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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

CHORONOZON (sometimes known as Chronzon)

In Ceremonial Magick Choronzon is the demon of dispersion, the lord of hallucination, the god of entropy.   Choronzon is formed of innumerable fragments, uncountable masses of babbling voices and shifting personalities.   Choronzon is the Guardian of the Abyss or the 10th aether, Noznoroch - 333.   He is said to be the abyss and everything in it.  

Another interpretation of him is as the personification of the hypertrofied ego, and as a force of anti-magick.   Rumoured by various people to be (a) insane and (b) a great threat, although some hold that Choronzon's attidude is dependant upon the manner in which he is approached.

Choronzon can appear as male, female, both, or neither.   Its female form is occasionally referred to as Xaronzon.   He has been known to appear as a black snake, fox, or jackal.   Contrary to the 'Simon' Necronomicon, Pazuzu and Choronzon are not aspects of the same being.   Choronzon's presence during ritual is noticable by the very atmosphere in the area.   Choronzon is associated with the planet Uranus.

The Biblical demon 'Legion' is regarded by some Ceremonial Magicians to be Choronzon, as is the entity that reputedly terrified John Dee and Edward Kelly into ending their magickal work.   Aleister Crowley called Choronzon the "first and deadliest of all the powers of evil", sole inhabitant of the Abyss, capable of assuming any shape, existing in infinite forms redering it near-ominpresent, the very Lord of Chaos.  

In 1909 Crowley and his associate Victor Neuburg encounted Choronzon on a mountaintop in Algiers.   There are those who claim that Crowley never actually broke free of Choronzon's influence.   Choronzon's (now much used) key to other planes is "Zazas, Zazas, Nasatanada, Zazas!" (also Zazas Zazas Nasatana Zazas and a few other variants).

Peter J.   Carroll and many Chaos Magicians consider Choronzon to be an embodiment of all the psychic garbage that is floating around the aether.   Ceremonial Magicians who have more amicable experiences with Choronzon have reported him to be helpful and friendly, although posessing a rather dark bizarre sense of humour.   Choronzon has also apparently caused insanity and injury to many who attempt to work with him under the wrong circumstances.  

According to many Ceremonial Magicians, Choronzon is not to be approached in a hostile manner (e.g.   that of 'conquering the Abyss'), and may on occasion be irritated by Binding rituals (although it has also been reported to have found them amusing).

On the Kabbalistic Tree of Life (the Thelemic version, I should note), the abyss is Da'ath, the false tenth sephrioth, and Choronzon dwells therein.   The conquest of the abyss, and of Choronzon, is said to be the conquest of the ego and of that which prevents a magician from reaching enlightenment.   Of course, there are always those of us who would rather work with the ego than against it.  

These are referred to by Thelemites as the 'Black Brothers', as are those who worship Choronzon as the guardian of the portal between worlds.

Probably the most popular working involving Choronzon is Peter J.   Carroll's 'Mass of Choronzon'.   This calls upon it to grant a random desire of the Ceremonial Magician's subconcious.   Other workings with the entity (as opposed to workings to pass through the abyss and confront Choronzon), can include invocation and pact workings.


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One of the major problems with 'defining' Paganism and/or its beliefs and practices is that it is an 'organic' movement, in that it is undergoing constant change and re-evaluation from within, and as such any 'one-size-fits-all' approach to understanding Paganism will be found wanting.

Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans.   Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.

Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church.   Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.

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