“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!“.
“Baphomet is regarded by Satanists as a ‘violent goddess’ and is depicted as a beautiful woman, seated, who is naked from the waist up. In her left hand she holds the severed head of a man. In her other hand she holds a burning torch. The severed head, which drips blood onto her lower white garment, is held so that it partially obscures her smiling face. Baphomet is regarded as the archetype of the Mistress of Earth, and the Bride of Lucifer” (O9A, 2014).
O9A, (2014). The Order of the nine angles. The Black Book of Satan. http://www.o9a.org/wp-content/uploads/Black-Book-of-Satan.pdf Accessed 11/02/2014
“The symbol of Baphomet was used by the Knights Templar to represent Satan. Through the ages this symbol has been called by many different names. Among these are: The Goat of Mendes, The Goat of a Thousand Young, The Black Goat, The Judas Goat, and perhaps the most appropriately, The Scapegoat.
Baphomet represents the Powers of Darkness combined with the generative fertility of the goat. In its “pure” form the pentagram is shown encompassing the figure of a man in the five points of the star – three points up, two pointing down – symbolizing man’s spiritual nature. In Satanism the pentagram is also used, but since Satanism represents the carnal instincts of man, or the opposite of spiritual nature, the pentagram is inverted to perfectly accommodate the head of the goat – its horns, representing duality, thrust upwards in defiance; the other three points inverted, or the trinity denied. The Hebraic figures around the outer circle of the symbol which stem from the magical teachings of the Kabala, spell out “Leviathan”, the serpent of the watery abyss, and identified with Satan. These figures correspond to the five points of the inverted star.
The symbol of Baphomet is placed on the wall above the altar.
The candles used in Satanic ritual represent the light of Lucifer – the bearer of light, enlightenment, the living flame, burning desire, and the Flames of the Pit“.
“Man as yet knows little of the forces of nature. Surrounded, controlled, and governed by them, while he vainly thinks himself independent, not only of his race, but the universal nature and her infinite manifold forces, he is the slave of these forces, unless he becomes their master. He can neither ignore their existen nor be simply their neighbor.
There is in nature one most potent force, by means whereof single man, who could possess himself of it, and should know how to direct it, could revolutionize and change the face of the world.
This force was known to the ancients. It is a universal age whose supreme law is equilibrium; and whereby, if science can but learn how to control it, it will be possible to change the order of the Seasons, to produce in night the phenomena of day, to send a thought in an instant round the world, to heal or slay at a distance, to give our words universal success, a make them reverberate everywhere.
This agent, partially revealed by the blind guesses of the disciples of Mesmer, is precisely what the Adepts of the middle ages called the elementary matter of the great work. The Gnostics held that it composed the igneous body of the Holy Spirit; a it was adored in the secret rites of the Sabbat or the Temple, under the hieroglyphic figure of Baphomet or the hermaphrodic goat of Mendes“.
“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“.
Decoding the symbols on Satan’s statue
1 August 2015
- From the section Magazine
A controversial statue unveiled by the Satanic Temple at a secret ceremony in Detroit has attracted protests. But who is the goat-headed figure? And what do the elements of the statue symbolise?
The bronze statue is nearly 9ft tall and depicts a winged hermaphrodite known as Baphomet, flanked by two smiling children. It cost $100,000 (£64,000) to make and hundreds of Satanists turned out to see it unveiled.
Long term, the Satanic Temple wants to move the piece 900 miles (1,450km) south-west and erect it opposite a Ten Commandments monument outside Oklahoma City’s Capitol Building.
The Baphomet will “complement and contrast” the Christian commandments which include “unconstitutional prohibitions against free speech and free exercise of religion,” according to the organisation.
“Our statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” says Lucien Greaves, the group’s co-founder.
He hopes people of all ages will “sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation… It’s a nice little tourist attraction. People would travel a great distance to see it.”
The name Baphomet
The name dates back to the Inquisition and torture of the Knights Templar about 1100 who, according to French chroniclers of the Crusades, confessed to worshipping a heathen idol called Baphometh.
Some scholars believe “Baphometh” was simply a corruption of “Mahomet” – the Prophet Muhammad.
