Chaos Magic


But I myself believe
In whatever comes in handy

— from Daisies Up Your Butterfly by The Cramps


As some of you may have guessed by the sigils on my pages, I am a proponent of CMT, which is short for Chaos Magic Theory.

One of my favorite qualities of CMT is that you can apply it to your current worldview, or use it to help change your perspective in whatever way you choose through the deconstruction of personality and belief systems.

If you know nothing about chaos magic and are curious, I suggest you start by reading either Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine (published by New Falcon) or Liber Null & Psychonaut by Peter J. Carroll (published by Weiser). If you are new to magic or coming from a magical background in Paganism or shamanism, I recommend starting with Phil Hine, who has a somewhat more approachable writing style. If you are coming from a more structured or perhaps ceremonial style of magic, I recommend starting with Peter Carroll, whose work is more formal and in some places mathematical in nature.

Here are a couple of things I've written and actually feel like posting:

Chaos Dogma — a look at the dangers of assumption

Fire Sigils — an alternative method of coming up with new sigils

The Tarnhelm Effect — some comments about functional invisibility

Repeat Sigils — Fire and forget is fine, but suppose you need the sigil again. . . .

Ma'at and Chaos — my own look at Ma'at.

Old Uncle Al — good old Aleister. What if he was a fraud?

Lunch with Coyote — an invocative anecdote

Priest — a look at the word and its usage

The First Steps to Chaos Magic — as near as I can recall, this is when I started finding my way to CMT.

A Coyote Shell Game — simple tricks and chicken

The Phantom Rest Stop — an emergency trip to the Otherworld?

Horsing Around — an unexpected guest

Batizado: the Capoeira Initiation Rite — a look at my first real secular initiation

Cue Balls and Chicken Eggs — a discussion of why I have finally developed an interest in Qabala.

Casting the Fries — a Coyote look at divination

Musings on the Necronomicon — what, that's not descriptive enough for you?

Knock, Knock, Knocking on Enoch's Door — ever been jumped by a system of magic?

In days to come I intend to add some more of my own chaos magic thoughts and articles to this page, but it the meantime, here are some links to some of the best chaos magic sites I have found on the web.

And remember —  true probabilities reflect our opinions of them.

The Links

A5E Homepage This link is to Phil Hine's home on the web. He's got lots of files available for download, including many of the articles he's written for books and magazines, as well as previous books that are now out of print. Not the least of these is Oven-Ready Chaos, a reprint of the original Condensed Chaos, which includes the mapping of Rocky Horror characters onto the Tree of Life.

Specularium This link is to Peter Carroll's home on the web. The main point of interest, from my perspective, is his expanded look at Spinwarp Theory.

Chaos Matrix The humor section of this site alone is worth checking it out.   Add to that the interesting (and in some cases useful) articles and links and it makes for time well spent. Chaos Matrix is back up with a new URL. Enjoy.

Chaos Resources All sorts of magical and magic-related links.

IOT - Americas HomepageThe Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros is the largest CMT group of which I am aware.  If such thoughts appeal to you, you might want to check them out.  I've never been much for magical organizations myself.

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