Ice Magick

 

Many rumours surround ice magick, mostly due to what supposedly happened during one of the IOT meetings in an Austrian castle a few years back and of course because next to nothing is available on the web.

The first view that was available to the public was posted to the zee-list a few years back which is quite the same as Pete Carrolls view. In early 2000 Frater U.'.D.'. finally published his view. All shown below.

Three Sides to every Story
Yours, mine and the Truth

Ice magick wars - Ryans Run

The Ice magick War - Stokastikos

Ice Magick - Frater U.'.D.'.

Comments about the Statement from a member of the IOT

Ice Magick Wars

To: zee-list
From: Ryans Run
Date: 28 October 1996

>
> To quote an interview with Carroll (CI # 17)
>
> "Sometime in '89 Fra. U.D. formed an alliance with a secretive germanic
> martial arts group and attempted to lead sections of the pact into it.
> The more I heard, the worse it sounded. Eventually I publically accused
> Fra. U.D. of abusing his position and of membership of an ultra right wing
> mind control cult with a seriously nasty agenda. All hell broke loose ...
> The ice magick philosophy appeared to be a grim and paranoid thulean
> atavism which might have had ghastly consequences if Fra. U.D. had spread
> it through the fabric of western esoterics"- Peter J. Carroll
>
> Pete's position is clearly biased, but I think the fission between RIOT &
> the Pact was a *little* more complicated than a disagreement over
> administrative schemes (which is what the grade structure consists of).
> The Ice Magick intro does make me a bit uneasy about U.D.'s obsession with
> "thulean might"- the Nazi's loved that shit.
>
> In any case, I don't have enough information to know what went on, I just
> doubt that anyone on this list knows (from an unbiased source) and would
> tell the tale.
>
> -ORE(z)
>

Actually, there are Z-list who know the whole story. I was an initiate of EPIC temple in Los Angeles when the MT was Kenneth Stone. The problem with Frater UD was not that his casa had a tremendously difficult agenda; rather that Helmut a (A Highly Advanced Qi Quong expert: i.e. write for the that story) advanced magician was creating a subcult within the IOT.

The IOT was not opposed to innovative magical creations. Nor was the IOT interested at all in dictating to Frater VD concerning his magical goals etc. For sure, there was substantial interest in Helmets abilities. He could after all raise his Chi to a high level of circulation; and hence had developed extraordinary sexual and magical powers. His training program was based upon a strict program of activity often spanning many hours or at least as some opine, days without sleep. Magical exercises combined with a rigorious training period created an accerlerated experience, however stressfull. The Ice Mage was not actually the problem, it was the underpinnings of dictorial control which created a fiasco for the IOT.

Helmet was a strong willed person, but he did create a likely vignette of animosity. As Ian Read and Soro Benevide explained, there stay was not in keeping with magical freedom. Soro Benevide who is probably one of the most gnarly female magicians in the world was attacked by Helmet when she decided enough was enough. As the Soro was walking out: Helmet told her she would have cancer in her uterus and he waved his hand; causing Soro Benevide's nose to bleed.

That incident coupled with an increaseing anarchy which interacted with egregoric tendancies of the IOT "European" contingent it made necessary for the Magi within the IOT to deal with it. Frater VD had no especial desire to upset the applecart; he merely wanted his way independent of the egregoric wave of the IOT. Carroll literally had no choice but to excommunicate VD after a vote of the pact determine there was no other choice.

I can guarantee you that Helmut impact on the IOT was a serious one; and my contacts inform me that there are still hurt feelings.

While I do not want to anyway invalidate Carroll, Helmut, or VD in this situation; I think it very clear in my mind, that when one actually attains power; we must eventually become more responsibile of how we give forth our Word. Helmet could have been an important and essential contributor to the Pact; but when one abuses power; one can not blame others who know better when they withdraw support.

The Ice War
as remembered by Stokastikos

(taken from Phil Hines website )

Maybe we saved western magick from a fate worse than the Fourth Reich or the Jim Jones Guyana Massacre, or maybe a few occult-sized egos merely created a tsunami in a teacup over money, sex and power, as per usual. Several Order historians have asked me for my version and I present it here. Synonyms disguise the identities of all the guilty except me.

I never met the Ice Lord, nor ever saw his image, during the whole conflict, and he declined a challenge to meet me in person at the siege of Castle L??..s, during one of the major battles of the campaign. I think I know his birth name, but he remains a shadowy figure, by all accounts intensely charismatic and dangerous. I cannot claim to have defeated him, for I merely fought his minions and thwarted his aims.

