Anonymous asked: do you look down upon chaos mages (or any magic workers for that matter) who haven't practiced ceremonial magic first?
Not at all.
BUT, the vast majority of wicca is stolen directly from Thelema, so neowiccans who deny it piss me off. Everyone else is whatever, UNLESS they try to call ceremonial magic witchcraft. Then my claws come out.
On the chaos mage note, chaos magic relies on one’s ability to manipulate symbols. If you have no background on symbols beyond the standard social one or the Jungian interpretation of archetypes and such, well, chaos magic is going to be complicated for you.
It’s like physics. You start with gravity, and speed, move on to velocity, add in wind resistance, eventually you apply derivatives and integrals and stats into physics, and the most complex level of physics is quantum mechanics.
Can you jump straight into quantum mechanics? Sure. You can even be pretty decent. Is someone with a long history of studying relativity physics and other physics going to have an easier time of manipulating the variables and constants and really understanding what’s going on? Of course.
Ceremonial magic is physics up until quantum mechanics, with chaos being quantum mechanics. In fact chaos magic is based upon the concept of Do What Thou Wilt, the attainment of divinity, but it’s just a different form of it.