Homage to Bill W.
The Homage to Bill W. design is in honor of Bill Wilson, co-founder of the Twelve Step recovery program Alcoholics Anonymous,* and primary author of the “Big Book, ”Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill W. also wrote the Twelve Traditions, still recited at the beginning of each meeting today.
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The Circle and Triangle Symbol has long been connected to the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship. It was adopted as an official A.A. symbol at the International Convention in St. Louis in 1955. In Bill’s speech at the convention, he described the meaning of the symbol.
“Above us floats a banner on which is inscribed the new symbol for A.A., a circle enclosing a triangle. The circle stands for the whole world of A.A., and the triangle stands for A.A.’s Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity and Service. Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession. That we have chosen this particular symbol is perhaps no accident. The priests and seers of antiquity regarded the circle enclosing the triangle as a means of warding off the spirits of evil, and A.A.’s circle and triangle of Recovery, Unity, and Service has certainly meant all of that to us and much more.” **
Although the symbol has been phased out of use in the A.A. literature and letterhead, the Circle and Triangle Symbol continues to have a special meaning for Alcoholics Anonymous members all over the world to the present day.
Like all of my Infinity Ring sculpture and jewelry designs, the Homage to Bill W. pendant evokes ancient Feng Shui principles. The never-ending circular nature of its Infinity Ring form promotes infinite peace, love, abundance, and deepens the pendants symbolic meaning of healing and sobriety.
* For more about the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship and their meetings, visit www.aa.org
** from Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age: A Brief History of Alcoholic Anonymous, 1957, p. 139