The word baphomet dates back through the ages and as far back as the Knights Templar. Modern scholars believe it is a corruption of the word Muhammed (by way of Old French, Mahomet), which makes sense in the way one religion is always trying to make another look like heresy.
The most popular version of the Baphomet was hand drawn by Eliphas Lévi in the 1850s.
If one believes what is said in church / mosque / synagogue, the Baphomet figure is THE central symbol of Satanism. Though it has been co-opted by many pagan and occult movements, including the Golden Thelema of Aleister Crowley, only the Sigil of Baphomet – an inverted pentagram with a goat’s head – is officially used in Satanism.
As with a lot of symbols, the Baphomet is much more than meets the eye; it’s an amalgamation, including the pagan goat god (or Pan), who stands in for man as unforgiven sinner. Lévi wrote [from Wikipedia, all emphases ours]:
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 occultism, 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 androgyne 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 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.
Harmony? Justice? Mercy?! NOT evil. Moreover, fire, air, water, man, woman, up, and down are all pagan concepts. Hence, the Baphomet simply isn’t the embodiment of evil most uninformed people consider it today.
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