Subjects and Symbols - The Baphomet

The modern tattoo imaginery is often full of ancient symbols. Their roots and original meanings, are often different from what contemporary pop culture convinced us of.

I’d like to go a bit deeper on some of them, starting from one of my favourites.

The Baphomet

(pic: Eliphas Levi’s illustration, from his first book)

To talk about the Baphomet, to understand how complex and deep its roots are,  (A recent theory even see the Baphomet as the Shroud of Turin, or  Sacred Sindon) we can start from his name.

There are many theories about its origin, recurring for the first time during the inquisitions, when the templars were accused of erethic behaviour and idolatrization of a bearded figure. For some, it was just a transcription of the suffering noise from tortured templars, some sort of extorted confession from someone unable to speak.

For some others, the word “Baphomet” came from “Abu fihama” , from arab “father of unknown”. Or from greek words “Baphe” and “Metis”, that can be translated with “wisery baphtism”. Or, again. from hebraic “Behemoth”, or “beasts”.

According to Eliphas Levi, one of the greatest occultist and esoterist from the past centuries, the word Baphometh was “Tem. ohp. ab” spelled backwards, from the latin “Templi omnium hominum pacis abhas “, or “father of the universal peace among men”.

And these are just some of the most common interpretations.

(pic: Mike Moses)

As in the Eliphas Lévi’s famous illustration (from his 1897’s book, “Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie”  a modern standard for occultism) the Baphomet is usually represented as anthropomorphic figure, with a goat head and a torche on it symbolizing knowledge, a pentacle on his forehead, wings, female breast, a caduceus shaped penis, and the latin words “solve” and “coagula” on his forearms. One of the arms is supposed to be feminine, as another sign of the androgic nature of his figure. The hands (“Chesed”and“Geburah” for Levi) pose, are recalling Hermes Trismegistus principle “Whatever is below is similar to that which is above. Through this the marvels of the work of one thing are procured and perfected” (just one of its various translations, and probably the easier to understand). Each of the elements of his complex representation have been objects of studies for centuries, and would be impossible to go through all of them here (and without a specific competence).

(pic: Alex Rusty)

What we can say is that the Baphomet, as explained from Levi’s studies, is the incarnation of the top of the alchemic process, where opposite forces matches leading to (spirtual) enlightenment.

It was meant to incarnate balance, wisdom, the alchemic world itself.

In the modern imaginery, after Aleister Crowley (who claimed to be Levi’s reincarnation) used “Baphometh” as one of his names, and then Anton LaVey started using the “Baphomet Seal” (a goat  head in a reversed pentacle) as the symbol for his church of Satan, we are used to see the baphomet as pure evil, a grotesque monster, or just a nice subject for a metal band’s t-shirt. But if you ask me, the original meaning is by far the most complex, fascinating and interesting one.

(pic:Angelo Barulli)

(pic: Daniel Baczewski)

More Baphomet inspired tattoos here and here.

The dynamics of astral travel

Here I’m going to discuss how to figure out where you are in mind-space (the astral), how to travel to another location, and the dynamics thereof. Please note that this guide is not about etheric travel (out of body experiences in the physical plane) but rather focuses solely on astral travel (out of body experiences in the personal and/or collective unconscious).

When we travel on the physical plane distance is measured in length, measuring physical space between two objects or locations. On the contrary in the astral you can be walking for an eternity yet only cover a tiny bit of territory, or maybe none at all. The first difference between astral and physical travel is that in mind-space distance is measured by affinity or sympathy rather than the literal distance between two locations.

Any idea or concept can create a whole reality in the astral, bigger than anyone could explore in one lifetime. This means that even if you are travelling down a road you may not actually leave the astral space of that concept. The reality you are travelling through will have doorways to other astral spaces which are in affinity with where you are. As an example if you are travelling through the idea of “Pleasure” then there might be objects, entities, or places within this pleasure reality which will lead you to “Sex”, or “Video Games”, or maybe even “Laziness”.

