the ultimate guide to the baphomet

This article is co-authored by izi ningishzidda and m1thr0s 729

“The greatest power in the universe is love, and thus it is so rare. To me, spiritual ascension requires both undefiled wisdom, and the unity of true love to be complete in Baphomet”  

I don’t know who wrote that. The blog, “Baphometic Satanism” was taken down over a decade ago. It words linger on only in the form of scattered secondhand quotes. It’s the kind of thing you’ll never hear coming out of Satanic circles these days – not even Luciferians, who have become a rarity anyways. 
      It is for this reason, and others, that we philosophical Satanists have become a phenomenon of the past. There’s no real point to staying on board a sinking ship.
      We’re not so willing to abandon Baphomet, however. It belongs more to alchemists and mages far more than it does to a bunch of atheistic nincompoops who deny magick and all of its trappings. The image of the Baphomet dates back to a time long before Anton Lavey adopted it for his organizational sigil. Eliphas Levi (1810-1875) popularized it in the image shown below.

Levi claimed that he acquired the specificities of the image from accounts of the Templars being tortured by the Catholic Church, and from a gargoyle on one of the buildings built by them. If that’s true, and we have no reason to doubt it, then it is a very offensive image taken at face value. It is not at all clear or convincing that the Templars “worshipped” Baphomet at all. Eliphas Levi in his book ‘Transcendental Magic’ gives Baphomet as being symbolic of Pan. 
      Eliphas Levi was an idiot in a lot of ways. Sure, there may be symbolic parallels between Baphomet and Pan just as there are between Baphomet and Kernunnos or Baphomet and Gnu for that matter…[Continue this article…]

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