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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.

Who is Baphomet?

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.

Who is Baphomet?

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.

Who is Baphomet?

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.

Who is Baphomet?

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.

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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.

Who is 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.

Who is Baphomet?

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.

Who is Baphomet?

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

Eliphas Levi’s Baphomet

Who is 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 androgeneity is of a great importance in occult philosophy as it is representing 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.

Who is Baphomet?

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”.

 

Who is Baphomet?

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 points towards opposing moons, which Levi calls the Chesed and the Geburah – two opposing concepts taken from the Jewish Kabbalah. In the Kabbalistic 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.

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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

Who is Baphomet?

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]

Freemasonry

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.

Who is Baphomet?

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

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

Who is Baphomet?

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”.

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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 insignia.

Who is Baphomet?

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).

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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 on 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 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”.

 

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Christopher James

“For whoever calls on the NAME of the Lord (Jesus), shall be saved”. That means that if you have this opportunity to do so before you die, you WILL be saved, “For it is IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie”. So just remember this. Right now you are but only intriqued by the fore mentioned truths listed on this web page, but soon will come a time when your “number” will be called; so remember this name “Jesus”. Heaven is real, and so is hell. There is a devil, but there CANNOT be a devil without there being a Creator. Jesus is not below the fallen angel lucifer, He/ Jesus, IS Creator and above ALL things. You decide, which is better, Life or Death. You will laugh, scorn and mock this entry, but remember this Name: Jesus, Lord above all Lords. His Sacrificial Blood for mankind is far more Pure, Holy, Saving and Righteous than any blood sacraficed to baphomet. If you receive it, i say to you: “His Peace be with you”. – Christopher James

Beelzebub

Oh do shut up.

ALchEM

You do know that the name “jesus” wasn’t really possible to be a name because of the language of the CULTure that stole those fictional stories from another CULTure.

Sky Watcher

“Many will say, ‘LORD, LORD…’ but I will say, ‘Depart from me, I never knew you!’.| Yes, remember that name, “Jesus”! But also know this – it is NOT a get out of jail free card! The demons know His name and they will NOT be saved! Knowing and saying His name is NOT some magic incantation that will save you from hell just because you say it. You MUST be born again to enter the kingdom of heaven. You cannot live your life in rejection of Him and think that you will call out His name on your deathbed and think that that is all He requires. Only true repentance can gain you access the Kingdom of Heaven and that is a gift from God as is the faith that is also required for salvation. Also, friend, TODAY is the day of salvation! We are not promised tomorrow. And death, many times, comes suddenly. Will you have time to confess your sins, repent of them and be saved when He calls you? You are gambling your very soul if you take that chance! Call on Him while you are still able and He may still be found. Confess your… Read more »

#BLESSED

Amen! Amen ! Amen ! ❤️✝️❤️

cora cooper

Amen! Amen! Amen! Thank You so much for that! Stay Blessed!

Truth seeker

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…). Jay 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… Read more »

Carl Halman passley

So please tell me if you or going to help me….to have what I need in life….I need your help very soon o.k…..baphomet

Carl Halman passley

So please tell me if you or going to help me….to have what I need in life….I need your help very soon o.k…..baphomet

George Chyz

Beyond balance is the divine union of opposites that culminates in wholeness, the One that is All. This requires the union of all the polarities. In other words, a combining of the opposites in a balanced way. This merging of all the opposite polarities into one central balanced whole does not result in a boring gray average. Rather, the union of all opposites could be displayed in a visual way as a breathtakingly beautiful living tapestry containing all the colors of the rainbow actively morphing from one glorious exotic pattern into another, always beautiful and ever changing. The feeling that results from this union of all opposites is that of orgasmic undulating juicy waves of ecstasy that radiate for ever in every direction! I have seen and felt all of this. This union is experienced when a person fully opens their heart and completely surrenders to loving another. In the union of love I have dissolved into nothing and exploded into the ecstatic bliss of nirvana. Unfortunately I can’t find words or pictures to fully express the glorious nature of the wholeness that is revealed in the balance point of our hearts. I hope the simple words presented here convey… Read more »

Carl Halman passley

I really need this help from you God’s THIS woman IS going to tell me to come out… and I don’t have any money pay MY own rent and I don’t have a bed ….and I don’t haveany tthing……so please help me God’s

Mark

Yes. Your on to something. Something created cannot fully understand its creator.

Muhammad

The Creator is the one who Created Gender. Humans may have been made in God’s image, but only in terms of spiritual attributes, not physical attributes. Humans get sleepy, hungry, injured, sick, etc. Those are not the attributes of God.

I actually think that more blood has been shed my Marxists who either hated Christianity and/or thought that we are gods. No one mentions all the deaths caused by Marxist regimes like Hitler, Mao, Pal Pot, Russian bolshavik, and others who Killed hundreds of Millions combined in order to propagate the God gene and to protect it from mixing with inferior genes.

