Was Baphomet a golem animated by sperm, sigils, and incantations?

[Regarding the idol of Mete shown on Tab. I, fig. 3.] the inscription on the back of this idol, according to Hammer-Purgstall, reads:

She is exalted, Mete, Consivia (‘she who plants’), I and our race were seven. If you are from those who deny.

Tab. I, fig. 3 and 4, Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum

[This is an excerpt from “Meet Mete,” my introduction to my recently-published English translation of Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall’s Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum.]

Another idol, the previously-mentioned Tab. I, fig. 13, inscribed with the message about “golden waters,” also sports another inscription that reads, according to Hammer-Purgstall:

And there were seven, you, if you are denying, one, Omnipotent Mete sprouting, a debauched woman, it springs up for our race through πρωκτον (prokton, Greek, “the rectum”).

The “seven” in the “race” are the seven immortal planetary Archons, and we are being told quite frankly that they are birthed anally. This is how those of their “race” are reproduced. Most likely, this is a variation on the process of producing a golem in the Jewish tradition. Or, quite possibly, this is the process of creating a golem, and what we are discovering here are the details of the process. According to the article “Modern Jewish History: The Golem,” by Alden Oreck, published on the Jewish Virtual Library

The word ‘golem’ appears only once in the Bible (Psalms139:16). In Hebrew, ‘golem’ stands for ‘shapeless mass.’ The Talmud uses the word as ‘unformed’ or ‘imperfect’ and according to Talmudic legend, Adam is called ‘golem,’ meaning ‘body without a soul’ (Sanhedrin 38b) for the first 12 hours of his existence.

Since God is quite specifically described in Genesis as forming him in “his own image” So God created man in his own image (1:27), and this type of language is used again in 5:3, when Adam begets “a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth,” it seems likely to me that both Adam and Seth actually were golems. Seth was most likely an artificial creation meant to host the soul of Cain, who had been banished to “Nod,” seemingly a netherworld that doesn’t really exist except in dreams, and which was overcome with the waters of the Abyss of chaos during the Flood. This would explain why Cain’s descendants—who, it is implied, died out with the Flood—have nearly identical names to the first few generations that came from Set. I think the hints in the story are implying that Cain’s soul was trapped in Nod, but that his parents used magic to tap into that soul, and that they were able to use it to animate the golem they had made—the real Pinocchio.

Sumerian depiction of Golem creation.L.A. Waddell labels this image “The Birth of Cain,” but I think it is more likely to be Seth.

Continuing with his description of the making of a golem, Alden Oreck writes:

According to one story, to make a golem come alive, one would shape it out of soil, and then walk or dance around it saying combination of letters from the alphabet and the secret name of God. To ‘kill’ the golem, its creators would walk in the opposite direction saying and making the order of the words backwards.

Other sources say once the golem had been physically made one needed to write the letters aleph, mem, tav, which is emet and means ‘truth,’ on the golem’s forehead and the golem would come alive. Erase the aleph and you are left with mem and tav, which is met, meaning ‘death.’

Drawing of a rabbi animating a golem

This word emet seems to have the same meaning as the Egyptian maat, “truth,” personified as the goddess Maat of the proper “world order,” the basis of sound governance. Is this not also the same, essentially, as the meaning of metis: “wisdom,” “prudence,” and “wise rule”? Note that emet is a literal anagram of “Mete,” and that Hammer-Purgstall found this name written on idols within messages that he thought were coded in the form of anagrams.

In Europe up until the mid-nineteenth century, Jews were accused of sacrificing Christian boys and torturing them in bloodletting rituals around Passover/Easter. This was happening while Hammer-Purgstall was writing. As Alden Oreck writes:

