The Gospel According to Baphomet: Excerpts from Clock Shavings, by Tracy R. Twyman

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The following is a collection of excerpts from Clock Shavings, my new book, now available. The topics are the Crucifixion and the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau. Full analysis and more details are available in the book.

After that last séance, I remember reflecting on it for days. I was fascinated by how the different entities expressed themselves on the board. In particular, I was amazed at how Baphomet and Cain did seem to be inverted mirror opposites of one another, yet somehow connected together, just as Cain had said they were.

I noticed that Baphomet chose to move from one side of the wheel to another, so that when spelling out words, he would always, in-between letters, jerk it to the other side quickly. He would do this even if he didn’t need to use one of the letters there, and even if the letter he needed next was right beside the one he had just used.

Cain, on the other hand, preferred to move in circles. Even if two letters that he was using to spell something were right next to each other on the wheel, he would circle around to the other side to get the next letter. I thought maybe this had to do with the fact that Cain, the Black Sun, was a solar entity, while Baphomet was lunar (according to Eliphas Levi, at least) and an embodiment of opposing polarities.

I also discovered that the inverted alphabet sequence which all of the entities we spoke with were emphasizing, was in fact something known as the “Atbash cipher.” The writers of Holy Blood, Holy Grail had mentioned that the Atbash cipher was used by the Knights Templar! Incredibly, if you apply the same rearrangement to the Hebrew alphabet, then when you take the word “Sophia” (the name for the divine wisdom of God) using the Aramaic spelling (the Hebrew-Greek mix language used at the time of Christ) and run it through the cipher, you get “Baphomet.” This is especially interesting because another theory about Baphomet’s name, put forward by nineteenth-century Viennese Orientalist Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, is that it comes from “Bapho Metis,” Greek words for “Baptism of Wisdom.” He speculated that this might be the title of an Ophite Gnostic rite secretly observed by the Templars.

The possible connection between Baphomet’s name and a rite of baptism is potentially important as well. The first mention of baptism in the Bible is in Matthew 3:10-12, when John the Baptist immerses Jesus in the river Jordan. Of course, the patron saint of the Knights Templar was John (as he is for the Freemasons as well).

When the Templars were accused of heresy and blasphemy, one of the specific charges was of practicing Johannism. This was an underground cult that venerated John as the real Christ, viewing Jesus as a false prophet. It is still practiced today in Iraq, as part of a sect called the “Mandeans.”

The Baphomet idol that the Templars were accused of worshipping has been speculated by some writers to have actually been the skull of John. As you will of course recall, John was famously beheaded at the request of Salome, according to the Gospels. Certain historians actually think that the Knights may have discovered the real skull of John some time during their occupation of the Holy Land. In the Gnostic text The Apocryphon of St James, John’s head is referred to as the “Head of Prophecy.” The tortured Templars confessed to their inquisitors that the Baphomet head “prophesied” for them as well.

With ideas like these running through our heads, Brian and I decided to conjure up Baphomet again for a thorough interrogation on just who or what he was. We wanted to know what, if anything, he had to do with John the Baptist, severed heads, or wisdom. The conversation that followed was long, very revealing, and quite hair-raising at times. It will make your blood run cold.

Tracy: Why is Baphomet associated with a head?

Baphomet: JOHN

Tracy: John the Baptist?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Why is John the Baptist important?

Baphomet: JESUS

Tracy: Did John think that he was the Messiah instead of Jesus?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Did Jesus and John hate each other?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Why?

Baphomet: RABBINICAL LAW

Tracy: They had a disagreement over rabbinical law?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did the disagreement involve marriage?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did it have to do with Jesus marrying Mary Magdalene?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: What was the problem?

Baphomet: LEVI

Tracy: Was Magdalene from the tribe of Levi?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: But the tribe of Levi is the priestly line, isn’t it?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: So what’s the problem with Jesus marrying into the tribe of Levi?

Baphomet: END OF ILM

Tracy: What does “ILM” mean?

Baphomet: RACE

Tracy: Marrying into the line of Levi meant the end of Jesus’ race?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: What line was Jesus from?

