Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:41 AM
How is it like to be in contact with Baphomet?
Have you ever come in contact with him/her? What did you do to come in contact with him/her? What was it like?
Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:18 AM
Ignorant people have identified it as this other thing on account of Eliphas Levi, who was prone to making up BS whenever he wanted to say something and didn't know what he was talking about. That same ignorance has persisted among occultists to the point where "Baphomet" is currently something altogether different, and the whole subject is a shame to nearly everyone who speaks on the subject.
According to the legend, the Templars discovered the head of John the Baptist, cast in bronze by king Herod, during their campaign in Jerusalem. They kept it, and were later accused of venerating it as an idol. Specifically they were accused of kissing it in a kind of ritual. That practice was later characterized as kissing the Devil himself, on the hind-quarters, along with other accusations of homosexuality and deviant heresies. The Templars were exceedingly rich and powerful, which is another discussion entirely, but that bears mention in regard to where this accusation of idolatry - a crime for which their possessions would be forfeit to the Church - came into their tale.
The entire notion that the Baphomet had any occult connotation whatsoever is propaganda. The demonization of the head, which is described as having eyes set with garnets, served to justify the atrocious treatment visited upon that order by the Pope.
19th century French occultist Eliphas Levi, through his ridiculous but very popular drawing, and through his philosophical reflections on the same, is the origin of most of what you would currently hear about Baphomet in occult circles. The popular Church of Satan image actually comes from a book on the Templars, with the addition of "Leviathan" in Hebrew. None of that has anything to do with the centuries-old concept of the Baphos.
There are other tales of oracular brazen heads in occult literature, curiously over-sized in some instances like the supposed idol of Belial from whence the Sibylline Books were delivered. One author whose name I forget remarked that there are so many instances of talking brazen heads in occult literature that there must have been some substance to the idea, but that substance is lost and largely replaced by allegory.
Edited by Imperial Arts, 07 January 2013 - 08:20 AM.
"Only the madman is absolutely sure." - Wilson & Shea, Illuminatus!
Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:27 AM
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:29 PM
Perhaps the Devil's Sabbath is not in a forest or desert in the middle of nowhere, and perhaps its participants aren't the secretive neighbors- the heretics around you in the guide of friends and family, etc. I think that the Devil's Sabbath takes place in the heart, and it is the dance between the many demons and cunning sorcerers of self. The fire erupting in the center is the power raised in the mind as a result of that dance, and Baphomet stands before it as the central image of the whole ordeal.
Good scheme for a paradigm, yeah?
Edited by omera, 10 January 2013 - 05:31 PM.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:28 PM
It will be noted that the word "knowledge, understanding" used here is derived from the Arabic FHM root. FHM, in turn, is used to stand both for FHM and derivatives, meaning "knowledge;" and FHM and derivatives, standing for "black, Coalman" and so on.
The Baphomet is none other than the symbol of the completed man. The black head, negro head, or the Turk's head which appears in heraldry and in English country-inn signs is a crusader substitute word for this kind of knowledge.
EDIT: Corrected some typos.
Edited by Nalyd Khezr Bey, 10 January 2013 - 09:21 PM.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:05 AM
Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:46 PM
EDIT: Corrected some typos.
Step outside and take a good look around. Take a deep breath and then look again. That is Baphomet, nature itself.
Posted 16 September 2013 - 04:43 PM
Since posting this, I've gained a rich relationship with Baphomet who I've come to love a great deal. Growing up Mormon, I've been taught that God is this Being of Light and Purity and Love. I've learned to hate evil, to fight against it.
Baphomet has taught me to try to accept both the good and the bad, the strong and the weak. For me, Baphomet has come to become the Great Hermaphrodite. He/She represents me as a complete person, containing both good and bad, masculine and feminine, light and dark, weak and strong. He/She also represents the Universe, full of good and evil, living and dead, human and animal. As I grow to love Him/Her, I grow to love every moment, both pleasurable and painful.
At times, Baphomet has come to me in my mind's eye holding a yin yang symbol. Since He/She has taught me to love the moment, I've associated Him/Her with Pan, dancing in the forest. He/She teaches me to let go and love the moment.
Baphomet has also come to me in my mind's eye in the form of the Serpent, who I now view to be the hero in the Adam and Eve story. Here the Serpent was, trying to free us from this false dichotomy of good and evil, male and female, obedience and disobedience. He helps us leave this childish, false utopia and enter a more complicated and unsure world we call Reality.
Since I'm a journalist and an activist, his form as the Serpent has been important for me. He inspires me to bring the knowledge I find to the rest of humanity, to help bring the unknown and uncomfortable to light.
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