Chaos Magic, like
any school of magic, works according to a set of laws. The laws defined
here are derived from the results of today's chaos science as they apply
to magic. We have split the universe into two poles. On the one hand is
the god Kaos representing masculinity and chaos. On the other hand is
the goddess Kosmos, representing femininity and order. We begin by listing
six general laws of systems. Since everything in the universe, including
the universe itself, can be viewed as a system, these laws are universal.
THE SIX LAWS OF
Every system in our
universe obeys certain laws. The Six Laws of Systems are:
1. To permanently
change a system, you have to change its structure.
2. Every system has special points where small changes can bring about
lasting changes to the system.
3. The more complex a system, the farther away are cause and effect.
4. The more feedback loops in a system, the harder it is to predict behavior.
5. How to find the special points and how to stimulate them to the desired
goal are never obvious.
6. When we find and stimulate a special point toward the desired goal,
the results usually get worse before they get better. Immediate good results
These laws can be
used to bring about magical results. Magic works because the laws upon
which it is based have validity. Of course, results require some degree
of intuition, as in the case of finding the 'special points' of a system.
This is why virtually all leading occultists have called magic both a
science and an art. The laws or principles pertain to the scientific aspect,
while the application of those laws pertain to the artistic aspect. The
'cause and effect' mentioned in the third law implies karma. This law
says that karmic causes to our problems are not always clear. Because
every human being is a highly complex system, the cause and effect relationship
for why and how things happen to us, is 'far away,' which is to say, present
but seldom obvious. We should be slow to judge others, because even when
a karmic cause appears obvious on the surface (i.e, via the psychic senses)
it is seldom as clear-cut as it appears. The sixth law is especially interesting.
It seems to imply that a "dark night of the soul," as described
by Christian mystics, is a natural process for all developing systems.
This law says that we should not be overly concerned if positive results
are not immediately forthcoming. In point of fact, we should become suspect
if good results are evidenced immediately. These six general laws of complex
systems were used to derive what could be called the Nine Laws of Chaos
Magic which are discussed next. A comparison of the scientific Laws of
Systems with the magical Laws of Chaos Magic will show the striking similarity
that exists between these two disciplines. Probably the biggest difference
is that science views living systems as a special category while Chaos
Magic sees virtually all systems as alive.
THE NINE LAWS
OF CHAOS MAGIC
Chaos Magic works
on laws which may be either known or unknown. Magic and occultism do not
accept the supernatural. They do not accept miracles, or unexplainable
phenomena. Everything in the universe functions according to laws. There
is a new system of magic that works in accordance with nine laws. The
Nine Laws of Chaos Magic are as follows:
1. Kosmos and Kaos
self-manifested together. Stability and change are mirror images of each
other. The actions of Kaos are those of Kosmos with an infinite number
of possible paths.
2. The condition of complex systems over time depends on their initial
3. All complex dynamic systems have Magic Points - critical points where
a small change can have large consequences. Magic Points are seldom obvious.
Stimulation of a Magic Point usually gets bad results before it gets better.
4. Complex systems are not reversible.
5. All living systems are dependent upon cooperation. Life creates the
conditions for its own existence.
6. The more independent a system, the more feedback loops it requires.
7. The future of any complex system is unpredictable.
8. All creative activity is the result of tension between Kaos and Kosmos.
Creativity, discovery, and invention result from the conjunction of two
or more distinct frames of reference.
9. Complex systems at equilibrium are not really at equilibrium.
THE FIRST LAW,
THE GREAT MIRROR
Kosmos and Kaos self-manifested
Stability and change are mirror images of each other.
The actions of Kaos are those of Kosmos with an infinite number of possible
are known to enfold and unfold in endless processes within their quantum
fields. Elementary particles have self-referential iterations (repetitions)
which create/destroy themselves from a vacuum state. According to modern
quantum mechanics, there is no such thing as a vacuum. What was once considered
a vacuum is now known to be seething with the creation and destruction
of 'virtual particles.' Virtual particles cannot be detected directly,
but scientists know them from their effects. They are born and they die
so fast that they cannot be detected. In essence, they represent a 'quantum
foam' where Kaos and Kosmos struggle together ceaselessly, the one coming
out of the other, over and over, forever. The modern findings of nuclear
and particle physics have clearly demonstrated the truth of the First
Law of Chaos Magic. The Perfect Circle, a symbol for linearity, uses 'pi'
for its circumference, and 'pi' cannot be calculated exactly - it is nonlinear,
and therefore a number of Kaos. The circle, one of the primary symbols
of all magical schools, therefore is a good example of how Kaos and Kosmos
work together in perfect harmony. The root of our universe lies in the
order of Kosmos. Yet the order of Kosmos has an infinite number of degrees
of freedom. Therefore the root of the universe lies in Kaos because order
with infinite degrees of freedom is itself chaotic. Here again we see
an intimate interplay between order and chaos, even at the core of the
universe. The disorderly behavior of simple systems acts as a creative
process. It generates complexity. Thus complex systems emerge from simple
systems. In this way, the forces of evolution emerge directly from Kaos.
of structure can be found in the midst of apparently random behavior."
