Who is Baphomet?


Baphomet is an enigmatic, goat-headed figure found in several instance in the history of occultism. From the Knights Templar of the Middle-Ages and the Freemasons of the 19th century to modern currents of occultism, Baphomet never fails to create controversy. But where does Baphomet originate from and, most importantly, what is the true meaning of this symbolic figure? This article looks at the origins of Baphomet, the esoteric meaning of Baphomet and its occurrence in popular culture.


Throughout the history of Western occultism, the name of the mysterious Baphomet is often invoked. Although it became commonly know name in the twentieth century, mentions of Baphomet can be found in documents dating from as early as the 11th century. Today, the symbol is associated with anything relating to occultism, ritual magic, witchcraft, Satanism and esoterica. Baphomet often pops up in popular culture to identify anything occult.

The most famous depiction of Baphomet is found in Eliphas Levi’s “Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie“, a 1897 book that became a standard reference for modern occultism. What does this creature represent? What is the meaning of the symbols around it? Why is it so important in occultism? To answer some of these questions, we must first look at its origins. We’ll first look at the history of Baphomet and several examples of references to Baphomet in popular culture.

Origins of the Name

There are several theories concerning the origins of the name of Baphomet. The most common explanation claims that it is an Old French corruption of the name of Mohammed (which was Latin-ized to “Mahomet”) – the Prophet of Islam. During the Crusades, the Knights Templar stayed for during extended periods of time in Middle-Eastern countries where they became acquainted with the teachings of Arabian mysticism. This contact with Eastern civilizations allowed them to bring back to Europe the basics of what would become western occultism, including Gnosticism, alchemy, Kabbalah and Hermetism. The Templars’ affinity with the Muslims led the Church to accuse them of the worship of an idol named Baphomet, so there are some plausible links between Baphomet and Mahomet. However, there are other theories concerning the origins of the name.

Eliphas Levi, the French occultist who drew the famous depiction of Baphomet argued that the name had been derived from Kabbalistic coding:

“The name of the Templar Baphomet, which should be spelt kabalistically backwards, is composed of three abbreviations: Tem. ohp. AB., Templi omnium hominum pacts abbas, “the father of the temple of peace of all men”. [1. Eliphas Levi, Dogmes et Rituels de la Haute Magie]

Arkon Daraul, an author and teacher of Sufi tradition and magic argued that Baphomet came from the Arabic word Abu fihama(t), meaning “The Father of Understanding”. [2. Arkon Daraul, A History of Secret Societies]

Dr. Hugh Schonfield, whose work on the Dead Sea Scrolls is well-known, developed one of the more interesting theories. Schonfield, who had studied a Jewish cipher called the Atbash cipher, which was used in translating some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, claimed that when one applied the cipher to the word Baphomet, it transposed into the Greek word “Sophia”, which means ” knowledge” and is also synonymous with “goddess”.

Possible Origins of the Figure

The modern depiction of Baphomet appears to take its roots from several ancient sources, but primarily from pagan gods. Baphomet bears resemblances to gods all over the globe, including Egypt, Northern Europe and India. In fact, the mythologies of a great number of ancient civilizations include some kind of horned deity. In Jungian theory, Baphomet is a continuation of the horned-god archetype, as the concept of a deity bearing horns is universally present in individual psyches. Do Cernunnos, Pan, Hathor, the Devil (as depicted by Christianity) and Baphomet have a common origin? Some of their attributes are strikingly similar.

The ancient Celtic god Cernunnos is traditionally depicted with antler horns on his head, sitting in “lotus position”, similar to Levi’s depiction of Baphomet. Although the history of Cernunnos is shrouded in mystery, he is usually said to be the god of fertility and nature.

The ancient Celtic god Cernunnos is traditionally depicted with antler horns on his head, sitting in “lotus position”, similar to Levi’s depiction of Baphomet. Although the history of Cernunnos is shrouded in mystery, he is usually said to be the god of fertility and nature.

In Britain, an aspect Cerennunos was named Herne. The horned god has the Satyr-like features of Baphomet along with its emphasis on the phallus.

In Britain, an aspect Cerennunos was named Herne. The horned god has the Satyr-like features of Baphomet along with its emphasis on the phallus.

Pan was a prominent deity in Greece. The nature god was often depicted with horns on its head and the lower body of a goat. Not unlike Cerenunnos, Pan is a phallic deity. Its animalistic features are an embodiment of the carnal and procreative impulses of men.

Pan was a prominent deity in Greece. The nature god was often depicted with horns on its head and the lower body of a goat. Not unlike Cerenunnos, Pan is a phallic deity. Its animalistic features are an embodiment of the carnal and procreative impulses of men.

Pope Sylvester II and the Devil (1460). In Christianity, the devil has similar features to the pagan gods described above as they are the main inspiration for these depictions. The attributes embodied by these gods became the representation of what is considered evil by the Church.

Pope Sylvester II and the Devil (1460). In Christianity, the devil has similar features to the pagan gods described above as they are the main inspiration for these depictions. The attributes embodied by these gods became the representation of what is considered evil by the Church.

The Devil Card from the Tarot of Marseilles (15th century). This card’s depiction of the devil, with its wings, horns, breasts and hand sign is undoubtedly a major influence in Levi’s depiction of Baphomet.

The Devil Card from the Tarot of Marseilles (15th century). This card’s depiction of the devil, with its wings, horns, breasts and hand sign is undoubtedly a major influence in Levi’s depiction of Baphomet.

Robin Good-Fellow (or Puck) is a mythological fairy said to be a personification of land spirits. Bearing several attributes of Baphomet and other deities, he is here shown on the cover of a 1629 book surrounded by witches.

Robin Good-Fellow (or Puck) is a mythological fairy said to be a personification of land spirits. Bearing several attributes of Baphomet and other deities, he is here shown on the cover of a 1629 book surrounded by witches.

Goya’s 1821 painting “Great He-Goat” or “Witches Sabbath”. The painting depicts a coven of witches gathered around Satan, portrayed as a half-man, half-goat figure.

Goya’s 1821 painting “Great He-Goat” or “Witches Sabbath”. The painting depicts a coven of witches gathered around Satan, portrayed as a half-man, half-goat figure.

A Baphomet-like figure on the Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral, which was originally built by the Knights Templar.

A Baphomet-like figure on the Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral, which was originally built by the Knights Templar.

Eliphas Levi’s Baphomet

This depiction of Baphomet by Eliphas Levi’s from his book Dogmes et Rituels de la Haute Magie (Dogmas and Rituals of High Magic) became the “official” visual representation of Baphomet.

This depiction of Baphomet by Eliphas Levi’s from his book Dogmes et Rituels de la Haute Magie (Dogmas and Rituals of High Magic) became the “official” visual representation of Baphomet.

n 1861, the French occultist Eliphas Levi included in his book Dogmes et Rituels de la Haute Magie (Dogmas and Rituals of High Magic) a drawing that would become the most famous depiction of Baphomet: a winged humanoid goat with a pair of breasts and a torch on its head between its horns. The figure bears numerous similarities to the deities described above. It also includes several other esoteric symbols relating to the esoteric concepts embodied by the Baphomet. In the preface of his book, Levi stated:

“The goat on the frontispiece carries the sign of the pentagram on the forehead, with one point at the top, a symbol of light, his two hands forming the sign of Hermeticism, the one pointing up to the white moon of Chesed, the other pointing down to the black one of Geburah. This sign expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice. His one arm is female, the other male like the ones of the androgyn of Khunrath, the attributes of which we had to unite with those of our goat because he is one and the same symbol. The flame of intelligence shining between his horns is the magic light of the universal balance, the image of the soul elevated above matter, as the flame, whilst being tied to matter, shines above it. The ugly beast’s head expresses the horror of the sinner, whose materially acting, solely responsible part has to bear the punishment exclusively; because the soul is insensitive according to its nature and can only suffer when it materializes. The rod standing instead of genitals symbolizes eternal life, the body covered with scales the water, the semi-circle above it the atmosphere, the feathers following above the volatile. Humanity is represented by the two breasts and the androgyn arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences.” [3. Eliphas Levi, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie]

In Levi’s depiction, Baphomet embodies the culmination of the alchemical process – the union of opposing forces to create Astral Light – the basis of magic and, ultimately, enlightenment.

