I was first introduced to the subject by some English bloke on IRC in a random Wiccan chatroom who later, through a series of unlikely circumstances, became my partner. He introduced names I’d never heard of before: Austin Osman Spare, Peter J Carroll, Robert Anton Wilson – people with three names writing weird and wonderful things. Continue reading
Over at Rune Soup Gordon introduced a book game with the following guidelines:
How would you introduce someone to magic using only books? He or she has a month in a lake house and will read whatever you tell them in the exact order that you tell them to. Not even any peeking at other books on the list.
It’s a good game, for the full list of rules and to participate, click here. You can see Gordon’s picks here. I offered my response in the comments section, but I thought I’d share it here too, with a little more about why I chose these books in particular.
My aim was a little different than Gordon’s, I took the game as a chance to create a new magickian from a complete skeptic, not to create a mini-Psyche – that would have been a different list altogether. Perhaps a project for another day.
Without further ado, here’s my list: Continue reading
Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will. — Aleister Crowley
This list of chaos magick books was first published in an information pamphlet created for the Hamilton Pagan Harvest Festival in September 2007.
Read these for a taste of the philosophy surrounding chaos magick:
- S.S.O.T.B.M.E., by Lionel Snell
- The Focus of Life, by Austin Osman Spare
- The Book of Resultss, by Ray Sherwin
- T.A.Z., Hakim Bey
Chaos magick is first and foremost about achieving results, therefore, don’t merely read these, do them: Continue reading
Ok, so you haven’t read Liber Null, Practical Sigil Magic, The Grey Book, Visual Magick, or anything else on sigil magick, and don’t have any money and/or hate books anyway. May this brief bit of fluff aid you in some way.
Sigilization, or sigil magick, is generally attributed to Austin Osman Spare. I feel he got the idea from drawing up monograms as a child, or perhaps from looking at watermarks on paper.
End of History Section.
The general idea is that magick functions on a subconscious or deep mind level, and that the logical or discursive mind only hinders the manifestation of results. It does this by 1) “Lust of Result,” and 2) constantly denying the possibility of manifestation — i.e., “I can’t get laid ‘cos I’m a bastard!,” or “I’m stupid and clumsy and have no social graces, therefore I can’t be a waiter, even though I really really want to be one.” There are other reasons, but I’m not going to go into them here. Continue reading
Sigils, servitors and god-forms are three magical techniques that chaos magicians use to actualize magical intentions. Sigils are magical spells developed and activated to achieve a specific, fairly well defined and often limited end. Servitors are entities created by a magician and charged with certain functions. Godforms are complex belief structures, often held by a number of people, with which a magician interacts in order to actualize fairly broad magical intentions. These three techniques are not quite as distinct as these definitions would suggest, they tend to blur into one another. The purpose of this essay is to explain these magical tools, indicate their appropriateness for different types of magical intentions, and show how these tools relate to the general theories of chaos magick and of Dzog Chen, a form of Tibetan Buddhism.