Tag: peter carroll

Reincarnation, vampires, and snake gods

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Linkage, chain background image by Faramarz HashemiThis post introduces our new links round up column, called "Linkage." If you've found something cool on the occultnik Internet you think we should share with the larger community, please post a comment with the link below.


Ritual theory of polytheists. Are you calling on the deities in a respectful way?Ever wanted to know what it was like in a 16th century alchemist's laboratory?Julian Vayne explores the various implications of the chaostar. Or whatever you want to call it.


If you believe in reincarnation, can you be your own ancestor? Lon Milo DuQuette  seems to think it's possible. Read More

Chaotes then and now

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Roots, image by Peter RosbjergIt's hardly surprising that something called chaos magick is constantly in flux, both in terms of what gets classed as chaos magick and the people it attracts.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. Read More

Top 5 chaos magick books

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Detial from Liber Null, by Peter CarrollThere are some books that are required reading for the dedicated student, and this list represents my top five books dedicated to chaos magick - books that defined chaos magick as a distinct field of study and practice.Liber Null & Psychonaut, by Peter Carroll1. Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic, by Peter CarrollLiber Null, first published in the late 1970s by Ray Sherwin, is the handbook for the Illuminates of Thanteros, the first group dedicated to chaos magick. The IOT was conceived of as a new kind of order based on meritocracy, and Liber Null serves as an introductory text to what was then a new approach to magickal practice.New Falcon published Liber Null and Psychonaut together in 1987. Psychonaut expands upon themes raised in Liber Null, and contains the much maligned pseudo-scientific approach to catastrophe theory, but it does have its moments, defining and reframing magickal theories for a new generation of occultists. Read More

Chaos magick: Doing what works and more

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Chaosphere Magick on the Edge, edited by Taylor EllwoodI'm reading Magick on the Edge, ambitiously subtitled "An Anthology of Experimental Occultism." The quote below from Nick Farrell appears in the first essay, "Experimentation as Magical Path," which is otherwise quite good at making a decent case for "experimental" magick. (Though isn't all magick experimental? Isn't that the point of doing the Work?)
[T]here [is] a type of occultist who believes that it doesn’t matter what you do in magic that "intention is everything". I am a strong believer in the phrase "the path to hell is paved with good intentions" and think these types of occultists are more dangerous to the experimental magician because everyone thinks that they hold similar, sloppy views. These occultists often call themselves chaos magicians or repeat Aleister Crowley's much misunderstood phrase "Do what you will be the whole of the Law," [sic] as if it gives them a wholesale license to bunk off from doing any work.
In the context of the essay, Farrell is snidely suggesting that chaos magicians practice magick with no understanding or interest in the theory behind it, cheerily believing that as long as you want "it," "it" will happen. I hear this expressed online on occasion, but I'm surprised to read such a misguided sentiment expressed so blatantly in print. Read More

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