The way to tell where you are in the astral is simple. Everything in the reality you are seeing will be a correspondence of the idea you are travelling through. If you don’t have a magick symbol set of correspondences then this might be a bit trickier and will require introspective analysis of each object around you. Having such a system of symbols learned will allow you to quickly orient yourself.

For example if you have memorized the correspondence tables in Liber 777 and you find yourself in a scarlet red, pentagonal room with an orange roof and Horus holding a ruby then you right away know your current astral location is the Sephira of Geburah. If I saw a boat made of amber powered by a furnace then I can guess it will lead me to the path of Cheth (connecting Geburah and Binah).

As a less systematic example I could be travelling through the reality of “Love”. There are many couples and families around me, and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves whether they are with someone or alone. Everything I see around me is beautiful and passionate, Eros (the God of Love) soars above in the skies. I find two stores side by side. From one people are walking out with delicious food, beautiful clothes, awesome trinkets and electronics. From the other come out lovers more enamoured with eachother than any I’ve seen before, they’re literally glowing with love. If I enter that door then I will enter the world of “Spiritual Love”, and if I enter the other then I will be taken to “Materialistic Love”. In the latter I might end up finding a “door” leading to the idea of “Materialism” and have travelled from Love to Materialistic Love to Materialism.

These “doors” aren’t always so obvious. In the reality of “Love” I might see an ex who had traumatized me with abuse and in one glance I begin to transition into the world of “Fear”. Simply focusing on an idea can project you from the astral reality you were in and into the idea you were focused on. Stray thoughts or concerns might create tunnels and pull you into their realities. Focus and clarity are essential in the beginning stages of developing your ability to accurately navigate through mind-space.

Learning how certain ideas or concepts affect others allows for a greater scope of control. As an example the various banishing and invoking pentagrams are all mental constructs (concepts) that an adept has charged with a certain meaning. Once they are built up in hir personal unconscious then the adept can use these symbols in the astral to create the corresponding effect.

If something, whether a situation or an entity, is getting out of hand in the astral then one can use a banishing pentagram which correlates to the element which would rule that entity or place. One could also invoke a God or an Archangel that can resolve the situation.

The above example is simple yet common, but the number of interactions between various symbols and the results of those interactions are far beyond the limit of simply banishing and invoking. Put a flaming sword in a cup and a creature might appear. Paint a mirror red then walk through it like a portal. Take your astral heart and make of it a rose, then offer it to Babalon.

The changes we make here in mind-space will reflect back in our own selves. We can effectively reprogram aspects of ourselves and grow to deeply understand the structures within our unconscious. All through the alchemy of symbols and ideas, as described above.

It is rumoured by the whispering lips of the adepts that if one fashions their mind and personal unconscious into a structure capable of receiving the divine then you will find access to the collective unconscious. Here, in this greater mind-space, you can learn of things well beyond the limits of the self. It is rumoured to hold secrets of nature and divinity, of all men as well as all Gods and Goddesses.

But that is a conversation for another post.

XI - Passion / Lust / Strength Tarot
energy, vibrancy, charisma

symbol: power, vitality, sexual transformation
sign: leo
element: fire
astrology: venus in leo
path of theth: chesed - geburah

archetype: Isis, Ishtar/Inanna, Astarte, Aphrodite

“The Sephirothic Tree is sometimes depicted as a human body, thus more definitely establishing the true identity of the first, or Heavenly, Man – Adam Kadmon – the Idea of the Universe. 

The ten divine globes (Sephiroth) are then considered as analogous to the ten sacred members and organs of the Protogonos, according to the following arrangement. 

• Kether is the crown of the Prototypic Head and perhaps refers to the pineal gland; 

• Chochmah and Binah are the right and left hemispheres respectively of the Great brain; 

• Chesed and Geburah are the right and left arms respectively, signifying the active creative members of the Grand man; tiphereth is the heart, or, according to some, the entire viscera; 

• Netsach and Hod are the right and left legs respectively, or the supports of the world; 

• Yesod is the generative system, or the foundation of form; 

• Malchuth represents the two feet, or the base of being. 