Baphomet: DAVID

Tracy: Why can’t the line of David marry into the line of Levi?

Baphomet: WORLD LAW

Baphomet then visited the rose-cross symbol in the lower left-hand corner of the board.

Tracy: Why didn’t John want Jesus to marry into the line of Levi?

Baphomet: PROPHECY

Tracy: What was the prophecy?

Baphomet: CURSE

Tracy: What do you mean?

Baphomet: PROPHECY OF DANIEL 5:5

At this point, we had a brief intermission in the discussion so that we could take the King James Bible from the bookshelf to look up the reference that Baphomet was giving us. As it turned out, Daniel 5:5 is the famous line describing how Belshazzar, King of Babylon (and son of Nebuchadnezzar) witnessed a disembodied hand writing mysterious words on the wall:

“In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.”

The words written – “MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN” – are interpreted to prophecy the king’s imminent demise, and that of his kingdom as well. At the time, I didn’t get what this passage had to do with the story of Jesus and John that he was telling me. So I came up with an interpretation about how it might be metaphorically relevant, and asked Baphomet if I was right.

Tracy: Did John see writing on the wall similar to that in Daniel 5: 5 about his own demise?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Whose hand did the writing?

Baphomet: ME

Tracy: Is Levi the line that the king needs to marry into?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is it that John did not want Jesus to marry Mary Magdalene because it would be an announcement of his intention to be the King of Israel, and John knew that would cause both John and Jesus to be persecuted by Herod and Pilate?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did Jesus disbelieve that the threat was real?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: And he went ahead with the marriage anyway?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is that why the bloodline of Jesus was cursed?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Who cursed them?

Baphomet: ME

Tracy: What was the curse?

Baphomet: QUARREL

Tracy: Can the curse be broken?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: How?

Baphomet: NOT FOR YOU

Tracy: Did Jesus die on the cross?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Did someone else die in his place?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Was he a willing sacrifice?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Who was it?

Baphomet: JUDAS

Tracy: He was the sacrificial goat?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did anyone else know about it?

Baphomet: SARAH

Tracy: Who arranged for this to happen?

Baphomet: ME

Tracy: Were you alive at the time?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: How did you accomplish this?

Baphomet: TRICKS

Tracy: So the head of John the Baptist was the Baphomet relic that the Templars had?

Baphomet: YES. 58

Tracy: Head 58?

“Caput 58M” was a designation found written on one of the gold-plated heads that were discovered at Templar preceptories after their arrest by French police in 1307.

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: What does 58 mean?

Baphomet: MM

Tracy: Does that stand for Mary Magdalene?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Why would the head of John the Baptist have a reference to Mary Magdalene on it, if John didn’t want the marriage to take place?

Baphomet: HATE

Tracy: Did the Templars hate Mary Magdalene?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Was she a prostitute?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Did they call her a whore because her marriage to Jesus cursed their bloodline?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Was that the Church’s viewpoint as well?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is that why they cut her out of the Bible?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did you create the Templars as a hate cult against Mary Magdalene?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did the Priory of Sion know this?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Is this what caused the “Cutting of the Elm”?

Baphomet: YES

The “Cutting of the Elm” is the name given by the Priory of Sion’s literature for the division that allegedly occurred in 1188 between the Priory of Sion and the Knights Templar. The Priory claims that both orders were at one time part of the same group.

Tracy: Who has the head now?

Baphomet: SION

Tracy: Why do the Priory of Sion call their Grand Masters “John”?

Baphomet: SIX JS

Tracy: What are the six Js?

Baphomet: JACOB, JESUS, JOHN, JOSHUA, JEAN, JOB

Tracy: Is the head of John the Baptist the relic with which the curse is associated?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Do you need the head to break the curse?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is the head the Holy Grail?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Is this what the Templars found in Jerusalem?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: What did they find?

Baphomet: ARK

Tracy: Why did the Templars want to capture Jerusalem?

Baphomet: DESTINY

Tracy: Is the head the treasure of Rennes-le-Château?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is it the only thing you need to break the curse?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: What else?

