Of Madness and Mystic Journeys

The work of anti-psychiatrists such as David Cooper and R.D. Laing has popularised the view that the complex syndrome known as schizophrenia is similar, in many ways to a mystic journey, with close links to the inner journeys undertaken by shamans and heroes in cultural myths worldwide. However, one point is very clear, that while the shaman or initiate is the active agent - the fearless one - this is rarely true of the individual in the throes of schizophrenia. Like the descending 'initiate',...

Illumination

Illumination the inspiration, enlightenment and liberation resulting from success with these Gnosis methods. Illumination is the much-desired goal for which many thousands of people worldwide, have employed different pyschotechnologies, and developed their own psychocosms. Illumination has also been linked with the use of LSD & similar drugs, and perhaps most mysteriously of all, it can occurr seemingly spontaenously, to people who have no knowledge or expectation of it. What characterises...

Discordian Opening Ritual

The Erisian Cross Light in my Head Fire in my genitals Strength at my Right side Laughter at my Left side Love in my Heart. 3. Trace Spiral Pentagrams* at the 4 quarters & zenith. Blessed Apostle Hung Mung1, great Sage of Cathay, Balance the Hodge and Podge and grant us equilibrium. Blessed Apostle Van Van Mojo2, Doctor of Hoodoo and Vexes, Give us the Voodoo Power and confuse our enemies. Blessed Apostle Sri Syadasti3, patron of psychedelia, Teach us the relative truth and blow our minds....

Ego And Magic Spells

The concept of the Ego, having arisen from the psychoanalytic cults, and firmly embedded into the total field of experience, serves to maintain the mind-body seperation which is so fixed in our experience. Much of New Age so-called thinking appears to be concerned with removing or transcending the ego - behind which, it is implied, is a Higher Self. The fiction of Higher-Lower Self maintains the divide between 'spirituality' and everyday experience. Personally, I prefer the idea that we are...

Spiral Pentagrams

This bit 'explains' the Spiral Pentagrams referred to in the Discordian Opening Rite. The traditional Pentagram is a very solid, geometrical figure -I find its association with banishing to be very appropriate. So what, I thought one day would happen if I started using a fivepointed star made up of curves You can see the result of a few minutes with a compass (it took ages on the computer ) below. Unlike the traditional pentagram, which has a pentagon shape in its centre, this one repeats the...

Infinite Diversity Infinite Combination

As I said earlier, one of the characteristics of the Chaos Magick approach is the diversity of systems of magick that practitioners can choose to hop between, rather than just sticking to one particular one. There are, naturally, many different approaches to using systems within the Chaos corpus, and I'll examine some of them here. In other words, create your own system, like Austin Osman Spare did. Creating your own, operationally valid magical systems is good practice, and whether or not you...

Basic Exercises

These exercises have been compiled from a variety of sources, and possibly have little inherent value of themselves, though they could be fun to try and may have far-reaching consequences. One acquaintance of mine began his foray into Chaos Magick by taking on the belief-system of being a Born-Again Christian. He's still a Born-Again Christian, but seems to be happier. 1. When obtaining any magical result (including 'failure') always think of several explanations for it. These explanations...

Ovenready C H A O S

The Hydra's Teeth wherever they may fall, whatever may spring up. Charlie Brewster, Dave Lee, Hannibal The Cannibal, Ian Read, Kelly Standish, MC Medusa, Prince Prance, and Frater Remarkable. Stunning Artwork & Graphics by Nathaniel Harris This booklet was originally published by Chaos International Publicatios as a limited edition of300 copies. 1992, under the title of Condensed Chaos. This on-line version has a different title so as not to cause undue confusion regarding the book Condensed...

What is Magick

What is Magick Several definitions float into my mind, but none of them do it full justice. The world is magical we might get a sense of this after climbing a mountain and looking down upon the landscape below, or in the quiet satisfaction at the end of one of 'those days' when everything has gone right for us. Magick is a doorway through which we step into mystery, wildness, and immanence. We live in a world subject to extensive and seemingly, all-embracing systems of social & personal...

Fantasy

Fantasy is the cornerstone of obsession, where imagination is trussed up like a battery-farmed chicken catharsis eventually becomes catastrophic. Walter Mitty lives in all of us, in varyingly-sized corners. We use starter fantasies to weave meaning into a new situation, maintainer fantasies to prop up a boring task, and stopper fantasies to persuade ourselves that it's better not to A fantasy has tremendous power, and in a period of high anxiety we can imagine a thousand outcomes, good and bad...

Further Reading

Cosmic Trigger - Robert Anton Wilson Illuminatus - Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea Principia Discordia - Malaclypse the Younger The Hunting of the Snark - Lewis Carroll The Book of Pleasure - Austin Osman Spare Metamagical Themas - D. R. Hofstadter Secrets of the German Sex-Magicians - Fra. U.D. Chaos Servitors A User Guide - Phil Hine The Spirit of Shamanism - Roger Walsh Escape Attempts - Stan Cohen & Laurie Taylor Stealing the Fire from Heaven - Stephen Mace

Magical Models

The way that magick is generally conceptualised changes as general paradigm shifts in thinking occurr. Until fairly recently (in a broad historical sense), practitioners of magick subscribed to the 'Spirit' Model of Magick, which basically states that the Otherworlds are real, and are inhabited by various pantheons of of discrete entities - elementals, demons, angels, goddesses, gods, etc. The task of the magician or shaman is to develop (or inherit) a route map of the Otherworld - to know the...

Sigil Magick

Sigilisation is one of the simplest and most effective forms of results magick used by contemporary magicians. Once you have grasped the basic principles of sigilisation and experimented with some of the most popular methods of casting sigils, you can go on to experimenting with forms of sigil magick which are unique to you. The core Sigilisation process can be divided into six stages, which I will explain using the acronym S.P.L.I.F.F. S - Specify Intent P - Pathways available L - Link intent...

What is Chaos Magick

Since it burst upon the magical scene in the late '70's it has generated a great deal of debate about what it is, what it isn't, and who's doing it 'right' - such circular arguments being beloved of occultists, it seems. At this point, it would be tempting to launch into a lengthy discussion of the history of magic leading up to Chaos magic, but instead I'll confine it to a sweeping generalisation and say that before Chaos came kicking and screaming onto the...

Belief A Key to Magick

Chaos Magic

One aspect of Chaos Magick that seems to upset some people is the Chaos Magician's (or Chaoist, if you like) occasional fondness for working with images culled from non-historical sources, such as invoking H.P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos beings, mapping the Rocky Horror Show onto the Tree of Life, slamming through the astral void in an X-Wing fighter, and 'channeling' communications from gods that didn't exist five minutes ago. So you might see why using this sort of thing as a basis for serious...

Principles of Chaos Magick

Whilst magical systems usually base themselves around a model or map of the spiritual physical universe, such as the Tree of Life which can sometimes described as a cosmic filofax , Chaos Magick is based on a very few 'Core Principles' which generally underlie its approach to magick they are not universal axioms however, so feel free to swap 'em around . 1. The avoidance of Dogmatism. Chaos Magicians strive to avoid falling into dogmatism unless expressing dogmatism is part of a temporary...