Dermot Jordan

As we are made in god’s likeness, presumably god has a crap in the morning just like us ?? No ??

Vlad Tepes

National Socialism is not the same as Marxism. From what I have read Baphomet doesn’t seem evil. Only a representation of the duality of nature and mankind. Now that I have gained some understanding of Baphomet I no longer look at the symbol as something to fear or hate.

Jennifer Love

This has got to be the coolest fucking thing I've ever read.

leira

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… Read more »

mike

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… Read more »

alex

nice said…right

Jesus is King

The Devil has been a lier since the beginning. Sadly, it is true, the devil is as evil as it can be. Wether he is the source of evil itself it could be argued BUT, from personnal experience with true evil, satan is the evil on this earth. He hates you and would spit on you if he could, he rejoices in the suffering of men. Jesus is the only one who can save you and God the father is the one we should all worship and sing to, and love forever and ever. If you don’t want this and don’t have this feeling in your heart, you simply don´t belong to the sons of God, and can go and WILL go to hell.

Cashis

Pure hypocrisy in your words. To think you would have a know or say as to who goes to heaven or who goes to hell should be a sin in of itself. Telling others they will go to hell because they don’t accept your idol and deity is pure hypocrisy. What someone believes in life does not define their character. How you live your life and what you do in life does. If you can’t understand that Jesus is King then you truly are blind. My guess is you’re the type of hypocrite that thinks that just because they believe in Jesus that they are good of character. When in fact through presumptuous arrogance you probably can’t even look inward at your own character for judgement in anyway and fail to see all the lack of your own character. Don’t believe that you will be saved because I would believe that nothing is certain and chances are that you won’t be. Save judgments for God for he would be the only one truly capable of making them and you surely don’t speak for God.

Alan63

My goodness, away and read what you wrote and you are so wrong as satan was cast OUT of Heaven for being a bad git.
You will find joy and everlasting goodness in Heaven…. but Not in Hell.
Hell, is the devil’s (satan) everlasting torment and those who do not take the fella Jesus as their eternal saviour- (ask HIM to forgive them for their manky, evil sinning) then this evil and forever place of torment, Hell…. not made to burn and ‘non-create’ a person’s soul…. nope, it’s designed to FOREVER torment, and for the word ‘torment’…. I’m guessing it will HURT REAL BAD ……. and …..FOREVER.

red hologarm

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!

Morgan

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

Austin

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.

Muhammad

I used to believe that duality rules everything. I used to think that if you laugh, then you will cry because it is inevitable. I felt dread when something really good happened, thinking that something bad might happen, no more. I have found happiness by Disproving Duality.

Heat and Cold have a dual relation. However, heat can exist irrespective of cold. Is Cold is just the Absence of heat. You can extract heat from something to make it cold, but you cannot extract cold from something to make it hot. Fire and Ice do not have a dual relation.

Similarly Light and Darkness are taken as the whole of duality. However, Light can exist without Darkness. Darkness is just a shadow, and we know how shadows are made. An absence of Light creates Darkness, but the absence of Darkness cannot produce Light. Same is the relation between truth and lies. A Lie depends on the Truth for its own existence, but Truth can exist by itself.

This is why a symbol of balance can be used for evil, it Implies that death needs a priest too.

Hector

Reality around Us its not base in DUALITY.. there is a dangerous misconception about duality in these religions, take a look around a have a reality check and discover something simple and profound… lets check it out the parts involved: for instance: there is a Presence: “Light” and there is a Absence: “Darkness” one is Tangible (particle) and the other is perceptual. Light is made of Photons , Darkness is just a shadow because only exist in the absence of Photons, Photons are “particles” made of the quantum , Darkness is your Perception of the absence of particles in your retina or device…darkness is not an opposite of photons because darkness is not made of dark Photons ; what you have here Its the quantum who its present and absent in it self… present in a particle and absent in form of 3d construct… when you understand this simple relationship you realize there is not such “Opposites” is clear that the design of reality is base on Trinity “A reality or “substance” is present and absent in it’self , then the “Presence” and “Absence” are 1 indivisible single “Whole…” this means trinity if assume reality is based on Duality then… Read more »

Mark

U cannot sit on the fence. U must choose which side.

Muhammad

I agree that humans are spiritual creatures. However, as you stated Baphomet has the goat’s head indicating carnal wants. Does that not put the whole thing Out of Balance? As you indicated, this will result in a low level of discipline. satinsits are bound to abuse it and stay at a low level of consciousness.

Freedom fighter

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.

