In this post, we’ll explore chaos magick and its innate misconceptions and likewise, their realities. As with all of my expectation versus reality posts, I hope to lift the veil and clear the air. Let’s go.
1. EXPECTATION: Chaos magick is a belief system
REALITY: There is no constant paradigm in chaos
What I see to be the beauty of chaos magick is that what was applicable yesterday may not serve us today. It is this principle that debunks the idea that this path is a belief system. And yes, while belief itself is a prominent tool in chaos magick, it only serves as a vehicle to further a goal or intent.
Simply put, chaos magick is to try something unfamiliar and outside of whatever patterns you normally follow. However, if the resulting outcome becomes structured and systemized, then it ceases to be choas magick.
Let’s explore the power of belief in choas magick a little bit further. Granted, belief is inherently paramount in the practice of magick itself. Mystics have been inflicting their will on the Universe for centuries, feeling absolutely certain that their magick will work in order for it to work. This is commanding the Universe to do their bidding versus timidly asking or hoping it might work.
Chaotes (those who practice chaos magick) must believe in whatever they are doing for however long they are doing it and then set that belief aside afterwards. This allows them to be open to new approaches and things that may serve them better.
As mentioned above, belief is a tool in chaos magick. Let’s take a look at a comparative example of this:
Now let’s say a Wiccan witch is using an athame in a ceremony because athames are used in their belief system. It’s common practice to use athames in their rituals, so it makes sense to use them as such.
On the other hand, a Chaote makes the decision to use an athame because she believes that it will serve for her current venture. She welcomes this “truth” with complete and utter belief – only for as long as her venture lasts.
2. EXPECTATION: It is wrong to work with deities if you practice chaos magick
REALITY: It is not wrong to work with deities because nothing is
Going back to number one, chaos magick is not a belief system. Okay, then aren’t deities part of a belief system? When put this way, it’s a little confusing. Let’s break it down, shall we?
A deity or god is a divine or sacred supernatural being.
Another definition of a deity is “a being with powers greater than those of ordinary humans, but who interacts with humans, positively or negatively, in ways that carry humans to new levels of consciousness, beyond the grounded preoccupations of ordinary life,” according to Scott Littleton, an American anthropologist who was Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Occidental College.
In a polytheistic (worship or belief in many deities) religion, a deity is known as a god, goddess, or anything revered as divine. In a monotheistic (worship or belief in one deity) religion, the deity worshipped is primarily known as ‘God.’
Now let’s tie this into choas magick. To say it’s “wrong” to work with deities is just silly. There is no “right” or “wrong” in chaos magick. Chaotes can believe whatever they wish, whenever they want.
Those definitions up there you can take or leave. If they serve you and you believe them, then sure. They’re perfect for you for however long they serve you. If not, then you need to create a new cerebral formulation of what a god or deity is for YOU.
In chaos magick, a deity is known as a egregore. It is a non-physical entity that gains its power from a collective group of people.
How can you work with an egregore? Here are a few ways:
1. Invoke Them
In the psychological sense, deities or gods are highly vibrational facets of yourself. You can absolutely acquire and adopt their qualities through communicating and interfacing with them. This is called invocation or invoking.
2. Contact Them
Because an egregore is dimensionally higher than you are, they can offer you aid or information from a broader perspective than where you are working from. This is also known as contacting your spirit guides or divination.
3. Channel Them
As stated above, an egregore is a non-physical entity that gains its power from a collective group of people. You can tap into its power and be a channel or instrument through which the world is formed. This is known as channeling.
One of the coolest things about egregores, in my opinion, is that they give you access to the power of all that pooled belief to use how you see fit. Regardless of the egregore, it’s a powerful resource to tap into for your endeavors.
If you’re not quite sure about working with egregores, deities, gods, goddesses, etc. try starting out with a deity you are familiar with. Beyond this, do more research!
3. EXPECTATION: Chaotes need special tools to perform their magick
REALITY: All you need is belief…and maybe a notebook
A big part of chaos magick is rooted in the rejection of rituals and ceremonies. So it makes sense that to practice as a Chaote, all you need is space to focus your energy.
That’s it. That’s all you need.
Let’s dig a little deeper. A lot of the science that backs chaos magick includes the witch or magician releasing magickal energy properly. This magickal energy release of theirs creates what’s known as a “wave form” around the practitioner. This “wave form” causes turbulence or agitation in the aetheric realm and will most likely generate a result.Hopefully this result aligns with the intention of the practitioner.
In other words, because life itself is mostly inconsistent and chaotic, when you put focused intentional energy out in the world, you’re able to shape that chaos and in turn, change your world.
Pretty neat, right?
Sure…but where does the notebook come in?
You’re going to want to use that notebook to record and document your experiences with your chaos magick. I highly suggest this as you’ll want to be able to reference the incidences, events, and circumstances to verify you aren’t relying on your memory as truth.
As I’ve said previously in this post: “Chaotes must believe in whatever they are doing for however long they are doing it and then set that belief aside afterwards.” If you’re not keeping track of the things you believed in as they were serving you, you have no basis for reference. Keeping notes will also allow you to mark your progress along the way, too.
4. EXPECTATION: To practice as a Chaote, you must do it alone
REALITY: You can absolutely start or join a Chaos Magick
Remember what I said earlier? “There is no “right” or “wrong” in chaos magick. Chaotes can believe whatever they wish, whenever they want.” But, let’s look more into this misconception.
In 1980, Peter J. Carroll was working in a bookstore in England and attending ceremonial magick rituals. Eventually, he got fed up with it. He left the scene, the bookstore, and England in order to start his own magickal group.
He moved to Sydney, Australia and founded the Illuminates of Tanateros. That’s right – a chaos magick coven. This group focused on practical group practices through the use of chaos magick. Alas, the group’s eventual downfall stemmed from their resemblance of the structured fellowships they were trying to separate themselves from all along.
Just because the concept of practicing chaos magick with a group didn’t work out so hot for Mr. Carroll, does not mean it won’t bode well for you. Check out Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth for another example of a chaos magick coven. Maybe it will inspire you to make some magick with your chaotic friends.
5. EXPECTATION: Chaos magick is more difficult to perform or master than other paths
REALITY: If anything, chaos magick is much simpler than ceremonial
In its very form, chaos magick is simple. Referring to number three in this series, even the tools required of Chaotes is simpler than those of more complex ceremonial magick. As such, believing that this path is difficult to perform or master is ludicrous.
This is not to say that other paths are wrong or less than. They just do not equate on the levels of simplicity. Chaos magick sheds the specific beliefs, rituals, tools, ingredients, etc. of ceremonial magick.
As with any path, it takes time to get good at it. Chaos magick included. However, when free of the extra rules and structures, you’re allowed to explore and really come into your own as a practitioner. It becomes personal to you, made up of you, and directed by you, how you see fit. Use belief as your tool and see what you can create.
As always I implore my audience to do their own research. If something I’ve written adds to your practice, then I’m tickled pink. And likewise, if you do not agree with certain points, that’s cool too! Just be sure to educate yourself to find what works best for YOU. After all, I’m just another witch in this big, wide world excited to explore and share and create. Bright Blessings!