The Wishing Well: Releasing the Butterfly of Chaos
by Frater Choronzon
The general function of a Wishing Well is understood from an early age
by most people. The user projects some required outcome of events, or
"wish" into the well, perhaps accompanied by a symbolic financial donation,
and waits for events to take their course. Similar properties are attributed
in popular tradition to acts of cutting a birthday cake and breaking a
wish-bone while devoting certain species of poultry.
In every sense, the act of making a wish using any of the above ritual
props is a magical operation though experience suggest that Wells tend
to be more effective than both chicken bones and all but the most esoterically
decorated cakes in achieving the intended result.
As of late, many Wishing Wells have been withdrawn from public access;
and, moreover, recent opinion polls have indicated high levels of dissatisfaction
with the scarcity of wish-fulfillment opportunities, particularly among
vegetarians. This paper attempts some analysis of the dynamics involved
in successful wish-making, and offers a ritual procedure which readers
may find useful pending the launch of another "Wishing Well Withdrawal"
from the public eye.
Anyone who has studied non-linear dynamics (or Chaos Mathematics) as
applied to the interaction of complex systems (for instance life-in-general)
will be aware of the extreme sensitive of such systems to initial conditions.
This is illustrated by the so called Butterfly Effect; a model of the
process by which a butterfly flapping its wings on the Caribbean Islands
can set in train a series of atmospheric interactions which may culminate,
after some elapsed time, in the occurrence of a hurricane in London.
The hypothesis in this context is that the ritual act of making a wish
sets up initial conditions for a Chao/dynamic process which culminates,
after some elapse time, in the occurrence of whatever event was the original
objective of the wish; hence the subtitle "Releasing the Butterfly of
Chaos". Atmospheric effects are often synchronous with successful magical
operations as was observed, for example, by those who were present for
(or within earshot of) the 4,000 watt "Enochian Verse Recital" in South
London, 17.30 Hrs, Monday, 28 May, 1990; but where magic is concerned
the atmospherics are felt to be little more than by-products of casual
sequence which is primarily electromagnetic in character.
The actual process by which a successful wish is transformed into its
outcome is, of course, magic; at least in the sense that modern TV receiver
might be acknowledged as such by Agrippa or Abra-Melin the Mage - Was
there ever a more effective acrostic "for divers visions" than an infrared
A detailed explanation of how the magical process appears to work would
fill a book (reasonable offers from reputable publishers accepted); suffice
it to say that no rewrite of either the Laws of Physics or the Axioms
of Mathematics is required, and to mention that the Astrological elements
of the hypothesis will form the substance of a paper to be presented to
a forth coming meeting of the "Talking Stick".
For the purpose of this exercise, the process may be appropriately visualized
by consideration of nothing more complicated than a humble smoke-ring.
In mathematical terms this is a Torus (a ring- doughnut shaped structure)
which has a clearly defined, coherent and self-contained existence for
an extended period within a fundamentally chaotic matrix; i.e. it can
hung around for several seconds retaining its structure in the turbulent
air of a smoke-filled room. Such ordered structures fall quite naturally
out of the Chaos Mathematics which models the behavior of gases and liquids
(Fluid Dynamics for the technically inclined). Examples of such ordered
structures in a chaotic environment abound, and not only on this planet.
The Great Red Spot on Jupiter, for instance, has been in existence at
least since Galileo observed it in 1610, though the chaotic nature of
that planets atmosphere was not appreciated until the fly past of the Voyager
spacecraft of 1979.
A perfect smoke-ring requires very little expenditure of energy to be
brought into existence, though that energy, in the form of a controlled
pulse of gas projected from its creator lips has to be quite precise -
i.e. smoke-rings don't always work, particular if someone is watching,
and the best ones of all usually happen quite by accident! Significantly,
the only way an observer can know if a smoke-ring is there because it
has smoke in it. If an identical pulse of gas is projected from a non-smoker,
the Toroidal ring structure will be established in the just the same way
within the atmosphere, but its presence is almost impossible to detect,
even with the most sophisticated of scientific instruments.
The atmosphere is not the only chao/dynamic envelope surrounding our
planet; there also exists the magnetosphere, which we perceive at ground
level as the earth's magnetic field. At present it exerts a force which
causes a compass needle to point approximately towards the North Pole.
The magnetosphere extends out into so-called empty space well beyond
the atmosphere of the planet, and is anything but static in character.
