Baphomet

sglossarybaphometThis enigmatic figure, known as Baphomet, was first described during the trials of the Templars, a medieval order of Crusader Monks accused of Heresy, witchcraft, and other crimes. The Order, founded in 1118 by nobleman Hughes de Payens, was the first of a number of “Military Orders.”

Originally conceived as a means of protecting Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem, the new order excited the public imagination, and they became extraordinarily popular. They were exempted from taxation, and had amassed great wealth and property by the 13th century.

Eventually, with all this money and power, the Templars became a political threat to the Church and especially King Phillip of France, who issued secret orders (using contrived information) to have all of the Templars in France arrested. Torture elicited hundreds of confessions of various crimes and heresies. The laundry list of unlikely crimes included spitting on the cross, denying Christ, and worshiping an idol; namely, a grotesque bearded head (other descriptions conflicted) called Baphomet.

Indeed, a number of supposedly Templar artifacts have surfaced which bear an image of an unusual male/female hybrid which resembles alchemical drawings of the soul of the world. Historians over the years have debated the possibility that the Baphomet rumor was true or an artifact of torture, and many suggestions about the origin of the word have been put forward. Some have proposed that the name is a corruption of the name Mohammed, or from the Greek, a phrase meaning “baptism of wisdom,” or “Bufihimat,” Moorish-Spanish for “father of wisdom”. Others have suggested more intriguing possibilities- that baphomet is a kabbalistic cipher for the Gnostic Goddess Sophia, or a variant name for the Greek Titan Goddess of wisdom “Metis.”

The interpretation of Baphomet pictured above was drawn by the nineteenth century occultist Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Constant), using elements from various descriptions. It was drawn with the head of a Goat, a human body with cloven feet and wings. According to Levi, it was a revelatory figure, requiring study to understand. This particular drawing is quite popular with Satanists and Ritual magicians, for varying reasons. However, save for a few details, Levi’s connection between his version of Baphomet, and the legendary idol of the Templars is mostly nonexistent. Levi’s description of the figure:

“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 the Quabbalic 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 androgyne arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences.”

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Bev Onyschak August 24, 2017 at 9:13 pm

Well wasnt Baphomet origionally supposed to be “the bringer of light or enlightenment”? Anyway some where along the line everything got twisted thanks to Christianity.

Me June 3, 2017 at 11:18 pm

Once when in a church prayer meeting in a building that once had been a mason temple and converted to a church, I saw in a vision a demon that was somehow male and female… Knew nothing of this creature at the time. Later, my husband soon repented of something and this vision recurred.. Easy to forgive in light of Ephesians 6:12…

Card February 17, 2016 at 5:58 am

Dear Satan
Cant wait to meet you. lets meet somewhere.

Love,
Yahweh

Card February 17, 2016 at 6:00 am

Dear Yahweh,
I’m coming! Don’t tell the damn humans.

Hoping for Reconciliation,
Lucifer

sirius January 2, 2016 at 11:20 pm

All of this magic belongs to the children of chaos the (black man) those days of believing in the boogeyman are over the gods and Kings have returned to claim the throne.

Anonymous November 24, 2014 at 11:56 pm

The fact that people believe in satan is ridiculous and you should at least know that the foolish don’t believe he was satins wife but the spawn of lillith and lucifer but thats a crock of shit. Think more along the lines of polarity my friend.

Egypt October 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Baphomit represents all that are phisical,its the (ba) father of or format,the light is the third eye fully open

paul July 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

besides the fact it doesn’t say that “the symbol wasn’t christian and considered satanic”any were in the text. i think the reason it was denounced, is because it smacks of satanic iconography and was allegedly used in such an occult-ish fashion that was of course deemed inappropriate by christian Europe not just because ‘da bad cherch menz are bad’ or whatever other cliched nonsense your thinking. grow up.

Jenna Blacklock September 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Your words “smack” of the ignorance your “sweet wittle Christianity” exhibits. They tried to give you an instance of the innocence of the symbol, something to open your mind to it’s other lesser-known attributes, but instead, as previously stated, you made yourself a perfect, pitiable example to all non-christians of the stereotypical iconoclast that is your faith. Go fuck yourself and may your wife and mother be raped, your father sodomized, and your children come out retarded so they never know the repugnant dogma of their father. :)

Anonymous December 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

the symbol never arose until the churches condemnation of the knights Templar. they amassed great wealth which threatened the church who sought to use occult symbols like these to discredit the Templars. its claimed many a Templar worshiped him but whether thats the truth or forced confession through torture is unclear.

Anonymous January 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm

What a bunch of crap just because a symbol wasn’t christian it was considered ‘Satanic’ by the church.

ralph December 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Gracious Godess Sophia is baphomet.She is associated with alchemical and her alchemical takes place inside me.

Celestia July 30, 2010 at 7:51 pm

What a load…. Satan’s wife? The Baphomet has been evolved from Pan, Wiccan symbol for balance and fertility amongst other things, and has been turned into a hate filled symbol due to Xian christian belief and by posting such a stupid comment it really proves that this view point is still firmly in place!

doesntmatter May 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm

some people believed that Baphomet was also the wife of Satan

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