CHAOTOPIA Newsletter 
January 2021
Welcome to the first Chaotopia newsletter of 2021! 
This has not got all the usual categories, it's an updates issue, to get it out in time for the new course starting on Wednesday.

All my main links are now on the very convenient Linktree, here:


The course starts this Wednesday, 20th January - still time left to book!
Here's the info for the Introductory lesson, and here's the info for the rest of the course.


Three courses now up on Chaotopia School of Magic - Exploring Breathwork, Magical Self-Care and Introduction to Rune-Magic. Check them out from the above link!


Civilized laws now! Only 3000 signatures so far, this needs some magic.

Help prevent Stonehenge from being turned into... well something truly hideous with this stupid new road idea. A petition, and a massive need for POWERFUL MAGIC to back this campaign!

Like walking and doing magic? Slow Ways are ‘creating a network of walking routes that connect all of GB's towns and cities. 

During the first 2020 lockdown 700 volunteers created over 7,000 routes. 



Lots of Runa-Eormensyl blog pieces to catch up with. 
My item on waterfall galdor here.  


A stirring poem about existence and nothingness from David Jones (who is also the painter of these images) here

Andy Syddell's poem Wellspring here

And just posted, another poem - A Traveller's Musing - by Andy that combines a journey with the rune-staves. 



High Priest of financial combustion Jonathan Harris ponders the economics (and metaphysics?) of his religious art here.


Ever wondered what angels really look like? Maybe they're not the usual female or gender-fluid humanoids we are used to from xmas cards but... terrifying and totally inhuman... Find out here. 


Coming soon,Alan Moore does his own film thing 

“Fletcher Dennis (Tom Burke), a man of many talents, passports, and identities, arrives in Northampton – a strange and haunted town in the heart of England, as dangerous as he is. On a mission to locate a stolen artefact for his menacing client, Fletcher finds himself entangled in a twilight world populated with vampires, sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, noir private eyes, and masked avengers. He quickly sinks into a bizarre and delirious black hole, that is hidden just beneath the surface of this seemingly quiet town. Soon enough Fletcher discovers that dreams and reality have been blurred and there might no longer be a real world to go back to… Welcome to The Show.”

‘Perhaps we write our own egregores into being’ - the excellent Erik Davis on identity, integrity and the writer; the writer as egregore appeals to my weirdness. 

Subscribe to his newsletter here.




Back in the day, I read some ancient 1950s books about the earliest days of psychedelic research, with names such as Humphrey Osmond. Here's the lowdown on the Saskatchewan scene's role in researching LSD and other hallucinogenic substances. 

Hawkwind, their very own documentary.


Anti-teleology is breathing its last… Life With Purpose.

Bernardo Kastrup is bringing sensible philosophy - getting away from the silly rubbish of physicalism and eliminativism - into the mainstream via academic argument, so he has to be taken seriously.

'Historically, any theory threatening the mainstream belief system of the day was suppressed, ridiculed, or attacked, and modern scientific materialism is certainly no exception. There are a number of reasons for this but chief among them is our need for control — of ourselves, our immediate environment, and of the wider world. Whether through science or spirituality, we seek certainty, and big questions left unanswered leave us deeply uneasy. We’ll settle for almost any half-baked scheme or delusional fantasy, however damaging to psyche or society, rather than admit that we really don’t understand reality at all. .... The so-called mind / body problem is simply a false dichotomy.

My critics can’t get away with just dismissing my argument and saying, ‘Oh, it’s just woo-woo, it’s just flaky.’ That’s not enough any more. If they want to criticise what I’m doing, they have to go into the details of it, into the substance and point out exactly where my argument is wrong and why. The discussion now has to be a substantive one. 

A corrosive combination of scientism, militant materialism, religious fundamentalism, apathy, and despair is threatening our survival as a species. 

Today, the ideas I’m putting forward are considered counter-intuitive, but there was a time thousands of years ago in which it was self evident. Of course the basis of everything is consciousness. There will be a time in the future, maybe a not so distant future, in which it will be self evident again. People will look back at the 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries and will say, ‘Those people were crazy! They thought there was this magical thing called matter outside and independent of consciousness, which somehow organised itself in certain structures and magically gave rise to consciousness. How absurd that was. Those people were nuts!’ '



Skin-tingling religious ecstasy on the organ with Olivier Messiaen at his local church. Imagine being able to go along and listen to this dude improvise.

Strictly for Ballardophiles - The Atrocity Exhibition.‘The speed and violence of our age’. JGB got the horror of motoring, he was among the first to get the dehumanizing effects of trying to be like a machine. 

And a lovely bit of mediaeval romance to end on - Gaucelm Faidit.


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