A close look at the details of the image reveals that each symbol is inevitably balanced with its opposite. Baphomet himself is an androgynous character as it is bearing the characteristics of both sexes: female breasts and a rod representing the erect phallus. The concept of androgeniety is of a great importance in occult philosophy as it is representative the highest level of initiation in the quest of becoming “one with God”.

Baphomet’s phallus is actually Hermes’ Caduceus – a rod intertwined with two serpents. This ancient symbol is has been representing Hermetism for centuries. The Caduceus esoterically represents the activation of chakras, from the base of the spine to the pineal gland, using serpentine power (hence, the serpents) or Astral Light.

The Caduceus as symbol of chakra activation.

The Caduceus as symbol of chakra activation.

“The Science is a real one only for those who admit and understand the philosophy and the religion; and its process will succeed only for the Adept who has attained the sovereignty of will, and so become the King of the elementary world: for the grand agent of the operation of the Sun, is that force described in the Symbol of Hermes, of the table of emerald; it is the universal magical power; the spiritual, fiery, motive power; it is the Od, according to the Hebrews, and the Astral light, according to others.

Therein is the secret fire, living and philosophical, of which all the Hermetic philosophers speak with the most mysterious reserve: the Universal Seed, the secret whereof they kept, and which they represented only under the figure of the Caduceus of Hermes.” [4. Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma]

Baphomet is therefore symbolic of the alchemical Great Work where separate and opposing forces are united in perfect equilibrium to generate Astral Light. This alchemical process is represented on Levi’s image by the terms Solve and Coagula on Baphomet’s arms. While they accomplish opposite results, Solving (turning solid into liquid) and Coagulation (turning liquid into solid) are two necessary steps of the alchemical process – which aims to turn stone into gold or, in esoteric terms, a profane man into an illuminated man. The two steps are on arms pointing in opposite directions, further emphasizing their opposite nature.

Baphomet’s hands form the “sign of Hermetism” – which is a visual representation of the Hermetic axiom “As Above, So Below”. This dictum sums up the whole of the teachings and the aims of Hermetism, where the microcosm (man) is as the macrocosm (the universe). Therefore, understanding one equals understanding the other. This Law of Correspondence originates from the Emerald Tablets of Hermes Trismegistus where it was stated:

“That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing”. [5. English translation of the Emerald Tablet]

The mastery of this life force, the Astral Life, is what is called by modern occultists “magick”.


The Magician tarot card displaying the Hermetic axiom “As Above, So Below”

The Magician tarot card displaying the Hermetic axiom “As Above, So Below”

“The practice of magic – either white or black – depends upon the ability of the adept to control the universal life force – that which Eliphas Levi calls the great magical agent or the astral light. By the manipulation of this fluidic essence the phenomena of transcendentalism are produced. The famous hermaphroditic Goat of Mendes was a composite creature formulated to symbolize this astral light. It is identical with Baphomet the mystic pantheos of those disciples of ceremonial magic, the Templars, who probably obtained it from the Arabians.” [6. Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages]

Each of Baphomet’s hands point towards opposing moons, which Levi calls the Chesed and the Geburah – two opposing concepts taken from the Jewish Kabbalah. In the Kabalistic Tree of Life, the Sefirot, Chesed is associated with “kindness given to others” while Geburah refers to the “restraint of one’s urge to bestow goodness upon others, when the recipient of that good is judged to be unworthy and liable to misuse it”. These two concepts are opposed and, as everything else in life, an equilibrium must be found between the two.

The most recognizable feature of Baphomet is, of course, its goat head. This monstrous head represents man’s animal and sinful nature, its egoistic tendencies and its basest instincts. Opposed to man’s spiritual nature (symbolized by the “divine light” on its head), this animal side is regardless viewed as a necessary part of man’s dualistic nature, where the animal and the spiritual must unite in harmony. It can also be argued that Baphomet’s grotesque overall appearance might serve to ward off and repel the profane who are uninitiated to the esoteric meaning of the symbol.

In Secret Societies

Although Levi’s 1861 depiction of Baphomet is the most famous one, the name of this idol has been circulating for over a thousand years, through secret societies and occult circles. The first recorded mention of Baphomet as a part of an occult ritual appeared during the era of the Knights Templar.

The Knights Templar

Baphomet presiding over a Templar ritual by Leo Taxil.

Baphomet presiding over a Templar ritual by Leo Taxil.

It is widely accepted by occult researchers that the figure of Baphomet was of a great importance in the rituals of the Knights Templar. The first occurrence of the name Baphomet appeared in a 1098 letter by crusader Anselm of Ribemont stating:

“As the next day dawned they called loudly upon Baphometh while we prayed silently in our hearts to God; then we attacked and forced all of them outside the city walls.” [7. Malcom Barber and Keith Bate, Letters from the East: Crusaders, Pilgrims and Settlers in the 12th-13th Centuries]

During the Templar trials of 1307, where Knight Templars were tortured and interrogated by request of King Philip IV of France, the name of Baphomet was mentioned several times. While some Templars denied the existence of Baphomet, others described it as being either a severed head, a cat, or a head with three faces.

While books aimed for mass consumption often deny any link between the Knights Templar and Baphomet, claiming it to be an invention of the Church to demonize them, almost all reputed authors on occultism (who wrote books intended for initiates) acknowledge that the link. In fact, the idol is often referred to as “the Baphomet of the Templars”.

“Did the Templars really adore Baphomet? Did they offer a shameful salutation to the buttocks of the goat of Mendes? What was actually this secret and potent association which imperilled Church and State, and was thus destroyed unheard? Judge nothing lightly; they are guilty of a great crime; they have exposed to profane eyes the sanctuary of antique initiation. They have gathered again and have shared the fruits of the tree of knowledge, so that they might become masters of the world. The judgement pronounced against them is higher and far older than the tribunal of pope or king: “On the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die,” said God Himself, as we read in the Book of Genesis.


Yes, in our profound conviction, the Grand Masters of the Order of the Templars worshiped the Baphomet, and caused it to be worshiped by their initiates; yes, there existed in the past, and there may be still in the present, assemblies which are presided over by this figure, seated on a throne and having a flaming torch between the horns. But the adorers of this sign do not consider, as do we, that it is a representation of the devil: on the contrary, for them it is that of the god Pan, the god of our modern schools of philosophy, the god of the Alexandrian theurgic school and of our own mystical Neo-platonists, the god of Lamartine and Victor Cousin, the god of Spinoza and Plato, the god of the primitive Gnostic schools; the Christ also of the dissident priesthood. This last qualification, ascribed to the goat of Black Magic, will not astonish students of religious antiquities who are acquainted with the phases of symbolism and doctrine in their various transformations, whether in India, Egypt or Judea.” [8. Op. Cit. Levi]


Shortly after the release of Levi’s illustration, the french writer and journalist Léo Taxil released a series of pamphlets and books denouncing Freemasonry, charging lodges with worshiping the devil. At the center of his accusations was Baphomet, which was described as the Mason’s object of worship.

“Les mystères de la franc-maçonnerie” (Mysteries of Freemasonry) accused Freemasons of satanism and worshipping Baphomet. Taxil’s works raised the ire of Catholics

“Les mystères de la franc-maçonnerie” (Mysteries of Freemasonry) accused Freemasons of satanism and worshiping Baphomet. Taxil’s works raised the ire of Catholics

The Book cover of “Les mystères de la franc-maçonnerie” depicting a Masonic ritual presided by Baphomet, who is literally being worshiped.

The Book cover of “Les mystères de la franc-maçonnerie” depicting a Masonic ritual presided by Baphomet, who is literally being worshiped.

Anti-Masonic image by publicist Abel Clarin de la Rive, 1894.

Anti-Masonic image by publicist Abel Clarin de la Rive, 1894.

