Chaos Magick FAQ

The Master Works of Chaos Magick

by Adam Blackthorne

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Q: Can I adapt one of the methods to….?

A: Yes. It’s Chaos Magick, and can thus be adapted as you see fit. Make sure you read all the opening chapters, and the final chapter, to get a grasp of how this can work, and remember that all the example methods in the book are just that. They are examples to guide you, rather than definitive methods.

Q: Can this ritual/spirit/method be used to…?

A: Being Chaos Magick, the answer will always be, “Yes, no, it depends, why not give it a try?” When you read the last chapter of the book, you should get a feeling for the fact that this magick is not an exact science, but a personal exploration. If you have an urge to use the magick in a particular way, there is no right or wrong, there is only experience. Work the magick as you feel inspired to do so.

Q: Why is the last word of the authority call EH-YEAH?

A: The calls are pronunciations of the words in the triangle. The last of these is the Tetragrammaton, which for magickal purpose might be said as EE-AH-OH-EH. Here it is rendered as EE-AH-YEAH for reasons that remain unclear, even to Adam, but it was probably a simplification or alternative of a longer rendering that we were using at the time, before EE-AH-OH-EH became used more widely in our work. You are, of course, free to use any version you like, but in the context of this ritual, I would still use EH-AH-YEAH, because it’s been done that way for a long time, and that has a patterning effect. It works again because it’s worked before.

Q: In the Upside Down Sex magick chapter, you say there are hidden secrets. What are they?

A: It would spoil the fun to tell you everything. And it would take away your opportunity to explore. But here’s one little idea that was implied, ever so subtly. Good sex requires two people, not one. If you’ve got something you both want, have one person use the traditional method (summarised in a wee little paragraph there), and one person use the goal-burning method – at the same time, reaching that moment at the same time (if you’re skilled enough). That’s a beautiful bundle of contradictory alchemy – a cauldron of intention and allowing. Works very well.

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46 thoughts on “Chaos Magick FAQ

  1. Hi there 🙂
    Firstly, let me say, the book “Chaos Magick” is fantastic and I really enjoyed your writing style; it’s very approachable.
    Secondly to my question, I used the calling for Arathon, but I was so focused on the feel of the vibrations of the words for his name that I forgot to look at the sigil, I went straight into my request(lol); I don’t feel that it was a total fail, the air was very dense/heavy, and the room/myself became very hot almost humid you could say, even with the a/c on. I was wondering if my failure to look at the sigul means that I should perform the call again, perhaps in a week, to give it time, but I don’t want to be keep calling out to him if he’s already working on what I needed. What do you think, call again, or let it ride?

    Happy Weekend to you!

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    1. Ah, thanks Nicole. So great to hear. You could repeat that after a break, as you suggest, but your description sounds like it was all happening. You’d already seen the sigil, you know what it looks like, so if you got all those ‘side-effects’ my best guess is contact was made and it worked. We sometimes get hung up on staring at the sigils so hard they melt, but it’s really about being aware of that shape, of having it within you – os if you’ve seen it, and knew of it, as you did the work, and if it was present as you did the ritual, that’s probably enough.

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  2. Hi Adam, a week after I have finished Hagith ritual to end a couple’ s relationship, the couple got married. I am wondering if I should repeat Hagith ritual as the circumstance changes. During the ritual , I ask Hagith to end their relationship so that they will never be together again. Should I repeat, asking Hagith to end their marriage instead? Or hagith would continue to work on ending their marriage?

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    1. This happens more often than I wish it did – you force a couple to make or break, and they go ‘make’ to try to get through. But, the break will come. Probably. Yeah, as it’s changed, you might want to repeat, but you should also see that your magick may well have been stirring them up. Cold comfort, I know. But it’s the same with any attack – people can seem calm happy, all well on the surface. Underneath, things are not so good. Unless this is an unshakeable love, in which case nothing you can do will change it. But rather than focussing on the marriage itself, just get them to fall out, fall out of love. Easier to do that than to cause an actual divorce, which is complicated, expensive, legal and often comes years after the actual breakdown of the relationship.

