In my opinion, the Illuminati religion can be best summed up by occultist Eliphias Levi’s 19th century depiction of the deity Baphomet. The purpose of this article is not to criticize or endorse the Illuminati; the purpose is to provide a factual explanation for what Baphomet represents in their religion.
I have explained in the past that “Illuminati” is an ambiguous term which has multiple meanings. For the purpose of this article, I am going with the first definition, which is that the Illuminati are a loosely organized religion.
If you listen to conspiracy theorists, you will frequently hear them make references to Baphomet. Unfortunately, they do not always explain the meaning behind Baphomet, leaving the general public confused about what they are talking about. For instance, the popular YouTube conspiracy theorist Mark Dice has mentioned Baphomet on several occasions:
Madonna was joined on stage by a bunch of dancers wearing Devil horns for her 2015 Grammy performance of her new song “Living for Love.” The dancers quite clearly wearing Baphomet masks, the Illuminati androgynous idol so popular with the occult.
Madonna continuing the really Satanic theme of the 2015 Grammys. Her new album, Rebel Heart, has a song titled “Illuminati.” She posted this picture on her Instagram recently promoting it. The song has lyrics saying “the Illuminati holds the truth and the light.”
Beyonce’s new album, Lemonade, is a code word for urine. Her album is piss. It’s pop culture piss. It’s #blacklivesmatter, propaganda from the booty shaking Baphomet Bimbo, Beyonce.
Popular conspiracy theorist Alex Jones also regularly mentions Baphomet:
Satanic cult used profits from Baphomet statue unveiling to fight anti-abortion efforts. Why wouldn’t they support child sacrifice? The New York based devil-obsessed cult known as the Satanic Temple used funds raised in a PR-driven Baphomet statue unveiling in Detroit from an effort to undermine legal moves to ban abortion…
Illuminati Depictions of Baphomet
Nearly all Illuminati denominations pay homage to Baphomet in some respect. They do it with such frequency and consistency that I find it difficult to attribute this to coincidence. Furthermore, many of these depictions are displayed alongside symbols from the Illuminati’s secret language. Note that this language is difficult to decipher as most of the symbols have multiple meanings, and even then their meanings are oftentimes vague. But I will do my best to point them out and explain their meaning from an introductory book on the occult: The Book of Secrets by Daniel Pineda (2011).
The following three images (1, 2, 3) are pulled from the Facebook page for the “Process Church of the Final Judgement.” You will notice that they all display an image of Baphomet. The Process was a religious organization that was at its peak during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Supposedly they were loosely affiliated with Scientology and the Manson Family Cult, but I do not know enough about this organization to confirm or deny this.
This is the sigil of the Church of Satan, which depicts Baphomet’s face encased within a circle and pentagram. It’s their official symbol and can be seen on nearly everything associated with the church, including their official website. The Church of Satan was founded on April 30, 1966 by Anton LaVey and is still in operation to this day.
An offshoot of the Church of Satan was the First Satanic Church, founded by Karla LaVey, the daughter of Anton LaVey. Their official website shows Baphomet.
The Satanic Temple is another Satanic religious organization that displays Baphomet on their official website. They’ve gained notoriety over the past couple years for their attempts to have a statue of Baphomet displayed at various public places.
Illuminati denominations that are not typically associated with Satanism still pay homage to Baphomet. The following image of Baphomet is from the unofficial Facebook page for the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), an Illuminati denomination popularized by English occultist Aleister Crowley.
Ordo Templi Orientis-the Order of the Oriental or Eastern Temple-was founded in the late 19th century by an Austrian paper chemist Carl Kellner after returning from his travels in Asia. He and Theodor Reuss, the head of the revival of the Bavarian Illuminati, organized OTO in order to transmit what they called the Key to all Masonic rituals and occult sciences. This, they taught, was the initiated understanding of sexuality, symbolism, and the spiritual path. OTO’s structure was modeled on various Masonic rites such as the Rites of Memphis and Mizraim, Scottish Rite, and the Swedenborgian Rite.
Reuss initiated Aleister Crowley into the preliminary degrees of OTO in 1910 and appointed him National Grand Master of Great Britain and Ireland in 1912. It was not long before Crowley’s teachings on Thelema, the philosophy and spiritual method whose aim is summarized in the phrase “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” became an integral part of the new order. After Reuss’s death in 1923, Crowley became the Head of OTO, continuing to align the order with Thelema and its principle document, Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX or The Book of the Law.
–The Book of Secrets by Daniel Pineda (2011).
The A∴A∴ is an initiatory order of Scientific Illuminism, introduced to the world by Aleister Crowley, George Cecil Jones, and J. F. C. Fuller. It was first announced in its official publication, The Equinox, in 1909. The motto of The Equinox is “The Method of Science, The Aim of Religion.” The A∴A∴ was the vehicle through which The Book of the Law was initially delivered to humankind. It also provides quality instruction in the particulars of magick and mysticism. The entire system is geared toward aiding initiates in attaining “Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.” Today, the order is active in countries all over the world and continues to issue The Equinox, which since 1913 has also been the “Official Organ of the O.T.O.”
