Why the Lion and the Goat?

the dream

I had a dream about a year ago that I was in a magickal marketplace, brimming with treasures of all sorts. Tables and shelves displayed a myriad of beautiful knick knacks, old potion bottles, exotic jewelry, shining white bones, and colorful feathers all spread over intricately woven tapestries and animal furs. I felt like a wide-eyed child, excited at the potential of just what I might find. I came across two delicately carved ebony statuettes, very lifelike, one of a lion and one of a goat. I thought to myself, “These would be the perfect idols for my altar! They represent my spirituality perfectly.” And so, I took my new found treasures and tucked them into my satchel. My dream-satchel, that is. Upon waking, I was stunned at the simplicity of the symbolism behind those figurines and shared the dream and its meaning with my husband, Kelley. We felt inspired to create two paintings depicting the juxtaposed animals to hang above our altar.

The Holy Goat painted by Kelley and myself.

The Great Lion by Kelley and myself.

the lion

To me, the Lion represents Christ. I grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and Aslan is the incarnation of Christ with which I identify most strongly. Jesus is also known to some as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Being raised Christian, the imagery of that religion has a deeply satisfying richness for me. Although I am not a Christian, I have always considered Aslan/Christ to be a prominent part of my personal pantheon.

Aslan, also known as Christ

the goat

The Goat, on the other hand, is the most common animal used to represent the Devil. The official symbol of Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan is that of the upside-down pentagram outlining the face of a goat. This god is also called Baphomet and is similar in meaning to the yin-yang, embodying both masculine and feminine, light and dark energies. This goaty image of Satan is actually the image of the pagan god, Pan. Baphomet/Pan/Satan represents the wild abandon of spiritual hedonism and he is one of my patron deities.

Baphomet, also known as Satan.

what it all means

And so, the Lion and the Goat represent to me, in a nutshell, the Christ and Devil archetypes. Although contradictory or even offensive to some, I find balance in my own magickal path which I like to (somewhat jokingly) refer to as Christian Satanism. Love it or hate it, this contrast of energies is what the whole Lion and Goat thing is all about…

seeking a proper balance

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2 Responses to “Why the Lion and the Goat?”

  1. Hey my name is willow, i am a seer and was wondering if i could have a word with you? … also i am not spam but I’ll understand if you think i am.

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