Chaos magic

Chaos magic, also spelled chaos magick, 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.[1] 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.[2]

Chaos magic has been described as a union of traditional occult techniques and applied postmodernism[3] – particularly a postmodernist skepticism concerning the existence or knowability of objective truth.[4] 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.[3]

Early leading figures include Peter J. Carroll and Ray Sherwin.[2]

  1. ^ Chryssides, George D. (2012). Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements (2 ed.). Rowman & Littlefield. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-8108-6194-7.
  2. ^ a b Drury, Nevill (2011) [2002]. The Watkins Dictionary of Magic: Over 3000 Entries on the World of Magical Formulas, Secret Symbols and the Occult. Duncan Baird Publishers. p. 86. ISBN 9781780283623.
  3. ^ a b Clarke, Peter (2004). Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements. Routledge. pp. 105–106. ISBN 9781134499700.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference Urban was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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