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You Might Think He's A Depiction Of Satan, But The Baphomet's True Identity Deserves Recognition

Updated October 10, 2019 41.8k views10 items

If you look at any Satanic statue you’ll find yourself peering into the infinite gaze of the Baphomet. While you may be asking “are Satan and Baphomet the same?” after studying its goat horned head, you would be wrong to assume that they have anything to do with each other beyond an affinity for goats. This deity was actually taken on as a Satanic symbol hundreds of years before it first came into the cultural consciousness. This collection of things you didnt know about Baphomet will attempt to sort out the creature’s myriad origins while providing some terrifying Baphomet facts.

So what is the difference between Satan and Baphomet? For one, Satan is a purely Christian entity while the Baphomet is a combination of Egyptian and Islamic folklore that’s been adapted into the Judeo-Christian mythology. While Satan is more known for demonic possession, Baphomet would rather provide knowledge to the people than use their bodies for cheap means of transit.

Prepare to baptize yourself in wisdom as you read about the mystical origins of the Baphomet.

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  • The Baphomet Is Wisdom Personified

    Photo: Athanasius Kircher / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Overall the idea of the Baphomet is one of pure wisdom. This possible definition is why many scholars believe that the deity comes from the Greeks. When the Greek phrase "absorption into wisdom," also referred to as "baptized in wisdom," is combined together in the original Greek it becomes "Baphomet."

    The Templars likely took on the idea of pure knowledge as a deity and as an idea that they could wrap their heads around. As a group of people who dedicated their lives to the concept of God it's not out of the question that they would be attracted to worshipping at the altar of wisdom.

  • The Baphomet Was Modernized To Subvert The Catholic Origins

    Photo: Eliphas Lévi / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Elphias Levi, a French magician born Alphonse Louis Constant, wrote about ritual magic in his tome Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie. He took the idea of the Baphomet and combined it with a goat, creating the "Sabbatic Goat." This deity purposefully bastardized Catholic teaching by combining it with Kabbalistic teachings, taking the deity from an ideology into something more concrete.

    The Knights Templar may have worshipped the Baphomet as a deity of wisdom, but they didn't have the optics down. When King Philip IV tortured the Knights for heresy they weren't able to put a face to a name, but Levi finally gave occultists worldwide something to worship.

  • The Baphomet Is The Pentagram Incarnate

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    The pentagram stands for the harmony inherent in all of life's elements: earth, air, fire, water, and the spirit. Even if he wasn't the first guy to think about it, Eliphias Levi was definitely the first person to create a visual parallel between the head of a goat and a pentagram. Levi created a drawing of the Baphomet with a pentagram on its forehead, explaining that the design of the deity as a whole was a representation of perfect harmony. 

    Not only does the Baphomet's goat head represent the harmony of the pentagram, but its arms - which face opposite ways, one pointing up, the other pointing down - express "the perfect harmony of mercy with justice."

  • The Name May Have Been Derived By Mystical Forces

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    Levi believed that if the deity's name wasn't created via mystical sources, you could at least break it down via magical phrasing. Once the phrasing was broken down then you could understand what the name really meant. 

    In Dogmes et Rituels de la Haute Magie, Levi wrote: "The name of the Templar Baphomet, which should be spelt kabalistically backwards, is composed of three abbreviations: Tem. ohp. AB., Templi omnium hominum pacts abbas, 'the father of the temple of peace of all men.'"  

    Arkon Daraul, a teacher of Sufi tradition, concluded that Baphomet is actually Arabic for "The Father of Understanding." It's interesting to note that no matter where the phrase originates it always has a similar meaning.