Attributes of Chaos Magic
Chaos magicians stay away from a dogmatic approach. Instead, they believe in embracing different belief systems as a means to an end. For instance, for one rite, they may immerse themselves in ceremonial magic techniques and for another may use a more nature-based ritual to achieve success in their work.
A.O. Spare - Pioneer in Chaos Magic
Austin Osman Spare, an early 20th century English artist and occultist, pioneered chaos and sigil magic in what he termed the atavistic resurgence. According to a short biography of Spare by Nevill Drury in Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult, he used sigils as a way to access the godhead within as a source of genius.
Spare believed that sigils could be used as a symbolic set of instructions to direct the will. He used them in a trance state to connect his subconscious mind with the universal spirit that he called Kia. He would achieve this state by one of several methods including deep meditation and sexual release. He believed the latter especially was a time when a state of momentary absence of thought was achieved and was the best time to be united with Kia.
How to Use Sigils in Practical Magic
While Spare's goal was to contact the higher self and spiritual realms, his techniques have been adapted for practical magic which focuses on immediate material or emotional gain.
Sigils are most effective when created by the magician for personal magic. To construct a sigil using Spare's method, do the following:
- Write out the desired magical effect as a sentence such as "I desire a new job."
- Cross out all repeating letters.
- Make a glyph with the remaining letters so that they appear unrecognizable to their original form.
- Build energy around the sigil either through meditation or an ecstatic method such as orgasm or dancing and music.
- Once this energy has reached its peak, release it while visualizing the sigil.
- Make a record of successes and failures in a magical diary in order to develop the best personal magic practice.
- Try to forget about the sigil after this. Otherwise, the energy hasn't truly been let go for the magic to work.
- Hine, Phil. Condensed Chaos: An Introduction to Chaos Magic. New Falcon Publications, 1995.
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