The Chancellor or "Kohl", as I shall call him for reasons of girth, first spoke to me about the Ice Lord on the eve of our best ever combined seminar and Order meeting at Castle R?s. According to Kohl, the Ice Lord's theories and methods lay aeons ahead of anything our magical order got up to. As a reputed master of internal martial arts, the Ice Lord could apparently deliver lightning bolts with his fingertips and paralyse adversaries at a distance. He also apparently demanded and got total slavish obedience from his followers, and I later heard that he had seventy of them disappear completely from society to work in his factory and live in his dormitory. Kohl, who favoured a decidedly old-aeon authoritarian master-acolyte approach to magick, could hardly contain his excitement at the prospect of such power. I found all this highly alarming, as Kohl seemed likely to lose interest in what we had created together, in favour of what the Ice Lord apparently had to offer. Using mainly my ideas and his contacts and organizational skills, we had created a blossoming magical order doing much innovative work. The Order, by now just four years old, met annually in an Austrian castle for a fortnight of work, fun, sex and ideas exchange. Temples had sprung up all over the westernized world and the Order attracted a lot of heavyweight talent. We made the Golden Dawn look like a dull parochial garden party, and left the Caliphate OTO nursing a paradigm half a century past its sell-by-date.

I did not want to see our creation go down the drain, so I restrained my distaste and scepticism about what Kohl had to say, and we went ahead with the seminar and Order meeting. We both gave the performance of a lifetime. Everybody had a wild ecstatic time, and Kohl and I quite amicably had a scene with Soror Babs, a sorceress of his previous acquaintance. Then I went back to the UK to tend my own temple and to prepare for next year's bash. I also made a trip to America and authorised Babs to set up a Section of the Order there. Everything looked good until reports began to filter in that Kohl had started taking Order members to the Ice Lord. Much that some of them reported sounded alarming. Even now I know very little about "Ice Magick" (Kohl's term for it, apparently, not the Ice Lord's). Reports spoke of Aryan supremacism, survivalist paranoia, and cultic levels of obedience. My heart sank: the usual aeons old crap with a charismatic figure, this time with a few good tricks up his sleeve, pandering to cultural fears and desires, with probably enough intelligence to make it all end in tears bigtime if he got hold of a suitable communications infrastructure, i.e., my Order!

Shortly before the next annual seminar and Order meeting, scheduled for Castle L??..s in Austria, I sent a hailstorm of memos to all Sections and Temples alerting them to my suspicions. Kohl went utterly thermonuclear and spent an hour ranting at me on the phone. He then cancelled my appearance at the impending event. He could do this as he had made the Seminar and accommodation arrangements. However, the membership forced him to recant, and I eventually got on a plane with a rucksack full of heavy duty magical weaponry, including a huge oversize dagger acquired from a leading American occult swordsmith with a thirteen-inch drop-forged carbon steel blade, ironwood grip, phosphor bronze fittings which had had no expense spared, was bought without haggling, was aether-fixed and consecrated to Baphomet knows what—in short, the business. I also bore an alpha-helix beechwood staff, found for me in a forest by the love of my life; quite by chance, or so it seemed.

Thus equipped, I arrived in Vienna and lodged with the two Black Brothers, rather than in the apartments of the Head of the Austrian Section, as Kohl had taken up residence there. The Black Brothers had acquired a reputation as Gnostic extremists within the Order and, although I had always got on with them, a sub-plot partly involving a woman but mainly involving a lot of power, had developed between them and leaders of various Sections of the Order.

Eventually I confronted Kohl over a table in the apartments of the Section Head. Grim accusations of treachery, deceit, and megalomania flew back and forth for several hours with no ground given. You could not have cut the aether between us with an industrial grade exorcism. Perhaps only the presence of the aristocratic Section Head prevented the massively-built Kohl and my athletic self from seeking a resolution on the physical plane. In the end we left it at stalemate, and in ill humour, started to put together a seminar programme.

The next day the atmosphere lightened slightly as members arrived in Vienna from all over the westernized world, but by now the Order had a serious schism and would divide into two camps. The Head of the UK Section arrived with his other half and the UK contingent including Frater Hardman who would play a minor role. Soror Babs, on whom I mistakenly thought I could rely, arrived with Soror Sapphia, who took instant exception to the accommodation arrangements of Babs and I. The Swiss and Germans arrived, and a single representative came from Australia who was a mild and pleasant chap whom nobody had met and whose New Age background had ill prepared him for the battle zone he walked into.

Soon after we all arrived at the castle, an emergency Council of National Section Heads demanded the excommunication of one of the Black Brothers for having upset most of those present. I argued for suspension but finally reluctantly agreed, to keep the peace. Immediately afterwards a tense situation developed in the castle courtyard when we confronted the Brothers with the Council's decision. After a certain amount of acrimonious debate it seemed that they would both leave with their followers, but then the excommunicant followed the Austrian No.2 into the toilets and attacked him. The mighty Kohl got to the scene first and drove him off. They left, but after the meeting the Austrian No.2 found what looked like the remains of a gruesome sacrifice on his home doorstep. (One suspects that the materials for the seeming sacrifice probably came from a local deerhunter.)

