Chaos Magick is a catch-all phrase for modern eclectic occult practice. It is like the punk rock of the occult, in that it is a reaction to the calcified, rigid, rule-based occult systems of the past.
Building on the work of Aleister “The Beast” Crowley, who published previously secret occult teachings, Austin Osman Spare and early NLP , among other influences, it came into prominence in the 1980’s with the work of Philip Hine and Peter Carroll.
The basic tenets of Chaos Magick are:
- “Magick is the art and science of creating change in conformity with will.” -Crowley
- What you believe is real, is real.
- By altering your beliefs, you also alter (your?) reality.
Chaos magickal practice has evolved to center around a few core magickal concepts and practices. These include:
- Sigil Craft: Creating and charging a symbol of intent.
- Gnosis: An intense altered state of consciousness.
- Servitors: An independent entity which is designed by the magician to do their will.
- Egregores: An entity existing in the collective mind of a group of people.
Theoretically, Chaos Magick offers a few models of how magick might work.
They include (as of this writing):
- The Spirit Model: Magick works because spirits.
- The Psychological Model: It’s all in your head.
- The Information Model: The universe is made of information. Magickal practices can alter the structure and flow of the information.
- The Energy Model: Magick moves some kind of energy around, and that makes stuff happen.
- The Simulation Model: Similar to the Information Model, it claims that this is a simulation and the magician can tweak the matrix.
- The Meta Model: Straight NLP. Whatever works, man.
We make no claims as to the truth of any of this, but offer it as a starting point. We welcome any kind of feedback and are happy to answer whatever questions come up to the best of our ability.
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