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October 14, 2005

Prime Chaos

3 out of 5 stars

Prime meaning first, meaning original – and the basis, of course, of the word, "Primer".

And that's what this is. It won't tell you a great deal (other than anectodal) about the history of Chaos magic, but it will tell you about doing chaos magic.

The Contents rather spell it out:
Chaos is everywhere
Dynamic Ritual
Group Effects
Liber Nice and Liber Nasty (Discordianism and the Cthuhlu mythos and magic).

This work is aimed at practitioners, rather than anyone else, but practitioner or not, reading it will give you a general overview of what Chaos practice is about – as much as anything can, that is.

For a study of chaos magic, this may not be the best book (though it should not be neglected).

Level: one

Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The 20th C

3 out of 5 stars

The sixth and final (as of yet…) book in this excellent series. As always, it is a compilation of articles, this one including:
Modern Pagan Witchcraft (Hutton – being an updated version of information from Triumph of the Moon)
Satanism and Satanic Mythology (la Fontaine) – looks at the history, the groups, and the accusations
The witch, her victim… (de Blecourt – University of Warwick among other places!). History and discussion.

A quote from teh intorduction, "Witchcraft and magic, then, are marked both by contempraneity and by timelessness"....

A good book, worth reading if not possessing (as with all of the series, it is expensive). It needs to be supplemented by other works and original documents, but still worthwhile and important.

Level: one and a bit (it assumes some background knowledge).

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