Let's look at water
flowing through a pipe. At low speeds, we have a nice smooth condition,
which scientists call laminar flow. If we speed up the flow of the water,
a critical point will be reached where the smooth conditions of the water
will be given over to a chaotic one - laminar flow will transition into
turbulence. Turbulence is often considered to be a purely random disorder
or noise. However, such is the case only on the macroscopic level. At
the microscopic level, turbulence appears highly organized. The behavior
of the individual water molecules is quite coherent. For this reason,
we can say that the transition from laminar flow to turbulence is an initiation
of self-organization - it is the creation of order from chaos. It is a
good example of how molecular order can be obtained from what we outwardly
observe to be disorder. Water flows through a pipe in accordance with
the First Law of Chaos Magic. Let's look at one more example, known as
the Benard Instability. Let's heat up a pan of water so that a temperature
gradient (i.e., a continuous temperature difference) exists - the water
at the bottom of the pan is hot while the water at the top is still cool.
At first, heat will travel upward smoothly in the heat-transfer process
called conduction. Now let's increase the gradient by turning up the heat.
A critical point will be reached where conduction gives way to more drastic
heat-transfer process called convection. When convection occurs, the rate
of heat transfer will speed up. The entropy (a thermodynamic term which
is a measure of a system's energy) production will increase. The convection
current, which includes an irregular production of bubbles as the water
begins to boil, is a nonlinearity. However, it is actually a form of self-
organization because the water molecules form what can be called 'hexagonally
patterned convection cells' which are orderly. This new pattern of self-organization
is a typical example of what is called a Dissipative Structure. We have
now seen two rather typical examples of how order can be produced from
chaos. The chaos that appears to exist on the macroscopic level (i.e.,
to our eyes) is order when seen at the molecular level (i.e., through
a microscope). These example are demonstrations of the First Law.
not always a question of whether we will have either Kosmos or Kaos. Under
certain conditions, the two will appear together as if dancing, one following
closely after the other."
Modern science now
recognizes that systems can cascade toward chaos through a series of bifurcations.
The Feigenbaum sequence is a good example. In this sequence, for a range
of parameter values, a system is orderly and has a period with a fixed
value T. Beyond this range of values the system is chaotic until the period
reaches 2T (this is called period doubling). Beyond this value, chaos
begins again until we reach another threshold - the system becomes orderly
again when the period reaches 4T. This sequence can then be repeated at
8T, and so on. The system behaves as if it undergoes a series of bifurcations
having successive period doubling. In this way we see incidents where
order is sandwiched between chaos, and where chaos is sandwiched between
order. This waffling between Kaos and Kosmos can also be seen in the development
of the foetus:
embryo develops, we notice very irregular jumps in between periods of
relatively smooth growth. These jumps result in radical reorganizations,
and yet they take place in a manner that is highly repetitive."
Life is an expression
of both Kosmos and Kaos. Our lives consist of a continuous series of good
and bad experiences as evidenced by the modern concept of biorhythms.
This is true whether we are male or female, young or old, and is irrespective
of our race or religious convictions. When life goes well, our spiritual
growth tends to stagnate. The trials and tribulations of daily life give
us the impetus to grow.
THE SECOND LAW,
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
The condition of
complex systems over time depends on their initial conditions.
This law is known
today under the name of the Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Effect suggests
that a butterfly that beats its wings in Peking today, can transform a
storm system next month in New York. This is now known to have some validity
with weather, but the magician applies this law to his body and to his
be extremely sensitive to nuances of feeling, perception, and thought."
A nuance is a small
shade of meaning, or a subtlety of perception, for which we have no words
or mental categories. Nuances are seed-ideas which germinate in the mind
until they burst forth into creative expression. Nuances exist in the
fractal spaces between our categories of thought. They circulate through
the emotional and perceptive centers of the brain; from the mental and
astral planes down into the physical. Systems in far-from-equilibrium
conditions are extremely sensitive to external environmental fluctuations.
For this reason, far-from-equilibrium systems can adapt to their environment
better and faster than those in equilibrium. According to magic, this
is the key to understanding evolution.
In 1961, Edward
Lorenz discovered that his computer gave him a different answer if he
started at the beginning of his calculations, than if he took a 'short-cut'
and started near the midpoint. Intuitively it should not have mattered,
because the differences were so very small, they should have been negligible.
But the final result, he discovered, was highly dependent on the starting
conditions. In one computer run, he started with the number .506127. The
short-cut run began with the number .506, a rounded-off number. The rounding
off made all the difference. The calculations had to do with the weather,
and the rounding off error should not have made the difference of a small
puff of wind, yet the results of the two calculations were totally different.
