Another belief was that the ancient Gods and Goddesses were androgynous, possessing the sex organs of both sexes, thus able to reproduce themselves. There are countless carvings, engravings, paintings, and statues depicting the ancient deities as hermaphroditic. Such figures have been discovered dating from the neolithic age in Spain, Yugoslavia, and elsewhere. A clay hermaphroditic idol was found in Yugoslavia and dated from the Bronze Age. The word itself is derived from Greek mythology: Hermaphroditus was a son of Hermes and Aphrodite, who while bathing became joined in one body with a nymph. There are many imaged of "bearded ladies," including the Goddesses Diana and Isis as two examples. The Goddess Neith with a fully erect male organ, as was the Nordic Venus, Friga (Freya); Venus, Aphrodite, Baal, Mithras, Zeus, Adonis, Dionysus, and countless other deities were described and portrayed as androgynous.(I don't necessarily endorse the last opinion, just including it to show what is believed)
In my book Black Magic, Satanism, and Voodoo, I wrote, "In the oldest records of India, China, Babylon, Egypt and Greece the first gods are represented as bisexual. The Greeks often depicted Apollo as both male and female. Bacchus was similarly described. Prochus commenting on the Timaeus of Plato says: 'Jupiter (Zeus) is a man, Jupiter is an immortal maid.' Citing further Orphic verse it mentions that all things are contained 'in the womb of Jupiter.'
"In Cyprus, Venus, depicted as Aphrodite, sometimes had a beard! Diana or Artemis had characteristics of both sexes. Orpheus taught that since the gods possessed the generative powers to create all things, they were, of necessity, both male and female. Babylonian tradition described the first men as having one body and two heads. one male and one female. A Hindu scholar drew a figure of Brahma, during the act of creation, making him bisexual. The Babylonian God Tammuz was consecrated a Qedesha (Kedesha) which is a sacred prostitute (I Kings 19:24). Jahveh, the Hebrew God, is made up of Jah masculine and the second syllable from havvah, feminine. It comes from Yaw or Yah, the name of a prehistoric male-female moon-god venerated by South Arabian Semitic tribes. The Jews tagged on the feminine root making it Yahweh or Jahwah. The Christian Bible spells it as Jehovah because of an error in translation. The Books of Job and Isiah depict Jahwah as having the characteristics of both sexes."
There are many references in the occult realm to androgyny. Even at the all-male Bohemian Grove, there had been cross-dressing, some for the performance of plays, others not. Even the Templars, the precursors to Freemasons, were accused of having some kind of bearded idol, as I've pointed out. Let me quote from Witchcraft: The Old Religion by Dr. Leo Martello on the subject: