Members of the Order,
We wish to make it plain that publications listed on the Publications Office website are the creative work and property of the Grand Master. They do not belong to the Order. They are the result of the Grand Master’s professional work. The view that Magical States of Consciousness and the Rite of Affirmation “belong to the Order” and that members should be “entitled to them for free” is not on. The Rite of Affirmation has been made available to members gratis, as a gesture following impertinent criticism. However, the College has now met to consider matters, and the following has been decided.
1 — This list will be closed.
2 — The Publications Office website is being pulled and its material transferred, for the time being, to another domain. This, so that no misunderstandings may arise as to the ownership of works therein advertised.
3 — The domain www.aurumsolis.co.uk is intended as the official voice of the Order.
4 — No further ‘Order’ material — such as the studies of the Third Hall — is to be made available to the commanderies. Insistent demands for such material — with no regard as to the authorship or origin of such, or of the time taken in its preparation, together with the unacceptable attitude of being “entitled to it”, have progressed as far as can be tolerated. Should we spend long hours in preparing material, it would be expected to be given freely. But why should we so labour and supply? And by what right is such material claimed?
5 — The Order Aurum Solis, by decision of the three chiefs, will henceforth act as Guardian of the Tradition and its resources, and the Order, and limited membership, will be restricted to the Commandery of Athlit (the Grand Commandery) and the Comandery of the Light of Byzantium. The Order will publish not only the works of the Grand Master, but selected studies of ritual and historical nature. Such studies will be available as advertised.
6 — The USA commanderies are, from this time, no longer licensed to represent Aurum Solis, and the heads of those commanderies, in accordance with the constitutional powers of the Grand Master, are here removed from office. Each commandery will, however, upon request be provided with a charter of autonomy on agreed terms. But continued use of the name Aurum Solis by the commanderies will not be permitted, and the matter will be referred to others in case of dispute.
7 — Existing Order websites will require revision or closure.
8 — The Yahoo List Aurum Solis Magick, administered by Desmontes, is endorsed as a constituent part of Order life and as a department of the Grand Commandery.
9 — Demand and criticism have had their hearing. We consider the conditions of membership in good standing to have been broken. Our response has been made.
26 July, 2002