Chaos Magick and
by Michael Ford
is the result of a system of failure. In order to build and
proceed into any useful areas one must be willing to strip away
belief that have been programmed since birth. We all have this
challenge, as within modern society this is a consistent and
often reoccurring problem. When Peter Carroll, Ray Sherwin and
others began working with something they would later call, Chaos
Magic, the potential they continued from what Aleister Crowley
and Austin Spare developed was so bright it was often overlooked.
Austin Spare in undoubtedly the grand father of Chaos Magic,
while he had no idea at the time of his magickal importance.
During the 80’s a re-publishing awakening of material
by Spare was on the upswing, remaining from such publishers
from the 70’s like 93 Publishing, who issued several important
pieces of Spare’s work along with numerous titles from
Aleister Crowley. Christopher Bray, the owner of The Sorcerer’s
Apprentice bookshop spearheaded the resurgence of Spare in the
early 80’s with “The Collected Works of Austin Osman
Spare”, which gave a seminal kick in the pants to many
individuals who were looking for new ways within Magick to explore
Chaos Magick today
essentially is a system derived from many individuals, formed
into a new method of sorcery. Chaos Magick is a TOOL, not a
structure. Many techniques and traditions are brought into this
effective form of sorcery yet anything at anytime can be changed,
altered or more or less “form fitted” to achieve
the results desired.
Chaos Magick is
formed from many traditions, in the current age it seems almost
perfect. There is nothing which would be denied or ignored due
to dogma. The system of Chaos implements the foundation of change
and progression. While the foundations of Chaos are within the
components of Aleister Crowley (who might have been a chaos
magician himself), Austin Osman Spare and Macgregor Mathers
(default for the Golden Dawn and his various translations of
manuscripts) Chaos has spawned from the information these individuals
have unknowingly given. It was later when Peter Carroll, Ray
Sherwin and Christopher Bray took up the various magical traditions
and ran with them, did Chaos Magick form from the proverbial
Chaos Magick is
not a system within itself. “It” is actually a definition
of action, course of study and a non-lineal way of looking at
the subjective universe. Everything can be changed, altered
and will to become something else. If you are sure it won’t
happen, it probably will and can. Chaos Magick can be as dangerous
as it is beneficial. It demands a mind which is able to understand
the fragile nature of being what is known as “I”
and what our potential of growth is. “It” also demands
one to “Know thyself”.
Chaos Magick as being “dogmatic” when this could
not be further from the truth, if “truth” can even
apply in our world. Chaos Magick demands, pushes, threatens
and makes ones own individual Will come forth. It is most beneficial
to the Holy Guardian Angel, and causes the two aspects known
the HGA and the Evil Genius to rage incessantly, the energy
of the universe is your to command and shape if you have the
The concepts of
free belief are perhaps the most Luciferian in the nature of
individual process, understanding and application. Free belief
however is not so easy to practice. It demands constant change
and a mental discipline to deny conformity and comfort of associated,
lineal belief. Spare was himself knowledgeable on the very subject
of free belief, anything could flesh with one practicing such
concepts. Associate, Will, Manifest and disassociate.
To freely dive into a particular
concept and absorb it within your subconscious. This activates
the very part of your brain which Crowley spoke about in the
Goetia. The brain is stimulated by the specific association
and enables a new action to occur. Associate charges the belief
with the energy necessary to create “life”, the
elemental or servitor itself. You must “believe”
it is possible for such to incarnate.
The core of all magickal practice and the very brain of Luciferian
thought. The Will is the seat of all libidinous desire and
manifestation of action.
By the combination of association and will can something be
“enfleshed” or made manifest. This can be anything
material you seek, or spiritual. One may attain a new job,
friend or perhaps even Magickal growth. The possibilities
When your Will is sated, you disassociate and close your mind
from the original belief, To learn and grow through another
path. One should specifically avoid any personal relationships
within this manner, which could lead to schizophrenic behavior
and make many upset with your actions.
Ray Sherwin, in
his magnificent “The Book of Results” he summed
the basic root of the above subject in the following:
“In the event
that I do not believe it is possible I succumb to my present
level of performance, denying myself the option of functioning
at capacity by not recognizing that belief is arbitrary and
that I can change my beliefs as readily as I change my shoes.”
The current state
of chaos magick in the present time has only maneuvered to some
certain state due to lack of imagination and vision. Chaos Magick
is an egocentric ideology that has no specific doctrine or form.
