The creator of the Baphomet image was Eliphas Levi, an occultist in 1854. The Baphomet image might scare some people off at first. But when we try to decode the Baphomet statue, we might understand (not really) all the values hidden behind the statue. This blog post is to give you a concise explanation for Baphomet Statue.
History of the name “Baphomet”
Most people accept that “Baphomet” is a corruption of the word “Muhammad” the last prophecy of Islam.
This name reached its peak fame during the trial of the Knights Templar in the 14th century. King Philip IV of France at that time falsely accused the Knights Templar of worshipping an evil figure whose name was Baphomet. And this idol Baphomet was allegedly Satan. This finally made the Knights Templar to be burned on the stake putting an end to the fame of Knights Templar.
The King at that time was so much indebted to the rich Order. The execution of the Knights was because the King wanted to get rid of the debt.
Decode the Baphomet – Satanic most famous symbol
In Levi’s book “Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie”, he explained his Baphomet image that:
“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 hermetism, 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 androgyn 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 androgyn arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences.”
The concept of polarity become popular in the 19th century. And surely, an occultist living the 19th century like Levi was influenced by the concept. Long story short, the concept of polarity was to divide the world into male and female energies.
- One hand pointing up and the other pointing down. This reflected the Hermetic concept “As above, so below”. Its main point is that no matter what level things might exist, they influence and relates to one another.
- The White Moon and the Black Moon. The moons in the Baphomet image were associated with Chesed and Geburah the two sefirot on the Kabbalah Tree of Life. The two stood at opposite places of the tree presenting male and female, severity and mercy. Chesed was the representative of love and kindness while Geburah was for discipline and power.
- The two words “solve” and “coagula” on arms. Both “solve” and “coagula” were the opposing alchemical processes.
- Female and male physical examples like breasts and phallus; one male arm and one female.
Looking closely at the Baphomet image, we may see that the creator of the image applied four Platonic elements: earth, water, air, and fire to Baphomet. Air and water are easiest to find out through the fish scales (water) and the semi-circle of the atmosphere (air). Baphomet rested on the earth while a fire was burning between his horns.
Fertility and Life
The reason why Levi chose goat came from the connections between goats and fertility. Levi himself called Baphomet of Mendes. Levi compared Baphomet with the Egyptian god who had a goat head and he was the god of fertility. In Greek culture, there was also a goat-headed goat whose name was Pan. Pan was also a god of fertility.