Baphomet, the goat of Mendes, is a term used to describe a deity worshipped by the Knights Templar, and subsequently incorporated into disparate occult and mystical traditions.
“This serpent, Satan, is not the enemy of Man, be He who made Gods of our race, knowing Good and Evil; He bade “Know Thyself!: and taught Initiation. He is “the Devil” of the book of Troth, and His emblem is Baphomet, and Androgyne who is the hieroglyph of arcane perfection.” (Aleister Crowley Magick: In Theory and Practice p. 193)
“According to Levi, Baphomet should be spelled cabalistically backwards, and consists of three abbreviations : TEM. OHP. AB., templi omnium hominumpacis abbas, (the father of the temple of universal peace among men).” – Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P. Hall pg 37
Since 1856, the name Baphomet has been associated with a “Sabbatic Goat” image drawn by Eliphas Lévi, pictured on the above, his The arms bear the Latin words SOLVE (separate) and COAGULA (join together). It represents the The Hermetic Marriage, of male and female, as well as Heaven and Hell or night and day, signified by the raising of one arm and the downward gesture of the other. It can be taken to represent any of the major harmonious dichotomies of the cosmos. However, Baphomet has been connected with Satanism as well, primarily due to the adoption of its symbol by the Church of Satan.
Baphomet imagery is part of the background of society.
The Ram (formerly the Dodge Ram) uses the goat head as its logo.