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B 6 $5.00 THE PENTAGRAM- FREEMASONRY-AND THE GOAT - Shows how the pentagram is used in Witchcraft, Satanism, and Freemasonry

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The purpose of this study is to show the curious similarity between the use of the Pentagram by the Masonic lodge, and other occult groups such as Satanists and Witches. There is much more to this symbol than meets the eye. This study will help you to comprehend the deeper meanings of this symbol and the deceptions that are connected to its ritualistic use.

Two witches, Janet and Stewart Farrar, give their definition of a pentagram:

Pentagram: a five-pointed star, one of the main symbols of Witchcraft and occultism in general.#1

Notice the pentagram is used in the center of the Temple by the altar in the Temple of Blue Lodge Masonry (the first three degrees: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason) (See illustration on page 2, #2)

The pentagram is used by Satanists, Witches and Black and White Magicians to invoke and banish demons. The illustration on page 3, #3, is from the book, The Golden Dawn, by Israel Regardie. The Golden Dawn is a secret society that practices ritual magic. It was founded in the nineteenth century by three men; MacGregor Mathers, Wynn Westcott, and Dr. William Robert Woodman. All three of these men were Masons. It should be noted that Westcott and Woodman were eminent and powerful Masons.

Other members of the Golden Dawn were Kenneth MacKenzie, author of The Royal Masonic Enclopaedia - A. E. Waite, the author of, A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry - and 33rd degree Mason, Aleister Crowley. Crowley's writings have formed the basis of Modern Satanism. Aleister Crowley described his Masonic authority in these words:

....I was now a sort of universal inspector-general of the various rites, charged with the secret mission of reporting on the possibility of reconstructing the entire edifice, which was universally recognized by all its more intelligent members as threatened with the gravest danger. #4

The illustration on page 3, #3, clearly shows how this organization that was founded and guided by Freemasons used the pentagram to invoke and banish demons in their rituals. The following statement is from the same book that the illustration is from.

Yet, if there may arise an absolute necessity for working or conversing with a Spirit of evil nature, and that to retain him before thee without tormenting him, thou hast to employ the Symbol of the Pentagram reversed -. #5

The deception is the fact that some persons using the pentagram think they are invoking good spirits and others think they are invoking bad spirits. It makes no difference what they think ! They are all invoking demons.

The pentagram also is pictured on the cover of A Witches Bible Compleat (Illustration page 5, #6). It is one of the most prominent symbols in Witchcraft and can be seen on the witch's altar. The same type of pentagram is found by the altar in the Temple of the Blue Lodge of Freemasonry (Illustration page 2, #2).

The illustrations on page 6, #7-#10, are also from A Witches Bible Compleat and show the extensive use of the pentagram in witchcraft.

The pentagram is the focus of what is blasphemously called, "The Great Rite" in Witchcraft. The rite is described below:

The couple enacting the Great Rite are offering themselves, with reverence and joy, as expressions of the God and Goddess aspects of the Ultimate Source. "as above, so below." They are making themselves, to the best of their ability, channels for that divine polarity on all levels, from physical to spiritual. That is why it is called the Great Rite..."Ritual sexual intercourse", says Doreen Valiente, "is a very old idea indeed -- probably as old as humanity itself."......The Great Rite invocation specifically declares that the body of the woman taking part is an altar, with her womb and generative organs as its sacred focus, and reveres it as such....The High Priestess then lays herself down towards the altar, and her arms and legs outstretched to form the Pentagram. #11

The picture on page 8, #12, is the sign that hangs outside the Hadi Temple in Evansville, Indiana. Note the five pointed star with the two points up and the one down.

When the pentagram or five pointed star is turned with one point down and two points up, it takes on an entirely different meaning as the illustration and explanation on page 9, #13, tells us.

According to the Masonic authority quoted in the illustration on page 9, #13, the pentagram with one point down as is seen in picture of the Hadi Shrine sign on page 8, #12, represents evil.

The pentagram with one point down can also be seen in the Emblem of the Eastern Star, which is the Masonic organization for women.

See the illustration below, #14. As shown in the illustration, the five pointed star is in the center of the floor in the room, with an altar in the middle of the star.

The adepts of Freemasonry are not ignorant of the fact that the symbol of the pentagram with one point down is evil. 33rd degree Mason, Manly P. Hall explains:

When used in black magic the pentagram is called the "sign of the cloven hoof," or the footprint of the Devil. The star with two points upward is also called the "Goat of Mendes," because the inverted star is the same shape as a goat's head. #15

The illustration on page 12, #17, is the inside title page of The Satanic Rituals, by Anton Szandor LaVey, High Priest of the Church of Satan. You will notice that inside the pentagram you can see the goat's head.

The pentagram is undoubtedly one of the most prominent symbols of both Witchcraft and Satanism. We have already shown it as it appears on the cover of A Witches Bible Compleat (Illustration page 5,#6). It also appears on the cover of the following books: Bucklands Complete Book of Witchcraft, Raymond Buckland, The Satanic Bible, by Anton Szandor LaVey, and The Satanic Witch, by Anton Szandor LaVey.

The five pointed star with one point down and the goat's head inside is called, the Baphomet. The Satanic bible describes the Baphomet as follows:

The symbol of Baphomet was used by the Knights Templar to represent Satan. Through the ages this symbol has been called by many different names. Among these are: The Goat of Mendes, The Goat of a Thousand Young. The Black Goat, The Judas Goat, and perhaps most appropriately, The Scapegoat... The symbol of Baphomet is placed on the wall above the altar.#18

ENDNOTES

 1 Janet and Stewart Farrar, The Life and Times of a Modern Witch, Phoenix Publishing Inc. 1987, p.187.

2 William Schnoebelen, Masonry Beyond the Light, Chick Publications 1991, Illustration p. 103

 3 Israel Regardie, The Golden Dawn, Llewellyn Publications 1990, Illustration p. 281.

 4 Aleister Crowley, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, A Bantam book 1971, p.760.

 5 Israel Regardie, The Golden Dawn, Llewellyn Publications 1990, p.280.

 6 Janet and Stewart Farrar, The Witches Bible Compleat, Magical Childe Publishing Inc. 1991, Illustration of Cover of book.

 7 Ibid., Illustration p. 40, Vol. II.

 8 Ibid., Illustration p. 82, Vol. II.

 9 Ibid., Illustration p. 21, Vol. II.

 10 Ibid., Illustration p. 153, Vol. II.

 11 Janet and Stewart Farrar, A Witches Bible Compleat, Vol. I. p. 49 & 50.

 12 Picture of Sign outside of Hadi Shrine Termple in Evansville, Idiana taken by Donna Carrico

 13 Henry L. Stillson and William T. Hughhan, History of Freemasonry and Concordant Orders, The Fraternity Publishing Company p.49.

 14 F.A. Bell, Order of the Eastern Star, Bellís Eastern Star Ritual ,P.R.C. Publications, Inc. 1948, p.28.

 15 Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, The Philosophical Research Society 1988, p. CIV.

 16 Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Rituals, Avon Books 1972, Inside cover.

 17 Yaj Nomolos S.P., Citizen Satan, Embassy of S.A.T.A.N., p.6.

 18 Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible, Avon Books 1969, p.136.

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