Foreword to the First Edition by Phil Hine
Foreword to the Second Edition
Introduction : Chaos Magic : The Story So Far
Chapter 0: Magic and Ecstasy
Interlude: Fractals for Chaos Magicians I
Chapter 1: Wealth and Money
Interlude: A Psychonautic Banishing
Chapter 2: Conflict and Exorcism
Interlude: Fractals for Chaos Magicians II
Chapter 3: Magic and Sex
Interlude: The City and the Tunnels
Chapter 4: Magic and Physics
Interlude: Landscape Vision
Chapter 5: Body Alchemy and Healing
Interlude: Name That Deity
Chapter 6: Chaos Illumination
Interlude: AOFE/The Chrononauts
Chapter 7: Ecstasy and the Quest
Interlude: The Octoplasm
Chapter 8: Pacts With Spirits
Interlude: The Galafron Rite
Chapter 9: Chaotopia?
Afterword: When all our ways are wrought for love of Her...
Appendix: A Chaos Magic Bibliography
Glossary of Chao-Speak
Fortean Times verdict :
Chaos magic has come of age in this book by magician and NLP maven Lee. This is not a primer or grimoire; instead, the book puts chaos magic in its conceptual context, explaining the theoretical and metaphysical vistas which have underscored the art's development since its inception under the aegis of the late, great Austin Osman Spare.
It allows us to see chaos magic äs a form of autonomous mysticism; not so much a syncretic exercise in cosmic tourism as a balancing attempt to make sense of what arrives in one's head. This makes it more democratic than the intimidating acolytism of learned magic in the European tradition. Chaos magic rests on the principle that the practitioner can apply belief at will, rather than surrendering to any particular paradigm (thus the slightly wrenched meaning of 'paradigm shift' in chaos practice). It also assumes that altered states permit a powerful interaction with one's own centres of power, and äs a result, chaos magicians experiment with psychotropic techniques, including drug use, meditation, hyperventilation and extreme exercise.
Lee shows us the intellectual underpinnings of a practical System, without rendering the art, or his discourse on it, abstract or arch. He sets out the theoretical contribution of Robert Anton Wilson et al, explains Aeonics, and the trajectory of its distillation from the baroque theatre of angelology, and expounds the vital notions of chaos and Illumination, äs Spare originally conceived them, and as practice has altered and matured them.
This is not for the beginner in chaos magic, but it is a good guide for the observer with a grounding in the history of European magic, and a grasp of its cultural milestones. If you ever wondered why magicians do what they do, it's because it works. If it didn't, the tradition would have died out with the birth of science; it hasn't and is enjoying a fertile period. Chaos magic is central to the continuing health of magical traditions, and writers like Dave Lee are central to that influence. His observation that accomplished magicians concentrate on inner development ties chaos magic firmly to the spiritual traditions of alchemy, and suggests that the development of chaos magic as a spiritual endeavour has a long future, as well äs a brilliantly energetic past. Great stuff.
Sly Delaney - FT214 - verdict
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