One of the practical conclusions from his discovery is that long-range
weather forecasting is doomed to failure. This is not because we can't
measure good enough. But rather, like the uncertainty principle of quantum
mechanics, there are distinct limits to how far we can predict future
events with certainty, even in our everyday macroscopic world. For every
event that occurs, small uncertainties multiply over time, cascading upward
into unpredictability. Every human being is a complex system. According
to the Second Law, our birth, and early development as a child, will largely
determine how we find ourselves as adults. According to magic, this is
because we do not enter life as a 'blank slate.' We enter life with a
karmic burden from past lives. Israel Regardie, one of the foremost leaders
in the magical circles of this century, argued that anyone seriously desiring
to study and practice magic, should first go through at least a year of
professional psychoanalysis. He intuitively realized the validity of the
Second Law. He believed that one could advance faster and farther in magic
if one first understood where one came from, and came to grips with one's
childhood. Although we do not necessarily recommend professional psychoanalysis,
the Second Law of Chaos Magic strongly suggests the importance of remembering
your past and assimilating all of your childhood experiences. Carried
one step farther, this also suggests the importance of remembering your
past lives. The magician must learn to detect nuances. For example, when
you go before checkout counters of a large supermarket, enter a bank to
transact business, or whenever you must stand in a line of people, where
several lines are available, nuances will tell you which line is likely
to move faster. In our example, nuances can be found by observing the
cashiers, and by observing those who are already in line before you. The
shortest line is not necessarily the fastest. By a proper observation
of nuances, that exist at the beginning of an action, you can help guarantee
the outcome of that action.
THE THIRD LAW,
All complex dynamic
systems have Magic Points - critical points where a small change can have
Magic Points are seldom obvious.
Stimulation of a Magic Point usually gets bad results before it gets better.
A tiny change in
an iterative process (such as the weather) will have drastic results toward
chaos. For example, a number that is rounded off. Such a number, if multiplied
by itself many times, will cause a chaotic resultant series of numbers
depending on how we round off each number.
we have detected a nuance, we must then amplify it to the point of obtaining
an unexpected reaction, to gain insight into its ramifications."
A cell is a subsystem
of our body. Each cell replaces itself in our body. A tiny change, in
an iteration of just a few cells, will have chaotic effects in time. These
effects often take the form of aging, disease, and death. The type of
fluctuation that is present in a system, when it confronts a bifurcation
point, will determine which branch the system will follow. When a system
crosses a bifurcation point, which is a type of Magic Point, it undergoes
a stochastic (unpredictable) process. The sensitivity of tiny numbers
to iteration is called 'sensitive dependence on initial conditions' which
is the subject of the second law. Thus the Second and Third Laws are closely
related. The second law points out the existence of Magic Points in the
form of nuances, and advises you to learn to detect them. The third law
suggests that these points, once detected, can be used to your advantage.
Iteration makes microcosmic effects to have an observed effect on the
macrocosm. As a magician, you must find the Magic Points of your own life,
and stimulate them in ways that are according to your True Will. The Third
Law helps us understand the paradox of having free will in a deterministic
world. Prior to a Magic Point, we are under the sway of determinism. The
Magic Point establishes a 'window of free will' which allows us to change,
to break away from the powerful forces of determinism that exist at that
point. Afterwards, determinism sets in again, and maintains its influence
until the next Magic Point. However, because of the Seventh Law, it is
impossible to determine with certainty which way our free will will take
us. The mathematical Law of Large Numbers says that for large numbers,
fluctuations are negligible. However, this law only holds for equilibrium
conditions. At far-from-equilibrium conditions, small fluctuations can
no longer be ignored. A classic example is the physics experiment of a
gas in equilibrium. The gas has a volume V, and in this volume it has
a large number of molecules, X. We divide the gas in half, so that there
are two equal volumes. If we counted up the molecules in each new volume,
we would expect to find X/2 molecules occupying each volume, V/2. The
error in our count, E1, will be so small that for all practical purposes
we can ignore it. We can repeat the experiment using a gas that is in
far- from-equilibrium conditions. We will find that we no longer can get
an equal number of molecules in the two volumes. The random motion of
the gas molecules makes it impossible to get an equal number of molecules
into the two volumes. The error, E2, can not be ignored. The value for
E2 will be much greater than the value that we found for E1. In equilibrium
conditions, we have errors in our observations of the order E1 which are
very small. In far-from- equilibrium conditions, E1 has increased to E2.
This increase in our error has brought about an entirely new outcome.
We no longer have X/2 molecules in the two volumes. If we look at the
errors in our measurements, E1 and E2, as inherent nonlinear fluctuations,
then we can say that such fluctuations can be ignored for systems in equilibrium.
But for systems in far-from- equilibrium conditions, fluctuations within
the system can determine the outcome of the entire system. Molecules behave
as independent entities when in equilibrium. However, in far-from- equilibrium
conditions, molecules take on a coherence, and arrange themselves in a
quite dependent manner. Change, as a result of practicing this magic,
will not always appear at first to be a 'good' thing. Quite often, stimulation
of a Magic Point gives poor results, or none at all, at least for a time.
However, the results intended will manifest after a time if you don't
give up. In many magical operations, faith will be needed until you learn
how the Third Law operates. In many cases, the results that you desire
will be postponed, or will be different from what you expected. This is
a side-effect of karma. Whether results are immediate or delayed, as you
expected or a surprise, depends on your personal karma. It is well known
among spiritual healers, for example, that a patient will often get worse
before a healing takes effect. "The lion roars loudest just before
he dies," is old saying that is supports the Third Law.
THE FOURTH LAW,
Complex systems are
All things are interwoven,
nothing is truly reversible. Linear equations suggest reversibility, but
this is an illusion. Instability breaks up symmetry, which is never completely
recovered. According to the Fourth Law, nothing in our universe is truly
reversible, although simple systems can be assumed to be reversible for
all practical purposes. Time flows in only one direction. The Arrow of
Time points to irreversibility. For example, the Big Bang gives us an
irreversible history. All things in our universe move through time from
the Big Bang, where the physical universe began, to the end, which may
be a Big Crunch, or simply a soupy nebulous sea of cold formless matter.
