People Believe Chaos Magick And An Ancient Egyptian Deity Won Trump The Election

What is chaos magick and how does chaos magick work? These are two things you need to understand before you dive into the world of meme magic to decipher whether or not there was an internet super ritual performed to help elect Donald Trump. Essentially, chaos magick is the practice of changing your perception of the world in order to change reality. It may sound ridiculous, but there’s a growing number of people who believe magical thinking helped put one of the most dangerous and inept people in the world into the highest position of government.

Did chaos magick help Donald Trump win the presidential election? If some users of 4chan are to be believed, they were able to harness the power of sigil magick to physically manifest their "god-emperor" into the presidency. If that’s the case, then what else can they accomplish? The following chaos magick facts will help you understand the magical thinking that helped put Trump in the White House, and it might also inspire you to try it out on your own – just don’t try to sway any national elections.

  • Meme Magick Trolls Believe They Can Morph Perception Into Reality

    Meme Magick Trolls Believe They Can Morph Perception Into Reality
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    Stop thinking about magic/magick/magique as something practiced by people wearing top hats or wizards draped in silver stars and moons. Magick, specifically chaos magick, is an attempt to change the forces of the Earth in order to attain a specific set of goals. Essentially, by believing something is happening, you make that thing happen.

    While chaos magick can be an amazing tool to expand your consciousness and push the boundaries of your expectations with life, it can also be used to negatively impact a large group of people. For example, when a group like ISIS posts a beheading video that's obviously fake and people still react as if that beheading occurred, it's essentially the same as if the beheading happened. Perception is reality. 

    More to the point, by pretending that Donald Trump is a "god-emperor" - whether it's for the lulz or your genuine opinion - actively creates a reality where he's on the top of the hierarchy.  

  • 4chan Trolls Used Memes As A Modern Method Of Spellcasting

    4chan Trolls Used Memes As A Modern Method Of Spellcasting
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    According to Richard Dawkins, who coined the word "meme" in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene,  an idea spreads throughout a culture in the same way a virus spreads through the human body. Chaos magick works similarly: Thoughts and ideas take on a visual representation and spread through the public eye until they're powerful enough to become an actual physical thing. 

    It doesn't matter what you want to call it - chaos magick, meme magic, advertising, etc. - the memes created on 4chan, r/thedonald, and other MAGA-related web portals floated the idea of Donald Trump as President and it actually happened. If chaos magick is real, then memes are the modern day equivalent of casting a spell. 



  • Meme Magick Practitioners Believed It Was Working When Coincidences Started Popping Up

    Meme Magick Practitioners Believed It Was Working When Coincidences Started Popping Up
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    The main way to know whether or not your chaos magick has started working is when a large amount of coincidences based around your spell or meme begin to appear. In the case of using meme magic to elect Trump, 4chan users began to believe their trolling was starting to affect reality after a series of coincidences surrounding their post numbers popped up. 

    Each post on 4chan is cataloged by a random eight digit number, similar to a UPC. If that number contains a double digit on the end, like 17345688, it's referred to as "dubs" and considered a positive thing or a "get." Triples and quadruples (trips and quads) are also good. In fact, the more repetitions in the randomly generated number, the better. Users began to note that posts concerning Trump, "KEK," or Pepe received an unusually high amount of "dubs." To those users, this was confirmation their magick was working. 

    The greatest "confirmation" came on  June 19th, 2016, when someone posted "Trump will win." That post garnered the random number "77777777." As astounding as that is, it doesn't take into account the amount of pro-Trump posts that didn't give the users the dubs that they wanted. The confirmation bias necessary to convince yourself the spread of a Pepe the frog meme is powerful enough to sway an election is astounding. Still, it plays into the idea that if you believe something or perceive an idea a certain way, it will physically manifest into reality. 


  • The Discovery Of Kek Was A Key Point Of Synchronicity To Trolls

    The Discovery Of Kek Was A Key Point Of Synchronicity To Trolls
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    If you've looked into the online fandom surrounding Donald Trump, you've probably seen the word "KEK" tossed around liberally. Like most of the memes used to make America great again, KEK began as something harmless that was weaponized by trolls on the internet over time. 

    The word began on the MMORPG World of Warcraft as an in-game phrase meant to keep players of various factions from speaking to one another. When you play the game, you have to choose between Horde and Alliance factions. If you play as a member of the Horde (specifically as a troll), you can't speak to members of the Alliance. If you try, typing out LOL will result in an Alliance player reading "KEK" in their dialogue box. 

    From there, KEK became internet troll slang for LOL. But on November 27, 2015, a 4chan user discovered and posted about the ancient Egyptian deity "Kek," a god with a frog head who brought about chaos. This was one of the most significant instances of synchronicity in 4chan's application of meme magick.

    The realization there was a god who both resembled Pepe the frog and was considered the Egyptian god of obscurity was a revelation to meme magick practitioners. Kek hides in the darkness to bring about a brighter future, which is what the trolls believed they were doing as well. 

  • MAGA Trolls Used An Internet Super Ritual To Bring About The Presidency Of Donald Trump

    The most important part of a chaos magick ritual is the sigil. Sigils are a "low-magick technique" that require the user to think about what it is they want until the concept is clear in their minds. Once the objective is clear, you write it down and continue to refine the concept or vision until it's exactly what you want. This is usually done through making a rune out of a series of letters made up of your intention. 

    Sigils are incredibly similar to a meme. As you continue to refine your sigil, your intentions and the outcome of your spell may change. Take a meme like Pepe; its meaning has changed since Matt Furie first jotted the frog onto paper. Rather than be something silly and banal, it's now a visual representation of the MAGA movement. It's been refined and shaped by so many different users it's become what some people have called a "hypersigil." 

    To make a sigil work, you have to focus your energy, thoughts, and emotions on the sigil and your intentions. You can masturbate over the sigil, dance over it, charge it by placing it under your bed and having sex, or you can have thousands of people focusing their energy through their computers in a daily super ritual... which is exactly what MAGA supporters did with their numerous memes. 

  • If Meme Magick Worked, It Was Only One Of Many Moving Pieces

    The 2016 election was one of the most complicated and contentious presidential decisions America's ever seen; it wasn't swayed by memes alone. It's great if you believe that perception is reality, but thinking that you magicked Donald Trump into the presidency is ignoring the fact the country is incredibly fractured. 

    Not only did constituents not see themselves in the two major party candidates, but we're in an era when more people are interested in hearing about a candidate's stance on social issues rather than their plans for foreign policy or military spending. There's also the possibility of Russia's involvement with the election. 

    To say that a group of people sitting around their computers making thinly veiled racist jokes and dated references to World of Warcraft turned the tides of an entire election would be to vastly overstate that group's importance.