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  3. What happen if I break a promise to the Olympic spirit after the ritual? The results from the ritual have not come about. Does it mean that I should watch out the next time I cross the road as the spirit is pissed ? Or does it mean the spirit would not help me anymore and I could forget about any results from the ritual?

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    1. If the offering has been made for a while, then it’s been made; doesn’t have to be forever. But I don’t know if you mean this is three days later or three months when you say the results haven’t come about. Try to think of it as ‘not yet’. Even if you stop the offering now, you’ve made some sacrifice, and the result can still come if you don’t write it off as a failure. Maybe, hopefully, but maybe not. But no, they won’t get you as you cross the road – the worst they do is ignore you.

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  4. Hi Mr. AB,
    Quick Q: I’ve been implementing incorporating the sigils in my work (your advice in this book); you said it should be small that the eyes can’t see. I got this part covered.

    But can you suggest anything that can protect my creative work, like what you and the G.O.M masters have done? Can I call an angel or demon to protect my creative work against piracy? If yes who do you suggest?

    Or should I just create a sigil then charge it? – & give it the intention to just destroy the people who would disrespect & steal my work by putting it online for free etc ad infinitum.

    The problem with charging for me personally is that sometimes my physical energy is low that I cannot charge with full blown emotions & intent. Ergo why I like working with a spirit and have the spirit do this for me & as opposed to “using” my emotions & intentions.

    I approach life intellectually not emotionally, that’s why when emotions & intents are on the menu – I get physically drained. (Sidenote – emotions for me are just useful on magickal attacks because there my emotions become potent, I don’t hold back) BUT on other issues of life. I get drained.

    So what say you? what’s your verdict on this? :D. I wish there’s this like “Batman” big light that says MR. ADAM BLACKTHORNE MAYDAY MAYDAY you know what I mean? I’ll flash it right now.

    Thanks 🙂 😀 I’m humble enough to admit I’m running out of creative magickal juices hahahah HELP. With much gratitude, S.M.888

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    1. We’re trying to avoid a Bat Signal – that is, we’re trying to encourage self-led learning. For many reasons. We’re not going to be around forever, and like somebody said, ‘Imagine you were studying some old text and you want to write to the author. You just can send a message to Crowley.’ We’ll all be dead soon, too! No, I hope not. But we won’t be around, so that’s why we keep saying to people that if you ask more than two or three questions a week, look to yourself and see what you can divine from your intuition. Not wanting to pour water on the bonfire of your enthusiasm, one tiny bit, but just pointing you in a more important direction!

      But as to protecting work, what we did was very complicated involving a lot of people and is way beyond the scope of what we’ve put in the books. And there’s a lot of debate as to whether it works. Some people say the curse has crippled their magick, others that they are just fine – but they keep on pirating books, so I hardly think they are thriving! But, as I say, that was a big deal and not something I could communicate here.

      Low energy can be a problem, so wait until you’re ready and have worked out what you like best – it can be an angel (you have to choose one that feels right to you), servitor or sigil (chaos magick!). Lots can work, nothing will be perfect.

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      1. hahaha first thanks for the quid-pro-quo jokes 🙂 😀 I truly get you when you said, self-taught philosophy as part of the learning process.

        Pls. leave me some inheritance when you pass on & go to the higher realm. I can email you my bank account number. I only say this to encourage the wealth spirits by you initiating the wealth giving, lead by example as Gandhi said ” BE THE CHANGE Mr.A.B – the change that you wanna see”.

        But yeah I get you, dear God why do emotions drain me? Yes Prof. A.B will work on that part Sir.

