We’re putting together an Octarine Magic booklet, which we will release in free pdf and hard copies, as the first of a series. We will include some of the best material already on the site, but some new exclusive articles, ritual write ups, poems, photos and artworks will be most welcome.
KIA once organised a day of rituals back in 2002. We had a big venue, and about 5 or 6 magicians took it in turns leading a bunch of weird rituals. One of those rituals was the ‘rawkcab Monk Ritual’, inspired by a bunch of monks from a computer game. These monks were fond of speaking in palindromes.
This ritual was timed such that the date and time were palindromic. I’m pretty sure the date and time was 20:02 30/03 2002. The magicians present read out a bunch of palindromic sentences from a selection that had been printed out in advance on bits of paper. The idea of the ritual was to do a bunch of stuff:
- Focus on the wyrd of the palindromic time and tap into its magic.
- Empower certain intents through this weirdness.
- Increase the wyrdness in the locality and by extension the world, by turning things on its head.
Well, guess what, a whole bunch of palindromic dates occur next month, (using US date format), from 5/10/15 through to 5/19/15, and this is an excellent time for some Drawkcab magic.
Ideas for what you can do as part of a Drawkcab monk ritual, all optional…
- Decorate your altar with images of deities and spirits with palidromic names.
- Include mirrors and other reflective images on the altar.
- Use audacity to create a backwards track of ritual music, and play this during the ritual.
- Make all sigils symmetrical by combining them with their mirror image.
- Walk around backwards in a circle whilst reciting palindromes.
Here are some of my favourite palindromes you can use in the ritual:
- Dog star, rats god.
- Rats live on no evil star.
- No word, no bond, row on.
- So remain a mere man. I am Eros.
- Sir, I soon saw Bob was no Osiris.
- Oh who was it I saw, oh who?
But you can find many more examples here: http://www.cs.arizona.edu/icon/oddsends/palinsen.htm
My Octarine doll completes the set of 9. She remains a work in progress, but that doesn’t stop me evoking her already. Besides she already looks quite cool anyway. You may have already seen a picture of her because I performed an evocation of her during my summoning storm operation back in April. We will often include her in Octarine related altars and divinations even when we don’t perform a full evocation. Like the other dolls she moves around our home depending on where she seems most needed. Since she represents the colour of octarine, invisible to the physical eyes, I chose to represent her with a combination of black, silver and gold, representative of the three phases of the alchemical great work, the Nigredo, the Albedo and the Rubedo. The latter two produce at their conclusion, philosophers stones capable of creating silver and gold respectively. This will be her base colours. Other sigils and decorations will be added.
The word ‘Octarine’ comes to us from Terry Pratchett’s very first Diskworld novel, ‘The colour of magic‘ published in 1983. Pratchett describes an eighth colour of the spectrum, invisible to all with the exception of magicians, witches, children and cats. The idea that there exist realms and beings visible only to the psychically aware was not new of course, nor even that such things exist on a different part of the light spectrum to that humanly visible. For example, back in 1970, in ‘Operation Trojan Horse’, the author John Keel describes his theory that ultraterrestrial beings become visible to us by entering and leaving the visible light spectrum as they pass through our dimension, appearing as ghosts, faeries, angels, aliens and UFOs.
Pratchett was clever enough to give this magical portion of the light spectrum a name. This doesn’t mean it actually exists as a scientifically measurable wavelength on the light spectrum of course, but this doesn’t stop it from being a magically useful idea. The first magician to publish the idea of using the word in actual magic, to my knowledge, was Peter J Carroll in Liber Kaos, 1992 and as a result its popularity flourished in chaos magic circles.
In the section on Octarine magic, Carroll describes the colours he sees in his most important visions, working with god-forms that closely correspond to the magician-self for magical inspiration and illumination. He also describes ‘pure magic’ as opposed to ‘applied magic’. By which he means development of magical philosophy, theory, symbol systems and languages as opposed to results magic of various kinds. He also explains the ‘self’ that corresponds to the Octarine power, the magician-self, is the self that sees how the other selves relate to each other to form a single organism. He also hints at the significance of the serpent power to octarine in a couple of places. This is all good information to get the magician started on working with this power.
In ‘Kaos Hieroglyphica‘, 2003, I was perhaps over dismissive in my assessment of Carroll’s chapter probably as I was to some extent imitating his own aloof writing style and mirroring it back to him. I expanded Octarine magic in this book to include Auric magic, banishing rituals, initiation rituals and a correspondence to Timothy Leary’s ‘circuit VIII’. All useful areas of exploration for Octarine magic.
This was a variation on a sigil ritual I performed a few times before, including in the IOT and at the Chaosmagic.com world meeting in Tokyo 2004.
