Jones, Charles Stansfeld (1886–1950)
British occultist and author who lived in Canada and assumed
the name Frater Achad. Jones was an accountant in
Vancouver when he became a disciple of magician Aleister
Crowley. Crowley would later come to consider Jones his
‘‘magical son’’ as prophesied in Crowley’s early channeled text,
The Book of the Law.
Crowley believed that Jones had discovered a kabalistic key
to The Book of the Law. As a disciple Jones progressed to the
grade of master of the temple in Crowley’s secret order A?A?,
while Crowley moved on to become a magus. There is a record
of his achievement in Liber 165, partially published in Crowley’s
journal The Equinox (vol. 3, p. 127).
In attempting his mystical rebirth as a ‘‘Babe of the Abyss,’’
Jones had a nervous breakdown. He returned briefly to England
and joined the Roman Catholic Church, hoping to convert
other Catholics to Crowley’s Law of Thelema. Upon returning
to Vancouver he wandered around the city wearing
only a raincoat, which he threw off in public, crying that he had
renounced all the veils of illusion. After his recovery Jones became
somewhat hostile to Crowley, who had expelled him from
his order.
Over the years Jones wrote a number of books, including
The Anatomy of the Body of God (1925), which attempts a threedimensional
projection of the kabalistic Tree of Life. (See also
Kabala)
Sources
Achad, Frater [Charles Stansfeld Jones]. The Anatomy of the
Body of God. Chicago Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum, 1925.
———. Chalice of Ecstacy. Chicago Yogi Publication Society,
1923.
———. Liber 31. San Francisco Level Press, 1974.
———. Q.B.L. or the Bride’s Reception. The Author, 1922.

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