THE
ARCANE
ARCHIVE

a cache of usenet and other text files pertaining
to occult, mystical, and spiritual subjects.


TOP | YRONWODE | ARCANE ARCHIVE.ORG | OCCULTISM | HERMETICISM

Frabato, the Magician

To: alt.magick
From: ctuttle@bu.edu (Christopher Tuttle)
Subject: Re: Frabato, the Magician (9406.fbardon.ct)
Date: 49940624

Quoting: |wl-silveroak-ely@society.com, 
	 |> rcbright@astro.ocis.temple.edu (Robert C. Bright)

|>I read _Frabato the Magician_ recently and was surprised to learn that
|>Bardon considers the god of the 99 Lodges was Baphomet.  Is this so?
|>Bardon also says that Baphomet is a demon whose deal with the 99
|>Lodge folks is a personal demon and stuff for life in exchange for
|>the death of one of its members each summer solstice.  (Then
|>eternal service)  Does anyone have any thoughts on this subject?

|>Signed
|>"Confused in Philadelphia"

|One thought... Who is Bardon, and why does he claim demonic presence?
|I've seen plenty of people criing demon far to easilly.

Franz Bardon was a 19th century German magician.  He belonged to a ceremonial
magical order (the name escapes me at the moment!), one of many that sprang
up in Germany between the late 17th and early 20th centuries.  He is most
famous for a two-volume work on ceremonial magic training called _Initiation
into Hermetics_ -- of which the first volume is quite useful (although quite
densely written), whereas the second volume is pretty obtuse and not really
useful to anyone not following the system in its entirety.  Quite a few parts
of Initiation into Hermetics (vol. 1) have found there way into other western
occult "systems/traditions" (without citations, I might add) . . . for example,
the preparatory method for "Universal Condenser" later found in the Witchcraft
of both Paul Huson and Alex Sanders seems to have been "borrowed" from Bardon.

Bardon's group seems to have been greatly influenced by both the Rosicrucian
and Freemasonic movements.  Since the "traditions" of both of these groups
claim the Knights Templar in the "historic" lineages it's not surprising that
Baphomet should appear in Bardon's novel, _Frabato, The Magician_.  Baphomet
is the hermaphroditic "god" that the Templars were accused of worshipping
instead of Yahweh (the most common image of Baphomet is that drawn by the
late 18th-early 19th c. French magician, Eliphas Levi); Baphomet, because
of its hermaphroditism, really appealed to magicians of the time because
of the close association between magic and alchemy -- the central theme of
alchemy being the "Chymical Wedding," that is, the marriage of one's
spiritual self to one's emotional self, the body to the soul -- symbolized
by a hermaphrodite.

_Frabato, the Magician_ is a 19th c. novel -- written during the rise of 
Romanticism when Europe was obsessed with occultism, especially things having
to do with demons, Black Masses, etc.  As a result, Bardon sets his story in
a similar framework -- expecting it, I'm sure, to attract more readers in the
event that some of them will see beyond the "trappings" to the underlying
messages.  Thus, don't take Bardon's portrayal of the Lodge, and of Baphomet,
too seriously.  The "mythic" attributes he gives to Baphomet are most likely
the creation of his own imagination -- at least, they don't correspond to
anything I've come across amongst the "actual practices" of the contemporary
groups.  The closest comparison that can be made is to extant 'confessions'
coerced from tortured Templars by the Inquisition in the 14th century.  Most
modern historian/magicians believe that you can't take the 14th c. Church-
recorded material at face value.

Hope this helps . . . .  If you enjoyed Bardon's novel, you should try
Sir Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's _Zanoni_ and _A Strange Story_ -- both of
which contain much more useful/practical magical information gleaned from
the contemporary occultism (Bulwer-Lytton studied with Eliphas Levi).

Light in Extension,
Thoth

Christopher A. Tuttle/Thoth
former Co-Editor, Tides: A Journal of Wicca and NeoPagan Spirituality
(POB 317, BU Station, Boston, MA  02215; or ctuttle@acs.bu.edu)
[Nota Bene: Tides ceased publication (temporarily?) on 1 April 1994]

The Arcane Archive is copyright by the authors cited.
Send comments to the Arcane Archivist: tyaginator@arcane-archive.org.

Did you like what you read here? Find it useful?
Then please click on the Paypal Secure Server logo and make a small
donation to the site maintainer for the creation and upkeep of this site.

The ARCANE ARCHIVE is a large domain,
organized into a number of sub-directories,
each dealing with a different branch of
religion, mysticism, occultism, or esoteric knowledge.
Here are the major ARCANE ARCHIVE directories you can visit:
interdisciplinary: geometry, natural proportion, ratio, archaeoastronomy
mysticism: enlightenment, self-realization, trance, meditation, consciousness
occultism: divination, hermeticism, amulets, sigils, magick, witchcraft, spells
religion: buddhism, christianity, hinduism, islam, judaism, taoism, wicca, voodoo
societies and fraternal orders: freemasonry, golden dawn, rosicrucians, etc.

SEARCH THE ARCANE ARCHIVE

There are thousands of web pages at the ARCANE ARCHIVE. You can use ATOMZ.COM
to search for a single word (like witchcraft, hoodoo, pagan, or magic) or an
exact phrase (like Kwan Yin, golden ratio, or book of shadows):

Search For:
Match:  Any word All words Exact phrase

OTHER ESOTERIC AND OCCULT SITES OF INTEREST

Southern Spirits: 19th and 20th century accounts of hoodoo, including slave narratives & interviews
Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode: an introduction to African-American rootwork
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode: an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
Sacred Sex: essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
Sacred Landscape: essays and articles on archaeoastronomy, sacred architecture, and sacred geometry
Lucky Mojo Forum: practitioners answer queries on conjure; sponsored by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
Herb Magic: illustrated descriptions of magic herbs with free spells, recipes, and an ordering option
Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: ethical diviners and hoodoo spell-casters
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith, the Smallest Church in the World
Satan Service Org: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive: FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic
Aleister Crowley Text Archive: a multitude of texts by an early 20th century ceremonial occultist
Spiritual Spells: lessons in folk magic and spell casting from an eclectic Wiccan perspective
The Mystic Tea Room: divination by reading tea-leaves, with a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, etc.
      Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
      Free Money Spell Archive: money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
      Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
      Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races