The Devil Wears Powdered Wigs: Satan, America and the Illuminati
So I saw on a video somewhere that September 23rd was the day that Satan allegedly received full reign over the earth, per the “End Times” believers.
I found that to be somewhat confusing, because I saw another YouTube video (this is precisely why I don’t watch YouTube videos, btw… lol) that said the unveiling of the statue of Satan in Detroit was the signal that Satan had taken full reign over the earth. Eh, July 29th.. September 23rd… whatever. Dates are relative.
So, for a brief moment, let’s have a look at this from a historical, rational, and symbolic perspective. Oh, you’re going to LEARN something today. *Devilish Grin*
First of all, here’s the alleged “statue of Satan” unveiled in Detroit:
For the record – the figure depicted here is NOT Satan. It is Baphomet.
Second of all, the Baphomet here isn’t an accurate depiction. Baphomet is a hermaphrodite, and this guy is missing his moobs, among other things. *Angry Face*
Most people know Baphomet as a symbol of Satanism and assume that it has always been so from the beginning. That’s not the case.
The Church of Satan adopted Baphomet as it’s symbol when it was founded in 1966, but the word Baphomet has been in existence since the 1300s (much in the same way that Hitler adopted the swastika as the symbol for the Nazis, which was originally a Hindu symbol for good fortune that had been in existence for thousands of years.)
Most scholars agree that the word “Baphomet” originated from (surprise, surprise) someone fucking up the pronunciation of another name in another language. That name just happens to be Muhammad. As in the prophet of Islam. Also spelled by the infidels as “Mahomet.” (A book was published in 1818 by Henry Hallam detailing the transformation of Muhammad to Baphomet.)
A French templar Knight wrote a poem in which spelled it “Bafometz.” At the time, there was nothing Satanic associated with it, however Muslims were considered “pagans” by Christian standards because, well, everyone who wasn’t a Christian was going to hell (some things never change).
When the Templars started to be persecuted by the church, the accusations were that they were worshipping
So, other than the fact that the Church of Satan randomly (or not so randomly, I suspect they enjoyed the symbolism) chose Baphomet as their mascot, it’s got no actual historical or theological ties to Satan.
Fun Facts About The Church of Satan
Members of the Church of Satan don’t actually believe in Satan, and therefore they are not devil worshippers. In fact, they don’t believe in the devil and they get pretty annoyed when you attempt to equate them as being one and the same. They are atheists. And their FAQ page is rather hilarious, and I highly suggest perusing if you’re bored at work and killing time… unless your work is monitoring your browsing history, in which case reading up on the Church of Satan might cause some discomfort and strange looks in the break room…
But Back to Baphomet
The same year Hallam published his book, another man – an occult enthusiast interested in the ties of the Templars to Freemasonry, published his works resurrecting the story of the Templars and Baphomet.
A few years later, in 1856, the name Baphomet was pulled from the ashes once again as Eliphas Levi illustrated him in his own book on the occult, called the “Sabbatic Goat”, which contains binary elements representing the “sum total of the universe” (e.g. male and female, above and below, human and animal, good and evil, etc.).
From that moment on, this image has been permanently linked with the term “Baphomet” even though they were created over 500 years apart and Levi based his writings and drawings primarily on fantasy and less on facts.
Still, from then on, most images of Baphomet and the Devil in general were based on Levi’s drawing.
Levi called his drawing “The Baphomet of Mendes”. He based this on the writings of Herodotus who reported the worship of a Goat-headed deity Banebdjed in the ancient Egyptian city of Mendes. Hence the term “The Goat of Mendes”. (Source: Occultcenter.com)
Occultists throughout the following years continued building on Levi’s work.
The Occult is not a CULT
Now, before we move on – I have to make the distinction here between “the occult” and a “cult”. When people hear the term “occult” they often picture people standing around a pentagram in a basement worshipping the devil or some weird, oppressive group of people who brainwash you. Well, not exactly…
This definition is, for all intents and purposes, pretty similar to that of metaphysics – the study of the nature of reality (sometimes the hidden nature of reality), which is why the occult and the new age movement tend to interweave fairly frequently.
The “occult” includes mystical orders and secret societies such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the philosophy of Thelema as created by famed occultist (and oft misrepresented “devil worshipper”) Aleister Crowley, Rosicrucianism, Zoroastrianism, and yes, even the mystical versions of Freemasonry and the Illuminati.
But back to Satan signing his lease on this apartment we call “Earth” as of September 23rd – or July 29th – whichever…
So anyway, the fact that the Church of Satan, full of people who don’t believe in an actual Satan, unveiling a statue that isn’t even of Satan in Detroit is supposed to be a symbol that Satan has taken control of the world is kind of funny, don’t you think?
Knowledge of the Hidden: Baphomet’s Occult Symbolism
I already mentioned some of the symbolism present in the depiction of Baphomet above, but there’s even more that’s evident in the original drawing:
“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 Hermeticism, 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 ugly 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.” [3. Eliphas Levi, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie]
“As Above, So below”
This is depicted by the two hands pointing up and down. This is a popular hermetic principle depicting balance and harmony in the universe, that what is below is the same as what is above. Humans are the same as God, and God is the same as humans. We are one.