Between 1805 and 1816 various cases of blood libel occurred in places within the Pale of Settlement, and the investigations always ended by exposing the lie on which they were based. In an attempt to stop their dissemination the minister of ecclesiastic affairs, A. Golitsyn, sent a circular to the heads of the guberniyas (provinces) throughout Russia on March 6, 1817, to this effect. Basing his instruction on the fact that both the Polish monarchs and the popes have invariably invalidated the libels, and that they had been frequently refuted by judicial inquiries, he stated in his circular that the czar directed ‘that henceforward the Jews shall not be charged with murdering Christian children, without evidence, and through prejudice alone that they allegedly require Christian blood.’ Nevertheless Alexander I (1801–25) gave instructions to revive the inquiry in the case of the murder of a Christian child in Velizh (near Vitebsk) where the assassins had not been found and local Jewish notables had been blamed for the crime. The trial lasted for about ten years. Although the Jews were finally exonerated, Nicholas I later refused to endorse the 1817 circular, giving as a reason that he considered that ‘there are among the Jews savage fanatics or sects requiring Christian blood for their ritual, and especially since to our sorrow such fearful and astonishing groups also exist among us Christians.’

Because of this ever-present suspicion against the Jews, according to legend, golems would be created around this time to protect the ghettos from rampaging Christian mobs anxious to lynch the suspects of the latest child disappearance in town. This, of course, is the same story fictionalized in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It was an artificial person, in that case, made from pieces of human cadavers, animated with electricity (like Mithras being brought to life by lightning). The roots of the word “frank” mean “truthful, honest” just like emet and maat mean “truth.” Its also the name of the Germanic people in Western Europe, the Franks, now known as “the French,” whose first king was Meroveus, the creature with two fathers, one of which was a water-dragon. Of course, “Stein” means “rock,” in German. So “Frankenstein” means “Rock of Truth,” or “Rock of Mete.” Here’s how the Online Etymology Dictionary puts it:

[A]llusive use for man-made monsters dates to 1838, from Baron Frankenstein, character in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. Commonly taken (mistakenly) as the proper name of the monster, not the creator, and thus franken—extended 1990s as a prefix to mean ‘non-natural.’ The German surname is probably literally ‘Franconian Mountain,’ stein being used especially for steep, rocky peaks, which in the Rhineland often were crowned with castles. The Shelleys might have passed one in their travels. The German surname also suggests ‘free stone.’

Prometheus means “foreknowledge” (containing, again, meth, that is, “Mete”), and meaning the same as the Greek Pronoia, as well as the English words “prudence” and “providence.”

Flyer from Kiev, 1915: “Christians, take care of your children! March 17 is Jewish Passover.”

Aleister Crowley is recording as having an intention to, through homosexual magic and alchemy, create a homunculus (another word for a golem) that would be born rectally from a male, and whose birth would herald the start of a new era. He called the anus the “Eye of Horus,” and the vagina the “mouth of Isis.” He is quoted as writing:

Oh, how superior is the Eye of Horus to the Mouth of Isis!… The ‘Child’ of such a love is a third person, a Holy Spirit, so to speak, partaking of both natures, yet boundless and impersonal because it is a bodiless creation of a wholly divine nature.

He was the first to coin the English word “Superman” in English. This came from Aleister Crowley’s novel Moonchild, which is about creating a child with divine parentage through sexual magic. Regarding this process, he had said:

…[T]he idea has been almost universal in one form or another; the wish has always been for a Messiah or Superman, and the method some attempt to produce man by artificial or at least abnormal means.

Note that the word “Superman” contains all of the letters of the word “sperm.”


Superman appears on Earth. Note cosmic egg/Sun behind him, and pose of Mulier (“The Wife”), a.k.a. “Sign of Baphomet” from Crowley’s AA order dedicated to anal sex rites


In the “Secrets of the Ordo Templi Orientis” article on parareligion.ch, we read:

The name Baphomet is used to signify the Lion-Serpent or Semen. This is the Blood of the Phallus in which its life-force is concentrated. The Phallus is the Wonder-Tree (in Crowley’s Gnostic Catholic Mass) and the semen is the sap that continues its existence from generation unto generation. Baphomet as the Semen is also the Holy Ghost, the continuity between the Father and the Son, and one part of the matter of the Sacrament.

Certainly, the acolytes of Aleister Crowley are taught that the way to creating a “servitor” (an artificial spirit created as a servant) is to make a sigil representing it and then “bring it to life” by applying fresh sperm to a physical representation of the image. Does it not seem likely that this is, along with the writing of the magic word emet or mete, might be the way to animate it?

