The Goat of Mendes or Baphomet, whom the Templars were accused of worshipping, is a Goat Headed deity, being formed of both male and female principles, with a Caduceus of Mercury in oplace of its Phallus. One arm points up and one down, with the Latin ‘Solve et Coagula’ meaning: ‘flow and ebb’. This is Not the image of a Christian Devil but a symbol of the ancient Alchemists representing Nature and natures God being a Combination & Balance of Male and Female forces, light and darkness, moisture and dryness. The very principle of Hermes Trismegitus: As Above So Below” is what is symbolized by Baphomet.
– Manly P. Hall
If Manly P. Halls’ interpretation is correct this means that the symbol in part represents polarity, and many sub-laws which fall under the category of polarity. Polarity (also known as duality) is the concept that everything in the physical world has its 2 poles of existence. A simple example is that of Dark and Light- with total light being one end of the pole and complete absence of light being the other. Polarity states that these two extremes are actually the same thing only at a different measurement.
Male and female would be another example, or more accurately masculine and feminine, being that men and women express characteristics of both. This is why in alchemy the hermaphrodite is the symbol of what can be attained through absolute perfection. Not because we actually want to be physically both male and female, but it is a metaphor for the balance of both energies. This is the goal of the alchemical process when it applies to the human form.
It could be argued with this logic that for an alchemist to perform his work on whichever substance he is using (physical, mental or spiritual) the answer to transmuting the substance e.g. transforming lead into gold, would come from finding the opposing force to the substance being used.
Using esoteric logic it would appear that Baphomet is not a Satanic symbol, but a symbol of the alchemical process open to many levels of different interpretations. Please share this article if you agree and feel free to share your perspective in the comments section.
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