Chaos Magick InterviewwithPeter J Carroll

Welcome to Angela’s Symposium, your trusted source for scholarly discussions on magic, esotericism, Paganism, and the occult. In today’s episode, we are honoured to host Peter J. Carroll, a pioneering figure in Chaos Magick. From the evolution of Chaos Magick to its relationship with technology and empirical science, this interview covers it all.

Topics Covered:

Evolution of Chaos Magick

Role of Gnosis and Altered States

Technology’s Impact on Chaos Magick

Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT)

Chaos Magick and Cultural Traditions

Magick and Empirical Science

And much more!

Peter J. Carroll is a key figure in the development of Chaos Magick, and he has authored several books that have become foundational texts in the field. Here is a list of some of his notable works:

1. “Liber Null & Psychonaut” (1987) – Often published as a single volume, these are two of his most famous works that lay out the basic principles and practices of Chaos Magick.

2. “Liber Kaos” (1992) – This book delves into the ‘physics’ of magic, offering a blend of esoteric philosophy and scientific inquiry.

3. “PsyberMagick: Advanced Ideas in Chaos Magick” (1995) – This work explores more advanced concepts in Chaos Magick, including the use of technology.

4. “The Apophenion: A Chaos Magick Paradigm” (2008) – This book focuses on Carroll’s own magical theories and practices, distinct from the more general principles of Chaos Magick.

5. “The Octavo: A Sorcerer-Scientist’s Grimoire” (2010) – This book aims to provide a bridge between magical thinking and scientific thinking, focusing on the number eight.

6. “EPOCH: The Esotericon & Portals of Chaos” (2014) – This is an extensive work that comes with a deck of magical cards designed for divination and other magical practices.

Peter J. Carroll’s official website is Specularium (, where you can find more information about his works, theories, and other contributions to the field of Chaos Magick and esoteric studies.

Please note that the years mentioned are for the original publications.










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Published on October 15, 2023