In 1897, after causing quite a stir due to his revelations on French Freemasonry, Léo Taxil called a press conference where he announced that many of his revelations were fabrications [9. The Confessions of Léo Taxil, April 25 1897]. Since then, this series of events has been dubbed the “Léo Taxil Hoax”. However, some would argue the probability that Taxil’s confession may have been coerced in order to quell the controversy involving Freemasonry.

Whatever the case may be, the most likely connection between Freemasonry and Baphomet is through symbolism, where the idol becomes an allegory for profound esoteric concepts. The Masonic author Albert Pike argues that, in Freemasonry, Baphomet is not an object of worship, but a symbol, the true meaning of which is only revealed to high-level initiates.

“It is absurd to suppose that men of intellect adored a monstrous idol called Baphomet, or recognized Mahomet as an inspired prophet. Their symbolism, invented ages before, to conceal what it was dangerous to avow, was of course misunderstood by those who were not adepts, and to their enemies seemed to be pantheistic. The calf of gold, made by Aaron for the Israelites, was but one of the oxen under the layer of bronze, and the Karobim on the Propitiatory, misunderstood. The symbols of the wise always become the idols of the ignorant multitude. What the Chiefs of the Order really believed and taught, is indicated to the Adepts by the hints contained in the high Degrees of Free-Masonry, and by the symbols which only the Adepts understand.” [10. Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma]

Aleister Crowley

The British occultist Aleister Crowley was born about six months after the death of Eliphas Levi, causing him to believe that he was Levi’s reincarnation. Partly for this reason, Crowley was known within the O.T.O., the secret society he popularized, as “Baphomet”.

A signed picture of Crowley as Baphomet.

A signed picture of Crowley as Baphomet.

Here’s Crowley’s explanation of the etymology of the name Baphomet, taken from his 1929 book The Confessions of Aleister Crowley:

“I had taken the name Baphomet as my motto in the O.T.O. For six years and more I had tried to discover the proper way to spell this name. I knew that it must have eight letters, and also that the numerical and literal correspondences must be such as to express the meaning of the name in such a ways as to confirm what scholarship had found out about it, and also to clear up those problems which archaeologists had so far failed to solve…. One theory of the name is that it represents the words ???? ??????, the baptism of wisdom; another, that it is a corruption of a title meaning “Father Mithras”. Needless to say, the suffix R supported the latter theory. I added up the word as spelt by the Wizard. It totalled 729. This number had never appeared in my Cabbalistic working and therefore meant nothing to me. It however justified itself as being the cube of nine. The word ?????, the mystic title given by Christ to Peter as the cornerstone of the Church, has this same value. So far, the Wizard had shown great qualities! He had cleared up the etymological problem and shown why the Templars should have given the name Baphomet to their so-called idol. Baphomet was Father Mithras, the cubical stone which was the corner of the Temple.” [11. Aleister Crowley, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley]

Baphomet is an important figure in the Thelema, the mystical system he established at the beginning of the 20th century. In one of his most important works, Magick, Liber ABA, Book 4, Crowley describes Baphomet as a divine androgyne:

“The Devil does not exist. It is a false name invented by the Black Brothers to imply a Unity in their ignorant muddle of dispersions. A devil who had unity would be a God … ‘The Devil’ is, historically, the God of any people that one personally dislikes … This serpent, SATAN, is not the enemy of Man, but He who made Gods of our race, knowing Good and Evil; He bade ‘Know Thyself!’ and taught Initiation. He is ‘The Devil’ of the Book of Thoth, and His emblem is Baphomet, the Androgyne who is the hieroglyph of arcane perfection … He is therefore Life, and Love. But moreover his letter is ayin, the Eye, so that he is Light; and his Zodiacal image is Capricornus, that leaping goat whose attribute is Liberty.” [12. Aleister Crowley, Magick, Liber ABA, Book 4]

The Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, the ecclesiastical arm of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), recites during its Gnostic Mass “And I believe in the Serpent and the Lion, Mystery of Mystery, in His name BAPHOMET.” [13. Helena and Tau Apiron, “The Invisible Basilica: The Creed of the Gnostic Catholic Church: An Examination”] Baphomet is considered to be the union of Chaos and Babalon, masculine and feminine energy, the phallus and the womb.

The Church of Satan

Although not technically a secret society, Anton Lavey’s Church of Satan remains an influential occult order. Founded in 1966, the organization adopted the “Sigil of Baphomet” as its official insignium.

The Sigil of Baphomet, the official symbol of the Church of Satan features the Goat of Mendes inside an inverted pentagram.

The Sigil of Baphomet, the official symbol of the Church of Satan features the Goat of Mendes inside an inverted pentagram.

The Sigil of Baphomet was probably heavily inspired by this illustration from Stanislas de Guaita’s La Clef de la Magie Noire (The Key to Black Magic).

Illustrations from La Clef de la Magie Noire (1897)

Illustrations from La Clef de la Magie Noire (1897)

According to Anton Lavey, the Templars worshipped Baphomet as a symbol of Satan. Baphomet is prominently present during in Church of Satan rituals as the symbol is placed above the ritualistic altar.

In The Satanic Bible, Lavey describes the symbol of Baphomet:

“The symbol of Baphomet was used by the Knights Templar to represent Satan. Through the ages this symbol has been called by many different names. Among these are: The Goat of Mendes, The Goat of a Thousand Young, The Black Goat, The Judas Goat, and perhaps the most appropriately, The Scapegoat.

Baphomet represents the Powers of Darkness combined with the generative fertility of the goat. In its “pure” form the pentagram is shown encompassing the figure of a man in the five points of the star – three points up, two pointing down – symbolizing man’s spiritual nature. In Satanism the pentagram is also used, but since Satanism represents the carnal instincts of man, or the opposite of spiritual nature, the pentagram is inverted to perfectly accommodate the head of the goat – its horns, representing duality, thrust upwards in defiance; the other three points inverted, or the trinity denied. The Hebraic figures around the outer circle of the symbol which stem from the magical teachings of the Kabala, spell out “Leviathan”, the serpent of the watery abyss, and identified with Satan. These figures correspond to the five points of the inverted star.” [14. Anton Lavey, The Satanic Bible]


In Conclusion

Baphomet is a composite creation symbolic of alchemical realization through the union of opposite forces. Occultists believe that, through the mastery of life force, one is able to produce magick and spiritual enlightenment. Eliphas Levi’s depiction of Baphomet included several symbols alluding to the raising of the kundalini – serpentine power – which ultimately leads to the activation of the pineal gland, also known as the “third eye”. So, from an esoteric point of view, Baphomet represents this occult process.

However, over time the symbol has come to signify much more than its esoteric meaning. Through controversies, Baphomet became, depending of the point of view, a representation of everything that is good in occultism or everything that is evil in occultism. It is, in fact, the ultimate “scapegoat”, the face of witchcraft, black magick and Satanism. The fact that the symbol is rather monstrous and grotesque has probably helped propel the symbol to its level of infamy as it never fails to shock organized religions while attracting those who rebel against them.

Since gaining widespread recognition in popular culture, the image of Baphomet is now used as a symbol of anything regarding occultism and ritualism. In corporate-owned mass media, which has ties with secret societies, the figure of Baphomet appears in the oddest places, often to audiences too young to understand the occult reference. Is Baphomet used in pop culture as a symbol of the power of the occult elite over the ignorant masses?

After centuries of myths, hoaxes, propaganda and disinformation on both sides of the spectrum, can we truly answer the the original question posed by this article: “Who is Baphomet?”. Is it a symbol of Satan or of spiritual enlightenment? Is it a symbol of good or evil? The answer lies within the symbol itself: It is both. In Egyptian mythology, Toth Hermes was a mediating power between good and evil, making sure neither had a decisive victory over the other. Baphomet represents the accomplishment on this cosmic task on a very small scale, within oneself. Once perfect equilibrium is attained on a personal level, the occult initiate can point one hand towards the heavens and one hand towards the earth and pronounce this hermetic axiom which reverberated through millenniums: “As Above, So Below”.






