I’m probably not going to talk about what you think I’m going to talk about. At least not in the way that you expect.
Chaos Magicians love the number eight, being related easily to the chaosphere they hold so irreverently dear.
Pete Carroll has taken this and applied it to a color classification for “types” or “styles” of magic.
(Note: If you have read Liber Kaos already, this will be familiar.)
Carroll has identified eight colors, having stolen Terry Pratchet’s invented color of octarine and assigned it as the color of magic. In short, octarine is the color that you imagine pure magic to be. Carroll described it as a type of electric pinkish-purple. I see it as a deep silver-green color. It is different for everyone. And because Carroll repeatedly denounces astrology as worthless, he lists astrological associations with each of these colors as well (although he advises you not to use them).
He attributes octarine to “pure” magic, black to death magic, blue to wealth magic, green to love magic, yellow to ego magic, purple or silver to sex magic, orange to thinking magic, and red to war magic. Each of these categories represents not necessarily a direct color association employed in those types of magic, but a way of classifying various categories of magic based upon desired outcomes and means of operation. More significantly, however, is the way this color theory ties in to Carroll’s idea of the self being an amalgam of various selves and personalities which compete for primary attention — each of these categories of magic plays to a different “self” that exists within the magician’s psyche.
Again, the irony is that the color associations seem to be primarily astrological, as Carroll is famous for denouncing astrology as worthless. But the associations of yellow to Sol, green to Venus, blue to Jupiter, black to Saturn, Orange to Mercury, red to Mars, and silver to Luna all fit very well and make correspondences much easier to develop.
This is a rather cursory explanation of this schema, and there is a lot more to be covered here. I will be treating each color separately in future posts so that I can go into more detail, so stay tuned.