A new hymn for a god/dess of witches, sorcerers, and madmen.
Hymn to Baphomet
Strange god! Gnostic god!
Creator and destroyer!
Friend to the alienated,
lover and beloved
of artists and magicians!
You who reconcile false dichotomies:
mortal and divine; man and woman;
human and animal; of the Earth and of the Air.
You are of the Dark Moon and the Light.
Solve et coagvla.
You are the Sabbatic goat!
Winged, and crowned in horn and flame,
Thyrsus and caduceus, thy tumescence.
You are the Mysteries made flesh.
O you Hidden One!
You are ancient yet unfinished!
You are many formed, many natured!
You are All-Father, All-Mother, All-Lover!
All hail Baphomet!
Filed under art, witchcraft
The first of many series exploring myth, ritual, and possession, I shot these photos around the first of the month with my first professional model, Felicity Houpte. Inspired by my experiences with the Conjuration of Baphomet, this series depicts a simple rite of evocation and the donning of a mask, followed by possession by the god Baphomet and finally apotheosis.
Images below the fold for space considerations and because they are not safe for work.
I’m not always very good about divining before enchanting, but I thought that this culminating ritual would be an exceptionally good time to observe best practices. Unfortunately, as you can see, the outcome is less than clear. Obviously, I decided to proceed anyway.