reply to post by AfterInfinity
Baphomet isn't a god, It's a symbol. The Baphomet symbolizes all of the formulæ for occult sciences; an androgynous representation of the
destructive, creative, and neutralizing energies of the universe as controlled through the masculine and feminine vessels. Any acolytes to any order,
who actually honor Baphomet as a god, and not as a vessel for occult wisdom, are technically doing it wrong. Dozens of other gods, and their divine
functions, went into the construction of the Baphomet idol.
reply to post by XsweetNspiceyX
Actually, the Horned God of Wicca, like Baphomet, is also an amalgamation of a variety of figures. The most prevalent being: Pan of Arcadia, the god
of joy, lust, and nature; Cernunnos from the Romano-Celts which, scholarly, exists on only one cauldron, but may be based on the Indo-Iranian god
Pashupati who evolved into the Hindu Vishnu; and Herne the Hunter from the works of Shakespeare.
A host of other masculine deities were later absorbed as Wicca extended beyond being just a school of philosophy in the Celtic Revival. You are
correct though, in assuming that Pan was one of the primary figures which the Christians demonized in order to create an image for their adversary,
Looks like EVERYONE needs to do more research.
OP, your sigil there combines a number of independent symbols:
Inward spiral - destructive force which breaks down.
Outward spiral - creative force which builds up.
A cross signifying the cardinal directions, and planes of reality.
The Moon to represent the Divine Feminine: Water and Earth; wisdom and security.
The Sun to represent the Divine Masculine: Fire and Air; will and inspiration.
The Pentagram is obviously the four elements in tune with spirit.
The Triangle, in Occult circles, is a tool of summoning, a way to hold prisoner invoked forces.
The Ram's head is also, most likely, part of the sigil's effect. Meant to draw the viewer's attention, and help them focus on the symbolism and it's
meaning. A balance really, is what I get. Whomever designed this glyph sees "Diablo" not as evil, sinful, or an aggressor; but as a magician, one who
has balanced and conquered the ethereal forces of the Occultist and the Mystic. By chance, this glyph wasn't found among the pages of the Joy of Satan
Ministries, was it? It reminds me a lot of what I've seen on their forums.
~ Wandering Scribe
edit on 27/2/13 by Wandering Scribe because: spelling