    • knowledge is not power, information is power. To simply just have known something and not have the information on how/when to apply that said knowledge is very similar to not knowing at all. And that in itself constitutes lack of Wisdom which is the real power Example; A wise man can act a fool, however, a fool can never act WISE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Douglas Willinger on

    Christian or rather Papal?

    Where does the Bible say the devil is a horned being, rather then a perfect cherub?

      • Only the Corinthians passage refers to Satan. The other 2 are in reference to the leaders of warring city states.

      • Isaiah 14:12 – referring to the King of Babylon as the brightest star in the political heavens, i.e. the greatest ruler, and then talks about him being killed.

        Ezekiel 28 – referring to the King of Tyre who says to himself "I am a god." He is mocking the King of Tyre. The cherub that covers is the cherub over the mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant. Anyone with a rudimentary understanding of the Torah would understand this.

        2 Cor 11:14 – Satan here is referring to the Jewish Authority and his ministers are the Judaizers within the church that are trying to bring the gentiles under the Torah through circumcision, etc. It is interesting that you cite this because it says that "satan" disguises himself as an angel of light. It does not say that he was an angel of light.

  2. Good article, however the by caption under the depiction of Pan is a doubling of the one above.

    I would like to point out that the origin of Levi's epithet "The Goat of Mendes" goes back to the Greek historian Herodotus, who mistook the Egyptian ram deity Banebdjed (a.k.a. Banebdjedet) for a goat. The ancient Egyptian text "The Book of the Heavenly Cow" describes Banebdjed as "The Ram of Mendes", Mendes being the ancient Egyptian cult centre, which today goes by the name Tell El-Ruba. Banebdjed was depicted as a human with a ram's head (sometimes four heads). It was the sexual connotations associated with his cult that led early Christians to demonise Banebdjed. It seems likely then that "Baphomet" was a corruption of "Banebdjed". Levi's etymology is most certainly his own invention.

    Banebdjed literally means "Ba of the Lord of Djed". "Ba" is one of the 5 parts of the Egyptian concept of the soul, and closest to the Western concept of the soul. But it sounds the same in Egyptian as the word for "ram", so that ram deities were at times regarded as appearances of other gods, in this case Osiris.

    The Djed (or Djedet) is the Egyptian holy pillar, said to represent the spine of Osiris, or perhaps the human spine in general, which led Katherine Harper and Robert Brown to connect it to concept of Kundalini in yoga, as outlined in the article above.

    • Corrections and additions to my earlier post:

      Mendes was the Greek name for the Egyptian village of Djedu, which was named after the Djed pillar, so "Ram of Mendes" is a direct translation of Banebdjed, rather than an epithet.

      Because Ba ("soul") sounded like ram in Egyptian, the hieroglyph for the Ba part of the soul was itself a ram. Perhaps this is why the god was depicted as a ram.

      Herodotus' mistranslation of "goat" for "ram" is likely caused by the association of Banebdjed with the Greek god Pan, and perhaps more a deliberate attempt at syncretism than a mistake.

      In Upper Egypt Banebdjed was known as Khnum, the ram-headed god who created humans on a potter's wheel, from the clay of the Nile river. In earlier guises he was depicted as a water god, which may explain the origin of capricorn ("goat-fish"). The wife of Banebdjed was a fish goddess whose name translates as "Chief of the Fish".

    • i want to know how does this things happen and i want to get involved i need much money and power to rule the people;;

      • Jesus rules the world and he did it by taking himself to the cross Jesus beat the devil at the cross. but first he suffered died and was buried. but he did rise again. Not saying you will.. but then you couldnt meet that criteria.. cause Jesus was perfect and without sin to begin with. So as a sinner. they do everything and think everything wrong under the sun anyway. they carry on drinking , eating, marrying, spending money , wanting to rule the world out of selfish needs and then boooom! everything hits rock bottom…OH thats right you forgot to have Jesus in your life ..FIRST AND FOREMOST.. maybe thats why things dont work out for you… might be a good idea to try Jesus it aint hard its easy and that way you can rule the world but make sure Jesus is with you when you're doin it because you need to make sure you know where you going to end up in the end when your time comes.. thats the ultimate.

      • criasly u want to dance with the devil pray hard my friend because u need ure soul

    • In African tradition the goat is used to commemorate cultural important feasts. Although cattle are the symbol of wealth goat meat is used on important occasions like when a young man comes of age etc, So its roots go very far back into African culture.

  3. Crowley’s protege Kenneth Grant came right out and said Baphomet is Satan, the devil, Set, and Pan. He also said that the name comes from the word Mete meaning eight, not sure what language. The number eight is that of Da’ath or the Abyss in kabbalah. Baphomet is the personification of the doorway to the underworld. Grant said it
    represents the beast and the woman conjoined, meaning Babylon and
    the beast of Revelation, the higher human nature dragged to the bestial level.

  4. In the Bible Satan was one of the most beautiful angels.So the depiction of Satan as a horned being could have more to do with original sin being sex.Which is not stated in the Bible.Another possibility is if you read the Sumerian tablets the serpent enki. Actually evolved humans through genetic tampering.It also covers the story of Adam and Eve and the flood in a more believable scenario.The difference is the devil is the good guy and god is more a group of beings like the Elohim that wanted to keep us as slaves.Knowing this the use of Baphomet could be code to say this is the path to enlightment while its monstrous depiction a way to disuade the uninitiated.

    • Elohim is referring to the Trinity. It isn't a controlling God. Our God is not a controller, he is a lover of our souls. I might have taken your comment out of context. Sorry if I didn't.

      • sir readalot on

        the original depiction for baphomet (or rather one of them given by templars during torture, which is hardly to be relied upon) is a three faced god, which in my mind is the exact same thing as trinity…

        the word baphomet was a corruption of Mohammed, and probably in common usage in europe, especially france…the templars were put through basic training like any soldiers and in that training they were prepared for the possibility of capture and torture, and also the possibility of being forced to spit on the cross and vow allegiance to Mohammed, this was due to older more experienced knights being able to teach from experience, and their understanding of the muslim customs, but also understanding that usually this was done to humiliate more than convert…and they also understood there were both zealots and more sophisticated people among the muslims…something that most europeans that had not been to the holy land were not aware of…

        seems to me this three faced god, by the name of baphomet was a political clue muddied by the fog of time… one that squarely puts the origins of baphomet the god in the hands of a king who did not want to pay his debts to the templars and a pope who was the kings relative, and at the same time they got to demonize the muslim world, so they got to avoid their debt, and do it in a way that ensured they could win more support for an all out war against the muslim world…which if we want to be honest, a crusade was just as much about thinning the population as it was about the control of the holy land…

        muslim customs' which most people in europe did not understand, but yet the templars did, is why phillip and his pope clement were able to twist the truth and use this disinformation to their advantage…people believe anything they hear, especially when they have nothing to compare it to…

        yet before this the templars, even though they were sometimes used to fight the most warlike muslims, were able to for many years garner relations between the european world and the muslim world for a time to ensure the safety and peace of the pilgrims visiting the holy land…and the safety and peace of the locals…something many love to ignore…this is why they were so rich and so hated and feared by the european nobility…they were a threat to the power of the church and royalty, not because of some weird occult practices, but because of their entrepreneurship…they made too much damned money as an organization

        so…baphomet was a concoction, a political one that eventually became what it is now by the 16th century, and it was probably further spurred along by the church to ensure the made up god actually became more than just a device to demonize the templars…

        and eventually those in power saw it as a useful tool to further obscure the truth and divide people into more opposing factions…by sponsoring cooks and weirdos into fleshing out this god into the likeness it has today, and also borrowing from past gods to link it to them…yes it is evil, but it was created by the very people that also created the religions that supposedly oppose this god…