Baphomet: 4 PARCHMENTS

Tracy: The parchments that Saunière found?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Are the ones that have been published correct?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Are the genealogies a part of it?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Are the parchments a ritual to break the curse?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Are the genealogies important because they name the people who have been affected by the curse?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Can you tell us the meaning of the parchments?

Baphomet: YES

At this point, we went line by line through the coded message found on the second of the four mysterious parchments found by Bérenger Saunière in his church in Rennes-le-Château. The message goes:

“SHEPHERDESS NO TEMPTATION THAT POUSSIN TENIERS HOLD THE KEY PAX 681 BY THE CROSS AND THIS HORSE OF GOD I DESTROY THIS DAEMON GUARDIAN AT MIDDAY BLUE APPLES.”

So we asked Baphomet about it:

Tracy: Is “shepherdess” a reference to the Poussin painting The Shepherds of Arcadia?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Do you need the painting to undo the curse as well?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Which David Teniers painting is the message referring to?

Baphomet: TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

There is no known painting by David Teniers called “The Temptation of Christ.” There is however, one called The Temptation of Saint Anthony.

Tracy: Was the temptation of Christ the temptation to marry Magdalene and seize the crown?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: By whom as he tempted?

Baphomet: YIAY

Tracy: Who’s that?

Baphomet: A FRIEND

Tracy: Is this what the film The Last Temptation of Christ is about?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Who was responsible for that film?

Baphomet: ME

Tracy: What does “PAX 681” mean?

Baphomet: QUARREL

Tracy: How does PAX 681 mean “quarrel”?

Baphomet: CODE

Tracy: Which code?

Baphomet: MINE

Tracy: What does “by the cross” mean?

Baphomet: JESUS

Tracy: What does “horse of God” mean?

Baphomet: JUDAS

Tracy: Does “I destroy the demon guardian” mean “destroy the curse”?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: What does “at noon” mean?

Baphomet: AT NOON

Tracy: You mean the ritual has to be done at noon?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: What does “blue apples” mean?

Baphomet: BLOOD SACRIFICE

Tracy: Does someone have to be sacrificed in the place of Jesus in the ritual?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is it a real-life game of Ageio, where you kill the king?

Baphomet: YES

Lid of the Pastos from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
Lid of the Pastos from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

Tracy: Is that what was going on with Jesus and John as well?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did they know it?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Do you hate Mary Magdalene because you did you not want her to marry Jesus?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Why?

Baphomet: LEVITES ARE HERETICAL

Tracy: Why are they heretical?

Baphomet: NEMES

Tracy: What is “NEMES”?

Baphomet: CITY

Tracy: Where is the city of Nemes?

Baphomet: BABYLON

Tracy: Did Nemes have another name?

Baphomet: UR

Tracy: So what’s the significance of Nemes?

Baphomet: RIVAL BLOODLINE

Tracy: Rival to what?

Baphomet: DAVID

Tracy: Did Magdalene have the blood of Nemes in her?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did the Levites intermarry with the Nemes?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did they do that during the Babylonian captivity?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is that why the Levites are heretical?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is there another name for the Nemes?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: What is it?

Baphomet: NEBUCHADNEZZAR

Tracy: What do you think of the Nemes?

Baphomet: SLAVES

Tracy: Are the Nemes and the line of David originally of the same stock?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: At what point did the two lines separate?

Baphomet: ABRAHAM

Tracy: Is this the story of Ishmael and Isaac?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Are the Nemes cursed?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Who cursed them?

Baphomet: BS

Tracy: The Black Sun?

Baphomet: YES. SEPTAGUINT (sic) ABRAHAM

The Septuagint is a Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, although I did not know this at the time. The Septuagint has a different chronology from other versions of the texts.

Tracy: Baphomet, do you appear as one of the characters in the Bible?

Baphomet: YES. MANY.

Tracy: Tell us what some of them are.

Baphomet: DANIEL 5:5

Tracy: You were the hand that wrote on the wall in The Book of Daniel?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: What else?

Baphomet: WEDDING CANA

Tracy: You were at the wedding at Cana?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Which character were you?

