I apologize for my recent lull in posts. I was busy compiling my newest published booklet, The Book of the Black Goat. It’s available on my Lulu.com Author Spotlight for 2.49. It explains the origins of Baphomet as a mythological figure, and a thorough overview of how to harness Him for occult ritual purposes.
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“… [general scholarly consensus agrees that] Baphomet is, in fact, a French corruption of the name Muhammad, the holy prophet of Islam. Some Templar groups, who oversaw decades-long military occupations in the Outremer (meaning “overseas;” the name for the Crusader States established after the First Crusade: the County of Edessa, the Principality of Antioch, the County of Tripoli and the Kingdom of Jerusalem), began to incorporate Islamic philosophies and practices into their belief system. Upon their return to Christendom, they were branded heretics. This xenophobia lead to a widespread campaign of misinformation against the Islamic faith. Medieval Christians, for example, falsely believed that Muslims worshiped Muhammad as a god in the form of idols. These idols, called mahomet, later became mammet, the English term for an idol or false god.
To select Baphomet as a patron deity is, in essence, to select no patron deity. Baphomet fosters and encourages communication with Gods of all kinds, conventional and Hidden, Demonic or Angelic. Adherents of Baphomet are encouraged to study the literature, beliefs, and faith systems of other religions and adopt whatever of their mannerisms makes communion with Baphomet the easiest and most intuitive.
Communing with Baphomet Himself, rather than merely inviting His handiwork, is tricky, because by His nature He prefers to go unseen. He prefers to be spoken through by others, rather than spoken to. When contact with Him is successful, His messages can be vague, cryptic, or spoken in a language the individual may not understand. Bring a pencil and notepad to write down your stream-of-conscious experience for later examination. Many witches keep this information in a Book of Shadows, a consecrated tome in which they record all of their ritual workings. It need not be an affair of great pomp and circumstance. This shy God prefers to appear in places of isolation and total darkness – the more overcast, starless and pitch black it is, the more likely He is to heed your summons. Places in nature, such as hiking trails and camp grounds far from other people, are preferable locations.”