The Master Works of Chaos Magick
Practical Techniques for Directing Your Reality
By Adam Blackthorne
- 100 pages
- Black and white printing/coloured cover
- Published by The Gallery of Magick/CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
I feel I need to start this off by mentioning that this probably shouldn’t be your first Chaos Magick book, however, I actually think it could bevery useful as your second, or third. Because here in you’ll find some interesting topics and techniques that you might find very helpful. Still, you really should read Liber Null by Peter Carroll and perhaps Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine first, and/or maybe some other classics, just so you get where this all originally came from. Learn the basics before you break the rules. And break the rules you definitely should. When the time is right.
Ok, so secondly, the cover is pretty cheesy, but not as cheesy as say Modern Magick for instance, so just ignore that, as there is actually are some rather intriguing information in here. Not as much as you would think though, with a title like The Master Works of Chaos Magick. That sounds way, way more grandiose than this thin book really is, but if you take a look at the subtitle, which is “Practical Techniques for Directing Your Reality”, then that gives you a better idea of what this “grimoire” is about.
And that’s just it, this really is kind of a little grimoire, or at least the last third or so. Which is neat system for working with Olympic spirits. And I truly think that’s were this release shines.
It’s a very streamlined and “simplistic” (or perhaps modernized?) system of working with Olympic spirits. To be honest, at first I was a little put off by the minimalism, but it stuck in my mind, and after rereading that chapter, I came to the conclusion that it was in fact very neat, and that there is much more depth to it than I initially thought. The author also goes on to explain the thoughts behind the distillation of this method, which helps a lot.
And if you’ve never worked with spirits before, and don’t know how to start, this is a really good introduction and it gives you all the steps in a step by step format. So step right in and step on the gas! Kick start that magick of yours with a little help from “friendly spirits“!
Now, I’ve got to point out that I’d really like to see some sources cited. Where did all this information come from? Could we at least get a bibliography at the end? No. No such luck. This is a big pet peeve of mine, because sadly I see this mysteriously omitted all too often. Maybe it isn’t such a big deal for most people, or for the beginners that most likely is the target audience for the Master Works of Chaos Magick, but I for one would like to see what the primary sources are so that I can do my own research and do further study if I so wish. And I don’t believe I’m the only one who thinks so.
Come to think of it, I think this might have been discussed in another Gallery of Magick release**. Maybe it would be a good idea to add the same sort of explanation as an appendix or some form of notification somewhere inside.
I know that it would mean more work for the author, but I sincerely believe that a simple bibliography and/or list of sources would add a whole lot more value in the long run, not to mention the book’s longevity. Ok, rant over. At least the book isn’t long enough to warrant an index, so I don’t have to get started on that!
Anyway, this is just 100 pages of light reading, with short chapters, and it’s pretty cheap as well, so in that regard, it’s a great little book to supplement your journey into Chaos Magick. And please, don’t just sit there and read this stuff, get out and go try it out for yourself!
*This is a highly rewritten and expanded version of this review which I previously posted somewhere else a while ago.
** Archangels of Magick – Part Ten: The Source of Angelic Power p. 295