama of Parzival by a Companion of the Holy Grail Sometimes Called (Hermetic Library Figure) Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones). Also, find this book at Hermetic Library.

Achad Jones The Chalice of Ecstasy

The Chalice of Ecstasy is an early work by Aleister Crowley’s disciple Charles Stansfeld Jones. It does not involve the novel qabalistic doctrines that Jones later developed (beginning in the appendices to the book Q.B.L., or the Bride’s Reception). The story which Jones is subjecting to interpretation is the Parzival of Richard Wagner (the “drama” i.e. the opera libretto) rather than the ur-text of Wolfram von Eschenbach. The result is a faithful account of the initiatory path as defined through Crowley’s A∴A∴ system. This book should also be of special interest to participants in the Ordo Templi Orientis because of the extent to which symbolism in Parzival is congruent with that of the Order’s central ritual, the Gnostic Mass.

I consider this book to be Jones’ most valuable published work, and it demonstrates why Crowley identified him as a presumptive successor early in the younger magician’s initiatory career.