Friday, December 14, 2012

'Baphomet' Revisited - Sort of

Vigilent Citizen is busy during the final countdown to December 21, 2012, with its section "Hidden Knowledge", having just released The Order of the Illuminati: Its Origins, Its Methods and Its Influence on the World Events on December 12, 2012, followed the next day by releasing Who is Baphomet?

Note: it uses the word 'Christianity' where it should say 'Roman Catholicism' - hence inadquately guarding against the not found in the Bible idea of a 'horned devil' created to protect the Papacy, while avoiding any discussion of the clearly relevant concepts of the 'Divine Couple' of the 'Horned God' and 'Earth Mother' figures - which are the Papacy's target, as it chooses to define the "Devil" as that which is is its best threat- smear the male as the 'devil' while avoiding the considerably more difficult task of likewise defaming the "M" Mary Earth Mother Figure.  Let's not forget that the Bible describes the devil as a cherub.

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.

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[- Correction Roman Catholicism]) and Baphomet have a common origin? Some of their attributes are strikingly similar.

Pope Sylvester II and the Devil (1460). In Christianity [- Correction Roman Catholicism], 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.
[note that it is androgynous- representing both sexes] 
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
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
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
VC has a follow up article: Aleister Crowley: His Story, His Elite Ties and His Legacy

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 Baphomet is considered to be the union of Chaos and Babalon, masculine and feminine energy, the phallus and the womb.

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”.

"... a composite creation symbolic of alchemical realization through the union of opposite forces... "
Sounds like a description of a couple, starting with the "Horned God".  And accompanied by his wife the Earth Mother Figure, her sister and the gals' Mom.
For most Wiccans, the Lord and Lady are seen as complementary polarities: male and female, force and form, comprehending all in their union; the tension and interplay between them is the basis of all creation, and this balance is seen in much of nature. The God and Goddess are sometimes symbolised as the Sun and Moon, and from her lunar associations the Goddess becomes a Triple Goddess with aspects of "Maiden", "Mother" and "Crone" corresponding to the Moon's waxing, full and waning phases.

The Horned God is one of the two primary deities found in some neopagan religions. He is often given various names and epithets, and represents the male part of the religion's duotheistic theological system, the other part being the female Triple Goddess or other Mother Goddess .[citation needed] In common Wiccan belief, he is associated with nature, wilderness, sexuality, hunting and the life cycle.[1]:32-34 Whilst depictions of the deity vary, he is always shown with either horns or antlers upon his head, often depicted as being theriocephalic, in this way emphasizing "the union of the divine and the animal", the latter of which includes humanity.[2]:11
The term Horned God itself predates Wicca, and is an early 20th century syncretic term for a horned or antlered anthropomorphic god with pseudohistorical origins[3] who, according to Margaret Murray's 1921 The Witch-Cult in Western Europe, was the deity worshipped by a pan-European witchcraft-based cult, and was demonized into the form of the Devil by the Medieval Church.
The Triple Goddess is the subject of much of the writing of Robert Graves, and has been adopted by many neopagans (notably Wiccans) as one of their primary deities . The term triple goddess is infrequently used outside of Neopaganism to instead refer to historical goddess triads and single goddesses of three forms or aspects. In common Neopagan usage the three female figures are frequently described as the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone, each of which symbolizes both a separate stage in the female life cycle and a phase of the moon, and often rules one of the realms of earth, underworld, and the heavens. These may or may not be perceived as aspects of a greater single divinity. The feminine part of Wicca's duotheistic theological system is sometimes portrayed as a Triple Goddess, her masculine counterpart being the Horned God.
Indeed. Such as 'the Two' being represented by the two pillers.

And the pyramid a schematic of human souls, with those within the Capstone being the oldest


vincent said...

This synthesis is a very precious landmmark.Thank you very much. In hebrew language, "bouc" french for goat is "buwc" phonétic -boos- strong 947 and means:"to trample, to profane".
Ezekiel 16;22 'when thou wast naked and bare, and wast(Bowc) polluted in your blood'
So in the satanic kabalah the baphometh goat should mean "profanation"..

Douglas Andrew Willinger said...

Some comments from the VC article:

From 'Hatmehit':

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".

From 'Fleurdamour':

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.

From 'Fightclub':

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.

avles said...

<<....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....>>.

Peter was not the cornerstone of the church but - manipulating the gospel - (and without his assent), of the Masonry. According to Rivera Peter was the "little stone" ["Peter" aka "petrus", lat. = stone, like the one launched in the Intifada], but Jesus built the church NOT on a single, unstable little stone, but on a solid ROCK (He Himself). Metaphorically the ROCK is that thing which HINDERS a building to SINK in the DEPHTS (= in the Hell).

I believe all this revisionism of the Bible to destroy Jesus' word is a scientific work of Satan.