The Seminar did not go particularly well. Kohl led a few introductory Ice Magick exercises whose purpose remained impenetrable to those present. An individual hunting game I had devised for out-of-hours honing of parapsychological skills degenerated into a conflict between Ice or Kohl sympathetic participants against the rest. The Order meeting itself took place after a disgraceful series of initiations orchestrated by Kohl for seminar survivors who wished to apply to the Order and stay on for its meeting. At this event Kohl, as Magister Templi, seemed to betray a subconscious contempt for the Order by reducing the initiations to little more than the sort of hazing ceremonies typical of American collegiate life. Hell only knows why I did not intervene. The Order lost a member or two with interesting prospects that afternoon. I do not blame them. The meeting itself became mired down at many points with debates about procedures and precedents and rules, and with what seemed to many, attempts by Kohl to introduce authoritarian and centralist measures. The majority of the Germans present seemed to side with Kohl and they occupied the dungeon-like taverna each evening, whilst the Austrians and Brits tended to socialize on the terraces. The UK Section Head and his other half floated from camp to camp. Only later did I realize that they had far more interest in what the Ice Magick might have to offer them than I had suspected. Conspiracies, factions, and private briefings sprung up everywhere amongst the forty plus magicians present. In the generally bad-tempered atmosphere, Soror Babs changed her allegiances and her accommodation, although not directly in favour of Kohl. I sought amusement with Soror Sapphia who made for me an exception to her usual preferences. An element of revenge on both our parts probably coloured this interaction.

The crescendo came on the last night, Kohl having made it plain that he did not intend to allow me to participate in future events of the Order that he effectively organized. Some of the young bloods of the Order (mainly Austrian) had planned a ritual to inaugurate a temple of a decidedly non-Ice Magick persuasion, and they asked me to officiate at midnight. Here at last, at the eleventh hour, I saw a glimmer of hope. I stormed about the castle with the sword-dagger thrust ostentatiously in a belt, drumming up support. My last ritual as effective Head of the Order awaited me, I did not intend to go quietly.

Minutes before midnight I stood on the steps leading to the temple cavern (our Order gets venues that you would not believe) and, brandishing the mega-dagger with a mad, glassy stare, I yelled out to those who were with us to join us. A number of Kohl-Ice sympathetic members retreated from the confusion in the courtyard to the tavern. I then stormed into the temple and gave what I experienced as the most wild and electrifying Mass of Chaos of my career. I more or less hijacked the ritual into celebration of Chaos Magick over Ice Magick in the eyes of many of those present. "What the hell have you done?" asked a top Austrian magus. I could not answer. Flushed with the extreme gnosis of it all, I charged down to the taverna and announced to Kohl's table that I would be the "last to leave". Of all the magical acts that I have performed in this life, this seemed to me amongst the most important. Kohl prided himself on his ability to have the last word in any session lasting into the small hours. So often in the past I had eventually, after copious sacraments, conceded at best a metaphysical armistice, pleaded exhaustion, deferred to his stamina, and gone to bed. But not on this night. I gathered to me Frater Hardman, (whom Kohl mistakenly thought he had bought with promises of lecture tours), and Soror Crazy, (an old flame who had turned up at the last moment "to save the Order" or maybe me, in her own inimitable style). Highly-strung women seem to make the best sorceresses, or perhaps the attitude develops with the job. At my insistence the three of us sat at a table with hands joined in a triangle whilst I shouted bizarre occasional comments at Kohl and his entourage. Most people present probably thought me mad. Madman strategy works, however, as I have discovered. If you appear prepared to do ANYTHING to beat the other bastard, you probably will. Reagan and Thatcher won the Cold War with such a tactic better dead than red—I respect their balls and ovaries. Eventually, at about three in the morning, Kohl led his followers out first. Soror Crazy and Frater Hardman seemed at the end of their respective tethers; I thank them for their fortitude, I was hallucinating.

The Order meeting ended rather sombrely the following afternoon with many uncertainties about the future. I handed the Great Ring of the Order to Frater Hardman to represent me by proxy at future Order meetings. Kohl looked smug as he exchanged phone numbers with prospective lecturers for next year's seminar. I shouldered my spiral staff and prepared to return to the UK, having apparently blown it. I had seemingly lost some friends, a lucrative seminar programme and my leadership of the Order, yet I had an odd feeling that I had somehow achieved something.

A couple of months later Kohl led a number of German members plus the UK Section Head and his other half to the Ice Bunker. Actually he led them to a sort of mini-bunker near to the main one. As I had suspected, Kohl had done a deal with the Ice Lord to bring him more people in return for sharing some of the absolute authority over them and for receiving a priority line to Ice Magick teachings.