        Again my bank account numero is on its way hahahah, with much love & gratitude, S.M.888

        P.S. i can also accept Paypal for your convenience 😀 goodnight visit me in my dreams with money bags

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  5. Got the Chaos magick book and I love It! Definitely think I fall into the category of a Chaos magician as I’ve always liked to blend or mix and match styles of working. I was attracted to working with the Olympic Spirits for a love situation and wasn’t sure which spirit to call on, but then I was drawn to Phul, as one of the powers listed was to ease anxiety and fears. I did the Ritual to ease the fears of my love interest who is fearful of commitment due to being severely hurt from a past relationship. The next day, my love interest contacted me, wanting to meet – after not seeing each other for a while due to other circumstances as well. We then ended up going for dinner and while we’re still not a couple, I felt a definite improvement- he opened up more to me about his life, what he feels about things, etc. Definitely feel this is as a result of the Ritual. So I take this as a good sign.

    I also feel sometimes people get discouraged with magick as they expect huge developments over night but in my experence, it’s more often gradual baby steps, especially when dealing with another person and their emotions. This was a big step forward for us I feel – but then I remembered I’d specified I wanted things to move forward at a pace that was right for him too. So while on the outside not an earth shattering development as in he didn’t declare undying love for me or anything, it was a big step forward for him as I’d asked. If that makes sense! I have combined this with sigil rituals from your book. The ones to encourage love, encourage trust and maintain love over a long distance (as he is often away). Feel the sigils working super fast as well. Anyway, so grateful for both those books- I’m learning such a lot from them.

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    1. Thank you, and I love that story. What I like best is that you did some cunning, sideways magick. Rather than going straight for love or whatever, you worked on anxiety and fears. Clever. This is often the best way.

      Yes, yes, yes to baby steps. It can work in seconds, but often it takes layers of change and if you can accept that, you get stuff so quickly (compared to if you’d *not* done magick). Glad the sigils are working!

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      1. Thanks! I like being cunning 🙂 The idea just came to me when reading the powers listed under Phul. I will follow it up soon with asking Hagith for help with love specifically. I also like the section in this book on sigils. I’ve not worked with them much before in terms of creating my own but I have had some success with using ones I just found on the internet to remove an enemy. What I actually did was take a digital image of the sigil and ‘broadcast’ it at the target via radionics. I don’t know if you have any experience of that but I have some digital radionics software programme which work very well and which I use in conjunction with physical rituals, etc. I find it can amplify your own energy.

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  6. Hi Adam, when asking Hagith to break up a couple, should I state the problem more like the couple does not belong together and there is everything wrong with the couple, rather than I like the guy so the only way for the guy to be with me is for them to break up. Which one is a better sell to Hagith? 🙂

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    1. Look at Step 5 – it’s not a sell, but clarity. Feel the problem, then the solution. ‘They are together and I want them apart’ is simple and clear. If you add in, ‘and I want to be with him’, that’s an additional complication. Maybekeep it simple, get one result, and then work on the next.

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  7. Hi Adam, I need your guidance regarding arathron. I am wondering how big of a request I can ask of arathron in one ritual. I am thinking to ask arathron to destroy the wealth of my enemy and also destroy the ability of my enemy to make new wealth. Is it too big of a request to ask in one ritual or should I break it down into two different rituals (each ritual done some time apart)?

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      1. Thanks Adam, I need advise on how to structure the problem to arathron. Can I say the problem is that the enemy use alot of my money and I want revenge to get inner peace and feel justice ? Would arathron think that I am a petty person who think about revenge?

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        1. Trust your intuition. The spirits don’t judge it as petty if you don’t feel that it’s petty. They have these powers so they can use them.

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    1. It can work in many ways, and as I say, “Things are left a bit loose, to give you room to use your intuition.” That part of the book that follows the spirit descriptions is the important bit, for choosing which power to use. “Looking at this list and using your intuition – that is a time-tested way of doing magick.” You *can* do bundles of extra research, but trusting your own feeling on this is best. But, you know, I think it’s fair to say that powers related to Venus range from lustful bursts of infatuation all the way to soulmate love.

