Sigil of baphomet. The Sigil Of The Baphomet is the official symbol of the Church of Satan. Some notes on its meaning, structure and history, and on the pentacle and upturned (inverted) pentacle. Baphomet This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: Baphomet. Rate this symbol: (4.00 / 5 votes) Upon first glance, this image seems like the quintessential portrait of the devil. It certainly has demonic symbolism attached to it, but the history of Baphomet and how. Kissclipart offers about 57 Sigil Of Baphomet transparent png images & cliparts. You can filter Sigil Of Baphomet images by transparent, by license and by color.

The Sigil of Baphomet is the official insignium of the Church of Satan. It is also a symbol that is used by several other organizations, usually those associated with Satanism and the Left-Hand Path.

The squatting Hebrew letters at each of the points of the pentagram read 'לִוְיָתָן' starting from the lowest point and reading counter-clockwise. Translated, this is Leviathan (LVIThN), a sea creature that originated from Judaic mythology. The image of Leviathan has many complex meanings, many of which apply to its use in the Sigil of Baphomet, most notably because Leviathan is commonly associated with Satan in Christian beliefs. This symbol originally had no connection to Satan, Christianity or the devil until the Spanish Inquisition, when any pagan symbol, religion, or practice was considered 'The Devil's Work'.

Although versions of the Sigil of Baphomet appear as early as the 1897 book La Clef de la Magie Noire by Stanislas de Guaita, the variant in common use by the Church of Satan is known as the Hell's Kitchen Baphomet, a slightly modified version of an original which appeared on the cover Maurice Bessy's 1964 book A Pictorial History of Magic and the Supernatural. This design created by Bessy was inspired by the Oswald Wirth Baphomet design created in 1930.[1] The Church of Satan Baphomet, according to the CoS, is copyrighted and cannot legally be reproduced without their permission in conjunction with the Church of Satan name.[2] However, historic versions are in the public domain, many of which are virtually identical to the one employed by the Church of Satan.

In an interview with Wikinews, High Priest Peter H. Gilmore described the meaning of the symbol:

The goat face represents carnality. In ancient Egypt goats were considered representations as god symbols of lust, and we think lust is an important factor of biology that keeps humanity going so we value that. The five-pointed star really comes from the Pythagoreans. That is the one figure in which every element is within the golden mean of each other. It’s this wonderful mathematical symbol of perfection, organic perfection specifically. Since we are organic life and enjoy the idea of perfecting ourselves, that star is right for us in there and it perfectly fits the goat head inside. Now around it are two circles, one at the tip of the points of the star and one outside. In that are Hebrew characters starting at the bottom and going counter-clockwise spelling Leviathan. In Hebrew mythology, Leviathan was the great dragon of the abyss, this powerful earthly figure that even Yahweh was afraid of. So all these things taken together creates a symbol that Anton LaVey identified with Satanism specifically. When he started the Church of Satan, usually upside down crosses were considered Satanic, and he saw that these different elements and felt this was a positive symbol you could tie to the Satanism he was creating.[3]

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  1. 'The Sigil of Satan'. ChurchofSatan.com. http://www.churchofsatan.com/Pages/BaphometSigil.html. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  2. 'The Sigil of Satan'. ChurchofSatan.com. http://www.churchofsatan.com/Pages/BaphometSigil.html. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  3. David Shankbone (November 5, 2007). 'Satanism: An interview with Church of Satan High Priest Peter Gilmore'. Wikinews. http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Satanism:_An_interview_with_Church_of_Satan_High_Priest_Peter_Gilmore. Retrieved 2009-07-29.

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The white-on-black rendition of the Sigil of Baphomet
The original 'Samael/Lilith' version

The Sigil of Baphomet is the official insignia of the Church of Satan.[1][2][3] It first appeared on the cover of The Satanic Mass LP in 1968 and later on the cover of The Satanic Bible in 1969.[4] The sigil has been called a 'material pentagram' representational of carnality and earthy principles.[5] The Church describes the symbol as the '...preeminent visual distillation of the iconoclastic philosophy of Satanism.'

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In the literature and imagery predating LaVey, imagery used to represent the 'Satanic' is denoted by inverted crosses and blasphemous parodies of Christian art. The familiar goat's head inside an inverted pentagram did not become the foremost symbol of Satanism until the founding of the Church of Satan in 1966.[6] The original goat pentagram containing the Hebrew letters at the five points of the pentagram spelling out Leviathan (לויתן) first appeared in the book La Clef de la Magie Noire by French occultist Stanislas de Guaita, in 1897. This symbol was later used in Maurice Bessy's book A Pictorial History of Magic and the Supernatural,[7] with the words 'Samael' and 'Lilith' removed.

During his years of research into the 'black arts', LaVey had come across this book and added it to his collection. When he chose to turn his magic circle, the Order of the Trapezoid, into the Church of Satan, he decided that the symbol was the one which most fully embodied the principles which were the bedrock of the Satanic church. Contrary to claims made against the Church by detractors, LaVey never claimed to have created this particular symbol.[6] In its formative years, this particular version of the symbol was utilized by the Church on membership cards, stationary, medallions and most notably above the altar in the ritual chamber of the Black House. During the writing of The Satanic Bible, it was decided that a unique version of the symbol should be rendered to be identified exclusively with the Church. The complete graphic now known as the Sigil of Baphomet, named such for the first time in LaVey's The Satanic Rituals, first appeared on the cover of The Satanic Mass LP in 1968 and later on the cover of The Satanic Bible in 1969.[4] This version was drawn by LaVey and attributed to 'Hugo Zorilla' (a pseudonym used by LaVey in some of his art).[8]

The sigil, when combined with the text 'The First Church ov Satan', was previously trademarked by the Church of Satan, but the trademark was abandoned in 2000.[9]

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  1. ^'Extraordinary Goats: Meetings with Remarkable Goats, Caprine Wonders & Horned Troublemakers'. google.com.
  2. ^'Grimoires: A History of Magic Books'. google.com.
  3. ^'The Sigil of Satan'. ChurchofSatan.com. Retrieved 2012-11-10.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ abLewis 2001, pp. 20–21. sfn error: no target: CITEREFLewis2001 (help)
  5. ^Lewis & Controversial New Religions, pp. 417. sfn error: no target: CITEREFLewisControversial_New_Religions (help)
  6. ^ abLewis 2002, p. 20. sfn error: no target: CITEREFLewis2002 (help)
  7. ^Original French: Histoire en 1000 images de la magie, 1961; English edition first published in 1964
  8. ^Partridge, Christopher (2006-06-20). The Re-Enchantment of the West, Vol 2: Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture and Occulture. A&C Black. ISBN9780567041234.
  9. ^'THE FIRST CHURCH OV SATAN'. Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved October 7, 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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