Baphomets in the High Street!

As I walked through the crowds on New Year’s Eve, and looked around on the last day of term before Xmas, I saw a strange sight in the streets; dozens of young people dressed as animals. Pandas, dogs, cats, tigers, bears, reindeer, wandering the high street with human faces. Inverse Egyptian deities, they embody the deep seated need for humans to be animals.

The Baphometic current is strong in these children of those of us who grew up with the plethora of wildlife upon our screens courtesy of that great demi-god, David Attenborough. They are happy to align themselves with the fur covered bodies of their relatives. While a few mythological creatures appear, with dragons a favourite, alongside various odd coloured monster types, the overwhelming majority of onesies depict real life mammals.

Contrasting with the cosplay/furry/otherkin mindsets, onesie wearing does not change the human centred internal identity of the wearers. They go shopping, talk with friends, attend school, go out with family and friends to watch fireworks, lounge on their sofas surfing the web, and generally do normal stuff. Teenagers go out of an evening to pubs and clubs as lions or zebras with scarcely a second glance from their companions who wear jeans or dresses. Ordinary people, that simply look like animals.

Baphomet is conventionally represented by a human figure with furry legs, and the head of a horned mammal. In aeons past, the costuming of the human head was our way of identifying with the animals around us, as we tried to put their intelligences onto our bodies that we might learn from them. Then, for thousands of years, we only used animal costumes rarely, and human animals became distant figures absent from our daily lives. Nowadays, we seem to prefer to dress up the body as animal, placing our human selves into the animal kingdom while still human; this change betokens a flip in relations with Nature, keeping our own individual faces while simultaneously dressing ourselves as mammals, and not in human clothes.

Does today’s surge of identification with animals (manifested in the onesie craze) emerge from a deeper felt need to come out as ‘animal’? Or does it merely reflect the popularity in mainstream culture of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’?

Max

A human animal, in the wild

I tend towards the former view; young adults today (in this island at least) are well aware of their common ancestry with all mammals, and must have a greater sense of kinship with their cousins than previous generations who, even for those of us in our 40s, were brought up with the Book story of Adam’s dominion over the beasts as an early childhood formative legend. We were told we were different, above the animal kingdom, unique, special and better. Today’s youth has had Life On Earth available to them on DVDs and other media since birth. They know in their bones that humans are just another form of the flourishing of this Life. This is their Normal.

They know their place.

This heartens me greatly: An emotional connection to our furry friends, our bluds, means a different take on issues such as ‘the environment’; when ‘those creatures over there’ fit within the terminology of ‘us’, we make different choices. Whether this might affect future decisions on behaviour, or influence policy decisions, I do not know, though it seems like a positive change of perspective.

As with all such cultural shifts, the phenomenon itself became possible only through the appearance of technologies which allow it to occur. Fluffy fabrics easily manufactured en masse, and distributed across the world, were not a feasible option a century ago, hence the fads for various real animal furs added to clothing. Whilst the clothing industry of here and now does have many ethical questions to answer, the days of thousands of beavers etc slaughtered to satisfy fashion are long gone. The recent abandonment of angora by so many stores, shows we do not like to feel that actual animals have been treated cruelly in the production of clothing items.

Will we one day see onesies depicting other branches of the animal kingdom, or members of the plant/fungi/microbe kingdoms? No one can say. However I feel it is only a matter of time before we see starfish, oak trees, and fly agarics shopping in the High Street, and I look forward to that immensely.

NW

On Building the Body of God

Baphomet. The perfect synthesised deity for the Modern Age, right? The God powerful enough, forceful enough, cunning enough, subtle enough… to break the stultifying force that sits over the world.

I call it the Mundane Spell; this reality field is all around us and it is there because we tolerate it. You know the spell – Shaun of the Dead was right on the money in showing up modern society for a bunch of zombies doing the same thing over and over and ultimately accepting that that’s just how some people are. Call it the Muggle Effect, or the 9-to-5/2.4 kids Trap, the idea that we work to afford the car we don’t want and the house we have to buy near the job we hate so we can get to work the next day…

Baphometic body

Baphometic body (by the talented Luke Brown)

So why is the Mundane Spell even here? You can pick your cause. Did the Demiurge install it to stem the rising tide of self-aware proto-Gods achieving the Pleroma? Is it a natural reaction to the attainment of Samadhi by the select few, that the many must be lashed to the wheel of Samsara even harder? Are people just apathetic dicks? You decide.

Of course, we are all the cool kids who took the red pill, “escaped”, and are capable of Dreaming a Dream all around us which is better than that terrible Spell. Or at least we think we are. You know what I mean – we’re okay man. We’re working on it, we’re kicking ass and taking Divine Names and assuming Godforms. We’re alright, Jacobus. Is that enough? I’m not so sure it is, because we can all look to the internal alchemy of becoming Baphomet and realising the Divine within us, but that still leaves everyone else falling behind. So let’s look at something more.

Baphomet is an amazing Deity, because it is the Godform that Ideas can assume. We create things as we go; servitors for this spell or charm, draw in Angels or Demons for that talisman or result, and build Egregores as groups. We can build a God out of these combined Egregores, Servitors, Supernatural Assistants, Fae helpers and personal Angels and Demons. Adam Kadmon for the modern age, the Age of Baphomet. What if we put all these Willed magicks together?

Now, don’t get me wrong, we do not and cannot all Will the same thing at the same time. Do we have to, though? Let me share with you a thought experiment:

“If we are all cells in the Body of God, then surely a mass of cells won’t do very much. Cells specialise, they organise, they form into tissues and organs and systems, and that is how a Body functions.”

