They are most commonly created by writing out the intention, then condensing the letters of the statement down to form a sort of monogram.
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The chaos magician then uses the gnostic state to "launch" or "charge" the sigil — essentially bypassing the conscious mind to implant the desire in the unconscious. The magician acknowledges a desire, he lists the appropriate symbols and arranges them into an easily visualised glyph. Using any of the gnostic techniques he reifies the sigil and then, by force of will, hurls it into his subconscious from where the sigil can begin to work unencumbered by desire.
After charging the sigil, it is considered necessary to repress all memory of it: there should be "a deliberate striving to forget it", in Spare's words. In the Medieval era , a sigil was a symbol associated with a particular angel or demon , which could be used to ritually summon the relevant being. Later chaos magicians have expanded on the basic sigilisation technique.
Grant Morrison coined the term hypersigil to refer to an extended work of art with magical meaning and willpower, created using adapted processes of sigilization. His comic book series The Invisibles was intended as such a hypersigil. Corporate sigils are super-breeders. They attack unbranded imaginative space. They invade Red Square, they infest the cranky streets of Tibet, they etch themselves into hairstyles. They breed across clothing, turning people into advertising hoardings The logo or brand, like any sigil, is a condensation, a compressed, symbolic summoning up of the world of desire which the corporation intends to represent Walt Disney died long ago but his sigil, that familiar, cartoonish signature, persists, carrying its own vast weight of meanings, associations, nostalgia and significance.
Gordon White developed the technique of shoaling , which involves launching a group of sigils for a set of related aims. For example, instead of sigilising for "money", sigilising for a pay rise, new business clients, a promotion, influential new contacts, budget reallocation for your department, etc. The cut-up technique is an aleatory literary technique in which a written text is cut up and rearranged, often at random, to create a new text.
The technique can also be applied to other media: film, photography, audio recordings, etc. It was pioneered by Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs — who practiced chaos magic, and was inducted into the chaos magic organisation The Illuminates of Thanateros in the early s   — was adamant that the technique had a magical function, stating "the cut ups are not for artistic purposes".
I would say that my most interesting experience with the earlier techniques was the realization that when you make cut-ups you do not get simply random juxtapositions of words, that they do mean something, and often that these meanings refer to some future event. I've made many cut-ups and then later recognized that the cut-up referred to something that I read later in a newspaper or a book, or something that happened Perhaps events are pre-written and pre-recorded and when you cut word lines the future leaks out.
David Bowie compared the randomness of the cut-up technique to the randomness inherent in traditional divinatory systems, like the I Ching or Tarot. Other chaos magicians have elaborated on the basic technique. Genesis P-Orridge , who studied under Burroughs, describes it as a way to "identify and short circuit control, life being a stream of cut-ups on every level.
Synchromysticism , a portmanteau of synchronicity and mysticism , is "the art of realising meaningful coincidences in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance". All magical paradigms partake of some form of action at a distance, be it distance in space or time or both In magic this is called synchronicity.
A mental event, perception, or an act of will occurs at the same time synchronously as an event in the material world Of course, this can always be excused as coincidence, but most magicians would be quite content with being able to arrange coincidences. Essentially, chaos magic consists of a set of techniques for deliberately engineering synchronicities. Gordon White, for example, writes in Synchromysticism as Kabbalah :.
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Simply put, both work because some things are associated with other things. Symbols recur, patterns repeat, sounds heard on a radio associate with similar outcomes in your life. An Animist universe speaks a language of symbol and synchronicity. To you, to itself, to the birds. This awareness underpins systems of magical correspondence the world over — such as practical Kabbalah or Technical Hermetica These systems are indications that the universe speaks in a symbolic language Elsewhere, White speculates that this may be "the secret of kabbalistic apotheosis" — "hearing the language behind the words, connecting the things that aren't connected Chaos magic was first developed in England in the mids, at a time when British occultism was dominated by Wicca and Thelema.
Chaos magic grew out of the desire of some occultists to strip away these extrinsic details and distill magic down to a set of tried-and-tested techniques for causing effects to occur in reality. Carroll and Ray Sherwin are considered to be the founders of chaos magic, although Phil Hine points out that there were others "lurking in the background, such as the Stoke Newington Sorcerors "  — a group which included Charles Brewster Frater Choronzon. Austin Osman Spare is largely the source of chaos magical theory and practice. Most basic sigil work recapitulates Spare's technique, including the construction of a phrase detailing the magical intent, the elimination of duplicate letters, and the artistic recombination of the remaining letters to form the sigil.