The Entropy Barrier is the name of a special Ring-Pass-Not for all complex
systems. This barrier prevents complex systems, such as man, from going
backward in time. Beyond this barrier, the path of a system is chaotic.
a certain threshold of complexity, a system will go in unpredictable directions.
They lose their initial conditions and cannot be reversed or recovered.
Ultimately, this is a recognition of creative possibilities."
flow of time is suggested by an Arrow of Time. This implies time's irreversibility.
The past is fixed. The future is a world of possibilities, and therefore
it is similar to the subatomic world of nuclear particles - both are probabalistic.
The Fourth Law implies that closed systems are reversible, while open
systems are irreversible over time. Irreversibility is the state of Becoming
- but it is not a universal phenomenon.
is no one overall time-directed evolution. Kosmos and Kaos remain constant
There are numerous
evolutions on-going, simultaneously over time, throughout the world, and
their net effect is an overall constancy. In a very real sense, every
Dissipative Structure undergoes its own unique evolutionary processes.
Dissipative Structures have coherence. The molecules of these systems
each act as if they know the overall state of the system.
and mathematics want us to believe that all physical processes are reversible.
A world in which events are reversible is a strange world indeed."
An irreversible thermodynamic
change is a change toward states of increasing probability. Reversible
systems can be predicted. The future of irreversible systems (and all
open systems are irreversible) cannot be predicted. The idea of irreversibility
should not be carried too far. If we are sick, we can recover our health
and become well again. In some degree, after a period of aging, we often
can regain our youth and our youthful vigor. But once you become an adult,
you can never become a child again, not during this lifetime. While the
physical body can sometimes be made to reverse its conditions and some
of its characteristics, true reversibility, in the sense of actually going
backward in time, is impossible. The practitioner of this magic, must
keep in mind that the fourth law, like all of the laws of Chaos Magic,
applies to systems in time and space. Consciousness, per se, cannot truly
be considered a system, at least not in the thermodynamic sense. Thus
consciousness, which obeys its own laws, is not necessarily subject to
the laws of magic as defined here.
THE FIFTH LAW,
All living systems
are dependent upon cooperation.
Life creates the conditions for its own existence.
Symbiosis is the
mutual interdependency of two biological systems. Magic extends this definition
to the exterior Kosmos (the universe as a system) and all living systems,
as well as between all living systems themselves. Sex is an expression
of symbiosis, which is sometimes called the 'mix-match principle,' where
two organisms combine, react to each other, redefine themselves, and readapt
to each other and to their environment, and then something new emerges.
Sex is thus an expression of the cooperation between complex living systems.
of our body develop in cooperation with each other - all life is a form
of cooperation. This cooperation arises from feedback from the Flux of
The process of Phase
Locking occurs whenever the chaotic actions of the individual shifts to
the ordered actions of a collective system - when individual behavior
shifts to a collective behavior. For example, women living together tend
to synchronize their menstrual cycles. Individual spirichute bacteria
tend to undulate in the same rhythm when they come together at a food
source. Brain Phase Locking, a special technique of this magic, allows
us to 'tune in' on the collective unconscious of others. Success requires
that the body work in harmony as a collective unit. The individual and
the collective are two poles of a duality. They are both required, and
each needs the other for its own successful growth. Too often, individuals
forget this important fact of life, and think that they are more, or less,
important than their society. Because of symbiosis, under certain conditions,
individual behavior of a subsystem can effect the collective or overall
behavior of the entire system. For example, when the heart stops beating,
the entire body dies. The death or retirement of a corporation president
can effect the organization of which he was but one member. The more complex
a system, the greater the number of fluctuations that threaten its stability.
Yet complex systems somehow avoid chaos. This is due in part to the stabilizing
effects of various diffusion processes, and on the system's ability to
communicate. Communication assists stability while fluctuations assist
instability. The net effect is a competition of tension which establishes
a stability threshold for the system.
seeks disintegration. Kosmos seeks stability. The Great Incoherence sends
out Waves of Kaos, fluctuations that would overwhelm systems except for
the ability of systems to communicate. Communication is the Glue of Kosmos.
All systems maintain themselves over time by their natural ability to
The natural ability
of living systems to communicate together is the result of telepathy.
For example, you are in constant telepathic contact with other people.
You are probably unaware of this on the conscious level, but nevertheless,
it is so. This natural sharing is expressed in psychology as the collective
unconscious. A favorite example of yoga is to look at people as waves
on the sea. Each wave rises up from the sea and then sinks back again.
In the same way, each person is born, lives for a time as if s/he were
an independent individual, and then dies. Rebirth is like the wave rising
again from the sea. Is it the same wave, or a new wave? The wave only
appears to exist as a separate unit, yet it is actually connected to all
of the other waves through its roots in the sea. In the same way, we each
seem to have a separate ego, but this is an illusion. We are actually
all connected, and we all continuously share ideas and experiences. The
Fifth Law emphasizes the need for awareness of our environment, and for
taking good care of our environment. The science of ecology, and modern
environmental impact statements, required by most governments for new
projects, are the result of society's intuitive awareness of the Fifth
THE SIXTH LAW,
THE AUTOPOIETIC PARADOX
The more independent
a system, the more feedback loops it requires.