Lack of dogma can often lead to emptiness of concepts and then
the boat literally runs aground. Chaos Magick must be defined
in a certain context in order to re-awaken the luminous possibilities
Austin Osman Spare
was the founder of what is today Chaos Magick. His study and
practice of Magick developed early on and was later subject
to formal training with Aleister Crowley. Spare understood the
importance of ritual and ceremony yet at the same time found
it repulsive and idiotic. However, by viewing Spare’s
paintings and pastels one is able to understand his appreciative
attitude towards ceremony.
developments began essentially with Earth Inferno, but reached
no ground on Sorcery until the atavism of remembrance manifested
through his meeting with Crowley. Spare began work on “The
Book of Pleasure” and it’s concepts in 1909. While
not completed and published until 1913 he developed immensely
during this period. The activated psychic censor Spare was so
famous for began to awaken and develop during this period.
Austin was well
versed in classical grimoires such as Grimoirium Verum, The
Grand Grimoire, Abramelin the Mage and various works by Levi
and Agrippa. Spare developed his Alphabet of Desire from these
formulas, something that was groundbreaking and lesser understood
by his peers.
Spare, just as Crowley,
wanted to usher forth a new magickal system. As Aleister sought
Ceremony and beautiful ritual as his own means, Spare’s
doctrine of the Alphabet of Desire and death posture brought
the same effect. The Holy Guardian Angel within each individual
could be brought to the surface for communication. Spare’s
concept of underneath the conscious make up of the individual
was the all awakened subconscious, capable of anything opened
for thinking. Both created something amazing which threw the
doors towards magickal exploration and progression wide open.
No longer would understanding be damned to the old, yet those
of the new flesh could be awakened towards their own desire.
The concepts of Kia and ‘Neither-Neither’ could
now be explored and absorbed. For Spare Aleister Crowley’s
dogma of Thelema (which through further study and practice proves
there is very little dogma in Thelema) was too limiting for
his own needs. Independent and proud, Austin was not willing
to accept Aleister’s concepts in whole. The inner drive
or True Will insisted different. Aos would not ignore this call
and sought the means of enfleshing his ideas.
Austin Osman Spare
was in complete understanding of the focus of mind and how all
magickal acts stem from the brain primarily. The secret ascent
towards Godhood (Lucifer) is based within the concept of Will,
Desire and Belief.
“Self truth results
from the unification of Will, Desire and Belief forced into
one thing. By this affectiveness the soul draws near and casts
its omniscience over us by inspiration.” Aos
– The Logomachy of Zos
the significance of the three united by focus from which nearly
any magickal act was possible. Gnosis is a state of closing
but is fully aligned with the object or system sought. A gnosis
state is possible to manifest desires through sigil methods
outlined in The Book of Pleasure and briefly outlined here.
The importance of
Sigils is that such can be any pertinent method of envisioning.
Sigils can be letters, signs or symbols. Sigils can also be
something, which cause a matter of focus for the mind. To invariably
forget and absorb the ideas sought.
Personally, I have
used musick (the act of creating) as various sigils, art (much
contact and initiation with spiritual and mental forces have
been through art as paintings, drawings and the like). Through
Musick sigils can be crafted because due to sonic structures,
the idea of what the sigil is can actually be forgotten and
buried in the mind. This allows the subconscious to go through
the methods of enfleshing the desire. The tones and actual sound
of the musick can cause the individual to forget the meaning
and the sigilized musick form, all the while causing the brain
to dissect, understand and react to the sigil on a subconscious
level, guides along the mind. Sleeping invokes a reaction to
sound as well, depending on the purpose and focus and if replayed
while dreaming increases unconscious awareness of sound vs.
Spare used sigils
as mentioned before, developed from Agrippa and various grimoires
of the middle ages. As explained in the Book of Pleasure, Spare
gives us a clear outline of the effects of sigil methods in
“By projecting the
consciousness into one part, sensation not being manifold
becomes intensified. By the abstention of desire, except in
the object, this is attained (at the psychological time this
determines itself” Aos-The Book of Pleasure
Sigils may be constructed
through several methods as the following;
- letter manipulations, from Arabic, Greek or otherwise.
- paintings and other abstractions of sight through
- musick and the creative act of sound production.
can be a useful method of enfleshing desires, creating
servitors or elementals or to cast hexes or witch-spells.
