After becoming familiar with Anton’s Chaosphere system I decided to make my own set of dolls. I adopted them to my own magickal tradition by using system of colours from Liber 777 as I was more used to them. Here is my Black Troll:
This rite was the first group ritual involving my Black Doll. It was one of many performed by a group of Chaos Magicians from around the UK who met in an old church building that had become an arts centre in Norwich, on the May day bank holiday weekend of 2001. We dubbed the venue “St Baphomet’s church of Chaos”. }8)
The rite was designed by myself and Jaq D Hawkins, and its purpose was to cast a permanent enchantment which weakened the authoritarian structure and fed the anti-authoritarian underground. We were playing a card game known as Magic the Gathering at the time, and were inspired by the Subversion card from that game…
There was a slightly vampiric theme to this, but that appealed to our sense of humour because we’d recently been accused by a local group of ‘natural magicians’ of being psychic vampires. Accordingly we adopted a gothic vampiric aesthetic into the rite. We were also inspired by the Discordian idea that an ‘age of bureaucracy’ lasts for 73 cycles or until it reaches a paper shortage, whichever comes first. 😀
We opened and closed the rite using a banishing ritual we wrote for the ritual which we called the ‘Alchemical Banishing’. It went as follows:
When I founded KIA I was already involved with a different group of chaos magicians that I met up with for rituals, and I came up with the idea of making a set of dolls based on the ‘Eight colours of magic’ in Pete Carroll’s ‘Liber Kaos’. A friend had a set of chaos servitors based on the eight colours, along with a pentacle or rather a disk with a sigil of chaos on it, which they used for evocations of them. This set appealed to me and served as the inspiration for my set of dolls, however whilst they used tiny lead miniatures to create a set which could unobtrusively sit on a shelf, I opted for a larger set, each doll of which could work well in a group working, so I chose to base my dolls on baby dolls I found cheap in charity shops.
The black doll was actually the third such doll I made for the set, the first being blue. By the time I fished even the first doll I had created my own revised version of Carroll’s eight colours, which later became the book ‘Kaos Hieroglyphica’. Back then through I had written only a small essay which later formed the introductory chapter of that book.
The first group ritual performed with the black doll was ‘Subversion‘, a ritual to bring about the decay of the authoritarian system and the growth of the anti-authoritarian movement.