(Occasionally Yesod is considered as the male and Malchuth as the female generative power.)

The Grand man thus conceived is the gigantic image of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, with head of gold, arms and chest of silver, body of brass, legs of iron, and feet of clay. 

- Manly P. Hall: The Secret Teachings of All Ages

Thomas Karlsson - The Kings of Edom placed on the 11-pointed Star, representing the Qliphoth and their 11 Demonic Rulers, “Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic”, 2009.

Kings of Edom were kings over the land of Edom before any Israelite king had conquered it. Qabalists associated these kings with the  Evil Primordial Worlds and their Lords. According to the Qabalists, Edom was a kingdom, or a world, which consisted solely of the harsh forces of Geburah. The Zohar tells us that Edom means ‘a kingdom of a severity which is not weakened by any pity’. Theancient lords of Edom were 11 in number, and this number is associated with the principle of Evil in the Bible. In the Genesis 30:40-43 we can find their names: Timna, Alva, Jetet, Oholibama, Ela, Pinon, Kenas, Teman, Mibsar, Magdiel and Iram.

In the Qabalah, these names correspond to the Eleven Demon Rulers who govern the Anti-Worlds of the Evil Side. A Qabalistic text on the most important Demons reveals that both the lords and the kings of Edom are associated with certain Demons: Samael, i.e. Satan, is mentioned as a ruler of Edom. There were certain Qabalistic speculations around the conjectures regarding the kings of Edom certain Demonological traditions liked with the thought that they belonged to the Emanations of the Left Side. Among certain Jews during the early Middle Ages the term ‘Kings of Edom’ was used to denote Christianity, which they believed had developed from the Dark Side.

From Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual:

“The goat on the frontispiece carries the sign of the pentagram on the forehead, with one point at the top, a symbol of light, his two hands forming the sign of occultism, the one pointing up to the white moon of Chesed, the other pointing down to the black one of Geburah. This sign expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice. His one arm is female, the other male like the ones of the androgyne of Khunrath, the attributes of which we had to unite with those of our goat because he is one and the same symbol. The flame of intelligence shining between his horns is the magic light of the universal balance, the image of the soul elevated above matter, as the flame, whilst being tied to matter, shines above it. The beast’s head expresses the horror of the sinner, whose materially acting, solely responsible part has to bear the punishment exclusively; because the soul is insensitive according to its nature and can only suffer when it materializes. The rod standing instead of genitals symbolizes eternal life, the body covered with scales the water, the semi-circle above it the atmosphere, the feathers following above the volatile. Humanity is represented by the two breasts and the androgyne arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences.”

* Image & Text by Eliphas Levi

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram:

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is one of the chief rituals of Western Magick. It has been with us at least since the Golden Dawn of the nineteenth century, and it has penetrated into all the many Golden Dawn spinoffs, including Neo-Paganism. 

A. Intent of the Ritual

The real action of a magick ritual takes place in the mind. Ritual is a form of moving meditation. The effect is also primarily psychological.* The LBR is a tool to facilitate meditation.

The experience of a proper LBR is pleasurable and soothing, yet energizing and empowering. One is made at home in the mystical realm, protected from lurkers and phantasms by strongly imagined wards. This solace from mundane experience is a precondition for more serious works of meditation or ritual, but it can also form a healthy part of the life of the mind by itself.

B. The Ritual

Touching the forehead, say “Ateh (Unto Thee).”

Touching the breast, say Malkuth (The Kingdom).“

Touching the right shoulder, say "ve-Geburah (and the Power).”

Touching the left shoulder, say “ve-Gedulah (and the Glory),

Clasping the hands upon the breast, say "le-Olahm, Amen (To the Ages, Amen).”

Turning to the East, make a pentagram (that of Earth) with the proper weapon (usually the Wand). Say (i.e. vibrate) “IHVH” (Ye-ho-wau*).

Turning to the South, the same, but say “ADNI” (Adonai).