I then gathered my temple about me which at the time included a notable psycho who proved quite useful in the battle. Protecting myself with semi-sentient combat servitors against attacks Kohl had reputedly launched, I struck with dissaffinity wedge enchantments between Kohl, the Ice, and the UK Section Head. One can never tell what effects such conjurations have, except perhaps statistically but, fairly soon after, the UK No.1 and his other half made an escape from the bunker and returned to the UK with grim tales confirming all suspicions about Ice Magick in detail, much of which I published in memos to all Sections. Additionally, the UK No.1 made a trip to Austria and briefed the Section Leaders personally. Events then moved rapidly through crisis and farce. The Austrian No.1, and No.2 who had personally made the booking for the castle next year, cancelled Kohl's appearance and invited me, and proclaimed their own seminar and Order meeting.

Soror Babs, the Swiss No.1 and two others then proclaimed themselves in charge of the Order, almost certainly on Kohl's command. I reclaimed the Great Ring of the Order from Frater Hardman and then bulldozed through an agreement between the remaining loyal Section Heads for an excommunication of Kohl. I also excommunicated the gang of four who now claimed to lead the Order. They held a brief meeting which came to nothing. I have to applaud the courage of the Austrian leadership and membership who broke so decisively with Kohl, their long-term mentor. I heard that Kohl's position at the head of another rather older and more secretive magical order had also created huge problems in that order too.

Everything now depended on who would turn up at the castle in late summer. When we finally assembled there, no hardcore Ice magicians attended, although a few Germans with ambiguous feelings and loyalties came to argue for a while. The Order had lost perhaps 30% of its membership in the fray, including most of the Swiss and Germans. Considering that Kohl's contacts had originally constituted almost the entire membership, this did not seem unacceptable. The seminar and meeting went well, with everyone determined to preserve and develop the traditions of Chaos Magick. I celebrated with Soror Hysteria and with friends from the Austrian and UK Sections. Few Americans came that year, but their new No. I worked hard to build a vibrant and creative Section there. Gradually a new German Section evolved from the ruins.

I went home and retired soon after. It was a sort of bargain I had made with myselves. I had not enjoyed using my position to oust the totalitarian tendency which Kohl and the Ice Lord represented, and I wished to devote more time to my family and business, both of which deserved more attention than I had given them during my five years as Head of the Order. Chaos Magick had, by now, plenty of rising stars who needed room to grow. The Order would now flourish.

I later heard that Kohl had broken with the Ice Lord and that the mini-bunker had collapsed. Apparently he wrote a book about Ice Magick, described to me as "unreadable and uninformative". He seems to have retired from his preeminent position at the pinnacle of magick in the German speaking world. Reportedly, he now tries to sell unorthodox financial advice on the Internet. I do not know what happened to the Ice Lord and his minions. Perhaps he still attempts to create a secret paranoid army of Aryan supermen with occult powers, somewhere in the frozen north according to rumour. Soror Babs sought gentler magics and we still exchange infrequent postcards. I still play a rather distant consultative role to the Order, and pursue my researches in magick and physics. The Order has grown to the point where it makes the Golden Dawn look like a vicarage tea party, and the OTO like a bunch of geriatric ultra-conservatives stuck in an antique mindset.

If things had gone badly, Kohl and the Ice Lord would have ended up at the head of the cream of the western world's magicians with the Order's communications infrastructure in their hands. However, just how many of them would have submitted to their intimidation and insane theories, remains an open question. Metaphysical paradigms often set the themes for entire cultural changes. A handful of Freemasons created the European Enlightenment and a few Theosophists supplied the theory for Fascism, by mistake, apparently. One hears nothing of Ice Magick now, whilst the Internet carries a vast resource of material on Chaos Magick. Its paradigm has influenced virtually the whole of western magick with a current of eclecticism and a rejection of the principles of absolutism, guruship and totalitarianism

The Austrians (rather than the Prussians) threw their weight in just in time, but I like to think, as Wellington said of Waterloo, it might have gone otherwise if I had not been there.

This article originally appeared in Chaos International No. 23

STATEMENT ON ICE MAGIC, THE IOT AND ICE MAGICAL LITERATURE
by
Frater U.'.D.'.
(sent by him to me by mail 12.02.2000 after my inquiry for the book and the history, looks like he wrote it beforehand for someone else too)

There was no "Ice Magick cult within the IOT". Rather, it was a question of myself meeting someone who could actually DO and physically DISPLAY what we had all (well, most of us anyway) been only dreaming of for years and decades. Pete, by the way, was one of the first two people I ever told about this encounter - he was a friend and a magical partner, or so I thought, until uncontrolled egomania got the better of him. Once and for all, from I hear ...

Some other people got interested, so I informed them about and passed on to them what I had received (and continued receiving) - we did work together but never was there any intention to split let alone gain control over the IOT. I actually resigned from my post as head of the All-German
section as announced a year before, splitting it up into a German, a Swiss and an Austrian section with someone else taking over - all according to plan. If I had wanted "control" over the IOT, I could have had it for the asking, at least over the German speaking part of the Pact which, at the time,
made up for about 80% of the membership.

