I have a complex relationship with the word "magic". When I started studying fringe and occult philosophy I often ignored any mention of the word and decided to focus more on concepts that dealt with the mind and reality, rather than the controlling of forces. It just seems rather silly to me. Prayer is something I'd consider a form of magical conjuring, but that'd be as far as I'd go with it. Still, it is a rather important aspect of this entire thing I'm trying to understand, so why not just try a bit of it, right? What could it hurt.
So I had heard about the idea of "Chaos Magic" after reading the Principia Discordia and bumping around various weird websites. And I can't seem to make heads or tails of it. My understanding was that it was something that came into fruition because of the Principia Discordia, but I don't really know for sure.
A local occult shop in Brooklyn will be having a lecture on the topic, and I'm really considering attending the event. I've been meaning to go to Catland for sometime anyway. We'll see, we'll see.
"Chaos Magic is a widely discussed but often misunderstood modern magical tradition. Many are familiar with its sigils, or certain broad strokes of its underlying principles. However, there is much, much more beneath the shining surface of this rich, flexible, and liberating tradition.Emerging first in the 1970s, Chaos Magic enables a wide and flexible engagement with the mystical, through syncretic and largely self-directed practice. Though rooted in the Western Ceremonial concepts that preceded it, Chaos Magic does away with the rote trappings and recitations of earlier arts in that lineage, and emphasizes personal liberation, experimentation, and creative synthesis.Catland co-founder F. Jennings will introduce the history, core concepts, and several basic techniques of Chaos Magic. We'll also discuss practice tips and suggestions to help navigate the start down this highly flexible path, and how to avoid common pitfalls. Then we will run through one or, time permitting, two group exercises of basic techniques.Please bring a notebook or sketchpad."