The Esotericon & Portals of Chaos

Peter J Carroll & Matt Kaybryn

Some three or more years ago we began with a project that would eventually involve a great deal of research and writing and practical magic, and the creation of a great deal of artwork. The concepts with which we began rappidly crystalised around the ideas below:

The idea of a 'Chaos Tarot' has periodically surfaced over the years, however the conventional idea of tarot seems far too limiting, and the several attempts to merely introduce Chaoist symbolism into the Conventional tarot format have not proved particularly interesting or groundbreaking.

Visual images can convey ideas and speak to our subconscious often far more effectively and more immediately than words. Moveable images on cards also provide many interesting possibilities that a book of images cannot provide so easily.

However it seems a waste to confine such a resource to just Divination, when it could also have application to Enchantment, Evocation, Invocation, and Illumination as well. Plus the symbolic systems from which conventional tarot derive and the symbolic systems into which more recent commentators have attempted to fit it, now often have little appeal or relevance.

The symbolic systems used in the past to generate or explain the 78 images usually ended up confected in such complex ways that the supposed meanings of the resulting cards bore only a highly etiolated relationship to them. Randomly generated images and meanings would have served the same purpose.

The Tree of Life (Naples arrangement), the Hebrew Alphabet, Astrological symbolism, elemental symbolism, alchemical symbolism, numerological ideas and all, make a rather messy 'universal kabala' with little explanatory power.

This proposed Portal Deck does not have to have 78 cards; it can have whatever number we deem useful.

It would seem nowadays more appropriate to start afresh with something closer to our own physical,psychological and metaphysical maps of ourrealities: -

To perhaps consider the relationship between the classical elements of earth, air fire, water and aether and the concepts of mass, energy, space, time and information.

To perhaps consider using the 8 colours of magic as the basis of a 'biplanetary' scheme that integrates a neo-pagan pantheon with both the eternal and the current challenges of the human condition.

To perhaps consider a replacement of the trancendentalist concepts of the platonic-pagan-monotheist esoteric paradigm with an approach derived from the emerging quantum-neo-pagan esoteric paradigm,by examining what the Lovecraftian perspective of cosmic indifferentism may have to offer.

  • Elemental Magic
  • Planetary Magic
  • Stellar Magic
  • Magical Cartography
  • Chaobalistic
  • Theometric Principles

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The Epoch

Metaphysics, the study of our underlying theories and assumptions about the universe’s ultimate structure and behavior often appears as a dry, sterile and irrelevant subject to the uninitiated. This may appear so because metaphysics proceeds with tectonic slowness, and we only seem to get a shift once per Aeon; indeed a shift of metaphysical paradigm actually marks one Aeon from another. Yet because it concerns itself with deep matters of causality and/or chaos, the reality or otherwise of gods and other realms, the reality or unreality of ‘being’ and the nature of life and consciousness itself, we need to look to the underlying metaphysics to understand where the magical theories and practices of the past came from where the magic of the future may go.


Carroll's text begins with a historical resume of magical and esoteric thought (where it came from and where it may go) before moving on to present the reader with three complete grimoires. The first grimoire of Elemental magic deals with modern practical magicaltechniques and the classical and modern interpretations of the traditionalelemental symbolism. The second grimoire of Planetary magic deals with the Pagan and Neo-Paganmagical archetypes or 'god-forms', their contemporary roles in the humancondition, and how the magician can access them for their inspiration and toborrow their abilities. The third grimoire of Stellar magic deals with the 'Elder Gods', those fociof awesome and dangerous extraterrestrial knowledge and power that await us in the vast deep reaches of the cosmos. This grimoire constitutes the latest upgrade to the ever evolving Necronomicon. Complementing and supporting the grimoires, further chapters deal with the history of symbolism, the creation and/ or the evolution of gods and goddesses, and the physics of parapsychologyand extraterrestrial communication. All in all this book contains enough tokeep any wizard, magician, esotericist or natural philosopher entranced andbusy for quite quite some time to come.