This law is a paradox.
By definition, an independent system does not require environmental feedback.
However, this law holds because in real life, there truly are no closed
or independent living systems. All living systems are open. Thus all living
systems have feedback loops. A system can only appear to be independent,
by knowing exactly what is going on around it, and this implies the need
for feedback loops. This law implies that individual independent systems
are an illusion.
are dependent. All dependent systems seek their independence and evolve
toward that goal by the addition of feedback loops. The illusion of independence
is the Gift of Kosmos and the ability to see through this illusion is
the Gift of Kaos."
The human mind reduces
the diversity of nature to a web of illusions. In the East, this phenomenon
is called 'maya.' Because of the nature of the human mind, everyone has
a mind-set of values and opinions, or what lumped together may be called
one's 'world view.' We each have a unique world view. Your world view
is simply the way in which you perceive your environment. Although this
appears to be a simple enough concept, it has several complex implications.
For example, it implies that your experience always tend to substantiate
your world view. We all have the tendency to think the world is a certain
way because of our experiences in it. Our world view is always based upon
our experiences. Yet the truth is that other people live in the same world,
and have completely different world views, which also are substantiated
by their experiences. World views tend to be inertial. That is, they only
change under great pressure. The energy that would be required to change
our world view is produced by what is called a 'Significant Emotional
Event (SEE).' This occurs naturally whenever our observations are at odds
with our world view. These special events are nothing less than the Magic
Points of the Third Law. A SEE occurs when nature stimulates our Magic
Point by showing the limited nature of our world view. The result is mental
turbulence followed by a new world view to account for the new observation.
Such 'natural stimulation' is not desired because it is unconscious, and
usually occurs with little or no preparation. The result of natural stimulation
of a Magic Point is that the direction one's life takes afterward is totally
unpredictable. The magician or occultist seeks conscious control over
such events. We all like to think that we are independent. However, it
is well known that the person who stays home all day will not be healthy.
He or she will be susceptible to both physical and mental problems. Boredom
and loneliness often result in alcoholism, drugs, or promiscuity. The
human brain, like the muscles, need outside stimulation. The person who
spends time helping others in some way, whether paid or not, will be healthier
for it. The 'rat race' of modern business provides an excellent milieu
in which to stimulate one's Magic Points, become creative, and grow. The
hermit who retires to a cave may learn to look within himself, but he
will probably not be creative because creativity demands stimulation,
and few people are self- stimulated. We all need external stimulating
experiences in order to grow. Our growth towards independence itself depends
upon such experiences. The hustle and bustle of daily life (an effect
of Kaos) is required in order to maintain healthy development (an effect
of Kosmos). The next time you feel the desire to escape from the stress
and strife of daily life, remember the Sixth Law, and allow your chaotic
surroundings to provide creative stimulation for positive growth.
THE SEVENTH LAW,
The future of any
complex system is unpredictable.
All that we can ever
know of the future is in terms of probabilities. The future of any complex
system can only be known totally (i.e., with certainty) by its moment-to-moment
expression in the present.
is predictable. Kaos is unpredictable. Because all systems evolve over
time gaining in complexity, all systems will reach a Magic Point where
their futures become uncertain. At this point, they touch the Boundaries
This passage touches
on several of the laws of Chaos Magic. It directly addresses the Seventh
Law, while indirectly addressing the Second and Third. Basically, this
law says that the future is a world of possibilities. Every future event
is associated with a probability of occurrence. We cannot even say that
the sun will rise tomorrow morning with 100% certainty.
Demons attract systems toward certain predictable resultant states. This
is the cause of continuity. However, living complex systems can rebuke
these Demons and escape at any time. Thus their future states are unpredictable."
This passage speaks
of unpredictability in terms of the Attractor Demon, a special type of
demonic entity that resides in Phase Space. The region of Phase Space
is said to be located between dimensions, and thus these demons are invisible
to us, although we often feel their effects. Our ability to avoid these
demons constitutes the rationale for the probabalistic nature of our future.
The biosphere of our Earth as a whole, and all living systems within it,
at times exist in far-from-equilibrium conditions. Life, as we know it,
is an expression of the self- organizing processes that occur under these
conditions. When far-from-equilibrium living systems revert to equilibrium,
when they embrace Kosmos, their life becomes regular, and therefore, temporarily
predictable. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle is known to be true on
the subatomic level. According to this magic, an element of uncertainty
is present in all frames of reference, even in our everyday lives. This
is most clearly seen in far-from- equilibrium systems, but remains true
for all systems. Man is a complex dynamic system. According to the Seventh
Law, our lives are inherently unpredictable, at least in their details
(for example, death itself is a certainty, but how and when are generally
unpredictable). This unpredictability ensures free will, and without it
our futures would be forever fixed according to the doctrine of predestination
(the concept of predestination is opposed to the seventh law, and therefore
has no place in this magic).
THE EIGHTH LAW
All creative activity
is the result of tension between Kaos and Kosmos.
discovery, and invention result from the conjunction of two or more distinct
frames of reference.