Complete polarity reversals can occur. A record of these is preserved
in the sequence of North and South oriented volcanic rocks which have
been mapped in the ocean floor extending outwards from mid-oceanic ridges,
such as that which runs the length of the Atlantic. The magnetosphere
exhibits its own "weather" patterns which, like the atmospheric weather,
are driven primarily by radiation from the Sun/Solar Winds. Magnetic and
electric storms which affect TV and radio reception are a phenomena of
magnetospheric weather, and interaction between the magnetosphere and
the atmosphere can result in phenomena such as the Aurora Borealis or
Northern Lights. Other manifestations include ball-lightning and St. Elmo`s
The ritual procedure put forward here postulates a process whereby a
sudden pulse of Electro-chemical energy, through an operators nervous
system, establishes a magnetic structure which is the mathematical equivalent
of a smoke-ring. It is suggested that this can occur on the onset of orgasm
or accompanying a powerful martial-arts styled shout or KIAI, by a process
akin to that of the Faraday Induction described in any half-decent textbook.
The "magical" part of the process involves injecting a flash-visualization
of the eventual desired outcome of the magneto-smoke-ring as it is being
established. The rest of the process of wish fulfillment is left to the
wondrous dynamics of Chaos. It may be helpful for the operator to face
towards the geographical (magnetic) North Pole.
If performed as a solo working, this ritual may usefully be preceded
by a banishing and visualization exercise. The ritual text is written
in the Enochian language of the angelic calls which were devised or discovered
by Dr. John Dee in the 16th Century. In the sense that Enochian can be
seen as a system of control (or cyber-) language for "life, the universe,
and everything" it has many of the characteristics of a computer programming
language. Among such properties would be those of recursive self-reference
(i.e. the ability to modify itself), and some of the phraseology of the
preamble to the ritual is designed to apply ideas developed by Douglas
Hoffstadter in his book Godel, Escher, Bach to the Enochian language.
Specifically, the text of the ritual should increase its own potency with
After the Enochian preamble, the participant(s) should make a vocalized
statement of a "wish" or willed end point for the working, at the same
time strongly visualizing the desired outcome. This "wish" may be of a
benefic or malefic intent, but beware! the Enochian preamble carries a
force of personal honor, in wishes of a dishonorable character they are
likely to backfire.
The pre-climatic mantrum "Zarzas Zarzas Nasatanata Zarzas" is held to
be untranslatable. It is, by tradition, a formula which opens the Gates
of Hell or the Abyss; in this context it is used to invoke the dynamic
process of Chaos by which the wish can be fulfilled. Some occult authorities,
Crowley among them, assert that the Zarzas formula is dangerous and advise
against using it. Modern Chaos magicians do not share that view and, besides
having employed it for years with no particular ills impacting the user,
is consistently been found to enhance the effectiveness of most categories
of magical working.
The final climatic KIAI may be shout such as that projected by a martial
arts practitioner in the process of shattering a concrete block (or someone's
sternum), or else an exaggerated cry of orgasmic ecstasy. Prospective
participants with orgiastic inclinations may care to experiment with variant
techniques to effect the final KIAI.
exclamation which sets the magical "butterfly effect" process in motion.
For example, the Enochian couplet following the statement of the wish
might be committed to memory by operator of either gender, and repeated
while other participants stimulate that operator to a frenzied pitch of
ecstasy, culminating in the final KIAI. Such variants are for the more
experimentally inclined, but it is the sort of experiments which magicians
of an inhibited frame of mind (or body) may find it enjoyable to carry
out as an end in itself.
Ritual text / Enochian Invocation:
COMSELH I P MALPURG DSI
The circle with eight fiery darts which is
DRILPA EMETGIS DE CHAOS
the great seal of chaos
AS IOADAF DE TOL GLO
was in the beginning of all things.
T I TA HUBAR BLIOR
It is as a continual burning lamp of comfort
NONCA GMICALZOMA CRIP I CORAXO
to you of power & understanding but is as thunders of judgement wrath
CIAOFI DE PAR AG IAIADIX
to the terror of them of no honor
hearken to my voice:
VOMSARG IADNAMAD GOHULIM:
unto every one of you of undefiled knowledge it is said:
"OI EMETGIS LONSHI OVOF SA
"This seal of power may be magnified in
MIAN I SAPAH DE OI
continuance with the mighty sounds of this
LU IA HE BAHAL"
song of honor cried with a loud voice"
VLCININ DS I ZA ZAZ
Happy is s/he who has framed
ANGELGARD MANIN PRGE
thoughts in the mind with the fire
of this secret wisdom, s/he
I VGEG T CAPMIALI FISIS
is become strong also successively to execute
BUTMONA ATH OD AMMA EMNA:
By mouth the works and curses herein:
MAKE YOUR WISH HERE
SA CHAOS ANGELGARD HARG
Into chaos the thoughts are planted
OD IONAS AZIAGIAR.
and they will become like unto the harvest
ZARZAS ZARZAS NASATANATA ZARZAS