And it's not as if I hadn't given Pete chances galore to at least inform himself about what I was into. He simply wasn't interested, preferring
to nurture his own phantasies of what *might* be going on, harping on hearsay and snippets of rumour, the works. For instance, he got this idea
(and undertool great efforts to promulgate it) that we were some sort of neo-fascist white suprematist oddball outfit working towards world domination. (This, of course, tied in - at least in his mind - with his UK head honcho Ian Read teaming up with us at the time: Ian's notorious self-proclaimed right wing ideology had to be made fit into the overall picture somehow, and actual facts were a negligible quantity in this disturbed equation.)

So what it basically boiled down to was a classical case of nothing being worse than not having been invited to a party you wouldn't have attended
in the first place. No "tragedy" involved at all, as that would have implied at least a modicum of "greatness", however you would care to define it. Hence, no regrets either.

He waged a 'magickal war' with this organization, and excommunicated its members from the IOT.

The only "magical war" he ever waged with "this organization" was the psychotic blitz in his own head. It went so far, he even threatened me
physically before witnesses. (Nothing particularly "magical" about that, I'm afraid.) He was in a pretty bad shape at the time anyway: problems with
his wife throwing scenes of jealousy over and again, love sick and thoroughly frustrated because his Austrian lover turned psychotic for a while and running around telling people how she'd been raped as a child, he resorted to boozing his brains out, what have you.

So he felt insecure and certainly betrayed all around, even though none of the latter had taken place. In short, he turned quite paranoid, so much so that even some very close Brit friends of his were commenting about his being out to lunch most of the time. IMO, these factors are no excuses for his behavior, but they do go a certain way to explain at least some of it.

As for "excommunication", this was a load of bull: he did indeed pronounce "excommunications" against a whole bunch of us, but these were in no way
endorsed by the Pact's self-imposed rules; he was neither in any authority to excommunicate anyone (at the time, at least - this may have changed later), nor did he even have any majority within the council of the Pact's Magi for this preposterous act. He wasn't even in a position to actually NAME the people he wanted to excommunicate! One of his letters I received at the time was addressed to "Ralph, ... some other members' names ... AND LADIES!" When asked who these "ladies-to-be-excommunicate" actually were, he had to admit he didn't know their names (not even their Pact names, that is)! Some excommunication ... even Idi Amin or Bokassa would have done better than that.

The accounts of this story are all shoddy so many members of the Chaos Magick community are interested in learning more about Ice Magick.

Yes, I have received quite a few inquiries over the years. And "shoddy" is the correct word: as the whole affair was based on nothing but hot air in the first place, he was in no position to present more than mere histrionics.

(There is a great deal of anti-IOT sentiment in the Chaos Current nowadays.  Many people suspect Pope Pete just needed a battle to fight before resigning.)

Hm, while the rationale behind this assumption seems sound, I'm afraid I disagree. A close friend of mine (a former IOT Magus himself) revisited him a couple of years ago in Bristol. It seems that Pete Carroll first didn't even recognize him. When he did, he didn't remember that said friend and brother had actively denounced the "Pope's" cranky behaviour during what Pete has come to fondly call his "Ice Magick Wars" (whatever that plural is
supposed to imply - except to embellish his imagined victories, I suppose). Anyway, they talked for approximately 2 hours, and Pete spent about 95% of that time harping on me and what a scumbag I am. I mean, this was some 8 or 9 years after the event, with no contact whatsoever between the two of us in the meantime, neither directly nor indirectly - go figure what an impression the whole affair seems to be making on him to this very day. (Even if there had been one of those purported "wars", I would be hesitant to call such a result a "victory" ...)

The way I see it, the contention was really little more than the unfortunate culmination of a personal crisis (Pete's, that is) which had been raging for a long, long time - the sheer violence involved being ample proof of its autogenic magnitude.

Not being a trained psychiatrist, I will refrain from offering a professional opinion on Mr Carroll's thentime, let alone current  psychological makeup, but if you look up the symptoms of maniacal depression and of schizoid paranoia in any textbook of psychiatry, you're bound to be struck by scores of parallels ...

In any event, I think there would be a market for an English publication of Eismagie.

There is actually an English translation in the works. However, once you have seen it in German, I guess you will  understand that this is not an easy task, to put it very mildly. As you may know, I am more or less bilingual, and a former professional translator to boot with some 135 translated books and countless shorter pieces (both fiction and non-fiction) to my credit.  So go figure why I opted for a British translator to at least do the initial draft for me - even if it means having to rewrite the whole thing in the end anyway. At first glance, it may seem that the English language simply isn't capable of conveying the compactness of the German version, being far too fuzzy and not ever lending itself to any kind of semantic precision.

But this is really only part of the problem. It's not as if all I had done was resort to common German: while everything is quite simple to understand for the native German reader, there's no doubt that the language employed (or, to be more precise: forged and welded) refuses to cater to anything less than utmost attention.

Obviously I am biased, but to cut a long story short by way of illustration: when a German gentleman who is very well versed in both languages (he
actually wrote a very ideosyncratic, semi-acoustic translation of Crowley's Liber Al once) had read EISMAGIE, his comment to me was: "Those poor English!"

