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Chemical Serpents, by Anton Channing

By Freeman Presson | April 29, 2014 | 1 comment

Chemical Serpents, by Anton Channing
Chemical Serpents, by Anton ChanningChemical Serpents: The Symbols of Illumination, by Anton Channing, illustrations by Janice Duke
When Illuminated Press, 978-1-909279-01-8, 100 pp. (incl. appendix, bibliography), 2013, Silver First Edition

I started falling in love with this book as it came out of the packaging. It’s tight, and has good, heavy cover stock and glossy high-quality pages. The cover art (an interpretation of Baphomet within an ouroboros) is a feast for the eyes and mind. The notebook-sized format, 8.5 x 11″, gives plenty of room for the text and lavish illustrations throughout its 100 pages. The print is done with accent colours, which takes a little acclimatization, rather like one’s first time playing poker with four-colour cards, but then the effect is pleasing.

The plan of the book is Pythagorean, in the sense that it starts with serpent symbolism, including the ouroboros, as the one, moves into egg-and-serpent and other generative symbols for the dyad, then has sections on the trinity, the four elements of the manifest world, then the pentagram, hexagram, and heptagram in the section on the microcosm and macrocosm before synthesizing in the long chapter on world trees, and ending in a Gnostic lecture on illumination. Continue reading


Psyche Magic Revisited

By Anton Channing | March 6, 2013 | Leave a comment

Publish and be damned they say.  I feel a bit like that with my book Kaos Hieroglyphica: Alchemy for the New Aeon.  I started writing this when I was just 23 and had finished writing it by the time I was 28.  It wasn’t published until I was 29, nearly 30.  I am now 35.  Inevitably my 35 year old self cringes at some of my decade old writing.   However, in the first article I ever had published, namely “Liber Minor 0″, I had enough sense to write one of the best sentences I have ever written, namely that ‘I reserve the right to disagree with myself at a later date.’

Well, here I am at a later date exercising my right to disagree with myself!  In particular I have cause to revisit the Psyche Magic chapter, in particular the ritual.  Rather than rewrite the ritual, I am going to tell the story of its actual performance, what lead up to it, and how the recipient has been empowered by it since. Continue reading


Review: The Chaos Cookbook, edited by DJ Lawrence

By Psyche | May 11, 2004 | Leave a comment

The Chaos Cookbook, edited by DJ Lawrence
Chaosmagic.com, 221 pp. (incl. bibliography), 2004

The Chaos Cookbook is a result of the combined effort of the Dead Chaoists’ Society, edited by its founder, Dead Jellyfish. It’s an interesting assortment of brief essays and ready-made group and solitary rituals for a variety of occasions.

Chaos magick theory is only briefly touched upon in a few short essays at the start of the book, as a brief introduction as to what is to come. Indeed, chaos magick itself is only ever loosely defined; Lawrence states that ‘…Chaos Magick does not use a concrete theoretical focus, the emphasis in Chaos Magick is on the Doing rather than the Explaining…Thus, in Chaos Magick a system of belief is a means to an end and is not an answer to the mystery of Life, the Universe and everything’. Continue reading


Review: Chaos Monkey, by Jaq D. Hawkins

By Psyche | May 14, 2003 | Leave a comment

Chaos Monkey, by Jaq D. Hawkins
Capall Bann Publishing, 186163188X, 190 pp. (incl. bibliography, index and catalogue), 2002

An excellent follow up to her first book, Understanding Chaos Magic which discussed the history and basic associated practices. Chaos Monkey takes the reader (and practitioner) a step further – though a beginner can pick up from this volume alone easily enough. Further practices and mechanics are discussed more in depth.

To start things of, Hawkins presents the concept of being ‘born to magic’, which has always rested uneasy with me, a firm believer in setting one’s own destiny, not some external force directing with an unseen hand toward one path or another, even in the starting phase.

Hawkins has constructed a simple, but lovely banishing ritual: ‘The Centre of Chaos Banishing’, which I used with some success. I like the alternate symbolism used, the assignments different for the elements and quarters, using British Hereditary Witch symbolism rather than the apparently ‘traditional’ Middle Eastern correspondences most Wiccan and neo-pagan groups use today.

She gives excellent advice regarding basic techniques, and how they should be maintained, even for the magickian who considers hirself a master. This is something often skipped over, or perhaps assumed, in many books (which she notes), so it’s nice to have this little reminder.

A strange sort of balance is described, especially coming from a noted chaos magickian. I myself am not of the mind that the Universe is balanced, magickally or otherwise. I suppose it comes back to the saying ‘if you ask 10 chaos magickians what chaos magick is, you’ll get at least 13 different answers’, it applies to nearly everything.

The text is beautifully complimented by artwork from her partner, Anton Channing. Loads of illustrations of a cheeky little monkey with prominent fangs, a cute, but dangerous reminder.

There is much that will be considered familiar to the experienced reader, but it also touches on new ideas, and different perspectives. Buy Understanding Chaos Magic if you want to learn the basic history and common thoughts associated, and Chaos Monkey when you’re ready to try out its practical applications.