From the All-Seeing Eye to Baphomet
|By: Carl Teichrib; ©2002|
|An eye-opening look at some of the symbols often associated with the New Age movement.|
- “Symbolism is the language of the Mysteries…By symbols men have ever sought to communicate to each other those thoughts which transcend the limitations of language…In a single figure a symbol may both reveal and conceal, while to the ignorant the figure remains inscrutable.” — Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, p.20.
According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, “symbol” can be defined as “a mark or character taken as the conventional sign of some object, idea, function, or process.” The New Age movement and the occult–which, in many ways, are one and the same–have greatly employed the use of symbolism. I find it disturbing that while the historical and contemporary “marks” of occultism can be found throughout our modern culture, we no longer recognize their spiritual significance. However, just because the average person no longer knows the meaning of occult symbols, it in no way negates their significance. The fact remains that these symbols have never lost their meaning, and occultists today still recognize their power and influence.
All-Seeing-Eye (also known as the Eye of Osiris):
This universal symbol is easily traced back to the mystery religions of Egypt and Greece. It represents insight into the occult through spiritual illumination, inner vision, and wisdom as dispersed by the Sun deity, which is gained through initiation into its rites. The all-seeing-eye on the one dollar bill is just one example of the use of this symbol (and yes, the context of its use on the dollar is based on the mystery religions). Note that the examples given all have the eye in a pyramid. While this is common, it is not the only form this symbol takes. At times the eye will have light radiating from it and/ or clouds surrounding it.
This symbol is often found where graffiti is sprayed. Its meaning is simple–rebellion. While “anarchy” is not always recognized as occultism, I Samuel 15:23 tells us that rebellion is the “sin of witchcraft.”
ANKH (also known as the crux ansata):
Popularized in today’s jewelry, this ancient symbol is firmly rooted in the Egyptian mystery cults. It is associated with the goddess Osiris and was claimed to hold the power of life over death. The picture shows an occult priest in an Egyptian temple warding off death through the power of the Ankh. Of special note, many Christians naively wear this symbol thinking it’s Christian–nothing could be further from the truth.
BAPHOMET (also known as the Goat or Star of Mendes):
Primarily viewed as the goat’s head inside an inverted pentagram (the pentagram will be discussed in a future article), Baphomet is a representation of Lucifer and his dark powers. The image below of a goat head shaped into the form of a pentagram was taken from a copy of The Satanic Bible. The composite drawing of Baphomet, with the power to control white and black magic (one hand pointing to the white moon, the other to the dark) is probably the most famous image of this beast. It was designed by the master occultist Eliphas Levi and is found in his book Transcendental Magic. Occultists regard this composite as sacred.
- “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”–Ephesians 6:12,13
Carl Teichrib is Director of Research at Hope For The World, the organization of bestselling author Gary Kah. To access Hope For The World’s top quality research newsletter, or other pertinent material, call 317-290-HOPE.