From temple at Luxor, comes with inscription: “Water of Life and Good Fortune, rejuvenating thee like thy father Atum.”  L.A. Waddell takes “Atum” to be the same figure as Adam

So were Hammer-Purgstall’s idols actually meant to be golems? UCLA’s Medieval History expert Zrinka Stahuljak, in her book Pornographic Archaeology: Medicine, Medievalism, and the Invention of the French Nation, quotes Friedrich Nicholai from 1782 (Essays on accusations against the Templars, and the secret of this order, with a paper on the origin of Freemasonry) and writes that he claimed, according to sources he had read that:

[T]he name ‘Baphomet’ mentioned in the deposition… ‘was not the name of the idol, but rather a hieroglyph imprinted on it. The head … had been a symbol, the image of the eternal Father in a state of rest, as the ancient Gnostics represented him.’ Baphomet would thus have been a name for a Gnostic symbol.

This, then, may provide a total explanation for the inscriptions referring to “sprouting water,” what Hammer-Purgstall interprets as “sperma genethliakon (reproductive seed),” the source of the “genital wisdom” (Arabic, ma-ta na-sha) of Mete? In the Bible, “to know” is a euphemism of sex, and we still have the term “carnal knowledge” for this. It was the “fruit” of the Tree of Knowledge that they were forbidden to eat, because it made them as smart as the gods were.

God reposing on the seventh day, from the first Russian engraved Bible

One of the words found on the inscriptions means “sperm” directly in Arabic. I found this by typing out the letters from the inscribed word myself into a search engine. The letters are the equivalent of “MNSY.”

MNSY from Mysterium Baphometis

I have many pages of notes I have made about the etymology of this word and its associated syllables. They all have to do with wisdom and sperm. Even the word “mayonnaise,” and the city of Mahon in Spain that it’s said to be native to, are connected, and just think about the implication of that (but not while you’re eating a sandwich, please). The other amazing connections relate directly to the name of the Prophet Mohammed, and also that of the Prophet Mani, founder of the Gnostic movement of Manicheanism.

The Egyptian fertility god Min

Amazingly, Mohammed is said to have died and been buried with his penis remaining erect (a sign of poisoning, by the way). A glyph formed by his name creates an image that looks like a skeletal man lying on his back with his penis pointing up. This information can be found on a website called “Pengetahuan Agama Islam,” where the writer also points out that Mohammed’s name can also be viewed as forming a human body genuflecting in prayer (see both demonstrated on screenshots from that site featured below).

Note the symbol for the Multi-National Corps of Iraq, the name of which, in Arabic, in shortened into an acronym with the same letters as the Arabic word for sperm (MNSY). With the one on the right, it looks like the spear is going through the lion’s body. According to Hammer-Purgstall, the Ophites and Templars sacrificed lions because they saw them as symbols of Jaldabaoth, the Demiurge, whom Gnostics depicted as a serpent with the head of a lion. As for the spear with the palm branches coming out, it reminds me very much of a European heraldic device called the Alerion.

MNSY badges


The Alerion is supposed to be a bird with no beak and only one eye. It is associated with the region of Lorraine in France, and with the royal house that famously ruled it, related directly to the Merovingians, Angevins and Plantagenets.

In his 1652 book Oedipus Aegyptiacus, Athanasius Kirscher depicted the Egyptian magical practice of making a golem, often of the firstborn son of the magician, which could be used for divination purposes. The head would be mounted on a wall or a golden plate and animated with the same means as a golem is animated: writing the magic word Emet on parchment and putting this in the idol’s mouth. This then purportedly would make it come to life and begin talking, answering whatever question the wizard demanded. In 620 BC, they were classified as a form of idol and banned by the Hebrew prophets.

Teraphim were also used, apparently, by the Sabians of Harran. Kevin van Bladel’s The Arabic Hermes describes a festival that included “a ritual involving a decapitated boy whose head is placed on an altar where it howls; its howls were used to predict the future of the Sabian people.” At this rite the pagan god Mara Samya, “the Blind Lord,” was invoked, perhaps equivalent to the demon Samael, whose name means the same thing.

[This is an excerpt from “Meet Mete,” my introduction to my recently-published English translation of Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall’s Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum.]

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