The medieval system of Magic and invocation used sigils
in this form extensively and almost exclusively. This
can be found in various grimoires from The Grimorium
Verum to Abramelin the Mage. The demons, angels and
other spirits are bound and called by their symbols
and signs, from which they may be understood and communicated
with via ritual and syntax. The Medieval systems only
understood demons as exterior while beginning with Spare
and Crowley proved that they are primarily interior
looking outwards, our greatest and worst of selves hidden
and buried. Aleister Crowley’s edited Goetia provides
the ideal for this theory and how it may be sought and
understood to align the mind to scientific ideal: Cause
Many letters representing
the Will of the sorcerer may be changed and altered by redrawing
and writing the letters to form one or several specific symbols
that by this time are unknown in meaning just by viewing them.
Paintings and art
are ideal for other types of sigils. Many seem to overlook this.
One may approach the written letters and other manipulations
with images drawn, painted or drafted with the idea they are
seeking to make manifest. One of the specific suggestions is
art such as paintings of a particular God or Goddess. This image,
while focused upon brings the mind to an alliance with the images,
creating the gods or goddesses within the sorcerers’ own
mind. Make reference to Peter Carroll’s comment in my
“Book of the Witch Moon”: “Create your Gods
with care, for they will reform you in their own image.”
while not distinctly Left Hand Path or Luciferian, is an adept
of quite colorful work. The staunch and focused Liber Null (Weiser)
addresses the nature of Evocation as:
“the art of dealing
with magical beings or entities by various acts which create
or contact them and allow one to conjure and command them
with pacts and exorcism. These beings have a legion of names
drawn from the demonology of many cultures: elementals, familiars,
incubi, succubi, bud-wills, demons, automata , atavisms, wraiths,
spirits and so on.”
Carroll broke down
the facets and avenues of various cultures integrated within
occultism and delivered a concise definition-such is a must
for any student.
Musick may be created
in the same instance, knowing the concept while recording various
sound waves and tones. Over a period of time the original meaning
may become lost or buried, while later being activated through
the replaying of the sound. The same can be true for those just
hearing the sounds for the first time. Several experiments have
led me to the conclusion that certain avenues of musickal creation,
depending on the tones and tempo approach, will led the listener
to assume something, to invariably come into contact with the
demon or angel in question. This is activated by his/her subconscious
alone, and is even more so on Governmental levels. Science and
government have used many of these methods long ago to uncertain
Chaos Magick teaches
the individual the price of knowledge, and the pleasure of seeking
the hidden light of Prometheus. The rise of Godhood through
many of the chaos magick methods is only strengthened by the
practice of discipline as well. Sharp focuses of developed mental
strength through such techniques developed in the western world
by Aleister Crowley only prove the initial discussion of will
God itself is not
understanding of any of us; in fact it seeks to devour our beings
at any given chance. God as we know it is the ultimate vampire,
the force behind Choronzon. Lucifer understood this and decided,
as many of us later, to destroy the order that was and seek
the very light of the vampire god. Lucifer was not seeking to
dethrone this devouring spirit, but to gain its essence (which
is inherent in the Morning Star) and seek a light in another
area of understanding. Lucifer sought to free humanity from
its sheep condition, all the while fought by the anthropomorphic-created
God. God is chaos invariably and Lucifer sought to manipulate
this power, which the Morning Star has done successfully. The
Watchers and the Nephilim understood this fact clearly and so
did their Will in the same fashion.
The Sabbatic bloodline
of those descended from fallen angels is present clearly in
this age, equaled with those who were spiritual heirs as well.
The craft taught by the fallen angels is further outlined in
my “The Book of the Witch Moon”, which further introduces
what can be considered disciplined chaos sorcery.
The methods of Chaos
Magick are based within the theories of the universe being subject
to those who may open and use the mind on numerous levels. The
effects of the earth are reactions to theories and ideas enfleshed.
Magick is nothing but a science of the mind. It is our psychic
connection between the universe surrounding the casual world
and us. The language of the fallen angels and those who would
seek the Promethean Light of knowledge and wisdom is inherent
also within us. It must be understood that chaos magick is not
a form of magick specifically; it is open to possibilities.
One may assume the doctrine of Thelema but practice both witchcraft
and Rune magick. The potentials are never ending. Any combination
may be used only if it is perfectly suitable to the individual
The quote used by
Aleister Crowley and many chaos magicians is “Nothing
is True, everything is permitted”; this is attributed
to Hassan I Sabbah. Hasan bin Sabah (perhaps a more accurate
spelling) is the historical figure that was called “The
Old Man of the Mountains”. This Ishmaelite lived during
the late eleventh century and was feared from the regions of
the Middle East to Europe.
individual, who studied with the Astrologer Omar Khayyam at
the University of Nishapur, was trained with various languages
and techniques of war and survival. Later on in life Hassan
overtook the Eagles Nest that is also called Alamut. Located
on the southern shore of the Caspian Sea around the Elburz Mountain
range, Sabbah established a fanatical power base that was soon
feared throughout the region.