Although Spare died before chaos magic emerged, many consider him to be the grandfather of chaos magic because of his repudiation of traditional magical systems in favor of a technique based on gnosis. Aleister Crowley was a marginal yet early and ongoing influence, particularly for his syncretic approach to magic, and his emphasis on experimentation and deconditioning. However, despite these influences, it's clear from their early writings that the first chaos magicians were attempting to recover a sort of universal shamanism by stripping away any accumulated cultural gloss.
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When stripped of local symbolism and terminology, all systems show a remarkable uniformity of method. This is because all systems ultimately derive from the tradition of Shamanism. It is toward an elucidation of this tradition that the following chapters are devoted. This is echoed in Snell's description of Spare as a "master shaman" who brought into the world a new form of "shamanistic sorcery". New chaos magic groups emerged in the early s — at first, located in Yorkshire , where both Sherwin and Carroll were living.
Ralph Tegtmeier Frater U. He was excommunicated in over the "Ice Magic Wars". As chaos magic spread, people from outside Carroll and Sherwin's circle began publishing on the topic. Phil Hine , who practiced chaos magic alongside Tantra and Wicca , published a number of books on the subject that were particularly influential in spreading chaos magic techniques via the internet. Hawkins, from California, wrote an article on chaos magic for Mezlim magazine, coming into contact with Sherwin and other IOT members in the process.
Hawkins later wrote the first chaos magic book intended for a general readership. Burroughs and Brion Gysin in the s, and was also influenced by Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare, as well as the psychedelic movement. From the beginning, chaos magic has had a tendency to draw on the symbolism of pop culture in addition to that of "authentic" magical systems; the rationale being that all symbol systems are equally arbitrary, and thus equally valid — the belief invested in them being the thing that matters.
Preluded by Kenneth Grant — who had studied with both Crowley and Spare, and who had introduced elements of H. Lovecraft's fictional Cthulhu mythos into his own magical writings  — there was a trend for chaos magicians to perform rituals invoking or otherwise dealing with entities from Lovecraft's work, such as the Great Old Ones. Hine, for example, published The Pseudonomicon , a book of Lovecraftian rites. In turn, by the mids, chaos magic itself was beginning to leak into pop culture. Many of the writers and artists who produced strips for British sci-fi comic ad also practiced chaos magic — among them Pat Mills ,  Bryan Talbot ,  Tony Skinner ,  and Dave Thorpe  — and many included frequent references to chaos magic in their work.
Mills, for example, created the characters of Nemesis the Warlock and Deadlock , both of whom practiced "khaos magick". Grant Morrison , who began practicing chaos magic at 19,  wrote the series Zenith for ad. Zenith frequently featured chaos magic themes, as well as a distinct Lovecraftian influence, and the Cthulhu mythos -inspired monsters of the story were copied straight from the illustrations of Liber Null  — leading to the threat of a lawsuit from Peter Carroll.
From to , Morrison wrote The Invisibles for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, which has been described by Morrison as a "hypersigil": "a dynamic miniature model of the magician's universe, a hologram, microcosm or 'voodoo doll' which can be manipulated in real time to produce changes in the macrocosmic environment of 'real' life.
Morrison's particular take on chaos magic exemplified the irreverent, pop cultural elements of the tradition, with Morrison arguing that the deities of different religions Hermes , Mercury , Thoth , Ganesh , etc. Jason Miller has argued that contemporary occultism has entered a "post-chaos" phase, in which chaos magicians are increasingly initiating into "very old lineage traditions", partially triggered by the realisation that "imaginary gods and spirits or fictional characters do not seem to have the same effect as traditional ones".
So mantras are something that gets chanted — and the chanting i. This, to me, is a kind of reductionism. So for an advocate of CM, there would be little practical difference between, say, chanting a rune poem, repeating the Gayatri mantra, or singing a sea shanty.
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Alan Chapman — whilst praising chaos magic for "breathing new life" into Western occultism, thereby saving it from "being lost behind a wall of overly complex symbolism and antiquated morality" — has also criticised chaos magic for its lack of "initiatory knowledge": i. Gordon White, meanwhile, has developed a distinctive blend of chaos magic technique and animism :. If the western esoteric tradition can be said to have an underlying belief system it is a form of Animism; that the world or the universe is in some sense a living thing However you conceive of their 'true' nature, magic requires full engagement with fetishes and sacred ground and window areas such as crossroads.
