It might seem a rather bombastic claim to speak of the “forgotten teachings of Chaos Magic.” Take a look on Youtube or surf the net for anything related to that modern occult movement and you will find a lot of people either making insider jokes about magic (perhaps referencing Harry Potter) or talking about how to create sigils (by writing out a statement of desire (i.e., what you want to happen) deleting the repeated letters, and then abstracting the remaining letters into a kind of symbol or sign). It all looks quite trivial and, frankly, a bit silly.
Leaving aside the odd obscure classic, such as Ramsey Dukes’s SSOTBME:An Essay On Magic, the books that both defined and launched Chaos Magic were Peter J. Carroll’s Liber Null and Psychonaut (later repackaged as one book by Weiser). And in them are brief instructions on how to make sigils, as well as chapters on meditation, banishing, the evocation of spirits, invocation, and so on. (If you are specifically interested in sigil magic, and are looking for a more in-depth and advanced work on the subject, also check out Frater U.:D.:’s classic Practical Sigil Magic.)
Tau Apollonius discusses the little-know Aesthetic Rose+Croix Order of the Temple and the Grail studies Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Christian esotericism, alchemy, and Kabbalah. And, derived from the Rose+Croix Catholique et Esthétique du Temple et du Graal of Joséphin Péladan (1858-1918), the contemporary Oder exists to create “create a class of artist-initiates who become knights and priests” and to “promote the spiritual and moral ideals of mystic chivalry.” We explore its history and its practices today.
You can listen to the interview on Youtube (below) or at the Spiritual Survival podcast on Spotify (here).
You can also find out more about the Aesthetic Rose+Croix Order of the Temple and the Grail here.
Aki Cederberg is the author of Journeys In The Kali Yuga: A Pilgrimage from Esoteric India to Pagan Europe (Inner Traditions) and the forthcoming Holy Europe, as well as a musician, filmmaker, and traveler from Helsinki, Finland.
In this interview, Cederberg discusses the meaning and practices of Yule, the pre-Christian midwinter celebration which influenced Christmas and that lives on, still today, through the Christmas tree, the “Yule log” cake, and Santa Claus (related to the ancient northern European shaman). In particular, he looks at how we can celebrate Yule today, why it should be more about “mystery” than “history,” why we should be joyful, and why, nevertheless, we should remember the deceased at this time of year.
You can learn more about Aki here. And while you’re eagerly awaiting the English language edition of Holy Europe to be released, you can pick up a copy of Journeys In The Kali Yuga from Amazon dot com, Barnes&Noble, or at other good booksellers.
You can listen to the interview on YouTube below or as a podcast on Spotify here (we’ll be adding more podcasts soon).