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There are several theories concerning the origins of the name of Baphomet. The most common explanation claims that it is an Old French corruption of the name of Mohammed (which was Latin-ized to “Mahomet”) – the Prophet of Islam.
“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”. [1. Eliphas Levi, Dogmes et Rituels de la Haute Magie]
Arkon Daraul, an author and teacher of Sufi tradition and magic argued that Baphomet came from the Arabic word Abu fihama(t), meaning “The Father of Understanding”. [2. Arkon Daraul, A History of Secret Societies]
Dr. Hugh Schonfield, whose work on the Dead Sea Scrolls is well-known, developed one of the more interesting theories. Schonfield, who had studied a Jewish cipher called the Atbash cipher, which was used in translating some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, claimed that when one applied the cipher to the word Baphomet, it transposed into the Greek word “Sophia”, which means ” knowledge” and is also synonymous with “goddess”.
Baphomet’s hands form the “sign of Hermetism” – which is a visual representation of the Hermetic axiom “As Above, So Below”. This dictum sums up the whole of the teachings and the aims of Hermetism, where the microcosm (man) is as the macrocosm (the universe). Therefore, understanding one equals understanding the other.
A chronicler of the First Crusade, Raymond of Aguilers, called the mosques Bafumarias. The name Bafometz later appeared around 1195 in the Occitan poem "Senhors, per los nostres peccatz" by the troubadour Gavaudan. Around 1250 a poem bewailing the defeat of the Seventh Crusade by Austorc d'Aorlhac refers to Bafomet. De Bafomet is also the title of one of four surviving chapters of an Occitan translation of Ramon Llull's earliest known work, the Libre de la doctrina pueril, "book on the instruction of children".
originally posted by: StallionDuck
Last night I couldn't sleep worth a damn as I kept waking up all night long. Somewhere in all of that, I had the strangest dream. It was as a cutout that you would see in an old book. The background was a vivid old yellow/gold and the image was of baphomet in the classic right fingers up, horned and eerie.
originally posted by: Unresponsible
There is another idea floating around that Baphomet (and other related horned deities) are actually a representation of Moses. Early translations of his experience with the burning bush had him coming down the mountain with cracked, broken skin and an earlier mistranslation instead referred to him as being "horned".
Thus some early depictions of Moses as a horned man, and the rest evolved from there.
Or so I've read, anyway.
But it does kind of jive with some of the other imagery in your dream; the ruined landscape, the snakes, fire and desert creatures.
originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: StallionDuck
So what does the image/concept of Bapho mean to you?
The dream seems to have had an undercurrent of trying to save something you value. There also seemed to have been a fear of loneliness represented by the isolation you'd face when the fires went out and looking for survivors.
What do lizards and scorpions mean to you? To me, neither would represent positive values, but you might relate to the symbolism of one or the other in a positive way. They could reflect aspects in your mind or life that present two difficult choices with one being the lesser evil.
Keeping the fire going could be an ideal or a relationship. Is there a looming life change coming? Moving away, losing someone close? Are you, perhaps, in your early 20s and going through that transition of leaving childhood behind?