I’m really pleased that hundreds of people have taken the time to read this blog and check out the teaser trailer for our forthcoming book. So just to give you a flavour of what you can expect within the covers…
The Book of Baphomet is an exploration of the many-faces of this weird, hybrid, paradoxical entity. The etymological genesis of the word ‘Baphomet’ in the last days of the Knights Templar is part of the story. So too is the development of Freemasonry, of Natural Philosophy, and of the experimental approach to decoding The Book of Nature which we call science. Baphomet forms a critical component of the soil from which springs Thelema, modern Satanism and Witchcraft.
In its form of the horned God Baphomet strides onto the stage of contemporary Paganism. A symbol of the continuity of all life-forms, Baphomet is a deity fit for an age where our world view owes much more to Darwin than it does to Deuteronomy.
The Book of Baphomet is also a personal account. The tale of two chaos magicians in their quest to re-vision Baphomet; a tale of ritual magick, of sex, and of strange drugs. This is a story which includes a horned figure dancing on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square, the secret cave of a heretical Hertfordshire cult and the laboratories of modern ecological science.
From the environmental and cultural meltdown of the early 21st century Baphomet rises. Symbol of the interconnectedness of humanity and nature, this roaring, swirling chaos of forms points our way, as a species, to the stars.
“It is a very fine book, in which your two voices form a harmonious whole, and which manages to interweave cosmology, history, science, autobiography and drugs in a very effective way which probably nobody else could have managed.” Professor Ronald Hutton.