Sigil of Baphomet
The Sigil of Baphomet is the primary symbol of Satanism.[#603] It was first popularized by Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan.[#604]
The Church of Satan website explains the symbolism of the Sigil of Baphomet as follows:
"The pentagram (pentalpha) comes from the Pythagorean tradition. The goat’s or ram's head within it refers to the Goat of Mendes, a symbol of the Egyptian Neter Amon, who was called “the hidden one, he who abides in all things, the soul of all phenomena” and is thus the closest Neter to the Dark Force which is seen to permeate and motivate all nature. The two concentric circles which contain the word “Leviathan” written in Hebrew (starting at the lowermost point and moving counterclockwise) stem from the traditions of the Ophite (serpent) Jews, and this is the essence of the Dragon of the Abyss, descended from Tiamat, sometimes symbolized as an ouroboros (serpent biting its own tail forming a circle)."[#604]
- “F.A.Q. Symbols and Symbolism.” Church of Satan.
- “The History of the Origin of the Sigil of Baphomet and its Use in the Church of Satan.” Church of Satan.