The Garden Of Chaos

'The Laws Of Chaos Magic' By Gerald J. Schueler, Ph.D.

[I have a huge thing against anyone saying that there are definitive rules to Chaos Magic(k). Mostly because I’m pretty damn sure that goes against the entire philosophy of 1) doing whatever works for you and 2) belief is a tool. However, I’m not going to argue semantics and this is a really good article regardless.]

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     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 SYSTEMS

     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 are suspect.

     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 conditions.

   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 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.
           

     Nuclear particles 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.

          “Suggestions 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.
    

          “It is 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:

          “As an 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 life.

          “We must 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, MAGIC POINTS

       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.


     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.

          “When 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, IRREVERSIBILITY

      Complex systems are not reversible.

     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.

          “Beyond 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.” 

     The unidirectional 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.

          “There is no one overall time-directed evolution.
     Kosmos and Kaos remain constant over time.” 

     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.

          “Physics 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, SYMBIOSIS

       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.

          “The cells 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
     Kaos.”

     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.

          “Kaos 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 communicate.”

     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 Law. 

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. 

          “All systems 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, UNPREDICTABILITY

       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.

          “Kosmos 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 of Kaos.” 

     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.

          “Attractor 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 - CREATIVITY

       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.

     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 is required.

          “The Magic 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.”

     Creativity implies 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.

          “The key 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 it creates.” 

     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 - EQUILIBRIUM

       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.

          “Kosmos 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.

          “The Laws 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.

          “Systems 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.

FUNDAMENTALS OF THE NEW MAGIC

               “At the 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.’  

          “Systems 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.

          “In the 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.”

     Consciousness has 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. 

          “We must 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. 

          “Our True Will is in turn linked to our ability to
     foster the collective action of many individuals.  Thus
     we gain authority and accumulate great creative power.”
    

     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.

          “The Reductionist seeks to control nature.  We
     seek to live in tune with nature.  The Reductionist
     seeks stability.  We seek change.  The Reductionist
     seeks domination.  We seek cooperation.” 

     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

          “Life 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 life.

          “Our Earth 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.

          “The Earth, 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. 

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