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abraxas stone

Back in my college days I read a book that had a profound effect on my internal compass. Some of the ideas in 'Demian', by Hermann Hesse resonated within me. I embraced the concept that transcending good and evil was a healthy step in understanding life, the universe, and everything.

I don't like tattoos, but I wanted something to constantly remind me of the idea. One of my electives that year was a silversmithing class where I made my first abraxas necklace. A simple design, just two stone half circles that fall naturally together as a whole. I used white quartz and obsidian wrapped in separate silver bezels.

I wore that necklace for many years, and I'm sure I still have it somewhere in the bottom of a drawer. The idea it represented has since imprinted on my soul and helps me to accept that all the good and bad in the world is a package deal. A humbling reminder to embrace all of the world, not just that which I find appealing.

So, I thought there might be others who find similar symbolism, or perhaps they just like the look of the two stones. Whatever draws you to the abraxas stone... don't matter to me. Just enjoy it!

"The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God's name is Abraxas."
"We may conceive of the name [Abraxas] as that of a godhead whose symbolic task is the uniting of godly and devilish elements."
"We have been given a god to worship who represents only one arbitrarily separated half of the world. (It is the official, sanctioned, luminous world), but that we ought to be able to worship the whole world; this means that we either have to have a god who is also a devil or institute a cult of the devil alongside the cult of god. And now Abraxas is the god who is both god and devil."
- musings of Emil Sinclair