It also works best when you grant agency to objects or entities beyond human consciousness, and particularly so with living systems It is more useful for the magician to consider living systems not as some unaware little eddies in a universal consciousness field, but as 'outposts' of the spirit world. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article may present fringe theories , without giving appropriate weight to the mainstream view , and explaining the responses to the fringe theories.
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Members of the family tend to have golden hair and emerald green eyes. The Lannisters suddenly appear as First Men in historical records of the Age of Heroes , ruling large portions of the westerlands from Casterly Rock just as the Casterlys vanished from the chronicles. They claim descent from Lann the Clever , the legendary figure who tricked the Casterlys from their seat, Casterly Rock. According to a semi-canon source, members of lesser branches of the family left Casterly Rock and developed a nearby village into the city of Lannisport , forming House Lannister of Lannisport.
During the Andal invasion of Westeros , House Lannister initially fought the invading Andal warlords and adventurers that ventured into the westerlands but then took a policy of arranging marriages between them and the daughters of the local First Men houses. They also took Andal sons and daughters as wards and fosterlings at Casterly Rock to prevent betrayals such as those that had happened in the Vale. Thus the Lannisters became an Andal house, though their First Men name lived on. The keep at Casterly Rock sits on top of a gold mine, built into the very rock. From that lofty yet uncomfortable position, House Lannister rules over the westerlands and influences all of Westeros, by virtue of the kingdom's purse strings.
House Lannister possessed an ancestral Valyrian steel greatsword called Brightroar , but it was lost when King Tommen II Lannister went on a quest to Valyria and never returned. Her nephew, the King of the Rock, began a war which left the Iron Islands impoverished. The two armies met in the Reach, where the combined might of the Reach and the Rock broke Aegon's army. Their army, dubbed by historians 'The Host of the Two Kings', numbered fifty-five thousand men; five thousand of them mounted knights, while the Targaryens had only ten thousand men, many of uncertain loyalty and reliability.
With their smaller force severely weakened and in danger of routing, Aegon and his sisters deployed all three dragons at once; the only time this happened during Aegon's Conquest. Their combined fires scoured the battlefield, immolating more than four thousand men including King Mern and his heirs and giving the battle its name: The Field of Fire. The Lannisters were also involved in the Targaryen civil war, the Dance of the Dragons.
The head of House Lannister at that time, Lord Jason Lannister , supported the greens , along with his brother Ser Tyland Lannister , the master of ships and a member of the small council during the reign of Viserys I Targaryen. Tyland was named master of coin at the start of the Dance, and he seized the royal treasury and divided crown's gold into four parts. One part was entrusted to the care of the Iron Bank of Braavos for safekeeping, another sent under strong guard to Casterly Rock and a third to Oldtown.
The remaining wealth was used by the greens for bribes and gifts and hiring sellswords. The Lannister host under Lord Lefford was then shattered in the Battle by the Lakeshore , the bloodiest battle of the war. After the fall of King's Landing , Tyland was given to torturers in the hopes of recovering some of the crown's treasure. The great rebel general Ser Quentyn Ball defeated him outside the gates of Lannisport. Damon and his heir Ser Tybolt participated in the tourney at Ashford Meadow.
Damon was defeated in the first tilt by Lord Leo "Longthorn" Tyrell , while his son defeated his opponent to become a champion. Tybolt inherited the lordship from Damon when the latter died of the Great Spring Sickness. In more recent times, during the lordship of Tytos Lannister , the house fell on hard times. Tytos's weakness allowed him to be bullied by his vassals, Houses Reyne and Tarbeck. Eventually his son Tywin crushed the Reyne-Tarbeck revolt and restored the house to its former glory. When Aerys was held hostage by Denys Darklyn , Tywin's conservative approach took six months to resolve the conflict.
This instigated Aerys's paranoia and drove a wedge between the two, along with the king's lusting after Joanna Lannister , Tywin's wife, cousin, and trusted confidante. Despite Tywin's attempts to ensure a strong legacy, life at Casterly Rock was dysfunctional at best. His twin children, Cersei and Jaime , began an incestuous relationship at an early age. Tywin was never a jovial man, but when Joanna died birthing their third child, Tyrion , he was much saddened. His brother, Kevan , became his right hand and their sister, Genna , took a maternal role over the children.
His second brother, Tygett , died of a pox, and their youngest brother, Gerion , sailed off on a journey to Valyria , never to be seen again. Cersei, while a young maid, visited a woods witch called Maggy the Frog , who shared portents of Cersei's future that planted seeds of her paranoia. Cersei possibly murdered her friend Melara Hetherspoon , who had witnessed the prophecy. Tyrion, when thirteen years old, was out with Jaime when he met and married a girl named Tysha , a match which was quickly and savagely ended by their father.