Creativity is order
condensing out of chaos. The limit cycles of habitual thinking prevent
creativity. These are identical to what H. P. Blavatsky, the founder of
the modern theosophical movement, called the 'grooves of the mind.' In
time, everyone's mind gets stuck in these grooves. We all tend to succumb
to habitual thinking. To release the mind from these grooves, a stimulus
Lever is used to pry the mind from its normal everyday thinking, to free
it from its hypnotic dreams of Kosmos, to point it in the direction of
the dark and terrible realms of Kaos."
the ability to shift data from one frame of reference to one or more other
frames. This is reminiscent of the story of Archimedes. He was commissioned
to determine how much gold was in the king's crown. While contemplating
the problem, he stepped in a bath of water and cried 'Eureka,' which is
to say, 'I have found it.' He noticed that as he lowered himself into
the bath water, the level of the water rose accordingly. He then changed
his frame of reference from himself to the king's crown, and realized
that the crown, which was too complex to measure accurately, would displace
an equal amount of water which could be measured accurately. By shifting
his frame of reference, Archimedes created a method for measuring complex
objects. Far-from-equilibrium structures are systems bordering on the
domain of Kaos. It is here that we see transformations from Kaos to Kosmos,
order out of disorder. New dynamic states of matter originate here, which
we have called Dissipative Structures. When we approach far-from-equilibrium
systems, we are actually approaching the specific and the unique.
to understanding how Kosmos builds from Kaos is the element Fire. Fire
dissipates Water, consumes Air, and transforms Earth. Fire causes chemical
reactions. It causes melting and evaporation. It makes fuel burn and in
that process, it releases heat. But there is another side to Fire known
to the Servitors of Kaos. This Occult Fire does not destroy, but rather
This passage mentions
the four elements of the ancients: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. It is well
known that these elements symbolically represent the cosmic planes of
manifestation. For example, the element Fire corresponds to the Causal
Plane. The Fire of the Causal Plane is highly creative. As the name itself
suggests, this plane contains the creative causal forces and energies
that sustain our physical Earth. Magic uses this Occult Fire in its creative
operations. This Occult Fire can be used to trigger Magic Points in such
a way that a desired result can be attained with high probability. Even
with Occult Fire, karma remains as a potent force for unpredictability.
It is not until one's karmic burden is alleviated to some degree that
this magic can be used safely and with a high probability of success (as
is true for all types of magic).
THE NINTH LAW
Complex systems at
equilibrium are not really at equilibrium.
Systems damped by
friction, and driven by some kind of energy input, while appearing to
be at an equilibrium state, are not really at equilibrium at all. Tiny
variations are present which can send the system into chaos at any time.
places systems in the world, but Kaos eventually receives them. We like
to think that systems are orderly and function in equilibrium. However,
such is not the case. Kaos will not be thwarted."
This law suggests
that the entire universe is a form of illusion, somewhat like the maya
of Buddhism. It appears to be self-sufficient, but in reality is not.
The world appears to exist with independence, but does not.
of Kosmos and the Laws of Kaos are universal. But when you are in the
realm of Kaos, you need obey only his laws. When you are in the realm
of Kosmos, you need obey only her laws. To obey the god's laws when in
the realm of the goddess, or vice versa, is foolishness indeed."
The laws of equilibrium
and linearity are universal. However, systems only obey those laws when
they are close to equilibrium. Such systems are said to have repetitive
behavior. But systems that are far-from-equilibrium obey the laws of nonlinearity,
and can give rise to new Dissipative Structures through the process of
self-organization. The types of Dissipative Structures produced depends
on the initial conditions when they are formed. For example, external
influences, such as the magnetic and gravitational fields of the Earth,
can have significant influences.
that are in harmony are blind. Systems that are in disharmony can see."
Matter, that is
in equilibrium, is under the Law of Kosmos, and for that reason has little
desire other than to continue in its present condition. It is under strong
inertial forces. Matter, in far-from-equilibrium conditions, is under
the Law of Kaos, and can escape the inertial forces of order, and can
self- transform into something else. It is almost as if the physical particles
could collectively 'see' a new path to take. This is also true for systems.
Near-bifurcation systems present large fluctuations. They seem to hesitate,
in front of the bifurcation that faces them, until a small fluctuation
carries them over the edge of their own indecision. Once over the edge,
they flow willingly enough into an entirely new evolution that changes
the entire behavior of the system. The Ninth Law suggests that we can
progress farther under stress than when things are going well. This idea
is expressed in Mahayana Buddhism by the doctrine that the human condition
is better than the divine, that being a man is preferable to being a god.
According to the Buddhist Masters, this is because man can spiritually
progress, while gods tend to 'tread water' for many aeons without any
spiritual growth. Man partakes of both matter and spirit, standing approximately
midway between the two polar opposites. As such, the human condition allows
a better chance for spiritual growth than any other. Gods exist in perfect
harmony. They are at equilibrium, while the human condition, by comparison,
can be considered a far-from-equilibrium state. The Ninth Law says that
we will never have heaven on Earth. Man is a complex system, and as such,
can never exist in true equilibrium (i.e., in perfect harmony). However,
we are more than human. According to the Magic of Chaos, divinity is a
state of perfect equilibrium, and every human being has a spark of divinity
at the core of their being.
