Witches, demons and supernatural powers may be the stuff of horror stories, but there’s one thing in The Chilling Aventures of Sabrina that isn’t exactly fiction.
You know how Madam Satan swears to the Dark Lord that she shall deliver Sabrina unto him? Take a closer look at that imposing horned statue in the Academy of Unseen Arts. Anyone familiar with occult history is probably going to get this one, but just in case you don’t, you may remember an incident from several years ago that had an eerily similar statue at the center of it.
Baphomet is the demonic deity that the Knights Templar were falsely accused of worshipping, and in the centuries since, has been the associated with dark magic. Back in 2014, the Satanic Temple’s response to a monument to the Ten Commandments in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol was Mark Porter’s infamous crowdfunded Baphomet statue. The 2,000 pound statue has now been eerily replicated as the guardian of The Academy of Unseen Arts.
Because the Academy is run by the Church of Night, Greendale’s coven, which sees Satan as its protector, it would only make sense to have a physical homage to the Beast where it can be seen by every student practicing the black arts.
There is also more than one connection between Sabrina and what the statue represents. The young witch declares she wants to go to the Academy “to defeat the Dark Lord”, which makes it more of an opposition. Then there’s that whole thing with Madam Satan kissing the actual devil’s hooves when she promises him that Sabrina will be his. The statue is something of a divisive symbol—it represents both the darkness Sabrina is being pulled towards and is simultaneously trying to break away from.
As for the actual statue, Baphomet may have lost the battle in Oklahoma, but was unveiled at the Satanic Temple chapter of Detroit and currently resides on a flatbed truck parked in front of the Arkansas State Capitol, protesting another Ten Commandments monument.