The definition of “Magick” put forth by Alistair Crowley is one that is generally accepted. That is Magick is the attempt to create change in conformity with the will of the magician. This change can range from something simple like creating the circumstances that are favourable in getting a job to something that is highly complex and of a metaphysical nature such as conversing with an angelic entity. Chaos Magick is the most recent development in the tradition of Ceremonial Magick.
Chaos Magick is an innovative and modern approach to the realization of Magickal intent.
The origin of Chaos Magick lies with the work of Austin Osman Spare and Peter Carroll. Both of these magicians argued against the exclusion of techniques of “sorcery” from their Magickal practice.
Both magicians developed systems of Magick that were incredibly innovative and they spurned traditional Magick as needlessly complicated and impotent.
Austin Spare was an artist and was influenced by the work of Jung and Freud on the subconscious mind. He also integrated Magick into all areas of life and this is shown by his art which is an integration of his spell work. (below)
Peter Carroll’ s influence came from the newly developed scientific chaos theories of subatomic interactions of the quantum universe. He was also the founder of a Magickal order that was both secretive and adhered to a rank structure which some Chaos practitioners see as going against the Chaos current.
Peter Carroll’s’ introductory work “Liber Null” and “Psychonaut” is currently the most widely available work on Chaos Magick.
More recently the ideas of Chaos Magick have been extended further by many including Phil Hine who has published articles on Chaos Magick.
To view Chaos Magick solely as a reformulation of traditional Magick is not accurate. Chaos Magick is new and attempts to deconstruct your belief s and therefore release trapped energy. Energy that is held in your belief structure. This assault on your normal belief patterns upsets the status quo of your mind and is similar to guerrilla warfare on your consciousness. Hence Magickal Terrorism
Those practicing Chaos Magick will change beliefs based on the desired otcome of their magickal act. So that means that process of your belief is whats important not the actual belief that is held.
This orientation has adaptability as its main asset. Just like reality which changes constantly and has no real “truth” this type of magick can be very destabilising for individuals whose sense of personal identity requires that the universe be perceived as an ordered and meaningful place.
In particular Chaos Magick refutes any possibility of eternal rest or order. It views the universe as to complex for normal human psychology to understand. Chaos Magick can be self-annihilating like Zen Buddhism and other Buddhist schools of “topsy-turvy wisdom” The koans found in Zen Buddhism are designed to short circuit your rambling mind and bring about a state of mind similar to that sought by a Chaos magician.
I like to think of Chaos Magick as a psychological approach to Magickal ritual. Forgoing identity to achieve Magickal will through the use of gesture, ritual, sound, visualization, the cues of your senses, meditation and of course your emotional states such as anger, fear, disgust, boredom or despair all of which can be generated at will. Any method that can create the momentary state of “Gnosis” is considered acceptable. Favorite techniques frequently involve sex, pain, and confusion. The use of Sigils is popular. It’s aim is to block your conscious mind and create ‘Gnosis” a state of mind in which the defense of your ego is overthrown and the Magickal intention of the magician can be driven deep into the flux of the universe
Chaos Magick is non-discriminatory and recognizes that ideas are not reality although ideas may influence your perception of reality. Chaos Magick does not discriminate between White, Grey or Black Magick nor between between good and evil or right and wrong. What that means is that Chaos Magick is probably not for those who have not internalized a personal moral or ethical code.
Chaos Magick is not for those who wish to establish varieties of social order where they would be best taking opportunity in .Ceremonial Magick and Wicca. Chaos Magick is concerned only with developing Magick that work and rituals that have specific effects creating change in conformity with the will of the magician
All of this means that Magick can be destabilizing because its designed to deconstruct your belief, dearly held opinions and the stories you tell yourself to lull yourself into a sense of security. You need to forsake old ideas and allow your personal self identification to be disrupted. As a result of this you can benefit from some dramatic life changes.
Chaos Magick can be used to discover your True Will, communicate with the Mother Goddess or anything else that you can think of however its true purpose is to violently liberate and free the individual from structured belief and the use of traditional Magickal methods.