Legend has it that the Greek Goddess Eris hurled down a golden apple marked KALLISTI (for the fairest) amongst the Gods and Goddesses to create a riot.
As a Goddess of Chaos she can be seen as the archetypal muse who brings inspiration and creative cganhe through the clash of opposites. Whenever an irresistible force collides with an unmovable object, whenever man collides with woman, whenever there is paradox, when yin meets yang, in that moment of fertile confusion, pregnant with new potential, we detect the hand of Eris stirring things up out of pure wanton curiosity. In the manner of a crazed chemist she playfully mixes her most powerful reagents to see what explosions result. Heedless of the entropy in her wake, she delights ever in the wildness and weirdness she provokes.
Eris is traditionally invoked in the form of a goddess with flaming red hair, dressed in a riot of color and carrying an apple marked K for Kallisti and Kaos. Her personal sigil is representing the two horns of the moon, the horns of the shamanic life force spirit and also two arrows meeting in a head-on collision.
She resumes the qualities of the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar of love and war who is represented by an eight-rayed star, kali the Hindu Goddess of Sex and Death and by Babalon and Lilith, the hebraic conceptions of wild and unacceptable femininity.
The ancient greeks saw her as the daughter of Chaos and Darkness, the primal creative force and the void into which it manifests. They call her a Goddess of Chaos, Dischord and Confusion, for in their rigid social paradigm they were unable to concieve that one must have Chaos in one's "soul" to give birth to a dancing star, that confusion is a holy state entirely preferable to all fragile certainties, and that discord is the precursor of all great synthesis. The universe is obviously as confused about itself as we are about our various selves, otherwise how could creation and evolution occur?
The invocation of Eris is a celebration of paradox, of contradiction, of fertile confusion, of that which is beyond logic, of those qualities repressed by patriarchal regimes and unfairly relegated to the feminine domain, emotion, feeling, socially unaccepted liasons, hysteria, enthusiasm and untidiness.
The Mass of Chaos (E) is most commonly performed by a Priestess, although a Priest may take the role if he dares.
During the cacophony participants shout out any system of belief or beliefs they wish, these may be real, imaginary, or nonsensical, or all of these things simultaneously, they also may argue two or more beliefs against each other with themselves, this practice is particularly useful in solo performance. Substantial quantities of screwed up newspaper may be used to mark the circle and participants should freely tramp through this during their circumambulations.
The Priestess beforehand must memorize the Enochian Incantation and the Vernacular Proclamation and indeed the general format of the rite. The Mass of Chaos (E) is never read from papers. The consecration is achieved where possible with the use of an apple. For example, the apple may be cast into a sacrament of a fluid prepared from apples, or crushed underfoot onto a pentacle or impaled on a dagger to consecrate it. The seeds of the apple should be recovered afterwards and planted or used as Chaos talismans.
1. Statement of Intent:
Participants stand round perimeter of circle
IT IS OUR WILL TO INVOKE ERIS TO CONSECRATE THIS INSTRUMENT/SACRAMENT TO CHAOS FOR OUR MAGICAL INSPIRATION
2. The priestess draws the Sigil of Chaos above the circle, all visualise.
3. The priestess shouts KALLIATI! to begin the cacophony.
4. The Cacophony:
Participants circumambulate widdershins loudly and passionately arguing and proclaiming various beliefs.
5. The priestess gradually dances a spiral inward to the center of the circle and there shouts KALLISTI! to end the cacophony.
6. The circle dance continues and participants begin chanting somewhat more quietly ERIS,ERIS,ERIS randomly interspersing with equivalent goddess names such as ISHTAR, BABALON, LILITH, and KALI. Participants point towards the priestess with the left hand and visualize the Sigil of Eris into her. The priestess meanwhile delivers the Enochian incantation to Eris, as many times as felt necessary.
7. The priestess makes the Vernacular Proclamation, chanting ceases, but visualization continues.
8. The priestess consecrates the instrument/sacrament. The sacrament (if used) is served.
9. An exorcism is performed if required and Laughter Banishing to close the rite.