Hassan I Sabbah’s
faith seemed to be a Gnostic dualistic similar to Islam in a
Manicheism ideal. The religious head or what is called Imam
is a personal representative to God itself. Only through this
Imam will one be able to journey to God. In Western definitions,
this concept is similar to the Pope.
Sabbah was not only
able to raise a number estimated at several thousand fanatic
followers, called the Assassins from their ritual use of Hashish,
which was said to make them suggestive to Hassan I Sabbah’s
claims that Alamut was indeed heaven and not a stark and cold
tower or desert desolation. This drug, administered carefully,
was able to create a strong link with the metal facilities of
the individuals, until they were mentally and physically ready
to kill for Imam.
Hassan I Sabbah
instilled in his followers a sense of freedom, yet with at an
equal end the undying determination to serve and die for this
individual. The Luciferian component to the Old Man of the Mountains
is based within the concept of his silent yet effective rule.
He presented extreme ideals, not willing to surrender to what
seems to be more powerful forces; to not only survive but to
succeed beyond his original ideas.
understand the usefulness of expanding the mind beyond dogma;
to reach beyond what is commonly understood as accepted and
to tear it to shreds, piss on it and smile while doing so. To
reach to the heart or essence and reform it as you would so
desire. This is the Luciferian principle of Chaos Magick. To
seek, understand and form to your ever-developing system.
am the power of my desire (ID)” – Aos
All energy sources,
which are altered or changed through Magick and Sorcery all
emanate initially from the self. The essence of Godhood begins
and ends within the self, as it is known and not known from
the individual. Magick is a guidance factor in the development
of man and woman to God itself, or as Albert Pike would say,
LUCIFER. In our search for magickal power and the light of the
Qabalistic Ain Soph, we seek Lucifer within us. We invariably
become the Morning Star through invocation, Will and determination.
The Luciferian concept of Self Godhood emerges from the hidden
god within us all. This does involve the initial working of
the Bornless One ritual developed by Aleister Crowley but also
several other workings.
law of the Great ID: To trespass all laws”-Aos
Chaos Magick invites
individuals to use, develop and create as many cross systems
as possible. The unity is crucial towards development and the
understanding of Magick as we know it. In this defining concept,
the understanding of discipline is sometimes lost. Discipline
is the most important factor of Magickal training, even within
Sorcery and Witchcraft. The mind and body must be in fine tuned
shape for the rigors of the Left Hand Path and it’s possibilities
towards the light of Lucifer or Adonai (the hidden self, associated
with God or the source of light).
of Thanateros has some very strong initiates within their ranks
at many points, one being the Austrian former lodge, “Temple
Pleasuredome” which operated from 1988 until 1990 when
Temple founder Michael DeWitt was excommunicated due to his
support for Peter Carroll in the infamous Ice Magick Wars. The
Ice Magick wars are detailed in other Chaos Magick volumes and
will not be discussed here.
Michael DeWitt, aka Anon 359 has long been an
innovator in the Austrian Magickal scene, and for that matter
even beyond it. His work with the publishing house Edition Ananael
and past musical endeavors from Zero Kama and his art work today
proves this. Dewitt had a number of very powerful and dangerous
rituals, for which I will only describe in parts here to present
the Luciferian aspects of this foundation of self-alchemy and
DeWitt became a
Neophyte in the IOT in 1988, taking the title Frater Anon 359.
He then began translating a number of Peter Carroll’s
works in German and pushed forward with his own “Temple
Pleasuredome”. Much of the workings of Temple Pleasuredome
were focused on Spare’s Zos Kia Cultus and an uncompromising
focus of Magick which led others to call him a “Gnostic
Many of the rituals
implemented by Anon 359 prove a barrier to many of the would
be “chaos magicians” and those who actually DO magick,
the difference is astonishing and sobering. A significant banishing
ritual employed by Anon is called “The Quadriga Sexualis
Banishing Ritual” and is focused on achieving a point
of complete control based within the conscious mind. The Quadriga
Sexualis is considered roughly the “four horsemen of sex”,
being that these are four elements of building, focusing and
releasing this powerful force of Promethean Fire-the Mind and
Will united by dissolution of opposites. Kia itself seeks the
necessary manifestation by the act of love, considering it seems
to incarnate or flow backwards. This can be viewed as an initiation
resembling what has been described in my “Book of the
Witch Moon” as the Osculum Infame, or Kiss of Shame. The
Devil itself, resembling the O can achieve autoerotic intercourse
with the combination of Z, meaning inverse intercourse with
the Devil – The very act of creation.