Akio

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

Carl Halman passley

So I would like to know baphomet if you or going to help me yes or no please tell me

Muhammad

I think the pagans copied it from regular folk. Sacrificing a goat is a major thing if you’re a farmer and you depend on their reproduction.

sunshine

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.

Alex

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 …..

realtruefact

believe only in the present moment.

the only reality is "now"

Freedom fighter

All we have is now.

Muhammad

The world cannot be an accident. Now when people and animals are designed so well. Not to mention almost everything that exists in the world. If you study the design, you’ll know the designer.

Letsquestionsth

The world is not created. Our planet was just “lucky” to be in the minority of all planets who are life friendly. Thanks to selectivity all species were able to develope suitable to the environment.

Hatmehit

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… Read more »

jerry odoi

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;;

gin198

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.

matilda

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

pet

no u need much more love ')

Hatmehit

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".

Tusk

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.

gin198

I'll say my kenyan son inlaw loves eating goat…I have since learnt how to cook that tough meat

red hologram

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.

candy

so you know that everything is going to end

El cid

And in the end is the beginning

m.g

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?

tleilaxu

Khemet 😉 read and find out who you are

\"The little beast 13\"

The truth? You can’t handle the truth. Boo!

Luke Mendes

The Article also does justice to the distortions the world is dishing out. Mostly Church and other Monotheistic religions who are afraid that the blind will see and will move away from their control of fear.
research and listen to the Voice in your heart the place where the Divine resides. “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you”.

Luke Mendes

The West loves to “Rejig” everything and makes things sound so complicated, distorts everything thru ignorance. Hence Beyonce and the “Illumaniti” , meaning illuminated ones. Occult = hidden knowledge that sheep would dare not. “For now you know in part…” In India sacred traditions on human conduct was possible thru rituals and tradition. The Animal ‘Baphomet’ is symbolic [trust the Europeans on art huh?] of Transformation of Beast to human to a synthesis that is divine – upward. The Serpent and staff on the belly is the rising of the Kundalini. Which means that you do not sin to achieve spirituality. Its a higher state of consciousness. Its different the western use Yoga and meditation for distorted pleasures of sex etc. In India too it was misunderstood that caused the demise of kings and sages etc. Hence such cult exercises that are not spiritual but are distorted for the ‘Elite’ to play and have fun with something they dont understand. They have gone further and distorted everything by committing crimes against humanity by sacrificing children. All crap. the Spirits give them sickness and death. The True practitioners of spirituality – Meditation and diverting sexual energy towards the Divine [Surrender all… Read more »

yoki

A sheep knows his Shepards voice & they follow him (GOD) & trust him, they know he will feed them (us) & they know they are protected from the wolves by the Shepard (God)…..A goat is a stupid and stubborn animal cannot even be trained by their owners yet alone bring a goat into your house they will damage
and eat anything in sight………A Baphomet is Satan he is a perfect example of a goat he is a destroyer a liar
and will deprive you of your life……..Read Matthew 25:31-46….AMEN !!!!!!

Gail

This article is spot on and why the musicians sign their soul over to Lucifer for fame and fortune.They use the light because Lucifer has three vocal chords.Why it represents the music industry.You can see the difference from when the artist starts out til fame sets is because part of the equation is control not freedom. They become brainwashed and controlled illumanti slave until they want to break away because the control is too much to cope with.Then they are mysteriously killed or drugs used as a tool.Lucifer is not freedom it’s control.The utopia of lucifer is one thing only to mock God only. They are used as a weapon to hurt God.God made man and woman not transgender that is the deception of Lucifer and look at the last Bowie video before he died is black star the coming Bruce Jenner is being used as illumanti to promote it half woman half nan.And force us to accept it. In Nazi Germany the Nazi’s did not kill the enfeminate Queens just the other homosexuals and Jews and gypsies.It make sense Now is the time for the new world order the arrival of Satan as alien god bow and worship the… Read more »

Keyumdi

Okay, this is a pretty good article.

patricia

Bahomet is an object of discussion: 1. Represents carrying sin into a desolate place upon the day of atonement (Azazel). 2. A depiction upon the outside of a church whereas the inside of the Church is Holy (there is sin in the world). A depiction of perception and discussion…the differences between right and wrong, truth, wisdom and knowledge. The world was divided. Perception can be seen in two different ways: Positive or negative. Baphomet may be the center of discussion representing that there is SIN in the world, as well as greed, violence, lust, anger, jealousy, wrath, hate … and whatever represents a negative emotion. There are people that work for what they have and people that take what they want. Today every country in the world needs to be financially solvent…to as to not be a danger to any neighboring country. We see this in our own small towns and community’s. There will always be some with more, and some with less…and yet perception will always be a state of mind.

Zachariah

I am curious. Does this Astral Light have a connection with an eastern philosophy with "Chi or Qi"?

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