Chances are you already have a pretty good idea what it might be: You’re vaguely aware of what a druid is – perhaps even of the distinction between the ‘ancient and mythical’ druids of yore and the modern ‘new religious movement’ of the same name. You might have encountered some of the notions and precepts behind the practice of chaos magic (if so, I congratulate you, intrepid explorer – you’ve seen some pretty hidden corners of the inter-webs).
So how do the two combine? It may seem a little contradictory to be a druid and a chaote (or chaoist) – some of the imagery associated to chaos is pretty dark, ‘chaotic’, veering toward Satanism even – so how can one possibly be a nature-loving priest yet also a practitioner of chaos work?
First , there are some misunderstandings that need to be cleared-up: chaos work is neither good nor evil. You may have also noticed that I’m not referring to chaos magic – that’s because I don’t believe in magic and I don’t think what chaos ‘magicians’ do is magic either. To the chaos practitioner, belief is a tool and just as the carpenter alternates between tools, so the chaos worker alternates between beliefs, and thus does not hold on to any of them.
Second, there is no valid reason a druid cannot use every imaginable resource at their disposal to fight for, and be the voice of, Nature. Druids were the wise people of their tribe, so it behoves a modern druid to explore and experiment with every possible truth of this reality. Chaos work is at the same time fiercely ‘scientific’ in its strict experimental and results-oriented attitude and also open to as yet unmeasured phenomena of this reality which might be exploitable toward a desired outcome.
So chaos work is a method or angle of approach while druidry is the vocation or direction.