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  8. 🙂 Adam, thank YOU for the great book. ❤ I enjoy it immensely. In the Upside Down Sex magick chapter, can masturbation be used instead of sex?

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    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you can, but only if it’s really good. That is, I go on about good sex being better than bad. It really does count. That’s why I think a lot of the casual chaos magick is often a bit of a letdown. Not enough energy. Potent and wonderful sex is way better. But it’s chaos so anything goes and anything is better than nothing.

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  9. Adam, since you are on this now, I wanted to thank you for this book. I created my own effigy over a course of several weeks. I keep it in a magickal box and every time I take my effigy out, I do feel kind of creepy just as you say. I’ve been having a huge rift with a family member, and after doing so much magick, I got the nerve to swallow my pride and apologize on my end, her apology no where to be seen, and she has not even responded to my apology which I sent via email. With Christmas approaching and the fact that her and her two teenage daughters are also rude to me and ignore me when I’m at home, I almost considered not even going, which enraged me. Not knowing really what magick to use since I worked with Olympic Spirits to help me communicate well with that email, WOP to win an argument, I just opened up my box and asked my effigy to protect me from negativity so that the whole night I would be happy and unaffected by them and it happened! (This is like impossible for me, I’m a Scorpio and the world is always about to end for me, I get way too emotional so for that to occur was a big deal). I felt that punishing an enemy from Gordon’s book was way to extreme, didn’t want to punish her and her kids like that, but I did ask my effigy to have them all deeply repent on how they treated me that day in particular and I wanted to know that they were upset and they did all seem very solemn and sad and that brought me so much satisfaction. So yes, the effigy is awesome, especially during times like those when I’m not exactly sure what type of magick to do exactly. So grateful though, I did not want to spend Christmas alone and instead I had a great time and laughed so much 🙂

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    1. Thanks for that. Writing a book is hard – well, for me it is, and it takes so much longer than you ever think it will. People say, ‘Could you just knock out a manual on Subject X’ and I freak out, thinking, ‘No, it takes months’. So thanks. The books are a big load of work, but they’re also precious to me (and us) so it’s always, always a big deal to get a compliment. Great that the effigy works for you. It’s a bit iffy for some people – the creepiness can be too much, but it can really work. Cheers. AB.

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  10. thank you for your input i recently got in the magick souly because of your books and Evocation has become such an interesting topic for me and the only books I own on the topic of magick are yours its a little hard to find a practical/Shortcut approach to it.

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  11. i just re read the FAQ “Yes, no, it depends, why not give it a try? i just wanted to know if it was even possible for evocation thorough just sigils or if you have heard if its been done before with sigils alone?

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    1. I never say never – so yes, it can be done, but I wouldn’t say it’s likely. Evocation to appearance can occur easily and almost by surprise, or it can be a labour of love – it depends on many factors, from natural ability to experience and skill. So it can work, but there are never guarantees with evocation.

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  12. Hello, the chapter of Olympic Spirits there is a part of the book that talks about an example to end a project, and makes a reference about Saturn being a heavy, destructive planet, i’ve been investigating and reading Planetary Correspondeces, and the planet that have the most destructive and negative traits is Mars, from what i have been reading about Saturn its Correspondece is all about Healimg, Protection, works, authority.

    The same with one aspect of the moon that Adam talks about Sexual attraction and i believed it should be Venus aspect, so could you tell me if the book is wrong, or maybe give me a reference where can i learn more about the planets

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    1. The book is not wrong, but there are many differing interpretations of planetary aspects around. It’s also worth noting that the Olympic spirits connect to those planetary aspects, but they have characteristics of their own, which are the ones Adam lists.

      It depends what books you read, but Saturn is often associated with depression, endings, apathy, exhaustion, binding, destruction and so on. But there are positive aspects too – not least because endings can be positive. Same applies with Luna – some sources will not include sexual attraction, others will. In terms of the Olympic spirit that employs the power of Luna, then sexual attraction is a valid power.

