Definitions of Chaos Magick
“…if you want a one-line definition with which most Chaoists would probably not disagree, then I offer the following. Chaoists usually accept the meta-belief that belief is a tool for achieving effects; it is not an end in itself.”
— Peter Carroll, January, 1992
In Chaos Magic, beliefs are not seen as ends in themselves, but as tools for creating desired effects. To fully realize this is to face a terrible freedom in which Nothing is True and Everything is Permitted, which is to say that everything is possible, there are no certainties, and the consequences can be ghastly. Laughter seems to be the only defence against the realisation that one does not even have a real self.
So welcome to the Kali Yuga of the Pandaemonaeon wherein nothing is true and everything is permissible. For in these post-absolutist days it is better to build upon the shifting sands than the rock which will confound you on the day it shatters. Philosophers have become no more than the keepers of useful sarcasms, for the secret is out that there is no secret of the universe. All is Chaos and evolution is going nowhere in particular. It is pure chance which rules the universe and thus, and only thus, is life good. We are born accidentally into a random world where only seeming causes lead to apparent effects, and very little is predetermined, thank Chaos.
Reject then the obscenities of contrived uniformity, order and purpose. Turn and face the tidal wave of Chaos from which philosophers have been fleeing in terror for millennia. Leap in and come out surfing its crest, sporting amidst the limitless weirdness and mystery in all things, for those who reject false certainties. Thank Chaos we shall never exhaust it.
Create, destroy, enjoy, IO CHAOS!
It begins with knowing how near and how far Whatever is. Then you concentrate on the placement of objects. Take neither nourishment, nor stimulant nor any drug. Use pain, when it comes, as a sharp wedge into the lower half.
Dance. Climb a mountain. Strip off your clothes (read civilization) and break something cherished that owns you as you own it.
Avoid recruiters, and shoo away those who want to “teach you magick”. To paraphrase Austin Spare, all any teacher can do is show you your own magnificence.
Examine your obsessions. What are they, really? Fuel. Burn them up and move on. Don’t let anything restrict you, least of all “groups” (the shortest path to nowhere). Every group implies hierarchy, whatever their press kits may say, and any structure is a lessening of the degree of freedom. Chaos is the greatest degree of freedom there can be, as it encompasses all potential and possibility.
Turn your will against your fears and your insecurities. Bury yourself. Hang upside-down and sing “Hallelujah” in public. People will think you mad, but what’s one more madman, and isn’t madness often little more than the folly of genius?
You *are* involved! Everything is involved, and it’s really a question of what the nature of your involvement will be. Welcome;
Try everything. Be ye manic!!! We are all our own set of variables, and for each of us there are at least slightly different ways by which we can shortcut cause-and-effect. The only secrets are the ones that have to do with the ways that work for *you*, even if others say you’re wrong. All that matters is effectiveness, and the only way to find these keys is to *do*. It takes time, and it takes effort, and maybe even a little bit of your own substance; think of it as an investment, if nothing more. It will, without question, pay off.
But you have to start *now*… because a part of the set of variables is time, and its a very limiting factor.
Lean way back, hold your breath, and count backwards from 418.
“Chaos Theory” is generally concerned with making more complex physical predictions, sometimes based on a “chaos/order” measurement.
“Chaos Magick” may or may not be concerned with utilizing paradigms of “chaos theory” to exert change in accordance with ones telos (in my case it would certainly be the former)…
“Chaos Magick” may also be the latest attempt to appeal to the testosterone junkie set of the magickal community via their lust of destruction, much as other LHP groups (Satanists & sinister Pagans) do in other ways.