Founded in the late 19th century, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is a magical secret society that initiates and instructs its members in various methods of the mystic arts. Its extended membership included people who would later go on to found their own occult movements and organizations, such as Dion Fortune, A. E. Waite, Israel Regardie, Paul Foster Case, and Aleister Crowley.
The ceremonies of the Order are based on the Egyptian Book of the Dead, qabalistic and alchemical writings, the Rosicrucian mythos, and Christian mysticism. The system of grading within the order is based on the Sephira of the qabalistic Tree of Life, dividing itself into three degrees-the outer, inner or second, and the third order…
…Today there are many offshoots of the Golden Dawn, primarily due to the publication of their rituals by Crowley, Regardie, and others. Among the subjects taught by the Order are astrology, divination, the Hermetic Qabalah, ceremonial magic, and geomancy.
These two images (no longer available on website) are from the official website for the Illuminates of Thanateros, an Illuminati organization which has been in operation since 1987.
Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that has lodges established in most major US cities (and probably around the world as well). They claim to draw members from the most powerful and influential segments of society. Many current and former world leaders have been Freemasons.
In 1717 the first Masonic Grand Lodge was created in England; this is the earliest record of the formal existence of what we know today as Freemasonry, but its origins run much deeper into history. They were the builders of ancient temples and medieval cathedrals and have also been the architects of revolutions and the downfall of tyrants…
…For centuries, Freemasons have guarded the secrets of initiation, the mysteries, and the institution. Freemasonry, like all great schools of initiation, uses allegory to instruct worthy candidates in the proper use of their time on earth. Freemasonry defines proper as that which contributes toward the betterment of society and the deepening of fraternal bonds.
Albert Pike is a highly influential member of Freemasonry. His 1871 book, commonly called Morals and Dogma, is famous for revealing (not without some controversy) many of the secrets of Freemasonry.
Albert Pike was an American soldier, poet, author, lawyer, and Freemason. His magnum opus, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, has been a continual source of esoteric wisdom, controversy, and Masonic lore since its publication in 1871.
Morals and Dogma is famous for the following passage which indirectly mentions Baphomet:
The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahveh reversed; for Satan is not a black god, but the negation of God. The Devil is the personification of Atheism or Idolatry.
For the Initiates, this is not a Person, but a Force, created for good, but which may serve for evil. It is the instrument of Liberty or Free Will. They represent this Force, which presides over the physical generation, under the mythologic and horned form of the God PAN; thence came the he-goat of the Sabbat, brother of the Ancient Serpent, and the Light-bearer or Phosphor, of which the poets have made the false Lucifer of the legend.
–Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry by Albert Pike (1871).
It may not be obvious how this is a reference to Baphomet. Like everything in the occult, Baphomet goes by multiple names, one of which is Pan, as referenced by Pike. Pan is an ancient goat-headed deity known for his sexual deviancy. The following image shows him having sex with a goat. He was also called the Sabbatical goat by Eliphis Levi, who made the famous previously mentioned depiction of Baphomet. Again, Pike referenced this by referring to Pan as the he-goat of the Sabbat.
Pan was worshipped as a fertility god by the ancient Greeks and plays a central role in the mystery tradition. Christians have used Pan’s image for centuries as a representation of Satan, possibly as a way to condemn the old pagan deities in the mind of the faithful. His horns and goat legs represent union with the pasture and are a mark of his divinity and correspondence with the natural world. He is a symbol of the All and of the life force. His pipes can be compared to everything that lives, the singing voice of nature deriving its beautiful sounds from the breath of Pan.
–The Book of Secrets by Daniel Pineda (2011).
Pan is oftentimes affiliated (whether justly or not) with Satan. Pike referred to Pan as the Ancient Serpent, which is a reference to the Book of Genesis, where Satan is depicted as a serpent who tempted Adam and Eve into sinning for the first time. He also referred to Pan as the Devil and Lucifer, which are just a few of many names that are commonly affiliated with Satan. Illuminati other than Pike have also affiliated Baphomet with Satan.
The Illuminati commonly use Tarot cards as a means of performing divination. The 15th card from the Marseille deck from the 16th century is the “Le Diable” card, which is French for “The Devil.” It shows a slightly different depiction of Baphomet. Likewise, the 15th card from the 20th century Rider-Waite deck shows a depiction of Baphomet which more closely matches Levi’s depiction. This too is labeled “The Devil.”
The Tarot, or the Book of Thoth as it has been called, is the visual record of the initiatory path in its entirety. Used by fortunetellers, occultists, and many ordinary people interested in dabbling in the unknown, this deck of seventy-eight cards has intrigued Western civilization for the past five hundred years. The deck is divided into two parts: the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The word Arcana means “secrets or mysteries,” for it is the greater and lesser mysteries that are revealed in the study of the Tarot.
