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CHAOTOPIA Newsletter 
May 2021
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- but please don't visit the website for a few days. Apologies to those who have wandered into the mess of it recently. Things will be much better soon!



 
EVENTS

Learn how to make and use powerful sigils in this single-session workshop. Starting with Austin Spare’s introduction of free-form sigilization, we’ll explore a variety of approaches to making sigils, which may include bindrunes, collage, graphic mashups, automated sigil generators and the idea of the artwork as hypersigil.

We’ll also cover the audial equivalent - mantras, and talk about how to get the best phrasing of your intentions. We’ll take a peek at the theory behind such magic and you’ll learn a few simple but powerful techniques for entering appropriate extraordinary states of consciousness.

As usual this is a pay as you need to event with a recommended fee of £23, but pay what you think is right.
 

After that I'll be taking a bit of break from live workshops - with Summer and the end of lockdown coming, I imagine people will want to be outside drinking beer, not sitting in Zoom boxes. I'll be resuming in September with three courses at Viktor Wynd's online emporium - a longer version of the above Sigil Magick workshop, a repeat of Runic Sorcery, and a new course - Introduction to Chaos Magic:

Watch this space for details nearer the time!

And coming soon from:

An Introduction to Qabalistic Pathworking Part 1

This will be a lifetime access online course which covers exactly the same territory as my recent live course Journey to Tiphareth.
This Autumn Magic, Witchcraft Chaos and Beyond will be running the next stage - The Magickal Triangle, dealing with the five paths around Tiphareth, Chesed and Geburah. If you want to come on that course you'll need to have done the live course or the forthcoming Chaotopia School course. 
 

URGENT HEALTH NEWS

Something remarkably like a cure, on current evidence - yes, you read that correctly - a CURE - has been found for Covid.

Ivermectin is a common antiparasitic drug. "Our latest research shows, once again, that when the totality of the evidence is examined, there is no doubt that ivermectin is highly effective as a safe prophylaxis and treatment for Covid-19,"

The downside is, it's cheap. So the drug companies are not keen on it. They'd rather we died.  


 

A HEALTHY DRINK FOR THE SPRING

Dire Drink is much nicer than it sounds. In fact, it's delicious, a bit like Dandelion and Burdock, but better. My mum's family recipe can only be made over a couple of weeks, when dandelions are out and proud in their ‘sexual glory’ and germander speedwell sports its delicate violet flowers. 

Here's my blog from a year and a few days ago - drink to the spirits and be well!

 

 

MAGICK FOR DOING

The Stonehenge Tunnel abomination is under judicial review. If you have some spare magic to destroy this rampant destruction then... well, go ahead!

And here's what King Arthur has to say on the matter. 
 
BLOGS and SUCHLIKE

The Runa-Eormensyl blog carries a meditation on creation by Galdra V, and photo art by Šárka Sedláková.



Here's an excellent essay by Julian Vayne on his blog. The power of Beltane, connection, addiction and what drives us. 




 


23 AND A BIT

Did you know 23 had a prehistory, before Burroughs? I am indebted to @joaktree33 for the fact that the 23 enigma is rather older than we thought: In 1952 the mighty Jack Kirby did the above dark magic story. 


And more deep history of 23: William S Burroughs's The Last Words of Dutch Schultz screenplay, done as a 23-minute film with Rutger Hauer’s voice as the dying gangster. Brilliantly atmospheric, I'm sure Uncle Bill would have approved this incarnation of his story. 


Listen up Discordians who can get to Sheffield: Blame Blake will happen on 17th July! I shall be speaking (i.e. doing some thinly-disguised magick) about Chapel Perilous and it is promising to be a fabulous day.

 

Very limited tickets, Anwen points out, because of social distancing, so don't dilly dally!

Linking to that event, you can go to the launch of John Higgs's book on 27th May. 

Liverpool Arts Lab's zine Bodge is going very strong, up to Issue 4 now. Download a free pdf or support them and buy one here. If this is your first Chaotopia Newsletter, you can check out my longer comments about it in the last issue, see Archives at the bottom of the page. 

 

