08/25/08 – 10:08am (Sofia)
Have you ever wondered about that gorgeous woman in Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel—the one that God has his arm wrapped around while his other arm extends to touch the hand of Adam?
Some art historians believe the petite blonde was Ialdabaoth’s grandmother, the Goddess Sophia. In the Judeo-Christian tradition the goddess Sophia is the beginning, the source of wisdom, and keeper of the knowledge of all that is righteous and just. With her sound wisdom and guidance, rulers lead their kingdoms to prosper. In the darkness and ignorance that thrive in her absence, the proverbial wasteland eats away at the soul and nations perish.
Known as the Mother of All or simply as Wisdom, Sophia was born of Silence according to Gnostic creation myths. She gave birth to both Male and Female who together created all the elements of our material world.
Female then gave birth to Ialdabaoth. When humans were created, Sophia loved them all dearly.
Unfortunately, her affection for humans sparked jealousy in Ialdabaoth. Hoping to keep humans weak and powerless, he forbade humans to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Female then sent her spirit in the form of the serpent to teach the humans to disobey the envious god.
Sophia so desperately loved humans that she decided she would live among them. To her dismay they mostly ignored her. She tried speaking to them. When they turned a deaf ear, she screamed from the tops of the highest walls. Still she was not heard.
In her anguish at being so neglected, she left humans with one last thought: You have denied and ignored me, so will I do when calamity strikes and you call for my help. Only those who earnestly search for me and love me will merit my love and assistance.
There are those who believe that Sophia, so desperate in her desire to relate, later returned to humans in another attempt to bond with them. Sophia is often symbolized by the Dove of Aphrodite, which later became the dove representing the Holy Spirit.
The dove appeared to the Virgin Mary in the form of the Virgin of Light, entered her and conceived Jesus. In this sense, Sophia attempted again, in to form of a man, to be united with the mortals she so loved.
Biblical references to Sophia:
In Proverbs chapter 1, starting at verse 20, divine Sophia (Wisdom) is portrayed as a woman crying in the streets. This feminine divine image continues throughout Proverbs, especially in chapter 8. The original Hebrew Chokmah was also a female metaphor. Paul uses the female image of divine Sophia (Wisdom) to describe Christ in 1 Corinthians 1:24.
Sofia as wisdom lies waiting to be discovered within the Black Goddess who is her mirror image. Knowing that, until we make that important recognition, we are going to have to face the hidden and rejected images of ourselves again and again.
this Black Goddess is the TRUE origin of the Baphomet.
Satanists all over the world have used it to represent
their “Satan,” not knowing its true design.
LaVey just took the Baphomet itself not knowing what it was and plastered it on a book , the “Satanic Bible.” the Baphomet is SOPHIA encoded with the Atbash Cipher, with the letters for Baphomet.
Seems he was in the habit of just taking things (like most youngling magi who out of rebellion adopt some ‘dark lord’ as their avatars not truely understanding what the ‘darkness’ has to teach.)
Baphomet is a name of unestablished origin. It first appeared in trial transcripts during the Inquisition of the Knights Templar in the early 1300s. Some modern scholars believe the name to have been an Old French corruption and misspelling of the name Mahomet (Muhammad.)
– That’s because they didn’t understand it was the cipher used in the Book of Jeremiah.
you can see well thru Giger’s painting the similarities of Sofia and Baphomet:
my personal favorite:
“…Sofia as wisdom lies waiting to be discovered within the Black Goddess who is her mirror image. Knowing that, until we make that important recognition, we are going to have to face the hidden and rejected images of ourselves again and again.”