Baphomet: 7

Tracy: You were seven characters at the same time?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Name some of your presences there.

At this point, Baphomet abruptly moved the planchette down to the Abyss at the bottom of the board (which I will from this point on refer to as “WATER” in the transcripts), then spelled out the word “WINE.”

Tracy: You’re saying that you’re the one who changed the water into wine?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: What’s another character from the Gospels that was actually you?

Baphomet: JUDAS

Tracy: Why is Mary Magdalene associated with Venus?

Baphomet: FEMALE. WATER.

Tracy: Because she’s female and she’s associated with water?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Does Magdalene represent a lesser aspect of the female side of Baphomet?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Do you curse that part of yourself that Magdalene represents?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Why?

Baphomet: NAÏVE

Tracy: She’s naive?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Does the Black Sun excuse naiveté?

This was a question that Brian wanted to ask.

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Does that bother you?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Does the Black Sun love you?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is the Black Sun naive?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is anyone who loves you naive?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Do you hate anyone who loves you?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Why?

Baphomet: DUALITY

Tracy: Do you hate us?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Do you curse everything that the Black Sun blesses?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did the Black Sun tempt Jesus?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did you curse the Nemes?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: How many curses?

Baphomet: 7

Tracy: What are they?

Baphomet: FEAR

Tracy: Fear of what?

Baphomet: ME

Tracy: What else did you curse them with?

Baphomet: POVERTY, DISEASE, DROUGHT, GREED, TREACHERY, CONFUSION

Tracy: Did they receive any blessings?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: From who?

Baphomet: BS

Tracy: How many?

Baphomet: 6

Tracy: What were they?

Baphomet: CULTURE, WILL, VIGILANCE, FERTILITY, LOYALTY, MEMORY

Tracy: Why did the Black Sun bless them?

Baphomet: PITY

Tracy: How do you feel about John the Baptist?

Baphomet: HATE

Tracy: Why?

Baphomet: NEMES

Tracy: Was he of the blood of Nemes?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did you have a deal with John the Baptist?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: What was the deal?

Baphomet: NO MARRIAGE

Tracy: You made a deal with him to stop the marriage?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: What would he get in exchange?

Baphomet: LIFE

Tracy: You would let him live if he stopped the marriage?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: But he didn’t so you had his head chopped off?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Why did the Templars keep the head of John the Baptist?

Baphomet: HATE

Tracy: Did the Templars hate John the Baptist too?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did they forget that as time went on?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Why did the Priory of Sion want the head?

Baphomet: CURSE

Tracy: Did they want to break the curse?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Is it that whoever has the head is immune from the curse?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is that the reason for the Cutting of the Elm? The Priory and the Templars split up because of a fight over possession of the head?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Is that the reason why the Templars were disbanded by the Church?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Did some renegade Templars give the head back to the Priory?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Do the Templars exist anymore?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Did the hate cult of John the Baptist continue on in Freemasonry?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Are the Freemasons fighting against the Priory of Sion as a continuation of feud that the Templars had with them?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: Are they all part of the same organization now?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: The Elm is back together again?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Do they have any enemies anymore?

Baphomet: YES

Tracy: Who?

Baphomet: NEMES

Tracy: Where did the Baphomet head go?

Baphomet: KADISH

Tracy: Is it still there?

Baphomet: NO

Tracy: So where is it now?

Baphomet: ISTANBUL

Tracy: Where is the spirit of Baphomet?

In reply, he visited the little black star by the crescent moon in the upper right corner. Then he went down to the watery abyss at the bottom of the board, and, we presume, to the real Abyss below as well. Thus ended what was, up until that point, the most productive, amazing, and frightening session we had ever experienced on the Ouija board.

At the time, we had no idea what “KADISH” was. When we looked it up the next day, all that was found was “Kadesh,” a city in the ancient Levant and now in modern Syria. More recently, I have discovered that there is a village in Iran named “Kadish,” currently populated by fifteen people from four families. But since the Knights Templar controlled territories in Syria, I think this is a much more likely location for the Baphomet head to have landed.