      • sir readalot on

        i also wanted to add that there are clues to the catholic origin of this baphomet in a church in trinidad, and another church in tomar portugal, both from the 16th century…both have images of a three faced man or deity, one of them (the one in trinidad) looks like Jesus with three faces, the other (in tomar portugal) is a stone carving in a circle of three faces that look strikingly like Mohammed…it is a clever reference to a suppressed truth, kind of like a little inside joke…so clearly this idea came from catholic origins…maybe not all the popes blessed this, but there are some that knew of this and could have chosen to incorporate the three faced man in the structures they commissioned…or perhaps a descendant of one of the surviving Templars was the artist that was trying to secretly give clues to the rest of us, either way it is a clever way to tell the truth without being too obvious…

        the Vatican also knew of and has known of many manuscripts, and texts that are forbidden to the public, inside the Vatican is a repository of all kinds of secret texts, statues and other artifacts that are kept from the public eye becasue they reveal truths about the world as we know it that do not line up or disagree with the doctrines of the church…so they would have already known about these baphomet like gods that they drew the knowledge of from these texts and artifacts, and this is how phillip and clement were able to force a connection between the gods of old, and their made up god baphomet…

        i also wanted to add that there is an account of the templars doing something that was misunderstood by the writer, he claims that the templars cried out to baphomet when the others who were not templars were praying to god…now out of context this seems weird, but in the context of an army in the land of another people this makes sense…

        the templars often adopted the customs of the middle eastern peoples to make sure that relations between them were uneventful, even befriending some muslims…so it was not unheard of for them to greet each other from a distance on horseback with "wa salaam alechem" while pilgrims and europeans not familiar with this would have misinterpreted it as idolatry…but in fact as it is still to this day, muslims by and largedo not view christians as the enemy, but brothers worshiping the same one god…and jews also…they called the jews and christians people of the book, and considered them brothers…it is only the large groups of bandits that formed large enough armies and preyed on both pilgrims and the caravans of the rich muslims that were the real enemy in the holy land…and this was the purpose and ambition of the templars to keep people safe from these bandits…where it went wrong was when heavy handed retaliation made whole nations responsible for the actions of bandits, something the average muslims did not understand becasue they are tribal, so only the governor of the tribe can punish the misdeeds of his nephews or relatives…and if he did not, then another tribe would not interfere unless they themselves were victims of the rogue tribe…so the concept of a whole country being at fault for an errant tribe, was foreign to the muslim mind…and they responded to european heavy handedness in kind, they began to form war parties and alliances against the "infidel" which just means unfaithful…unfaithful how? becasue the europeans did not honor their word, and broke the treaties they had forged in peace with the muslim nations…"infidel" had nothing to do with being unfaithful to god…it had to do with breaking promises…

        now dont get me wrong im not touting islam, i think both the christianity of constantine and the islam of the ottoman empire are both tools of the state used to oppress and keep people misinformed, but the whole picture must be looked at before passing judgement on something we dont really understand, but have been told is true…

      • " also wanted to add that there is an account of the templars doing something that was misunderstood by the writer, he claims that the templars cried out to baphomet when the others who were not templars were praying to god…now out of context this seems weird, but in the context of an army in the land of another people this makes sense… "

        1:The letter says "THEY" meaning the muslims.

        2:The jews cried out to Adonai, even though they were always in other lands and around other peoples. You see what happened to them when they started following these weird and strange gods.

      • IF there's a Christian organization that made money out of faith..there's nothing Christian in it so the article is right.

      • sir readalot on

        well the real creator is not a controller, but those who have used the name of god, to further their own agendas, one of which was constantine the roman emperor, have twisted the religion that says it comes in the name of god into a tool of evil and control…it is obvious in the doctrines that were put into the bible that we can see if we dont just take it for granted, but really look at what tyranny is and the characteristics a tyrant has…

        think about it and really compare what constantine forced on Christianity and the doctrines he invented, and it becomes clear that he hijacked Christianity…and before him other governments have done the same, and even after him others have done likewise…one of the most recent examples is the chinese state church of Christianity…an obvious corruption of christianity, but they were not the first, they have just thrown out all the rest of the ideas that dont agree with totalitarianism…they are only building on what constantine himself started…using a religion to oppress a people and unify them under one banner…and murdering anyone who does not obey…

      • great work,, u realy read lot,, u hav all the diffrent agngles.. one of the few times i find a smart comment , gd work

      • The word Elohim predates the "new Testament" and is not a reference to the trinity. The direct translation refers to the Gods pleural.

      • Keshav Natan'Yah on

        Elohim (Mighty Ones), plural of "Eloah" or "El" does not refer to the Trinity but to the many attributive powers of YAHWEH. When used in the singular it simply means "Mighty One." Its not a name but a title, mostly being prefixed by the personal Name of the Creator YAH'weh, e.g., "Yahweh Elohim," meaning Yahweh the Mighty One, in all His creative and attributive powers.

    • Uhh I doubt that sex would be the original sin…..__Did god not give us sex organs to reproduce? Think about that

      • Yeah… but some people dont see sex as a way to connect to the person they love and/or to create children… thats why sex can be seen as the original seen – its probably due to things like lust and greed that are counted as sins. Just look at things like pornography and prostitution… no matter what anyone says to defend porn or prostitution nobody would be proud if one of their parents or relatives or brother or sister or spouse was involved in one of those things. I would be ashamed and grossed out if anyone I knew was involved in that type of work or even paid for sex. Its desperate, dirty, low and pathetic. Most people would not want that career. And I would not want to be romantically involved with anyone in that either. Of course some people are sadly enslaved or somehow forced into a job like that. A lot of research has shown that male & female prostitues (forcef or not) are saddened about what they have to do and more than 95% in some research do not want to continue with it. Abuse and assault are also problems. Cheating (adultery) is also wrong. So there are big problems that are caused by sins derived from sex – lust, greed, adultery, etc… The idea of sex for love and reproducing if a person chooses to is fine and not wrong, but some people have degraded the idea of sex sadly. The worst part is that sometimes Christians or other people who either claim to believe in God or claim to be "good" people, dont realise what big problems issues such as lust and greed can cause. Thats obe of the problems.

      • I do believe, according to Genesis 3, that the original sin was direct disobedience to God from Adam causing the Fall of Man.

    • keshav natan'yah on

      How could original sin have been "sex" when YAHweh told the couple to go forth and multiply even before sin came into the picture? How else would they multiply? By holding hands? Very foolish comment.

    • 1. In the Bible, satan or adversary is a common noun that can be applied to the world, a nation, an authoritative group such as the Jewish Authority, a ruler such as the Roman Emperor, the yetzer hara (your own evil inclinations), etc. "Satan" is never called "one of the most beautiful angels." This comes from a mixture of Catholic dogma and the Book of Enoch.

      An angel is only directly called "satan" in Num 22:22, where it is translated "adversary." The word "satan" means a resistor or opposing force (opposition) and does not convey good or evil. In Num 22:22, this angel called "satan" is working on behalf of YHWH to act against Balaam.

      In the end, there is no supernatural antithesis to YHWH. This is expressed to Cyrus in Isa 45. This chapter also rebukes the idea of duality.

      2. "Original Sin" denotes an erroneous Catholic doctrine. We can say that the first sin was disobeying God, which is the exact definition of sin. God said do not touch the fruit and Adam/Eve touched. Sex was not the sin. They were married after all.

      3. "… a more believable scenario." What do you find that is not believable? Perhaps you just misunderstand what is being said.

      4. "The difference is the devil is the good guy…" This is Manichaeism. Catholic doctrine (and by extension the doctrines of almost all "Christian" denominations) were heavily influenced (and corrupted) by Manichaeism, Zoroastrianism, Mithraism, and Platonism, among other pagan beliefs, philosophies and traditions.

    • Lord Hayagriva was one of the re-incarnations of our keeper Lord Vishnu, He had to take that form to kill a demon named the same Hayagriva because the Hayagriva had received a boon from Lord Brahma that only someone like Hayagriva could kill him in entire universe. Please don't mix up our stuff with yours.

  5. can you read "the name of this book is secret" and do a report on it? i have read some articles on here and it seems like the book has some signs its related to the "elite"

  6. PapalSoldier on

    Pope Leo XIII, Dall’Alto (# 2), Oct. 15, 1890: "It is needless now to put the Masonic sects
    upon their trial. They are already judged; their ends, their means, their doctrines, and
    their action, are all known with indisputable certainty. Possessed by the spirit of Satan,
    whose instrument they are, they burn like him with a deadly and implacable hatred of
    Jesus Christ and of His work; and they endeavor by every means to overthrow and
    fetter it."