Jaime was a promising young knight, dubbed by Ser Arthur Dayne. Upon this action which he perceived as Aerys "stealing" his heir , coupled with the Mad King's refusal to wed Prince Rhaegar Targaryen to Cersei, Tywin resigned the Handship. This flew in the face of Jaime's plan, which was to be closer to Cersei: he was kept in King's Landing while Cersei returned to Casterly Rock. The Lannisters stayed neutral for the majority of Robert's Rebellion. Afterwards, Tywin's daughter Cersei was wed to the new king, Robert I.
The royal marriage and the increasing amount of gold Robert I Baratheon owes to Lord Tywin Lannister have only increased Lannister power. Tywin attended the tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day in King's Landing. An assassin attempts to kill Bran with a Valyrian steel dagger. Meanwhile, Tyrion's capture by Catelyn prompted his father, Lord Tywin Lannister , to send Ser Gregor Clegane into the riverlands in an attempt to draw her husband, Lord Stark, into the field, hoping to capture him for an exchange. She has her cousin Lancel, Robert's squire, supply the king with strongwine during a boar hunt,   resulting in Robert receiving a mortal wound in the kingswood.
War breaks out in the Seven Kingdoms , with Jaime winning victories over the river lords at the Golden Tooth and Riverrun. Tywin repels one Stark army under Lord Roose Bolton in the battle on the Green Fork , during which Tyrion and his clansmen participate. The small council intends for Eddard to take the black if he admits to treason. Joffrey orders the execution of Lord Stark, however, ruining any chance of peace. The conflict becomes known as the War of the Five Kings. Tyrion, as acting Hand of the King , and Cersei, as Joffrey's regent , compete for influence in King's Landing,  with Tyrion constantly outmaneuvering her.
Desperate for allies, Tyrion makes moves to ally with House Martell. After her ship leaves port, the royal party is caught up in the riot of King's Landing provoked by King Joffrey. Ser Jaime Lannister languishes in the dungeon of Riverrun , despite Tyrion's attempt to free him. Robb Stark bypasses the Golden Tooth , destroys Stafford's army in the Battle of Oxcross ,   and raids the westerlands. Tywin is close enough to King's Landing to defend the city when he hears of Stannis's impending attack. Due to Tywin's presence, Tyrion's defensive preparations, and a new alliance with House Tyrell negotiated by Lord Petyr Baelish , the Lannisters are able to defeat Stannis in the Battle of the Blackwater ,   despite nearly suffering a rout of the gold cloaks when Cersei withdraws King Joffrey from the city walls.
Following the Blackwater, most of Stannis's bannermen declare for Joffrey, and Lord Tywin takes up rule as Hand in his own right. Within the dungeon of Riverrun, Jaime admits to Catelyn Stark that he had thrown Bran Stark from the First Keep , but he denies having sent the catspaw. Catelyn Stark , having heard of the supposed deaths of two of her sons Bran and Rickon at the hands of the turncloak Theon Greyjoy , releases Jaime from captivity at Riverrun in an attempt to covertly exchange him for her daughters, Sansa and Arya.
Their leader, Vargo Hoat , has Zollo chop off Jaime's sword hand. Tywin refuses to appoint Tyrion as heir to Casterly Rock ,  instead making him master of coin  and wedding him to Sansa for her claim to Winterfell and denying House Tyrell the chance to wed her to Willas.
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Tywin's treachery is accomplished in the wedding of Edmure Tully to Roslin Frey at the Twins , where Robb, Catelyn, and many others are murdered under guest right. With Renly Baratheon and Robb dead, Stannis Baratheon repelled and with few followers, and the Greyjoys concentrating on the north, Lannister power is at its zenith. When King Joffrey unexpectedly dies at his wedding feast , Cersei wrongfully accuses Tyrion of the deed.
Oberyn loses, however, and Tyrion is condemned to die. Jaime's return to the capital finds him a changed man, increasingly at odds with his family. Tywin gifts him with a Valyrian steel sword, but Jaime names it Oathkeeper and gives it to Brienne, asking her to protect the missing Sansa Stark. During his escape, Tyrion strangles his former lover, Shae , and kills his father, Tywin, with a crossbow. Dead soldiers with bearing the colors of House Lannister have washed up on the Quiet Isle.
According to the Elder Brother , they are buried next to their enemies. Tywin Lannister 's death lingers over the realm. Cersei resumes her regency , now over the newly-crowned Tommen I , and she sets out to prove herself a better ruler than her father.