There is also the possibility of subscribing to the first volume of "DAS BUCH DER MACHT. TECHNIKEN DER ZOMBIFIZIERUNG" - a limited
one time only edition of only 100 copies, A4 format, bound in white goat leather. Cost is U$ 740 incl. air mail delivery and insurance. Advance reservation is US$ 100, balance to be paid upon notification of publication. But do note that this tome has not yet been published and no fixed
date of publication has been set, though it should foreseeably happen in the course of this year. However, it is strongly suggested that you read the primer "EISMAGIE" first before deciding on the other book.

US $740?  That's many times more money than I've ever paid for a book.

You must be kidding - about time you started, then! :-)

The title is very alluring, but could you tell me why it's so expensive?

Because it's a one-time-only book - it will never be republished (at least, not in my lifetime - nor later, if I can prevent it!), and there will only
be exactly 100 numbered copies ever issued. Then there's the luxury binding, etc. I always wanted to produce this sort of fine bibliophiles' book sometime, now here it is (or, rather, will be).

This, obviously, is nothing for the masses: it's an Ice Magic based treatise on how to pursue victory in that overall context I term "Social Combat".
It will beat anything sociology, psychology, politology, social biology, martial arts and all other disciplines can teach you on this matter, if I say so myself. One reason I am limiting the edition to 100 copies will probably spring to mind once you've read (and worked through, which, of course,
is not necessarily the same thing) EISMAGIE. Where the latter is condensed to the extreme, BUCH DER MACHT will "spill the goodies" by way of expounding on the "practical" go-about in all walks of life. Note that TECHNIKEN DER ZOMBIFIZIERUNG will only be volume 1 - i.e. there will
be more to follow, even if the whole project may take another decade or two. I am in no hurry ...

Now, from an insider of the IOT (name withheld):

> There was no "Ice Magick cult within the IOT".

Wrong. Tegtmeyer described Ice Magick (as he does later in this text too) always as something superior to chaos magick. What else could be his reason but to form an inner cult within the IOT?

> Rather, it was a question of myself meeting someone who could actually
> DO and physically DISPLAY what we had all (well, most of us anyway) been
> only dreaming of for years and decades. Pete, by the way, was one of the
> first two people I ever told about this encounter - he was a friend and a
> magical partner, or so I thought, until uncontrolled egomania got the
> better of him. Once and for all, from I hear ...

If "uncontrolled egomania" is identical to quitting the pact to have it evolve without a guru, than I may not understand the meaning of ego-mania.

> Some other people got interested, so I informed them about and passed on to
> them what I had received (and continued receiving) - we did work together
> but never was there any intention to split let alone gain control over
> the IOT.

Ausser, dass er den Paktnotstand ausgerufen hat, weil einige Fratres wegen
Beschäftigung mit Eismagie exkommuniziert wurden (fragwürdig damals, indeed).
Ausser, dass er das gradsystem abschaffen wollte, damit auch noch die IOT
Anarchos auf Linie brachte. atürlich war der Zweck einers gradlosen paktes die
hidden authority - er wollte alle Schlüsselstellungen (section heads, etc.) mit
seinen lemmingen besetzen. Ich habe einen ganzen Arsch voll Dokumente zu dem
Thema, die ich von meiner mentorin geerbt habe. Besagte Frau lernte damals
(80er) ber Tegtmeyer, und war am Anfang der Eismagie Zeit dabei -- blieb dann
aber beim IOT und machte sich für VDs Exko stark - go figure!

> I actually resigned from my post as head of the All-German
> section as announced a year before, splitting it up into a German, a Swiss
> and an Austrian section with someone else taking over - all according to
> plan.

Whilst taking over the german section - the strongest of 'em all, at that time.

> If I had wanted "control" over the IOT, I could have had it for the asking,
> at least over the German speaking part of the Pact which, at the time,
> made up for about 80% of the membership.

Exactly, that's why you thought you had nothing to fear.

> And it's not as if I hadn't given Pete chances galore to at least inform
> himself about what I was into. He simply wasn't interested, preferring
> to nurture his own phantasies of what *might* be going on, harping on
> hearsay and snippets of rumor, the works. For instance, he got this idea
> (and undertool great efforts to promulgate it) that we were some sort of
> neo-fascist white suprematist oddball outfit working towards world
> domination. (This, of course, tied in - at least in his mind - with
> his UK head honcho Ian Read teaming up with us at the time: Ian's
> notorious self-proclaimed right wing ideology had to be made fit into
> the overall picture somehow, and actual facts were a negligible quantity
> in this disturbed equation.)

Ice Magick is full of secrecy, the very thing Carroll opposed. No wonder he wasn't interested, let alone that he was fearful towards its study in the pact. In conclusion, Tegtmeyer only wanted to make money, and that is difficult within the IOT.

