In “Condensed Chaos” by Phil Hine, there are 7 reasons listed for someone to get involved in magick.
These reasons include a means to disentangle oneself from restrictions put upon oneself if they were brought up, examining life and increasing confidence.
Most chaos magicians have seen the list and related to one or more of these reasons. This makes sense, but it was upon my re-reading of the book that something hit me while also pondering a topic I have wondered about for a while now.
I am sure most of us reading this have thought of this younger wave of magicians coming in, whether they are simply temporarily interested or have found something that clicked in their brain and they can see a future living their potentially magical lives, these reasons can definitely resonate with a younger person wanting to get involved.
When someone who might’ve been 13 years old picks up a copy or a PDF of “Condensed Chaos” reads the list, they might be struck by the way the reasoning clicks with an adolescent such as themselves. The aforementioned reason of attempting to be rid of restrictions put on oneself since birth might click well with a rebellious “fuck you mom and dad!” attitude of some pubescent person who found chaos magick from the music they listen to or an author they checked out that was very involved in the world of magick.
This, along with wanting to widen their perception, would work well with a young practitioner. I know it did for me and this drew me to chaos magick and what made me feel as if I found a practice that finally stuck with me.
While I love networking and talking to other chaotes, I notice the amount of younger people (as in 15 to 17-year-olds) coming over to this side of magick and I believe it is important to make sure they aren’t falling into paths that would be harmful to either themselves or those around them.
I’ve seen chaotes around that have kids of their own and are giving them small scale lessons about magick and how to handle it. This, in my eyes, is perfect. The younger magicians need something to guide them away from the darker circles of all that want to get their claws in and even if they say “Oh, I know better than that!” No, they don’t. They are still just as impressionable as anyone else their age. Magick isn’t instantly going to develop their brain fully.
Whether it’s O9A or Joy of Satan Ministries, there are plenty of darker groups that will groom them to a more heinous side of the occult. I am not saying to act like a parent to these younger chaotes, but a mentor of sorts. Keep your ears peeled and keep them in check for the ones you see around or the ones you communicate with regularly as a guide.
When you turn away any young practitioner because of their age or the questions they ask, there could be some feelings of dejection popping in, or they might look for other groups of angry people. That could send them on the path of joining one of those groups that fully intend on using magick for reasons to harm others.
And this doesn’t apply to just chaos magicians either.
Whether you know someone younger that’s into wicca or satanism or whatever the hell, just keep them away from the shittier sides of magick. Keep them practicing safely and lightly check them if they stray.