of Thanatos vel Babalon”, as developed by Michael DeWitt
is one of the most powerful descriptions of the essence of BABALON
that could be described. The ritual itself is opened with “The
Quadriga Sexualis Banishing Ritual” and leads into the
invoking of the force of darkness. The temple itself would be
decorated in images of death, skulls and bones and a large black
coffin in which one of the female magicians would be laying.
It begins with the Priest of Thanatos invoking: “Now listen
to the voice of Thanatos known to men as the face of Death,
whom they worship with howling and shattering teeth”.
All the while a funerary drum beats and calls forth the dead.
Soon, the congregation throws human bones and grave soil within
the coffin, which is soon closed.
The celebrants then
meditate on among other things, their own death, and understanding
that physical death is a natural function of life. BABALON emerges
then from the coffin and then announces herself incarnate. This
sigil of BABALON would be between the priestess breasts, being
revealed when she tears the grave shroud off. BABALON will now
take a human skull bowl filled with blood and chant the dedication
to her manifestation. The blood is then poured over herself
in ecstasy with the celebrates, affected by the wild drumming
do as they will. The entire ritual is closed with the Quadriga
Sexualis Banishing ritual, invoking the forces of Light.
It is clear that
DeWitt was a seeming master of what Magick essentially is, taking
control of the self in its many form and advance each with techniques
that shake the essence of belief and the mind. DeWitt’s
magickal workings, as I have briefly described, are as effective
as Carroll’s and Sherwin’s, considering a slightly
darker approach than the former mentioned two. This is perhaps
one of the few ways to seek to open the doors of the human spirit
and raise it towards the Light of Lucifer, the next step in
the advancement of the soul.
Chaos Magick is
perhaps the most beneficial system of sorcery which has been
labeled as something erratic as “chaos magic”. The
system known as Chaos Magick allows the individual who dives
the depths of his or her mind and assemble, through various
means, a system unique to the person creating it. Chaos is a
beautiful friend, which often throws random lightning bolts,
is nonetheless always beside you when you go to sleep at night.
It should be considered
fair game to dash through the darkness of the night, to understand
and explore the very foundations of the demonic and the angelic,
as above, so below…
While the Luciferian gnosis is highly approachable through the
systems of what is considered chaos magick, the form of the
astral body allows a severance of eventual worldly bonds. This
allows the Luciferian Adept to take her or his fill of worldly
pleasure and eventually ascend astral in the light of Lucifer,
as an “Undead” God or completely remain within the
One would seek to
understand the place of the Holy Guardian Angel and the Evil
Genius at this level, in the shedding of flesh could it be considered
a part of each is severed and a great union may be achieved,
from which the conscious becomes aligned with the subconscious.
Could this be death itself, Another level of waking through
the web of dreams?
What ever the result
may be, a formidable individual is formed from the Chaos current,
while many fail over time there are those who are able to transpose
their current idea of self and become something far more interesting
to their particular life.
The specific union
of various systems of magickal practice is important to those
who may seek to unite various cultures. The Buddhist system,
or perhaps more detailed in mentioning the ancient Bon Po practice
of Chud, presents the Luciferian Gnosis in its Holy State, what
is called complete union with the HGA (Holy Guardian Angel).
The activity of severing the ego, becoming beyond that and leaving
the physical world is achieved via trance and the use of Human
Bones as ritual tools. This represents that we are temporary
and life ends, and that the spiritual paths may be ascended
through desire and gnosis.
Lucifer is essentially
the God of the Air, or the Astral Plane. The Luciferic powers
are keys into the separation of the spiritual from the material,
even though the Luciferian may remain earth bound for some time.
It is speculated that eventually something as this may grow
boring and it would be time for the spirit to remain and move
further into the astral.
The tools of Chaos
Magick are specifically anything which one would utilize to
achieve her or his goal, the results being designed to correspond
with the means. Union through opposites essentially is the key,
proving the direct descendent of Aleister Crowley highly commendable
Thelema system, or 93 current.