> So what it basically boiled down to was a classical case of nothing being
> worse than not having been invited to a party you wouldn't have attended
> in the first place. No "tragedy" involved at all, as that would have
> implied at least a modicum of "greatness", however you would care to
> define it. Hence, no regrets either.
>
> >He waged a 'magickal war' with this organization, and excommunicated
> >its members from the IOT.
>
> The only "magical war" he ever waged with "this organization" was the
> psychotic blitz in his own head. It went so far, he even threatened me
> physically before witnesses. (Nothing particularly "magical" about
> that, I'm afraid.)

Bullshit. My papers state differently.

> He was in a pretty bad shape at the time anyway: problems with
> his wife throwing scenes of jealousy over and again, love sick
> and thoroughly frustrated because his Austrian lover turned psychotic
> for a while and running around telling people how she'd been raped
> as a child, he resorted to boozing his brains out, what have you.

Even back then this was VDs main strategy: kill Carrolls reputation.

> So he felt insecure and certainly betrayed all around, even
> though none of the latter had taken place. In short, he turned quite
> paranoid,
> so much so that even some very close Brit friends of his were commenting
> about his being out to lunch most of the time.
> IMO, these factors are no excuses for his behavior, but they do go a certain
> way to explain at least some of it.
>
> As for "excommunication", this was a load of bull: he did indeed pronounce
> "excommunications" against a whole bunch of us, but these were in no way
> endorsed by the Pact's self-imposed rules; he was neither in any authority
> to
> excommunicate anyone (at the time, at least - this may have changed later),
> nor did he even have any majority within the council of the Pact's Magi for
> this preposterous act. He wasn't even in a position to actually NAME the
> people he wanted to excommunicate! One of his letters I received at the
> time was addressed to "Ralph, ... some other members' names ... AND LADIES!"
> When asked who these "ladies-to-be-excommunicate" actually were, he had
> to admit he didn't know their names (not even their Pact names, that is)!
> Some excommunication ... even Idi Amin or Bokassa would have done better
> than that.

Mostly due to the fact that back then everything was hear-say. VD didn't hold back for nothing who was cheated by him so far.

> >The accounts of this story are all shoddy so many members of the
> >Chaos Magick community are interested in learning more about
> >Ice Magick.
>
> Yes, I have received quite a few inquiries over the years.
>
> And "shoddy" is the correct word: as the whole affair was based
> on nothing but hot air in the first place, he was in no position
> to present more than mere histrionics.
>
> >(There is a great deal of anti-IOT sentiment in the Chaos
> >Current nowadays.  Many people suspect Pope Pete just needed a
> >battle to fight before resigning.)

>
> Hm, while the rationale behind this assumption seems sound, I'm
> afraid I disagree. A close friend of mine (a former IOT Magus
> himself) revisited him a couple of years ago in Bristol. It seems
> that Pete Carroll first didn't even recognize him. When he did,
> he didn't remember that said friend and brother had actively
> denounced the "Pope's" cranky behavior during what Pete has come
> to fondly call his "Ice Magick Wars" (whatever that plural is
> supposed to imply - except to embellish his imagined victories,
> I suppose). Anyway, they talked for approximately 2 hours, and Pete
> spent about 95% of that time harping on me and what a scumbag
> I am. I mean, this was some 8 or 9 years after the event, with no
> contact whatsoever between the two of us in the meantime, neither
> directly nor indirectly - go figure what an impression the whole
> affair seems to be making on him to this very day. (Even if there
> had been one of those purported "wars", I would be hesitant to
> call such a result a "victory" ...)

Of course! VD is responsible for the biggest shism of the chaos current, and Pete naturally feels like a father of it. Many good people have left the scene back then - many because they thought Pete's fight against fascism as fascistoid themselves (and there is something to that), many because they couldn't bear VD anymore, many because they came to Ice Magick via VD. In 1993 the IOT Germany was a big pile of rubble and one can be glad that the people who restored it aren't cultists. Todays German pact is extremely liberal.

> The way I see it, the contention was really little more than
> the unfortunate culmination of a personal crisis (Pete's, that
> is) which had been raging for a long, long time - the sheer violence
> involved being ample proof of its autogenic magnitude.

Of course VD is NOT to blame!

> Not being a trained psychiatrist, I will refrain from offering a
> professional opinion on Mr Carroll's thentime, let alone current
> psychological makeup, but if you look up the symptoms of maniacal
> depression and of schizoid paranoia in any textbook of psychiatry,
> you're bound to be struck by scores of parallels ...

Not surprising when you have enemies such as VD. He threatened people who wanted out of the ice shelters with cancer if they'd leave him.

> >In any event, I think there would be a market for an English
> >publication of Eismagie.

Back then, VD said that ONLY people could learn Ice Magick that were able to speak fluently German.

