It is a term I invented. Don't be judgemental, however; invention is an
essential aspect of the material described here. It seemed a convenient
term for perspectives which seem fascinated by Chaos and it's imagery. Three
general categories of perspectives evidence themselves here: Chaos Magick,
Discordianism, and Psychic Youth.
Chaos Magick is a branch of Ceremonial Magick promoted by Peter Carrol
and his organization, the IOT. It is highly deconstructive, and influenced
as much by Spare as Crowley. Chaos is seen as the untransmittable supralogical
experience gnosis is known to be. The methodology of Chaos Mages is extremely
exploratory, and as such remains on the farthest fringes of occult study.
Discordians were a prank religion often associated with the yippies.
Popularized by Robert Anton Wilson's books, they have expanded into a religion
of playfulness, pleasuring and laughter. Most Discordian material is a wry
combination of satire and wisdom. They worship Eris, also known as Discordia,
the Goddess of Chaos.
The philosophy of the Temple of Psychic Youth was promoted by Genesis
P-Orridge, one of it's founding members, with the band Psychic TV. Fascinated
by body modification, ecstatic drug states, sadomasochism, serial killers,
cults, Crowley, ecology, and tribalism, TOPY's imagery has consistantly
remained far before it's time.