Chaos magick: A brief introduction
by Anousen Leonte
- copyright 2015 -
Note: This book only describes one technique of chaos magick in detail and should not be taken as a manual or a grimoire chaos magick. It is simply a brief introduction to chaos magick for those who are unfamiliar with it. This is why I am offering it for free, as I hope it will be a welcome steppingstone to further studies and practices. I briefly describe sigil magick in this book, but the description is not as comprehensive as I would like. I hope that all who read this book seek out other books on the subject for further details. Thank you.
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The practice of magick is nothing more and nothing less than using your innate psychic abilities. And psychic ability is simply your innate ability to 1) acquire information and to 2) cause effects or manifest your influence (i.e. make things happen) beyond the limitations of the physical body. However, psychic ability and magick are often looked upon as different talents or disciplines. The "psychic" of pop culture is a very different type of person than the magician or wizard. Usually psychics are portrayed as merely being able to gain information without manifesting their influence, or if they are able to manifest their influence, they do so by sheer force of will. They do not use any special methods. Magicians, in contrast, are almost exclusively portrayed as using different magickal rituals or spells, and are rarely shown is simply being able to gain information or cause effects without recourse to ritual.
According to chaos magick, the process is the same whether it is psychic ability or magickal performances. The difference is how to get the mind to engage that process. For those who are born with psychic talents, it is not necessary to perform any type of action to cause the psychic ability to manifest, or, if an action does need to be performed, it is internal and involves no outward display. However, according to both many magicians and psychics, we are all born with psychic abilities. Those who do not have a special talent for it can still manifest these abilities provided they know how. Magic is a way of learning how. Nonetheless, many forms of ancient magick represent ancient worldviews and include many ideas which are out-dated. This is not a criticism of ancient forms of magick—it is merely an observation. Chaos magick is a form of magick which is rooted in a more modern (or "post-modern") understanding of how magick works and how it is to be performed. It does not require you to have any particular beliefs and, in fact, it looks upon beliefs as a tool rather than a picture of reality. One of the most unique features of chaos magick is that it does not maintain that any paradigm or belief is true in itself, but rather asks how it such a belief can be used to manifest results. A chaos magician can temporarily believe anything—or nothing at all—and, the next moment, believe quite the opposite. The chaos magician trains himself or herself to be able to enter into different states of magickal consciousness and belief in order to "trick" the mind into manifesting its innate psychic abilities. That is chaos magick in a nutshell. Most of the forms of magick take place within the context of a prevailing belief system. Examples of this are Kabbalah, Hermeticism, Wicca, etc. and once a person holds to this belief, their magick takes place in the context of that belief. The chaos magician, however, is free to use the techniques and beliefs of these systems without committing to them exclusively. In this regard, chaos magick is an eclectic and broad approach to magick, and prides itself on the ability to appreciate all forms of magickal beliefs and techniques without looking upon any as exclusively true.