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Zos

Zos Chaostar by Michael Cooke

As a site about Chaos Magic, it’s about time I created a post about Chaos magic.

Let me begin with linking to a great resource, occult-underground. They host many good quality digital books and articles about chaos magic for reading or downloading for free.

I lost my entire magical library when I survived a house fire last year. This website is okay, being hosted remotely and all. Without the anchor of books by Phil Hine or Peter Carrol – I’m more likely to present unorthodox ideas polluted by my personal thoughts and opinions. Actually, this is fairly pure ‘my thoughts and opinions’.

But what makes Chaos magic special, is the fact that I present it to you contaminated by my thoughts and opinions – and it doesn’t make a difference! That’s because, despite Pope Pete’s efforts, Chaos magic is fundamentally a ‘metaparadigm’, as in it provides a way to interpret other magical paradigms.


There are primarily three stories explaining magic:

Spirit


The oldest story explaining magic, is a spiritual story. Religious people call upon divine spirit(s) to work miracles, Hoodoo rootworkers understand every plant, animal and mineral has a spirit. Certainly the conventional understanding of working with Angels or demons is that they are spiritual entities.

To summarize, the idea is that supernatural power comes from spirit(s). If the power comes from ourselves, it comes forth from our spirit. If the power comes from without, it is the spirit of God(s), ancestors or natural things.

Psychological

Psychology is a newer story about magic, one that dovetails nicely with the ‘Spiritual’. The unscrupulous Hoodoo suppliers that would sell “any green herb” for a specific green herb you’re ordering – their justification could often be ‘the power of the herb is entirely in the head of the magician anyway’.

Aleister Crowley suggested of the demonology in the Lesser key of Soloman, that it is really a map of the dark side of human consciousness – and raising and gaining control of such entities is, in fact, reasserting dominion over that aspect of your own consciousness!
Anton LaVeyThe advances of Anton La Vey in his Satanic Bible, in my opinion, consist of presenting an Atheist model of magic, where the power is entirely derived psychologically (Satan is therefore relevant as most of us were born into BELIEVING in such an anti-hero). If there’s supernatural content then it is that which lay within the realm of human potential.

To summarize, the psychological paradigm suggests that within the natural capacity of human being are abilities that could seem supernatural, and by manipulating ourselves psychologically, we can exercise such powers. It may suggest that there are no spirits outside ourselves at all, all the spiritual phenomena is ‘in our head’.

Which brings us to….

Quantum

The modern discovery of alternate rules of fundamental physics for subatomic particles, quantum physics, is not without its impact providing a third model explaining magic. Chaos magic favors this model (not exclusively), as does, of all things, the Law of Attraction paradigm.

See my post about Schrödinger’s cat & sorcery to see another post I wrote about Quantum paradigms. Quantum physics helps magic out by agreeing that an observer can be catalyst to that which is observed.

The Law of Attraction approach is to enhance the benefits of a positive attitude with magic to draw your desires to you, believing belief and attitude can shape probability on a quantum level that affects the world by ‘butterfly effect’.

 

Chaos Magic distinguishes and argues for a unified theory of magic, noticing certain similarities common to paradigms of power and those ‘best’ at using them. That commonality can be expressed as Belief+Desire + Gnosis = result . I think I need to thank Peter Carrol for that, though he may have cribbed off of Austin Osman Spare.

What is revolutionary is that necessary to the result is ANY belief -plus desire plus gnosis. And sure enough, the lore or miracles and magic – it features people that BELIEVE in something. And the people in the lore, the miracle or magic has nothing to work with without ..their desire. And Gnosis is any single minded moment of consciousness where an idea can penetrate deeper than simple consciousness. So the faith healer has ‘caught the spirit’ – suggesting an altered state of consciousness/gnosis. But it doesn’t matter what you believe, this model, this ‘meta paradigm’ – it can fit! Especially as the most powerful gnosis can be simple moments of absent mindedness – ask any conversational hypnotist!

To summarize, a Chaos magician may use all the paradigms, spiritual, psychological and quantum, or just one. A Chaos Magician accepts that it may be impossible to know the truth, so the focus is on results, the part of magic that is verifiable.

Commonly the psychological is popular in Chaos magic, the popular technique of banishing spirits with laughter, it works! and suggests that if the psychological belief is not in place the spirit cannot maintain its presence. This may suggests spirits are real, but psychology has power over them, or that the spirit is entirely psychological – or even that the quantum event allowing the spirit to manifest – is destroyed  once the observer changes their point of view.

KitschChaos

I will distinguish my personal practice as one kind of system.

There are people that are “paradigm Pirates”, who intentionally convert to religions or magical paradigms whoileheartedly and in succession – as a kind of spiritual practice to prove to themselves power is available with any belief system. And this is one way to be a Chaos Magician. Peter Carrol has manifested an occult order for Chaos magic, IOT, a great structure for folks so inclined, to explore magic and find personal truth.

My way is to combine what works and makes sense for me, so it’s a Blend of Zen, Hoodoo and Law of Attraction that I add to my Chaos Magic. The freedom to have an eclectic personal practice, it’s a beautiful thing and it’s what keeps the chaos in Chaos Magic.

I’ll tell you why my practice is what it is however.

The Zen, what can I say – the books that I read that I got the most “aha!” s from – almost all of them written by DT Suzuki. Personally I found in Zen something to help my progress as an artist, but also something critical for purposes of magic, I have lost a great deal of my attachment. The meditative practice has increased my ability to manage my thoughts as well.

The Law of Attraction is a difficult discipline, but Zen Buddhism and its meditations make it easier. It can be used to cultivate a belief and certainty of your own magics. In regular life you might want proof before you’re willing to believe – but magically you have to believe first and the proof comes later. Ask any Christian! I at least encourage my confirmation bias with eyes wide open.

Hoodoo is a powerful paradigm tested by commerce. It works. And I know why it will work for me, it is largely Christian. And whether I am Christian or not, I cannot undo being raised a Christian and for that reason it is Christian memes that resonate with my subconscious.

So my KitschChaos Chaos magic includes Servitors and Sigil magic (the two techniques primarily associated with Chaos Magic), a context of Zen meditation and non attachment ,a mind disciplined to to think prosperity and power – and the techniques of African American Hoodoo.

Well, to be honest, I include EVERYTHING as magic. If it is my will to be fed, the cooking of a meal is an act of magic. And so it is my jobs, this website – this is part of my chaos magic practice as well.

Austin Osman Spare

Austin Osman Spare, fantastic artist and thinker. His sigil magic, the distinctions for why magic can fail, the distinction in power, all of it is Chaos Magic canon (hard to read though, with Spare’s unusual syntax and vocabulary -which is how Peter Carrol is fundamentally useful (in my opinion)).

Rather than recap the ideas here, I’ll just link to where I’ve written them before : Here’s my original article on Sigil Magic.

Here’s a home online for Austin Osman Spare’s writing.

If you would like to see how Austin Osman Spare’s concepts shape my coaching on Law of Attraction, join the KitschChaos mailing list below for my free report!

 


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