    Pope Leo XIII, In Ipso (# 1), March 3, 1891: "Nevertheless, it grieves us to think that the
    enemies of the Church, joined in most wicked conspiracy, scheme to weaken and
    even, if possible, utterly wipe out that wondrous edifice which God Himself has
    erected as a refuge for the human race."

    The satanic masons infiltrated the Catholic Church in 1958 and put a masonic anti-pope on the Chair of St.Peter and created a counterfeit "church"

    Eliph Levi said in 1862: "A day will come when the pope… will declare that all the
    excommunications are lifted and all the anathemas are retracted, when all the Christians will be
    united within the Church, when the Jews and Moslems will be blessed and called back to her . . .
    she will permit all sects to approach her by degrees and will embrace all mankind in the
    communion of her love and prayers. Then, Protestants will no longer exist. Against what will they be able to protest? The sovereign pontiff will then be truly king of the religious world, and
    he will do whatever he wishes with all the nations of the earth." (8 Dr. Rara Coomaraswamy, The Destruction of the Christian Tradition, p. 133.)

    everyone please visit vaticancatholic.com

    • You do realize that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon in Revelations, right? The "daughters" are the other "Christian" denominations including the Orthodox and the Protestants. The office of the Pope is the Man of Sin. The Catholic Church has always been corrupt and controlled by the elite in whatever form, especially since Constantine. I suggest that you do some research. Here is a hint: look up the House of Medici.

    • Freedom fighter on

      If satan represents the true god it would explain why the knowledge is justly kept within the few since god is unknown perhaps it's the way it should be yet others clearly claim an outright representation of the creator and influencing the masses to elect leaders , kings and tyrants. Think about this clearly has any group ever started wars of global conquest or committed genocide in the name of saitin , introducing health care to the world while at the same introducing poverty? No on the contrary Christianity is the culprit of all these atrocities. Just saying how do you know? How do you know for sure that you are correct.

  7. What if all this is something that man has created
    Just to avoid the plain death the plain life .. All this for
    Nothing more but attention just to make us humans a little more interesting make life look like a coin . 2 roads , flip the coin . What if this a complete waste of time , what if there is no heaven or hell , no god , satan , demons , what if this a way we humans express our fear . But I know most answers to this question … They say have faith …..

  8. i have had dreams of the free mason symbols and the all seeing eye since i was a young boy, egypt and can feel the link . im just trying to fin the path that it is leading me?

  9. Henton Waltingle on

    These horned human-animal hybrid deities go back much further than ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Check out cave art over 30,000 years old in locations all over the planet to see the inspiration.


  11. I come from the bloodline that protected the Knight's Templer. It sickens me to discover why my family has money. It's so obvious that the image of this being is in damn near every movie and television program. That and the all seeing eye on the pyramid. Why is it the Bible speaks of this and no one abides by it anymore? Lucifer's biggest combat plan against God is the lies he makes everyone believe. We are sheep. Most are not very bright.

    • Now we see the Craft involved more and more in the modern Republican Party politics and money, as seen with the architecture of men like the Koch Brothers, with adepts like Fellowship members Senators Grassley and Thune, to mention a few.

    • Your a dumb fuck how could you worship Satan or the devil the. Reason why I call you dumb is because is because some where in your life some one told you satan is good there is not one book out that says that satan brings love I feel bad for u because the min the devil is done using u for what ever it is that he using u for he's going to kill u that's a promise read the bible it will tell u more about your so called love friend u call satan

  12. Baphomet is slowly revealing its ugly little head as the music industry and Hollywood are all full of this kind of crap with those damn "horn signs" proudly shown by those MK'd celebrities and pawns like Beyoncé-ay (Jay Z included), Rihanna and kanye west.

    No surprise why the church ordered a mass executions of the Templars during those trials in the 14th century with the French king hot on their back and accusing them for participating in these satanic rituals dedicated to Baphomet.

    • Members of any group using religious symbolism to control the masses isn't concerned with actual religions but only with subliminal persuasion, therefore they're only going to use symbolism that is already viewed as "good" or "evil" because it is peoples' belief in these things that give the concepts (and therefore gives the symbols themselves) any power whatsoever. Once you understand this, you stop worrying about what the supposed Illuminati is doing. You stop worrying about other people's views on good and evil and you learn to trust yourself. Please, stop getting your views from those "Things the Illuminati Doesn't Want You To Know" Youtube videos and do some actual research. Better yet, STOP doing research altogether and take a look around. Breathe deep. Ask yourself "does any of this actually effect me?" Obviously you're aware enough to see what is being attempted (not necessarily "what is going on") so take the next step already.

      Funny thing about 'going down the rabbit hole'… at first you're paranoid. Then you realize that the few whole enter are not followed, because so few dare enter. If you're down the rabbit hole as far as you currently are, then you're far enough not to worry about what's in rappers' videos because you should know by now that they are distorting these symbols, not ACTUALLY trying to use them. The horns symbol is a symbol of light spreading from the higher chakras, similar to the popularity of wing symbolism on deities. Why is it then that only pawns (and idiots) tend to use this symbol? Distortion. Duality. Orwellian "double-think" cognitive dissonance. An attempt to subliminally cause these reactions in others. You can SEE past the illusion already, right? Ok. So now it's time to stop staring and MOVE past the illusion.

      The church used force because they didn't want any group of people being higher above them financially and/or spiritually. It had nothing to do with what the Templars actually worshipped, if anything, and everything to do with their rising "power" through money. They did what any company does when there's a rising competitor that's showing potential growth… either buy them out or shut them down. It's all business to them because business is their religion. A company can only control their customers, they can't control other companies, especially when those companies are more open about their true intentions… you can't have people going around telling all your business secrets and expect to still make a profit just doing the same ole' same ole'.

  13. Zulu word for goat is Imbuzi, it has very high cultural importance. imbuzi yokezo , spoon-goat, given by the father of a newly-married girl

  14. Samir Solomon on

    ThisBaphomet thing is a piece of shit. Its better for one to prey to the Almighty as we were all created by Him. The Almighty represents everything that is good. Anything linked to satanism is bad.
    Why worship something evil or dodgey when the supreme creator is all we need in our lives.

    You see the supreme creator loves us and wants to help us do good. The numbers we need are 786 or 111.
    All we have to do is prey to the unseen heavenly Almighty and let HIS power and magic take effect. I am not writing this from hearsay, I have seen the righteous doing unbelievable miracles with my own two eyes. Upon seeing them of course my natural instinct was greed (I want to do this as well) so I was shown the method.

    You want to know? Try preying five times a day to the almighty for the rest of your life and it might be you that brings the dead back to life.

    May the Almighty forgive our sins and except us in Heaven we pass from this boring world.

    Friend of the Almighty – Samir Solomon Babar Sher.

    • Unfortunately, most people do not know the Father. They believe Him to be three, a Trinity. This is a perversion of the truth and an adoption of pagan trinities such as Sol, Luna, Mithra and Greek philosophy. Their prayers in vain because they know not to whom they pray.

    • only a sick mind would wish the dead back to life.
      their spirits have already found other hosts, so their old bodies would just be zombified.
      is this the god of love? why has "it" made you so sick?

  15. My Bible says Revelation 22 vs 7 Behold I am coming quickly Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book .And vs 12 again says behold I am coming quickly and my reward is with Me to give to every one according to his work and vs 20 .Surely I am coming quickly . Quickly means Quickly my Jesus He says so HE is the Alpha and Omega He is coming quickly !!!

  16. I'm mind- controlled(MK Ultra) and holocausted by black warlocks and witches and they try to replace me with some another creature.Cheers.

  17. I am a Christian with a view point of interest. If one starts to scratch the surface of the past one normally finds the same occurring themes / rituals / idol worship just with different flavors. The Bible clearly states that the ruler of this broken world is the original deceiver, Satan or Lucifer and, he roams the earth like a hungry lion looking to devour everything.