The formula for the rite is quite simple. First, participants blow up balloons upon which they draw sigils. I made these available the night before the ritual to help create party atmosphere in the lodge by having balloons around the place. When we came to perform the rite we gathered all the balloons into the centre of the room where we could walk around them.
We then visualised the balloons as bubbles in a cauldron and chanted a refrain from Macbeth:
Hubble bubble, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Actually, the real line from Macbeth says ‘ouble, Double’, not ‘Hubble bubble’. I’m not sure where the latter comes from, possibly Manfred Mann. It seemed most appropriate to use this chant at this meeting especially since we weren’t all that far from where Macbeths castle was supposed to be located.
In any case we chanted this repeatedly whilst walking about the balloons kicking them to simulate the heat of the fire, being careful not to let any escape. As the ritual neared its end we were chanting faster and faster, until eventually we all dived upon the balloons and started popping them with our hands, which by this point was great fun. We all laughed when we realised that we got permanent marker on our hands.
We also made a sound recording of this rite, but for some reason we’re experiencing technical difficulties in getting it to embed in the post, so I thought I’d go ahead and post this anyway. I can always make an update later once we’ve got the sound working…
In the past, such as in Tokyo, I used a bubble sword at the end of the rite to blow huge bubbles, but I decided not to use it on this occasion partly because of the small group and venue and partly because it would mean that I didn’t get to pop as many balloons…
WARNING: This litany has not yet been tried in this form. It consists of an adaptation of the aeonic litany of Pete Carroll from his Mass of Baphomet. This form is a proposed new form for the sixth aeon, a ‘post-chaoist’ aeon if you will. I intend to use it in a ‘Mass of Legion’, which shall follow the same formula more or less as the Mass of Baphomet. For an explanation of the concept of aeons referenced in this litany see Aeonics chapters in Liber Null & Psychonaut and Liber Kaos by Carroll and Appendix A in my own Kaos Hieroglyphica.
Once I have tried this formula a few times I will make a public report of the outcomes. In the meantime, since I thought of it today, November 5, I dedicate this to Anonymous, EtherSec and Project Mayhem. May it open the way out of the authoritarian labyrinth.
In the animist aeon, humanity saw me in all things.
In the pagan aeon, they gave me masks and worshipped me by many names.
In the monotheist aeon, I was feared as devils.
In the atheist aeon, I remained unseen, the invisibles.
Chaoists saw me as Baphomet, the spirit of the world.
In this new aeon I have no name, I am anonymous. You can call me Legion, for we are many. We shall endure till the end.
The HermAphroditic ChAOrder of The SILVER DUSK have been organising a series of global chakra workings on recent solstices the one taking place on this coming solstice is the one for the Ajna Chakra, the third eye.
The main group is meeting in Bulgaria, but so far other confirmed circles are meeting in Giza Egypt (where we did the Vissudha Working in 2006!), Nelson NZ, Wellington NZ, Castlemaine Australia, London UK, Lisbon Portugal, Seattle US, Portland US, Tokyo Japan as well as individuals taking part worldwide.
To this list of places Lolita and I plan to meet and perform the working on the shore of Loch Ness on the 23rd, after practising meditations in the evenings in Inverness during the days leading up to this. If anyone happens be in the area and would like to take part with us, get in touch. If you want to join another circle in/nearer your area you probably need to firstname.lastname@example.org">email Orryelle of the Order of Chaos.
I came across this earlier and found it a fascinating read. I highly recommend checking it out:
Here are some of my highlights in case you aren’t convinced:
Recently came across ‘Menstruation Machine‘ by the artist Sputniko! and it got me thinking about a lot of things. Basically she created a machine, with the help of Professor Jan Brosens from Imperial College London’s Department of Medicine, that would simulate the experience of menstruation, using electrodes on the lower abdomen to simulate the pain, and a blood dispensing mechanism. This was then worn by a transvestite, Takashi, who wanted to experience what its like. You can see their experience of the machine in this video:
It brought back memories of a dream I had in my early twenties, around the time I started cross dressing for the first time. I’d been having recurring dreams that I was female, which was strange because at the time I sported a bushy beard. I eventually shaved this off and began my initial adventures in gender ambiguity. This also coincided with the start of my magical fascination with the androgyne and hermaphrodite deities and spirits such as Baphomet and Ardhanarishvara.
In the dream I didn’t really know what was happening, I felt abdominal pain and a need to sit in the toilet. But in the toilet I upon taking down my trousers I looked down to find that instead of my familiar phallus and testicles that I had a vagina from which slowly poured a thick red ooze. I felt alarmed because I didn’t know what was happening to me. In some ways it was like I had been castrated, but in another way I began to realise that this was another gender transformation dream.
Later I told some magical friends about the dream and the women amongst them told me that I was describing a period experience with vivid accuracy. Every woman I’ve related the dream to has also confirmed this. ‘Menstruation machine’ brought back memories of this for me.