Baphmetis Meditation is a podcast for the esoteric seeker of divine wisdom. It is a podcast catalog of personal meditations that provide a variety of experiences for the willing individual. Grounded in the Western Esoteric Tradition, meditation sessions will mostly relate to Thelema, Paganism, Occultism, Consciousness, Magick, as well as self-awareness and self-knowledge with some ambient music thrown in on occasion. It is a tool and resource to aid you in your personal practice.
The term Baphmetis means “union with wisdom” and some people feel it has a direct relationship to the name Baphomet which is most popularly recognized as the goat headed drawing done by 19th century French occultist Eliphas Levi often also referred to as the Sabbatic Goat. Despite what some people (and t-shirts apparently) try and claim, Baphomet is not an image of Satan or the Devil and has absolutely nothing to do with Freemasonry. This is only being stated because anti-mason propagandists often connect them to suit their anti-masonic agenda. Although the host of this podcast is a Freemason, it should be made clear that he was an occultist and Pagan first and his appreciation and interest in the image by Levi has nothing to do with his affiliation with Freemasonry. Chris enjoys the image for its aesthetic, symbolic, and conceptual qualities and is all too aware that some people may be “put-off” by it, but in response to that possible concern, he urges those individuals to consider what the original artist, Eliphas Levi has to say about the image. From his book Transcendental Magic, in which the image appears, he says:
The goat… 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 androgyn 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 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 androgyn arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences.
Animal and human. Male and female. Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. Above and below. Baphomet is a union of all things and it is in that search for union with divinity and wisdom as to which it has been applied in naming this podcast. Nay sayers begon!
Welcome to Baphmetis Meditation!
Baphmetis Meditation by Christopher Orapello is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at baphmetis.libsyn.com.
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