> There is actually an English translation in the works.
> However, once you have seen it in German, I guess you will
> understand that this is not an easy task, to put it very mildly.
> As you may know, I am more or less bilingual, and a former professional
> translator to boot with some 135 translated books and countless
> shorter pieces (both fiction and non-fiction) to my credit.
> So go figure why I opted for a British translator to at least do
> the initial draft for me - even if it means having to rewrite the
> whole thing in the end anyway. At first glance, it may seem that
> the English language simply isn't capable of conveying the compactness
> of the German version, being far too fuzzy and not ever lending itself
> to any kind of semantic precision.

It's just semantics!! Tegtmeyer (as a linguist) knows much better!  Those are straight-out LIES.

> But this is really only part of the problem. It's not as if all I had
> done was resort to common German: while everything is quite simple to
> understand for the native German reader, there's no doubt that the
> language employed (or, to be more precise: forged and welded) refuses
> to cater to anything less than utmost attention.

Because it was linguistically raped by VD in such a way to make no really understandable statements at all.

> Obviously I am biased, but to cut a long story short by way of illustration:
> when a German gentleman who is very well versed in both languages (he
> actually wrote a very ideosyncratic, semi-acoustic translation of Crowley's
> Liber Al once) had read EISMAGIE, his comment to me was: "Those poor
> English!"

And, as a well known linguist and discordian said when he read the book and saw the price for it: "Those poor devils who pay for it..."

> There is also the possibility of subscribing to the first volume
> of "DAS BUCH DER MACHT. TECHNIKEN DER ZOMBIFIZIERUNG" - a limited
> one time only edition of only 100 copies, A4 format, bound in
> white goat leather. Cost is U$ 740 incl. air mail delivery and insurance.
> Advance reservation is US$ 100, balance to be paid upon notification
> of publication.

This book has been announced for 5 YEARS now!!!

> But do note that this tome has not yet been published and no fixed
> date of publication has been set, though it should foreseeably happen in
> the course of this year.
> However, it is strongly suggested that you read the primer "EISMAGIE"
> first before deciding on the other book.
>
> >US $740?  That's many times more money than I've ever paid for a book.
>
> You must be kidding - about time you started, then! :-)
>
> >The title is very alluring, but could you tell me why it's so expensive?
>
> Because it's a one-time-only book - it will never be republished (at least,
> not in my lifetime - nor later, if I can prevent it!), and there will only
> be exactly 100 numbered copies ever issued. Then there's the luxury binding,
> etc. I always wanted to produce this sort of fine bibliophiles' book
> sometime,
> now here it is (or, rather, will be).

It will never be published at all! And if it will be, it will be so poor that nobody will have the desire to re-publish the book for any other reason than to
take it as an example for successful money-magic.

> This, obviously, is nothing for the masses: it's an Ice Magic based treatise
> on how to pursue victory in that overall context I term "Social Combat".
> It will beat anything sociology, psychology, politology, social biology,
> martial arts and all other disciplines can teach you on this matter, if I
> say so myself.

Further up he claimed that he wouldn't be an expert in psychology (cough). Now he claims that his text will "beat psychology".

> One reason I am limiting the edition to 100 copies will
> probably spring to mind once you've read (and worked through, which, of
> course,
> is not necessarily the same thing) EISMAGIE. Where the latter is condensed
> to the extreme, BUCH DER MACHT will "spill the goodies" by way of expounding
> on the "practical" go-about in all walks of life.
> Note that TECHNIKEN DER ZOMBIFIZIERUNG will only be volume 1 - i.e. there
> will
> be more to follow, even if the whole project may take another decade or two.
> I am in no hurry ...

There were originally said to be three volumes -- only the first got a name.

The Book

The German original can be ordered here along with a pre-order of above mentioned "Book of Power" which still isn't out and might not be for some time.

The book is pretty expensive for it's size. Further it's cheaply bound. But most should be able to live with that.

However what is really annoying is the language Frater V.D. uses in Eismagie. For one thing he never uses capitals. The more annoying thing however is that he just can't write sentences shorter than at least 8 lines. Punctuation seems also to be a major problem.

The book itself is only an introduction to his "powerful" system that is "way better than everything chaos magick has to offer". As an introduction it is poorly written. He may have a couple of good points in the beginning, but all he ever does for the rest of the book is ramble on and on about everything being failure, that we only ever react but never act and how every attempt to act is going to fail. He never actually gives you examples on how to overcome this. I guess you'll have to join one of his seminars (damn expensive) for that.

The first practical exercise (Frater V.D. calls them vigils) he gives is basically just an example on how everything we attempt just has to result in failure. Basically it comes down to lying completely motionless for 8 hours (have fun trying that out, it's an exercise in futility).

In the last part he writes about the labour plan of icemagick where he outlines what happens in his seminars - mainly body movement and how to speak. Details however are not given. Those are reserved for paying visitors of said seminars.

If you manage to wade through the seemingly endless chapters you can only come to the conclusion that it's all just a sham.
It's NOT about energy work, quick ways to power and neither has it anything to do with Northern path as many people assume.

 

 

 

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