But over the years as the mystery and speculation around the Templars has grown, so too have the interpretations of the word and its meaning.
One elaborate interpretation even drove the plot in Dan Brown’s historical thriller Da Vinci Code, where the word Baphomet is decoded and translated to mean “Sophia” or wisdom.
The best-known modern image of Baphomet was drawn in 1856 by the French occultist Eliphas Levi, in his book Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual.
He envisaged a winged hermaphrodite with a torch between his horns and a pentagram on his forehead.
Its arms bore the Latin words SOLVE (separate) and COAGULA (join together) – the powers of “binding and loosing” usurped from God.
Levi’s drawing was the inspiration for the Satanic Temple’s new monument.
“It contains all these binary opposites – above and below, part animal, part human. Male and female,” says Greaves.
“It embodies opposites and celebrates contrasts.”
Two fingers on the right hand point up and two on the left hand point down, meaning “as above, so below”.
These words and the accompanying gesture are familiar to occultists. They are drawn from the ancient works of Hermes Trismegistus, whose writings became popular during the Renaissance and Reformation.
The phrase is also used in relation to science, the universe and God, but Levi wrote that, by making the gesture, his Baphomet “expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice”.
Two young children
“We hope children will see this as a beautiful work of art – there is nothing to be afraid of. That’s what the children symbolise,” says Greaves.
“The goat’s face has a neutral expression. It’s not demonic, ferocious or monstrous – as people make it out to be – if you look at without the cultural baggage.”
But do children really have nothing to be afraid of from Satan?
“I don’t think children approaching the monument without being primed by propaganda will find anything horrific about it,” says Greaves.
“But we’re about not indoctrinating children. For the most part children are forced into religion. That’s something we definitely don’t care to do.”
On the Baphomet’s stomach is an old Greek symbol of two serpents entwined around a staff – the staff which was carried by Hermes and heralds in general.
The caduceus symbolises trade, negotiation and reciprocity and was co-opted into the Baphomet by Levi.
“For us it symbolises reconciliation of the opposites – such as having a Satanic monument opposite a Christian one,” says Greaves.
“We think that’s a powerful message when it’s sitting opposite the Ten Commandments – you can have these dualities, differences without conflict.”
Levi’s Baphomet was a hermaphrodite, with breasts, “but we took the breasts off,” says Greaves. The Temple did not want to get embroiled in a debate about gender which might distract from what it believes are the more important messages of the Baphomet.
Instead, he says, the boy and girl reflect that “male-female dualism” seen in Levi’s Baphomet.
Seen both on the forehead of the Baphomet and on the throne behind him, the pentagram is a widely recognised Satanic symbol – and often appears inverted.
Saint Peter’s cross is often inverted too – as it was during the Satanic Temple’s unveiling ceremony.
“This inversion is Satan’s perception. It asks people to reconsider their cultural grounding, look at the evidence and reconsider their values,” says Greaves.
“You have this one-sided vision with institutionalised religion as the arbiters of moral correctness.
“It prevents them considering whether they could be incorrect today on issues such as gay marriage and reproductive rights.
“It’s true you don’t have to identify with Satan to take on those causes. But the image of Satan resonates for us.”
Torch between horns
“The torch of knowledge is the middle horn – it glorifies the pursuit of knowledge. We put a high value on that – it’s really central to our beliefs in general,” says Greaves.
As Levi wrote: “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.”
These have yet to be added but the Satanic Temple gave details of their plans in a statement last year.
On the front of the statue, above the inverted pentagram, will be one of the Satanic Temple’s seven fundamental tenets: “The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.”
The back of the stone slab will display a passage from Lord Byron’s dramatic work, Cain that reads: “Then who was the Demon? He who would not let ye live, or he who would have made ye live forever, in the joy and power of knowledge?”
What is the Satanic Temple?
The group describes itself as “Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty”.
“We understand the Satanic figure as a symbol of man’s inherent nature, representative of the eternal rebel, enlightened inquiry and personal freedom rather than a supernatural deity or being.
“We actively provide outreach and participate in public affairs where the issues might benefit from rational, Satanic insights.”