Turning to the West, the same, but say “AHIH” (Eheieh).

Turning to the North, the same, but say “AGLA” (Agla).

Extending the arms in the form of a cross say:

“Before me Raphael;

Behind me Gabriel;

On my right hand Michael;

On my left hand Auriel;

For about me flames the Pentagram,

And in the Column stands the six-rayed Star.”

until xxi. Repeat steps (i) to (v), the “Qabalistic Cross.”

Chakras 101

The Chakras

The Body’s Energy Centers

Chakras are spinning energy centers at various locations along the center of the body where life force flows through us (in and out), balancing our physical, emotional, and spiritual connection with the Universe. The word chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word for “wheel,” or “turning,” but in the yogic context it more specifically translates to “vortex or whirlpool.” In the Vedic traditions, chakras were said to have been created in the beginning when Shiva and Shakti (the masculine and feminine aspects of cosmic energy or consciousness) were united in the cosmic lotus (Sahasrara, also the crown chakra—our connection to the infinite). Shakti asserted her power by disjoining from Shiva and simply walking away. As this happened, six lotus flowers sprung up from her footprints (symbolic of the remaining six chakras). That separation of Shakti from Shiva created the entire knowable universe—from its most subtle realm to its most crystallized one. Each chakra left behind then corresponds with one of these realms. This process of creation is also present in the human body, from the Sahasrara chakra on the top of the head (Crown Chakra), down the spine to the Muladhara (or Root Chakra), where Shakti now lives in separation from her mate. It is foretold that at some some point, Shakti will rise up again and rejoin her partner in the cosmic lotus. She will take with her the entirety of creation and live with Shakti again in cosmic unity.

There are seven main chakras, but potentially thousands, according to yogic tradition. When a chakra is blocked or too open, instead of being balanced and healthy, it can often lead to illness and emotional instability. It is important to understand what each chakra represents and what can be done to keep energy flowing freely. The simple fact that we can control the opening and closing of the chakras is testament to our connection with the Divine Infinite and the fact that as humans we are truly co-creators of ourselves, the universe, and all of reality. When we consciously balance our chakras (by using associated gemstones, for instance!), we become our best and healthiest selves, reaching our highest potential as humans. Following is a summary of the seven main chakras and their relation to emotions, bodily systems, sensations, and metaphysical correspondences:

The Root Chakra

Location: The base of the spine and tailbone area (alternately called the base chakra)
Color: Red
Sanskrit: Muladhara (root support)
Emotional: Grounded, Secure, Connected to others, Fears, Instincts
Physical: The skeletal structure, Teeth, Large intestine, Kidneys, Blood
Psychological Survival, Self-preservation
Balanced: Grounded, Centered, Belonging in this world, Trusting, Independent, Alive, Poised
Overactive: Bossy, Domineering, Big ego, Greedy, Violent, Cunning
Underactive: Unloved, Sexually inadequate, Frustrated, Fearful, Shy, Unsure
Identity: Physical
Affirmation: I Do, I am
Seed Sound: “LANG”
Challenge: Fear
Developmental Stage: Conception - 12 months
Element: Earth
Incense: Cedar
Herb: Sage
Planet: Saturn, Earth
Deities: Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha
Sephira: Malkuth
Power Animal: Elephant

Root Chakra Affirmations

I feel deeply rooted.
I am connected to my body.
I feel safe and secure.
Just like a tree or star, I have a right to be here.
I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice.
I have what I need.
I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet.
I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform.
I trust in the goodness of life.
I make choices that are healthy and good for me.
I trust myself.
I love life.

