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The Chaos Protocols: Magical Techniques for Navigating the New Economic Reality Paperback – April 8, 2016
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Magic for the New Economic Reality
The years since the financial crash have seen the realization dawn that the great promise of modern civilization will go unfulfilled. Study hard, work hard, buy a house, retire happy. It's all a lie, spun for the benefit of a tiny elite. The richest eighty-five people on earth have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. Each month, the numbers change but they never improve.
Magical and spiritual discourse has failed to keep up with this new reality. The Chaos Protocols aims to fix that.
Join Gordon White as he shows you how to use chaos magic not only to navigate these trying times, but to triumph as well. Discover how to become invincible through initiation, and wage the mind war that will keep you moving toward what you really want. From sigil magic to working with spiritual allies, The Chaos Protocols helps you act on the unwavering belief that your life should matter and you're not going to let something as trifling as the apocalypse get in the way of it.
About the Author
Gordon White (London) runs one of the leading chaos magic blogs, Rune Soup. He has worked nationally and internationally for some of the world's largest digital and social media companies, including BBC Worldwide, Discovery Channel, and Yelp. Gordon has presented at media events across Europe on social strategy and the changing behaviors and priorities of Generation Y. During this time, he has partied with princes, dined in castles, been mentored by a former director of a private spy agency, and even had a billionaire knight buy him bottles of champagne.
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The short form: This is a really, really good book. Highly recommended.
What makes it a good book (and particularly a good chaos magic book) are a number of things.
1. Context. The context in which we work now is different from the one in which I first came in contact with chaos magic. Gordon References Stephen Mace’s Stealing the Fire from Heaven which was an early influence on my own work. I bought my copy after reading some of Mace’s article in Chaos International, sending cash to Mr. Mace who sent me what I think I recall as a velo bound book obviously hand typed with illustrations hand set & then photocopied. I think the process took about six weeks in total. A very different time! Consider this again when we look at Crowley, Carroll, Levi, etc. Things change fast. We live & work in a different setting, and our work should reflect that while not rejecting what is effective from the past, which this book does in spades.
Whether you agree 100% with Gordon’s assessment of the current state of the world (I’m probably in the high 90’s personally), this is a damn good thing for most anyone with a magical worldview to read. More important than the technical aspects in most cases.
2. Focus. The book is focused on ‘success’ in a particularly weird economic time, the work & working contained are very much pointed in this direction, in appropriately lateral ways. At the same time, it is a good generalist work, as really all work ‘should’ be pointed towards success, yes? We are not enchanting to fail, right?
3. Technical approaches. In a nice variation from a lot of views on chaos magic, much of the ‘ritual’ bits are modifications of or use parts from VERY old texts, from the PGM, Treatise of Solomon, and Orphic Hymns. These things just work, and to me chaos magic has always been about using what works. Also no fear of of using Judeo-Christian bits, and correcting some of the whack around that.
4. Actual ritual bits. These are well devised, and will certainly work if applied intelligently. A nice section on sigils that while mostly available on the Rune Soup blog would have been an error to leave from the book. This stuff works if you work with it, and this is a nice, simple, wank-free approach. Good stuff. If you aren’t already using Gordon’s shoaling & robofish methods, perhaps this will get you to try them. They work.
5. Probability. This is one of the cornerstones that often gets ignored and causes folk’s metaphorical houses to get all wonky and dropped pens to roll from the living room off into the garage where they are swallowed by a giant crack never to be seen again. Metaphorically speaking.
In closing, the strategic approaches and explanation of working with probabilities, luck generation, and Becoming Invincible are all gold. The ritual and technical bits are very good, and give a nice, compact tool set to do nearly anything that one would want to approach from a magical perspective. Some of these will be brought into my own work to see how they play with what I already do, and that really almost never happens, and that is about the highest praise I can give a book.
This one gets added to Visual Magick: A Manual of Freestyle Shamanism by Jan Fries, The Oracle Travels Light by Camelia Elias, and Protection and Reversal Magic by Jason Miller, and Draja Mickaharics books as my top suggestions for general books on magic as I see it in practice.
Aidan Wachter, April 4, 2016
My only critique is that I'd have liked to see more examples of how to think in terms of chaos magic strategies. While I understood it fine, and give it five stars personally, I'd wonder if it would make much sense to people who weren't already familiar with the subject. I'd still recommend the book to them, but I'd first recommend a more beginner-friendly book.
Many important things are achieved by the author in the course of the book, but one of the most vital is to encourage us to reformulate our concept of success away from the model instilled in us from birth (and reinforced throughout our lives) towards a concept which is achievable and healthier. We must disengage ourselves from the old notions and strive towards something new and sustainable, both as individuals and as a society. What that might look like is still uncertain, but we are given some glimpses and possibilities.
As well, the author presents a variety of techniques and strategies which the reader may integrate into their personal practice. Some are ancient and some are more recent. He presents in a manner which is clear, uncomplicated, and operable. With a small and uncomplicated degree of preparation, any of them may be easily performed.
While some readers may skip or gloss over the first chapter (which concerns the economic realities of our world), it contains a premise from which the rest of the book flows. It explains why one needs to employ an uncompromising magical approach. It may be difficult reading for some, and it will certainly be discomforting. But, it is the "red pill" which reveals the "world as it is", and clearly illustrates why one needs to get on with it. It is as straightforward and unequivocal an explanation as one will find of this complicated and dire matter. It is well-referenced and footnoted; so if one doubts the hard truths, one can seek confirmation from the sources. One may not need the "stiff drink" Mr. White suggests to read through it, but one may certainly want one afterward.