This can also be translated to “as within, so without” – that the world outside is a reflection of what is inside.
The Balance of Yin & Yang
You’ll also notice the two crescent moons being pointed to – one of which is light, one of which is dark. The light is above, the dark is below.
One could interpret this to depict that the “darkness” only exists here, below, on earth, and yet it is the same as what is above. The light.
I already talked about the symbolism of the Moon in a previous post and how it represents the shadow self and the need for balance. The sun and the moon are also representations of the masculine and feminine, just as the yin and yang.
The Latin phrase “Solve Coagula” is written across the arms. Solve means “separate” and coagula means “join together.” As above, so below, what is separate joins together. We, the people of earth are ONE with each other and God.
The caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology, which has two snakes that wrap around it and wings at the top. It also represents the planet Mercury (as Hermes is equated with the Roman god Mercury, the messenger God and planet of communication in astrology).
The symbol of caduceus appears in many cultures outside of Greece, including ancient Egypt, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Some occultists believe that the caduceus is symbolic of the Kundalini energy which rises from the base of the spine up through the chakras and connects humans to their God-self.
Take those two symbols together and you learn the mechanics behind how we commune with the universe.
The Upright Pentagram
The upright pentagram represents the spirit presiding over the four elements of matter – earth, fire, air and water.
For shits and grins – the inverted pentagram that everybody thinks is “evil” is, in some belief systems, simply representative of the order of things (spirit presiding over matter) being out of balance and turned on it’s head – in other words, matter is presiding over spirit (a.k.a. materialism…). In other belief systems, it just represents the spirit’s descent into matter (incarnation).
Note the pentagram’s placement over the third eye/brow chakra. When the third eye is open, spirit is presiding over matter and the soul is in control – awakened, aligned, enlightened, living consciously. When the pentagram is inverted, it would be representative of the third eye being closed, and living unconsciously.
Baphomet’s symbolism embodies the alchemical process of balance and unifying opposing elements – the basis of magick and enlightenment, from the occult standpoint. The symbol has both male and female parts, human and animal – as “God” is both male and female.
Baphomets in Disguise
You’ll find the same symbolism found within Baphomet ALL OVER THE DAMN PLACE.
In the tarot…
In ancient Greece and Rome…(although they are technically the precursors to Baphoment, containing the same symbolisms in different combinations).
In Christian artwork… (Yes, that would be your homeboy, Jesus)
And even in Washington:
Given the above representation, the fact that Washington was a Mason, and the Masonic ties to Baphomet (however accidental), it’s really no wonder that there’s a huge chunk of people out there who are largely ignorant of occult symbolism and history who think that Baphomet is Satan, and that America is run by a devil-worshipping secret group of Free Masons also known as the Illuminati.
They want to hate ‘Merica so hard, they’re looking for devils in George Washington’s hair…
(^ I’ve been staring at this thing for 20 minutes and I still don’t see a damn thing.)
The irony of it all is that it’s evangelicals who fuel most of this paranoia. The founding principle of the original Illuminati was to combat religion, particularly the Catholic church, and foster rationalism in it’s place.
The thing that connects the Illuminati to Freemasonry is that members of the Illuminati were Freemasons gone rogue, who allegedly re-infiltrated the Freemasons after their short-lived club fell apart.
The Illuminati’s goal from it’s founding was to remove the church’s influence from government…and perhaps society. In that view, the church – you know, the corrupt church that’s been allegedly controlling humanity for so long – is the Darth Vader to the Illuminati’s (and other secret societies’) Luke Skywalker.
Unless of course you ARE an evangelical, in which case, you know, America was founded on Christian principles and such they are just trying to remove “God” from the equation (even though the majority of the founding fathers were deists rather than Christians and students of the European Enlightenment – the same one that spawned people like Weishaupt, who coincidentally founded the Illuminati the very same year and just two months and three days prior to our founding fathers birthing America in 1776).
So, backing up to that video suggesting that “Satan” has taken over control of the earth – obviously enlightenment, a return to true spirituality, and leading the planet away from religious tyranny is quite the threat to organized religion. So wouldn’t it be convenient for the church to spin it all as “Satanic” to keep the people in a state of fear, and lead everyone to believe that the Illuminati and other occult organizations who keep the truth of the “sacred hidden knowledge” of spirituality are evil, devil-worshipping control freaks out to take over the world?
And wouldn’t it also be convenient to paint a picture of ascension that ought to be a joyous thing into some kind of horrible, hellfire and brimstone event to be feared?
Just a few rhetorical questions to get you thinking.
For anyone interested in learning more about the connections between all of the occult groups and secret societies with enlightenment and spirituality, I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Secret History of the World by Mark Booth (a.k.a. Jonathan Black).
Ok, one more Vader pic…
Ok, ok… just one more:
My first reaction to the reading was WOW. Your words captured a theme woven into my life right now. The reading has emboldened me to take back my power and inspired me to research some books, get back to meditating and provided a focus.Dina