Chaos Magick

Chaos (or “Kaos”, as it is commonly referred to) Magic is a school of Magick that consists of the pragmatic use of any belief system. Chaos Magicians (or “Chaotes” as they are sometimes referred to) usually receive negative publicity as those who supposedly seek to undermine magickal progress. This stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth; Chaos Magicians, like other magickal practitioners, are individuals, and come in a wide variety of moral hues.


This system of Magic was created in the late 1970s when Peter J. Carroll and Ray Sherwin began to meld together elements of Golden Dawn ceremonial magick, Thelema, Taoism and Tibetan Buddhism. This synthesis led to the creation of “sigils”, which soon became the basis of Chaos Magick. Carroll and Sherwin founded the Illuminates of Thanateros, the first organization devoted to the practice of this magickal art.


Chaos Magick is primarily focused on generating results by any means necessary. The primary distinction between Chaotes and other practitioners is their ability to change their beliefs and paradigms at will. Beliefs are merely viewed as choices, which they use to empower the magick they use. They must constantly decondition their minds from old patterns and beliefs in order to make room for new schools of thought; this requires much practice, mental discipline, and dedication. This requires the practitioner to repeatedly change and transform, as well as use their results as the only measure of their success.

Abilities which draw their origin from Chaos Magick include the creation of Sigils, Servitors, Egregores, and Godforms. Along with their ever-changing beliefs and the power of their own will, these are the main tools Chaos Magicians typically use to get things done.

Chaos Magick is a constantly evolving system with almost limitless possibility. Because of its dynamic nature, it can be seen as dangerous or unstable. However, in the right hands, Chaos Magick can bring about truly spectacular changes.

External Resources

Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magick by Peter J. Carroll

“Varying Chaos Magicians”