THE NEW MAGIC
beginning of time there was Kaos and Kosmos. Kaos was happy, and reveled
in dark cold places. But Kosmos was not happy. She did not like the dark
cold places of her brother. She decided to create the world. When the
world was first formed by Kosmos, her brother was wrath, and he attacked
her creation and slew it. Kosmos waited a while, and then she created
the world a second time. Again Kaos attacked the world and slew it. In
desperation, Kosmos tricked her brother by casting a deception. By the
time Kaos realized that he had been tricked, the world had already come
into being. Kosmos ruled over her world from her silver throne, in the
beautiful Palace of the Silver Star, which lies in the enchanted Land
of Bliss. Kaos established a throne of gold, in the dark Palace of Becoming,
which lies in the dread Land of Incoherence."
This story underlies
the thrust of the magic. The Magic of Chaos looks at the universal behavior
of complex systems such as man. It points out that complex systems are
not predictable. There is always an element of chance, randomness, and
chaos. The magic looks at how things are created, how order comes out
of disorder. For example, it explains that even though the universe is
flowing toward ultimate chaos (second law of thermodynamics) nevertheless,
order (evolution) comes about. The magic addresses Magical Bifurcation
Points. These are special points along the flow of our life in which choices
can be made for which future possibilities we will take. We all have these
Magic Points. Magic teaches us to find them, and to take advantage of
them. This implies the concept of 'probable selves.'
at their Magic Points will branch into future identities which depend
on so many parameters that we can say they are unpredictable. However,
a slight nudge toward a desired goal at the right time can bring about
positive lasting effects. This is our great task."
Each decision, at
such a point, involves an amplification of something small. The ability
of a magician (and we are all magicians, consciously or unconsciously)
to deliberately amplify a small change can be called a Magic Lever.
arsenal of the magician, no weapon is as powerful as the Magic Lever.
The Magic Lever is used to turn weakness into strength, failure into success,
Kaos into Kosmos."
a direct effect on the subatomic particles of the body, especially those
within the brain. A tiny change within the system/body can result in a
vast change to the overall system/body because of amplification through
feedback loops. This idea is outlined in Enochian Physics (Llewellyn Publishing,
1988) where it is suggested that conscious control over gravitons can
produce levitation, conscious control over W and Z bosons can produce
psychic heat, conscious control of photons can enhance the Body of Light,
and so on. Nonlinearity exists at many scales throughout the brain. This
increases the likelihood that bifurcation and amplification at some point
in the brain will take place. Brain activity in its details is unpredictable
- but it does have tendencies. New thoughts/stimuli are chaotic but after
repetition, become orderly. This process is called recall or memory through
neuron feedback coupling. The brain can be considered to have three basic
input channels and one output channel. Information comes into the brain
by way of the five physical senses and/or memory. However, a second input
comes into the brain from Kosmos at the cortex, aaat the bottom of the
brain. Also, at the bottom of the brain, a third input comes from Kaos
through the brain stem. Essentially, the inputs of Kosmos and Kaos represent
the sense of order and disorder that is present in virtually all brain
activity. The inputs of Kosmos and Kaos cause a tension throughout the
brain that is mandatory for proper and healthy growth. Without the input
from Kosmos, the brain falls into insanity and irrationality. It dreams
too much. Without the input from Kaos, the brain falls into stereotyped
'grooves' or habitual modes of thinking, and functions like an automaton
or robot, without any real creativity. It no longer dreams at all. The
output, our thoughts as well as our behavior, depends upon a proper blending
of Kaos and Kosmos. A magician must be able to jump from reference plane
to reference plane while coupling together their similarities for specific
magical purposes. This is only possible with balanced inputs from Kosmos
and Kaos. The magician must develop a Bud-Will. The Bud-Will is a magical
term used to denote the psychic projection of one's magical will, followed
by the animation of that projection so that it becomes autonomous. Like
a psychic automoton, a magical child, the Bud-Will tirelessly seeks to
carry out the will of the magician who created it. The magical Bud-Will
of the magician is an important aspect, and powerful technique, of his
or her creativity.
seek out a nuance, and then amplify it in our mind. This initially results
in uncertainty and wonder. More amplification results in branching to
new planes of reference with feedback loops. Gradually it takes on definition
and form, and obtains self- organization - the nuance becomes embodied."
Every physical object
is an embodiment of an idea, or mental object. Nothing comes into the
physical plane without first coming downward through the Cosmic Planes
of Manifestation. The magical Bud-Will is a special driving force that
precipitates an idea into physical manifestation. It does this through
amplification over time. The magician acknowledges the uncertainty in
life. The magician has a reverence for uncertainty. This reverence leads
to a personal vision - the True Will.
Will is in turn linked to our ability to foster the collective action
of many individuals. Thus we gain authority and accumulate great creative
The chaos magician
is opposed to the Reductionist. He opposes linearity with the concept
of Wholeness. The Reductionist is the magician who thinks the world is
a machine, who seeks for the smallest 'building block' of matter. He reduces
the universe to a collection of parts. The chaos magician, on the other
hand, sees all parts only exist in relation to each other, which is Wholeness.
seeks to control nature. We seek to live in tune with nature. The Reductionist
seeks stability. We seek change. The Reductionist seeks domination. We
The chaos magician
takes a holistic approach to life and sees patterns in variety, the chance
for progress in change, life in death, and order in chaos.