OK, so now we leave Arts Lab territory via... another 'arts lab' zine. An organization called South London Arts Lab have done one called Mu.
But it is as far from Bodge as you can get and still be a zine which has art content. It foregrounds interviews with Jarvis Cocker, Alan Moore and Penny Rimbaud. These are pretty good, if you allow that Rimbaud's service to the radical world has earned him the right to spout drivel about Covid being artificial, which a good friend medical scientist tells me is utter nonsense. And there's a very interesting piece about Brian Barritt's research into prehistoric sound chambers.
And that's pretty much it for interest, as far as I was concerned. The rest of it is just artists trying to sell their wares, which is surely not what the Arts Lab movement this org is identifying with is about. 
In short, this is a glossy mag for the art and fashion world, marketing nice things to stick on your wall. Things to buy. Things. As distinct from a radical lifestyle which is aimed at transformation of self and society, something aimed at community, rather than market, and maybe even to do with magic and ecstasy. 
There is not a single mention of magic in this glossy.
I wondered if I was being a bit harsh - maybe this is a matter of taste? But then I took a step back and... it's clear that all the interesting stuff is the old dudes they interviewed. The mag gives no sense of anything exciting going on in South London at the moment.
And to cap it all there's a nasty little anti-vaxxer story, a boilerplate nuclear dystopia which ends in fascists forcing vaccines on people. 
So is that what they meant by the word 'dissent' that appears on the front cover? The right to spout irresponsible lies?
This mag shows that the S London Arts Lab, whatever it actually is, is nothing like the communities that use that term in Liverpool or Northampton. They have just used that glamour to sell magazines. This emperor is going naked on the streets; there really is nothing to see here.
 

 

PSYCHEDELIA

The wonderful Leonard Pickard, free from the clutches of evil since last summer, doing an interview.

 

I've not bothered with Star Trek for decades, but I stumbled into their 2017 reincarnation Discovery on Netflix. It is rich in psychedelic references. For a start, they have this new drive which kicks warp into touch - the Spore Drive. Somehow the universe is linked together by a  subspace mycelium (yay Discordians!) and they grow a kind of space fungus to cross it. It requires a brain capable of hyperdimensional thinking to navigate it, and one of the officers shoots up some DNA from these giant space tardigrades who eat the interdimensional fungi and it reconfigures his brain. His name: Stamets!

 

Here's a questionnaire for those of us who’ve done psychedelics and also had a lengthy meditation practice. The results might prove interesting.  

Erik Davis is always worth reading, and the best thing I've read of his for a while is in his newsletter. It's a paean of praise for the cosmological ecstasy of Rick Griffin's art. He focuses on one comic, Man From Utopia and also tells us where to find it online, as it's far too rare and expensive a collector's item to actually buy. 
 

 
MAGICK
 

Alan Chapman's eagerly awaited unpacking of his teachings, received two years ago, is finally out. I'll read and review soon, but check it out if you're likely to be interested in a real contemporary mystery school which resumes currents from the pre-Socratics through to Thelema and presents approaches which are helping an astonishing proportion of students to attain spiritual awakening. 
 

 

 
TINFOIL HAT WATCH

It gives me no pleasure at all to write this next item. This is the first time in TFHW that I've felt the need to write about someone I feel I know a little, having been interviewed by him - Gordon White. This is a man who wrote a magnificent book - StarShips - and some others which weren't bad either. It's not pleasant to watch when a highly intelligent person cracks up, especially when they have a bunch of followers, some of whom aren't centred on their own reality enough to simply walk away from the toxic rubbish he is spewing out.
I always had reservations about his output - he always had this 'I'm smarter than you' thing of using impenetrable jargon which you had to get behind his paywall to get initiated into. And he has for years been talking about conspiracies which he presents no hard evidence for but absolutely insists on. 
I went off him completely at the beginning of the pandemic, when he started whining about how he couldn't buy someone a present because he was skint and blamed it on Covid, which we should ignore because otherwise it will fuck up 'the economy'.

But this latest phase is much worse. This article, Drinking the Kool Soup, by one of his ex-students (/acolytes / victims) lifts the lid on some really nasty manipulative behaviour. 

So why has he put more conspiracy drivel into his discourse? I asked my marketing guru and he saw through it straightaway - it’s a marketing ploy, attempting to repair a failing uptake of his courses. 

So I reached out to someone I know who'd been studying with White not long ago, and he confirmed it all. Apparently, he would tell people in premium member chats who had lost friends or family to COVID that their experience was 'naive' or 'part of an op'.
At this point I agree with the author of Kool Soup: If you believe Covid-19 is fake and Bill Gates wants to cull humanity, leave me the fuck alone.

 

Thanks to Alex Smith @alsmiffy for finding evidence that stupidity has always been with us: here's the 1930s:

 

 
 
COSMIC STUFF

So how big, exactly, can an object be and still have quantum properties, like entanglement? Here is an aluminium drum 1/100th of a millimetre across:

  

'The team tickled the membranes with microwave photons to make them vibrate in sync, and in such a way that their motions were in a quantum-entangled state: at any given time, as the drums wobbled up and down, measuring their displacement from flat showed they were in the same exact position, and probing their velocities returned exactly opposite values.'


 
VIDEOS, MUSIC, ART
Futhark, an extraordinary short film (12min) by artist Dawid Rudzinski. In this narrated documentary, he talks about how he came to be who he is, about art, ancient magick, the spiritual crisis of the modern world and finding gems in the darkness of life. 
 

You might enjoy these mixes from Discordian musician Horton Jupiter

And this too.
 

Do they owe us a living?

 
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