      I’m afraid I can’t recommend a particular book, because it’s policy not to, largely because there are thousands upon thousands of books, and what suits one will not suit another.

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    1. I’ve just added this to the FAQ: “Being Chaos Magick, the answer will always be, “Yes, no, it depends, why not give it a try?” When you read the last chapter of the book, you should get a feeling for the fact that this magick is not an exact science, but a personal exploration. If you have an urge to use the magick in a particular way, there is no right or wrong, there is only experience. Work the magick as you feel inspired to do so.”

      So it’s open to your interpretation and application. You could use it either way. A general enhancement won’t last forever, whereas a direct enhancement of one other magickal project could be very powerful.

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      1. Thanks i love how the system is simplified, the Arbatel was a a lot more then a bit complicated for some one new to this like my self i do have to say it does sound a little to easy.
        just simply asking the spirit with out all the other stuff.

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        1. If ever you don’t like how easy it feels, you can add in more complexity from the original source material – but only if doing so is going to make it feel more valid to you. Otherwise, simple is good.

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  13. I used hyperoxygenation to reach an altered state of consciousness. This produced a pronounced feeling of joy and well-being within me as well as an empty, clear mind. I haven’t heard of this being used to reach gnosis (but then again I haven’t read much about chaos magick). Is this method common?

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    1. I have heard of people using certain breathing exercise to create altered states, but I’m not sure about hyperoxygenation. People attempt to reach gnosis using innumerable methods.

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  14. Thanks for your reply,I see what you mean.I also believe completely in the reality of the entities I work with,I suppose it would be strange not to after the contacts I’ve had with them and all the help I have recieved.I invariably get a very strong sense of presence and I think this is because I have practised Qi Gong for over thirty years and so have some experience with sensing energy.Anyway I totally see the difference in the two system’s creation,thank you,David.

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  15. Hi,I was just wondering if ,for example, you could say that the ‘Angel’ books and the wealth books are in fact chaos magic? You have used established ‘magical entities’,devised a calling in harmony with the system but ,if I understand,not entirely traditional and more devised from your own experimentation, isn’t that what Chaos magic does?I’m wondering because I want to do a ritual with Bast and I want to use many of the elements in the GOM rituals because they’re really amazing and feel good to me, Will mixing these ‘systems’ be a problem because one is Hebraic and one Egyptian?I totally understand why we use ‘established’ entities and I can’t see that anything else would be detrimental.I hope you see what I mean,thanks David.

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    1. Not to me, because we’re not borrowing a belief or using it temporarily. Wealth Magick and the Angel books are written from the perspective of somebody who believes in those angels and demons. And for those workings, although faith is not essential, I think that acknowledging the reality of the entities makes it far more likely to work. Also, those systems, although devised within the group, were inspired in part through direct communication with the entities involved. That’s a quite different approach to Chaos.

      Mixing systems can work, and it can fail, but this is where experimentation comes in. I find it works more often than it fails.

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  16. Many thanks Adam for this refreshing tome. Though i think my magickal endeavors will be enhanced in general i do believe chapter 10 is where i will most succeed. 🙂
    Looking forward to more from you. A delightful addition to GOM publications.

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  17. Hi. I’ve become interested in working with demons as I’ve learned that angels are not better or worse than demons; they all have various powers and can help us in different ways (and that angles can be destructive as much). Are you planning to write a book that includes working with demons (and not just angels) for example through sigils?

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    1. We have a policy of no longer announcing books until they are just about to be published, but it’s not secret that we will produce a book on working with demons. It is not expected any time soon. Thanks for your interest.

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  18. I also posted this question on the blog. Can the 2 candles to separate 2 persons used for the.opposite effect such that it can be moved closer together to bring 2 estranged people closer? Thank you!

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    1. Of course. The main message of the book is that if something inspires you to try a magickal method, it will probably work, if you keep the main principles in mind.

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