The Sacral Chakra

Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel
Color: Orange
Sanskrit: Svadhisthana (sweetness)
Emotional: Abundance, Well-being, Pleasure
Physical: Womb, Genitals, Kidney, Bladder
Psychological: Movement, Connection
Balanced: Friendly, Passionate, Sexually fulfilled, Good mood, Playful, Naturally flirty
Overactive: Needs power, Manipulative, Craving
Underactive: Shy, Guilty, Afraid to interact, Lost, Overly concerned about what others think
Identity: Emotional
Affirmation: I Feel, I Want
Seed Sound: “VANG”
Challenge: Guilt
Developmental Stage: 6 months - 2 years
Element: Water
Incense: Gardenia, Damiana
Herb: Fennel, Coriander
Planet: Mercury, Jupiter, Moon
Deities: Indra, Rakini, Vishnu
Sephira: Yesod
Power Animal: Crocodile

Sacral Chakra Affirmations

I love and enjoy my body.
I have healthy boundaries.
I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.
I am passionate.
I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.
I know how to take care of my needs.
I value and respect my body.
I am open to touch and closeness.
I allow myself to experience pleasure.
My sexuality is sacred.
Emotions are the language of the soul.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Location: Upper abdomen, in the stomach area
Color: Yellow
Sanskrit: Manipura (lustrous gem)
Emotional: Self-worth, Self-confidence, Self-esteem
Physical: Digestive system, Liver, Gall bladder
Psychological: Willpower
Balanced: Respect for self and others, Confident, Outgoing, Problem solving, Calm, Integral
Overactive: Judgemental, Stubborn, Critical, Bullying
Underactive: Low self-esteem, Apathetic, Procrastinating, Not knowing what to do
Identity: Ego
Affirmation: I Can, I Do
Seed Sound: “RAM”
Challenge: Shame
Developmental Stage: 18 - 42 months
Element: Fire
Incense: Saffron, Musk, Sandalwood
Herb: Cinnamon, Ginger
Planet: Sun, Mars
Deities: Rudra, Lakini
Sephira: Hod, Netzach
Power Animal: Ram

Solar Plexus Affirmations

I love and accept myself.
I stand up for myself.
I am strong and courageous.
I am worthy of love, kindness, and respect.
I choose the best for myself.
I express myself in a powerful way.
I am proud of my achievements.
I honor myself.
I choose healthy relationships.
I am authentic.
I direct my own life.
I appreciate my strengths.
I feel my own power.
I am free to choose in any situation.
I seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.
I am at peace with myself.

The Heart Chakra

Location: Center of the chest, just above the heart
Color: Green
Sanskrit: Anahata (unstruck)
Emotional: Love, Joy, Inner peace
Physical: Heart, Lungs, Circulatory system, Arms, Hands
Psychological: Love
Balanced: Loved, Loving, Empathic, Contagiously good vibes
Overactive: Entitlement, Jealousy, Blaming others, Giving too much
Underactive: Unloved, Self-pity, Fear of rejection, Neediness, Clinginess, Uncertain
Identity: Social
Affirmation: I Love
Seed Sound: “LAM”
Challenge: Grief
Developmental Stage: 3.5 - 7 years
Element: Air
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Rose
Herb: Yarrow, Meadowsweet, Oris root
Planet: Venus, Sun
Deities: Vishnu, Lakshmi, Krishna
Sephira: Tiphareth
Power Animal: Antelope

Heart Chakra Affirmations

I am open to love.
All love resides within my heart.
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I nurture my inner child.
I am wanted and loved.
I live in balance, gracefulness, and gratitude.
I love the beauty of nature and the animal world.
I forgive myself.
I am open to love and kindness.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to transform and open up to love.
I am connected with other human beings.
I feel a sense of unity with nature and animals.
I accept things as they are.
I am peaceful.

The Throat Chakra

Location: The throat
Color: Blue
Sanskrit: Visuddha (especially pure)
Emotional: Expression, Truth, Inner voice
Physical: Throat, Ears, Mouth, Shoulders, Neck
Psychological: Communication
Balanced: Good self-expression, Truthful, Creative
Overactive: Talkative, Boring, Critical, Stubborn
Underactive: Poor self-expression, Fearful of public speaking, Creatively blocked, Timid, Dependent
Identity: Creative
Affirmation: I Speak, I Express
Seed Sound: “HAM”
Challenge: Lies
Developmental Stage: 7 - 12 years
Element: Spirit
Incense: Frankincense
Herb: Chamomile
Planet: Mercury
Deities: Sadasiva, Sakini
Sephira: Geburah, Chesed
Power Animal: White elephant

