reply to post by pepsi78
Hi Pepsi 78
It seems you are a tad confused about the idea of Baphomet (Sophia / Wisdom) and the Freemasons and their 33rd Degree which impinges upon the use of
the term and the image of Baphomet in the rite...
Again, the term BAPHOMET (‘wisdom’) is a reverse Gematrial ATBASH cipher for SOPHIA (and is often represented as a horned goat with a pentagram on
its forehead and hooves – thereby giving mediaeval imagination to the idea of an antichristian Devil picture…but obscuring the idea of it being a
Solar Creative Fertility Deity not unlike the hooved god Pan (Gk. For ‘Nature’ or, lit. ‘The All’)
Here is the Mishphar AtBash Hebrew Letters which show that Baphomet is Sophia- with the letters ‘reversed’ i.e. going from Aleph to Tav making
them 'Tav to Aleph' and also reversing their values too
'Aleph = Tav = 400
Beth = Shin = 300
Gimmel = Resh = 200
Daled = Quph = 100
He = Tsadeh = 90
Vav = Phe = 80
Tzayin = 'Qayin = 70
Chet = Samek = 60
Tet = Nun = 50
Yod = Mem = 40
Kaph = Lamed = 30
Lamed = Kaph = 20
Mem = Yod = 10
Nun = Mem = 9
Samek = Chet = 8
'Qayin = Zayin = 7
Phe = Vav = 6
Tsadeh = He = 5
Quph = Daled = 4
Resh = Gimmel = 3
Shin-Sin = Beth = 2
Tav = 'Aleph = 1
Thus: S-V-Ph-Y-A (Samek – Vav – Phe – Tod – Aleph) (=SOPHIA ‘wisdom’ or ‘understanding’)
= B-P-V-M-T (Beth – Phe – Vav – Mem – Tav) (=BAPHOMET)
Where here the Hebrew letter Vav is (traditionally) used for the long O vowel. (it can be used for the vowel U as well..)
Here is a quote from Manly P. Hall regarding BAPHOMET (which he equates with the Bringer of the Light i.e. the sun god, i.e. LUCI-FER (lit. ‘bearer
of the Lux, or Light’) , which is the same Title that used also for ‘Jesus’ in the so-called Book of Revelation, aka the Apocalypse of Yohanon
the Levite (see Rev. 22:16 and 2:28) and in the anonymous Greek Epistle of 2nd ‘Peter’ 1:19)
"The Day has come when every Fellow Craftsman of Freemasonry must know and apply their Secret Wisdom.
The lost Key to their grade is the total Mastery of Emotion, which places the energy of the Universe at their unlimited disposal.
Man can only expect to be entrusted with great power by proving his ability to use it constructively and selflessly. When the Mason learns that the
key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his CRAFT.
The seething energies of BAPHOMET are in his hands, and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply the Energy
of the Light Bringer himself, even LUCIFER.
He must follow in the footsteps of his forefather, Tubal-Cain, who with the mighty strength of the Warrior god hammered his sword into a plowshare."
--Manly P. Hall, 33rd Degree Mason, K.T., The Lost Keys of Freemasonry or The Secret of Hiram Abiff
It is interesting that the title LUCIFER is generally now attributed to the bad-god or devil of the Christians, as opposed to its original title of
‘bringer of the light’ represented often by either the SUN or by the planet VENUS which planet appears at its brightest often just before sunrise,
thereby drawing the sun or light in its train…
‘Illumination’ (i.e. being illuminated by Gnosis or Sophia or Wisdom etc.) was a tenet of the Ancient Mystery religions e.g. the ‘Mysteries of
Attis & Kubaba’ or the ‘Mysteries of Persephone & Kora’ (i.e. the Eleusian Mysteries) or the ‘Mysteries of Wusir & Hapi (or, Osiris & Apis
aka Serapis) or the Mysteries of Aset & Wusir’ (Isis & Osiris) or the Mysteries of Dionysius or the ‘Mysteries of Zeus Pater’ (i.e. Jupiter)
or the Mysteries of Orpheus or the ‘Mysteries of Mithras’ or the ‘Mysteries of Christ’ even…
I am not sure you are understanding any of this basic connexion between the Masonic BAPHOMET Goat Image with its 33rd Degree Ritual & the idea of
'Illumination' connected with SOPHIA ('wisdom' or 'arcane knowledge') from what you wrote just now…
Let me know if you need any more clarification about these links between them - and there are plenty of them to share on this thread if you really
want to see them !