    I like to think that Satan is just like a wretched, wicked child throwing the longest tantrum in the history of our multiverse. He was not privy to the inner counsel of the Trinity and that got him real upset. And so his rebellion started in the heavens where he was cast out of eventually. Now like any wretchedly wicked child he tries to spoil EVERYTHING. You see, just like a child. Poor old Satan.

    Jesus will decimate him in the end and the end is nigh. Repent folks for all is coming to fruition as the Word of God clearly states. Increase in earth quakes, increase in the persecution of Christians, wars and rumors of wars, the sea levels rising, fearful signs in the heavens (sun, moon and stars), increase in famine and pestilence, increase in people claiming to be Jesus (false christs).

    This world and it's evil dictators are following the book of Daniel and Revelation like a script right out of a movie.

    Jesus is the truth, the way and the light.


    • Duality is a Persian construct. There is no supernatural satan. Isa 45. There is also no Trinity. Deut 6:4.

      The Father is the only God. There are no others. True monotheism.

      To stand in His presence would mean death. Thus, He speaks through representatives. His perfect representative is Yeshua the Messiah, chosen among the seed of Adam to instill His purpose upon Creation. This will come about when the time of the Gentiles has been fulfilled.

      Most of you are ignorant to what the Bible says. For example, the Bible says that when you die, you no longer exist. No thought, no word, no song. You are no more. Oblivion. There is no intangible part of self that lives on. There is no eternal hell. Only nothing.

    • Freedom fighter on

      Floods and earthquakes are caused by nature . Famine and war started with Christian leaders so I think everything you said is pretty much bullshit.

  18. All that baphomet symbology makes sense to me, it might look awful and draw on our deepest fears just looking at it, but I'm ok with it!

  19. After reading everything about the Baphomet symbol here, I think I understand it better now.
    Like most other people at first glance, we associate this figure with "the devil" or "satan" himself. But seeing the origins of this figure, it's helped formed a much clearer perspective now.
    In my understanding, Baphomet in its true meaning is the same symbol with the same objective views as Yin & Yang. Light and Dark and good and evil coexist together. "So above, so below". I've always understood that this world is ruled by opposites, and I believe in Karma for this. Baphomet is just another indifferent entity of this very concept – a representation of BALANCE.
    Along with balance, Baphomet then symbolizes enlightenment, but not without the challenges. As far as I know, not just anyone can achieve full awareness or a vibration in highest frequencies. You need to train a lot before you get to that. Everyone starts out as the animal we are in our most basic form = physicality. Once on the path to enlightenment, we attain a higher sense of discipline and spirituality. But the majority of us are bound to this Earth as basic forms. The Goat's head is merely a representation of basic human instinct like any animal. Also, the goat is noted for being an animal of high sexual libido, and humans are very much sexual creatures too. (This is probably why the Christian Church condemn sex and their satan because of the goat motifs.)
    As for Satanism, free masonry, (and the templar knights who, more or less, were just another form of satanists) using Baphomet as their symbol, I believe it has been misconstrued and abused as being an "all evil sign". All they did was take the negative aspects of what Baphomet represents, but of course, this caused misunderstanding as I see now Baphomet also represents a higher sense of being. Satanism only proves the "so below" part of Baphomet's teaching, but it's foolish.. Now I see that satanism is truly blinded by their own misunderstanding by using this symbol. They kept the goat all for the sexual signs, and signs carnal instincts of man. They only prove the "ugly animal" side of Baphomet for this.
    There is only chaos for the satanists. They have no discipline and won't be able to achieve a higher state of being without balance. But for misguided christians to believe that the symbol of Baphomet is evil, are only being fooled by the satanists who started this misunderstanding.
    The truth is.. the true meaning of this symbol can only be revealed to those who truly understand it. It means nothing to those who abuse it, flashing horn signs and "evil eyes" in the music industry. And even those who fear it have no reason to. They only force low vibrations and a sense of earth boundedness upon themselves.
    You only create something in YOUR immediate existence if you believe in it, be it from fear or hope. Understanding is key. As well as moderation and balance. Don't let these things allude you, or you will be attaining nothing more than the basic elements of our existence. Humans *are* spiritual creatures.

    • Well said Leira!
      it is a symbol of balance there is no doubt about it, and a symbol for transcendance as well, most people will not go beyond the instant dark distorted significance that the symbols represent, it represents to me the alchemical formula for transcending our base nature to spiritual nature, a very good symbol if I don't say!

    • You are wrong about the connection with Satanism. Satan as a figure in the bible is both a representation of beauty, pride, and knowledge. He is also a representation of freedom. Freedom from control. It can also be mistaken for rebellion and anarchy. None the less. Satan himself is not a representation of evil. Neither is Baphomet or its connections to Satanism. The balance represented is eternal and infinite and that is why Satanism adopted it. If you want to get to the root of it, we mistake god as being all loving and perfection. Everything good. Yet we are made in his image and nothing in his creation is perfect. There is life and death. That is a balance all in itself. Joy and suffering. Yet again the balance. God himself showed sin when he cast out Lucifer. He was vain. Possibly even jelouse. Jesus himself cried out to his father, why have you forsaken me. He turned his back on his own child. For whatever reason it may be, Only a fool could look at the workings of "god" and say he is perfect. Balanced is a much better depiction of the creator. Hence Baphomet is a representation of all things including god.

    • Leira, u mite want to sloe down a second. Its a lil arrogant to think that uve just read this quick article and now have a grasp of whats really going on in this life. First, as far as I understand, the World is not ruled by duality. The True Creative Force exists beyond duality as Pure. Its is both the pairs of opposites, everything, and within everything there is nothing (Balance.) So It manifests to us at first glance as duality. If As Above So Below then when we c the pairs of opposites (duality) r in reality intertwined/interdependent ONE Below, then they must b ONE Above. Second brother or sister, Karma isnt a ruler but a law. Its only here to teach not punish or reward. B True, M

      • And this is the reason mankind will have self destruction. Beliefs are a key component to everyone's life and extremists take it out of hand. I myself believe in duality and doing great things. I see good and bad statements in every religious text I've read. I believe in duality good can't exist without bad and same goes the other way around. Like a two way street. I believe the symbol in this article represent duality.

  20. justtryingtohelp on

    Many of you will read this and not understand, that is okay, but you need to understand the truth. With this demon comes mind control. Willingly or unwillingly. Sadly to say this, being intrigued is just a part of the devils foot hole. For your eagerness should be in the Lord and in the bible. Yes, it important to be self aware of these events but not overly aware to the point were you are looking for the devil constantly. For how can you constantly search for proof of demonic cults and search for Chirst at the same time ? It is impossible, so for the readers reading this I have one question. Who is your real God, the Father or the illuminati that you are constantly searching for ?

  21. Many of you have read this and not understood also, that is ok to!

    but you should really read the ''In Conclusion'' at the end.

  22. its time that all of us turn our focus to christ the end is near and will b judged according to our sins our lord father in heaven is forgiving and will forgive us for the sins we have committed the devil is a liar and will always seek ways to destroy our faith in the lord put God first in everything that you do….. read revelation in the bible and u will see how the end is almost coming to an end GOD BLESS U ALL

  23. I'm coming to some realizations:

    It seems obvious that the symbol of Baphomet is the pentagram… Has anyone looked at an overhead view of Washington D.C.? Scott Circle Park is clearly a pentagram which itself is central to the top part of a larger pentagram or goat's head.
    Has anyone wondered why the military headquarters of the U.S. is shaped like a pentagon? The center of a pentagram is a pentagon. So the Pentagon building is symbolically representing a pentagram a.k.a Baphomet. It seems the founding fathers of the U.S.A. had some ulterior motives for the country.

    In everything that I have read at this excellent website, it appears that the U.S. is the modern headquarters of the Illumanati.