Throat Chakra Affirmations

I am open, clear, and honest in my communication.
I have a right to speak my truth.
I communicate my feelings with ease.
I express myself creatively through speech, writing, or art.
I have a strong will that helps me resolve my challenges.
I nourish my spirit through creativity.
I live an authentic life.
I have integrity.
I love to share my experiences and wisdom.
I know when it is time to listen.
I am a good listener.
I express my gratitude towards life.
I listen to my body and feelings to know what my truth is.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.

The Third Eye Chakra

Location: The forehead, between the eyes (Also called the Brow Chakra)
Color: Indigo
Sanskrit: Ajna (command)
Emotional: Intuition, Imagination, Wisdom, Thinking, Decision making
Physical: Eyes, Base of skull, Brow
Psychological: Intuition, Imagination
Balanced: Intuitive, Charismatic, Meditative, Knows self-purpose, Wise, Decisive
Overactive: Spaced out, Lost, Worrisome, Fantastical, Unsure
Underactive: Unaware, Easily influenced, Confused self-purpose, Doubtful
Identity: Archetypal
Affirmation: I Know, I Think
Seed Sound: “OM”
Challenge: Illusion
Developmental Stage: Adolescence
Element: All elements, Light
Incense: Mugwort
Herb: Almond blossom
Planet: Saturn, Moon
Deities: Hakini Shakti, Shiva
Sephira: Binah, Chokmah
Power Animal: Black Antelope

Third Eye Affirmations

I am in touch with my inner guidance.
I listen to my deepest wisdom.
I seek to understand and learn from my life experiences.
I am wise, intuitive and connected with my inner guide.
I nurture my spirit.
I listen to the wisdom of elders.
I trust my intuition
I forgive the past and learn what was there for me to learn.
I forgive myself.
I love and accept myself.
I know that all is well in my world.
I am connected with the wisdom of the universe.
I am open to inspiration and bliss.
My life moves effortlessly.
I am at peace.

The Crown Chakra

Location: The very top of the head
Color: Violet
Sanskrit: Sahasrara
Emotional: Perceptive of inner and outer beauty, Spiritual connection, Pure bliss
Physical: Central nervous system, Cerebral cortex
Psychological: Awareness, Understanding
Balanced: Joy, Connected to The Source but aware of individuality, Wise, Compassionate
Overactive: Addicted to spirituality, Attention greedy, Need for popularity, Overly erotic imagination
Underactive: Misunderstood, No joy, Blind to spiritual connection
Identity: Universal
Affirmation: I Am, I Understand
Seed Sound: “AH”
Challenge: Attachment
Developmental Stage: Entire life
Element: Nothingness (no thought)
Incense: Myrrh
Herb: Gotu Kola
Planet: Uranus
Deities: The Guru within
Sephira: Kether
Power Animal: Egg (potentially any)

Crown Chakra Affirmations

I am part of the divine.
I honor the divine within me.
I seek to understand and learn from my life experiences.
I cherish my spirit.
I seek experiences that nourish my spirit.
I listen to the wisdom of the universe.
I trust my intuition.
I am able to let go of attachments.
I live in the present moment.
I am grateful for everything in my life.
I love and accept myself.
I know that all is well in my world.
I am connected to the wisdom of the universe.
I am open to divine wisdom.
My life moves with grace.

