Chaos magic

Chaos magic, also spelled chaos magick,[1][2] is a contemporary magical practice. It was initially developed in England in the 1970s, drawing heavily from the philosophy of artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare.[3] Sometimes referred to as "success magic" or "results-based magic", chaos magic claims to emphasize the attainment of specific results over the symbolic, ritualistic, theological or otherwise ornamental aspects of other occult traditions.[4]

Chaos magic has been described as a union of traditional occult techniques and applied postmodernism[5] – particularly a postmodernist skepticism concerning the existence or knowability of objective truth.[6] Chaos magicians subsequently treat belief as a tool, often creating their own idiosyncratic magical systems and frequently borrowing from other magical traditions, religious movements, popular culture and various strands of philosophy.[5]

Early leading figures include Peter J. Carroll and Ray Sherwin.[4]

  1. ^ Carroll (2008).
  2. ^ Humphries & Vayne (2005), p. 17.
  3. ^ Chryssides (2012), p. 78.
  4. ^ a b Drury (2011), p. 86.
  5. ^ a b Clarke (2004), pp. 105–106.
  6. ^ Urban (2006), pp. 240–243.

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