It was Eliphas Lévi who, in the mid-1800s, first drew and published the now-familiar image of Baphomet as a seated, hermaphroditic, winged, horned, goat-headed and goat-hoofed man with women's breasts, a flame on his forehead and a caduceus at his groin. Lévi considered the Baphomet to be a depiction of the absolute in symbolic form.
The name, "Baphomet" is derived from an enigmatic figure first described at the trials of the Templars. Idries Shah has proposed that the name is a corruption of a name of Mohammed.
The Baphomet has been associated with several Occult orders, including; Knights Templar, Freemasonry, Church of Satan, etc. The purpose of which is varied, save that Baphomet is a central symbol of Spiritual and, or Magickal Transcendence, subsequently, an image of Ritual, Ceremony and Reverence.
Baphomet is arguably the single most provocative of all Occult Symbolism - in that it flies in the face of convention while celebrating all that is real and imagined, and visible and invisible.