The Astral Sleep - by Jeroen van Valkenburg

‘It is urgent to comprehend that whosoever wants to learn how to consciously travel within the double, the first thing that he needs to do is to awaken his consciousness.
Astral projection is no longer a problem when the consciousness awakens. Sacred scriptures insist on the necessity of awakening, but people continue with their consciousness asleep.
In Buddhism, the most important reference to the Consciousness is tanthagatagarbha, which is generally translated to mean “Buddha nature.” In us, it is undeveloped, a mere seed that can be grown into its full potential: a buddha, or “awakened one.” This is accomplished only by knowing precisely how to do it. This process begins and is sustained by a continual effort to utilize it in the moment, by being continually aware of oneself and everything that one does, whether internally or externally. In Kabbalah, Consciousness is related to several sephiroth on the Tree of Life, primarily Geburah and Tiphereth. These two sephiroth are superior to the intellect (Netzach), heart (Hod), vital energy (Yesod), and physical body (Malkuth).
Consciousness is not the mind or the senses. Consciousness utilizes the mind, heart, and senses to perceive, but can perceive levels of existence that are beyond our mind (intellect), heart, and physical senses.
In each of these traditions, these are the lowest aspects of what is possible to acheive. Consciousness is the means to ascend higher. This is always accomplished by awakening and perceiving more by means of the purification of the individual’ - Samael Aun Weor 

The meaning of the Baphomet by Eliphas Lévi:

“The goat which is represented in our frontispiece bears upon its forehead the Sign of the Pentagram with one point in the ascendant, which is sufficient to distinguish it as a symbol of the light. Moreover, the sign of occultism is made with both hands, pointing upward to the white moon of CHESED, and downward to the black moon of GEBURAH. This sign expresses the perfect concord between mercy and justice. One of the arms is feminine and the other masculine, as in the androgyne of Khunrath, whose attributes we have combined with those of our goat, since they are one and the same symbol. The torch of intelligence burning between the horns is the magical light of universal equilibrium; it is also a type of the soul exalted above matter, even while cleaving to matter, as the flame cleaves to the torch. … The caduceus, which replaces the generative organ, represents eternal life; the scale-covered belly typifies water; the circle above it is the atmosphere, the feathers still higher up signify the volatile; lastly, humanity is depicted by the two breasts and the androgyne arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences. … The dread Baphomet henceforth, like all monstrous idols, enigmas of antique science and its dreams, is only an innocent and even pious hieroglyph….  Baphomet is not a God; He is the sign of initiation.”

- Eliphas Lévi - Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual

Protection magic

This is a completion post from many different sources and books. Please enjoy.

1. Designed to protect a person, home, or place of business from evil influence.
1 oz powdered sandalwood
1/2 oz powdered 5 finger grass
1/4 oz. powdered frankincense 
1/4 oz grated orange peel
1/4 tsp. saltpeter
1 dram of gardenia oil
2 dram tincture of benzoin
1/8 Fl. Oz =1 dram 
1/4 Fl. Oz = 2 dram
Tincture of benzoin
2 oz powdered benzoin
4 oz water
12 oz alcohol
Keep this mix in a bottle for 2 weeks and shake daily, then strain the liquid for use.
— Ray T. Malbrough

2. Home wreath protection
You can make a wreath with these herbs as a ward.
A list of warding herbs

3. Protection oil
4 drops frankincense essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
Blend oils together and add to your bath water or mix with a cup of sweet almond oil for a protective massage.
-Judika Illes

4. Don’t cross my path
3 garlic cloves, peeled
Handful of course sea salt
Generous handful of fresh rosemary
1. Ground together in a food processor or mash up with
2. Sprinkle on the ground whenever you feel the need of psychic protection.
-Judika Illes

5. to remove negative entities
What you need:
9 pale blue candles 
Kyphi oil and incense
Work this spell 9 consecutive nights for complete effectiveness. 
If you miss a night you must start over with new candles and bury the old. 
Anoint one of the candles and light the incense. Visualize a soft blue light encasing your home and family members. Light the candle and say:
Nasty critters, head these words-
Fly far away , fly like a bird.
Hear me well: I now command 
You leave this space, this sacred land. 
Out, I say! I order you!
Go peacefully- take flight anew.
By Dorothy Morrison

6. To stop someone from interfering in your life
1. Wright the name of your enemy on a piece of paper.
2. Place the name in a zip lock bag.
3. Fill the bag ¾ full with water, and zip it shut and place it in the back of your freezer, and don’t disturb it.
-Dorothy Morrison

