Priapus with a caduceus
+Right, the “Savior of the World.” Left, two Templar seals featuring Abraxasand the words Templi Secretum (“Secret of the Temple”)
The Golden Dawn has a ritual attitude which they call “the Sign of Theoricus,” named after one of their grades. The title of this grade is derived from a Latin term pertaining to theorizing and consideration. Aleister Crowley’s Astron Argentum order also used the same sign for their grade 2°=9°, and in their literature they openly describe the attitude as “the God Shu supporting the sky.” This grade is dedicated to the element of air, and so the idea is that you are the pillar of air supporting the roof of the Temple.
The Golden Dawn’s Sign of Theoricus involves mimicking Atlas holding up the Heavens
However, the O.T.O. also has another, similar gesture, described as “Isis in Welcome,” used during the “Babe of the Abyss” grade, in which you form your body into the letter X, like how Saint Andrew was crucified. It seems appropriate, then, that the “Isis in Welcome” gesture is officially named the “Sign of Mulier,” after a fourteenth-century Anglo-French word that translates to both “wife” and “born in wedlock.” Dictionary.com says “A tone of contempt often attaches to mulier and its derivatives. Wictionary.com says that mulier means “woman” in Latin from mollior, meaning “softer, weaker”… “comparative of mollis (‘soft, tender’).” This brings to my mind the she-goat Amalthea who is said to have nursed Zeus when he was a babe in exile, whom he afterwards sacrificed, making a buckler out of her skin. Her name is translated as “tender,” as this word originally meant “nurse” in English.
In the trials of European witches, they often confessed that at their Sabbats, the Devil would appear to them as a goat-headed figure like Baphomet, and make them kiss his second face, located beneath his tail, as a sign of respect. That face was frequently described as feminine in appearance. My guess is that this is Mete, and that, despite the claim on the idols that “return through the rectum is easy,” it’s not easy enough, because she’s presumably still being anally retained.
Tab. I, fig. 15-16 (front and back, respectively)
Tab. III, fig. 2
Tab. II, fig. 4
Tab. IV, fig. 34 (top and bottom, respectively)
Tab. IV, fig. 10-12, Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum
Tab. IV, fig. 17-18, Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum
Tab. IV, fig. 22, Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum
Tab. IV, fig. 23, Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum
Tab. IV, fig. 24, Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum
Tab. IV, fig. 12 (right half), Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum
Tab. IV, fig. 29-30, Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum
Tab. II, fig. 16, Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum. Hammer-Purgstall says the serpents are issuing forth from the “buttocks” of an enthroned Mete
Tab. I, fig. 1 with phallus restored, from Thomas Wright’s Worship of the Generative Powers.
Mithras Leocephaline (“lion-headed”), with winged serpent draped
This Mithas Leocephaline would fit in with Hammer-Purgstall’s Mete idols easily
From a Mithraic temple
+At any rate, this is what the Templars confessed to, twice, both to the king of France’s inquisitors, and to the Pope’s. So while they may have had their reasons (if you follow and believe Frale’s twisted apologist logic), and while they may have been absolved (as any murderer or rapist who confessed to a priest would be), they were certainly not innocent, either by contemporary standards, or today’s.
According to him, the document contains quite a few amazing admissions not mentioned by the other writers on the subject:
La tentation de Saint Antoine (1878), Felicien Rops
The Agape feast
Gargoyle from the Church of St. Peter in York, England
Gargoyles at Temple Church, London
The Witches’ Sabbath
Illustration of Black Mass from Juliette by the Marquis De Sade.
Templars desecrating the Cross at initiation
St. John in the Wilderness/Bacchus
St. John Goes Into the Wilderness, apparently leaving a medieval walled city
Left and Center: John the Baptist in attitude of Levi’s Baphomet (right hand forming Manu Pantea (“Hand of Blessing”), pointing upward, the other pointing down). Right: Crucifixion amulet inscribed “Christ, Orpheus, Bacchus.”
‘This is obvious magic.’
In this, I see echoes of the Kabbalistic story of the “slave woman” Lilith, who distracted God from his true wife, the Shekinah. We made a case in Baphomet: The Temple Mystery Unveiled, as other scholars have done, before us, that Allah and Lilith might be identical. Meanwhile, reminiscent of the castration of Attis, Ishmael had to sacrifice his foreskin in Abraham’s religious ritual. The two Jewish “tokens” of covenant with the Lord—circumcision and the observance of the Sabbath Day on Saturday—and both evidence of devotion to the cult of Saturn.