    • Everything has symbols. The Star of David is actually the Star of Remphan/Saturn/Solomon. The Crescent Moon and Star is really the Star of Ishtar (aka Easter) falling from the moon god Sin. The cross is actually the symbol for Sol and all other sun gods. The Ichthus (Jesus Fish) is actually the vesica piscis, i.e. a vagina. The Ichthus with legs (evolutionists) is a walking vagina. The Pope's hat is actually the fish cap of Dagon.

      The US is probably not the headquarters of the elite. It is probably Europe. Europe falls in line closely with the ideology of liberty, fraternity and equality.

      In Revelations 16 it says, "And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty."

      Spirit here represents ideology or teaching. They are "like frogs." In Bible Prophecy, animals symbolize nations. For centuries, France has been linked with the frog with their symbol as the flower of the lily pad. The three unclean [teachings] that lead the nations to war with Christ are liberty, fraternity and equality. The Messiah's second coming will be as a conquering lion. Already now, he is being labeled as "Antichrist" with scriptural distortions. This NWO will brainwash the people to fight against the Messiah in Israel and they will all die.

  24. The truth is out there it is up to you to read in between the lines. God gave you the Brains Use it.
    Everyone knows what they believe in.
    God did not give you the spirit of fear.

  25. Heb Heru. Is Ra El. This is You.
    None of this matters. none of it. This is just a symbol, a distraction. Made by them.
    Khemet. Read about it. You will find fragments of pure truth.
    Peace and evolution.

  26. Please children of Adam and Hawa , Let us have faith and believe in one and only one creator who is the UN-seeble creator ( Allahu Subhana Wata-Allah). please pray five times daily and believe in the kalimat shahada ie , LA ilaha eil Lala ( that is, there is no Deity of worship except Allah) and the Holy Profet Mohammed (S.A.W ) is the truly messenger of Allah. You will be granted Haven rather than the world. The world is nothing, Let us seek for the better ness of hereafter rather than the world.

    • Freedom fighter on

      The world is nothing?? How can people be so called righteous and still not realize what they are saying. You do like breathing? You like to eat as well for survival , you appreciate life and it's beauty , you've marveled at creation, you've walked under the stars, your parents taught you to hunt respect life and only take what was needed, you know water is sacred, you know the trees are sacred, you know the world is sacred because it came from the holy? How could you then still say this world means nothing . I myself am Native American we don't need religion, Animism is the seed of religion, we don't need books or prophets we just respect all creation we believe in father sky and Mother Earth . We live the way the creator intended , we didn't need food under lock and key , human beings were meant to live as free as the birds in the sky migrating for food without a worry or a care in the world. If you base your faith on predictions and you marvel at predictions made by man I hope you understand that human beings were meant to predict circumstances ,weather and coming effects after rebuttles, human beings can predict so that we could hunt and track for the coming months and tomorrow don't be fooled or swayed by so called wise men the creator shows the way of life as easy as watching the caterpillar vs the moth.

  27. Thank you for this article. I'm looking into the original meanings of symbolisms used by the Illuminati. I know most, but this one I've until now found nothing but bits and pieces or garbage. Blessings, Phoenix

  28. ..from a child growing up i really like the cold i respect what you're doing guys doing lol the near future i can be a member

  29. If the name originates from Islam and Prophet Mohammed then I would say it contradicts what Islam represents. Islam condemns idols worship and satan is an enemy of mankind. The Crusades was just an early version of what the west is doing to debunk what Islam"s message is (Worship only God). …A few verses about satan in the Quran..

    O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. 2-208

    Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. 2-268

    And of the grazing livestock are carriers [of burdens] and those [too] small. Eat of what Allah has provided for you and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. 6-142

    …there are many many more… Good article… Peace be upon you all..

    • Freedom fighter on

      Needless to say poverty is distributed by the people of the book. The book of proverbs say that man should have dominion over everything and so these missionaries travel the globe and force their belief on aboriginal people living in tribes. These people didn't have food under lock and key so poverty was unheard of the are hunter gatherers while missionaries arrive and create merchants of business setting oil rigs in their jungles and dwindling away their natural resources creating poverty in a place where once people lived in a natural state. So since Christianity threatens the world with poverty this must mean , should mean that they represent satan.

  30. Truth seeker on

    Baphomet is an archetypal representation of the balance betwixt good and evil, light and dark, ignorance and illumination.
    Mankind cannot agree on a single idealised name for a montheistic "God" and more blod has been shed and more deaths have occurred because of this intrinsic cultural problem. Humans deserve better and if your really look into the symbolism of Baphomet you should see this confusion riddden (and not hidden) with the openness and non-prejdicial representation of the human psyche.
    Please do not jump to the obvious enemy of "God, "Allah", or "Jehovah".

    The image of Baphomet insists that our creator is androgyne, and most definately not simply masculine; do not the books of the three main monotheistic religions state that we are all made in the creators image? If so, surely the creator is both male AND female (and I, a man, have nipples…).

    So come on and use that so-callled free-will and do not blindly follow dogma, as all the holy texts are not literal
    but subjectively questionable of you and your understanding. Why not all live as what we are…children of the creator, this time symbolised by the image of Baphomet? And please stop killing each other over pride and arrogance…this is a blatant sin.

  31. Freedom fighter on

    Animism is the seed of religion. The animistic belief was a universal one shared by every last human being up until the agricultural revolution ten thousand years ago . Once farming replaced hunter gatherers the food was monopolized and villages began , and the villages turned to towns and the towns turned city's and city's turned to kingdoms each with a leader in place to force everyone to continue working for food. Religion later came as the opium for the people forced to rationalize how the earth became so ugly. That's all it is . It simply is that. There is no grand mystery it's common sense. Before the agricultural revolution we didn't have gods that required our worship or wars of global conquest. So big deal your mid evil god turned out to be a myth now your forced to be aware of what's happening and face life challenges . Big deal the native Americans did it for hundreds of thousands of years I prefer to use them as a clear example of what would be going on otherwise. Save your responses I already know I can't reach the ignorant.

  32. My rant about the devil and racism,
    I really thought this was good enough to share, pardon me if you disagreee………
    I am tired of the damn racist comments. I don't even understand how someone could call me a racist, but they do.

    About the Detroit Baphomet statue….

    This is clearly a statue of satan, wake up you.
    I'm sorry that you do not recognize that, but it would only be amazing that you would.
    Just because an old black lady told you something, doesn't make it true.
    I think that people like you are the racist ones. Just because someone is black makes their words more
    meaningful? NO.
    I don't know what "ersatz novelty" means, but i do know that your own personal guilt is showing.
    Not only have my Scandinavian ancestors never done any wrong, but MY FAMILY has never done any wrong.
    You have NO RIGHT to tell the rest of us that we have ever hurt anyone.
    Clearly proved, I have never hurt anyone, nor has any of my family.
    Don't you dare listen to an old hurt woman, and blame ME for it.
    I am SICK of this unfounded guilt that is put upon us.

  33. 'God', by whatever name, or gender is just nature, get over it. The Goddess exists every bit as much as the God. And they can exist in as many forms as there are minds to conceive them!! Art is what gives images, and if you create your own art, you have your own image. It's that simple. God is every aspect of Nature, including the cells in your brain. Oh, and since when btw do males create life anyway?? Excuse me, you men are the rib! He guys, did you know that you were biologically female before you were male?? So if God is either, I would venture to say 'God' is probably a Goddess, which is sort of the thrux of the name inference, Sophia? Yes, Sophia was another ancient pre-patriarchal name for God before EVIL patriarchs created a pyramid scheme of power with women on the very bottom!! The key is balance with everything in the Universe. Where there is no balance there will be dis-ease, which includes the psychological. Which is why the world is going to * in a bucket, because the world is now ALL about men's power and money. Gee, wonder why? Patriarchy is sick, plain and simple.

    The entertainment industry is just screwing w/ everyone's head cuz ratings, and it is soooooo easy to mess with the head of a gullible Jews, Christians, or Muslims. You ppl are soooo thoroughly brainwashed and primed for giving them much wanted attention. Chill out!!

  34. I can see why Christians used goats as sacrifice. It's pretty stupid though. Christianity overtook pagan religion so christianity used a old form of media control to dirty the religion

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