The Image of Baphomet: Upsetting Folks Since 1855.

Hello ATS,

Are you familiar with this image?

It has been used to death, right? It has been used by heavy metal bands and by publishers of shiny books on the ‘occult’ and right now the image is
gracing a mildly controversial ad that sometimes comes up on the ATS homepage.

This will be old news to some, but for those that do not know or possibly have a passing interest in what the big deal is, I thought that I would go
over the image in the hopes of letting the air out of it.

The image of Baphomet, as you see it posted there, was created by ‘Eliphas Levi’ in 1855 and published in his book Dogme et Rituel de la Haute
( The Dogman and Ritual of High Magic).

Eliphas Levi’s real name was Alphonse Louis Constant and he was the son of a Paris shoemaker.
Alphonse was planning to be a Catholic priest but he ended up falling for a girl. He wrote and circulated some ‘radical’ tracts after that and was
imprisoned a couple of times for his efforts.

The thing to realize when considering the Baphomet image, as created by ‘Levi’ and posted above, is that it is a product of its time and the
zeitgeist thereof. The era that sort of comprised the 75 years or so from 1850 to 1925 was greatly
characterized by a world interest and fascination with the hidden and the occult. Europe and America were just beginning to learn about the mysterious
‘East’ and Egypt. It was incredibly fashionable.

Freemasonry was super popular and it was especially popular to be involved in some type of ‘Templarized’ Freemasonry and, for instance, there
is the Grand Orient de France founded in 1733.

It is important to know this while trying to place ‘Levi’s’ image in perspective. Because Alphonse was trying to sell books and blow minds. All
of the authors of this stuff from that era were vying to be the authority on the Hermetic Mysteries and Alchemy. It was incredibly fashionable.

That is all that you are really seeing there. He was trying to sell books. Just like anyone else that has ever or is even now using the image. Another
good example of how the impact of the image has been exploited, is shown in how it was used as a lever to propel the bogus Albert Pike quote from the
Taxil Hoax in the 1890’s.

I am sure that there are other examples. My whole point is that Levis image was meant to impress from the beginning, Levi couches the presentation of
the thing as though it is supposed to be ‘revelatory’, but really it is just a bunch of fiction out of his head meant to sell books and garner
credibility and attention.

In other words the image has no lineage before or beyond ‘Eliphas Levi’. It is completely a product of his imagination.

I will not, at the moment, post Levi’s own writing concerning his baphomet, but, I would just like to express a couple of things concerning Levi’s
book and this image that it contains (posted above) as it stands as a literary entity.

Firstly, I hope I have made it clear that this image is entirely the creation of Levi and despite what he has to say about it, it seems not likely at
all and totally unverifiable as to whether or not he was drawing the knowledge from some ‘source’ ancient or otherwise.

Secondly, it is important to keep in mind that the Grand Daddy of literary hoaxes, Aleister Crowley, was all over the translations of Levi into
English, this makes the whole thing suspect IMO.

Thirdly: any ‘statements’ made by Templars concerning the appearance and other details of the supposed baphomet of the Templars came under duress, at
best, and anyway, we are never going to know or even really get around the arguments, I have come to believe, anyhow, so why should we believe Levi?
After all, that is what he claims to be showing us, in the end, the actual image ‘worshiped’ by the Templars.

So if no one has done so in 157 years, I call bull#, there is no way that Levi could possibly know, even if there was a Baphometa.

So there ya go, ATS, don’t let the silly old goat footed thing bug you, if it does.


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