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Aspects of Tantra Five essays exploring modern Tantra by Phil Hine. Mention Tantra to most people, and they will invariably think of sex-magic. Only the other day I was chatting over the phone to a friend in America, and happened to mention that I was currently involved with a Tantric magic study group. My friend became very animated, and in tones of some envy said that he'd always wanted to find a group where people were willing to do Tantric magic with each other. It was at this point that an alarm bell began to ring in my... More >>>
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Aspects of Tantra Five essays exploring modern Tantra by Phil Hine. Mention Tantra to most people, and they will invariably think of sex-magic. Only the other day I was chatting over the phone to a friend in America, and happened to mention that I was currently involved with a Tantric magic study group. My friend became very animated, and in tones of some envy said that he'd always wanted to find a group where people were willing to do Tantric magic with each other. It was at this point that an alarm bell began to ring in my head. "Look," I said, "I mean Tantric magic, not group sex." "Oh," my friend replied, "I wasn't aware that there was anything more to Tantra than group sex." Now this kind of reaction isn't untypical, even among otherwise experienced occultists. Over the last few years, whenever I've mentioned my interest in Tantra, I've often watched people's mental gears grinding away as they visualise contorted sexual postures and perhaps, unusual combinations. To think of Tantra only in terms of sexual rites is a gross oversimplification. In fact, Tantrism is a complete magical system in itself, incorporating a wide variety of magical methods and metaphysics.
Phil Hine is a writer, artist, book reviewer and occultist of Chaos Magick. He is one of the most well known authors and exponents on this subject through his works Pseudonomicon, Condensed Chaos, Prime Chaos, as well as several essays on the topics of chaos magic and Cthulhu Mythos magick.
Phil Hine is widely considered one of the most practical, down-to-earth, and accessible authors on the subject of occultism. Unlike the more complex writings of authors such as Aleister Crowley, his works are considered highly successful at taking the mystical jargon out of magical writing.
Phil Hine repeatedly stresses, probably strongly influenced by Peter Carroll, Robert Anton Wilson and Neuro-linguistic Programming, that the metaphysical frameworks used by certain schools of magic and their attendant goals for the practitioner are not inescapable absolutes, but, to the chaos magician, matters of style and practicality. Rather than giving metaphysical explanations of why something should work, he outlines a few basic techniques for altering states of consciousness, and insists that the only way to find out about magic is to try it yourself. He generally conforms to the opinion that certain forms of magic are executed in a state of gnosis, but does not do so rigidly.
Phil Hine Biography:
Growing up in Blackpool, Hine became involved with chaos magic theory in West Yorkshire in the 1980s. This was after he "picked up the fabled white edition of Liber Null by Peter J. Carroll at Sorcerer's Apprentice." Hine subsequently published a series of booklets on urban shamanism, and a magic primer that has since been titled Condensed Chaos. This book has been described by William S. Burroughs as "the most concise statement of the logic of modern magic."
He was a founder and co-editor of Pagan News in partnership with Rodney Orpheus, and is a former editor and contributor to Ian Read's magazine Chaos International. He has facilitated workshops and seminars on modern magical practice in America and Europe and contributed to a wide range of occult journals, being most active in the period 1986-1996.
As of 1997 he resides in South London.
Hine is bisexual and has written many articles on this topic within occultism.
His earliest popular work was a small pamphlet now called Oven-Ready Chaos (formerly Condensed Chaos, a title that has been appropriated since for one of his full-length books) which outlined a brief and simple "definition" of magic(k), a brief history of the school of practice called chaos magic and an outline of some of its basic approaches, which presented a number of simple techniques.
Condensed Chaos is a full length expansion of this pamphlet focusing on basic techniques and the style of doing magic that has become associated with chaos magic. It was later joined by a second companion volume Prime Chaos, which focused more on the construction and uses of more formalised ritual techniques.
Phil Hine Written works:
- Prime Chaos, 1993. ISBN 1-56184-137-4
- Condensed Chaos, 1995. ISBN 1-56184-117-X
- The Pseudonomicon 1996. ISBN 1-56184-195-1
Contributions to anthologies:
- Are You Illuminated? in The Book of Lies - the Disinformation Guide to Magick & the Occult 2003
- Foreword, to Chaotopia!: Magick & Ecstasy in the PandaemonAeon, Dave Lee, Attractor 1997
- "Cthulhu Madness" in The Starry Wisdom, Mitchell (ed), 2nd Edition, Creation Press 1996
- Riding the Serpent, in Secrets of Western Tantra, New Falcon Publications, 1996
- "Sexual Magick: A Chaos Perspective", in Sex, Magick, Tantra & Tarot, New Falcon Publications, 1996
- "Responses to Chaos Culture", in Rebels & Devils, Hyatt (ed), New Falcon Publications 1996
- Foreword, to Chaos Ritual, Steve Wilson, Neptune Press 1994
- "Bitter Venoms", in A Taste of Things to Come, Revelations 23 Press, 1991
- "The Physics of Evocation", in The Nox Anthology, Sennitt & Hewitson-May (eds), New World Publishing, 1990
- "Dark Entries", in Starry Wisdom, Pagan News Publications, 1990
Out of print books:
- Walking Between The Worlds: Techniques of Modern Shamanism Vol.1 (1989)
- Two Worlds & In between: Techniques of Modern Shamanism Vol. II (1989)
- Touched By Fire: Techniques of Modern Shamanism Vol. III (1990)
- Starry Wisdom (Collected essays from the Esoteric Order of Dagon, 1990)
- Chaos Servitors: A User Guide (1991)
- Condensed Chaos (original booklet, 1992)