Occult Symbolism of Baphomet
There is much occult symbolism in Baphomet that requires explanation. The first is the pentagram (five-pointed star) that is commonly seen on its forehead:
The pentagram is a five-pointed star symbolic of humanity and the microcosm, literally meaning “the small order or world.” Made by drawing five straight lines, it contains the mathematical expression known as the Golden Ratio. It represents the entire spectrum and evolution of nature’s hidden workings from dense matter to subtle force, the five points standing for the Neo-Pythagorean elements of Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Spirit. The pentagram is also called a pentalpha, the five pints (pent) connecting the phases and densities of the alchemical first matter (alpha). It has been used a (sic) symbol for the five wounds of Jesus Christ, and therefore the stigmata. Used for protection against evil spirits by gaining command over them as well as invoking angelic powers, the pentagram is a recurring element in mystical-magical culture.
–The Book of Secrets by Daniel Pineda (2011).
The two spirals (sometimes depicted as snakes) arising from Baphomet’s groin represent a Kundalini awakening. A Kundalini awakening is achieved during altered states of consciousness, commonly at the point of orgasm during ritualistic sexual intercourse, also known as “sex magick.” Note that in this case magick is spelled with a “k” at the end to differentiate it from stage magic.
In some instances, the rod located between the two spirals is shown for what it is actually supposed to represent, which is an erect penis. Baphomet has a pair of female breasts, despite the fact that he is otherwise depicted as masculine. The Illuminati believe that the union of male and female energy during sex magick is responsible for causing the kundalini awakening.
The winged wand depicting twin serpents entwined is known as the Caduceus, or kerykeion in Greek. It is the principle tool of Hermes-also called Mercury-the messenger of the gods…The staff of Hermes symbolizes the path of the kundalini energy up the three main channels along and within the spinal column. The central channel known as the Shushumna is depicted as the rod, while the two snakes are the left and right channels of positive and negative polarity called the Ida and Pingala…Hermes’ position as Logos, or divine word, connects him with the other saviors of the ancient world who were guides in the afterlife and were represented by the cross or other phallic objects.
Like everything in the occult, there are multiple ways of depicting the kundalini awakening, another of which is the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
Each Sephira represents a state of divine consciousness, acting like the layers of an onion, enveloping the innermost core of being. The twenty-two paths each correspond with a Hebrew letter, connecting the Sephira to one another and instructing mystics on the proper method of peeling away each layer from the cosmic onion.
During a Kundalini awakening, seven energy centers in the human body, known as chakras, are said to be activated. The bottom one is located in the base of ones spine. The top one, the crown chakra, is also known as the pineal gland. The two spiraling serpents represent energy rising from the base Chakra to the crown Chakra.
Chakras are like pools of energy connected by many flowing streams located within the body. There are seven major Chakras, or wheels, each representing a state of mental and spiritual functionality, as well as moral evolution…
…The first Chakra is the Muladhara (Root Chakra). Its color is red, and it is located at the base of the spine. It represents the survival instinct and is the first requirement for physical limitation and therefore manifestation…
…The seventh and last of the major Chakras is the Sahasrara (Crown Chakra). It is either violet or bright white in color, and it is connected with the pineal gland, being located at the very top of the head or sometimes also depicted as just above it.
During a kundalini awakening, one is said to be in a state of consciousness known as illumination, enlightenment or transcendence. One is said to be experiencing God when they are in this state. Baphomet’s illumination is displayed by the torch at the top of its head, known as the “torch of illumination.” This state of mind is sometimes depicted as an eye which is neither left nor right. It is contained within a triangle and oftentimes depicted on the middle of one’s forehead. It is also called the “third eye.”
The eye in the triangle, or the All-Seeing Eye, represents the omniscience of divinity…The eye is the Hebrew letter Ayin, sacred to Capricorn and in the Tarot Atu XV, the Devil…The eye is neither the right eye nor the left, but the Third Eye located in the center of the forehead, which grants aspirants the ability to see beyond the obvious.
Baphomet has its right arm raised, pointing towards a white celestial body while the left arm is pointing down towards a black celestial body. This represents an occult concept called “as above, so below.” Like I said, the occult language is difficult to decipher, and as such I am not entirely certain on the meaning of as above, so below. But it may represent the concept that studying the microcosm (below) gives one insight into the secrets of the macrocosm (above). Another potential meaning is that the Illuminati want to create on earth (below) what exists in heaven (above), essentially fulfilling Satan’s goals. Finally, it may represent the union of opposites (i.e. good and evil, male and female) that is necessary to achieve illumination.
I understand that this has been a daunting read, but if one wants to truly understand and address the Illuminati’s influence on society, they need to gain a thorough understanding of their beliefs and secret language. Otherwise the independent researcher will inevitably become lost in all the pitfalls and ambiguity, get frustrated, and give up. Luckily, learning the meaning behind Baphomet goes a long way in granting one an understanding of the Illuminati religion. Studying the Illuminati gets easier, and eventually there comes a point where you understand the true meaning of their religion.