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Alchemy woodcut Abraxas



Ink drawing in the style of an old woodcut. Antique paper texture added digitally.
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I saw your picture on a website about Abrasax a few years ago when I read some of the Gnostic gospels to find out who he was. I got into magic last year which lead me to the Greek Magical Papyri. I decided to buy a copy right before the coronavirus hit my state and read it since I have some downtime. Before I read it this was one of the weirdest pictures I had ever seen since I didn't know the context. Now I know where it is from the spell to bind a lover (PGM IV 296-466). I have just read the Eighth Book of Moses and noticed that Abrasax is one of the names of the Supreme God. This here is the origin of Pistis Sophia.

I am a Christian and I know that the church later made him a demon but I like how his name is an acronym for ab, ben, rouach, hakadōs; sōtēria apo xylou (“Father, Son, Spirit, holy; salvation from the cross”).