7. Anti Hex Talismans & spells
(1) to make a powerful anti-hex talisman, engrave on a gemstone the word( DAVAR ) Hold the talisman to your forehead, close your eyes and say: 
Words of power 
be spoken; 
power of the Hex 
Be Broken 

(8) on a piece of blue paper write the powerful words: 
ve geburah 
ve Gedulah 
le Olahm 

Burn the paper over a white candles during the time of a full moon or eclipse, and with the ashes, rub the symbol of an “X” on your forehead to neutralize the power of the hex

9. Protective simmering potpourri
Simmer this mix at a regular intervals, to drench the home with protective energy. This safeguards it from outside influence of all kinds.
4 tbsp rosemary (whole)
3 bay leaves (whole)
1 tbsp basil (whole)
1 tbsp sage (whole)
1 tbsp fennel (whole)
1 tsp dill seed (whole)
1 tsp juniper berries (whole)
Mix in a small bowl with hands, visualizing your home as a protected place. Charge the herbs with protective energies . Add to simmering water, when the steam rises chant the following:
Air and water, work my will
To guard this house with power bold;
Earth and fire, work to still
All dangers both untold and told.
—via spell crafts
Cunningham & Harrington

10.—Protective SHELD of Janus—
Janus (pronounced Jayn-Us) is the double faced roman god of beginnings and endings. 
this protection spell can be cast at any time. 
-4 rocks of the same aprx size 
- a permanent marker 
- salt 
Preparation Draw Janus face (a mature man w/ short curly hair and clearly beard) on both sides of the rocks While drawing the images say “This is Janus” and believe it while you say it. 

put the rocks on your altar with the salt as an offering to Janus. 
next decide where to place the rocks to create your shield. (Four corners of your home)
The Spell Raise power and focus on Janus ,ask him to charge your rocks with his protection. Hold your hands above the rocks and say: 

Powers of Janus, powers of rock,
through the year, around the clock
protect us better than a lock
powers of janus, powers of stone,
across, about, between, together, alone
protect all that is our own
when the rocks are charged, begin placing them in the chosen positions. Repeat the spell while you do this , and visualize a force field connecting the rocks together. If the rocks are outside sprinkle salt around the stones as offerings to Janus.then ground the raised power.
Afterword To keep this spell activated, periodically renew your visualization of the force field. Tend to the rocks from time to time by cleaning them.
via spells for the solitary witch by. Eileen Holland

“In the “Kabbalah” the three male Sephiroth — Chochma, Chesed, Netzach — are known as the Pillar of Mercy.

The three feminine on the left, namely, Binah, Geburah, Hod, are named the Pillar of Judgment.

While the four Sephiroth of the centre — Kether, Tiphereth, Yesod, and Malchut. — are called the Middle Pillar. ( the four aspects of Osiris).

The ten Sephiroth are ten emanations of Eternal Mother Space, ten waves which serve as the foundation of the Great Mother.

The seven planets of the solar system are the seven Sephiroth and the triune Spiritual Sun is the Sephirothic Crown.”

Samael Aun Weor: The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah

Geburah, Rosaleen Norton

“Geburah presents a menacing humanoid form with talons, a pointed reptilian tail, and lightning bolts zig-zagging from both hands, and could easily be mistaken for a hawk-headed demon.  Geburah takes its title from the Hebrew name of the fifth sphere on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, signifying severity and strength.” - Homeage to Pan: The Life, Art and Sex-Magic of Rosaleen Norton, by Nevill Drury.


Mars/Geburah oils. If you couldn’t tell by all the red.
These are going to be a part of a Mars activation kit, which will be followed by a balancing Chesed kit at my Etsy soon-ish.
The Geburah kit will have the oil featured here which can be worn on the necklace they will come with, incense, tea, infused bathing salt, recipes for all 3 meals of the day, a mantra making worksheet, a partridge and a fucking pear tree. I grew several of the ingredients.
Eventually, I’ll get the video of me making these things up so you don’t even have to buy them, unless you want to.