OUR LIVING EARTH
is not physical, but it expresses itself physically in the form of highly
improbable complex structures."
The planet Earth
is a living being. It is a complex living structure which includes the
biosphere, the atmosphere, oceans, and soils. This idea is detailed in
the Gaia Model of J. E. Lovelock, where Gaia is the name given to our
Earth as a single, albeit large, living organism. Gaia is a feedback system
whose goal is to find an optimal physical and chemical environment for
life. She (Earth, as the Great Mother, is traditionally considered feminine)
uses feedback to maintain controlled conditions which nurture and sustain
tries to keep conditions constant to support life. She has organs which
are expendable, and she has organs which are vital. However, the control
mechanisms used are relatively slow, some requiring thousands of years.
We have respect for the control systems of Kosmos, which let in just enough
Kaos to prevent stagnation."
In general, any time
we find a highly improbable molecular distribution, we will probably find
life, or one of its direct expressions. Molecular structures that are
'normal,' which is to say, that are found everywhere, have a low probability
of life as we know it. As a general rule of thumb, an organized system
of molecules that stands out from its surroundings, and therefore is easily
recognized, is probably a vehicle of life. The Earth is not in thermodynamic
equilibrium, and thus has such organized molecular structures everywhere.
The presence of oxygen and methane in the air, and wood in the ground,
for examples, assure that large parts of the Earth have a highly improbable
distribution of molecules. Cybernetics was used by the American mathematician,
Norbert Wiener, to describe the study of self-regulating communication
and control systems in both living and nonliving complex dynamic systems.
The main function of cybernetic systems is to find and travel along optimum
pathways, through changing conditions, toward a fixed predetermined goal.
Chaos Magic teaches that the Earth itself is such a system.
as a system, operates on a global scale. Its goal is to establish and
maintain optimum physical conditions for life."
Oxygen is maintained
in the atmosphere at a constant rate of about 21 percent. Our carbon-based
bodies need oxygen to maintain life. If the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere
is allows to vary by only a few degrees, dangerous consequences would
set in; Kaos would have domination. For example, the likelihood of a lightening
bolt starting a forest fire increases by 70 percent for every 1 percent
increase of oxygen in the air above the current 21 percent. Oxygen greater
than 21 percent would result in the destruction of our forests by fire.
The current oxygen content in the air is therefore a maximum optimal amount.
The oceans act as large energy converters. They absorb solar radiant energy
from sunlight and cause large amounts of air and water to move around
the globe. In this way, The energy and heat, received by the sun, is evenly
distributed to all parts of the Earth to help maintain a relatively constant
temperature. The temperature of the atmosphere and the salinity of the
oceans are both relatively constant. Geological evidence suggests that
the salinity of the oceans and the temperature of the atmosphere have
remained constant ever since life began, thousands of millions of years
ago. These two parameters are examples of the Earth's feedback control
systems. About 1.5 billion years ago, the Earth had billions of tiny living
viruses, called 'anaerobes,' because they did not need oxygen. These tiny
organisms commonly grew in the absence of oxygen. When oxygen was thrown
into the atmosphere, a terrible atmospheric catastrophe for the anaerobes,
they were effected in at least three ways:
(1) Many died,
(2) Some were driven into regions where the poisonous oxygen could not
get to them, such as the mud at the bottoms of lakes and rivers where
they can still be found today, and
(3) Some adapted to the new environment.
They became a new
strain which was resistant to the poison of oxygen. These were the forbearers
of all oxygen-breathing beings on Earth today. It is interesting to note
that one group of those that fled from their environment can be found
today in our digestive tracts, and that without them we would not be able
to convert food into energy. Oxygen, which began as an atmospheric pollutant,
is now indispensable for life as we know it. Pollutants are relative.
Almost all exist naturally somewhere in the world. It is as hard to define
'pollutant' as it is to define 'life.' Pollutants are the cast-offs of
Kosmos and, as such, they are often the new building blocks of Kaos. Oxygen
was a pollutant to the anaerobes that existed prior to oxygen in the atmosphere.
The Earth, as a complex dynamic system, uses pollutants. Living beings
adjust to them, and thus they evolve by growing into new forms. Most pollutants
are so small that they have little effect on life. However, when they
become large enough, life adapts in both an individual and a collective
sense. A case in point is the English Peppered Moth. During the Industrial
Revolution, great quantities of black sooty pollutants were cast into
the air. They stuck to trees and most building surfaces. The Peppered
Moth was originally grey in color. In only a few decades, this moth changed
its color to black. As black, it was camouflaged against predators on
trees that were blackened by the waste products of industry. However,
modern society has recently cleaned up its act, and the black pollutants
of yesterday are no longer being thrown into the air. The trees have turned
back to a natural grey color. Already, the moths are becoming grey again
as they adapt to their changing environment. The Earth is alive. As such,
it changes, and the living beings on it must either adapt according, or
die out. All life is intricately joined together, and what effects one
will effect every other.