Common Pitfalls in Chaos Magic

Disclaimer: Obviously this is just my opinion. If I were saying it was set in stone, it would be…

1. Too much dogma
Even though “no dogma” is one of the main points of chaos magic, you see this all too often in magicians. Sometimes it takes the form of a single holdover they can’t shake. Other times it comes after a long period of exploration in having no dogma when they feel like that period of freedom has allowed them to learn the “real” truth. Hell people even take the books about not having any dogma and treat them like dogma. Either way you see a lot of dogma and it’s not doing anybody any favors.

2. Not enough dogma
While you aren’t supposed to have any dogmas you hold onto in your permanent meta belief system, you are supposed to be using temporary belief systems (belief as a tool) and some of those are dogmatic, which requires you to go learn about them. I know it can be boring, but you have to learn the rules before you can break them. Go learn something and try it!

3. Sigil-itis
Sigils are one of the first things you learn. Please won’t you try a second thing instead of just only doing those forever :slight_smile:? Learn some rituals. Invoke something. Evoke something. Make a talisman. Shift paradigms. Pathwork. Shadow work. Fucking tarot even.

4. Magus-itis
Yeah yeah, you’re a God, we know. Don’t let that ego get the best of you.

5. Discordianism
Haha, sorry discordians. I kid, I kid. Yes the meta system allows you to use any other system, but to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum “you were so preoccupied with whether or not you COULD, you didn’t stop to think if you SHOULD”. You should be doing the things you are doing for a reason, to get the best result. Not just because they are wacky.

Did I miss anything?


I can totally see falling into the sigil trap. It’s a deceptively simple technique.