There are a fair number of books available on chaos magic, some of them brain twisters and other a joy to read even if you aren’t specifically interested in chaos magic. Phil Hine’s books, Condensed Magic and Prime Chaos, fall into the latter category. Prime Chaos, subtitled “Adventures in Chaos Magic” is more than an introduction to chaos magic, it’s a good primer on magic in general and I highly recommend it.
The book is divided into four parts. The first, “Chaos is Everywhere” talks about such generally useful topics as the differences between initiation by a group and self-initiation, and approach magic with a beginner’s mind, that is, approaching magic with an open mind is one of the keys to success. He also discusses experiments in belief and the way belief structures reality, a key to the chaos magic approach.
The second part, “Dynamic Ritual,” breaks down the components of ritual in great detail. Hine includes a description of ritual as theatre, breaking it down into style, timing, spatial elements, body-mind components, visualization related exercises, and the interpenetration of magical reality.
Part three, “Group Effects,” discusses group dynamics and the formation of a magical working group. I strongly recommend everyone have some idea of how group dynamics work, whether you read this book or Judy Harrow’s Wicca Covens or Amber K’s Covencraft. Hine briefly discusses the stages of forming, storming, norming and performing and how they relate to the members’ levels of self-disclosure.
Part four, “Liber Nice and Liber Nasty,” is in two sections. Liber Nice talks about Discordianism. Liber Nasty discusses the Cthulhu mythos. Even if neither of these appeal to you, the discussion is entertaining and may give you some ideas for your own approach to chaos magic.