The word “kadesh” or “kadosh” means “holy,” and this is the meaning behind name of the thirtieth degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, “Knight Kadosh.” Although the accusation appears unfounded, the 1918 version of the Catholic Encyclopedia stated that there was a version of the Knight Kadosh initiation ritual written by influential Mason Albert Pike, which allegedly included the trampling of something representing the papal tiara. This was imagined by the Encyclopedia’s authors to be an homage to the rite purportedly practiced by the Templars in which they were supposed to have desecrated a crucifix in such a manner.

Istanbul is an excellent candidate for the hiding place of the Baphomet skull, although I only learned more about this possibility years later. Of course, this city was once called “Constantinople,” and was the capitol of the Byzantine Empire. The Christians who lived there spoke Greek and followed the Eastern Church, which had schismed from Rome in 1054.

In 1204 (16 years after the “Cutting of the Elm”), a crusader army (including the Templars) was redirected by the Doge of Venice to attack Constantinople (instead of the Saracen enemy) in order to eliminate the Venetians’ chief international trade competition. The knights sacked the city, and even destroyed the Hagia Sophia, the ancient “Church of the Holy Wisdom.”

But they didn’t just sack it. In the style of the alleged blasphemous secret rites of the Templars, they performed a Satanic “Black Mass” of sorts there. Upon the very throne where the Bishop sat, they crowned and enthroned a woman who was both a witch and a prostitute, then had her perform a lewd song and dance routine.

In 2005 I published my book Solomon’s Treasure, which contained a couple of chapters about possible connections between the head, the Templars, and Hagia Sophia. One noteworthy fact is the purported link between “Sophia” and “Baphomet” via the Atbash cipher. More directly, Constantinople, and a place just outside of it called “Hebdomon,” were host to not one, but two claimed heads of John the Baptist, one of which came into the possession of the Knights of Saint John (an order that merged with the remnants of the Templars after they were disbanded).

These relics were considered to possess magical protective powers. They were said to have played an important role not only in the history of Constantinople, but of Byzantium as a whole. One of the heads was stolen by the Crusaders during the sack of the city, and is now on display in the Amiens Cathedral in France. Another is still on display in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia stands rebuilt, and now rededicated as a mosque, in Istanbul today.

The story that Baphomet told us about Jesus being substituted on the cross by Judas is actually the plotline of something called The Gospel of Barnabas, dismissed by most scholars as a medieval forgery and Muslim propaganda. We knew nothing about this text during the séance, but later discovered that many details of Baphomet’s tale, including using “tricks” to make people believe it was Jesus being crucified, are to be found Barnabas.

This is a much more elaborate version of something mentioned briefly in The Koran. There it merely says that Jesus allowed somebody to die in his place, and let people think it was him. So although we could tell that Baphomet was giving us a heretical version of the gospel story, and putting himself forth as one of the main characters, we didn’t realize at the time that he was giving us specifically Islamic-based heresies.

Regarding Baphomet’s claim that the marriage of Jesus and Mary Madgalene resulted in the “END OF ILM,” let us look at what that might mean. “Elohim” was a plural noun used to refer to God in the Bible. It was also the name the Canaanites gave for their pantheon of gods.

The Canaanites had a myth about 70 “sons of Elohim” who each bred with humans to found different nations of people. This seems to link up to Genesis chapter 6, where the same term, “sons of Elohim” (rendered in English as “sons of God”) bred with human females to produce the giants.

At any rate, it seems that one way or another, Jesus was considered a direct inheritor of the DNA of God. There are three ways to think about this: (1) immaculate conception (Christian view); (2) his possible descent from the Nephilim, or (3) his unpolluted descent from Adam through the line of David by both Joseph and Mary. Either way, maybe the marriage with the Magdalene would have somehow desecrated that lineage, in Baphomet’s view.

However, it would take years before I became aware of most of the hidden meaning in this particular séance, which came to be known between me and Brian as “the Gospel According to Baphomet.” In the meantime, I filed this transcript away with the others, only bringing it out occasionally to show certain friends, for entertainment purposes.

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