baphomet sabbatic goat statue 12" tall
12" Tall (30.48cm) Baphomet Statue, Resin Composition, Gold Finish. Also known as Sabbatic Goat or God of the Witches.
Few images are so at the core of philosophical and theological debate as the figure of Baphomet. Baphomet did not appear in manuscripts or writing until the 12th century, and thereafter the name and image has been a subject of debate and controversy almost wherever it appears. Here Baphomet is depicted as the Sabbatic Goat, as first illustrated by Eliphas Levi in 1854 within his work "Dogmas and Rituals of High Magic. As such, Baphomet appears as a winged humanoid goat with a pair of breasts and a torch burning between its horns, behind a pentagram marking his brow. The whole of the symbolism is described by Eliphas as:
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 hermetism, 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 adrogyn 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 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 flowing above the volatile. Humanity is represented by the two breasts and the androgyn arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences."
As a figure of great occult symbolism, Baphomet was embraced by Aleister Crowley in Thelema, as a representation of arcane perfection. Similarly, many modern Satanists also look up the symbol as a portrayal of Satan, or a demon.