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Our Roots, The Crusades, and Baphomet from Zoramonkey's blog



Many people coming from such religions as the Abrahamic faiths or even the hero worshiping pseudo Abrahamic faiths like Mormonism  or non Abrahamic Faiths that are centered around a strong central figure like Scientology or Buddhism get confused when dealing with either the theistic or non-theistic LHP as when one gets into serious practice the following and submission to a central figure or prophet is not existent or at least not as prevalent.

Outside of the strong hero oriented cults like Islam, and Christianity the only other faiths that most people know about on any level are ethno-centric or at least culturally or nationally specific like Asatru, Hinduism or Shinto. Though the LHP can be practiced in ethnocentric or culturally specific terms it is defiantly not limited to that.

So all this begs the question: "If the LHP does not come from a specific culture or tradition and no real central prophet figure has yet emerged where did it come from?"

Now I can already hear the cries of Lavey's name and or Crowley's. I submit that neither individual introduced the LHP and in both cases followers of their groups often splintered into very different practices.

In Ceremonial Magick the LHP is said to have always existed and I agree with the concept just not the specifics. Bardon would have the reader believe that the LHP was sort of an eternal Obama figure responsible for every problem that arose in history. Blavasky obviously mistook the LHP for any spirituality that was expressed sexually or with sexual symbols as she had the bad luck of marrying a man young and her preferences went to women. Crowley, perhaps the only figure with any first hand knowledge of the LHP at all told his students that there was no difference between the RHP and the LHP at the fundamental levels or at least till the abyss was crossed and the grade of Magus was achieved.

Now if we take Bardons narrative then this shadowy cabal is a secret group and responsible for all kinds of mischief. If such a group existed they would need to make sure to eliminate any aspiring upstarts and thus you and I would be dead or imprisoned. Keep in mind Bardon's objective was to write books and make money.

Blavasky was exposed to such practices as Vajrayana and Vamachara (Who refer to themselves as the path of the left hand and have since antiquity) This was probably encouraged by Vaishite, Mahavana and Hinyana gurus she met as the whole LHP is not hated in the east but it does seem to annoy many gurus as one of the tenants of both systems involve breaking rules rather than following them.

Crowley had a vested interest in keeping his initiates calm and assuring them they were not making a Faustian deal by following him plus he could not resist raising hell in the public eye by occasionally making a Satanic comment or hosting a black mass.

Lavey was the first person to publicly endorse the LHP and within a short time the TOS splintered from his group. I assert that Lavey is not the founder of either Satanism or the LHP nor is he even held as an unquestionable prophet even by Laveyans.

Before I go any further I would like to make a breif mention of not only Crowley's religion, Thelema but also Masonry, Rosicrucianism and other such fraternal groups. Almost all of them make several references to the Knights Templar. Why would this be important, And just who is this Baphomet rascal anyway?

I submit that most of what we know of the occult and the LHP seems to owe it's existence to the crusades.

Why? Well imagine the Knights Templar or the poor knights as they were called. Imagine a hand to hand war with Islam, run by a theocratic monarch and adherence to a system that in many ways was even more restrictive than modern sharia.

Imagine the Templars living far from home. The culture was alien and they were rarely trusted by locals and not even permitted to retreat from battle even in the face of overwhelming odds. Imagine the fanaticism that was required to maintain such an endeavor in a time before radio, telephones or mass transportation. The psychological pressure and trauma not to mention multiple cultural pressures must have been beyond imagination.

From what it looks like happened (I was not there despite claims that the crusades happened in the Regan years.) the psychological and ecclesiastical system just snapped. First Templars who were in fact secretly gay probably began openly expressing themselves. They rode two to a horse and never knew if they were going to die the next day or not. Far from family and community they formed the only safe bonds they could and many of them just fell in love with one another as you would expect.

Outcast from their own culture and inside a hostile area they also made cultural ties to the other outsiders in the Holy land at the time...The Pagans, Jews, and the Yesedis, possibly even the stray Buddhist or Hindu if they ran into them.

