A brief note

Posted on November 20, 2008
Filed Under Experiments, Magic, occult culture, Taylor Ellwood | 6 Comments

I was recently invited to be a guest at Pete Carroll’s Arcanorium College by an acquaintance on Myspace. I’m checking it out and it is interesting to see what Pete Carroll is up to.

The person who invited me identified me as a chaos magician. I’ve been given that label a number of times and my work has been described as chaos magic as well. I want to set the record straight.

I have never considered myself, nor ever will, to be a chaos magician. While I certainly draw on the techniques and concepts espoused in chaos magic, I’ve also drawn on a variety of other esoteric practices that continue to inform my work to this day. Nonetheless, I don’t consider myself to be a ceremonial magician, a neoshamanist, a quabbalist, or any number of other labels one could foist on me.

I recognize that it’s convenient to label me as one of those labels, just as I recognize it’s convenient to label my work as one of those labels. After all those labels come with ready made definitions and the ability for others to identify with my practices…


Speaking for myself and for my work, let me tell you that if I Label myself anything, it is as an experimental magician. That’s my current, that’s what my work could be labeled under, and it is what I identify with. If you wish to know more about what I think that entails, I direct you to my article, The Evolution of Magic.