Divine organisation

Divine organisation

Follow this along. We, the magicians and pagans and occultists and witches and wizards and druids and sorcerers, are the active cells. Everyone else is terribly important – a stomach on its own is just an empty Haggis! – but we are the vital parts, and when we come together in our own groups, we form the Organs of the Body of God. Each Tradition, Order, Lineage – each major group has a purpose, whatever it is, that is concerned with the Great Work – the conscious evolution of the human race towards godhood, one Initiate at a time. They can’t be the same, but then they should not be. We can build Baphomet, out of all of us working together, we can smash the Mundane Spell and make a real Change in the metaphysical terrain. Ultimate Victory, Great Work achieved, back home for Tea and Cakes of Light.

It’s a great theory, and I’d like to test that. To do so, I invite you to the Occult Conference 2014, held in Glastonbury next March 22nd. We will have some excellent speakers, including this Blog’s own Nikki Wyrd and Julian Vayne, and we are making a strong case for the Occult Community becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Let’s build Baphomet, and see what we can really do with Hir power. I dare you!

Sef Salem

Speaking of Baphomet

I’ve been really pleased by the response to The Book of Baphomet (affectionately know to us as ‘BoB’). In common with most authors after a while (which in this case was four years) it becomes very hard to see  your own work. I’m so familiar with the text, with all its different voices and aspects, that to me it makes perfect sense. However one can never be too sure in a situation like this, and so it was with both happiness and some measure of relief that I read the comments from our readers (some of which are on the back cover of the book).

It’s also been great to get the first lot of feedback from people I don’t know personally. The first review I’ve seen so far is HERE is not only positive but also helped both Nikki and me to appreciate the structure of the book. We’d put the sections together as they seemed to fit so it’s great to get an outside view and see that the book goes (to quote sections from the review)

The authors start at the beginning, literally. The beginning of the universe starting at the big bang, and lead you on a cinematic mind trip through the beginnings of the formation of the galaxy…

Then onto the meat of the book, the origins of the god Baphomet, beginning with the Templars…

It all comes together in the middle of the book to allow you to view the entire tapestry, and everything is made clear. It then goes on to include the Pagan Horned God and modern representations up through Caroll’s re-interpretation of the god…

Then the book takes a sharp turn from history into the realm of personal experience…

The final section of the book details practical work and gives a five week exercise (Baphomet through the Spheres) to thoroughly explore an aspect of Baphomet weekly, leading up to full invocation at week 5. 

So thanks to the piece by Skyllaros I finally understand the structure of my own work! Brilliant!

There’s another review HERE – this time I suspect I know the author but what’s lovely about this one is that it’s really an account of their own magickal work of which BoB forms a part.

And the show really isn’t over yet. There are plans afoot to create a limited edition print based on some of the artworks created during the writing of BoB. There are also plans to create a future expanded edition of BoB which will be ‘uncut’ expect more artwork, more sex and more drugs…

BoB will also be mutating into other media, hence the trailers for the book. So, for your entertainment I’ve recorded one of the sections I wrote (there are genuinely portions of the text where I can’t tell if they were written by me or by Nikki). I hope you enjoy it…

Io Baphomet!

JV

The Book of Baphomet – On sale now!

The Book of Baphomet ~ available from Mandrake of Oxford. Click here!

Something is pressing to come in, something big. That something appears beneath our history, shuddering, a great figure concealed under the fabric of reality. As it wakes, its motions send shockwaves across space-time. This thing is emerging, and human consciousness awakens to it, through it. We can see it lurking if we stride back through time, catch glimpses of its form and meaning. Some imagine it as a glittering object at the end of history. Some fear it as the incursion of abominable alien gods from the spaces between the stars. We welcome it, this force, this feeling, this enticingly ever-unveiling mystery.

Our name for this mystery is Baphomet.

Baphomet is a glyph, a word, a signal for something much larger. This glyph first appears with the persecution of The Order of the Knights Templar. It peers out at us, more than half a millennium later, horned and devilish from 19th century French occultism. It appears again within The Order of the Eastern Templars or OTO. More recently this name inflamed the minds of the founders of the Magical Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros or IOT. Now it has broken through, beyond the precincts of any one temple. This book, in part, traces the gradual emergence of this new deity. Other voices in this volume weave further strands of this entity’s rich tapestry, the tracery revealing this Spirit within the commonplace. They describe the evolution of life on our planet and the memes that swarm around the curious relationship between those counterpoints our culture has created; Humanity and Nature. It is this interwoven relationship of all that lives which we know as Baphomet.

NW & JV

PS – Don’t forget that occult geeks have a chance to win a copy HERE

Baphomet for the Win!

The final countdown is underway for the publication of The Book of Baphomet!

Our teasers end with this, the third trailer for the book, delving into the darker side of the Baphometic current.

 

The words in all three trailers are taken directly from the book; the eagle-eyed and erudite occultist will of course notice that some of the phrases are quotes from other writers, and so…

We’re giving away three signed copies of The Book of Baphomet to those geeks who can identify at least four of the authors quoted in the trailers. Please email your answer to us at BlogofBaphomet@gmail.com giving the quote, the name of the author, and the number of the trailer in which they are quoted. Special kudos/occult nerd points will also be awarded if you can tell us where the phrase originally appeared. Winners will be selected at random from the correct entries and will be anounced at our book launch in Glastonbury on the 4th of August.

So what are you waiting for?

The other trailers can be found here and here

NW JV