Mixing the beliefs they encountered and the odd form of Catholicism they started with, it would not take long for several strange belief to take hold. They would also be forced to keep tight lipped about any details at all about any thing they were into. Sort of a what happens in Jerusalem stays in Jerusalem attitude sprung up.

Later, because of money owed to Phillip the Fair of France they were killed off and the remaining Templars went further into hiding.

The Church began its own campaigns of purging heretics as it had done with the Gnostics (the first of which were Luciferian) and the Cathars (Who also embraced some very LHP concepts) centuries earlier. Protestantism as well as Islam coupled with antisemitism, anti-Paganism, homophobia, Sexism, and embarrassment over the loss of the crusades started several inquisitions and witch hunts. Everything the church did not like was forced even further underground and the groups that were the legacy of the Templars seemed to gravatate to all of it.

Alchemy, Religious concepts from Kabbalism and Paganism, Homosexuality, Free sexuality, philosophy, political doctrines like anti monarchy and democracy were all embraced and such fraternal organizations attracted the growing middle class and intellectual classes.

Now we enter the modern era. The late industrial revolution to be exact. The fraternal legacy of the Templars is no longer the main resistance to the theocratic and authoritarian forces with such concepts as evolution, psychology, and mass entertainment doing much of the work to clear out the archaic ideologies.

The groups that represented the legacy of the Templars made a huge split. On one side they represented the status quo. Sometimes standing against an old ideology here and there like racism or caste systems but for the most part  just a boys club for the more or less well to do elements of society. On the other end were the esoterists. Mystics and rebels who took the most radical elements of the Templars legacy and ran with it.

As we went from the industial age to the atomic age to the information age, such groups continued to evolve at a greatly accelerated rate. I have often postulated that if we simply had a system of peer review for religion like we do for science most of mans religious problems could be cleared up in a decade. Such a process was in play with the esoteric fraternal groups as the helped facilitate the rebirth of Paganism, the Kabbalistic practices, free thought, Atheism and such. The closer a group was to the LHP the harder it was for them to fall into the hero worship trap.

Take for example the Temple of Set. Though founded by Aquino it has fostered several leaders rather that worshiping one or waiting for him to die before moving onto another. Don Webb and Stephen Flowers just to name a few.

Even in one group there are often many practitioners who draw more from a side sorce rather than the whole group just marching in lock step like a clone army. I believe this shows that there is a measurable LHP spirituality or culture that can be practiced by even the most inexperienced beginner in the LHP that causes them to be a little more ready to think for themselves and mix and match systems. This concept can be very confusing to beginners who are used to the monolithic spirituality that most of society clings to.

This brings me to our androgynous friend Baphomet. What he was to the crusaders was unknown. Rumors range from everything from a mispronunciation of Mohamed to the head of John the Baptist, to some ancient demon to the Prince of Darkness himself.

When I look at the image of him that Levi made that is so popular today I see a figure that is equally man and animal, male and female, having parts of all the elements in his or her person. Solve et Coagula to destroy and create, much like the three parts of the most ancient Hindu mantra OM or AUM as Crowley put it. Creating, Preserving and Destroying. The Atman, the soul, the mind, the body, Hadit(that which experiences) and Nuit (that which is experienced) The self, and the world. The unknown God that the Greeks shown the Apostle Paul, That which remains when all else is taken away.

If this was not what the Templars worshiped in the Temple of Solomon it should have been. Thus the LHP at it's core was not founded or rediscovered by one individual nor does it impose any strange system of morality or method that is not natural to the self. It's prophet and founder is that which remains when all else has been taken away, not some narcissistic prophet or savior or even some well meaning authority figure. Power is a choice as is freedom, plain and simple. To know, to will, to dare and to keep silent. I have always had trouble with the last one.

Sparkles and unicorns my degenerate brothers and sisters. Stay true to yourselves most of all.

Zoramonkey

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