Anton Channing Liber Minor 1
|Pagan Teenage Voice |
(Magazine of Minor Arcana)
|Quest Magazine: |
|University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire|
|Pagan Dawn |
Theory 1 - The Chaos Approach to Magick
Welcome to the first column of Liber Minor, a dose of Chaos for all budding teenage magicians, and for any older magicians who happen to read it.
So what is the Chaos approach to magick? Anything said about Chaos is a generalisation and there will always be another Chaos Mage out there who disagrees. I will even disagree with myself in a month or so. Probably. However, at the risk of being disagreed with, I would like to say that Chaos Magick is experimental, anarchistic and individualist. In the past magicians, occultists etc. have been ridiculed by the scientific establishment because of the wacky assumptions at the root of our theories. This has lead to poor magickal confidence, and makes performing magick very difficult. Chaos magicians like to read about science, Chaos theory, quantum physics etc., partly because these theories are useful for performing magick, but also because it enables us to confidently assert that science is based on just as outlandish assumptions as magick, and that actually the universe appears to run by magick.
This gives Chaos magicians the confidence needed to perform excellent magick. The technique should be by no means limited to Chaos Magicians, it can work just as well for Natural Magicians, Wiccans, Druids, Kabbalists etc. Remember, the more people believe in magic, the more likely magic is to work.
Practicks 1 - Random Belief Meditation 
This meditation can last as long as you like, but should probably take between 15-30 minutes. It will take you through the major belief models found throughout human existence (Animist, Spiritist, Pagan, Monotheist, Atheist, Nihilist, Chaoist ).
Begin by finding a comfortable position, staying as still and as motionless as possible (don't worry if you move, your motionlessness will improve with practise). Begin to take slow deep breaths. When the calmness begins to come over you, begin to take on board the following thoughts. You may either read them, have someone else read them as a path working, or use a tape recorder with your own voice.
Animism. There is a life force running throughout all things. It is equally present in a rock or in the air as it is in a plant or an animal or human. Think about this pure magickal world view for some moments and then begin to see how this can lead to a belief in spirit entities.
Spiritism. Everything has a spirit consciousness. You can communicate to these using magick. The ancestors spirit consciousness still look over and protect us. We can also communicate with them using magick. Think about this world view for a few moments before thinking how these thoughts can lead to a belief in gods and goddesses.
Paganism. All the major forces in the world are actually gods and goddesses that control the universe. They are constantly in conflict with each other. They play out their games through humans. You must be careful not to offend the gods or they will punish you. Think about these thoughts for a while then think how it can lead to a belief in one supreme creator.
Monotheism. There is only one God who created everything. If you do good, He will be pleased and you will reach Heaven when you die. If you do evil, He will send you to Hell as punishment. Think about these thoughts and how they can lead to the idea that there is no need for a theory of a God.
Atheism. We have no need to believe in the redundant hypothesis of a God. We can explain the universe by science alone. Think about these thoughts for a moment before thinking how this can lead to a sense that there is no point in the existence of the universe.
Nihilism. The universe has no meaning. Even our consciousness is an illusion. We are just biochemical reactions with no free will. Everything is predetermined. You can't change anything. The universe is simply a mass of random energy floating about for no purpose. Think about these thoughts for a while before realising that this mass of random energy can be seen as a magical life force, much like animism believes in.
Chaoism. Science has reached a dead end. Chaos theory and quantum physics are showing that science can only explain things further by coming up with ever more magical theories. Multi dimensional time. All univererses existing simultaneously. The butterfly effect. Strange attractors. Science, in searching for an ultimate truth, is finding there is no ultimate truth. Nothing is True. But equally Nothing is False. Whereas science is in denial, Chaoism celebrates this, for if Nothing is True, then Everything must be permitted! Including magic.
Alternatively, instead of ending at Chaoism, go back to Animism from Nihilism and accelerate the cycle until you reach a state of gnosis (or mystical revelation, or whatever your preferred term for these experiences are). I have performed this exercise myself many times and it can produce some powerful effects. It would be interesting to hear how others who try this get on with it.
Notes  Historical Note: Part 0 of Liber Minor appeared only in a limited edition 'Preview' edition of the Minor Arcana magazine.
 This meditation can be counted towards your Liber MMM as a work of Metamorphosis and should be recorded in your Magical Diary. Details of the Liber MMM can be found in Liber Null & Psychonaut - Peter J. Carroll - Samuel Weiser, ISBN 0-87728-639-6.
 These are based on the seven sub-aeons of Pete Carroll's work on aeonics taken from Liber Kaos and The Psychonomicon, Samuel Weiser, ISBN 0-87728-742-2